Cracker Barrel Chicken Tenderloins Recipe

If you've ever had the real thing, which I have. on many occasions.. you'll know the grilled chicken tenderloins at Cracker Barrel are a tasty treat, but a pain for the wallet.

I tried this recipe that I got off, and the results were yummy, and .. much cheaper.


  • 1 lb chicken tenders
  • 1/2 cup Italian dressing (I used Kraft Free Zesty Italian dressing)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons honey


  1. Mix dressing, lime juice and honey.

  2. Pour over chicken tenders.

  3. Marinate for 1 hour.

  4. Cook tenders in a non stick pan or grill until golden in color, but not dry.
     (I substituted lemon juice for the lime juice and it still tasted delicious. I would post a photo, but I devoured these fresh from the grill)


Free Day at the Museum 9/26

Enjoy FREE Museum Admission this Saturday, September 26, 2009. You must register at the link below and print out the admission card to show at the museum.

Museum Day 2009


Dave Ramsey Dollar Night at the Braves 8/17

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Does God Providing A Way Include Debt???


This is a major pet peeve of mine..hearing people say that God has so incredibly shown his will for someone's life by giving them access to debt, or that God is "providing" through debt.

I say. Uh. No.

The Bible says in Proverbs 22:7, "The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender."

Thus I ask, why would God supply a need of ours through another need?

God's way of providing for us should not enslave us to another.

Philippians 4:19 states, "And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus."

Please don't say "Well it was God's will for me to go to this college because I was accepted for tons of loans!"

Or, "God wanted us to buy this house because we were able to qualify for a loan."

Back when I desired to go to a certain college, I discovered I was $1700 short to cover tuition that first year. I happened to get hit by a 16 year old girl who ran a red light, thus totalling my car. The insurance payment totaled $1700, which was exactly what I needed. I tend to think that was more of God's providing a will and a way since I was able to freely enjoy college without being enslaved to a student loan company.


Da Bomb (or the BEST) Mac and Cheese


1-3 boxes of Kraft Mac and cheese (please. no imitations)
1 Red bell pepper
1 zucchini
(if the squash at the store looked good, I would have added one of those too)
1 bag Birdseye Steamfresh Premium Selects Broccoli Florets
1 bag Birdseye Steamfresh Super Sweet Corn
Shredded cheddar cheese, colby jack, whatever floats your boat
its done no

I shall note, perhaps, that you can use fresh broccoli as well. You could throw in a bag of cauliflower (it's the only way my hubby eats cauliflower). . but really. . . just know. . the red peppers make it a bang! So, if you want to be uber cheap, just the red peppers make it ooooh so good!

Another note, if you use a whole red bell pepper, use two boxes at least.. .'ll be spicey. .and your tummy may hurt. FYI. Not that I've ever made that mistake, but use precautions!

Total time is 70 minutes ish. Before you go crazy.. just know that this is slow cooking.. so, you don't necessarily have to be in the kitchen cooking...for 70 minutes.

1. Chop and saute the bell pepper on LOW heat for 30 ish minutes, turning somewhat infrequently.

2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and slice zucchini. Drizzle with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and black pepper and place on baking sheet for . . 30 minutes . . and turn halfway through.

3. 3o minutes in. . . the red peppers can jive on the stove, and you can turn off the heat if you like same with the oven. .and start cooking the Mac and cheese to package directions.

4. While Mac and Cheese cooks, stick the frozen veggies into microwave, separately.

5. Heat the butter and milk for the mac and cheese, otherwise it tends to turn your macaroni cold. No good!

6. Mix it all together, pour shredded cheese on top, and mix again. It helps to keep a lid on it. . so that it stays nice and warm and the cheese gets all gooey and stringy and such.

Devour! Yeah, Oh it's really Good. Preferably with coke. But that's just icing on the cake.


Tip of The Day - Overdosing on Laundry Detergent

Duuuuuude. Oh my gosh. I saw this on Consumer Reports a few weeks ago, and it was a HUGE HELLO. There was an article on concentrated laundry detergent and it stated that we often use too much.

