Fun Friday: Freebies and Fun Things To Do – The 3/27/15 Edition!

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Inching closer to that summer weather! My kids are on spring break starting today so I’m excited for the extra time with them!

So here’s the “Fun Friday” for the week of 3/27/15:

Kroger Affiliates: Free Sparkling Ice Tea – 3/27/15 only

SavingStar: Free Cadbury Egg – Thru 3/29/15.

Meijer Stores – Check your mPerks account for a Free Skinny Cow Iced Coffee Coupon. Valid through 3/28/15.

Farm Fresh Stores: Another FB Offer – Free Culinary Pizza with $10 Purchase.

Extra Savings with These New Coupons: Turtles Minis, Horizon Mac & Cheese, Tide, Sargento Shredded Cheese, Glad Products, Windex, Kraft Parmesan Cheese, 7UP, Huggies Wipes, Lady Speed Stick, DiGiorno and Starbucks.

Heinz Distilled White Vinegar Coupons Here and Here – Check your stock for dyeing Easter eggs!!

Free Redbox Code – You can try code 5678JJNN for free rental or $1.50 Off BluRay or Game. Text MOVIE to 727272 for a free rental. Check to see if any of the “ongoing” ones will work for you, if you haven’t used them in the past.

Free Kellogg’s Family Rewards Code: KFRMEMBERSRGREAT for 100 points and MAGICALCREATIONS for 25 points, (exp unknown), STPATRICKSPOINTS for 50 points (3/31/15) and code SCOOBYSWEEPS4YOU for 50 points (exp 3/31/15) if you haven’t already added them.

ToysRUs: They are having a Free Lego Ninjago Event on 3/28/14 from 12-2PM. Kids will get to take home a free Lego Ninjago Mask.

Lowe’s: Build and Grow Clinic on 4/11/15 – kids can make a See-and-Grow Planter Box. Check to see if there are any registration spots open!

Home Depot: Kids’ Workshop on 4/4/15 – kids can make a chalkboard planter stands. Starts at 9AM. Make sure you register!

Williams & Sonoma: Junior Chef Class on 3/21/15 for kids ages 5-13. They are learning about Eggs-cellent Eggs. For adults, a Technique Class on 3/22/15 for Brunch Entertaining. Call your local store to register.

Barnes and Noble: Free Storytime (Duck and Goose) at 11AM on 3/28/15. Don’t forget about their free online storytime, too!

Free Disney Movie Rewards Codes worth a total of 20 points: GOLDEN, WHITE, REDCAPE and YELLOW.

Wendy’s – Purchase a Frosty Tag for $1 donation and you’ll get a Free Jr. Frosty with each purchase in 2015!

Some free points from Recyclebank: (I save up mine for gift cards!)


Earn 25 Points for learning about 3 Streams for Organic Waste.

And a few Free eBooks: (Keep in mind prices flip fast on Amazon so be sure to check current price before purchasing!!)

Slow Cooker Breakfast Cookbook. Easy Recipes to Prepare with your Slow Cooker.

Gifts in Jars: Recipes for Easy, Delicious, Inexpensive DIY Gifts in Jars (Jar Recipes, Jar Gifts, Homemade Gifts)

Pressure Cooker for Beginners: Cookbook for Busy People with Quick, Simple & Delicious Recipes (Pressure Cooker Recipes)

Elegant Vegetarian Cooking

One Day Crochet: Incredible One Day School for Crocheting Unique Vintage Ponchos and Scarves

DIY Gifts: 23 Unique Ideas for Quick, Lovely, Inexpensive DIY Gifts in Jars

Herbal Antibiotic Medicine: Natural Pathway To Health & Healing

Woodworking: 101 Beginners Guide (The Definitive guide for what need to know to start your projects today)

Soap Making 101 : The Different Soap Making Techniques: Homemade Soap Recipes – Ultimate Guide to Creating Your Own Soap at Home

Smoothies for Runners: Healthy Smoothie Recipes for Running and Workout Training

25 Days of Home-Baked Cookies: A collection of tried and true cookie recipes that are delicious and kid-friendly

Clean Eating For Weight Loss: Top 12 delicious recipes and meals for cleansing, High energy, Fat loss and living a healthy life

A Place In Space

Gluten Free Desserts: The Only Gluten Free Cookbook You Will Ever Need!

