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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Homemade Honey Ketchup

  • 12 oz. tomato paste
  • 1/2 c. honey
  • 1 c. vinegar
  • 1/2 c. water (or more, for a thinner consistency)
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  1. Combine until smooth in a saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes (you’ll need to partially cover because it will spit hot tomato out at even the lowest simmer).
  3. Keep refrigerated. If it thickens too much in the fridge, just add some water (a couple teaspoons at a time) to reach pouring consistency.
  4. Makes 2-1/2 to 3 cups.
This stuff smells and looks like regular ketchup. It tastes a little bit sweeter but I love it. 

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

5 Ways to save at target

1. Bring a list and stick to the list

           We all know the power that Target has over our wallet so when you need specific items make a list and just get those items. If you don't do this you'll come in looking for $8 worth of stuff and spend $100. Don't even try to pretend that you wont.

2. Use Target Coupons

             Target has coupons that you can use on Target brand items or on top of manufacturer's coupons. This doubles your savings.

3. Bring your own bags

              Target is one of the few places that actually gives you a discount for bringing your own bag. It's good for the environment and even though it's 5 cents that's a little bit of help for your wallet.

4. Use the cartwheel app

              Cartwheel is an app for android and iPhone that has coupons on it and shows you what coupons your friends are using. it puts all of your offers together into one coupon. Each deal can be used 4 times and be stacked with other target coupons and manufacturer's coupons. sign up here!

5. Grab a REDcard

              Before you freak out like I just asked you to sign up for a credit card, the REDcard has a debit card version and you get 5% off of everything. EVEN PRESCRIPTIONS. You also get free shipping online and a longer timeframe for returns. 

     Happy saving!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Money saving apps

1. Ibotta
      With this app you participate in tasks and earn money when you confirmed you've bought a participating product. You also get $10 just for signing up. (if you sign up from the link you and I get a bonus!)

2. Receipt Hog  (if you sign up from the link you and I get a bonus!)
      In this app you just take a picture of any grocery store receipt and then you'll receive points for how much you spent in each receipt. The points can be redeemed for $5 gift cards to or $5 into a paypal account. They're planning on expanding this to restaurants and gas purchases, but for right now it's just for groceries and other places that sell things that you would get at grocery stores (i.e. convenience stores or target/walmart)

3. Grocery IQ
     With this app you make a grocery list and the app lets you know of any coupons available for the items on your list. then you can either print them from a wifi enabled printer or you can receive them as an e-mail to print out. Note: Making a list before grocery shopping is a great way to stay in your budget and this app helps you do that. 

4. Cellfire 
    This is the best for the spontaneous shopper. you register your store savings cards and your cell phone number. Then, when you use your card or phone number relevant coupons are automatically redeemed. You can also download coupons to your phone or print out coupons the old fashioned way. 

5. Cartwheel 
     This is a T

arget specific app, but you can select offers that you would like to use and then the cashier just scans one coupon and the savings are applied to your order. Pretty darn awesome.

Edit: We also paid off another credit card! We're working on paying off my engagement/wedding ring now.

Frugality Gal