20 Websites Thrifty People Use To Save Money On Clothes

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More and more lately I am shopping online for clothes and I have discovered quite a few sites that help me be thrifty when shopping for clothes online.

 

20 websites thrifty people use to save money on clothes

 20 Websites Thrifty People Use To Save Money On Clothes

Please note: Some of these sites I have personally shopped at and some of these sites I have researched reviews for before sharing with you. Those I haven’t tried are on this list simply because I feel confident that I would be willing to try them myself when the right deal came up, and therefore feel okay about sharing  them with my readers.

Free Sources

1. Free Cycle

My town is a bit too small for a good stream of Free Cycle sources of free clothes, but I took the time to search larger centers and found that Free Cycle has a lot of free clothes, especially infant and maternity clothes.

Online Consignment Stores

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2. Twice

I have personally used Twice to purchase some dress pants fairly recently and I was very happy with how their site worked. Twice consigns women’s clothing only and only certain brands.

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3. ThredUp

I have used ThredUp several times for both my daughter and I. Thredup has clothes for infants , kids, teenagers and women, as well as purses, shoes and accessories.

4. Swap.com

Swap.com consigns infant, kids and maternity clothing as well as toys and other child related items.

5. Threadflip

Threadfllip differs from the other consignement stores listed as you are dealing with individual sellers  as well as the company selling for individuals. Items listed included women’s clothing, shoes, handbags , jewelery and accessories.

Daily Deal Sites

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6. Zulily

I have personally used Zulily several times now and am very happy with my purchases. One draw back is there are no returns so make sure you are very familiar with what you are getting .For instance I stick to brands I already own items of and love on Zulily .

7. Rue La La

If you like designer brands, Rue La La is the daily deal site clothing site for  you.

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8.  Brad’s Deals

More of  a deal hub than a daily deal site Brad’s Deals, keeps you up to date on the best sales around the web for your favorite name brand clothing.

Discount Sites

9. Overstock.com

With shipping of just $2.95 for orders under $50 and free shipping for orders over $50, Overstock.com receives a thrifty green light. How great the deals are really depends on what you are looking for and when. I would suggest hopping around at a few sites to compare prices before ordering.

10. 6pm.com

One friend of mine is so in love with 6pm that whenever I go to her house lately she points to at least one or two items she bought at 6pm since my last visit and tells me how I just have to share it with my readers. I did a bit of surfing around 6pm.com  and I agree some of the prices really cannot be beat.  Best of all 6pm.com offers free standard shipping on all orders regardless of size.

Places To Find Free Shipping Codes and Discounts

11. Retailmenot

There are other coupon/free shipping code companies out there but Retailmenot is my favorite. I find the site simple to use and I rarely come across a code that no longer works.

Sites That Offer You Cash Back On Purchases

12. Top Cash Back

Top Cash Back offers cash back at stores that I couldn’t find in other cash back programs. I also like that you get more cash back money when you choose a Amazon card over a paypal payout.  That additional 2.5% makes Top Cash Back cash back deals often higher than any other online cash back company.

13. Mr Rebate

Offering rebates at 2000 different online stores Mr Rebate is worth checking out.

14. Ebates

Ebates run great promotions that can result in high cash back values for stores like Walmart, Old Navy and more.

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15. Ibotta

Ibotta is so much more than a grocery rebate app. It offers rebates for online clothing stores as well.

Sites That Offer You Points For Purchases That You Can Cash In For Gift Cards

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16. Swagbucks

Using the Shop & Earn section of Swagbucks is a great way to boost your Swagbucks earnings and earn more gift cards that you can use to buy more clothes.

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17. Mypoints

Often Mypoints has higher point values in their shop and earn area than other point programs or cash back programs. A benefit I like about using Mypoints is often the shop and earn section will share discount codes you can use towards your purchase as well or instead of points.

Additional Ways To Save On Online Clothing Purchases

18. Discount Gift Cards

Cardpool is my favorite place to buy gift cards at a discount. I buy them for those stores we shop at over and over again online and off line. It is a great way to stack up savings

19. Facebook Buy & Sell Groups

I often see stacks of clothing in a certain size available for sale as a lot in my local buy and sell facebook group.

