Thrifty Thursday – Pizza Savings


Thrifty Thursday – Pizza Savings

Ordering pizza tonight?  Save yourself some time and money and order online. Papa Johns has an ongoing promo that can be used anytime. Just use the code 25OFF in the promo code section when checking out online and receive 25% off your order! Now thats a great savings!

Yum yum yum!

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Food Friday – Football Snacks (the healthy version)


Food Friday – Football Snacks (the healthy version)


Football season is in full swing! That means snacks! We love to eat while watching our favorite teams, but those snacks add up. We are going to give you a little advise on keeping calories down during the snacking season.

The first thing you can do is start by substituting “this for that”. Here are a few ideas:





Turkey Chili

Chips & Dip

Homemade Tortilla Chips & Salsa

Chicken nuggets or tenders

Shrimp Cocktail

Cheese and Crackers

Mini Bruschetta

Licorice or Candy

Cut fruit with yogurt dip or choc. strawberries

Any freezer snacks (pizza rolls, taquitos, potato skins, pigs in a blanket, wings)

Homemade versions

Although the freezer versions of these snacks sound easy, they are expensive and still take time to prepare. Oven space and different temperature settings are a hassle. We are going to give you a few easy recipes that will help to create a delicious and healthier version for snaking at this weekends game.

 1. Turkey Chili-

  • Cooking light has a great list of 32 different healthy chili’s for the big game

2. Chips & Salsa :


  • Find a stoneground corn tortilla with low calories
  • Use a pizza cutter to into 8 triangles
  • Place tortilla chips on a cookie sheet
  • Lightly salt
  • Bake at 350 for about 10 mins. (make sure chips are crisp but watch closely to prevent burning)

Salsa: You can be as creative as you want here!

  • 4 tomatoes (garden if you have them. Vine ripe from the store if you don’t)
  • 2 jalapeños (seeded)
  • 2 tbsp. green chilies
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin

Toss all the items in your blender or food processor. Taste and add more of what you need for your taste buds.

Mini Bruschetta (makes 20)

  • 20 triscuits (we used the tomato basil flavor)
  • 2 tomatoes (garden or vine ripe)
  • 2 tbsp. onions
  • 5 leaves basil
  • 1 tsp. garlic salt
  • 1 tsp. balsamic vinegar + 1 tsp. for drizzling
  • 1/2 tsp. olive oil


  1. dice tomatos
  2. dice onions
  3. chop basil
  4. toss all items together
  5. place a small heap on each cracker
  6. drizzle plate with additional balsamic vinegar

Pigs in a blanket (makes 14)

  • 1 package Pillsbury low fat crescent rolls
  • 1 package hebrew national 97% fat free kosher hot dogs


  1. Cut hot dogs into 3rds
  2. Unroll crescent rolls
  3. Cut each triangle of dough in half long ways to make to long triangles
  4. Roll each 3rd of dog in triangle of dough
  5. Bake at 350 for 10 mins. or until brown on top (watch closely. cook times are different than the package due to hot dogs)
  6. Serve with mustard, low sugar catsup or brown mustard

If these recipes aren’t up your alley, try out a few recipes from Cooking Light’s Football Party Recipes!


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Thrifty Thursday – Free Coffee at McDonalds

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Thrifty Thursday – Free Coffee at McDonalds

McDonalds announced its second free coffee event and it’s not too late. From September 16th to the 29th you can enjoy a free small McCafe coffee during breakfast hours. No purchase is necessary for your free coffee. This offer is good at participating locations. Click here to find a location near you McDonalds Free Coffee. If you’re trying to stick to your healthy diet, grab a yogurt from the fridge and swing by for your free coffee. The promotion ends on the 29th which is national coffee day. A plethora of restaurants will be offering free coffee on the 29th as well.

