Supermarket Secrets TV Segment on KPRC Chan 2 Houston

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Welcome Channel 2 KPRC Houston  viewers!

 

Check out Secrets to Saving at the Supermarket Video from KPRC Channel 2 Houston.

 

Supermarket Secrets is a segment that was aired on KPRC Channel 2 Houston on  February 8, 2014.

 

-Look at Sales Ads before you shop

-Plan your Menu off of the Flyer – Stores offer loss leaders.  They advertise these good deals to get you into the store.  Plan your menu on these sale items especially the meats and produce that are on sale.  Shop the outside aisle of the store.

– Prepared food like cut up fruit and pre-cleaned veggies are much higher than doing the work yourself

-Sign up for Store loyalty cards and store apps – Store offer special discounts and even free items

-Look high and low:  Eye level in prime real estate – the most expensive/highly marketed brands.  Don’t be afraid of Generic brands.  They are most likely made by name brand companies anyway.

-Price match- with a little research you can save, by knowing what is on sale at other stores.  If you don’t have the time to research the items before you shop consider signing up for Walmart’s Savings Catcher.  This app lets you scan your receipt and then finds the closest competitors and price matches for you.  If a lower price is found, the money will go into your account which can be used as a Walmart E-Gift Card.

– Always check the unit price. Just because it is a larger size does not mean it is the best price.

-Don’t be afraid of Coupons – Can be found in-store or in the Sunday paper -If you have coupons, make sure you bring them to the store and then give them to the cashier. I place my coupons in the basket with the food, so that when I am unloading the groceries at check out I get all the coupons too.

These are just a few secrets to saving money at the supermarket.

What are some of your ideas?

11 Ways to Make Money From Home – KPRC Channel 2 Houston TV Segment

Welcome KPRC 2 Houston Viewers.

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Check out 7 jobs that can make you hundreds in your spare time from KPRC Channel 2 Houston.

Extra money is always welcomed around my house, here are just a few ways to earn some extra cash.

  1. Become an Uber Driver – Uber is a smartphone app that makes it simple to make extra money by driving clients around town. All you will need is a smart phone, car and extra time. There are requirements and a background check, but overall this is a great way to make a few extra bucks. Pricing is set before you take the job, so you know exactly what you will get paid. You can choose the jobs you want to take when you have time.
  2. Amazon Flex – Hopefully coming to the Houston Area soon! This is a delivery service from Amazon Prime to deliver the “Now Packages”.   All you need is a reliable car, clean drivers license and you could be on your way to making $18-$25 in your spare time delivering packages. A background check and other details are required.
  3. Amazon Mechanical Turk – A freelancing site with a wide variety of different projects. “Hits” are offered, usually very low, so you will need volume. This won’t get you rich, but hang in there, and you can make extra money in your spare time.
  4. Fivver offers online odd jobs from designing logos, translating, and proof reading to singing songs. The possibilities are endless. Prices start at $5 per service and go up from there.
  5. Answer Surveys – There are a lot of companies online that will pay you for your opinion. These are just a few survey sites that are free to join and free to use. (Watch out for those sites that ask you to pay to join.) Free Paid Surveys, American Consumer Opinion, Nielson Digital Voice, Pro Opinion, Pinecone Research, Harris Poll Online, Inbox Dollars http://www.inboxdollars.com/?r=ref22000870   (my affiliate link)
  6. House Sit/Pet Sit – The Holidays are often accompanied by lots of travel. Take out an ad in your local publication to advertise your house sitting or pet sitting services. Or better yet, advertise to your friends and family through social media. This will give them peace of mind that they know who will be watching their house or the family pet. That equals a win/win situation! Extra money for you and peace of mind for them.`
  7. Party Planner – If you love to plan and organize parties what better service to offer. Help plan the perfect Office, Holiday, Birthday, Family Reunion ever.
  8. Mystery Shopper – This is a great way to try new restaurants, visit different stores and get free products. While they usually do not pay a lot, you will get free food and products for your reviews. This is perfect if you like trying new things.
  9. Clean Homes – Everyone needs a little extra time during the Holidays. Cleaning homes is a great way to make extra money. (You may need to be bonded/have insurance for this if you are cleaning other than family or friends residences.)
  10. Sell Items – Ebay, Craigs List, Etsy, Resale Shops, Garage Sales these are all possibilities. Clothing, house wares, books, toys, furniture, tools, arts and crafts and gift cards are options.
  11. Consultant- If you are great at organization and can help others organize their pantry, closet, or life, get the word out and start organizing the world.

 

Advice about earning extra income from home:

Watch out for scams online. Never pay money to join an organization for a job.  Be safe, if it is too good to be true, than it probably is.  If exchanging goods use police parking lots that have been set up as safe havens.

Make 3 Dinners out of 1 Pack of Chicken

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Out of one pack of chicken you can make three dinners for a family of four.

The family pack of chicken cost $8.46.  (4.25lbs @ $1.99/lb)

We can stretch the chicken into three different dinners.

Grilled chicken Dinner with salad and corn, Thai Chicken Stir fry over rice and

Cilantro Lime Tacos with Spanish beans and rice.

Start off by slicing the top 1/3 off of each chicken breast.

It is easier to cut chicken horizontally (split) when it is really cold (almost frozen).

This stabilizes the chicken and you can slice the chicken easily.

Use this top cut of the chicken breast to grill for your first night’s dinner.

Season with salt,  pepper and Cajun seasoning before putting on the grill.

Serve with salad and vegetable.

 

Grilled Chicken Plate:
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While your chicken is grilling use the time to prepare for your next two meals.

 

Split the reaming chicken into two equal portions.

 

Grab two quart or gallon freezer bags if you are not going to be using the chicken in the next couple of days.