20. Store Email Clubs

Sign up for emails from all you favorite stores and you are sure to get special discount codes from time to time as well as heads up on the best sales of the season.

Bonus Tip: Don’t Forget To Be A Thrifty Ninja And Stack The Savings

Here is an example of how you can use the various 20 sites above to stack savings.

  • You sign up to receive email updates from Brad’s Deals and see that a dress you wanted is deeply discounted today at Kohls
  • You have a discounted gift card from Card Pool you can use to purchase the dress
  • You are on Kohl’s email list and have a discount code you can enter
  • (If you don’t have a discount code from an email you can search for one at RetailMeNot.com to see if there is one out there)
  • You make sure to shop through a cash back site such as Ebates to receive money back one your purchase (don’t forget to compare to see which site is offering the best cash back)

In the end not only did you get the dress at good discount but you saved even  more with the help of discounted gift cards, discount codes, and by purchasing through a cash back site, making a great deal a steal of a deal.

What sites do you use to save money on clothing?

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10 Ways To Earn Cash With InboxDollars

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InboxDollars is a point program that pays you in either a check or a deposit on a special Inbox dollar Visa cash card once your account reaches the balance of $30.

10 Ways To Earn Cash With InboxDollars

InboxDollars doesn’t have the high income earning potential of Swagbucks but when you stick to the simple point earning activities on Inbox and add its earnings with other simple earning point earning activity programs it is a way of making a small amount each month from home in that down time at the end of the day when all you feel like doing is putting your feet up and watching TV.

10 Ways to Earn Cash With InboxDollars

These 10 ways to earning actions are listed in order  from what I consider  simplest and least time consuming to actions that you might not do daily or are more time consuming.

1. Sign up

Sign up for an account through this link in blue, and start off your account with $5.

2. Paid Emails

Each day click through the paid emails either on the site directly or through your email box or through the InboxDollars App.  and earn .02 cents per email. On average I get 1 to 3 emails paid emails a day. Doing this point action takes just seconds per email and is such a no brain cells required action.

3.  Use The InboxDollars Toolbar

You earn .01 cent for every 2 qualified search through the InboxDollars toolbar to the maximum of .15 cents per day.  You can download the toolbar for easy access  and earn but  you can also access the tool bar at the top of the InboxDollar’s home page or use the search feature in the app. When you use the toolbar 4 days in a row during  one calendar  week  you get a .05 cent bonus.

4. Radio Loyalty

This is another easy section to earn points. Simply click through to radio loyalty using the “more” tab found on the InboxDollars home page. Scroll down to radio and click on it, then click through to Radio Loyalty, pick a station you like and listen to it in one tab while you work on your computer in another. Set a timer to 10 minutes and whenever it goes off click on over to Radio Loyalty and enter the code you are given. For every 10 minutes you listen and enter the code for you get .01 cents. I couldn’t find a limit on this so this could add up depending on how many hours you spend on your computer daily.

5. Deals

Under the “deals” tab on the homepage for InboxDollars you will find the words “Groupon” and “Coupon”. InboxDollars gives you 8% cash back on any Groupon purchased through their website, and .10 cents for any coupon that you print from their website and redeem.

6. Shopping

If you shop online you might as well earn cash back. Click the “more” tab on the Inbox Dollars home page and scroll down to the word “shopping” click on it and see if where you want to make your purchase is one of the 34 online shops available. What you receive in cash back varies from store to store. For instance when I checked the Shopping area during writing this you got 2% back for Walmart and 3% back for Kohls.

7. Refer Friends

Once you have used InboxDollars for a while and decide you like it, why not share it with your friends through a referral link provided by InboxDollars under the “refer friends ” tab. If they sign up you get 10% of their qualified earnings for as long as they remain in the program.

8. Videos

The video section of InboxDollars requires you to pay attention somewhat as you often have to answer questions. Which is why it is low on my list of simple ways to earn with InboxDollars. However not all videos require this, you just have to check out what is available at the time. Look for the word “social vibe” those are the ones you have to interact with.