Declutter Your House, Declutter Your Life: 21 Steps to a Tidier, More Organized Home

Re-Mind Yourself:Better Memory, Less Stress

Books for Kids: Dinosaur Tales

Children’s Books: HOW THE COW JUMPED OVER THE MOON

Fun Friday: Freebies and Fun Things to Do – The 3/20/15 Edition!

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Happy First Day of Spring to all of you! It has been such a lovely weather week here. We are doing our best to enjoy each nice day that we get!

So here’s the “Fun Friday” for the week of 3/20/15:

First Day of Spring Freebies: Free Italian Ice at Rita’s

Kroger Affiliates: Free Nestea Liquid Water Enhancer – 3/20/15 only

Farm Fresh Stores – Free Dozen Eggs with $10 Purchase (FB Offer)

SavingStar: Free Hunt’s Tomato Sauce – Thru 3/22/15.

Extra Savings with These New Coupons: Gerber Juice, Play-Doh, Dreft Detergent, Glad (High Value!), Windex, 7UP, Huggies Wipes, Huggies Pull-ups and Canada Dry.

BOGO Horizon Snack Crackers Coupon!

Heinz Distilled White Vinegar Coupons Here and Here – Check your stock for dyeing Easter eggs!!

Earthbound Farm Organic Coupon – $1/2 products. Will get you carrots for around $.50! Through 3/24/15.

Free Redbox Code – You can try code 5678JJNN for free rental or $1.50 Off BluRay or Game. Text MOVIE to 727272 for a free rental. Check to see if any of the “ongoing” ones will work for you, if you haven’t used them in the past.

Free Kellogg’s Family Rewards Code: POINTSFORREWARDS for 100 Points.(exp unknown) LUCKYLEPRECHAUNS for 50 Points. (exp 3/24/15) STPATRICKSPOINTS for 50 points (3/31/15) and code SCOOBYSWEEPS4YOU for 50 points (exp 3/31/15) if you haven’t already added them.

Lowe’s: Build and Grow Clinic on 4/11/15 – kids can make a See-and-Grow Planter Box. Check to see if there are any registration spots open!

Home Depot: Kids’ Workshop on 4/4/15 – kids can make a chalkboard planter stands. Starts at 9AM. Make sure you register!

Williams & Sonoma: Junior Chef Class on 3/21/15 for kids ages 5-13. They are learning about Easter Baking. For adults, a Technique Class on 3/22/15 for Easter Baking. Call your local store to register.

Barnes and Noble: Free Storytime (Edmund Unravels) at 11AM on 3/21/15. Don’t forget about their free online storytime, too!

Free Packet of Wildflower Seeds, while supplies last!

Corner Bakery – Make a reservation to get a Free Grilled Flat!

Free Printables: National Geographic A to Z Animals Coloring Pages. You can also select them individually at A to I or J to Z

Wendy’s – Purchase a Frosty Tag for $1 donation and you’ll get a Free Jr. Frosty with each purchase in 2015!

Some free points from Recyclebank: (I save up mine for gift cards!)


Earn 25 Points for Learning about why Garbage never goes away.

And a few Free eBooks: (Keep in mind prices flip fast on Amazon so be sure to check current price before purchasing!!)

