Thanksgiving is just a couple days away, which means I need to start prepping for it. I was going to make a bacon-wrapped turkey, but I just don’t have the time, space or money this year to cook the meal I wanted. So I modified my Thanksgiving dinner menu a little bit. I’m making: A small spiral ham A Butterball Savory Herb Turkey Roast Maine potatoes Cranberry sauce Green bean casserole Butternut squash Stuffing Homemade gravy Rolls made from Take 2 Dough Production‘s dough Blueberry pie Pumpkin pie filling (My...

I’m always looking for ways to save money on items I use frequently when I cook. One item that I use often is dehydrated onions, so I decided it was in my best interest to make my own like my father does. He gave me his old dehydrator some time ago, and it truly has saved me money. I can buy bags of onions from Fiddlehead Marketplace or Market Basket...

My family LOVES ground chicken burger. We use it in everything from spaghetti sauce, to stroganoff, to tacos, to panko-coated burgers, to meatballs, etc. It’s basically a staple for us. So when I was at Walmart yesterday doing my grocery shopping and I saw packages for $1.92 each I scoffed them up. Generally, depending on where I shop, one package runs from $2.69 up to almost $4.00. So in other words, $1.92 was a steal. There were five packages left and I bought them all because I know we’ll end up using them. In fact,...

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. I purchased Electronic Monopoly with my own money. We loved it so much that I wanted to share my thoughts with all of you. The other day I was talking to Amber from Thrifty Ninja and she mentioned she and her family had tried out Electronic Monopoly. I’ve been wanting to buy it for my daughter for quite some time but had held off because I didn’t know anyone who had tried it out. As soon as Amber told me what she thought, I knew I was going to splurge this weekend and buy my...

Posted on Nov 16 2011 - 7:49pm by Nicole Smith
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Recently I mentioned to several people I know my family’s version of homemade mac ‘n cheese. It’s one of our favorite meals to make, so I thought I’d share it with all of you, too. I actually just made  a batch yesterday for my dad’s birthday. And judging by the phone call I received last night after he ate it, I outdid myself. I did, however, to doublecheck with my mother this morning to make sure she enjoyed it, as well. She did. SCORE FOR ME! This recipe makes two huge batches of mac ‘n cheese....

I’m always emptying glass jars left and right around here. While I recycle some, I usually store panko breadcrumbs or dehydrated onions in others, or even use them as drinking glasses. Yesterday I got to thinking about what else I could use them for. So I went on a search for some ideas. Here they are. Some of them are really cute and I think would look adorable in my house. This is a really neat idea. I have a spot right above my kitchen table where this would look perfect. I’ve been wanting to replace my current lighting...

I first tried refried bean dip when I was six or seven at a neighbor’s house. It instantly became a favorite for my mother and I who have made it fairly regularly ever since. It’s a super easy snack or even meal to through together. It’s cheap, too, which is great. Ingredients: 1 can of refried beans – Store brand is fine. I prefer one...

If there’s one thing that gets me super excited, it’s saving money, so when I read about SavingStar, a new program that saves shoppers even more money, I knew I had to signup. SavingStar works with most store loyalty cards, so for those of us in Maine, it’ll work with a Hannaford or Shaw’s card. When you signup online, you add the offers you’re interested in onto your card and when you purchase the items involved, you’ll get money back via PayPal, direct deposit or a gift card. That’s a pretty...

From time to time I will be posting events in Maine that you can enjoy with your family, with a date or by yourself for relatively cheap…or even FREE! Next Saturday and Sunday, July 15th and 16th, the 7th Annual Acton Car Show & 2011 Swap Meets will be held at the Acton Fairgrounds and will benefit the Maine Children’s Cancer Program. Registration for the show begins at 7am, with inspections starting at 8am and running until noon. Ten trophies will be awarded on Sunday. Note: The Busy Workers 4-H Club will be selling...

If you are unsure if couponing is right for you and your family, this guest post may provide some insight. Everyone has their own opinions, though, so remember what works for some won’t always work for others. The only way to know for sure is to give it a try. My friend Amber at Thrifty Ninja is not an extreme couponer, but she knows what she’s doing. She updated a spreadsheet she started to keep track of her savings and her total for the past month is $1,077.91. And as she said, she didn’t buy crazy amounts of...