Friday, May 25, 2007

It's been quite awhile since I posted! Life has been busy the last few weeks. But I am back in action now! A friend of mine is having a rough time right now and I wanted to cheer her up. So I put together a basket of goodies she can pamper herself with. I got a pretty jar that I picked up months ago at a yard sale, filled it almost full with epson salts, then added a little fragrance oil and a few drops of food coloring. Shake it up real good and you have terrific bath salts for practically nothing!
I made goulash for dinner tonight. It's perfect for a busy night and I usually always have the ingredients on hand. Here's the recipe:

1 lb hamburger
small bell pepper diced
small yellow onion diced
2 small cans tomato soup
1 lb box of elbow macaroni
Cook macaroni according to package. Cook hamburger,pepper, and onion until done. Add tomato soup, bring to low boil for about 5 minutes, stirring regularly. Then simmer 10 minutes. Mix it all together and enjoy! I usually serve garlic bread as well.

I just got paid $100 dollars for doing this site:
All I had to do was complete 4 offers and refer one person and my paypal account was $100 bigger! You gotta love days like that! I have laundry calling my name......have a great weekend!!

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Great ways to save at the grocery store!

Today was grocery day for me. Here are some ways I save money at the grocery store:

1. Use a list, and stick to it! You would be surprised how much money you spend on impulse items.
2. If a non-perishable item that you use alot is on sale, stock up on it.
3. Double check prices, sometimes it is cheaper to buy two small sizes rather than one big one!
4. Do you buy alot of soda's? Buy 2 liters instead of cans, you get alot more for your money.
5. Do you really need five different cleaning products? Buy just one all purpose cleaner, or better yet make your own.
6. Make your own baby food. Almost any baby friendly food can be tossed in the blender or food processor and make yummy food for your little one.
7. Find the mark down area in your store. Almost every store has one, usually in the back. I find great deals there, usually because the package is slightly damaged.
8. Go to the dollar store! You can find great deals on canned and boxed goods, household items, and a whole lot of things. :)

We had BBQ Chicken casserole for dinner today, here's the recipe:

1 cn Pork and beans (16oz)
4 chicken pieces
1/4 c ketchup
2 tb Peach preserves
2 ts Onion,minced
1/4 ts Soy sauce
1/4 c Brown sugar
Place beans in a 2-quart casserole; top with chicken. Mix together remaining
ingredients; pour over chicken and beans.
Cover and bake at 325 for 1 3/4 hours.

I keep seeing these commercials for glowing body wash and glowing face wash. Here is a mask that will have your face glowing for a fraction of the cost!
1 egg yolk
1 tsp warm milk
1 tsp honey
Mix it all together, apply to face and neck. After 20 minutes rinse off.

For those of you interested in making extra money, here is the GPT I did today:

See you soon!
Frugal Queen :)

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Ramblings of the Frugal Queen

This post isn't really about anything particular, I am just excited about my new blog and wanted to post again! I was just on one of my favorite sites, there are so many good deals there. I have found some great deals on stuff for the kids. I love to shop year round for Christmas and birthdays!
We had a big favorite for dinner tonight, Hamburger Pie. It feeds a crowd, and it is a full meal by itself. Here's the recipe:
1 lb hamburger meat
1 can tomato soup
1 can green beans
3 cups mashed potatoes
1 cup grated cheese, or slices of cheese

Brown hamburger meat. Put in casserole dish. Add grean beans and tomato soup. Top with mashed potatoes. Cook at 350 for 20 minutes, remove from oven. Sprinkle with cheese, or lay slices on top. Put back in oven for 5 to 10 minutes until cheese starts browning.

Have you ever heard of GPT's? They are an awesome way to make a little extra cash. In a nutshell, you do offers, most of them free.....and these sites pay you to do them! I only do one site a day, takes me about 30 minutes. And I usually make at least $200 a month. Think about that, that could pay your light bill, or any other bill, and it's just a few hours a month! The one I am doing today is:

It's a great site and they pay you three times a month!
Ok, enough rambling for now. See you tomorrow!
Frugal Queen :)

The adventure starts here!

This is my first post as the Frugal Queen, and I am so excited to be able to share all my frugal knowledge with everyone.! First, a little bit of background.....I am a sahm of five awesome kids, two girls and three boys. Daycare costs are outrageous these days, so when baby #4 came along we made the decision to be a one income family. My husband is a hard worker and makes decent money, but it was still very hard to make ends meet. So I started looking for ways to save money and cut costs. Now, two years later, we are still a one income family but now we still have money left over at the end of the month! I learned how to live more frugally, and how to make some extra money online and it made a huge difference in our lifestyle! We are in the process of remodeling our kitchen right now, and we can afford it! Two years ago we were struggling to keep food in the kitchen. Well, that's enough background :)
It is my goal to post on here at least once a day with recipes, frugal tips, and ways to make extra cash. I will also be posting any deals I find online. Here's a recipe for a great, cheap, all purpose cleaner:

1 Tbsp ammonia
1 Tbsp liquid soap
2 cups water
Mix together and use for general cleaning

Did you know that if you add about a tablespoon of baking soda to your dishwater, it will cut the grease and you will use less soap?

How about some muffins for breakfast? You can't beat this recipe, it's very easy and inexpensive:

Ice cream muffins
2 cps self rising flour 2 cps vanilla ice cream softened
Combine flour and ice cream,beat until smooth.Line muffin cups with paper muffin cups. Fill 3/4 of the way with mix. Bake at 425 for 20 to 25 minutes. My kids beg for these!

That's all for now, see you soon!
Frugal Queen :)