Coffee Sugar Scrub

Here is a terrific holiday gift for the coffee lover in your life that also needs a little bit of pampering.  This simple Coffee Sugar Scrub puts to use your favorite ground coffee grounds with a few other simple items on hand in your home to create a luscious scrub.  Coffee grounds are a great way to exfoliate and the “wake up” smell is perfect to get your day started on a bright note.  Although the recipe below doesn’t specify specific coffee I highly recommend using one of your favorite flavored coffees for a little extra kick.  A rich vanilla or hazelnut coffee ground will add just enough extra warmth of scent to this scrub that will be pleasing to everyone.

COFFEE SUGAR SCRUB

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup Ground Coffee
  • 1/2 cup Used Ground Coffee
  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Coconut Oil
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon

DIRECTIONS

  • Pour sugar and coffee grounds into medium sized bowl.
  • Mix in coconut oil (add more if you like a wet consistency).
  • Add cinnamon and mix well.
  • Place mixture in the jar.
  • Add this Cute Coffee Sugar Scrub Label if desired

 

We love this variation on a simple sugar scrub that can be easily customized for your coffee loving friend for a perfect holiday gift.  With simple inexpensive decorative clear plastic jars or containers and a few small ribbon embellishments you can easily customize this scrub into a unique and personalized gift for anyone on your list.  Create a coffee lovers gift basket complete with this great scrub, a small bag of specialty roast coffee, a new custom holiday mug, perhaps a few packets of creamer, sweetener and a beautiful spoon to stir.  Great coffee sugar scrub like this proves that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to create a gift everyone would love to have this holiday season.

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DIY Holiday Gift: We Whisk You A Merry KISSmas

If you are looking for an inexpensive yet fun gift to give to someone like your child’s teacher, a neighbor, friend from church, friend from your MOPS group or a hostess gift for one of the many holiday parties you will be attending here is a great and simple item!  DIY Holiday Gift: We Whisk You A Merry KISSmas is a super easy and inexpensive gift that looks adorable and makes everyone smile!

 

DIY HOLIDAY GIFT: WE WHISK YOU A MERRY KISSMAS

Needed:

Assembly:

  • Slip Hershey’s Kisses in between wire of whisk
  • Drop whisk into clear or holiday printed cellophane bag
  • Tie with ribbon
  • Attach printed We Whisk You A Merry KISSmas Card to Ribbon on bag

Go HERE to print your We WHISK you a Merry KISSmas Cards or simply click the image below!

This DIY Holiday Gift is a great one for low budgets.  Most Dollar Tree or $1 Shops carry wire or plastic whisks for only $1 each.  A bag of Hershey’s Kisses can be picked up for under $2 after coupons this time of year with great sales.  Cellophane bags are easy to find at any retail store for $1-$2 for a bag of 12-15 bags.  A roll of ribbon is $1.  You can spend $10 to make 5 great teachers gifts for your children to give out at their holiday parties this year!

To create an extra special gift you can pick up inexpensive baskets or casserole dishes on sale and fill them with this, a boxed cake mix or brownie mix, a bag of chocolate chips or mint chips, a pot holder and a kitchen towel and spend just a few dollars to give someone a great, fun and useful gift that they can enjoy with their family!

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Barilla Pasta Sauce $0.54 at Publix!

barilla pasta sauce couponSwing on over to Publix and get this great deal on Barilla Pasta Sauce! With Barilla Sauce B1G1 this month at Publix you’re sure to get your moneys worth! Here’s the deal:

 

Barilla Pasta Sauce 24oz – $2.59
B1G1 $1.29 a piece
$0.75/1 Barilla Pasta Sauce Coupon
Final Price: $0.54

Thanks, Southern Savers!

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Birds Eye Chopped Spinach, Only $0.50 at Dollar Tree!

Craving a fresh summer salad? Head on over to Dollar Tree and grab your Birds Eye Chopped Spinach for only $0.50. Heres the deal:

 

Birds Eye Chopped Spinach 10oz  $1.00
$1.00/2 – Birds Eye or Birds Eye Steamfresh Item
Final Price: $0.50

Thanks, Krazy Coupon Lady!