Here I was always wondering why I buy these bottles of detergent that last for 70 loads and yet they are empty after more like 20 loads.

Well, that's because it's sometimes near impossible to see the appropriate line that you fill to for small size load, regular load, or supersize load. Guess what?? Even a super size load does not require a full cap full of detergent with Tide or All.

UGH! I guesstimate I sometimes use 2 or 3 times the necessary amount because I naively just filled the cap.. .

Make sure you are using the right amount. Who knows how much I've wasted.

The article states:

"Since some of the tested detergents cost as much as 65 cents per load, using too much cleaner could become expensive. Overdosing can also cause soap deposits and lint to form inside your washing machine, which, say some manufacturers, might contribute to mold and odors. It could also plug or restrict ports or filters, says Chris Zeisler, an appliance-repair expert at, who adds that those deposits could result in mechanical failure. And for some high-efficiency washers, overdosing can produce excessive suds and lead to extended wash cycles as the machine tries to remove the soap."

Here is the link to the original article


Delta Same Day Confirmed

First of all, let me say I amazed myself initially with the thought that I could purchase a next day ticket on Delta for $300 including all taxes and fees. The only problem of course, was that it was an evening flight and I wanted an early morning flight. The difference in price ranged from $400-$600 to score a morning flight. Of course that was way out of my price range, and thus creativity ensued.

Depending on the airline, you can fly standby on an earlier flight, or sometimes a later flight same day for free. Delta does not offer this service. No standby. None.

What it does offer is what they call "Same Day Standby". This comes at a fee of $50, and requires you to call within three hours of the desired flight to request a seat. If a seat is available, you'll be given a seat assignment and pay $50.

This may sound dandy, it did to me. In fact, I verified that there were plenty of seats available on the 5:30 a.m. flight when I purchased my ticket for 5;30 p.m. I was politely told it would probably be no problem to get on this flight.

I stay awake until 3:30 a.m. (the flight is actually for my sister leaving Kansas City and thus is an hour prior to me, which also adds to what soon becomes a fun dilemma). The polite customer service representatives that greeted me the day prior (as I verified multiple times how standby works to make sure I did not end up screwing myself) were replaced by rude representatives who were now demanding my reservation number before answering a simple question such as, "How many seats are available on Flight 5859?" They refused to give out any information without my reservation number. Every time I obliged, and would hear, "I am sorry, but there are no seats available."

The 5:30 a.m. flight was full. There was a 7:30 a.m. flight, which I would have to wait another 2 hours to call (has to be within a two hour window). Let's just say, that's about how the morning went. I managed to get about 45 minutes of sleep total, as I repeatedly attempted to call as soon as it hit within 3 hours of flight. I changed my initial approach to start verifying empty seats by acting as though I just wanted to purchase a coach seat. Still no luck.

Finally, four flight departures later, at 12:30 p.m., my sister was granted access to a seat on the flight. This brought her arrival time 5 hours earlier, which was better than a midnight arrival. In all, I saved roughly $400 with this approach, but would never, ever. . . . .ever use Delta Stand By Service again.

Too much hassle, rudeness, and cost, when you can simply say.. fly FREE with Airtran on a later flight same day as your ticket. Only issue there, is if the remaining flights of the day are full, you're out of luck and get to purchase a ticket for another day.


Watch At The Register

You would be amazed, or probably NOT so amazed at the number of times an item rings up incorrectly at the cash register. It happens to me more often than not.

I was reminded today at Wal Mart as I glanced at my receipt as I walked out the door. Those two Land O'Lake Boxes of Butter I bought with a rollback price of $1.00, actually rang up at $1.28 . I also purchased some Feta cheese for $1.88 but rang up at $2.98 . Yikes! Third time is a charm with pizza on the shelf at $4.50 but rang up at $4.75 . It doesn't seem like much, but in the long run it really adds up.

