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7 Tips To Keep Your Home Clean And Organized

Fri, 6/24/2016 12:33 PM

Try these quick and easy tips to keep your home clean and organized! These are just a few simple ideas, but you’ll be surprised what a difference they make!

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7 Tips To Keep Your Home Clean And Organized

I’ve been thinking about some other ways that we keep the house going with me being sick. Here are couple of things that can be used even if you’re not sick.

  1. Let the kids drink water for most of the day. They don’t need Kool-aid, milk or juice every time they are thirsty. When they do have it, it must be consumed at the table or outside. You won’t have Kool-aid stains all over the place and you won’t be frantically trying to clean it up.
  2. To keep the house clean. Allow food to be eaten only at the table or outside. There’s no reason to be dragging food all over the house and cleaning up after it.
  3. 3. Don’t buy beige carpet. I think beige carpet is from Satan! I don’t know any home with small kids would have it. You know that the builders of these new homes for the family aren’t the ones cleaning the carpets!! LOL

    It is such a pain to clean and it always looks dirty. If you have small kids and are getting new carpet don’t buy beige. Don’t get really dark carpet either. It will show every little piece of lint and dirt. Look at places like church, doctor’s offices, schools etc. and see what color they have. These high traffic areas are great to get color choices that won’t show dirt.

  1. Stop nagging the kids. Make their lives easier. Keep only the blankets they really need on their beds.  Give them one comforter on top of their bed sheet so that making it will be easy. They don’t need a sheet and several blankets. For mom and dad use a sheet, blanket and comforter. That’s it.
  2. Get organized.Get a basket for them to put their shoes in. They can’t find them in the closet, won’t put them on the rack or in a shoe bag. We have a wicker basket sitting by our stairs and everyone’s shoes go in there. They know where they are and they are easy to get out. Every month or two I go in and sort out the ones that don’t need to be in there like dress shoes or slippers. We use this mostly for shoes worn everyday.
  3. Get rid of dressers and put their clothes on shelves. They never close the drawers and can’t see what is in there. Put shelves up either in the closet or cubbies along the wall for their clothes. They can see at a glance what they have.
  4. Take the closet doors down in their rooms. Put up an easy to close curtain or just leave it open. While they are little, this will make it much easier for them to handle. My kids don’t have any doors on their closets.

Those are few organizing and cleaning tips to make life easier.

Tawra

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Is Using Coupons Worth It? You Might Be Surprised!

Thu, 6/23/2016 5:45 PM

A while back, extreme couponing was the popular thing to talk about, but for the rest of us, is using coupons even worth it? Here are some things to consider about using coupons and how the might not really be saving you anything.

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Is Using Coupons Worth It?

Jaime Writes:

“I recently saw a special on the TLC cable channel called “Extreme Couponing” where people use coupons to stockpile grocery items, which they get nearly for free. I would love to hear your thoughts about it.”

I have seen that show. I have no problem with using coupons even though I sometimes sound like I don’t like them. As a matter of fact I used to be an “extreme” couponer. I would go the to store armed with my coupons and would often get my groceries for free or for very very little money. I loved it. I would even get a “high” from it and be so excited. I could hardly wait until the next time I went to the store so I could do it again.

It wasn’t until years later when I couldn’t get coupons anymore and lived in a town where I couldn’t use them that I realized the stress I had been under while I was using coupons and the effect it all had on me while I was doing it.

I don’t have a problem with couponing but extreme couponing has me concerned.

Let me pause right here and say please don’t e-mail me and say, “You don’t know my situation. I don’t have a problem with anything you mentioned and I coupon all the time.” That’s fine. There are exceptions to my rule and you might have circumstances in your life that make it easier for you to engage in extreme couponing so, if this describes you, I am not talking about you.

I am talking to the thousands who feel guilty, like they are failures in some way because they don’t jump on the bandwagon and start clipping every coupon in sight. When riding on a bandwagon you can run into lots of potholes, which advocates of something don’t always tell you about.

Most things, when done in the extreme, are not good. You have to have balance in life. What happens to a set of scales when you add way to much to one side? It can cause the scale to topple over, creating a chaotic mess.

Here are some things I found out about extreme couponing in my own life and from watching others:

  • Even when I was well organized, it still caused me a lot of stress when I went to the store. I had to keep track of so much — Did I get the right size milk so I can get the free cereal? Was it the right brand? Was it sugar free or regular? Do I have the coupon for the milk? Was it the 14.5 oz. size and not the 15.4 oz. package?