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DIY Organic Baby Food Pouches

UPDATE from Coupons & Freebies Mom: We shared a guest post from a reader yesterday about DIY Baby Food Pouches. We are removing the content from the DIY Organic Baby Food Pouches guest post based on a comment we received from a reader. Please feel free to research this issue further. Here is a portion of the comment we received:

I run a commercial kitchen where we manufacture baby food. I am all for homemade baby food but this is a very dangerous recommendation. The pouches are NOT meant for reuse! In fact, I have spoken many times with the people who manufacture the pouches. Even they with their high levels of sanitation and pasteurization techniques they have trouble keeping salmonella and other food borne bacterium out of their pouches. There have been recalls from most of the pouch companies. You can google Plum organics recall. This is a dangerous practice and should not be done at home. If a baby gets food poisoning it is deadly. They do not get sick like we do. They end up in the hospital. Please do not recommend this unsafe practice to other parents. It is a deadly accident waiting to happen and I’m really not overstating the direness of this situation.

I realize the pouches are expensive. Buy some ice cube trays and freeze your baby food. It isn’t as convenient as pouches. but it will ensure that babies don’t get very sick.

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Tips for Living on One Income

Tips for Living on One Income

Here are some Tips for Living on One Income: a Guest Post by Heather H.

Living on One Income Tips: I’d like to start off by saying everyone struggles at one time or another. You just have to learn to cope. I’ve pretty much always struggled when it comes to finances, being a single mother is not an easy job. I worked three jobs at one point in time and it still was not enough. I then became disabled, so living on one income it was, and still is. Over time I’ve learned ways to stretch my money, try to keep the bills paid, and still help the community. Even though it is month to month living, it still works.

Simple tips for living on one income: Start off by sitting down and creating a budget. Make a list of your monthly expenses/bills, etc. For me, most of my monthly bills are around the same amount every month except of course the electric bill. I basically follow a few important rules. Never use credit cards, Always put needs over wants, Make “no spend” days, NO more eating out, and Find and utilize at least 2 money saving strategies a month. It’s all about survival. We, especially as parents, do what we have to do to survive. I also shop at second hand and thrift stores such as Goodwill and Salvation Army quite frequently.

After I pay all my monthly bills, I determine what is needed for the house – Groceries, personal care, and if the kids needs anything as far as clothing etc. I have to tell you, couponing is the new way of the world, and it has saved my life. I always try to find a coupon for everything I plan to buy, and if I don’t have a coupon, I only buy it if I NEED it. I shop several stores to get the best bargains. Another way I get the things we need is to join the best virtual currency offer sites. On these type of sites, you complete offers, surveys, play games, etc for points that can be converted into cash, prizes, gift cards, etc. To me, these are much easier than regular survey sites, maybe because I can get impatient. The top three sites that I use are as follows: Prizerebel, Swagbucks, and Superpoints. I cash out alot of Amazon gift cards and sometimes Paypal cash. Amazon gift cards paid for our Christmas in 2011.They never expire and you can save them all year. All three of these sites have a great referral system, so when your referrals earn, so do you. I’ve recently started buying food items on Amazon with gift cards. I just got four big boxes of cereal for 8 bucks with free shipping. Sign up for Amazon Mom for free Prime Shipping. Also, sign up for all the free giveaways, contests, and free samples that you can!  It does pay off!

So, aside from alot of couponing and making extra cash on these sites, how else do I save money that helps me live on one income? Well, for one, apply for energy assistance at your local social services.(Do this before it gets cold!) If they dont have a Home Energy office, ask them where to apply. If you’re eligible, it can really help you save in the winter months with your heating bill. Also, try putting a few dollars into Savings whenever you can. If you don’t like banks, try a prepaid card service like Netspend, they have Checking and Savings.

While I do my couponing, I always keep a “donation” box. There are lots of freebies out there, and they can really help people in need. When my box gets full, I take it to a local church that is big in helping the community. They’ve even helped me in the past, so it feels even better to help. You always want to Pay it Forward , you never know when you might need help.