Checking your receipt after the fact is the next best thing if you forgot to watch as the items were scanned, as I just recently went through the line at Publix with one bag of salad at $3, and yet somewhat the same one bag was scanned 3 times. Luckily I examined the receipt, and made a return trip to Publix to get my $6 back, which sadly lacked an apology for their error.

In a search, I found this article at, it's a few years old I think, but appears nothing has changed in 2009 with scanning errors.


Interest Rates on Federal Education Loans to Drop July 1

Save By Consolidating Federal Student Loans after July 1st:

*The new rates only apply to federal loans with a variable interest rate. The rates for 2009-2010 are the lowest in history for federal student loans.

Lock in these rates by consolidating after July 1, 2009:

• Stafford Loan Consolidation (In-School/Grace Period): 2.00%
• Stafford Loan Consolidation (Repayment Period): 2.50%
PLUS Loan Consolidation: 3.38%

Some Exclusions Apply:

  • If you have already consolidated your loans, you are ineligible.
  • If the loans originated after July 1, 2006, they are not eligible for the new lower rate.
  • Private student loans cannot be included in a federal consolidation loan.
  • If you are still in school, you cannot consolidate until after you graduate.
  • There is no requirement that a borrower who consolidates his or her loans switch from standard ten-year repayment to a longer repayment plan, such as extended repayment or the new income-based repayment plan. Some borrowers may choose to use extended repayment to maximize the term of the historically low interest rate. However, if they do so, they should use the reduction in the monthly payment to pay down more expensive debt. Otherwise they are merely increasing the amount of interest they will pay over the life of the loan.
For more information, read the article at FastWeb here


Microwaveable Fudge Recipe




3 cups milk chocolate chips
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1/4 cup butter
1 cup chopped walnuts or other favorite nuts (optional)
1/8 tsp salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract



  1. Place milk chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, butter , salt and vanilla extract in large microwaveable bowl. Microwave on medium until chips are melted, about 2-5 minutes, stirring once or twice during melting. Stir in nuts, if desired.
  2. Pour into 8×8-inch pan that you have lined with foil and coated with cooking spray. Refrigerate until set. Cut into squares and enjoy!


High Cost of Poverty

Poor? Pay Up.
Having Little Money Often Means No Car, No Washing Machine, No Checking Account And No Break From Fees and High Prices

By DeNeen L. Brown
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, May 18, 2009

You have to be rich to be poor.

That's what some people who have never lived below the poverty line don't understand.

Put it another way: The poorer you are, the more things cost. More in money, time, hassle, exhaustion, menace. This is a fact of life that reality television and magazines don't often explain.

So we'll explain it here. Consider this a primer on the economics of poverty.

"The poor pay more for a gallon of milk; they pay more on a capital basis for inferior housing," says Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.). "The poor and 100 million who are struggling for the middle class actually end up paying more for transportation, for housing, for health care, for mortgages. They get steered to subprime lending. . . . The poor pay more for things middle-class America takes for granted."

Poverty 101: We'll start with the basics.

Like food: You don't have a car to get to a supermarket, much less to Costco or Trader Joe's, where the middle class goes to save money. You don't have three hours to take the bus. So you buy groceries at the corner store, where a gallon of milk costs an extra dollar.

A loaf of bread there costs you $2.99 for white. For wheat, it's $3.79. The clerk behind the counter tells you the gallon of leaking milk in the bottom of the back cooler is $4.99. She holds up four fingers to clarify. The milk is beneath the shelf that holds beef bologna for $3.79. A pound of butter sells for $4.49. In the back of the store are fruits and vegetables. The green peppers are shriveled, the bananas are more brown than yellow, the oranges are picked over.

(At a Safeway on Bradley Boulevard in Bethesda, the wheat bread costs $1.19, and white bread is on sale for $1. A gallon of milk costs $3.49 -- $2.99 if you buy two gallons. A pound of butter is $2.49. Beef bologna is on sale, two packages for $5.)

