Saturday, January 24, 2015

DIY Clementines Wreath

This year I made these for my son's preschool teachers and my co-workers.  They are quite simple to make and is cost $6 to make 4 wreaths.

What you need:
  • Cellophane
  • 2 different colours of ribbon
  •  clementines or tangerines (6 per wreath)
Step One:  Line up a row of clementines on cellophane Wrap

Step Two: Pull one edge of the cello to cover/create a tube around clementines.  It helps to have the clementines closely put together in order to roll into a tube. (Tubing the clementines right at the beginning is the easiest way to keep them all together)

Step Three: Begin to knot each clementine with ribbon until each clementine is secure.

Step Four:  Once you have secured each clementine begin to tie both ends together.  You might notice that some of the clementines might look mushed once you have tied the ends.  You may have to go back and redo the knots between the clementines to give them enough space to move.

Step Five: Tie a decorative ribbon to the top and your done!

Happy Couponing!

DIY Popcorn Gift: Garlic & Parmesan Flavour

This gift is great for just about any occasion and take minutes to make.

I picked up two popcorn containers from the dollarstore while I was there, I was originally going to decorate paper bags but the containers have a nicer look.

Items needed:
  • Popcorn Maker
  • 1/2 Cup of Kernels (or add more to your liking)
  • 1 tbsp. of grated Parmesan (or add more to your liking)
  • 1 tbsp. of Garlic powder (or add more to your liking)
  • 1/4 of melted butter
  • Saran Wrap
  • Cellophane and ribbon 
  • Container (optional)
Step One: Pop the kernels in accordance to your machine.

Step Two: In a mixing bowl toss the popcorn with the Parmesan and Garlic powder and butter. 

Step Three: Fill each container, until it is over flowing and saran the top of the container to hold the popcorn in place

Step Four: Cellophane the container and tie with a ribbon.

This is quick gift would be perfect in accompanying some movie tickets or a DVD! 

 Happy Couponing!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Anniversary DIY: Spooning

Starting the year off right with my first handmade gift of the year.
My brother and sister-in-law's 2nd anniversary!

After scrolling on Pinterest trying to find a DIY project that I can actually make with resources that I already had at home or that I could borrow (Thanks Dad) I decided to make a "Spooning Since 2013" photo frame.

If your planning to make one as well, try looking on freecycle or kijiji for the following items before going out to buy them.  Depending on your resources you could spend about $10 to make this gift.

Items needed:
  • Spray paint (I used black, and bought a small can of baby blue)
  • Photo frame (the bigger the better, I used an 8x10)
  • 2 spoons 
  • Adhesive Letters (You can make them or buy them, I chose to buy them, but normally I would make them on my Silhouette Machine)
  • Hot Glue or Crazy Glue
  • Tweezers

Step one: Depends on your frame. You can either buy a frame that is in the right colour, or you can paint it yourself.  Mine was bought at Walmart for $8.

Step Two: Remove the glass and spray paint it black.

Step Three: Put the frame back on temporarily and start placing the letters on the glass.  This way the you can make sure the frame does not cut off any of the lettering.

Step Four: Spray paint the glass again in your desired colour.  I chose blue, but you can coordinate the colours to your liking.

Step Five: Wait til it all dries.  This can be hard!

Step Six:  Pull out those tweezers and start pulling off the letters.  Do this very slowly and carefully so that you don't scratch the paint.

Step Seven: Hot Glue the spoons in place!

Step Eight: Put the frame back on and your done.

(Yes the letters are different from the photo above, I had to use smaller letters than what I had originally started with)

This project can easily be done within 24 hours. I was really surprised on how quick the paint dried even after the second coat.  I have read on other blogs that mention painting the glass with a paint brush and acrylic paint.  To be honest, I preferred the coverage I get with spray paint.  No streaks and an even coat.

If you are giving this project a try, send me your pictures!  Would love to see the different variations!

Happy Couponing!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Cabbage Roll Casserole

One of my family's favourite!  

Skip the takeout and make this easy meal!

1 lb hamburger
1 Tbsp oil
1 onion, fine dice
1/8 tsp pepper
Salt to taste

½ c. raw rice
1 10oz can tomato soup
1 can water
3 c. shredded cabbage
Sour cream

In a large frying pan brown the meat in oil for a few minutes.  Add the onion, salt, pepper and rice; mix well.  While gently browning add the soup and water. Put the cabbage in a baking dish, pour the rest over it and do not stir.  

Bake in a 350°F oven for 1 ½ hours.  Put a dish of sour cream on the table to be spooned over each serving.

(I don’t add the oil for browning and I brown the mixture well before adding the liquids.  A dash of Maggie or Worcestershire sauce is good along with the sour cream.) 

Thank you to Kim L. for sharing this recipe with my family! xoxo

Happy Couponing!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year 2015

Another year has come and gone and although I didn't think I would make my yearly goal of $800 in couponing, price matching and point redeem savings, I am happy to announce that as of today my yearly savings slightly surpassed my goal to a final total of $811.75. (To see the full year of savings click here)

For 2015, I have decided to continue with my $800 goal with hopes of surpassing it again.  I hope that this year I have inspired all of you to continue to save your hard earned money and using it to enjoy life.  No one needs to surrender to the credit card companies... use cash, buy and stock up when items are on sale and re-evaluate your current bills and decide what you can afford to cut back on.  For our family, this year we cut our cable bill by more than half by switching to online TV streaming, and have also gone a full year without the purchase of laundry soap.  (That's almost $15 a month in savings by making my own soap) To make your own soap click here.

Like I have said many times before, you don't need to stock pile to be an extreme couponer.  I don't have a large storage room filled with thousands of items.  I do have a couple of extras of my go to items,which I buy when there is a price drop.... but that's it!   I buy what I use, and I use fresh produce!  It can be more challenging to coupon but that is where price matching comes in.

Remember..... If I can do it....YOU CAN DO IT!

Take control of your finances in 2015!  Wishing all of you health, wellness and great couponing savings in 2015!

Happy New Years!