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Meal Planning in 4 Easy Steps

Using Grocery Coupons

Do you need to save money on groceries?

Hahahahaha – That’s like saying, “Do you need a little more sleep?” or, “Would you like the kids to get along a little more often?” For most families, the food budget is one of the only things left to cut, and it’s often one of the biggest places that we over spend. The problem is, we’re often too busy to figure out exactly HOW to save money on groceries.

How to Cut Costs

Meal Planning + Savings Match-Ups = Food on the Table! Seriously, this site is awesomesauce. It is totally simple to use. It’s free to join. It will save you loads of time, and money. And your family might even eat healthier, since you’ll be cooking more ‘real’ meals at home! It makes meal planning very quick and simple – you no longer need to save all of those weekly sale inserts. Food on the Table matches your meals directly to the best savings at your own personal local grocery store!

Open a free Meal Planning account on Food on the Table today!

Here’s how it Works

  1. Set up your meal plan for the week – Food on the Table lets you add the local grocery stores you shop at most. Then, when you log in, it’ll let you see which meats are on sale this week, so you can quickly click your choices.
  2. Get Recipes – Next, input your own recipes, use previous recipes you’ve added, or check out their huge selection. Pick and click to add your favorites – easy peasy!
  3. Savings at your grocery store – Food on the Table will now build you a grocery list, auto-filled with the ingredients that you need, based on your recipes for the week. Scan it quickly – see something you already have? Uncheck it. Have extra basics you want to add? Type ’em in! Then it will show you how much you’re saving when it matches your needed ingredients to sales at your favorite store!
  4. Printable Grocery List – Finally, it loads up a super cool printable grocery list of everything you need for that weeks meals! Even COOLER – you can send that list to your email, or as a text message, so that you have it whenever, or wherever, you need it! You could even email it your husband at work, so he can shop on his way home. Score!

Meal Planning is one of the most helpful tips I can share with you – I’m still working on getting into a groove, and am always looking for great new tips, sites, and apps to help me stay organized and on top of things. This is one of my very favorites that I’ve found – and I know it will help your family too! Plus – It’s free! What do you have to lose – Check it out today!

For more BIG savings at the grocery store – make sure to check out my coupon resource page – How to Get Coupons: 11 Ways to Get Coupons Today. There are also more tips on matching your coupons to store sales, and info about another meal planning service that I use too. Check it out!

Check out more ways to creatively stretch your budget

These are some of my favorite books and tools to save time and money in kitchen – Smart solutions for busy moms like us. If you have a favorite tip to make meal time simpler, cheaper, and more efficient – please share your wisdom in the comments below. I love hearing from you smart ladies!


Beech Nut Baby Food Coupons – Plus Freebies and Deals!

Beech Nut Baby Food

Big Savings on Beech Nut Baby Food!

Abby ate anything – From the very first time I put a spoon up to her mouth, there was NOTHING that she wouldn’t finish. She’s my little Chunka :) I have a Baby Brezza, and made most of her baby food – but I’m a busy momma, and there were plenty of times that she got jars of pre-made food too. Beech Nut was my favorite – the flavor, texture, and color are much closer to “real” foods. And Abby ate them twice as fast as other baby foods, so I know she preferred them too! {Lol.} I know feeding a baby gets expensive quick, so I wanted to share these great coupons I found with you guys –

Printable Beech Nut Coupons

More Baby & Toddler Coupons:

Baby & Toddler Freebies:

  • American Baby Magazine – Free year subscription, packed full of promotions and coupons in addition to their super helpful tips!
  • Baby Talk Magazine – Another one that I relied on for great tips, and amazing savings!
  • Free Baby Book – This makes a really cool surprise for family living far away – Set up a full book, with pics and memories, and then send the access link to grandparents. They’ll LOVE it!
  • Planning Family – Great resource for diaper coupons. Plus, check out their updated free sample section a couple times a week to stock up on food, formula, and other must-haves.
  • More Baby Freebies – This site is similar, and also filled with great freebies and coupons, plus resources to find more savings.

Baby & Toddler Deals:

  • Christmas Ornaments – Make really fun personalized ornaments for Baby’s First Christmas, or to build a yearly collection for your kids.
  • Totsy -Huge savings on toys, fashion, shoes, and gear for little ones. They also have events for moms too, with really great deals on accessories and fashion. It’s one of my go-to’s for deals.

Invite Roboto to YOUR Next Party!!

The name is Roboto. Uno Roboto….

Like James Bond – Uno Roboto is a smooth talker, full of adventure, and totally action packed! I can’t even tell you how much fun we’ve been having with this – Like, the kind of night where your stomach hurts the next day from laughing so hard. Good times.

