Sunday, November 23, 2008


As you all know, I have been trying to cut back on our electricity usage by not running the A/C, keeping lights off unless needed, line drying things etc....and the true test came when we saw that our power bill was ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS LOWER than last month!!!!!!!!! I AM SO EXCITED! The work paid off, and at the time we need it most! Just got to keep up the good work, and figure out even more ways to make it lower!!! I am adding smartstrips to our power plugs tonight!!

Tamale Pie!

Okay, so I found a GREAT deal at Publix (courtesy of The Thrifty Mama!) on Martha White Conbread Mixes ( they were 79 cents a piece, and I had a coupon from the Publix Thanksgiving flier that gave me $5 off of 10 mixes plus a 55 cent coupon off of one mix) and I decided to use one tonight with supper. Well, there was an easy recipe on the back of the mix for Tamale Pie.... it calls for two cans of chili (I had some frozen chili from last month in the freezer that needed using up), shredded cheese, and one cornbread mix. You put the chili in the bottom of a 8x8 pan then sprinkle cheese over it, then pour the mix (after you mix it with 3/4 cup of water) over the cheese. Bake for 35 minutes at 375. So easy, so cheap, and SO GOOD!!!

Friday, November 21, 2008


Everyone needs to go get their free Christmas gift ot treat for herself at Silver Jewelry Club!!! They are so sure you will love their jewelry that they will give you a piece for free.... you only pay 6.99 shipping! Click the link on the right side of my page to go there!!! I love mine!!!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

10 Easy Tips to save on heating
In celebration of the Freeze Your Buns Challenge, here are 10 tips to save on heating!

1) Lower your water heaterYou can usually turn it down to about 120 degrees without noticing a difference.

2) Lower your thermostatFor every degree you turn it down you will save around 3% of your bill. If you like it warm, turn it down before you leave the house and turn it back up again when you get home.

3) Use free solar energyOpen the shades/drapes of the windows that face the sun. Close the drapes that don't

4) Cover your water pipelinesFoam covers are sold at Home Depot, Lowes, Ace, and other home improvement stores. They are pre cut and ready to go - all you do is slip them around the pipe. Easy peasy and they help your water stay hot

5) Use a programmable thermostatYou can program it to automatically warm up before you wake up in the morning and before you come home from work. It makes lowering the temperature of your home easy

6) Change your air filterThis will cost around $5 and it will save 3-10% on your heating bill

7) Seal leaksIf your door seeps air than add a sweep, if your window frame leaks than caulk it. Wherever you feel a draft, try to close it up :)

8) Clear your heating ventsIf items are placed over or in front of the heating vent it restricts the air flow and causes your heater to work harder.

9) Do not overuse the bathroom and kitchen fansThese fans are designed to expel air to the outside at a super fast rate. Only use them when you need to!

10) Check your windowsIf you can afford the super insulated ones then go with that. They will increase the value of your house and save money on your bill. If you are like us and you can't afford them (yet - we will all get there one day!) then make sure any spaces are patched/caulked and you can also apply a thin layer of plastic to give a second layer. Many stores will sell plastic kits that stick to the frame of the window. They usually cost less than $5 and you can use a hair dryer to shrink them to the size of the window (you will never know they are there if you put them on right). These sheets will really cut back on drafts.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Free Papa Johns Pizza!!

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Cleaning Idea

Okay, a thrifty, natural way to clean your windows is to use vinegar as I have mentioned before... but adding Newspaper to the mix really makes for a lint-free crystal-clear shine! So instead of using a cloth of paper towels, next time you clean your windows, use that leftover Sunday paper before you recycle it!!!

Monday, November 17, 2008


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