Here is a list of other restaurants that will be offering free joe on the 29th:



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Tip Tuesday – Online Yard Sales

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Tip Tuesday – Online Yard Sales

Do you like to get great deals? Who doesn’t! Finding gently used items at local years sales is great, but spending your weekend mornings searching the city for the next great find takes energy, time and gas. We have a great solution. Try searching your Facebook for a 24/7 yard sale site in your area. Type in the name of your city or area followed by the phrase 24/7 yard sale. You will have to request to join the group. After being added you will be able to browse items for sale by other people in your area. The best part is you don’t have to wait until the weekend to drive around only to find nothing you need. You can negotiate, make arrangements for pick-up etc. all online in the comfort of your home. You can also sale items on the site for free! If you are in search of a particular item, post the phrase ISO (in search of) followed by the item you are looking for. Member will help to find your item or post if they have something similar for sale. The only draw back tot he site is that there is no “search” function. You will have to make sure to tag yourself, take a picture of the post, or comment in the thread in order to be able to find something quickly. We think its a great way to recycle and repurpose items as well as save a ton of money.

Happy hunting!


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Food Friday – Power Pancakes

Power Pancakes

Food Friday  - Power Pancakes

It’s hard to eat our favorite foods at breakfast and still be healthy. Waffles, Pancakes, crepes, fresh toast and that delicious salty bacon and sausage that makes our mouths water. To top it all off, syrup might be the nectar of the gods. Well we did our best to give you an option that is both delicious and nutritious. Sounds like an oxymoron, but it’s true.

Here is what you need:

Pancakes -

1 cup whole whet flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp sugar

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup skim milk

1/2 tsp low sodium salt

1 tsp cinnamon

1 large egg

1/2 cup blueberries

1 scoop (6 tbsps)  protein powder

Fruit topping-

You can use any fruit you have in your house. We used the following

1. 1/2 blueberries

2. 6 strawberries

3. 1 tbsp brown sugar

Here is what you do:


1. Warm griddle or skillet to 350 degrees

2. Mix all pancakes items in bowl

3. Use non-stick spray to lightly cover griddle

4. Use scoop or cup to pour batter on griddle

5. Flip when bubbles start to form

Fruit Topping  -

1. Wash and de-stem fruit

2. Place fruit into blender

3. Add 1 tbsp brown sugar

4. Blend until smooth

5. Heat in microwave for 30 seconds

pancakes(1 pancake)

Yields 5 large pancakes
Nutrition Facts:

calories 179

fat 2.2

carbs 31.8

sugars 6.2

protein 13.1

colesterol 58

sodium 292.8


potassium 270.7

calcium 15.5

Iron 10.5

fiber 5.4 (add a scoop of your favorite soluble fiber for even more)


Fruit Topping 2.5 oz

calories 26

fat 0

colesterol 0

sodium .1

potassium 9.3

carbs 6.7

fiber .5 (add a scoop of your favorite soluble fiber for even more)

sugar 5.8

protein .2

vitamin c 13

iron .2


What a great way to start your day. With over 19 grams of protein your day will be packed with energy.

Add 2 strips of low sodium bacon and a slice of cantaloupe for a full breakfast at only 275 calories (yes this s correct) 179 pancake, 26 fruit topping, 10 cantaloupe, 60 2 strips of bacon = 275.


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Thrifty Thursday – Budget Binder

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Thrifty Thursday – Budget Binder


Well friends, it’s 14 weeks until Christmas! Yes 14 weeks today! That’s a little more than 3 months and leaves just 98 shopping days. Just because Christmas is coming doesn’t mean that you need to go into extreme debt. We found a fun and FREE printable budget keeper that will help get you through the season. 30 Handmade Days has a great site with tons of homemade ideas. She also has recipes, printables, and a ton of ideas that might save you money in the months to come. Today we feature her free budget binder printables. This binder is a great way to get the entire family on board with hitting budget goals. Sometimes a little self accountability and team work are all it takes to get moving on great goals. Set some goals as a family with your new binder. If you still haven’t set aside money for Christmas, it’s not too late. Saving just $35.71 a week will net you $500 by Christmas. $71.43 will net you $1,000! How do you save $72 bucks a week? It might be easier than you think. Here are a couple of suggestions:

1. Coffee Drinkers: Make it at home! $4 a day x 98 days is $392 (and that’s just one drinker in the house). If you already make it at home and have a Kuerig, try using the reusable trap rather than the disposable cups. A canister of coffee is $10 for 240 cups. Thats just 4 cents a cup. The disposable cups are about 61 cents each. That doesn’t seam like a lot but it adds up to almost $60 between now and Christmas.