Helichrysum Essential Oil: Uses, Studies, Benefits, Applications & Recipes (Wellness Research Series Book 9)

The Tale of the Clownfish and the Great Shark (Fun Rhyming Children’s Books)

Slow Cooking Recipes: 50 Quick and Easy Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes, Slow Cooker Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

Superfoods Cookbook: Book One: 75+ Recipes of Quick & Easy Cooking, Low Fat Cooking, Gluten Free Cooking, Wheat Free Cooking, Low Cholesterol Cooking

Children’s book:”I’M A DRAGON”

The 31-Day Paleo Diet Challenge with Cast Iron Skillet Recipes: One Paleo Diet Recipe for Every Day of the Month Using Cast Iron Skillets

How To Knit: Adorable Book with Luxury Lace Patterns and Ideas. 24 Can’t Miss Knitting Tutorials

Children’s Book: I Wish I Were a Dolphin: A Story of Bubbles the Goldfish: Kids Photo Book

The Greatest Mexican Recipes In History: Delicious & Easy Mexican Recipes To Make At Home + Mexican Food Guide (Tacos, Tortillas, Burritos and More!)

Freezer Meals for the Slow Cooker: Quick and Easy Slow Cooker Recipes for the Busy People

Children’s Books: ONE HUNDRED EGGS FOR HENRIETTA

How To: Organize Your Deep Freezer

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One of the ways that you can save money throughout the year is to invest in a deep freezer and pick up meat in bulk and freeze veggies and fruit when in season. But with a deep freezer comes the difficult task of keeping it organized so you can make sure you use those foods when you need them and before they go bad. I’ve tried several, several methods and ways to organize my deep freezer, each having it’s own negative outcome. Those thick milk crates? Way too heavy for me to lift! Just leaving every loose in the freezer? It became like a treasure hunt and often discouraged me from cooking as it took too long to find the right cut of meat! By far, this method I’m about to show you is my favorite.

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Before you begin, you’ll want to find some high-quality containers to sort out your meat cuts. I found the ones pictured above at Target (I also saw them at Walmart) and they have worked really well for me for the last year. They often go on sale so if you aren’t in any hurry you may want to wait and save yourself some money. You’ll find them in the storage container area as opposed to the kitchen area of your store.

Our deep freezer has a deep “well” in the middle and then a shorter shelf-type area on the other side. I’ve found that I can fill the middle of the well with the larger containers and then slide the smaller ones down the other side and then a few on top. I also use the larger ones on the shelf area.

Before you organize, you must think about what cuts of meat you use the most/least. The ones you don’t cook too often will go on the bottom of the stacks. Things you use often you’ll save for the top.

I usually have 1/4 cow, 1/2 hog, a few whole chickens and some loose random items in my deep freezer. It just all depends on what time of year it is and what’s the latest I’ve had delivered by our farmer. (Don’t know where to look for a good farmer contact in your area? Try Local Harvest as you should be able to find a farmer and/or farmer’s market near you.)

Here’s how I sort them by cut:

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1) On the bottom, I keep pieces such as roasts, ribs, soup bones and any cuts I rarely use.

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2) On top of that is a large bin of hamburger patties.

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3) On the side and bottom of those large containers, I keep our steaks if it’s not BBQ season. They get transferred up top during the summer!

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4) On top of those are the larger steak pieces such as sirloin steaks, etc.

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5) On top of the hamburger patties are another large container of ground hamburger. We go through this the most so it is always towards the top.

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6) On top of the ground hamburger are smaller containers of beef stew meat and cubed steaks. These fit nicely in those small containers so I keep them stacked on top (otherwise they throw the larger containers off balance!).

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7) As you can see on the side with the smaller containers, there’s a gap between them and the freezer. This is where I’ll drop extra soup bones and whole chickens, if I am stocking up on them. I also store hams and/or turkeys there, too. I don’t cook too many per year so they fit nicely there.

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8) Off on that “shelf” space, I use larger containers and I keep my pork here. I usually have pork chops and pork steaks in the bottom one and on top I’ll keep pork sausage, bacon, etc. as I use them more. I usually have my pork delivered when my beef is low and vice versa so I always have enough room to store them. Right now, I’m lower on pork than beef.

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9) Our freezer came with a basket. I keep things such as homemade bone broth/stock, whole chickens, bread products, etc. in there. If yours doesn’t have a basket, just use more smaller containers.

