Jordan Page YouTube Blogger

Do you watch or listen to YouTube.com?  Did you realize there are bloggers who post on YouTube?

I have found that I can listen to the YouTube bloggers through my smartphone and get things done around the house at the same time – hey, it at least makes the time go by faster when I am doing the dishes, etc.

So, here is the first (I think, since I have been planning on posting these for a long time, but don’t think I ever wrote one up) of the YouTube.com bloggers that I listen to weekly.

Oh, and no, these are not sponsored and if you say you found them through me they would have no idea who I was, but I would love it if you did tell them ūüôā

If you see Jordan Page’s face you might recognize her from the Rachel Ray Show or other television shows.¬† I had never checked out her blog or YouTube channel until another YouTube blogger mentioned her earlier this year.

Jordan Page –¬†https://www.youtube.com/user/funcheaporfree or search Jordan Page

or go to her blog:  http://funcheaporfree.com/

So, in September Jordan did a challenge called #Shelftember Challenge.  The premise was to eat the items you already have in the your refrigerator, freezer and pantry before going to the store and shopping for groceries.  You were give a small amount to buy fresh vegetables, milk, etc each week.

Since we were going on vacation in mid-September (yes, we had fun and I will post about it in the future) I thought this was a good idea for us to implement.

Well, other than a few shopping trips where we picked up bargains, something special,  something we needed to make a dish that went along with what we were eating from our refrigerator, freezer or pantry or to replace something we were running low on we have been eating mostly this way since September.

Oh, and I will say that we still go out to eat randomly, but I consider those ‘Dates’ and the cost falls into another bucket in our budget.¬† Hey, we need to have some fun in life and at least once a week I don’t want to cook ūüėČ

I can’t tell you exact amounts, but our food bill was definitely lower in October versus August.¬† The other bonus is we are starting to see some blank space in our freezer, etc so I will be able to buy the turkey that is on sale this week and have room for it in the freezer until Thanksgiving.

I will always be happy to have a stockpile of food for in case of emergencies (earthquakes, snow, floods, power outages, etc can all happen here), but it was getting a little crazy that each week we saw multiple things for sale in the ads and had to go buy them instead of having multiple days a week that we ate the food that we already had.

So, after doing this for a couple of months the husband appears to be on board.  From now on I will plan my menu for the week and then look at the local sale ads.  If there is something we are craving, a super bargain (think baking supplies that go on sale before Christmas, etc) or something that we are running low on then I will buy those items, but I will always be looking to get the items on sale or with a coupon, if at all possible

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How do you keep your food bill under control?

Later – Heather

 

 

 

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Tip Tuesday

So, I made some gluten-free sourdough starter with sorghum flour that I had in the house from the following recipe and we thought it was too sour.

https://successfullyglutenfree.blogspot.com/2013/12/easy-gluten-free-sourdough-starter.html

And, then I realized I didn’t have any brown rice flour in the house, but I realized that I had brown rice in the pantry so I ground some of the brown rice with a older coffee grinder (which hadn’t been used for coffee) similar to this one and made my own brown rice flour!

https://www.target.com/p/mr-coffee-174-blade-grinder-black-ids57-np/-/A-16391441?ref=tgt_adv_XS000000&AFID=google_pla_df&fndsrc=tgtao&CPNG=PLA_Appliances%2BShopping&adgroup=SC_Appliances_Food+Dehydrators&LID=700000001170770pgs&network=g&device=c&location=9030852&gclsrc=aw.ds&ds_rl=1246978&ds_rl=1247068&ds_rl=1246978&ref=tgt_adv_XS000000&AFID=google_pla_df&CPNG=PLA_Appliances+Shopping&adgroup=SC_Appliances_Food%20Dehydrators&LID=700000001170770pgs&network=g&device=c&location=9030852&gclid=CjwKCAjw6-_eBRBXEiwA-5zHadkXcFHD7V0BYp0KC6q7QsO17p_9CJ-gNlpOm-ZmRcdib-k4wi3E9xoCxD4QAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

At the moment the brown rice flour and water are sitting on the counter.  Later this week / next week I will report back how the sourdough bread turned out.

What creative cooking tips have you done lately?

Later – Heather

 

Refunds and coupons

So, my favorite refunding / coupon site RefundCents ended at the end of the November 2017.¬† I haven’t been as consistent about looking for coupons and refunds as I used to be, but I loved the Off Topic board where you could ask for random advice, get a card sent to someone, and help out other people.

