Thursday, June 20, 2013

Thrifty Tips for June 20, 2013

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My favorite summer activity is bubble blowing.  In my old neighborhood, we would blow lots of bubbles and the kids would use squirt bottles or badminton racquets to pop them.  We went through lots of bubble liquid and I eventually found a recipe to make them at home.  This solution works really well with the real large wands.

Mix ingredients in a large bowl
1 cup of water
4 tablespoons of dish soap (I use Joy but Dawn works well too)
1 tablespoon of corn syrup or glycerin (you can get glycerin at the drug store I like it a bit better)

Mix everything together slowly.  Yep...that simple.  You can use the mixture right away, but I've noticed that it works even better if you give it a little while.  Our leftovers we usually put in a recycled jar for later. 


Albertsons has tilapia on sale this week at the price of buy one get three free.  This is a great fish for many recipes because it isn't overly fishy.  Broccoli crowns are also on sale at 98 cents a pound.  Add a couple more inexpensive ingredients and you can make this simple Lemony Tilapia with Rice Pilaf and Broccoli recipe from Hannaford.  You can also try out this Tilapia Tostada recipe from My Recipes which also shows you what items are on sale in your area!


If you live near an Apple store, you might want to register your kids ages 8 to 12 for Apple's Movie Magic Camp.  It is a three day camp and just an hour and a half a day.  During that time the kids will create an original song in GarageBand on iPad and put it together in iMovie on a Mac.  The Apple Camp ends with the campers sharing their work at the Apple Camp Film Festival.  Spots fill up quickly, but I found lots of openings in the stores in Arizona.  Follow this link and then use the Select A Store feature to find an opening near you. 


Lowe's Build & Grown Clinics are going strong.  This weekend's project is a Monster's University Chest.  The classes are full for Saturday, but there are still some openings on Sunday. Sign up at this link while space is available.


FreeCCM never disappoints in the free music department, and this week is no exception.  Head over to their site for six free music downloads including Bart Millard's "Power in the Blood."

FREE EBOOKS (Please keep in mind that these were free at the time of my posting.  Prices can change so always look at the price before you order.)

Elisha's Bones by Don Hoesel (AMAZON) (BARNES & NOBLE) (CHRISTIANBOOK.COM)

Doesn't She Look Natural by Angela Hunt (AMAZON)

Remember looking up information in the Encyclopedia Britannica.   I begged my parents for it year after year, but it was just way too pricey.  They shared that the library was good enough, and no doubt, it was great, but I still longed for my own encyclopedia.  There was so much to read, look at and learn.  Right now you can get the Encyclopedia Britannica 11th edition for free for your Kindle (or Kindle app) at Amazon.  No idea how long this will last, but it is seriously pretty cool. 


Don't forget to check out the latest ways to save via Savingstar.  The discounts go into an account that you can apply to Paypal, Amazon and other gift cards.  



Whole Pork Loin in the Bag or Pork Spare Ribs previously frozen $1.88 lb
Jumbo Arizona Cantaloupe 88 cents each
Fresh Keta Salmon fillet $3.98 lb
Tilapia Fillets 1 lb bag frozen buy 1 get 3 Free
Fresh Broccoli Crowns or Cauliflower 98 cents lb


Green Seedless Grapes 85 cents lb
Yellow Peaches 99 cents lb
Kroger Butter Select Varieties 16 oz 2.29 lb
Kroger Boneless Chicken Breasts or Thighs $1.99 lb
Sweet Corn 5/99 cents


Green Zucchini or Yellow Squash $1.29 lb
Roma Tomatoes 99 cents lb
Lean Cuisine Simple Favorites 8.5 to 12 oz 5/$10
Angel Soft Bathe Tissue or Sparkle Paper Towels $5

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Thrifty Tips for June 6

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Fresh berries are everywhere you look during this season.  Prices are so good, it is hard not to stock up.  The trouble is, when you stock up, you often end up with more than you can use before rotting happens.  Here is a great trick to keep your strawberries fresher longer.
-Soak berries in a bowl with a 1 part mixture of vinegar to 10 parts water.  Let this soak for about five minutes and then let dry completely before placing in the refrigerator.  The vinegar will kill off mold spores but will not impact the taste of the berries.  Give it a try.

This week red seedless grapes are on sale for just 85 cents a pound.  Freeze them up for a healthy and chilly snack that will definitely take the edge off the climbing temperatures.

FREE EBOOKS (Remember that these were free at the time of my posting.  Always check the price before you download.)

Angel's Watching Over Me by Michael Phillps (CHRISTIANBOOK.COM) (AMAZON) (BARNES & NOBLE)

Bound by Guilt by C.J. Darlington (CHRISTIANBOOK.COM) (AMAZON) (BARNES & NOBLE)

It's Only Natural: 200 natural cleaning product recipes to have a green, healthy and allergy free home and garden by Lorraine M. Harding (AMAZON)

Free CCM has four music downloads including "Better Than Life" by Remedy Drive.

New Release Tuesday has several free downloads including an acoustic version of "Resuscitate Me" by Remedy Drive.

iTickets has two free downloads this week including "Get Up" from Building 429.


-June 29th enjoy some great activities at Deer Valley Park from 7 to 9 pm with fireworks at 8:45 pm.

-Cigna is hosting some great summer events at Phoenix area pools.  Little ones ages 6 and under can join in the Itty Bitty Beach Party from 9:30 am to 11:30 am.  There are four events this summer:
-Other great events are listed at the Cigna page.  Check them all out here.

-There are still some spaces open in the Lowe's Build and Grow Clinics.  These activities are a great way for the kids to have fun and learn a little something too.  Check out the upcoming listings here.  

-Enjoy movies under the stars for free in Prescott Valley every Thursday in June starting at 
7:30 pm on the grass at the Civic Center Amphitheater in Prescott Valley.

Friday, June 7th is National Doughnut Day, and Krispy Kreme wants to help you celebrate with a free doughnut.  Find a location near you by following this link.  


Sanderson Farms Fresh Tray Pack Chicken includes boneless and bone-in regular size packages buy 1 get 1 free
USDA Choice Ribeye or T-Bone Steak Boneless or Bone-in Any Size Package 50% Off
Lean Ground Beef 80% Lean 3lbs or More $2.29 lb
Red  Seedless Grapes 85 cents lb
Tropical Magoes 2/$1
Crisp Red Bell Peppers 2/$1
Albertsons Gallon Milk Select Varieties $1.79 (limit 2)
Red Ripe Grape Tomatoes 12 oz 2/$3
Blue Bell Ice Cream Half Gallon $3.99 (limit 2)

Sanderson Farms Whole Chicken or Safeway Farms Chicken Drumsticks Thighs or Leg Quarters 99 cents lb
Fresh All Natural Whole Boneless Pork Loin Sold Whole in the Bag $1.99 lb
Prego Pasta Sauce 23.5 to 24 oz Select Varieties 2/$3
Red or Russet Potatoes 99 cents lb
Avocados 99 cents each

Assorted Pork Loin Chops Bone-in, Family Pack $1.49 lb (limit 2)
Blueberries 6 oz Buy 1 Get 1  Free ($save up to $2.99)
Red Tomatoes on the vine 99 cents lb
Cantaloupe 88 cents
Mini Seedless Watermelon 2/$3