Money-Saving Moving Marysville Mom

It's not how much you have; it's what you do with what you have.

Free Movie December 29, 2008

Filed under: Freebie(s) — swingingsarr @ 9:28 am

If you are wanting to get out, the Olympic Theatre (360-435-3939) in Arlington is showing Kung Fu Panda on 12/30-12/31 for free @ 1pm, subject to capacity.


Money-Saving Maniac Ideas December 26, 2008

Filed under: Deals,Freebie(s),Gift Ideas,Recipe,Stretching the Dollar — swingingsarr @ 8:18 am

I’ve always seen my friend, Heidi, as a money-saver, trying to get the best deals. Now I call her my money-saving maniac friend. Here are some ideas from her.

Free on-line radio (from Heidi) is a free online radio website. You type in the name of an artist you like, and they’ll only play music that is in that same style or genre…There are no commercials either.

Free magazine Subscription (from Heidi) I don’t know how much longer it lasts:

Stretching the Dollar with soap(from Heidi): I use just regular liquid dial, or the off brand of liquid dial. Not the creamy kind, but the clear kind. You put in about half an inch of soap into the bottom of those bath/body works fluffy soap containers, and then you fill the rest with water up to the top. Then you put the cap on and start tipping and turning it slowly. I learned the hard way that it will go crazy with suds if you shake it, so we just tip and turn.

It’s so easy, and I’ve even taught Josiah (my son) how to refill our soaps now (which he thinks is fun!). We bought the huge dial at Costco for $5 on coupon, and at this rate it will probably last 30 years!

Stretching the Dollar with Dryer Sheets- (Heidi -I don’t know if you remember telling me this tip years ago). Cut them in 1/2 and reuse them. You can make one go 4-6 times.

Stretching the Dollar with Baby Wipes- Cut them in 1/2 and reuse them. As I (Sonja) was using them at first, I was thinking, ‘I am wasting’ so much of the wipe’, so I cut them in half, and I used as many as I needed. I used more of the square footage of the baby wipes. I will use reusable cloth wipes when I have a child consistently in cloth diapers.

HOMEMADE 409 (from H)

Adapted from the book “Clean House, Clean Planet” by Karen Logan

1 trigger spray bottle

2 Tablespoons distilled white vinegar

1 teaspoon of borax


1/8 of a cup of mild liquid dish soap

I put a funnel in the top of my spray bottle and put in the vinegar, borax and then 1 cup of hot water to dissolve it. Then I add enough cool water to almost fill it to the top and pour the dish soap in last. Don’t shake. This costs me about 35 cents per bottle versus $3 to $4 per bottle for the store brand. And it’s great for food surfaces and bathrooms because white vinegar is a disinfectant.

Homemade Cleaners: This particular tip from Heidi reminds me of a blog from a friend, Kim on August 31, 2008 on Homemade Cleaners. Look it up, and there are some really great ideas!

Kim’s Blog

Recipe (from Heidi) Baked Sugar Donuts

2 cans of refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
6 Tbsp. melted butter
2/3 cup sugar

Heat oven to 375 degrees.
Separate the biscuits, flatten each to a 2 1/2 inch round.
With 1 inch round biscuit cutter or knife, cut hole in center of each round.
Dip all sides of biscuits and centers into butter, then into sugar.
Place on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake 12-14 minutes or until golden brown.

Bath and Body Works: They are starting their major sale tomorrow, according to the internet (12/29 according to printed ads I’ve received from them). The body creams, my fav., are on sale for $3. I don’t know how long it lasts.

GIFTS: This is the time of the year to start shopping for Christmas/all gifts for next year. I have a “gift box” at home that I fill with different items I find through out the year. In November I pull them out and evaluate what I have and still need to get.


Fred Meyer Deals of the Week December 23, 2008

Filed under: Deals,Gift Ideas,Restaurant Specials — swingingsarr @ 3:07 pm

The Everett Herald hasn’t been delivering up my hill, so I’ve been paperless for a while…I did look on-line, out of curiosity at a few ads.