  • Do they even have the item in stock? Many times, when an “extreme” deal comes on the scene, it is gone before you can get it. I’m sick and I don’t have the energy to go back to the store several times to get a deal. Doing this with so many of the items I shopped for was stressful.

  • Then, when I got to the checkout, I had to watch every item like a hawk – Did I get the two cans of beans to get this bacon free? Did this item not have a coupon? Am I a coupon short? …and on and on.

  • Half the time I had to convince the store clerk that, yes, this coupon can be used with that item. When you have 50 items you are doing all of this for, it gets tiring.

  • To add to the stress, there were always people in line behind me making it known that they weren’t happy with the holdup I always caused.

These were just a couple of the little things that made extreme couponing stressful at the grocery store itself.

At home, before I left, I would spend ages clipping and sorting my coupons, putting them in order to make the shopping easier. Then, when I came home and found I had bought something without a coupon or had forgotten to give them a coupon, I would be so upset at myself.

I didn’t realize until after I stopped doing extreme couponing how much it controlled me emotionally. It was like an addiction.

On the show you don’t always get all of the real information. They don’t add all of the expenses to give a true amount of the savings. For example:

I paid almost $100 a year for a newspaper subscription to get my coupons. (Yes, I know you can get the coupons free off of the Internet now but I am talking about adding up the expenses and the newspaper happened to be one of mine).

On one extreme couponing show, two people took a day off of work just to go shopping. If they make say $20 an hour that was $320 they lost from not working. If they saved $920 on groceries you have to subtract the $320 and that meant they only saved $600.

A lot of those people buy coupons off the Internet. If you do this, you should subtract that cost from your savings.

You should also add in the hours you spent organizing, clipping, searching for or printing the coupons. At different times, I have made $25 an hour on my business so if I spent 4 hours couponing instead it would cost me $100 from my business. You have to take that off of the amount saved or you’re fooling yourself about the savings. Yes, I know a lot of people clip coupons in their spare time and if you truly have so much spare time that it’s worth it then that’s ok. In that case, it’s like working another job.

It may sound exciting but, like so many things, it can get out of control.

One couple had enough deodorant for more than 100 years. I know some people give it away but it still took lots of time, energy and thought to deal with all of that deodorant. Then the people had to pay for shelving to store it (another expense), they had to insure it (more expense), sort it, stack it, put the newer things toward the back, etc. They went to all of that effort for deodorant they probably won’t even use.

There is an old saying– Beware of things that sound too good to be true. At the risk of sounding negative, there really are very few “free” things in life. There usually is a certain amount of work involved.

Lastly, I hate to have all of my eggs in one basket. I learned how to shop on clearance, how to shop at Aldi and how to stretch the food I did buy and not waste it. That way, if I couldn’t use coupons, I had other means of saving.

      -Jill

 

To save a LOT without using coupons, check out our frugal family cookbook:

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Would you like to serve food that will lower your grocery bill and your family will love to eat?

Click here to get the Dining On A Dime Cookbook, with tasty recipes and great tips to make your life easier and save you money!

 

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Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe

Wed, 6/22/2016 5:06 PM

This easy spinach artichoke dip recipe makes a delicious dip that’s great for parties and other get-togethers! It’s quick, easy to make and simply yummy!

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This delicious spinach artichoke dip recipe is very easy to make! It tastes just like the spinach artichoke dips at your favorite restaurant, only you can make it yourself at a fraction of the price! We usually make this spinach artichoke dip recipe every Christmas and on other special occasions. It only takes about 5 minutes to throw it together so you can make it ahead of time and then just put it in the oven when you are ready to eat it. You can keep most of the ingredients on hand and then throw it together when you need something special for a get-together.

We usually serve spinach artichoke dip with:

tortilla chips
bread chunks
crackers
bagel chips
and vegetables

Spoil yourself and your friends with this truly delicious treat!

Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe

1 cup thawed, chopped frozen spinach
11/2 cups thawed, chopped frozen artichoke hearts
6 ounces cream cheese
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup grated Parmesan
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Boil spinach and artichokes in 1 cup of water until tender. Drain. Discard liquid. Heat cream cheese in microwave for 1 minute or until hot and soft. Stir in rest of ingredients and serve hot.

For lots more quick and easy home cooked recipes, check out our Dining On A Dime Cookbook!