9. Offers

When I looked at the offers area to write this post there were currently 134 offers.  I found most of the offers to be mostly valid, with only a few spamy ones mixed in. They varied in value from .25 cents to $10. Some of the offers I saw included points for first time purchase at Vista print, or for signing up for various survey companies, and sign ups for email newsletters from various companies.

10. Surveys

I am not a huge fan of Surveys as they often are time consuming and usually  low paying. However, they can often be multi-tasked. I have met several women who love doing them while cuddling up next to their hubby who is watching sports. It is a way to cuddle and earn at the same time.

If you have tried Inbox Dollars what is your favorite way to earn points using their program?

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 Sure using InboxDollars is not going to make you rich. But when you work a few point programs together each month it is possible to earn enough to pay bill or two each and every month by just doing the simple point earning actions in several programs either daily or a few days a week.

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4 Of My Families Favorite Bread Machine Recipes

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Considering I have been talking about my trim healthy mama eating the last two days today’s post seems kind of  ironic, since you don’t eat much bread at all on THM. However, my family isn’t eating THM just me and we all love our bread machine recipes so much that I doubt even I could give them up entirely , say hello to an occasional cheat meal of bread machine pizza.

4 of my families favorite bread machine recipes

We have been using our bread machines (yes we have 2)  regularly now for  over 8 years. In that time we have tried out a lot of different recipes some we have loved and those are on my Bread Machine Tips board, others we tossed completely and those that I am talking about today are the ones we tweaked to make our own.

4 Bread Machine Recipes My Family Loves

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1. Bread Machine Stuffed Pizza Bread

Bread Machine Stuffed Pizza Bread were simple pizza pockets but they took to long to roll out so I made one long loaf out of it one day and renamed the recipe. The possibilities are endless with these, you can do just peperoni and cheese, or chicken with cheese and broccoli, or use up whatever odds and ends you have in your fridge and create your own pocket.

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Jack’s bread is a favorite with a bowl of crock pot beef stew around our house. It of course is served warm and smothered in butter.

bread machine pizza3. Bread Machine Pizza Dough

My husband makes amazing pizza using our recipe for bread machine pizza dough. He is always playing around with the toppings. Recently I treated him to a cast iron pizza pan from Zulily. I didn’t think his pizza could get better, but that cast iron pan made the crust even more amazing.

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4. Bread Machine Hamburger Buns

These Bread Machine Hamburger Buns are a favorite of my middle child. After perfecting the recipe, I just can’t handle store bought rolls anymore. They are also good for sandwiches.

For more bread machine recipes follow my Bread Machine Recipes board on Pinterest.

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Tuesday Links: Trim Healthy Mama Pinterest Boards

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Tuesday links 30 or so link to articles on one topic for you to explore, learn, and apply to your lifeI mentioned yesterday that  I am trying out the Trim Healthy Mama way of eating. I also mentioned that the book is just over 600 pages long. I confess I haven’t read it all yet. In fact I started the program without having the book in hand first (a very generous friend bought me a copy when she found out I didn’t have one yet) .

I got started by using Pinterest. Thanks to a few good pinterest boards on THM (Trim Healthy Mama) I was able to figure out enough to get going on the THM way of eating, and of course I started my own Trim Healthy Mama board to keep my findings all in one spot.

Here are 3 Trim Healthy Mama boards I have found useful for instruction and meal ideas so far.

Yes this week I am sharing boards instead of article links, I figured this way those of you interested in THM could have a bigger resource to explore.

1. A Trim Healthy Mama Board (group board with several pinners).

2. Trim Healthy Mama (THM) recipes and more. (over 2000 pins on this one)

3. Cooking -Trim Healthy Mama (group board with over 500 pins)

Happy pinning! Learning and applying!

Not Reaching Your Goals? Try Something New

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I have been trying something new for the past week or so. I am not quite sure if  this new habit will be a life change or not but I won’t know that until I at least give it an “all I got to give” try.

When your goals stall it might be time to try something new

What is my something new? I am trying the Trim Healthy Mama way of eating.

I have a few friends who are losing weight and feeling great eating  the Trim Healthy Mama way . We are not just talking about a pound or two either. One friend has lost over 10 pounds and her husband has lost close to 30, and they have only been on the eating plan for the last few months.

