Monday, August 27, 2012

FREE Garnier Fructis Leave-In Conditioner with coupon!

Right now you can snag a full sized bottle of Garnier Fructis leave-in conditioner at the Dollar Tree when you use this new $1 off Garnier Fructis product printable coupon!


Here’s how to get this deal:
= FREE!!
Don’t forget to check out Dollar Tree’s new coupon policy!


How We Paid Off Our Debt With Coupons

Success!
I hate to admit defeat, but I have to say that our day-to-day expenses got away from us for awhile. We fell several months behind on all our payments, due to temporary unemployment, and playing catch up has taken awhile.

One of the things that helped was using coupons. I know it sounds funny, but when you look at the numbers, it makes sense:

 Our average grocery costs for 1 week, for 4 people, used to be $250.00! Ever since I have been using price matches and coupons, I have never spent more than $100 per week! That is an average savings of $150.00 per week, and a grand total of $7,800.00 saved in 1 year!

We have, as of this month, caught up on our payments. It feels so good to be out from underneath that pressure! I can answer my phone or door without fear of it being a bill collector or landlord! J This is largely due to the $3,300 we saved in 6 months from using the coupons, as well as some super sweet deals like the $50 ING Bonus.

My next goal is to use this newfound coupon power to pay off some of our secondary debt (medical bills and other issues) to fix our credit. 
[Not that we have lousy credit on our own, but we both have the kind of parents who ran up our credit then surprised us with it when we became adults.]

 Maybe someday we will be able to afford our own home, but for now we are making every cent count and working towards a bright new future! I never set out to be an extreme couponer (and I really don’t think I am all that extreme) but I must say, it feels Darn Good to have those bills paid off, and all thanks to using coupons! 

My Tips:
1. Make a plan and a budget ~ then stick to them. Strictly. No matter what. 

3. Only buy what you need, and only when you have a coupon. The whole stockpile thing can wait until you are out from under your debt. 

3. Take the money you would have spent and stick it in a savings account. Then you are truly saving the money! Use it to pay your bills. Only your bills.

4. As a family, decide what you can give up to save some money. We do not have cable T.V. or a land-line phone. This helped with with our debt, too. 
Once we have paid off our secondary debt, we may decide to get cable again...but more than likely, we will want to use that money to save up a down payment for a home. We have to decide what is a better investment with your money...entertainment now, or a home later?

My vote is on home. I barely even miss having cable. 


"Make It" Monday ~ Easy Mini Crescent Roll Quiches

I've done a post about quiche before...it is one of my favorite meals, and it reminds me of my childhood, standing in the kitchen cooking with my dad. We are very French, so it feels good to share this meal with my family, in any form! You can make these babies ahead of time and freeze them, they will keep in a Tupperware or a Ziploc baggie for about 3 months. IF they last that long! 


Ingredients:
10 slices bacon
1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons milk
3 eggs
2 tablespoon dried flaked onion
1 Tbsp 
 Roasted Garlic & Bell Pepper Seasoning  by McCormick (One of my personal favs!)
1 sprinkle of salt, pepper (to taste)
2 cans Pillsbury refrigerated crescent rolls 


Directions:
1. Heat oven to 375 degrees (F). Lightly grease muffin cups. (I used a spritz of Pam.)

2. Cook bacon over medium high heat until crisp and evenly brown. Drain, crumble, and set aside.

3. Beat the cream cheese, milk, and eggs in a medium bowl until smooth, with an electric mixer on low. Stir in cheddar cheese, onion, garlic, and seasoning, and set aside.

4. Separate each crescent triangle. Press each one into the bottom and sides of each muffin cup. Sprinkle bacon evenly into the bottoms of the dough-lined muffin cups. Spoon cheese-egg mixture into each cup, but do not overfill. I would say just leave a little from the brim, to allow for the egg to puff up.

5. Sprinkle reserved bacon and a little shredded cheese on top of each, if you like.

6. Bake 10-15 minutes, until filling is set and rims of the quiches are golden brown. If you tap a quiche and it bounces just a little under your finger, it is perfectly cooked.

Makes 24 mini quiches. 

To see step by step instructions with pictures, head over to instructables.com! If you like what you see, vote for me!




Happy Baking!