 

Cut one portion of chicken into cubes and place in freezer bag.  Marinade in olive oil, fresh cut up cilantro,

1/2 fresh lime juice and tajin seasoning.  Add a dash of cayenne pepper if you like it spicy.

At this point, freeze or put in refrigerator for later use.

When you are ready to cook, sauté chicken until done.

Shred chicken and serve on tortillas with lettuce, tomatoes, fresh cilantro and a squeeze of lime over the top.

Add rice and beans to make it a complete meal.
Cilantro Lime Chicken Tacos Plate:

 

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While the chicken is still very cold, cut into slices, put in freezer bag and marinate

with soy sauce, olive oil, minced garlic and ginger.

Freeze or put in refrigerator for later use.

When you are ready to make your Thai Chicken Stir Fry,

Sauté chicken in olive oil and minced garlic until fully cooked.

Add 1/2 cup peanut butter to pan

Add 3/4 cup water or chicken broth

Stir until peanut butter is dissolved into a sauce

Add one large pack of frozen stir fry vegetables

Add soy sauce to taste

Serve over rice
Thai Chicken Stir Fry:
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Enjoy your quick and frugal meals.

Remember that only $8.46 was spent on all three of these dinners combined.

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Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

This is one of my favorite homemade products.

It is so simple and inexpensive to make.

Items that you will need:
1 Cup Borax (estimated cost is 25 cents)
1 Cup Baking Soda (estimated cost 33 cents)
Large Mixing Bowl

Directions:
Mix equal parts Borax and Baking Soda in a large mixing bowl.
Mix until well combined.

This recipe will yield 14 uses.
**Use TWO Tablespoons per load.

The cost to make this product is approximately 58 cents. Divide that by the number of uses (14) to get the cost per load/use.

4 cents per load! Yes, that is correct 4 cents per load.

Compare that to the dishwasher detergent that you are currently using and see the money that you will be saving your family in a year.

 

Comments about this Homemade Dishwashing Detergent:

Yvette C. said: “The dishwasher soap did a good job cleaning the dishes.”

Jennifer V. said: “The dishwash detergent worked great as well. I usually use Electra powerball cubes (also from Costco). I did not see any difference in dishes between the store bought and homemade. Would definitely use again.

Jeff said: “I can not tell the difference. The only difference is the money I spend at the store. This is a keeper.”

Calia L. said: “This is amazing. Thanks for teaching me how to hang on to my money.”

 

Thank you for trying something new. I realize that brand loyalty exists and that we all are creatures of habit. Please try these products for yourself and let me know what you think… and how much you have saved by using them.

How to save on everything! Or at least a Good Start to the New Year!

Coupon Contessa
There is always a way to pay less for the items you want.
If you are not aware of a sale going on in a particular store ask the manager or a sales associate. It never hurts to ask. You may be pleasantly surprised.

 

Gift Cards:
1. Use the coupons for RX to get free gift cards.
2. Purchase Restaurant.com gift cards at a fraction of the cost. Selected restaurants only and restrictions apply, but you can find up to 90% off at different times during the year.
3. Use the points from your credit card to purchase gift cards for giving all throughout the year. Not all credit cards do this, but there are a few.

 

Clothing for the Family
1. Clearance: Be willing to wear last season items – especially for the kids. Shop the outlets in store and online. Your favorite brand is sure to have great deals at the end of the season.
2. Shop the retail shops in your area. Name brands at great prices!
3. Take advantage of the extra % off coupons. Most time these can be used with clearance or on top of the sale prices.

 

Gifts and Great Buys: (previous years goods)
1. Leather Purses from $80 to $100 each – clearanced up to 90% off
Paid $9 and $19
2. Fill a bag SALE! Last weekend at the Sanrio store
Paid $20 and total retail value was $2998.31
3. After major holidays is a great time to buy cologne/perfume gift sets for giving during the year. They can be found from 50% up to 90% off.
4. Home goods – clearance finds: Picture frames 90% off, Note board 90% off

 

When buying online:
1. Always research coupon/discount codes before you purchase
2. Go through sites such as Ebates that give you a % of your purchase back.
3. Compare prices on different sites. Just because it says SALE, make sure you know the original price. This way you will be aware when you really get a great deal.

 

Grocery Shopping tips:
1. Sign up for store loyalty cards
Like Kroger’s or Randall’s
2. Load coupons on your Loyalty card
P&G esaver
Cellfire.com
Shortcuts.com
You can combine a paper coupon with a loadable coupon for even bigger savings.

3. Home mailers usually have high value coupons. These are sent right to your home.

4. HEB has manufacturer coupons hanging all around the store.
No cutting/clipping/organizing or forgetting to bring them to the store!

5. Printable coupons: there are so many out there My two favs are:
coupons.com
target.com
I would really like to hear from you!  Let me know your ideas on how you save!

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My Shopping Trip + Challenge for You!

 

October has come and gone and I would love to hear all about your random act of kindness. Please share!

 

My Shopping Trip + Challenge for You!

Today, I went to Kroger to buy a few things.

Basically, I needed boneless skinless chicken breasts that were on sale for $1.88 per pound.

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Under the Sink Organization Idea!

What a great way to organize that dreaded cabinet under the sink.

Plus this way you can fit more stuff!

Save Up to $5 on Udi’s Gluten Free Products

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Tortilla Crusted Chicken

This is a recipe that I have done for over 15 years. It originated when I was making fried chicken and I did not have the breading that I wanted. The chips were actually left over from a weekend get together and I was about to throw them away. I decided to take a chance,

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How to cook Spaghetti Squash – Tutorial

Have you even heard of Spaghetti Squash?  Most likely not.  But if you give it a try you may find it as versatile as I do.

Many of my friends have no idea what the yellow football shaped squash is… much less, how to prepare it for dinner.

It has a buttery taste that

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