If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at couponing but were unsure of how to start and what it entailed, then you need to check out my friend Amber’s videos over at Thrifty Ninja. She’s been working on a series of Couponing 101 videos that are highly informative. I know they’ve helped me, and I’m sure there are many of you that would be helped by them, as well. ...

Like many of the people I know, my wallet is filled with rewards cards for various stores and restaurants. In fact, I actually have an entirely separate wallet for all of mine. I know it can be confusing keeping all of them straight and what their benefits are, so from here on out, I’m going to write one post per week covering the benefits of different rewards cards. This week’s card is for Shaw’s Supermarket, which has 22 locations in just Maine alone. The official site for Shaw’s lists the benefits as follows: Instant...

Posted on Jul 4 2011 - 12:36pm by Nicole Smith
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Today’s contest comes from a blog.  Blog contests are generally safe to enter and I recommend it as usually the worst you get exposed to is spam.  I checked this one out and it seems to be pretty easy to do.  They have a service called Raffle Copter (right now it is invite only *shakes fist*) that tracks whether or not you did the task.  The mandatory...

Today I have a guest blog post from my fellow cheap bitch, Amber of Thrifty Ninja. (Yes, that is actually how we refer to each other. We’re cool like that.) We were chatting last night about a delicious broccoli cheddar soup she’d made, and I said that she should write up a guest blog post for my site that tells all of you how to make. So she did. And I’m thrilled. I can’t wait to make it. When you’re done reading her recipe, please take some time and visit her site. I know she’d love to have...

If you’re looking for a way to save money, stop eating out! That’s right, nix the restaurant trips. While it’s easier to go to a restaurant and not worry about the cooking or cleanup, the dent that it puts in your wallet is not worth it. Sure, a splurge now and then is okay, but eating out four to five times a week or more is not going to help your money problems. I should know. I’ve been there. As an added bonus, your health will improve. Eating out all the time is not good for one’s body. With the...

Posted on Jun 22 2011 - 11:26pm by Nicole Smith
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As you’ve probably noticed by now, it’s been very quiet around here. I’ve been busy working, which at various points has included five different jobs. Crazy, I know! I’ve also been focusing on my personal writing more. Over the past couple of months I’ve published one novelette, A Second Chance, and one short story, Sacrifice. Promoting...

We recently made the decision as a family to start eating more gluten-free foods for a variety of reasons. Money-wise, it’s hard right now to switch to a completely gluten-free diet, but we’re doing the best we can and trying to introduce a few new gluten-free items each pay period. Fortunately for me, I work for a company that produces several gluten-free items, so I’m able to get some items for free. However, I’m still looking for some recommendations on other tasty options available that aren’t too...

If you’re looking for something to do with your family on March 12th and 19th, and you live in Southern Maine or near Milton, New Hampshire, you may want to consider stopping by the New Hampshire Farm Museum for Maple Days. This is just one event of many that are held on the farm, so it’s definitely worth remembering. Event Details: When: March 12th & 19th Time: 12 noon to 4pm Location: Rte. 125, White Mountain Highway, Milton, NH Price: $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 4-17 yrs, members $6/$3 If the weather...

This week is grocery shopping week. Every two weeks I make a trip to the grocery store(s) since that is how often my husband gets paid.  With bi-weekly and monthly pay, it becomes even more important to budget your money and plan ahead. Every payperiod, before I head to the grocery store, I sit down and create a menu based around sale items and food I have...

This is just a partial list of the items that are on sale this week at Shaw’s. For a comprehensive list, please visit the store’s official website. 5lb. bag of russet potatoes and 2lb. bag of Shaw’s yellow onions – FREE when you buy any 3lb. beef or pork roast Imported red seedless grapes – $1.49lb. Shaw’s split chicken breast – $1.29lb. Wild boneless haddock, flounder fillets or E-Z Peel Raw Shrimp – $5.99lb. Old fashioned glazed ham or Dietz & Watson provolone cheese –...