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Dragon Pacifier Holder

I received this Dragon Pacifier Holder for my 16 month old daughter. It’s soft and fuzzy and is not heavy. She uses her pacifier during nap and bedtime and I was concerned with pacifier holders on a string or ribbon being a choking hazard. You can see the product and watch my unboxing video on YouTube here

You can see this product on Amazon here: #channellitte

Free Dinner from Chick-fil-A

I learned there is no such thing as a free lunch from my Econ teacher years ago however with apps, coupons and a little creativity these days you can get pretty darn close. Let me show you how I scored free Dinner for our family at Chick-fil-A (“CFA”) the other night.

  1. Purchase the Chick-fil-A calendar, actually TWO, like every year.  These things pack a savings punch.  I register one to myself and one to the hubs.  They cost less than $8 and each month you get a free item of CFA’s choosing and you get a super sweet moo-cow calendar for the house.
  2. Download the Chick-fil-A One app on your phone.  You’ll need to do this to register your calendar club card anyway but you scan your app each time you pay and you earn points each time you visit for which CFA rewards you with what they call “treats.”
  3. Always check the bottom of your receipt for survey opportunities.  I do this all time when we dine at Panda Express (free third entree on your 2 item entree purchase), Wendy’s (free sandwich), Jack in the Box (two free tacos), and CFA is a free Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich on your next visit when you fill out their survey.  I had done this and had the coupon for this visit (they send a QR code which you can save to your phone or print the email).
  4. Best Buy Rewards – if you shop for electronics or have a Best Buy card you should be a member of their Best Buy Rewards program.  You earn points which equate to rewards certificates you can use in store or online.  I was scanning old email addresses and found a $10 promotional certificate from Best Buy in an email saying they missed me and I should come in and shop.  The hubs and I had also recently traded in our cell phones, I paid for the taxes on my Best Buy card and had received a $5.00 reward certificate.  I redeemed these two certificates for a Chick-fil-A $15.00 gift card.

The Breakdown…

Two 8 count nuggets = FREE (January Calendar Club items)

Spicy Deluxe Chicken Sandwich = FREE (Free treat for using CFA app)

Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich = FREE (Survey coupon)

The remainder of items were purchased with the free gift card I got from Best Buy.  I also used two toys we had gotten from the CFA kids meals during a previous trip but we saved them and did not open them.  Did you know, CFA will let you exchange the kids meal toys for a ice dream cone or cup?  The kids both got an ice dream cup and I used the last of the gift card to get a cones for the hubs, and one for me and the baby to split.

Living the frugal life!

GIVEAWAY: Uplifting Prize Pack

I’ve partnered with my friend Abby from Hewes Family Fun and we’re hosting my first giveaway of 2018.  One of Abby’s favorite things is meal planning, she makes use of a weekly planner to help her keep things organized.  One of my favorite things is note taking to keep myself organized and I LOVE cute pens and office supplies, like keep me away from Staples or Office Depot because I will lose my damn mind in there.  It’s like I’m a kid three weeks from the first day of school hoarding supplies I’ll never use and if it’s miniature size (like a tiny stapler), I’m all about it!  I have three currently.

Anyway, our giveaway offers some great items for getting and staying organized in this new year, a Unicorn pen, some other fun goodies and the best part…a Starbucks gift card!


This Uplifting Prize Pack includes:

Enter the giveaway here.  A winner will randomly be chosen on 1/27/2018.  Giveaway is open to all US residents.

Don’t forget to leave a comment as part of the mandatory first entry!

Meal Preppin’

Part of living the frugal life is curbing the cost of eating out.  I try to live by the rule that if I do go out I try to take advantage of a deal or a coupon but generally I derive the most savings from simply bringing my lunch and cooking at home.  It can be really easy and affordable but it takes some planning.  As you fall into your cooking groove, you’ll find that your family likes certain recipes or combinations and so you’ll seek to stock up on those staples so that you can recreate those recipes often.  For instance, our whole fam bam loves my homemade chili and cornbread muffins (I cheat on these and use a box mix made by Krusteaz – it’s the bomb).  It’s simple and quick and easy to make after a long day at work.  Another favorite of ours is fajitas.  I wanted to do a little meal prep for the hubs and I to have lunches this week so that we stay on track with our resolutions for both diet and spending.  So this afternoon I took a little time and did my prep.  Here are the ingredients for my lunches.  We ended up with enough to warrant four lunches for the week and dinner for all of us for tonight as well with leftover brown rice to be used for my Easy Fried Rice recipe later this week.  Enjoy!

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Swap It To Me

One of the best ways to keep your budget in check is participating in local clothing or “stuff” swaps. Many of them are piece for piece. You drop off X amount of items and come back when the swap starts and choose the same amount of items. If you’ve got kids this is a great way to stock up on the next size of clothing or to swap out toys for the next age group. You’ll often find other treasures you weren’t expecting. Although sometimes you’ll come across some piles of junk (worn out or outdated pieces) for all that is crap there is always a lot that is good. For instance some of my best finds have been tons of brand new baby items, items with tags, new shoes, a pack and play, little outdoor chair for the baby, great books, dvds and so much more! It’s worth the time and minimal effort and the thrill of the hunt can be so fun. Included in this post are some pics of the awesome stuff we scored today at the Skyline Swap in San Diego. I found a stack of brand new polo shirts for the hubs and some items new with tags. You can Google “swaps” in your city and join local Facebook groups that host events. Finders Keepers have groups across the country or you check with local churches as swapping events are becoming a popular trend.