Prices in urban corner stores are almost always higher, economists say. And sometimes, prices in supermarkets in poorer neighborhoods are higher. Many of these stores charge more because the cost of doing business in some neighborhoods is higher. "First, they are probably paying more on goods because they don't get the low wholesale price that bigger stores get," says Bradley R. Schiller, a professor emeritus at American University and the author of "The Economics of Poverty and Discrimination."

"The real estate is higher. The fact that volume is low means fewer sales per worker. They make fewer dollars of revenue per square foot of space. They don't end up making more money. Every corner grocery store wishes they had profits their customers think they have."

According to the Census Bureau, more than 37 million people in the country live below the poverty line. The poor know these facts of life. These facts become their lives.

Time is money, they say, and the poor pay more in time, too.

When you are poor, you don't have the luxury of throwing a load into the washing machine and then taking your morning jog while it cycles. You wait until Monday afternoon, when the laundromat is most likely to be empty, and you put all of that laundry from four kids into four heaps, bundle it in sheets, load a cart and drag it to the corner.

"If I had my choice, I would have a washer and a dryer," says Nya Oti, 37, a food-service worker who lives in Brightwood. She stands on her toes to reach the top of a washer in the laundromat on Georgia Avenue NW and pours in detergent. The four loads of laundry will take her about two hours. A soap opera is playing loudly on the television hanging from the ceiling. A man comes in talking to himself. He drags his loads of dirty sheets and mattress pads and dumps them one by one into the machines next to Oti.

She does not seem to notice. She is talking about other costs of poverty. "My car broke down this weekend, and it took a lot of time getting on the bus, standing on the bus stop. It was a waste of a whole lot of times. Waiting. The transfer to the different bus."

When she has her car, she drives to Maryland, where she shops for her groceries at Shoppers Food Warehouse or Save-A-Lot, where she says some items are cheaper and some are higher. "They have a way of getting you in there on a bargain. You go in for something cheap, but something else is more expensive." She buys bags of oranges or apples, but not the organic kind. "Organic is too much," she says.

"When you are poor, you substitute time for money," says Randy Albelda, an economics professor at the University of Massachusetts at Boston. "You have to work a lot of hours and still not make a lot of money. You get squeezed, and your money is squeezed."

The poor pay more in hassle: the calls from the bill collectors, the landlord, the utility company. So they spend money to avoid the hassle. The poor pay for caller identification because it gives them peace of mind to weed out calls from bill collectors.

The rich have direct deposit for their paychecks. The poor have check-cashing and payday loan joints, which cost time and money. Payday advance companies say they are providing an essential service to people who most need them. Their critics say they are preying on people who are the most "economically vulnerable."

"As you've seen with the financial services industry, if people can cut a profit, they do it," Blumenauer says. "The poor pay more for financial services. A lot of people who are 'unbanked' pay $3 for a money order to pay their electric bill. They pay a 2 percent check-cashing fee because they don't have bank services. The reasons? Part of it is lack of education. But part of it is because people target them. There is evidence that credit-card mills have recently started trolling for the poor. They are targeting the recently bankrupt."

Outside the ACE check-cashing office on Georgia Avenue in Petworth, Harrison Blakeney, 67, explains a hard financial lesson of poverty. He uses the check-cashing store to pay his telephone bill. The store charges 10 percent to take Blakeney's money and send the payment to the phone company. That 10 percent becomes what it costs him to get his payment to the telephone company on time. Ten percent is more than the cost of a stamp. But, Blakeney says: "I don't have time to mail it. You come here and get it done. Then you don't get charged with the late fee."

Blakeney, a retired auto mechanic who now lives on a fixed income, says: "We could send the payment ahead of time but sometimes you don't have money ahead of time. That's why you pay extra money to get them to send it."

Blakeney, wearing a purple jacket, leans on his cane. He has no criticism for the check-cashing place. "That's how they make their money," he says. "I don't care about the charge."