Uno Roboto

“Each player must accept the cards life deals him or her: but once they are in hand, he or she alone must decide how to play the cards in order to win the game.” – Voltaire quotes

Uno was my very favorite game from the time I was a kid, through my teens, and I even played it a lot during my early twenties. I hadn’t played in years, so when I heard about this Uno Roboto, I figured it’d be a fun way to get the kids excited about my favorite card game. I honestly thought it wouldn’t be much different than traditional Uno – just a gimmick to get people to buy a new version. Ohmyheck – I was so so wrong. This takes Uno to a whole new level, and is hysterical!!

Uno Roboto Package

“Ask not what fun does for you. Ask rather what you do for fun.” – the Oaqui

The basics of the game are simple, and work just the same as traditional Uno. And the Uno Roboto game package includes everything you need to play right out of the box – little mister Roboto with batteries already installed, the deck of cards, and instructions. Bam – ready to go. I cannot tell you how excited I was to get a toy that actually came with it’s batteries installed. When you have a toddler, you go through a loooot of batteries.

Playing Uno Roboto

“If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.” – Katherine Hepburn

Once you get the cards shuffled, and deal each player their set, you’re ready to bring Roboto into the game. Each player – up to 6 people – gets a turn to add their name. You push a button, speak into the mic in his tummy, and he’ll then say your name back in his funny Roboto voice. You then pick one person to make a “House Rule” – which is where the real fun begins!! The crazier your “House Rule” the better! One of our favorites was “Do the Cat Daddy” – {Don’t know what that is? Watch the video and see the dance here. The kids love it. Weirdos.} Once you’ve added your info, you’re ready to play. Start the game the way you normally would – match cards, take turns, discard, etc. The difference is that Roboto will randomly shout out stuff to make things wild and crazy – “Cade and Cole swap cards!” – “House Rule! Everyone do the Cat Daddy!” – “Throw your hands in the air!” – or just silly sounds and funny sayings. It makes the game really unpredictable, and seriously super fun!

Uno Roboto Booty

“It is a happy talent to know how to play.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ok – you can’t tell me that THIS isn’t hysterical? This is the backside {literally!} of the Uno Roboto guy – he has a little booty! The kids could NOT stop cracking up over this. And I admit, I think it’s pretty funny too. Roboto is like that friend that you always want to invite over to a party – totally unpredictable, always funnier than heck, and cute as can be. This is a must-have if your family loves game nights. And it’s a really great reason to START family game nights if you don’t do them already!

Special Deal:

Get a FREE 7×9 Shutterfly Photo Book with purchase of select Mattel Board Games!!

This is a $15.99 value – and includes not just Uno Roboto, but some of my other favorites too, like Apples to Apples and Pictionary Man.

Check out Uno Roboto on Facebook too! 

You can follow Uno Roboto on Facebook too – to stay updated on fun promotions and special deals. Have pictures or video’s of your family game nights with Uno Roboto? Come post ’em up on my Facebook wall to show me your fun times too!!

{I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of UNO Roboto and received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.}


Super Simple Meal Options for Super Busy Moms!

Healthy Choice SteamersAre you a Super Busy Mom?

I am a busy mom. Like, super, duper, uber busy. I’m also trying to be a healthy mom. A mom who finally loses the baby weight – from the baby that I had a year and a half ago. {Everyone started out saying, “Don’t worry about it – It takes 9 months to put the weight on, give it 9 months to take it off too.” Then, it turned into, “Oh, most women lose the baby weight by baby’s first birthday.” Now, there is no excuse. Do I call it toddler-tummy? How long can I call it “baby weight”….} Anyway, like I was saying – I am always looking for new products that solve a problem in my life. So when I heard that Healthy Choice had a new line-up of Café Steamers that were inspired by the amazingly mouthwatering recipes from Top Chef – I knew I had to check ’em out.

Does that look totally delicious, or what?

We tried several of these new steamy and delicious meals – And while it’s hard to choose… this Chicken Margherita with Balsamic Vinaigrette Sauce has got to be my favorite! The texture of the noodles and the chicken were seriously perfect, the veggies were crisp, and the flavor of the sauce combined them all into a super delicious meal! Want to know why they’re so good? A few facts…

  • The unique steaming technology separates the sauce from the rest of the entrée to steam the meal in the microwave, allowing for crisp vegetables, tender meats and al dente pastas.
  • The line of great-tasting dishes features quality ingredients such as slow roasted garlic, asparagus and grilled eggplant.

And all of this at an affordable price, too! The meals are starting to appear in grocery stores nationwide right now – Look for the Top Chef Marking on the package. They sell for a suggested retail price of $2.75 – $3.50, which is waaaaay cheaper than going out for fast food, and way healthier too.

