Category Archives: frugal

Panera Bread HACK! Passionfruit Papaya Green Tea

Now, we all love Panera Bread, and we love it even more now that their food is clean.  It has no artificial preservatives, sweeteners, flavors or colors from artificial sources.  That makes it even better.  And when your slurping on that bowl of broccoli cheese soup from there, it’s even better than amazing.

But enough about that, I just found a genius hack from Panera Bread!  I had a $10 Panera Bread gift card that I could only use at the store and not online, so I decided that since I usually order online for lunch at work, why not go in and get some of their very yummy Passionfruit Papaya Green Tea and take it home.  I was going to buy the to-go bottles since then I could take it to work and drink it or just sip on it during this wonderful weather we are having!  Well I was checking out and it was like $14 for 5 bottles of tea and the cashier was like wait, I think you can get more for cheaper if you order it through our catering specials.  I was like sure, because I was only taking it home anyways.  She said well I can get you a gallon of the Passionfruit Papaya Green Tea for only $9.99.  I said SOLD!!!  So now I have fresh tea to drink at home and whenever I want and it was way cheaper than the original route I was going for!  Now I’m even considering bringing one of them to work and leaving it in the refrigerator at work so I can have it there too!

If you know me, you know my addiction to Cherry Coke was real.  Well in February after watching a bunch of documentaries about eating whole foods, less meat, more fresh veggies and less bad things, I gave up pop.  It was hard at first, but I don’t even crave it anymore.  But I was struggling with the caffeine part, and now I can have my fix so my afternoons don’t drag anymore!   I had went a few weeks without any caffeine but some nights when we have lots going on with sports for the boys, I need something to carry me through and I am not a huge coffee drinker.  So I think I found my answer, GREEN TEA!!

I had googled how to try and make this tea at home and lots of others had tried too but it wasn’t something that you could really just buy in a store.  So I’m excited to give this a try!!

Also, I was also super excited that a few months ago, I had free bagels for a month! It worked out great, I’d pick one up in the afternoon and eat it for breakfast the next day or my son would grab it on the way to hockey practice on the weekends.  THANKS PANERA BREAD!!

P.S.- I’m still debating on chopping my hair off again.  It’s just not working out for me long, always in a pony tail and giving me a headache.  A graduated bob or a-line bob is more of what is calling my name right now, although wearing a hat in the summer is a nice thing and with short hair, you look like a boy.  Decisions, decisions.

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30 Spring Craft Ideas

Spring officially sprung back in March.  But with super cold temperatures, it was hard to really welcome spring in at the time.  Mother nature is funny that way I guess.  Of course, that didn’t keep from cruising Pinterest and day dreaming about warmer temperatures and bright spring colors.  I found so many great ideas that I decided to make a collection of 30 spring craft ideas so that you can be inspired too.

30 Spring Craft Ideas #crafts #roundups #spring

Now some of these will make great 30 minutes crafts or things while a few will take a little longer.  No worries though because the weather is finally warm enough that you actually might want to be outside doing crafts…or anything really!

If you make any of these {or any Spring crafts really}, be sure to come back and share them with at the Pinworthy Projects Party that happens here each and every Friday.

Get inspired for Spring with these amazing craft projects.

 Paper Flower Tutorial

 Easy Decorating – Split Pea Spring Decor

 Easy Doily Garland

 Upcycled Plastic Container and Duct Tape Vase

 Burlap Wrapped Vases with Pom Pom Flowers

 Spring Moss Wreath with Butterflies

 Spring Flower Vase

 Spring Printable

 You are My Sunshine

 Spring Decor: Stamped Mini Pots

 Homemade Lemonade Gift Kit and Printables

 Cupcake Liner Spring Decor

 DIY Burlap Spring Banner

 Glitter Terra Cotta Pots

 Washi Tape Topiary Centerpiece

 Make a Pretty Layered Paper Spring Banner!

 Paper Mache Confetti Bowl

 “hello” spring wreath

 DIY Spring Burlap Wreath

 Free Spring Printables

 CraftyBridge: Spring Wreath

 Easy Embroidered Felt Birds Pillow

 New Photos of My Satin Flowers Spring Wreath |

 Easy Silk Flower Magnets

 Fabric Ball Spring Wreath

 Garden Boot Planter

 DIY Wooden Succulent Planter

 DIY Spring Wreath

 Spring Burlap Wreath

 Gumball Corsage

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Kohl’s: The Big One Bath Towels only $2.34 Shipped!

Kohl’s Coupon Code

You all know I love when we can get a great deal on  The Big Ones Bath Towels at Kohl’s.  They are on sale right now for just $4.00 (reg $9.99).  Plus, buy 8 and you can take advantage of the $10 off $30 coupon  code: URSPECIAL.  And, you can also take advantage of the 15% off coupon code: SPENDNSAVE.  And finally get free shipping with coupon code: JULY15SHIP. With all these codes, your final price is just $2.34 a towel shipped which is an awesome price and one of the lowest we’ve seen in a long time.