Just then, Lenwood Brooks walks out of the check-cashing place. He is angry about how much it just cost him to cash a check. "They charged me $15 to cash a $300 check," he says.

You ask him why he didn't just go to a bank. But his story is as complicated as the various reasons people find themselves in poverty and in need of a check-cashing joint. He says he lost his driver's license and now his regular bank "won't recognize me as a human. That's why I had to come here. It's a rip-off, but it's like a convenience store. You pay for the convenience."

Then there's credit. The poor don't have it. What they had was a place like First Cash Advance in D.C.'s Manor Park neighborhood, where a neon sign once flashed "PAYDAY ADVANCE." Through the bulletproof glass, a cashier in white eyeliner and long white nails explained what you needed to get an advance on your paycheck -- a pay stub, a legitimate ID, a checkbook. This meant you're doing well enough to have a checking account, but you're still poor.

And if you qualify, the fee for borrowing $300 is $46.50.

That was not for a year -- it's for seven days, although the terms can vary. How much interest will this payday loan cost you? In simple terms, the company is charging a $15.50 fee for every $100 that you borrow. On your $300 payday loan -- borrowed for a term of seven days -- the effective annual percentage rate is 806 percent.

The cashier says that what you do is write First Cash Advance a check for $345.50 plus another $1 fee, and it will give you $300 in cash upfront. It holds the check until you get paid. Then you bring in $346.50 and it returns your check. Or it cashes the check and keeps your $346.50, or you have the option of extending the loan with additional fees. You'll be out $46.50, which you'd rather have for the late fee on the rent you didn't pay on time. Or the gas bill you swear you paid last month but the gas company swears it never got.

But now the payday advance place has closed, shuttered by metal doors. A sign in the front door says the business has moved. After the D.C. government passed a law requiring payday lenders to abide by a 24-percent limit on the annual percentage rate charged on a loan, many such stores in the District closed. Now advocates for the poor say they are concerned about other businesses that prey on poor people by extending loans in exchange for car titles. If a person does not pay back the loan, then the business becomes the owner of the car.

All these costs can lead the poor to a collective depression. Douglas J. Besharov, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, says: "There are social costs of being poor, though it is not clear where the cause and effect is. We know for a fact that on certain measures, people who are poor are often more depressed than people who are not. I don't know if poverty made them depressed or the depression made them poor. I think the cause and effect is an open question. Some people are so depressed they are not functional. 'I live in a crummy neighborhood. My kids go to a crummy school.' That is not the kind of scenario that would make them happy." Another effect of all this, he says: "Would you want to hire someone like that?"

The poor suspect that prices are higher where they live, even the prices in major supermarkets. The suspicions sometimes spill over into frustration.

On a hot spring afternoon, Jacob Carter finds himself standing in a checkout line at the Giant on Alabama Avenue SE. Before the cashier finishes ringing up his items, he puts $43 on the conveyor belt. But his bill comes to $52.07. He has no more money, so he tells the clerk to start removing items.

The clerk suggests that he use his "bonus card" for savings.

Carter tells the clerk he has no such card.

He puts back the liter of soda. Puts back the paper towels. Sets aside $9 worth of hot fried chicken wings. He returns $13 worth of groceries. "Y'all got some high prices in this [expletive]," he says, standing in Aisle 4, blue shirt over work clothes.

The clerk suggests that he take his cash off the conveyor belt, because if she moves the belt the money will be carried into the machinery. Then the money will be gone.

Carter, a building engineer, snatches up the money, then gives it to the clerk. His final bill is $39.07.

He looks at the receipt and then announces without the slightest indication as to why: "Just give me all my [expletive] money back. It's too high in this [expletive]." The clerk calls the supervisor, who comes over. The supervisor doesn't argue with Carter. She just starts the process of giving him a refund.

"I want my money back. This [expletive] is too high. My grandmother told me about this store."

The supervisor returns $39.07 in cash. "Sir," she says, "have a blessed day."