As you might know one of my goals for 2014 was to lose the 10 pounds. I lost a few of those 10 pounds over and over but they keep coming right back. My normal eat less, exercise more is not working for me so well this time around.

It might be my age. I did turn 40 this year and every women out there has been telling me for years “just wait until you turn 40, after that weight loss in next to impossible” . It might be the few health problems I have going on right now. It might be that my stage of life has changed and I spend as much time sitting either writing or driving some child somewhere as I once did painting walls and doing grunt work on renovation houses. Obviously painting walls burns more calories than writing.

Whatever it is those same few pounds keep coming off and then coming back on again, all year long. It is time to try something new.

Right now I have to admit, I find the Trim Healthy Mama way of eating a bit overwhelming. It is 600 pages of information to take in. I haven’t come close to reading it all yet. From what I read so far, I like a lot of it, but honestly I don’t agree with some of it . I will be doing a modified THM plan, to better suit some of my health problems.

However, what I was doing wasn’t working at all and unless I want to continue not reaching my goal to get back to what I consider my healthy weight I needed to try something new altered plan or not.

.If you are not reaching your goal, it might be time to try something new

 What is the goal you are not reaching? Perhaps it is time try a new way to reach it

If you are not reaching your goal it might not be that the goal is too hard, or impossible, it might be that you need to approach achieving it in a new way.

It doesn’t matter if your goal isn’t weight loss, try something new, can be applied to any goal you are trying to reach.

Having problems reaching your goal of getting up before the family? Try something new. Perhaps that might mean placing your alarm clock on the other end of the bedroom so you have to get out of bed to turn it off.

Having problems reaching your goal of exercising 4 times a week? Try something new.  It might be you are so bored of your current exercise routine you need to shake it up and try a new class, or perhaps the time slot you set for exercising needs to be changed so it works better with your daily energy rhythms.

I want to encourage you this week to take a look at the goals you set for 2014. Which ones have you not reached yet? It is not too late to reach them. Come up with a plan to try a new approach to reaching them. Try something new.

Wanting help to reach your goals? Follow the Goal Setting & Time Management tips board on Pinterest.

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10 Apps Thrifty People Use To Save & Earn Money

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Those of you who are long time readers here at Snail Pace Transformations are looking at the picture below and going “That’s a smartphone” I thought Victoria didn’t have one of those.

10 Apps Thrifty People Use To Save & Earn MoneyTruth, yes I do have a Smartphone now through Tracfone, but I still find myself using my iPod a lot. I just like how the iPod functions better plus I like making sure that apps are tablet friendly for all of you out there who are using them like smartphones in free wi-fi areas.

Honestly I don’t think I would have switched if my old cell phone, had not died, and Tracfone started offering android based smartphones for right around the same price we were paying for our old cells (providing we don’t become data hogs :) )

Now that the cat is out of the bag lets get back on topic.

10 Apps That Thrifty People Use To Save & Earn Money

5 Apps That Save Thrifty People Money

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1. ibotta

Ibotta is a rebate style App. It isn’t just for groceries but also for movies, clothing, and more. You can cash in your rebates for either Paypal deposits when you reach $5 or gift cards to Starbucks, Regal Entertainment Group, and iTunes when you reach $10. You can read my full tutorial that contains step by step instructions on how to use ibotta for all the details.

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2. Checkout 51
Checkout 51 is a grocery rebate program with different offerings each and every week. What I like most about Checkout 51 is that it offers rebates on whole foods like bread, milk, egg, vegetables and fruit. For all the details on how to use Checkout 51, read my tutorial .

3. Gas Buddy

Gas Buddy is one App I don’t mind using some of my precious data for as what I learn from it will pay me back and then some. The app uses your devices locator system to show you the cheapest gas prices in the area you are driving through. Very helpful on road trips where you don’t know what station has the best prices in town.

4. Text Free

Those of you with unlimited texting plans won’t benefit from this app but those of use with pay as you go plans will. I use the text free app to text my hubby at work where he uses his text free app to text me back. This saves us several texts per day. My daughter also uses it on her iPod to text to my cell phone while I am out and she is at home with her older brothers.
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5. Brad’s Deals

I love receiving Brad’s Deals emails especially now that Christmas season is almost upon us and I will be buying gifts for the children. Brad’s Deal’s emails contain the day top deals but the app lets you look at much more.