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10) On top of everything, I’ll add small containers of fruit/veggies that are in season. We picked quite a few blueberries so that’s what I have there at this time.  My other veggies/fruit are in our main freezer space along with our ice cream and such. I don’t use a lot of processed foods so I don’t need much storage space for those. I will shift any large containers left or right, as needed. When I decided to add the blueberries to this freezer, I shifted the ground hamburger over on top of the pork since there was room. That’s what’s nice about these large and small containers is that they really work well together as far as space and lots of options of how to stack them.

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11) After you sort the meat cuts into the small/large containers (and before you stack them in your freezer), take a minute to jot down what you have on inventory.  I went a step further and typed mine up in Excel and printed it with extra columns of gridlines. Now, when I take cuts out, I can cross it off and update the new total. I keep it safe in a little plastic bag with a hook. (Talk about re-using items–this bag came from a multi-pack of kids socks! I always keep things like that as you’ll never know when you can use them!!) My totals may not always be exact but at least I’ll have somewhat of an idea of what I have on hand.

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12) Since that little bag had a hook, it hangs perfectly on my extra spice rack which I keep in my pantry where my deep freezer is stored.

Now there are times when I need meat cuts on the bottom of the freezer but it is so easy to take out the top containers to get to them. They are really light-weight and easy to put back in as they fit perfectly in there together—there’s no more throwing out your back trying to lift those impossibly heavy milk crate containers!

What it really comes down to is this–you need to organize your deep freezer in a way that works for YOU. It should be simple enough that you won’t be discouraged from cooking because you don’t have time (or energy!) to dig through your deep freezer.

And this should go without saying but….always make sure you rotate your stock of meats and use your oldest cuts first. When we are getting our next batch of beef or pork, I’ll take what’s left of the last batch and move them to my freezer that’s attached to my fridge. I then try to work my meal plans around those cuts of meat first.

And here’s a great tip for defrosting meats–always keep an 8×8 Pyrex type dish in your fridge so you can easily toss meats in there to defrost. (Just make sure you wash it in between uses!) I have been doing this for awhile and it saves me time from trying to clear space to make room for them. As soon as the dish is washed out, I put it right back in the fridge, empty and ready to be used again. Also, it’s always best to defrost your meats on the bottom shelf of your fridge so if they leak, they won’t drip all over your other foods!

I hope this helps you get your deep freezer more organized! I’d love to hear your tips of what you do to keep yours nice and neat!

Disclaimer: Please use your own judgment as to whether containers you use are safe for your freezer and foods. I am not saying these are the safest containers but just that I use them. Check your local stores for containers marked “freezer safe” if you are concerned about your food safety, etc. You might be able to find similarly shaped containers that are marked as such.

Fun Friday: Freebies and Fun Things to Do: The 3/13/15 Edition

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Loving this great weather we’ve been having this week. Makes ya feel like summer’s right around the corner!

So here’s the “Fun Friday” for the week of 3/13/15:

Kroger Affiliates: Free Mars Easter Egg Singles – 3/13/15 only

Ralph’s Stores: Add a coupon for Free Cabbage. Exp 3/16/15.

SavingStar: Free Rice-a-Roni or Pasta Roni – Thru 3/15/15.

Extra Savings with These New Coupons: Heinz Ketchup and Mustard, Tide, RoTel, Keebler Ready Crust, Crisco, Starbucks Iced Coffee, Jennie-O, Charmin and Minute Maid.

Free Redbox Code – Text MOVIE to 727272 for a free rental. Check to see if any of the “ongoing” ones will work for you, if you haven’t used them in the past.

Free Kellogg’s Family Rewards Code: FREEPOINTSFORYOU for 100 points (exp 3/15/15), STPATRICKSPOINTS for 50 points (3/31/15) and code SCOOBYSWEEPS4YOU for 50 points (exp 3/31/15) if you haven’t already added it. Code EVERYONELOVESKFR for 100 Points! Code KELLOGGSREWARDSU for 100 Points. Not sure on expiration date on that one.