So, I am thinking it is time for me to take on posting more of the great deals that I find so others can find them also.

Is this something people would like to see from me?  If so, hit the Like button. If it is more than a few people I will start posting great deals Рwhether it is a code for a free print from Walgreens or Shutterfly to some super buy on Amazon, etc.

I will try to post the national / online sites, but sometimes there will be a regional (California / Nevada) deal too.

Oh, and if you want to know some of the other websites/ bloggers that I follow that share great deals hit the Like button and I will write a post with their links too.

Later – Heather

Authors you would recommend?

So, when I originally thought of this post it was going to tell you a book I didn’t like.¬† It was so bad (in my opinion) that I stopped reading it after the first chapter.¬† That alone shows that I am changing since when I was young I would read a complete book, even if I didn’t like it, with the hopes that it got better.¬† Now I have too much I want and have to do so I stopped reading this one and it is already in the give away pile.¬† And, no I won’t give the author or title since I know other people like the author.¬† I found this book and others by the same author at a garage sale recently.

I will say that I do like Joanne Fluke and I recently finished¬†Devil’s Food Cake Murder (Hannah Swensen Mystery).¬† And if the name sounds familiar it is because the Hallmark Channel has started turning these books into movies.¬† I like the movies too.

I won’t give any secrets away about¬†Devil’s Food Cake Murder , but I will say that there were a few slow parts, but it doesn’t help that I usually only read a little fiction before going to bed.

What fiction (cozy mysteries, etc) authors / book titles would you recommend?

Later – Heather

Updated: DIY Ribbon Organizing

This is an update to one of my first blog posts.  I think this idea is much better and takes up less room.

So, when I was first organizing ribbon I used a plastic basket, dowels and some twist ties.  This basket was still in my cupboard until January of this year.

 

January is when I started to seriously reorganize the sewing/craft, etc room (that will take multiple posts to show so that will be done some other time).

Anyways, I saw on Pinterest (or somewhere) about the idea of hanging ribbons on a mutiple pant hanger (or at least that is what I call it) and I had one sitting in my closet.  This allows me to use the space in the cupboard for stackable items  (labeled boxes, etc) and I can hang the ribbon holder on the door handle when I am working on a project.  When it is not being used it could hang in a closet.

ribbon holder watermark.jpgYou may see another update in the future if I figure a good way to hang extra ribbon below the lower bar (which doesn’t open).

Anyone have any suggestions?

Later   -H

Thread organizing

Have you ever picked up a jewelry (or for something else small) organizer at a thrift store since it was a great deal and you knew you would find a good use for it someday?  Well, I have in the past and I finally determined a great use for one of them.

When I reorganized the sewing/craft, etc room I found this one buried in a cupboard.  Since I had just been looking at my small spools of thread and trying to figure out the best way to organize them (partly so I knew what I had and could get to them easily) I had a light bulb moment.  And this is what I came up with:

thread hanger watermark.jpg

This works perfectly for me since I had bought the Gutermann 26 spool thread (from JoAnn Fabrics on sale) so I had one or two spools of a bunch of different colors.

When I am sewing I can take it out and hang it on the cupboard door handle and see the options that I have.

 

Later – H

 

Pioneer Telephone

Note: This is not a sponsored post – I just like the company (and a good deal).

I know most people use their cell phone for long distance (and that some people have even removed their land line), but it is not possible for us.  I do use the cell phone for long distance, but that is only when I am away from the house since we get rotten (cell phone calling) coverage at the house.  I was very happy when I could start texting people.

A few years ago we removed the long distance on our land line phone and started using the calling cards you could (at that time) find at Costco (2.9 cents per minute). ¬†They worked great, but you had to dial the 1-800 number and then the pass code, etc. ¬†So, it is definitely not as quick as just picking up the phone. ¬†(Now it appears that Costco doesn’t even carry the calling cards.)

So, extended family members had signed up for Pioneer Telephone in the past so to be safe I signed up for them recently. ¬†This way if someone picks up the phone and makes a call anywhere outside the local area (out of state and within the state) we will be charged a lower rate than we would be if we don’t have any long distance service on the phone number. ¬†And, we are not charged anything if we don’t just pick up the phone and dial long distance.

So, if you or your extended family need a reliable long distance (in state and/or out of state) company then check into Pioneer Telephone.

http://longdistance.pioneertelephone.com/

Until later – H

 

Dead front load washing machine

Well, this was going to be a post about how handy husband and I fixed our 12 year old Kenmore Front load washing machine.  One night a couple of weeks ago when it was near the end of the final spin cycle it abruptly made HORRIBLE sounds (turns out the tub was swinging around and hitting the side of the walls and front of the washer).  When handy husband and I took off the back we found that one of the shocks was broken.