Finally, don’t forget to take advantage of 6% cash back through Ebates

Screen Shot 2014-07-27 at 5.38.58 PMHere is how to score this deal:

  • Head over to The Big Ones Bath Towels $4.00 or Head over to Kohl’s Ebates for 6% cash back
  • Add 8 Bath Towels to your cart at $4.00 each for a total of $32
  • Use Coupon Code: URSPECIAL for $10 off
  • Use Coupon Code: SPENDNSAVE for 15% off (-$3.30)
  • Use Coupon Code: JULY15SHIP for free shipping
  • Pay: $18.70 + any tax (if applicable)
  • Final Cost: $2.34 for each towel

Screen Shot 2014-07-27 at 5.39.12 PMBe sure to check out the rest of the current coupon codes available for your online shopping.

Deal source: Swaggrabber and Living Rich With Coupons

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Starbucks Rewards: FREE Bonus Star


You might be able to get a free bonus star from Starbucks Rewards.  This did work for me so no guarantees it will be available for every account but certainly worth a look.

You just want to head over to Starbucks Rewards here and scroll all the way down to the very bottom.

starbucks rewards

If you see that go ahead and click.  For some reason they wanted me to download the financials for 2013.  (Um… Starbucks I am not even ready for my own taxes.)

I just clicked and then closed out the PDF that was opening.

At the bottom of the screen I saw this:

starbucks rewards

The star won’t appear instantly- it can take up to 24 hours to show up.  So go ahead and check again tomorrow and hopefully it is there for you!

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Weekly Savings Plan- Saving for the Holiday Season

Well around last year at Christmas time, I was laid off from my job, as any other holiday, money was tight, but now it was even tighter.  Well I saw this thing on Pinterest that people kept pinning about you say so much per week and stash it away and you’ll have $1,378 by the end of the 52 weeks.

savings-plan Well I started doing it the first week of January and it’s amazing.  We don’t even realize the money is transferred out of our account each week now and we have quite a bit for savings this year.  We have more then enough for our 2 children for Christmas this year, and hopefully all the other things that come with the holidays.  I think I’ll keep doing this next year and just keep the extra in there, maybe we can use it for a vacation fund or fun money.  We just had a separate bank account and I just setup a weekly debit amount to transfer to the other account.  I had to manually go in there and do each week, but it was SO worth it.  Did you do this? Let me know how your liking it!! I also had some responses on my Facebook about this about people started in the middle of the year, so the bigger amounts weren’t coming out right before Christmas.  Or starting backwards and doing the bigger amounts now and lower ones later in the year.  Either way, still comes up to the same thing, SAVINGS!!

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Teachers- Save Money at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores this weekend!

Teachers save 25% on all in-store purchases August 10 and 11 at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores nationwide. 

Jo-Ann is hosting a Teacher Appreciation Days savings event August 10 and 11!


Teachers will receive 25 percent off all purchases throughout the weekend at Jo-Ann stores nationwide. And the best part is no coupon is needed! Simply present your current teacher identification and state-issued photo identification upon checkout.

To find the nearest Jo-Ann location, click on the link below.

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DIY Powder Laundry Soap

Since I’m staying home right now, I’m all about saving money!  I keep hearing about people that make their own laundry soap and how good it works.  Well we are a Tide family, and always have been.  My mom used some other kind of soap when I was little and I broke out in hives, so we have just always used Tide.  But I thought I’d give this a try!  It was super easy to make and cheap on the budget!

The Parts
1 Cup Borax
1 1/2 Cups Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (not to be confused with baking soda)
1 Fels-Naptha Laundry Bar Soap
Cheese grater (Food Processor)
I also added 1 bar of Ivory Soap, we had a bar lying around and thought it’d help with the smell.
Price List:
Borax Detergent Booster- $3.39
Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda- $3.24
Fels-Naptha Laundry Bar- $0.97
When it all boils down to it, your spending about $0.02 to $0.05 per load of laundry.  And since you only use a little bit of the boxes, you have more then enough for more laundry soap, just have to get another bar of Fels-Naptha (CHEAP)!!!
First you take the cheese grater, or a food processor if you have one, and shred the soap into fine bits.  This took awhile.  I also did the Ivory bar soap too so those were mixed together.  
Then I added the 1 cup of Borax and the 1 1/2 cup of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda and mixed it together.  I just used a big spoon to mix it up in a plastic container I had around the house.  
You only need to use 2 tablespoon per load (3 tablespoons if your load is heavy duty) but since I didn’t have an extra spoon I just got an extra medicine cup we had.  3 teaspoons equal 1 tablespoon so just two scoops per load and I’m all set!!  
I washed one load already and it smells great and seems to be clean!  
You could also add some of the Purex or Downy Crystals to it, but since we don’t use any softener when I was, I figured that was just an added expense we didn’t need to add.  
Can’t wait to save on the jugs of Tide! 🙂

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