Check out Healthy Choice Top Chef Inspired Café Steamers Today!

These meals are so good, and such a life-saver. You’ll definitely want to stock up on a bunch of them, so you always have an easy, tasty, yummy dinner option, even on the busiest of days! And make sure to print the $1 Off Café Steamers Coupon – from the Healthy Choice website too. These meals are so quick and simple, but they’ll leave you feeling like you made time for a “real” meal. I like to sprinkle a little Parmesan cheese on the top, and pair them with an easy salad, and maybe even a glace of wine. The exclusive new line includes eight delicious options – here are a few of my other personal favorites:

  • Barbeque Seasoned Steak with Red Potatoes
  • Chicken Fresca with Chardonnay
  • Chicken Linguini with Red Pepper Alfredo
  • Roasted Chicken Marsala with Mushrooms

Learn more:

Check out the other Healthy Choice products, and see some of your favorite moments from Top Chef!

You can also find Healthy Choice on Facebook and Twitter – where you can stay updated on new products and promotions!

{I received complimentary Healthy Choice meals to sample for this review – Hey, I can’t tell you about them if I haven’t tried them, right? But all options on the deliciousness of these Healthy Choice meals is totally honest and 100% my own, as always.}


Cyber Monday: Women’s Fashion Freebies, Deals, And Giveaways!

Fashion Freebies, Deals, and Giveaways – for Cyber Monday!!!

Here’s a round-up of some of my favorite sweet deals, discounts, giveaways, and more – going on today for Cyber Monday! All are fashion related, all are totally awesome. Here we go…

Cyber Monday Fashion:


75% off for Cyber Monday at CouponMob Today!!

Cyber Monday Deals at CouponMob

  • $40 worth of Men’s Designer Ties for $15 -Jack Franklin: Hand-sewn on Italian weavers for ultimate quality and perfection.
  • Save 59% on this Pfaltzgraff Meridian 45-Piece Set from Boscov’s Department Store!- Only $49.99 today.
  • Pandigital Star 7-in. Media Tablet! Today only $159!!

Check it out, and get some major savings today!!

There are more deals and steals too – these were just a few of my favorites! Check them out, and snag some of these deals before they’re gone – the hours will count down on each item, so you know how long they’re still available.


See my Personal Inbox Dollars Earnings for November

Inbox Dollars Free Cash Rewards Earned

Earn Free Cash Online: One of the questions that I get asked the very most, month after month, is, “Can I really earn any money with these online rewards sites??” – People think maybe it takes too much time, or maybe you don’t ever really get the rewards, or they wonder if it’s all a scam. So, for the next few months, I’m going to start sharing my earnings with you – just to show you that yep, you really can earn some extra cash, totally free, without a ton of effort. I run this site, two direct sales businesses, have a toddler, take care of two boys after-school and on holiday breaks, AND clean up after a house of 7 people, and 4 dogs – all while taking online business courses, crafting, and doing freelance writing. So – what I’m saying is, I’m busier than all heck!! Yet, with just a small amount of effort, I’m able to earn around $150 a month in cash and free gift cards – often much more!

Get Started Earning FREE Cash at Inbox Dollars Right Now!!

How Inbox Dollars Works:

You earn cash for tons of different activities – as you can see on the chart above, so far this month I’ve only been active in a few of them. Print out coupons from, earn .10 cents per coupon! Fill out a quick survey, earn a buck or two. Earn a few cents for every email you click on, every video you read, and more. Here are a few examples of super fun ways to earn cash:

  • Enter the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes – Earn $1!
  • Sign up to get Healthy Living Samples {brands like Dove and Prilosec} – Earn .75 cents!
  • Sign up for a Netflix Free Trial – Earn $4.50!
  • Buy your printer ink from SimplyInk with their 10% off code – Earn $8.50!
  • Get the Weather Channel App – Earn .25 cents!

As you can see – the amount you get paid varies, from a few cents for clicking and closing an email, to offers that pay over $10 for purchases or services. But hey, if you were thinking of trying out Netflix anyway, how cool is it to earn $4.50 when you sign up here, instead of a big $0 when you join on your own? And how great is it that you can earn an extra .10 cents on each coupon you use, when you print them here? It is SUCH an easy way to earn totally free money.

How to get your money:

Every time you get to $30 bucks, you simply do a few clicks to request that they send you a check! It’s pretty easy to get to $30 every month, and it’s a nice bit of extra money. Combine it with free cash from sites like SwagBucks, and you’ll get into some serious rewards!

Share and Discuss!

I’d love to hear what you guys think about Inbox Dollars… Do you have a favorite way to earn? What’s the biggest check you’ve ever gotten? Do you have questions on how any of it works? Leave your question or comment on my Facebook wall!!