Lowe’s: Build and Grow Clinic on 3/14/15 – kids can make a Monster Truck. Check to see if there are any registration spots open!

Home Depot: Kids’ Workshop on 4/4/15 – kids can make a chalkboard planter stands. Starts at 9AM. Make sure you register!

Williams & Sonoma: Junior Chef Class on 3/14/15 for kids ages 5-13. They are learning about Pancake Party. For adults, a Technique Class on 3/15/15 for Knife Skills. Call your local store to register.

Barnes and Noble: Free Storytime (Mustache Baby) at 11AM on 3/14/15. Don’t forget about their free online storytime, too!

Facebook Freebie: Free Easter Egg Decorating Kit – limited to first 100,000.

IHOP: Participating locations are offering Free Short Stack of Pancakes when you wear green on St. Patrick’s Day!

Free Sample: Equate Feminine Care Sample Pack

Free Printables: National Geographic A to Z Animals Coloring Pages. You can also select them individually at A to I or J to Z

Dairy Queen: Free Cone Day on 3/16/15 at participating locations!

Arby’s Freebie: Free Roast Beef Classic with Drink Purchase and sign-up

Wendy’s – Purchase a Frosty Tag for $1 donation and you’ll get a Free Jr. Frosty with each purchase in 2015!

FaveCrafts: Free St. Patrick’s Day Crafts/Recipes eBook or Garden Crafts eBook

FaveHealth: Free Healthy Recipes eBook

Some free points from Recyclebank: (I save up mine for gift cards!)

Energy Calculator: Worth 15 Points


Update Your Decor: Worth 20 Points

And a few Free eBooks: (Keep in mind prices flip fast on Amazon so be sure to check current price before purchasing!!)

How to Save Money at Home: A Room-by-Room Guide to Cut Spending

Cast Iron Cookbook. Cooking Easy Recipes with your Cast Iron Skillet

St. Patrick’s Day Recipes: Celebrating Authentic Irish Cuisine

Clean Food Diet: Avoid processed foods and eat clean with few simple lifestyle changes

The Best Investment: A Better You

100 More Easy Recipes in Jars

DIY Household Hacks: The Ultimate Guide To Effective, Affordable And Practical Household Hacks That You MUST Learn

Green Cleaning: The Ultimate Guide

30 Recipes Using Cooked Chicken: Real food your family will love

GMO Free Diet: The Ultimate Guide on Avoiding GMO Foods and keeping Your Family Healthy with a GMO Free Diet

Quilting For Beginners: A Proven Clear-Cut Method For Learning How to Quilt In Record Time

Crocheting for beginners: How to Crochet A Beginners guide to crocheting easy crochet patterns and crochet stitches

IRISH RECIPES FOR ST. PATRICK’S DAY: The Best of Irish Cooking, Drinks and Jokes For St. Patrick’s Day

Children’s Books: THE LITTLE LEPRECHAUN WHO LOVED YELLOW!

MINECRAFT: Diary Of A Minecraft Pig

MINECRAFT: Diary Of A Lonely Creeper

MINECRAFT: Diary Of A Minecraft Skeleton

Minecraft: Diary of a Wimpy Steve series Book 1: Trapped in Minecraft!

Fun Friday: Freebies and Fun Things to Do – The 3/6/15 Edition!

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I sure do hope the weather forecast holds true for this weekend and upcoming week as they are projecting high temps for us. I don’t know about you guys but I’m ready to be free of all this snow and cold weather!!

So here’s the “Fun Friday” for the week of 3/6/15:

Kroger Affiliates: Free Hormel Rev Wrap – 3/6/15 only

SavingStar: Free Dark Chocolate York Peppermint Pattie – Thru 3/8/15.

Extra Savings with These New Coupons: Starbucks Iced Coffee, Kraft Natural Cheese, Starburst Jelly Beans, Jennie-O, Lucky Charms Cereal (great for St. Patty’s Day!), Pampers Splashers Swim Pants, Minute Maid Pure Squeezed, Silk Half Gallon and PediaSure.