 

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10 Ways To Serve Hamburgers And Hot Dogs – Easy Recipes

Tue, 6/21/2016 10:06 AM

Here are 10 ways to serve hamburgers and hot dogs including easy recipes for different and yummy variations that will spruce up those burgers and dogs!

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10 Ways To Serve Hamburgers And Hot Dogs Tips:
  • Since we are talking about “dogs” today, here is something special you can make for that very special dog in your life. Take 3 old socks, tie or sew the ends together and then braid them for a dog chew toy. It’s especially good to have a lot of these on hand for those new puppies who are always chewing on everything.
  • You don’t have to make something different for that toddler or baby just starting to eat solid food. They can have hot dogs too. Just slice the hot dogs lengthwise in fourths for them to eat. This way you don’t have to worry about them choking.
Recipes:

Whether you’re a hot dog lover or not, here are some ideas to spruce up those hot “dogs” and hamburgers that you will be grilling this summer.

Have a hot dog and hamburger buffet. Instead of just having the usual ketchup, mustard and onions, teach your “dogs” some new tricks with these different toppings:

Mexican dogs: guacamole and tomatoes or jalapeño peppers, salsa, and cheese

Italian dogs: fresh basil, garlic, tomato and mozzarella cheese

Greek dogs: sun dried tomatoes (check our recipe in Dining on a Dime to make your own sun dried tomatoes), crumbled feta cheese and chopped black olives.

American dogs: Barbecue sauce, fried onion rings or corn relish with crumbled bacon.

You can use all these same ideas for hamburgers. Just place bowls of everything out so that people can help themselves and make their own special “dogs”. Don’t forget to include the usual toppings like lettuce, tomato, pickle, cheese and onion, too.

Leftovers:

Use those leftover hot dogs and hamburgers by adding them to:

  • macaroni and cheese
  • scrambled eggs
  • baked beans
  • chili
  • spaghetti sauce
  • pasta salad
Cheesy Mac and Dogs

1 pkg (8 oz.) elbow macaroni, cooked
1 small onion, chopped
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1/4 cup flour
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground mustard
2 1/2 cups milk
3/4 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
12 oz. Velveeta cheese, cubed
7 hot dogs, cooked and diced
1/4 cup bread crumbs

Saute onion in butter till tender. Stir in flour, salt and mustard. Gradually add milk. Bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Add Worcestershire sauce and cheese and stir until melted. Add macaroni and hot dogs. Place in a 2 1/2 quart baking dish and sprinkle with bread crumbs. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for about 20-25 minutes.

 

Mexican Corn Dogs

8 corn tortillas, (6 inch)
8 hot dogs
Oil for frying

Slightly warm tortillas by placing between 2 damp paper towels and microwave them for 10-20 seconds. Wrap one tortilla around each hot dog and secure with a toothpick. Deep fry in one inch of oil or fry in an electric skillet until golden brown, turning once. Drain and remove toothpicks. Serve with ketchup and mustard.

     -Jill

 

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Homemade Brown Sugar Recipe

Sun, 6/19/2016 5:58 PM

Try this easy homemade brown sugar recipe whether you’ve run out of brown sugar and need to improvise in a pinch or you just want to save money!

Homemade Brown Sugar Recipe
Homemade Brown Sugar Recipe

Try this easy homemade brown sugar recipe whether you’ve run out of brown sugar and need to improvise in a pinch or you just want to save money!

A lot of people don’t know that you can make your own Homemade Brown Sugar. This homemade brown sugar recipe is super simple to make and you can make it with ingredients you already have on hand, saving you the money you don’t have to spend running to the grocery store and buying all those other things you think you need while you’re there!

You can make a big batch of homemade brown sugar and use it in oatmeal, topping for coffee cakes, and of course cinnamon rolls. If you would like to store the homemade brown sugar, just put it in a plastic bag or jar and seal. The airtight container is the trick to keeping it from getting hard. If it gets hard just put a piece of bread in with it and it will soften up. The moisture from the bread will transfer to your brown sugar and make it soft again.

Here are some other tips for making the brown sugar soft:
  • Put it in the microwave for a few seconds and that will soften it too.
  • pulse it in the food processor
  • wrap a wet paper towel around brown sugar and let it sit for several hours
  • place an apple in with the brown sugar
  • place a clean piece of terracotta in with the brown sugar (these sell for a lot in the store so just get your own.)