So, I did a Google search on the model number and found out that RepairClinic.com had the shocks and a video that showed it was pretty easy to replace.  So, I ordered the parts and we waited.  While I was gone for a few days handy husband got the old shocks out (he said it was pretty easy) so all we would have to do was put the new ones in and start using it again.

The new shocks went in pretty easy and I tested out the machine by rinsing and spinning out a few towels.  It was semi-louder than I remembered, but we thought it was okay.  So, then I decided to wash the towels and a couple of pairs of jeans.  It sounded fine until it got to the end of the spin cycle.  I heard this HORRIBLE noise from the other end of the house.  I went running for the laundry room to turn it off.  I came upon Pepper (the Golden Retriever) in the dining room with her ears pulled back and running for the hall (which she has never been allowed to go down).

We first thought the washer was somehow unbalanced (which was weird since it was never unbalanced before).  So, we added foam between the tub and the sides, but it still was making horrible noises.  (The way Pepper was acting [ears back and wanting to leave the house] should have told us that it was making horrible noises before we could hear it.)

I did a YouTube search and found a video on how to take apart our washing machine. ¬†They discusses that the ‘spider’ which is inside the tub breaks. ¬†Uh, oh. ¬†Between that video and a comment from a friend we decided that was what was wrong. ¬†Since the spider is part of the drum it is very expensive to fix.

So, I went searching (Consumer Reports, Google, etc) and found out that Home Depot had the LG 4.0 Cu. ft. washer (WM3050CW) on Black Friday sale for $579 ($220 off).  To be safe I ordered the 3 year protection plan for $80 (it says they will replace the unit if it is a Lemon).

So, the washing machine is on back order so we are without a washing machine until December 3rd. ¬†I am hoping we only have a few more trips to the laundry mat before it arrives and right now I am so happy that I don’t live too far from the laundry mat.

What appliance have you had to replace recently?

Later – H

 

Giveaway: Build a Budget that Works by Jessi Fearon

So, you all know that I try to be thrifty by doing DIY projects, making food from scratch, using coupons, find deals at the Thrift Stores and finding the best deals on the new items or services we need to buy.  Well, another way is by keeping your family on a budget (and one that works is even better).

Jessi Fearon sent me a copy of the Build a Budget that Works  book to review as part of her book launch.

I am glad I got it since it reminded me of categories that I sometimes forget to budget for (like recently needing tires for our truck [which I found a sale on] and now it sounds like we will need them for the car also this year Рouch,  definitely not something I planned for, but I will be looking for a deal on those also).

I will continue to tweak our budget using the tips in Jessi’s book.

So,  would you like to win a FREE copy of the Build a Budget that Works book?  I was given one copy to give away to a reader.

Between now and Thursday 20 November 2014 make a comment (which will be delayed in posting since I have to approve them) with your name and email address.  After that I will pick a winner using a Random Number Generator (hey, I have to use something nerdy).

Good luck!   РH

Bealls and smartphone coupons

Have you heard of Bealls? ¬†I heard from friends that they are ‘big’ in Arizona (and Florida). ¬†Well, they have started opening stores in Northern Nevada.

When they had their grand opening the daughter and I were able to get boots on their ‘Buy One and Get One Free boots and shoes’ sale. ¬†(Oh, and mine are really comfortable and cute.)

Bealls, boots

 

I signed up for text messages from Bealls. ¬†This last week I got a 30% off ‘coupon’ on my smartphone. ¬†It was good on sale items and for more than one item. ¬†I didn’t think I needed anything, but I saved it anyways.

Well, the husband announced on Saturday morning that he needed some new shirts. ¬†We were going to town anyways so I figured we would stop in Bealls (he hadn’t been in there yet) and see what they had.

 

We found some nice shirts on sale for great prices and a jacket he needed.

So, we bought three shirts and the jacket for $89.  I saved $130 and $36 of that came from my smartphone coupon.  Not bad!

The other advantage was we didn’t have spend time (and money for gas) driving to a bigger city to look for clothes. ¬†Besides, he said he didn’t want to buy shirts from¬†Costco since he would then look like everyone else at work ūüôā

And, the old jacket has been relegated to the garage Рyay!   (Which is a good thing since one of the pockets ripped when we were walking Pepper this afternoon.)

Where have you been finding great deals?

Later – H