The food in this supermarket might be cheaper than the goods at a corner store. But Carter still feels frustrated by what he thinks is a mark-up on prices in supermarkets in poor neighborhoods. Carter walks out.

The poor pay in other ways, ways you might never imagine. Jeanette Reed, who is retired and lives on a fixed income, sold her blood when she needed money. "I had no other source to get money," she says. "I went to the blood bank. And they gave me $30.

"I needed the money. I didn't have the money and no source of getting money. No gas. No food. I have to go to a center that gives out boxes of food once a month. They give you cereal or vouchers for $10. They give you canned tuna and macaroni and cheese. Crackers and soup. They give you commodities like day-old bread."

The poor know the special economics of their housing, too.

"You pay rent that might be more than a mortgage," Reed says. "But you don't have the credit or the down payment to buy a house. Apartments are not going down. They are going up. They say houses are better, cheaper. But how are you going to get in a house if you don't have any money for a down payment?"

There is also an economic cost to living in low-income neighborhoods.

"The cheaper housing is in more-dangerous areas," says Reed, who lives in Southeast Washington. "I moved out of my old apartment. I hate that area. They be walking up and down the street. Couldn't take the dog out at night because strangers walking up and down the street. They will knock on your door. Either they rob you, kill or ask for money. If you're not there, they will steal air conditioners and copper. They will sell your copper [pipes] for money."

And then there is the particular unpleasantness when you make too much money to fall below the poverty line, but not enough to move up, up and away from it.

For our final guest lecturer on poverty we take you to the Thrift Store on Georgia Avenue and Marie Nicholas, 35, in an orange shirt, purple pants and thick black eyeliner. She is what economists call the working poor.

She is picking through the racks. The store is busy with customers on a Monday afternoon. There is the shrill sound of hangers sliding across racks under fluorescent lights. An old confirmation dress hangs from the ceiling. It has faded to yellow. It's not far from the used silver pumps, size 9 1/2 , nearly new, on sale for $9.99.

"People working who don't make a lot of money go to the system for help, and they deny them," Nicholas says. "They say I make too much. It almost helps if you don't work."

She says she makes $15 an hour working as a certified nursing assistant. She pays $850 for rent for a one-bedroom that she shares with her boyfriend and child. She went looking for a two-bedroom unit recently and found it would cost her $1,400. She pays $300 a month for child care for her 11-year-old son, who is developmentally delayed. She tried to put him in a subsidized child-care facility, but was told she makes too much money. "My son was not chosen for Head Start because I wasn't in a shelter or on welfare. People's kids who do go don't do nothing but sit at home."

Money and time. "I ride the bus to get to work," Nicholas says. It takes an hour. "If I could drive, it would take me 10 minutes. I have to catch two buses." She gets to the bus stop at 6:30 a.m. The bus is supposed to come every 10 or 15 minutes. Sometimes, she says, it comes every 30 minutes.

What could you accomplish with the lost 20 minutes standing there in the rain? Waiting. That's another cost of poverty. You wait in lines. You wait at bus stops. You wait on the bus as it makes it way up Georgia Avenue, hitting every stop. No sense in trying to hurry when you are poor.

When you are poor, you wait.


Price of Postage increases tomorrow

Just a friendly reminder

Starting tomorrow, the price of a first class postage stamp increases 2 cents to 44 cents. A postcard will now cost 28 cents to mail.

Luckily I still have a huge stack of forever stamps.


Free Chickfila Sandwich

I almost forgot this, but Mondays in May, the local Chickfila restaurants (here in Atlanta at least) are giving customers a free Chickfila Sandwich between the hours of 5-8 p.m. Mondays in May. Check your local Chickfila to see if they have the same offer.

Who doesn't love FREE Chickfila????


Free Downloads at Barnes and Noble

Barnes and Noble: 9 FREE downloadable short stories, ends 5/16/09.

You can download 9 short stories HERE, in MP3 format.

