Extra! Extra! Read All About It! {Sept. 15th}

by GettingFreedom on September 15, 2012


Ethics of Selling Your Stockpile–Curious what your thoughts are.  I’ve only come across this situation a couple of times, personally–I definitely side with Kristie, though.

Staying Organized with School Aged Kids–I seriously LOVE this!

Worn Out Table–try this Easy Table Shiner.  Who knew?

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie–Hold me now.

Decorating on a Dollar at the Dollar Tree–Now that’s my kind of decorating!

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Homemade Egg Rolls

by GettingFreedom on August 29, 2012

It’s no secret that we love Asian flavors and dishes.  One of our many weaknesses is egg rolls.  Purchasing them at the Chinese Restaurant {or from the grocery store} will quickly break the food budget.

So, why not make your own? :)

Homemade Egg Rolls

Yield: 24 Egg Rolls

Homemade Egg Rolls

Create your own homemade egg rolls at home for about 40¢ a piece.


  • 1 Package Egg Roll Wrappers
  • Pre-bagged Coleslaw Mix (This frequently goes on sale--or you could chop your own cabbage/carrots)
  • 1# each Ground Pork and Ground Beef
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 1 can water chestnuts {chopped}
  • ¼ c. oyster sauce
  • ½ c soy sauce
  • Dash of each pepper and garlic salt.


  1. Cook your ground beef and pork with the chopped onion, and drain.
  2. In a medium sized bowl combine bag of coleslaw, soy sauce, oyster sauce, garlic salt/pepper and water chestnuts.
  3. Add in the browned meat mixture.
  4. Let cool.
  5. Turn the egg roll wrappers to look like a diamond. Put about 3 tbsp filling and fold up the corner closest to you to just on top of the filing.
  6. Take the 2 sides and bring them in.
  7. Roll and seal the end with water.
  8. You can either bake at 425° for about 18-20 minutes or fry them in oil until golden brown.

Y-U-M-M-Y!! It’s a lot cheaper than eating out and probably healthier too.

Fix up some Cashew Chicken, Sweet and Sour Chicken or other favorite Chinese/Asian Dish and you’ve got a great alternative to take out!  Definitely cheaper than dining out!

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Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

July 19, 2012

While technically this Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream recipe should probably be called Strawberry Cheesecake Frozen Yogurt, to me if it’s dairy and it’s frozen–it’s ice cream!  Period. I created this cheesecake ice cream as part of a virtual barbecue recipe contest.  Most people wouldn’t think of taking ice cream to a potluck, but this one is […]

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Make Your Own Vanilla Extract

June 26, 2012

As a way to cut our grocery bill, I make as much as I can at home, while still attempting to keep my sanity. This generally means that I  make all of our snacks, baked goods included.  Which means a ridiculous amount of vanilla is used in our home! I’m not a big fan of […]

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Extra! Extra! Read All About It!

May 12, 2012
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  Free Printable Mother’s Day Coupon Book–We did this with our Sunday School Class one year.  The kids {and mom’s} LOVED it! Mother’s Day Gift Ideas–Simple Crafts–Lots of great {frugal yet meaningful} ideas! Freezer Cooking Meal Swap Taco Ring–A great way to put a new spin on the same ol’ same ol’! Homemade Vicks Vapor […]

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Extra! Extra! Read All About It! {April 28th}

April 28, 2012
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  Make Your Own Coconut Milk–Who knew?! Zucchini Fries–Perfect for when your garden floweth over. Finding Room for The Spontaneous–A new take on budgets and wants.  I really like this idea! Save Money on Real Food–Lots of great ideas on how to buy real foods on a middle class budget. Why I Never Should Have […]

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Extra! Edition–April 21st

April 20, 2012
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  5 Little Spending Traps and How to Avoid Them–Great tips! Waffle Iron Hash Browns–Pure Genius! DIY Composting Trash Can–Perfect for the upcoming gardening season. Make your Own Clothespin Bags– Great for repurposing! Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes– Hold me now.  Yummo!

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Penne Pasta and White Beans: Meatless Meal

August 16, 2010

Meatless meals are a great way to shave a few dollars off of your grocery bill. If you use enough seasonings, and the right ingredients, meatless meals can be incredibly tasty and fulfilling.  An old favorite of ours is Lentil Brown Rice Casserole, but we’ve added a new one to the line up that is […]

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Cheesy Ham and Rice Casserole

August 9, 2010

Tonight for dinner I had fully planned on making one of our family favorites, Cashew Chicken.  The rice was cooking so I could make up a quick batch of Fried Rice, when it hit me.  I think we ran out of Soy Sauce months ago.  Who runs out of Soy Sauce and forgets to replace […]

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Chocolate Cherry Pound Cake

July 26, 2010

On a recent trip to my favorite grocery store, Aldi, I found cherries for .98/lb!  My daughter absolutely loves cherries, but we rarely buy them because of their price.  This was my opportunity to stock up, so I bought 4 pounds worth.  Apparently it was a week for good fruit sales, because I ended up […]

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