About Me

I'm a Utah mom, just trying to make ends meet. Several years ago, I was introduced to a new way of couponing. I've been addicted ever since. I have a hard time paying full price for anything anymore.

I love couponing so much, I decided to become a teacher for Grocery Smarts.

I teach free classes and show you how to get everything you need at the grocery store and still leave $$$ in your pocket. I'll also teach you the best ways to get and organize your coupons. The best part of the class is when I show you how to match your current coupons up with the current local sales - getting the most bang for your buck!

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March 29, 2011

Mio - have you tasted it yet?

I'm dedicating the next few blogs to some things I've recently tried and have really liked.

The first is a new product called Mio. I signed up a few weeks ago to get a free sample. It comes in this handy little convenient bottle that is easy to take with you if you need. I received the Fruit Punch flavor.

My kids each got a cup of water and we squirted a small amount in each cup. My kids inhaled it and asked for more. I tasted it and couldn't believe the flavor punch! For just a small squirt it really tasted delicious. The sample also came with a $1.00 coupon. I've now purchased the Peach Mango and the Strawberry Watermelon and love them all!

We're not big punch drinkers here at my house, but my kids beg for this. I think it's great that they are drinking more water too. You can also add this to any clear soda and it tastes great - kind of like the flavored drinks you can get at a restaurant.

The best part is that in the Sunday paper you just got, there was a $1.00 coupon for Mio (SS 3/27). So if you haven't tried Mio - here's a pretty good deal. One bottle costs about $3.50. If you live in Utah, the Target ad also had a great buy. You get a 24 pk of Arrowhead water when you purchase 2 Mio Drink Enhancers.

Mio comes in Fruit Punch, Strawberry Watermelon, Berry Pomegranate, Peach Mango, Sweet Tea and Peach Tea. Each bottle has 24 servings - a pretty good and tasty buy if you ask me!

Hopefully you get a chance to try some soon!

March 22, 2011

Gardening, Gardening, Gardening - gotta love Spring

Even though I woke up to a small amount of snow this morning, my crocus, daffodils and tulips are poking out so that means Spring is on it's way!!! I couldn't be more thrilled!!!

I have to admit, my life after quitting my full time job about 4 1/2 years ago has changed dramatically. I've learned to appreciate where every dollar goes just a little more.

One of my favorite things to do is garden. Let me caution you though, I'm still a novice. Two years ago, my dear husband built me some square foot gardens (raised bed gardens) and they have been absolutely wonderful.

We brought all the soil in so there are no weeds. I will get a few weeds throughout the year because we have secondary water and weed seeds sometimes come through that, but they are so easy to take care of because the soil is loose and easy to grow in.

Living in Northern Utah, I can plant peas, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, radishes and potatoes. I'm sure there are others, but as stated above, I'm still a novice. So far I have my peas, carrots and broccoli in and I have my potatoes ready to go in the ground in the next day or so. I'm not planting all of these things in my garden, but at least I've gotten started. The last couple of years I've been late getting my veggies in and they haven't done as well as I had hoped.

This year I brought in more compost to give my gardens a boost. I'm really crossing my fingers that this year will be better than last - I guess that's the hope for every year :0)

My family uses a lot of produce that we get from the Bountiful Baskets co-op. I always have stems, peels, rinds and fruits and veggies that have gone bad before we could get to it. Rather than throwing it away, I try to add it to my compost pile.
Last Spring, I picked up a composter. Now it's not pretty and it was just a $50 investment from Sam's club. I wish I had something a little fancier that I could turn by hand, but this is the box I ended up with. I'm really hoping to get some good compost out of it this year. This will be nice to add to my gardens as well.
Planting a garden can really help your pocket book in the long run. Not only that, but you can make planting a garden a family event. It's something you can take pride in and show your kids how a seed can be so small, yet produce something wonderful to eat. There's nothing better than to prepare a meal using fruits and veggies that you've pulled out of your garden.

If you'd like more information on planting a garden - check out the USU Extension website. You can find a lot of information on this website. Even the proper way to can and preserve all that yummy produce that you've grown.

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