The 9 stories are:
  • The Babysitter's Code by Laura Lippman
  • Super Goat Man by Jonathan Lethem
  • Best New Horror by Joe Hill
  • Great Day by Kurt Vonnegut
  • Fathers by Alice Munro
  • Truth or Dare by Elizabeth Berg
  • Ysrael by Junot Diaz
  • Merrano of the Dry Country by Louis L'Amour
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
*FYI: Fine Print says you must have a credit card on file, or enter your credit card number to qualify for the free purchase, even though your card will not be charged.


Publix Penny Item

Each week Publix has a store brand mystery item on sale for a penny with each $10.00 purchase. This item is only on sale every Sunday and Monday. Generally you don't even need a coupon (it's in the ad), but ask at the Customer Service Counter to make sure. At the store by my house, it automatically rings up at one penny.

This week - 5/3 & 5/4 - Publix iced tea half gallon

Sunday Free Samples

Visit WalMart's website for current free samples.

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Online Coupon Codes


When shopping online always do a google search for coupon codes.

I found a pair of shoes to buy at

I did a quick search and found a 20% off coupon code.

Money saved = $11.00


World of Coke Discount

Thanks for being a loyal subscriber and frequent visitor to the World of Coca-Cola! As a member of our World of Coca-Cola family, we're giving you an exclusive Spring buy one, get one free ticket offer! That's a savings of up to $15 with the purchase of a regular priced adult general admission ticket.

To redeem this special offer, just print this email and bring it with you to the World of Coca-Cola ticketing windows. Offer limited to general admission adult, senior and youth ticket types only. Free ticket will be equal in value to the regular priced general admission ticket purchased. Offer expires 4/30/2009. Offer not valid on previously purchased general admission tickets. Online redemption not available.

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Redblog Free Movie Wednesday Code

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Secret to a FREE lunch?

Question: How Do I Enjoy the Food Below, FOR FREE??

Answer: Become a Mystery Shopper.

Now that the easy part is over, let's get to the hard part. How do you become a mystery shopper?

1. Find a reputable company. This means NEVER EVER NEVER NEVER pay to join a site or club that offers secret shopping services. More than likely, it's a scam. There are numerous sites that don't require any money to join.
2. Fill out an application. This usually involves writing up a short paragraph about a recent dining experience.
3. After being accepted, enjoy the perks of mystery shopping.

As a side note, keep in mind that most companies give you a reimbursement for what you spend. You spend the money upfront, and submit a report, and then are reimbursed typically within a month.

The shop reports you have to fill out can be extensive, and time consuming. Make sure it's worth it before you sign yourself up for a $6 shop at a fast food joint. I only visit restaurants that pay upwards of $50 because I find anything less not worth my time.

MSPA Shopper Certification is suggested by some companies, but is by no means required. I don't have it, and I still receive great shops.

Some companies to check out (by no means am I endorsing these so just FYI):


Hopefully that'll give you a starting point. It's totally legit. I've never had a problem in the 3 years I have done it. I have been to countless restaurants, visited the dentist for free which included exam and xrays ($250 value), and been paid to shop at retail stores.


Shutterfly Free Photos

Back when I was making scrapbooks for the wedding, I shopped around for the lowest price on prints for my photos. I discovered that sites gave you between 25-50 free prints just for registering. Once I used up all my free prints from Shutterfly, Winkflash, and others. I had all the prints I needed, for free. I just had to pay shipping and handling.

I regularly receive sales offers from Shutterfly because of my account. Recently I scored a free ($30 value) 8x8 Photo Book. I just had to pay $8 shipping and handling. I am going to make another free Photo Book courtesy of David's Bridal and Shutterfly.

Below is another offer, just for creating a share site on Shutterfly.

How the promotion works:

Between 3/11/09 and 4/15/09

Create a new Share site and we’ll give you 30 free 4x6 prints.

Add five unique members to a site you own and you’ll get 20 free 4x6 prints (See how to add members below.)