 

Homemade Brown Sugar

1 cup granulated sugar
1 Tbsp. molasses

Mix well with mixer. When everything is blended, store in an airtight container.

There are different strengths of molasses so you can ever so slightly adjust the amount of molasses if you want darker or lighter brown sugar. My recipe calls for what I call “regular” molasses. To make dark homemade brown sugar just add another tablespoon of molasses.

 

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11 Ways To Organize Your Kitchen More Efficiently

Fri, 6/17/2016 7:17 AM

When your kitchen is a mess or is not efficient, it can waste a lot of your time! Here are 11 easy ways to organize your kitchen so you can spend less time!

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11 Ways To Organize Your Kitchen More Efficiently
  • Store empty sandwich and freezer bags in an old Kleenex box.
  • Store your hand mixer with the beaters in a basket or wrap cord around the mixer and then put a hook in your cabinet so you can hang the beaters next to it.
  • Keep more than one container of salt on hand. I wash and re-fill old spice bottles with salt. I keep one salt shaker on the table, one on the stove, one with my spices and one with my baking supplies. This can save me many steps a day and with Fibromyalgia you need to save all the energy you can!
  • Place lids for plastic containers in a shoebox and set next to containers.  I use a Velveeta box for smaller lids.

Storing plastic containers and lidsstoring lids for plastic containers

This is all the “plasticware” I have. I keep just the like items together with the lids right next to them. No, I don’t save things like yogurt and sour cream containers (gasp!) but if you do, just do the same thing.

How to Organize Plastic Food Storage Containers In The Kitchen

 

  • Use a magnetic knife holder to store tools in your kitchen. I didn’t have a space for my magnetic knife holder in my new kitchen so I put it up in my mop closet to hold tools that I use in the house.

Storing kitchen tools on a magnetic knife holder

  • Store measuring cups in your canisters. We use a 1 cup measuring cup in the flour, and 1/2 or 1/4 cup in the sugar. This saves always on dishes!

Store measuring cups in your flour and sugar

Easy Organizing For Sugar Canisters

 

  • Use a small nail on the inside of a cabinet door by the stove to hang one or two hot pan holders on.
  • Always store the things you use most in your cabinets at eye level.
  • Store like items in the kitchen together. Keep the bread in a cabinet by toaster, tea bags close to the tea kettle, coffee by the coffee pot, coffee pot by the sink, baking supplies by mixing bowls and mixer, etc.
  • Store like items in the fridge together. Keep the things you use together near each other like the mustard, ketchup and mayonnaise or the cheese and lunch meats.
  • If you are short of storage space and cabinets, it doesn’t hurt to store things like large platters, serving dishes and kitchen gadgets that you only use once in a while in another area of the house.

Tawra

Decluttering Your Home Part 4 - Organizing Your Kitchen

 

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Cottage Cheese Salad Recipe

Thu, 6/16/2016 6:00 PM

This quick and easy cottage cheese salad recipe is a tasty and colorful way to take a break from regular veggie salads and sweet salads. Even though it has a pretty Christmas look to it it is great all year long.

Cottage Cheese Salad Recipe
Cottage Cheese Salad Recipe

Cottage Cheese
Green peppers, diced
Tomatoes, chopped small
Salt and pepper

Add desired amount of peppers and tomatoes to a carton of cottage cheese. Then salt and pepper to taste. This is a very quick and easy salad and goes with so many things. 

You may also use other veggies like radishes, green onions or what ever you have on hand.

 

This Cottage Cheese Salad Recipe is from our cookbook:

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Would you like to serve food that will lower your grocery bill and your family will love to eat?

Click here to get the Dining On A Dime Cookbook, with tasty recipes and great tips to make your life easier and save you money!

 

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Scented Ironing Water Recipe

Wed, 6/15/2016 12:54 PM

Scented Ironing Water is one of the easiest things to make and it can add just the extra touch to your clothes to make them smell extra fresh! This scented ironing water is just 2 ingredients and takes about 1 minute to make so make some up today.

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How To Use Scented Ironing Water:
  • It can help release the wrinkles out of your clothes.
  • Spray on pillow cases (especially the kids :-)) to help you fall asleep.
  • Spray on curtains to freshen the living room.
  • Spray on your couches and upholstery to freshen up your room.
  • If you use it on your clothes your closet will smell wonderful!
  • You can use this just about anywhere, even in the car. A light spray will help to freshen most clothes and upholstery.

