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Thursday, October 19, 2017

thrifty thursday #20


  • Our boss gave N and I a bag of fresh garden tomatoes from their family. They're delicious and I'm so glad they thought of us!
  • The local Shell has started taking Shell Rewards* cards, so it's a bit easier to get cheaper gas while home. I save 5 cents per gallon because I have Gold Status.
  • Noodles & Company emailed me a bit ago has now started a nifty little program for rewards (try my code KatelynCar669)* and I signed up. We went yesterday and I earned enough points for a free side, salad, soup, or mac!
  • I ordered a couple things from e.l.f. when they offered free shipping one day. I saved $4.95 on shipping and have their Moisturizing Foundation Stick and their All Over Cover Stick on their way to me to try! If you haven't joined their Beauty Squad yet, head on over and join* with this $5 coupon!
  • Another item sold on Mercari as well as another on Poshmark.
  • While out in Tennessee, I scored some Shopkick* points, 606 Fetch points, and made $0.50 via ibotta*.
  • Via the Panel App*, I cashed out my points for a $5 Amazon giftcard.
  • On the trip home from TN, we filled up our Nalgene and Sip by Swell* bottles with water and two ceramic coffee mugs with fresh coffee. Not a penny was spent on road drinks! In fact, the only money spent to come home was $1.75 on a vending machine bag of chips to keep me awake and alert.
  • I had gotten out of the habit of refilling my Nalgene* bottle, but I've recently started carrying it again and while I did stop at Wawa for dinner after coaching a softball game, I saved the plastic and money of not buying a bottle of water since I knew I had some in the car. I even carry it onto the ball field when I coach and umpire instead of getting a bottle of water at the concession stand.
  • We had a bunch of leftovers from dinner at my mom's, so N and I brought a bunch of them to work today. We both got fried squash mix, I got the salad, and she got the Tofurky chick'n. Win!
  • N asked if I wanted any Chinese food today for delivery and since I still had squash, I said no. Win!
Frugal Fails
  • I returned some library books late and that resulted in some fees. Still cheaper than buying the books and the fees help the library.
How have you done lately?

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Monday, October 16, 2017

tennessee // plants & homecooked meals

This past weekend, N and I took a little trip out to Tennessee to visit my mother. We were caught up in traffic all day Wednesday and ended up on a dirt road with no cell phone service. That was...uh...fun? But we finally made it out, only about four hours after our original arrival time.

It was a really laid back girls' weekend. All of us slept in Thursday, hung around the house talking for a bit and drinking coffee (I actually ate every leftover in my mother's fridge, but that's besides the point), then we went out and picked up some plants at Lowe's. You can't beat $1 succulents! We stopped by the store for things for dinner, then headed home.

Dinner that night was great. Mumma made my favorite dish - potzuquash! A mixture of squash, zucchini, and potatoes sliced and cooked with a little oil and spices. N and I prepared a fresh salad and even had some Tofurky chick'n to top it.

We settled in to watch some tv and catch up before we headed back the next morning. Mountain views and time with your mom always make things better. ♥


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Sunday, October 15, 2017

vegan food review // Tofurky slow roasted chick'n strips

I decided to pick up these new Tofurky Slow Roasted Chick'n strips to add to a salad we had planned for dinner at my mom's. I wasn't disappointed!

They were super easy to prepare. You just take the wrapped product out of the box, poke a few holes in the plastic packaging, and pop it into the microwave for 60 seconds. The strips aren't packed in a ton of liquid so they don't come out mushy and can even be shredded for things like tacos. You could alternatively cook these in a pan on the stove, which I might opt to do next time.

Texture is usually what stops my buying meat alternatives, but I had no qualms about this! So how was the texture? I didn't feel like I was eating chicken, but it was firm and not rubbery at all. They held up well in salad dressing and had a smoky, full flavor, but were true to the "lightly seasoned" claim. The pieces could easily be broken into smaller pieces, which was nice for a salad. My only complaint is that I put too many pieces on my plate and it became overwhelming after a bit, but I believe that's just my palate. I'd love to try a vegan buffalo chick'n dip with these!

These strips come in four flavors: lightly seasoned, Tandoori, BBQ, and Thai basil.You can find them online at VeganEssentials, but I found them in store for less than four dollars.

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Thursday, October 05, 2017

thrifty thursday #19


  • I completed a silly survey on my Dollar General receipt and got a coupon for $3 off my next $15 purchase. When I used that coupon on essentials, I got another survey offer.
  • I sold two items on Mercari, one on Poshmark, and an item to a friend - I'm really downsizing and it's nice to make a bit of cash at the same time. I'm going to use recycled shipping supplies to send out the packages.
  • Grocery shopping hasn't happened much around here, so I've been eating from the pantry like a madwoman. I just really want a fresh salad.
  • My mom gave N and me two tickets for a local movie theatre, so we used them to go see mother! and even though the movie was weird, we didn't pay a dime!

  • I was perusing Cartwheel and noticed there was a 50% offer for the complete series of The King of Queens*, which is my favorite show ever, so I checked it out in store. The series used to be $150, but has since gone down to $49.99, so I snapped it up for a cool $24 and change. It's on sale online right now for only $37.99!
  • I earned a quarter back from ibotta* and submitted receipts to ReceiptHog.
  • The omnivore of the house never eats leftovers but puts them in the fridge. I loathe food waste, so I eat these leftovers even though they may have dairy in them. The dollar vote has been cast already, though not by me, so at least there's no waste. Sigh.
  • I help coach a softball team and before practice I filled up some empty water bottles that were around the kitchen to give them a couple more uses before I recycle them.

Frugal Fails:
  • I hit a curb one night and ruined one of my expensive tires on the car. I was so upset since I'd just gotten the tires in June, but $93 later I no longer have a donut on my car.
  • Ordered takeout at work two days when I forgot lunch. I need to get on this meal prepping wagon.


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Friday, September 29, 2017

maple holistics // tea tree shampoo

**I was compensated for this post by receiving a free product to review from Maple Holistics. This review is my own honest opinion.

Recently I was contacted by Maple Holistics to see if I was interested in trying their Tea Tree Shampoo. Not only is Maple Holistics cruelty free, this product is vegan, paraben free, GMO free, and gluten free. The ingredients list for the Tea Tree Shampoo was short and to the point. I've been wanting to try a tea tree line as I have eczema and an itchy scalp, so I jumped at the chance.

The Tea Tree Shampoo combines jojoba, tea tree, rosemary, and lavender to combat dandruff, regulate oil secretions, and clear away blemishes on the scalp. You simply wet your hair with warm water, apply the shampoo and let it sit for a few minutes after massaging it into your scalp, then rinse with cool water.

I don't wash my hair every day, so I've used this shampoo twice since receiving it. I'm impressed already - I've noticed my scalp being significantly less itchy and my eczema spots are less red and noticeable! My hair felt softer and smoother after one shampoo, unlike many shampoos that leave my hair with that straw like feeling. I've definitely found my scalp to be responding well to this and I believe I may have found a new go to shampoo.

Try it for yourself here or try a sample of their other products here!

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