2. Produce: It’s Expensive! Don’t buy it at the grocery store if you don’t have to. Look for co-ops and local farms. You’ll support you community and save a bundle. If you don’t have time to research markets. Just ask friends to give you produce…Yes you heard me. This is the season for harvesting. Often times our friends and neighbors have an abundance of one kind of fruit or vegetables that they are eager to give away before they go bad. Put a post on Facebook asking if anyone has extra fruit or veggies. You would be amazed at what you’ll get! You’re saving will be in the hundreds.

3. Start a change jar: Tell your kids that all the money in there over the next 3 months can be used for their Christmas money! They can use it to buy a gift for you, their friends, teachers, etc.. These are gifts we tend to forget about and don’t budget for. They can add up, but so can your change! Knowing they get the money, your kids will be more willing to contribute to the jar.

4. Dry-cleaning: It’s very expensive! Try wearing less items that need to be dry-cleaned over the next couple of months. If you have to, iron what you can at home. 1 shirt is about $7 to dry-clean and $3 to launder and press. 10 items over the next 3 months can save $70+

5. Eat at home: It’s a “no brainer” we know, but this is a big one!  Kids, husbands, wives, all need to eat lunch and it costs a bundle. Prices are going up not down and healthy eating is even more expensive. For those that eat out every day, quit it! It’s hard to even get a lunch for under $5 anymore. 70 days of lunches at $5 is $350.


If you’re already doing all of these things find out what is effecting your budget that isn’t a necessity. It could be a special drink at the gas station, buying an app on your phone, saving on gas by carpooling, get a new insurance bid, plan your menu around sale items, or making your family outings free options the next couple of months.

We hope we’ve helped kick start your budget planning.


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Words of Wisdom Wednesday – Alan Kay


Words of Wisdom Wednesday

The best way to predict the future is to invent it.

-Alan Kay

After working with Apple, Disney, and HP; this guy knows a thing or two about paving out future. Read more about him at

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Tip Tuesday – Clogged Toilet? No Plunger?


Do you have a  clogged toilet? Are you at a friends house or visiting someone and don’t see a plunger in the room? Try putting some liquid hand soaping the toilet. Wait 5 minutes. Then try flushing again! It might save you some real embarrassment some day.

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Food Friday – Mustard Pretzel Chicken

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Food Friday – Mustard Pretzel Chicken

We found this recipe on Slender Kitchen (one of our favorites). If you are a pretzel fan, or a mustard fan, you’ll love these.

Here is what you need:

1.5 lbs of chicken breast tenders (about 3 oz each)
1 cup of hard pretzels
1/2 cup non fat plain yogurt (you could also use non fat buttermilk)
2 tbsp whole grain mustard
2 tbsp yellow mustard or dijon mustard (whatever you like better)
3 tbsp red wine vinegar
salt and pepper
paprika (optional)

Here is what you do:

1.Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

2. In a food processor or blender, pulse the pretzels into a course bread crumb.  There will still be some small pretzel pieces which is what you want.  Set aside.

3. In a small bowl, combine the yogurt, mustards, and red wine vinegar and stir together well.  If it seems thick, you can add a little bit of water.  Pour half into a shallow bowl where you will coat the chicken and save half as a dipping sauce.

4.  Take out your chicken tenders and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and paprika if you decide to use it.  Then dip the chicken fingers into the mustard sauce, letting the excess drip off.  Then roll gently to coat in the pretzel crumbs.  Place onto a baking sheet coated with non stick cooking spray.

5.  Bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes until chicken is cooked through.  Serve with the mustard dipping sauce.


1. For a little larger family: We used the same amount of sauce, but increased the chicken to 2.5 lbs. This means we also needed to increase the pretzels to about 2 cups.

2. For a crispier outside: We recommend kicking the oven up to 475 degrees the last 5 mins. Or you can turn the broiler on for about a min to give them a crunchy outside.

3. Not in the directions: We suggestion flipping half way


Here is a direct link to the recipe at Slender Kitchen

Healthy Mustard Pretzel Chicken Fingers
Servings: 8
Serving Size: 1 chicken tender
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 3 *