If you really don’t want to make your own scented ironing water or if you need motivation why you should make your own you can see lavender scented ironing water here.

 

Scented Ironing Water Recipe

Be sure to use purified or distilled water, for best results.

32 oz. distilled or purified water
1/16th tsp. or 5 drops essential or fragrance oil.*

Mix your desired fragrance with water and shake vigorously into a clean empty spray bottle.

To apply, lightly spray fabric before ironing (shake well before using). Lightly mist sheets and pillow cases that have been stored a long time and have a musty smell or even upholstery and curtains. This scented water will give everything a fresh, clean, just newly washed scent just like grandma’s clean house!

*Lavender, orange and rose oils are good choices, but any favorite scent will work.

 

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Kids Recipes and Crafts – Play Dough Recipe – Homemade Slime

Tue, 6/14/2016 5:12 PM

Easy Edible Play Dough Recipe, Easy Bubbles and Homemade Slime are fun kids recipes and crafts that’ll keep your kids entertained for hours!

Homemade Edible Play Dough Recipe

The kids have been out of school for weeks now. You’re lying in your hammock with a gentle summer breeze softly cooling you and the sweet smell of summer flowers fills the air. Yeah, Right! Reality check! You have probably heard “I’m bored. I have nothing to do” a hundred times today!

Don’t run down the street panicking, wildly flinging your arms and screaming like a mad woman. I say this not because of what the neighbors might think. Most of the other moms would probably be hard on your heels. I just don’t believe in using any more energy than necessary.

Instead, peel Tarzan off the chandelier and catch Superman in the midst of his fifth flight from the top bunk bed, trying carefully not to tear his cape made from your favorite red silk blouse. With your free hand grab child #3 who is painting a great copy of the Mona Lisa on your bedroom wall. March the kids to the kitchen (there may be some resistance but you will prevail) and try these recipes. Who knows? Between these and a small miracle you might just get to swing in the hammock yet. (But then again, probably not!)

Try these easy craft recipes including a homemade play dough recipe, a homemade slime recipe and other stuff your kids will love!- Jill

 

Homemade Slime Recipe For Kids
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Homemade Slime Recipe

1/2 cup white glue
6 Tbsp. water
food coloring
1-4 tsp. Borax
1-4 Tbsp. water

Mix the glue, 6 tablespoons water and food coloring until it is dissolved. In a separate bowl, dissolve 1 teaspoon borax into 1 tablespoon water. Add to the glue solution. You will get a very thick clump of slime when the two mix. Pull the clump of slime out of the glue mixture and put it in a separate bowl. Mix another batch of the borax solution and add it to the remaining glue mixture. Repeat until all the glue mixture is used (about 3-4 times).

With clean hands, knead the slime to mix. This will take about 10 minutes and is not very difficult as the slime easily separates between your fingers. If a looser, more slimy texture is desired, knead in a bit more water. The more water you add, the slimier it gets. The slime doesn’t leave a residue and doesn’t get stuck on anything. This is great for Halloween entertaining. Store in an airtight container. This can easily be doubled, tripled or quadrupled.

 

Homemade Edible Play Dough Recipe
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Edible Play Dough Recipe

1/3 cup margarine
1/3 cup light corn syrup
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla extract or flavorings
1 lb. powdered sugar
food coloring (optional)

Mix first 4 ingredients together. Add powdered sugar. Knead it. Divide and add food coloring. Keep the homemade play dough refrigerated to keep from spoiling when not in use. You can replace vanilla with flavored extracts to give flavor other than just plain sweetness.

 

Easy Homemade Bubbles Recipe
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Homemade Bubbles Recipe

1/4 cup liquid dishwashing detergent (Non-ultra Dawn works best)
1/2 cup water
1 Tbsp. sugar

Put the dishwashing detergent in the water. Carefully stir in sugar trying to avoid suds. Take a regular drinking straw and cut into 4 pieces. Then dip into the solution and blow your bubbles. Tie a rope loop up to a foot in diameter on the end of a stick and make a gallon of bubbles. Dip the rope in the bubbles and run with them. This will give you giant bubbles.

Tip: A friend who made bubbles professionally (The Bubble Man) told us on many occasions that Non-Ultra Dawn liquid soap makes the best bubbles. 

For more fun homemade kids recipes like these, check out our Dining On A Dime Cookbook!

 

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