All of these are great ways to live on one income and survive. I will not lie and say I live comfortably all the time, sometimes it is still a struggle, but we are in a recession people. If I look back to just one year ago, I wouldnt have been able to say- Christmas was paid for virtually FREE, I donate at least three times a year, and I have a storage unit filled with free stuff from couponing! It is all about strategies and planning!! WE CAN DO IT!!

Tips for Living on One Income has been a guest post as part of the Coupons & Freebies Mom Money Saving Experts series, by Heather H. Heather just snagged a $5 Amazon gift card! Learn how you can snag a $5 gift card!

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Are you born frugal or do you become that way?

<strong>Are you born frugal OR do you become that way? Is frugal something you “become”, or are some people just born that way? Me (Money Savin’ Momma) – I was BORN a tightwad. 🙂 It is almost PAINFUL for me to spend money. Seriously! I grew up on a farm in rural Kansas, and as you may know, farmers don’t exactly roll in the dough… My parents are HUGE bargain shoppers, even to this day. And I inherited this trait from them! The thrill of finding a hot deal is like an adrenaline rush for me. That’s why I LOVE sharing deals and freebies with you all here on our site! Saving money seems to come naturally to me, regardless of the fact I was also raised that way.

Shortly after my husband and I got married, I was in for a huge shock. I had married….. *GASP*…. a spender! For the first few years of our marriage, it was truly painful for me to watch my husband spend money and not save it! So, fast forward several years to when our first son was born. My husband discovered Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover and started this website (CAFM) as a way to help us stay on track and save money. And we’ve never looked back since. I smile now when I see my husband printing coupons and telling me he saved 56% on our grocery bill by shopping the sales and using coupons. Ten years ago, I would have never believed he would be using coupons because they were “too much work”! In his case, he BECAME frugal after becoming a father, and I’m grateful he did. 🙂

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Ask the readers: So what about all of you? Were you BORN frugal? Were you raised that way? Did you BECOME frugal? We’d love to hear how you got started on the road to frugality and saving money!

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Designer clothes on a budget

<strong>Designer clothes on a budget: How do you wear a trend without it wearing you? How do you wear clothes that are fashionable and reasonable? Amee of Madame Deals explains how she wears designer clothes while spending next to nothing:

The answer is simple; pair classic items in a new way. I will show how layering common items creates a trend. How much will I spend for the two outfits that I will create? Less than $20!

nautical

The look I am recreating is the nautical look. I love Navy and White I think it looks crisp and rich. I also love dressing up or dressing down jeans. A good pair of jeans is worth what they cost! The ones in my post are Sevens For All Mankind. They retail for $178.00. Confused? How did I pay $178.00 for my jeans and still make an outfit for $20? Well, I grabbed mine at Goodwill for just $4.00. That is right, I saved $173.00. Not bad ha?

I paired the designer jeans, $4.00, with an Ann Taylor Navy Sweater, $3.50, that I layered with a striped cardigan from Banana Republic, $3.50. Total spent: $11.00.

look 2

Look 2:

I used the same $4.00 designer jeans. I live in jeans so I try to make outfits that reflect real women. Can I wear dry clean only clothes? Not with two children! I used the same $3.50 Ann Taylor Navy Knit Tank paired with a white gauze sweater from Banana Republic, also $3.50 at Goodwill. I spent an additional $3.50 from the first look to create a second unique look.

The secret to looking good within the budget is figuring out ways to make what you have work. If you have a bunch of random items and you buy new items just for those items to work, it is costly. Instead focus on the classics: black pants, dark jeans, white button down shirt, pencil skirt, and a shirt in a color that you look amazing in. I encourage you to hit the thrift stores, consignment shops, and host clothing swaps in order to build a wardrobe that reflects your best assets

Amee of Madame Deals: I am a happily married lady living in Virginia. I enjoy raising our Angel and Cherub while staying home (well most of the time sometimes I just need an hour to myself). I love children and I hold a Master’s degree in Elementary Education with a specialization in Special Education. I have taught in several states while my husband was serving in the Navy. I hope to inspire people to believe in themselves and create a better standard of living whether it be through fashion or finance.

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