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Thursday, October 26, 2017

thrifty thursday #21

  • I earned enough points to cash out $10 with Mintvine*.
  • One night I made chickpea mock tuna salad (omg, so good) and I saved the liquid from the can of chickpeas. Aquafaba is a great alternative to eggs in recipes! I might use it to make my own mayo since I'm out of Just Mayo.
  • We went grocery shopping earlier in the week and I managed to save us three dollars and some change with Cartwheel, a couple dollars using some peelies on a couple products, along with buying store brand items and saving even more.
  • At Food Lion I picked up some melatonin and toilet paper and made $1.75 via ibotta*.
  • I earned 100 some points for my two purchases via Fetch Rewards, and then this morning we stopped at Best Buy and I earned 50 Shopkick points* for walking in the door.
  • We stopped by a local restaurant one Monday night for $2 black bean burgers, half of which I brought for lunch the next day.
  • I'm still eating from the pantry a lot, so I've been using up some spices, tomato paste, and random half eaten boxes of pasta and such. (I go from angel hair to penne back to angel hair.)
  • Sold another item on Poshmark. I made little to nothing on it as I really just wanted it out of the house, but I boosted my feedback rating and got another item out of here.
  • Before work Friday, I stopped by the recycling bins and the post office since they were on my way out to town and it helped me to stay home all day the day before and save some gas.
  • I turned down takeout at work in favor of the lunch I packed: spinach (that I saved a $1 on at Target!) with balsamic, pickled baby corn, and couscous.
  • I signed up for Kobo* books and received not only a $5 credit, but 250 Swagbucks*!
  • Matt and I stayed in Saturday and watched Game 7 (thanks, Yankees...) and I convinced him to make some food at home instead of going to Taco Bell.
  • I made a batch of quinoa earlier in the week so I've been using up oddball condiments with it. Some pasta sauce the other day, taco sauce and Tofutti sour cream today. Tomorrow I might use up some black beans and cocktail sauce. Is that weird? That's a bit weird.
How did you do this week?


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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

link love

I love American Eagle's entire Tennessee Volunteers line*.

Show your support for wildlife folks in Texas working diligently to help save bats from White-nose Syndrome.

I'd like to try this fall brussels sprouts quinoa salad.

Here's an interesting article about banana flavoring.

Guys!! There's a vegan loaf recipe generator.

I just discovered Blackbird Cosmetics and I really want to try the Dog Days and Atlas eyeshadows.

Ahh! Cookbook Village!! What! I'm eyeing this Hot and Spicy and Meatless cookbook.

Linda Xu

Monday, October 23, 2017

jason // sea fresh strengthening toothpaste

I started using more natural toothpastes a few years ago and except for the occasional sample I somehow still receive, I've stuck with them. A while back I picked up Jason's Power Smile Gel Toothpaste and liked it, so when I started running low I went back to Marshall's and found this little tube of Sea Fresh Strengthening Toothpaste.

The great thing about Jason toothpastes? They promise no sodium lauryl/laureth sulfates, no preservatives, no artificial colors, no artificial sweeteners, no saccharin, no propylene glycol, no gluten. Holy moly. Not only do they not have all of those nasties, they're cruelty free and vegan!

Now onto the actual review:

I've been enjoying this toothpaste. Not like brouhaha partying enjoy, but I like the consistency and taste. It's got a tiny smidge of stickiness, but I think it helps it feels like it's working, and as a paste compared to a gel it foams and cleans a little better.

A problem I've had with more natural toothpastes in the past is that I don't feel my mouth is fresh enough. This one though? Minty fresh!

I think I'm going to keep this as my go to toothpaste. You can try it yourself on Amazon, iHerb*, and VeganEssentials.


Friday, October 20, 2017

mini e.l.f. haul

Last week I took advantage of e.l.f.'s one day offering of free shipping and picked up the Moisturizing Foundation Stick in Ivory and the All Over Cover Stick in Apricot Beige. I've been growing more bored with my cream foundations, so I thought I'd try something new.
This was my first time trying a stick foundation and I have to say I expected it to be a lot drier. This foundation spread well, is buildable, and clearly has moisturizing tendencies. The cover stick was creamy and I think it'll work well on my undereyes.

Have you tried anything from e.l.f. lately? If not, join the Beauty Squad and use this  $5 coupon*!


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?