Thrifty Thursday – Free Movies!!!!!

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Do you like free movies? Of course you do! Do you like seeing them before they are even released at the theater…….DUH

Well you can. We have a site where you can enter to win tickets to see movies in your area before they even come out. GOFOBO , is a mvid site that lists upcoming movies screenings in your area. Here’s how it works.

1. Click the link GOFOBO

2. Create an account (upper right hand corner)

3. Go back to the home page and click on the “screenings” tab

4. In the “find a screening” box on the left. Enter your zip code and hit search

5. A list of movies will pop up. Next to each movie you will see one or more of these options:

“open screening”, “enter RSVP code”, or “enter ticket drawing”

  • Opening screenings – Click and grab your tickets. They are first come first serve so hurry
  • Enter RSVP code – You need to find these from local radio stations, promotions, etc..
  • Enter ticket Drawing – click to enter and you will be notified by email if you have won your drawing

TIPS:

  • Movies are often on weekdays
  • Movies typically start at 7pm. There are no previews and the seats are first come, first serve so arrive early (about 6:00-6:15)
  • If you are late, they will NOT seat you
  • Many times they will ask for your phone upon entering the theater. They will give you a claim ticket. We have never had a problem, but if you a re worried, just leave it in the car.
  • You can also sign up for sites such as Advanced screenings  or Screening.com. They will notify you when gofobo lists a new movie or drawing. They will also give you links to those RSVP codes in your area. And finally, they sometimes do text drawings that always seem to work out well.
  • Most of the free screenings are for 2 tickets. If you have a family with more people, have another person in your household create an account. There are no rules against this.

Since signing up in November we have gotten FREE tickets for:

  • The secret life of Walter Mitty
  • Lone survivor (twice)
  • Wolf of Wall street
  • Paranormal activity
  • Hercules

 

Good Luck!

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Tip Tuesday – Saving Smoothies

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Smoothies are all the rage right now. They are a great way to get a few added fruits and veggies in your diet. There are a ton of great smoothie recipes out there, but if you are anything like us, you are winging it based on what’s in your fridge.  A lot of times there is a little extra smoothie left over in the blender after filling up the cups. Don’t try to force down that extra, or throw it out. Freeze it! Pour the leftover smoothie in a plastic cup or baggie and throw in the freezer. Just add the left over to your smoothie tomorrow.

 

 

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Food Friday – Cheaper Than Take-out

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The new year has started! There are many resolutions to fulfill. Some have to do with diet and others with staying on budget. We are going to focus on the “staying on budget” for this one, although it’s not too bad for ya.

Eating out is fun, but expensive! Ordering in is a little better, but not by much.  One of our favorites here is takeout from the local Chinese restaurants. Mongolian beef is a favorite and  a classic. We found this free recipe on blog.chef.net. It was delicious!

 

 

 

Here’s what you need:

Ingredients:
1 lb flank steak
¼ cup cornstarch
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
½ teaspoon ginger (minced)
1 tablespoon garlic (minced)
½ cup soy sauce
1/2 cup water
½ cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons rice wine
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 green onions (sliced)
1 medium onion (sliced)
Oil (for frying)

 

Here’s what you do:

Step 1: To make the sauce- in a sauce pan heat 2 teaspoons of oil. Add garlic and ginger, stir fry 10 seconds. Add soy sauce, wine and water. Add brown sugar and dissolve into the sauce. Add red pepper flakes. Bring the sauce to a boil and boil for 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat.
Step 2: Slice the flank steak against the grain into ¼” thick slices. Tilt the knife blade at a 45 degree angle to the top of the steak to get wider cuts. Toss the steak slices with cornstarch and let the beef sit for 10 minutes (this is very important, do not skip).
Step 3: Heat up about a cup of oil in your wok to about medium heat. Add the beef slices to the wok and cook for 3 minutes (or use a deep fryer).

Step 4: Remove the meat from the wok with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Drain all of the oil from the wok expect about a tablespoon. Add onions to the wok and stir fry for 2 minutes. Add the steak back to the wok and pour in the sauce. Cook while stirring until the sauce began to bubble.

(Makes 2 Servings)

 

Tips:

Double the recipe for more people

Make the sauce ahead of time and store in the fridge to cut down on prep time.

Buy pre sliced meat for an added time saver.

 

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Thrifty Thursday – Cheap Febreze

flowers

Febreze is a great product. We love it! But it is pretty expensive. Did you know that you can make it at home? It’s actually pretty easy. Just mix 2 parts water and 1 part fabric softener. Shake well and use a recycled bottle.

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Tip Tuesday – Fast Charge

phone-booth

Don’t you hate when your phone dies? Us too. What’s even worse is when you don’t have long to charge it. If you are running out the door, between flights or late for an appointment try charging you phone or iPod in “airplane” mode. It will charge much faster!

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Thrifty Thursday – Cheap Febreze

Febreze is a great product. We love it! But it is pretty expensive. Did you know that you can make it at home? It’s actually pretty easy. Just mix 2 parts water and 1 part fabric softener. Shake well and use a recycled bottle.

