Where did this year go that’s what I’d like to know? I can’t believe it’s almost the holiday season again.
The end of the year means many things…besides gaining weight. For more people it’s now about looking for ways to have a great time while staying within your budget. This month I have a few items that I hope will give you a head start on holiday entertaining and shopping. Also, I have a giveaway to tell you about. More about that later…
Food and Coupons
Sometimes I can’t stop myself from cutting out recipes or bookmarking them online. Here’s a site that came to my attention just last week.
www.Tablespoon.com It has recipes using Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Bisquick and Progresso brands. Plus, if you sign up for their Dinner Made Easy newsletter you get a free sample of either Betty Crocker au gratins or roasted garlic mashed potatoes. Once you click on the site you can also get some other coupons. I used the Pillsbury ones at the store today and the cashier handed me another $2 off coupon good towards my next grocery bill courtesy of Pillsbury.
Start Every Day with A Good Breakfast
I love it when someone sends me information about a good for you product that’s budget priced. This time it’s Mom’s Best Naturals cereals.
And if you usually gain weight during holiday season, here’s what the folks at Mom’s Best Naturals have to say…
It’s coming: the overindulgent season known as the holidays! Before you skip breakfast in hopes of keeping your diet in check, think again: Study after study shows eating breakfast helps curb your appetite and helps you power through the day. A quick bowl of cereal is a great way to squeeze in some whole grains, and it could be the easiest thing to do for your health during the hectic holidays—and, if it’s a natural option, even better!
Mom’s Best Naturals line of all-natural cereals is a better-for-you option when it comes to the morning meal, containing no artificial colors or flavors, no artificial preservatives, no hydrogenated oils and no high fructose corn syrup. These cereals are priced up to 30 percent less than similar varieties of natural and organic cereals—so no need to worry about breaking the bank. Plus, with fiber-filled varieties like Toasted Wheat-fuls, Mom’s Best Naturals is sure to help you stay satisfied and focused throughout the day.
I got to sample two of their cereals Oats and Honey Blend 12 oz $1.99 and 18 oz. $2.65 and Honey Grahams 12 oz $1.99 and 18 oz. $2.65
I loved both of them. The Honey Grahams make a great snack when you’re sitting at your computer or even pop some into a bag and carry with you for the upcoming holiday shopping spree.
You can find more about the cereal at www.momsbestnaturals.com There’s a store locator, blog, recipes and sign up for a 75 cent off coupon.
And Mom’s Best has kindly agreed to give one lucky reader some free cereal. All you need to do is leave your best money saving tip in the comments section and we’re pick a winner.
Most people are saying they’re cutting back on holiday parties this year. One alternative is a cheese and wine party. Here wine expert Natalie MacLean offers her top 10 cheese and drink matches.
1. Camembert or brie with Champagne
2. Gouda with Spanish Rioja
3. Cheddar with Bordeaux or Cabernet Sauvignon
4. Manchego with Amontillado Sherry
5. Mozzarella with German Late Harvest Riesling
6. Feta with Oregonian Pinot Noir
7. Goat cheese with New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc
8. Stilton blue cheese with Port or Sauternes
9. Parmigiano with Italian Amarone
10. Macaroni and cheese with Californian Chardonnay
Visit www.nataliemaclean.com for more food and wine tips and tools.
Spa and Beauty
Don’t know about you but sometimes a day at the local spa is just what I need, but not what my budget needs. Next best alternative, a do it yourself evening of spa treatments. Lush Cosmetics have some new products to help you feel and look more beautiful at a Budget Smart Girl price. Best of all they use whole fruits and vegetables and not synthetics and chemicals that even some higher priced products contain. Here’s information about their three new face masks. All are just $5.95. Plus, return five empty pots and they’ll give you a free face mask. www.lushusa.com
This exceedingly gentle and nourishing face mask is the perfect rehab for skin that’s been abused by the summer’s rays. This nourishing oat-based mask contains calming vanilla and features soothing fair trade organic bananas. Just be sure to resist the tempting smell – it probably doesn’t taste as good as you’d think.
Garlic and grapes are two fall items that seem like an unlikely pair, but they go together perfectly in this deep cleansing mask for oily, troublesome skin. Fresh garlic is a powerful (yet gentle) detoxifier while grape works as an astringent and residue-cutter to shed that layer of summer grime. We pair these with healing honey and tea tree to heal any havoc the sun may have reeked on your skin.
A Crash Course in Skincare
This simple, cooling mask is the ultimate in fresh starts. First, it cools and soothes with fresh-squeezed lemon juice. Then, yogurt swoops in to rejuvenate and reduce stubborn redness. Then, avocado finishes off to keep your face supple and moisturized as the cold fall months approach. Avocado also reduces scars and age spots while protecting skin from UV rays. What’s better than that?
More Organic Savings
If I had my choice, I’d pick natural and organic every time, but sometimes the budget doesn’t allow it. One brand I like is Seventh Generation. Best thing is they always have a coupon offering. Check out http://www.seventhgeneration.com/coupons
What’s For Dinner?
One of my emergency meals is fish tacos and I often use fish sticks. Visit www.gortons.com, click on coupons and promotions. And also visit www.gonedipping.com for your chance to win $1,000.
A fun place to eat and shop and until December 31st, 2009, they’ew offering $10 off your meal. Visit www.rainforestcafe.com
What to get a head start on what coupons will be in your Sunday newspaper? Check out www.sundaycouponpreview.com
Want to Stand Out in the Crowd?
I know lots of people are looking for work these days and here’s a site I found. It lets you put together a visual resume, visit www.visualcv.com/index.html
Slash Your Grocery Bill
Here’s an article I found about ways to slash the grocery bill www.tinyurl.com/yzyctrg
The holiday catalogs have been filling up my mailbox for the last few weeks. Here’s one I thought had some great stuff for children. Brainy toys for kids of all ages…not sure if that means us adults, but I saw lots of stuff that I’d like to try www.mindware.com They do have a clearance section.
And speaking of holiday shopping. K-mart is advertising their layaway plan but did you know you can even use it online these days? www.k-mart.com
Next month, lots of tips on holiday shopping and entertaining. Have a good month and don’t forget to leave your money saving tips for a chance to win the cereal giveaway.