Fred Meyer:

  • Tilamook 2 lb. Med. Cheddar Cheese- $4.99 with a store coupon, limit 2
  • Large Eggs 18 pack, buy one get one free (they don’t show the original price) with a store coupon
  • 5 lb. Cuties Mandarins $4.48
  • Dryer’s Ice Cream 2/$6 with a store coupon
  • Swanson’s Broth 4/$2 with a store coupon
  • Knudsen’s Sparkling Juice 3/$5
  • Apples, different Varieties .88/lb
  • Large Nestle, Hershey, Cadbury Bars 3.5-5 oz. .88 each
  • Nabisco Snack Crackers3/$5

Gift Ideas: Yesterday I was thinking how cool it would be to actually make a calendar, and I found on-line an HP web-site that has cool templates where I just plugged in a picture, and I printed out a 12 month calendar on one 8 1/2 by 11 piece of glossy photo paper.


Restaurant Specials:  Here is a really great special, but I bet the lines will be REALLY long.  Since the main special is on January 6, the day after my husband’s birthday, we’ll try to go, and if it’s too much, we’ll leave and go to Red Robin to cash in Jonathan and Abbie’s free birthday burgers.

Tuesday, January 6th  We're rolling back dinner prices on Pasta Classics starting at $2.35 for entrées & kids' meals for only $1.95!  Every Monday & Tuesday in January beginning on January 12th & 13th, enjoy 40% off Pasta Classics & kids' meals during dinner!  Please come back and join us for these special celebrations!
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Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars December 22, 2008

Filed under: Recipe — swingingsarr @ 8:03 am

Here is another 3 ingredient recipe. These are chocolate chip cookies, but not how you might think they’d be. They are in a bar form. I remember growing up making it with my mom and sister. My mom passed away 10 years ago last October of breast cancer. I can’t believe it’s been that long already. Anyway, she never wrote it down, so here it is out of my head. I made it tonight, and Jonathan said he loves it because of the chocolate chips. I love it for the sweetened condensed milk.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

1 package of graham crackers, crushed

1 can of sweetened condensed milk

chocolate chips to your likening-I use about 1/2 a bag

Combine all 3 ingredients in a greased 8×8 pan. Bake for 23-26 minutes @ 350. Cool and cut into bars. Can submerge in powered sugar for fancy effect.


Pesto Recipe December 21, 2008

Filed under: Recipe — swingingsarr @ 2:18 pm

Here’s the Pesto Recipe I promised when I was talking about making things from scratch.  I have used a few different pesto recipes, but this is the one I like to use the best.  It only has 3 ingredients,  and  I think it is easiest because you don’t have to use pine nuts.  You can put pesto sauce on pasta, pizza, calzones…I love it, it’s easy, and it seems so gourmet.

Basic Pesto Sauce:

2 cups lightly packed fresh basil leaves, washed and thoroughly dried

1 cup (3 oz.) grated Parmesan Cheese (it doesn’t have to be grated from a brick)

1/2 cup olive oil

Place all 3 ingredients in a blender or food processor.  Process until basil is finely chopped.  Use pesto at once or place in small jars, adding a thin layer of olive oil to each jar to keep pesto from darkening; refrigerate for up to a week, or freeze for longer storage.



Filed under: Freebie(s) — swingingsarr @ 1:57 pm

Free Family Activity: Marysville residents are invited by the City of Marysville Healthy Communities to the M-PHS Pool for free nights of swimming for the first 200 people. There are free open swims from 7-9 p.m. on:

  • Friday Jan. 23
  • Friday Feb. 27
  • Friday March 27

Free Family Activity: The Marysville Healthy Communities Project has come up with Walking Wednesdays. It’s a free night of walking or jogging the stairs @ the M-PHS Stadium with the bright lights on from 4:40-9pm on Wednesdays.

Freebies: We’ve been cleaning and tidying, and I have some older copies of Country Homes magazine and Runners World magazine, if anyone is interested in them. The Country Homes magazines are in almost perfect condition, and Runners World magazines have been much loved and traveled, so some are a bit haggard, but they are readable. Just let me know.


Stewardship December 20, 2008

Filed under: Shopping Philosophy — swingingsarr @ 7:56 am

I just added a new page, and I thought it might not be obvious at the top right, so I wanted to let you know it’s called:

Stewardship: Time, Temple, and Treasure

This is a message I gave to the junior high and high school ladies of one28, our student ministry, of which I am a high school ladies co-leader.