Free Redbox Code – Some are finding the code LOVE to work at certain kiosks. Check to see if any of the “ongoing” ones will work for you, if you haven’t used them in the past.

Free Kellogg’s Family Rewards Code: TASTYWAYTOPOINTS- for 25 Points. Should be valid through 3/12/15 and code SCOOBYSWEEPS4YOU for 50 points through 3/31/15, if you haven’t already added it. Code EVERYONELOVESKFR for 100 Points! Code KELLOGGSREWARDSU for 100 Points. Not sure on expiration date on that one.

Lowe’s: Build and Grow Clinic on 3/14/15 – kids can make a Monster Truck. Check to see if there are any registration spots open!

Home Depot: Kids’ Workshop on 3/7/15 – kids can make a book ends. Starts at 9AM. Make sure you register!

Williams & Sonoma: Junior Chef Class on 3/7/15 for kids ages 5-13. They are learning about Sandwiches and Wraps. For adults, a Technique Class on 3/8/15 for Spring Roasting. Call your local store to register.

Barnes and Noble: Free Storytime (Once Upon a Cloud) at 11AM on 3/7/15. Don’t forget about their free online storytime, too!

Facebook Freebie: Free Easter Egg Decorating Kit – limited to first 100,000.

IHOP: Participating locations are offering Free Short Stack of Pancakes when you wear green on St. Patrick’s Day!

Free Printables: National Geographic A to Z Animals Coloring Pages. You can also select them individually at A to I or J to Z

Dairy Queen: Free Cone Day on 3/16/15 at participating locations!

Google Play: Free download of Transformers. Make sure it states free before you download!

Bank of America: Free “Museums on Us” on 3/7 and 3/8/15.

IKEA: BYOF Day on 3/7/15. Lots of freebies including breakfast and blue bag.

Arby’s Freebie: Free Roast Beef Classic with Drink Purchase and sign-up

Wendy’s – Purchase a Frosty Tag for $1 donation and you’ll get a Free Jr. Frosty with each purchase in 2015!

FaveCrafts: Free St. Patrick’s Day Crafts/Recipes eBook or Garden Crafts eBook

FaveHealth: Free Healthy Recipes eBook

And a few Free eBooks: (Keep in mind prices flip fast on Amazon so be sure to check current price before purchasing!!)

Dutch oven Cookbook: Delicious, Quick & Easy Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Dutch oven Recipes For the busy you

Smoothies: 40 Breakfast Smoothie Recipes

Declutter: The art of minimizing your mess

Gluten Free Cookbook: 50 Gluten Free Recipes For Grain Free Living

Clean Eating Cookbook: Vol. 2 Lunch Recipes

Natural Cleaning Recipes – The Definitive Guide: Green & Eco-Friendly Home Cleaning Solutions for a Happier & Healthier Home

Prep Freeze Serve: Freezer Meals: Easy Freezer Meals: Great Tasting, Great Value Meals You Can Create in Advance

Crochet Projects: Fun and Creative Pictures You Can Master Easily:

Anti-Inflammatory Cookbook: Vol. 3 Dinner Recipes (Anti Inflammatory Diet Cookbooks)

Gluten Free: Desserts – 50 Delicious Gluten Free Recipes For Celiac, Paleo And Gluten Free Diets

Homemade Popsicle Recipes: 50 treats for kids (Cooking with Kids Series)

Minimalist Living: Learn to Downsize, Live With Less, and Find Freedom in Your Life: DIY Minimalist/DIY Minimalism/Minimalism (Minimalist, DIY Minimalist, DIY Minimalism, Minimalist Living)

HORSES: Fun Facts and Amazing Photos of Animals in Nature (Amazing Animal Kingdom Book 4)

5 Ingredients Cookbook: 25 Quick Fix Meals Using 5 Ingredients or Less

Baking Soda: Using Baking Soda And Loving It: Discover The Amazing Cleaning, Health And Hygiene Secrets Of Baking Soda (Healthy Living Book 10)