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Just Doing My Best: January 2009

Friday, January 30, 2009


Saving on organic fruits and veggies

The other day I stopped by our locally owned grocery store and noticed the beautiful orange stickers that I have come to identify with a quick glance. These orange clearance stickers were on organic produce. The apples were .99/ lb when the conventional ones were $1.19/ lb. They still had lots of shelf life left, so I grabbed enough for the week.

Friday's Frugal Tip of the Day: When you are shopping for your produce, don't assume conventional is cheaper. Walk through the organic section. Many times the marked down or sale prices will be the same or less than conventional foods.

Check back soon for more frugal tips!

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Thursday, January 29, 2009


Snow paint

We had a major ice storm but at least we got some snow too. The kids were excited to see the snow but I think they planned to go out and play regardless of what was on the ground. Here are some ice covered trees in our backyard.

We made snow paint and the kids just loved it, especially DD who decorated the railing on the deck. She did a great job decorating her snowman (snow pile) but I couldn't get those pics.

Just add a few drops of one color into a bottle and fill with water. It's that simple! This is sold online for about $20 but we made it for $4.

I posted a Snow Cream recipe a couple of days ago here.

What frugal ideas does your family have for fun in the snow?




Power is restored and internet is up again. We are one of the fortunate ones to be back to normal so quickly.

So, watch for the promised pics tomorrow. Really this time!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009


Fun in the Snow

Our part of the country has been slammed by winter weather and we were getting rather excited about the 4-6 inches of predicted snow. See my sidebar for the reasons why we love winter.

So, I was all geared up for some fun in the snow with my kids. I have a new snow activity prepared (stayed tuned for that one) and we were going to make snowcream. Unfortunately, we got only a tad bit of snow, but we can now measure the accumulating ice. In fact, I just watched a tree branch fall under the weight. Freezing rain is expected to continue which does not bode well for our winter recipe, so I'm providing this for those of you lucky enough to get snow rather than ice.

Snow Cream

1 gallon snow
1 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups milk

Mix together and enjoy.

Enjoy some for us and come back tomorrow to see our other snow activity. The question now, will the freezing rain change to snow? Can we use our other activity or will we ice skate on the driveway?

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Free Dr. Pepper

Here's a freebie for you...go here to sign up for a free Dr. Pepper. You can choose either a 20 ounce bottle or a 2 liter. They will send you a coupon in a few weeks.

Thanks to Freebies 4 Mom for posting this.

Check back here soon for more deals and freebies!


Monday, January 26, 2009


More great clearance deals and Blissdom '09

Ok, so it isn't quite as practical as the pajamas at Target from a couple of days ago, but my DD is going to love my latest finds. If you need to stock up for some upcoming birthdays, you might want to check out JC Penney.

I was there today looking for a new outfit for Blissdom '09 (I'm so excited!) and stopped by the girls department to see if I could find some clearance jeans for DD. They still had quite a few styles so I bought a size ahead. $5 for Arizona jeans is pretty good, imho. They had Hannah Montana and High School Musical items at crazy discounts. There were a couple of other miscellaneous brands mixed in as well.

I found a Webkinz mouse pad for DD's new computer desk for 48 cents. I also found a HSM camera for $1.48. She has been begging for a camera. Unbelievable. All the clearance was 50% off the lowest price and these were the already cheap green clearance tickets.

A bonus, I picked up a T-shirt for DH for 5.99 and would be about $3 after the 50% came off. It rang up 98 cents. Check those prices at the self scanners and stock up while it's cheap!

Have fun shopping! And yes, I found a couple of great tops for the conference. Anyone else going to Blissdom '09? If so, shoot me a line. I'd love to "meet" you before we get there.

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Saturday, January 24, 2009


A penny saved...

I love Target! If you have a Target near you and children in your home, you simply must rush to your nearest one and check out the clearance section in the children's department. Even DH was impressed with the bargains. We saved more than we spent!

We found 3 pair of pajamas for DD, 2 at $3.74 and 1 at $4.24, a pair of gym pants for $3.74, and a hooded shirt for DS for $3.74. I love consignment stores but it would be tough to beat these prices even there.

When I find deals like this, I usually buy ahead for the next year. How does your family save on clothing?

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Friday, January 23, 2009


How much do you pay for your bread?

If your family is anything like my family, you can barrel through a loaf in a matter of a days. Saving money on even a small purchase like bread can add up quickly when you buy a couple of loaves a week, each and every week. Unless your family is loyal to a particular brand, you might even compare the prices and shop the sales with your coupons. While I am a devout couponer, I recently rediscovered an even better way to save, imho.

The bread store! I had totally forgotten this type of store existed until I went a different route on an errand one day and drove by a Sara Lee Outlet. What a discovery! I bought 2 loaves of bread, a package of hot dog buns and a package of large hamburger buns for a grand total of $2.00. Being a frugal minded person, I was on cloud nine. Ok, maybe not cloud nine, but pretty proud of myself anyway.

Friday's Frugal Tip of the Day: Check your area for any undiscovered outlet stores, especially bread stores. These outlets often run daily specials that can be as much as 75% off grocery store prices with the food still several days in date. A fantastic way to stretch that budget.

Do you have any food outlet stores in your area that you like?


Wednesday, January 21, 2009


Making fruits and veggies more fun for the kids, and grown-ups too

We all know how important fruits and veggies are and I am blessed to have children who, I understand are a bit out of the ordinary, love fresh produce. To their credit, we do not have a battle of the wills when it comes to them eating their veggies. Cleaning their room, though...that is another story!

If you struggle with a finicky eater or just want to keep veggies interesting, here are some ideas that I have tried:

I'm always on the lookout for new ways to serve fruits and veggies so that boredom doesn't set it. What ideas or tips do you have?

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009


First post

Welcome to my new blog! I have been a reader of many wonderful blogs for a long time and I'm excited to finally come out of the woodwork and start contributing. I'm excited about the possibilities of this venture!

As a stay at home mom to two great kids who keep me on my toes, I will be sharing the various tidbits I learn about making life a little easier and will be soliciting ideas from my readers as well. I love to cook and save money so you can expect many posts about that as well.

I look forward to hearing from you. As a brand new blogger, I can use all the ideas and suggestions I can get! You can leave a comment under the comments section or you can email me at: justdoingmybest(at)gmail(dot)com.


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