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Organize Kids Rooms Quickly

Quick and Cleaver Tip to Organizing and Saving Space!  Organize all your kids’ toys and playthings easily by turning an over-the-door shoe organizer into a convenient catch-all.  Assign a row to eachorganize your kids' room kid and label the pockets (Use Frog Tape to make labels~they stick to the plastic pockets but don’t leave residue).  You can use this new “organizer” for small toys, tights, hair ribbons, and any number of other items that usually end up on the floor.

The shoe organizer is a great organizer for small spaces like the bathroom, use it for brushes, make-up, mirrors and face products.  How about using it in the kitchen to organize your spices and spice packets?  It leaves valuable cabinet space by hanging on the back of a door and it is so easy to see  your spice packets.

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What’s best to buy in July? Monthly Sales

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by Jennifer Freeman

seasonal Sales

What’s best to buy in July?

 

Have you ever wondered what are the best months to buy certain items? Wonder what’s on clearance by month? I have compiled a list of “when is it best to buy” certain items.  I purchase strategically and have compiled this list over the years while saving a ton of money.   One of my big strategies is to buy when the very best price presents itself.  My What’s Best To Buy This Month series will give you the guideline, so you will be an amazing saver too!

During the year, I make a note of things I need to purchase or replace and wait patiently for the seasonal sales before buying.  While I am waiting, I stash a little money away to plan for that purchase.

 

What’s Best To Buy In July?

July is National Ice Cream Month.  Find Ice Cream Coupons and watch for great prices, buy extra now and plan for upcoming celebrations over the next few months.

More 4th of July BBQ Sales: hot dogs, hamburgers, BBQ sauce, ketchup, condiments, charcoal, aluminum foil, salad dressing, potato chips, dips. Plan on the end of the month for savings on barbecue grills, patio furniture, etc.

Along with big 4th of July sales on summer party goods, swimsuits, sandals, beach towels, etc.

Buy Gym memberships – they are usually on sale right now.

Save 50% on furniture!  Couches, sofas, living room or dining room furniture and more.  The stores clear their inventory to make room for the Falls upcoming new items.

Christmas in July sales! Stores are clearing out current years toys, getting ready to stock for upcoming holidays. Target participates in this sale.  Learn how to make a gift closet – it’s a secret to saving BIG TIME!

End of July, Back to School Sales begin: crayons, pencils, folders, binders, etc.

July Clearance Sales:  Toys (especially watch Target~up to 90% 0ff toward the end of July!) Buy up for upcoming birthdays, holidays. After July 4th, look for all kinds of slashed prices on things like themed decorations, paper plates and napkins, utensils, banners, patriotic pins, and flags.

July Produce Deals: Asian pears, Bartlett pears, green beans, blueberries, cherries, corn, cucumber, curly lettuce, eggplant, figs, garlic, grapes, nectarines, red onions, Valencia oranges, peaches, peppers (sweet, bell), plums, potatoes, summer squash, tomatoes, & watermelon.

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potato salad

 

Perked-up Potato Salad

Try something new and refreshing for 4th of July!  You can keep the basic ingredients for your traditional potato salad, but why not try a new dressing or substitute a few ingredients?
  • Mix half the amount of mayonnaise with sour cream or plain yogurt.
  • Use more colorful red potatoes with the skin on and substitute sliced green onions for regular.
  • Spice it up with a Southwestern kick. Mince fresh jalapeno and combine with cumin seeds, fresh lime zest and juice.
  • Add a Mediterranean twist using crumbled feta cheese, black olives, and fresh dill and mint. Use an olive oil and white-wine vinegar dressing.

How do you make you potato salad super?   Do share your tips and recipe ideas in the comments below!!

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 Homemade Popsicle Recipes

In summertime homemade popsicle’s are SO yummy!  Pictured is #11 Lemondade Strawberry Blueberry Pops.  The twins like these yogurt pops and they are super easy, but I have been trying my hand at other frugal homemade Popsicle’s.   These frugal popsicle’s cost pennies each and are healthier than store bought.   It’s a good project to let the kids help with to break up a summer day with some fun.

Get The Molds — Find many styles and prices of Popsicle Molds

See the Tips below for making the perfect Popsicle.

1.  Strawberry Lemonade Popsicle – Puree strawberries.  Add an equal amount of lemonade

2. Strawberries and Cream Popsicle– Puree strawberries with equal amounts of vanilla yogurt.

3. Orange Creamsicle – Mix orange juice and yogurt in a 40 to 60 ratio

4. Orange Creamsicle #2 –  Blend vanilla ice cream and orange juice in equal amounts

5. Orange Mango Creamsicle – Mix orange juice and yogurt in a 40 to 60 ratio, add finely chopped mango

6. Watermelon and Grape Popsicle– Blend ripe watermelon with white grape juice until smooth

7.  Strawberry Banana Popsicle– Blend strawberry yogurt, equal amounts of pureed banana, and a teaspoon of lemon juice.

8. Orange Ginger-ale Popsicle – Mix flat ginger-ale and orange juice. Cherry, watermelon, and honey dew all work really well with ginger-ale, too

9. Root Beer Float – Fill Popsicle mold 1/2 full of vanilla ice cream.  Pour cold & flat root beer in to finish filling.   For a creamier popsicle, blend the ice cream with flat root beer.

10.  Pomegranate Banana Popsicle – Puree banana and add equal parts of pomegranate juice.

11.  Lemonade Fruit Pops  (pictured above)-  Lemonade with blueberries, strawberries, peaches!  Delicious!

BONUS #12  Fruit Pops – Any combination of fruit & juice.  Pack the Popsicle mold with fruit and fill with favorite juice.

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BONUS #13  Fruit Salad Popsicle
Pictured above & featured on Martha Stewart and the recipe is below.

1 peach, cut into 1/2-inch slices (1/2 cup)
2 kiwis, peeled and sliced into 1/4-inch rounds
3 ounces blueberries (1/2 cup)
4 ounces strawberries, hulled and halved ( 3/4 cup)
1 1/2 to 2 cups 100 percent white-grape juice

Directions:
Arrange some of each fruit in eight 3-ounce ice-pop molds, making sure pieces fit very snugly. Pour enough juice into each mold to just cover fruit. Insert ice-pop sticks and freeze until solid, 6 hours (or up to 2 weeks).

 

Making Popsicle Tips:

Freezing juice by itself can make ice-hard popsicle that could be hard to eat.  For a flakier easier to eat popsicle add some powdered jello to the juice or liquid of choice.

The stick falls over!  Insert the stick popiscles are half way frozen so that the top layer (which will freeze first) can hold the sticks in place.

Get Molds — Find many styles and prices of Popsicle Molds

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Free on Your Birthday – Johnny Rockets

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by Jennifer Freeman

johny Rockets Free Burger

Johnny Rockets Free On Your Birthday

It’s a double freebie from Johnny Rockets!  Get a free hamburger just for joining the Johnny Rocket Club.  Get another free Johnny Rockets burger on your birthday too!  No purchase required for the free birthday burger. 

Hot Tip:  I don’t use my actually birthday on every birthday freebie otherwise it’s too many freebies all at one time.  I use our anniversary for some and a random month for others to spread out the free stuff!!

See more FREE On Your Birthday Deals!

 

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Tip Resouce Blast the Beats!  It’s much more fun to work & get a task done when you’re accompanied by rockin’ out to some fun upbeat music. So, put on your kids favorite music, crank it up. Give them a certain number of songs to get the task and make it a challenge.  Have one fun song to dance to at the end of the accomplishment.  Make it fun mom and don’t be afraid to crank it up!

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