Post a photo book to your Share site (a new or existing site) and you’ll get 10 free 4x6 prints. (See how to post a photo book below.)

Redbox FREE Movie Wednesdays in March

The month is half over so I figured I better put this up now. . for my one lonely reader.

If you haven't heard of Redbox, or don't get out much, then let me tell you about my old best friend. Redbox is located usually at Wal Marts and outside McDonald's locations. They also just added one at the Walgreens .5 miles from my house. You can rent a new release for 99 cents a day.

Every Wednesday in March, Redbox has a new code you can use to rent a movie for free. To keep it free, just return by Thursday at 9 p.m. Find the code at

You usually have a do a fair bit of scanning, but its there. :-)

Money saved= $.99 plus tax

Chili's Salsa

Recipe for "Chili's Salsa" ... that doesn't really taste like Chili's salsa (taken from . Michael say's it's better than Chili's.

The photo above shows all the ingredients you need. Just gather them up in the seen quantities, and throw in blender. Actually, pulse the onions and jalapenos together for a few seconds first. Then pop in the rest.

Blend all ingredients. My blender has a salsa feature so I just hit it and let it do it's thing. I let it run twice on the salsa feature, and turn it off when I can smell the blades burn. Then you'll want to chill in freezer for 30 minutes. It's just a quirk I do, not really required. But definitely CHILL before serving (2 hours is preferred.. the flavors need to jive).

Serve. Just hopefully not on the floor.

SERVES 32 , 4 Cups (change servings and units)


Cost at Chili's:
Chips and Salsa: $2.89
2 meals you order so you don't feel stupid only ordering the chips and salsa: $17.65
Tip: $4
Total: $24.54

Cost at Home:
2 cans tomatoes: $1.50
Half a yellow onion: $0.45
Jalapenos: $0.10
Cumin: $0.05
Garlic: $0.35
Sugar: $0.05
Tortilla Chips: $1.88
Total: $4.38

Money Saved: $20.16


Stewed Steak

I have no idea what really to call this meal, but it's pretty delicious (and cheap).

Let's get to the ingredients:

2 cans Stewed Tomatoes Italian Recipe (drain juice and PUREE in blender)
1 lb Ground Chuck Beef (cube steak will work here too)
Cooked white rice

Fresh diced garlic
Fresh diced white or yellow onion

1. Make pretty little round patties with the ground beef (about 1/4 lb each).

2. Place in nice heavy pan.

2. This is optional, but seriously, mind blowing goodness (if you don't get out much). Throw on some diced up FRESH garlic and diced yellow onion (or white onion). I press the chopped garlic into the meat.

This is what it should look like when you crank on the heat.

3. Brown the meat until it looks something like this (make sure you nicely saute those onions and garlic, but don't burn em):

4. Drain excess juice from the meat. And then add the 2 cans of pureed stewed tomatoes.

5. Turn heat on low and cover. Let simmer and jive for an hour. Sometimes just 30-45 minutes.. whatever floats your boat.

Serve over rice.

Total cost:

2 cans stewed tomatoes $1.50
1 lb beef $1.77
Chopped fresh garlic $0.10
Yellow Onion $0.30
White Rice $0.75

= $4.42


Price of cleaning a wedding dress

It's been approximately six weeks since our wedding, which means I was about 6 weeks behind on getting my wedding dress cleaned. I avoided it simply because I could not afford the cleaning.

It's recommended you get your dressed cleaned immediately so that stains do not set in.

I made numerous phone calls and found the going rate to be in the $200 range. The advice seems obvious, but call around (and not to just 2-3 places). The price ranged from anywhere from $208-$350. Since my dress only cost around $300, there was just no way I was going to pay that much.

In reality, places automatically charge more because it's a wedding gown. My dress was a very basic wedding dress with no beading or fancy trims, or lace. It was a simple floor length ball gown.

This will not work for everyone, but if your dress could function in any other way, than ask for a price quote on cleaning a formal dress. My total cost for the cleaning was $80.

Money saved= $128