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Monday Funday – New Years Eve (Kid Style)

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New Years Eve is a great celebration. It’s a time for new beginings, resolutions and a fresh start. Some people ring in the new year with parties and music. We, on the other hand have kids. Having kids on NYE can be a little less exciting…….unless you read this blog. We have a few fun ideas that will entertain your kids until the ball drops.

1. Time balloons – Start by labeling balloons with times on them. Put a piece of paper in the balloon that has an activity that you can do with the kids. Pop the balloon with you hit the time written on the balloon.

Here is a list of some ideas for your balloons:

  • -Play a board game
  • -Make a desert (decorate cup cakes, cookies or bake a pastry)
  • -Go on a treasure hunt/scavenger hunt: Click here for some hunt ideas http://www.quickhunts.com/new-years-eve-scavenger-hunt-78cf
  • -Make homemade noise makers and party favors: Here is a DIY link http://www.huntedinterior.com/2013/12/diy-confetti-wands.html
  • -Sing kareoke
  • -Have a dance party – kick on the music and dance your butt off. For a little added fun, have someone control the music and freeze every time they shut it off.  You can also play dance dance revolution is you have a Wii, PS or Xboz
  • -Roast marshmallows/build a fire in the back yard
  • -Put together a time capsule
  • -Shoot off some fireworks (if legal in your area)
  • -Home made bowling alley – Find a hall or kitchen floor with enough space to roll a ball. Here is a DIY bowling idea: http://www.cherylstyle.com/showcase/diy-bowling-game-craft/
  • -Make a reflection jar – Have each member of the family write down their favorite memories from the last year. Put all of the memories on individul pieces of paper. You can even decorate the jar. Save the jar and open on Dec. 31st next year.

 

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Food Friday – Food Resolutions… Are you making the right choice?

New Years is right around the corner. Many of us have resolutions to become more healthy. Making the right choices can sometimes be hard, be we found some interesting food facts that we thought might be helpful:

9 Shocking Food Facts

Think you know the rules about healthy foods and can pick the best-for-you fruit from the produce section? These facts might surprise you.

More than half of Americans say they give a lot of thought to the healthfulness of foods and beverages they consume. But much of what we read and hear about nutrition — from the virtues of fruit juice to the hazards of fat — can steer us to make choices that are less healthful than we think. How many of the following food facts come as a shocker?

1. Imported produce from the supermarket can have higher nutrient levels than local produce from a farmers’ market. The nutritional content of produce is determined by a number of factors, including temperature, light and soil. Though storage and transportation cause some types of produce to lose nutrients, studies show that antioxidants may actually increase in other cases. As counterintuitive as it seems, this means blueberries shipped long distances could be slightly more nutritious than those right off the bush.

2. Foods labeled “no trans fat” may legally contain some. The government allows manufacturers to round down anything less than 0.5 g of trans fat to zero. That means if you eat several servings of a so-called trans-fat-free food — or a few such foods a day — you can wind up consuming measurable amounts of trans fat. To avoid it, check ingredient labels and steer clear of anything containing partially hydrogenated oils. (That may become easier if the Food and Drug Administration’s declaration that trans fats are unsafe holds, and they are banned from foods like doughnuts, baked goods and frozen pizzas.)

3. Decaffeinated coffee is not caffeine-free. Most decaf coffee has some caffeine. A decaf espresso, for example, can have as much as 16 mg. In a decaf latte, which contains two shots of espresso, that adds up to about the same amount of caffeine found in a can of Coke.

4. Canned white tuna has about three times more mercury than chunk light. The species used for white tuna, albacore, is larger and accumulates more mercury than skipjack, which is used for chunk light. The better option? Canned salmon has less mercury than both types of tuna.

5. Fruit juice can have more calories and sugar than soda. An 8-oz. glass of apple juice has roughly 115 calories, compared with about 95 in Coke. A cup of grape juice contains 36 g of sugar — about 9 g more than in the same amount of Pepsi. While the sugar in juice is natural (and not high-fructose corn syrup), it’s still sugar.

6. Not all fiber is created equal. To boost their fiber content, many packaged foods contain added fiber with names such as inulin, maltodextrin and polydextrose. While these count toward a food’s fiber total, they haven’t been proved to offer the same health benefits as the naturally occurring fiber found in fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

7. Cooked vegetables can be more nutritious than raw ones. Whether a vegetable is more nutritious cooked or raw depends on the vegetable, the nutrient and the cooking method. For example, we get more of the antioxidant lycopene from cooked tomatoes than from raw ones. Likewise, boiling carrots increases their levels of antioxidants called carotenoids. But cooking carrots also lowers amounts of other compounds.

8. “Multigrain” products aren’t necessarily whole grain. While multigrain may appear to be a synonym for whole grain or whole wheat — which is associated with a reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes and digestive problems — it’s not. It simply means the food is made from several grains, which may be whole or refined. To make sure the food is rich in whole grains, check the ingredients. The first one listed should contain the word whole.

9. Adding fat to your salad can make it more healthful. Eating vegetables along with fat can help the body better absorb their nutrients. So using a dressing with fat may make a salad with tomatoes and carrots, which are high in fat-soluble carotenoids, more nutritious than using a fat-free one or skipping the dressing altogether.

Read the entire story at TIME Health and Family 

 

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