5 Apps That Earn Thrifty People Money

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1. Shopkick

Shopkick is a fun way to earn points while you shop by checking in and also scanning certain items. I wrote a tutorial of how shopkick works that you might want to read to learn all the ins and outs of how Shopkick works.

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2. Swagbucks

Swagbucks  has 3 different apps  that help make it possible to earn at least $30 a month from Swagbucks if not considerably more.

3. Inbox Dollars

Inbox dollars has an app that allows you to check your earnings on the go as well as do you daily earn mail.

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4. My Points

My Points has an app that allows you to do your monthly earning searches right from your device as well as make purchases around the web for Mypoints, redeem points for gift cards and more. If you are unfamiliar with Mypoints check out my post on 7 ways to earn gift cards using MyPoints

5. My Survey

My Survey has an app that allows you to take many of their surveys right on your device (certain ones can only be done on your computer) . This means if you are stuck in line you can be earning gift cards as you wait.

What are your favorite apps for saving and earning money?

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How To Use Superpoints To Earn Gift Cards

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I recently joined Superpoints and am trying to figure it all out for my readers who love point programs.

How To Use Superpoints To Earn Gift Cards

However I am needing a bit of help myself.  First though let me share what I do know about earning gift cards with  superpoints  and then I will end with my question about one point earning section that perhaps one of you can answer.

What I know about Superpoints.

4 things to do at the start to earn Superpoints

1. Sign up

When you sign up for an account you get 50 points right away.

2. Verify  your email

When you verify your email you get another 25 points.

3. Complete your profile

Complete your profile and get 10 points.

4. Connect your Superpoints account to your Facebook

You do not have to do this but if you connect your Superpoints account to your Facebook you get 150 points. Again this is optional, you can just use your email and an password to sign in if you prefer.

5 ways to earn Superpoints

1. Sign in daily

Sign in daily and get 1 point

2. Do the Super Lucky Button Daily

This is a very quick way to possibly earn some superpoints. You will find the super luck button as an earning option when you click on the symbol that looks like this.

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At the basic membership level you get 30 spins a day and what you earn will vary. The first day I earned zero. The second day I earned one point.  The third day zero and by the fourth day I made bronze account and got 100 spins and earned 3 points. Every day since then I have won between 3 and 7 superpoints with my daily spins, until yesterday when I won 250 points with one spin.

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Spinning the wheel doesn’t take long and is such a simple activity that it can be multi-tasked. I did it while erasing emails from my phone.

3.  Amazing offers

The Amazing offers area is found by clicking on the “get more superpoints” area found by clicking the blue menu tab seen above. Click the red go box and you will be brought to a pages full of offers that when you complete you will receive points for. The amount of points you earn varies per offer.  I took the time to look through all current 423 offers and found that yes there were some spamy offers but there were also a lot of great ones.

Here is a few offers for superpoints that I liked

  • Points for online orders made through links from Superpoints at stores like ,Gap, Walgreens, 6pm.com and more at various point values from 1250 points to 3,749 points
  • Points for downloading apps through links from Superpoints such as Hotels.com, and Travelocity
  • Points for free trials to various companies including Hulu.com

4. Answer Surveys

In the same area you find Amazing offers right underneath you will find the “answer surveys” section click on the red “answer” button to be taken to surveys you can choose to complete.  There are not just surveys in this area but also videos you can watch. There were also some free trial and free sample offers but I will be honest most of the trials and samples looked spamy to me, so I would stick to the surveys and videos.

5. Invite New Members

When you invite your friends either through Facebook or Twitter or your blog using  a referral link and they sign up and make bronze level, you get 2500 superpoints. You also earn superpoints from their daily spins right along with them. So when I earned 7 superpoints from the Super Lucky Button the person who I signed up under won 7 superpoints too!  Your referral link is found in the either the “get more superpoints area” or by pressing on the blue menu bar and scrolling down to “invite new members”.

Now for what I don’t understand yet about superpoints that I hope readers might be able to help me with.

In the menu you will find a section called “stumble rewards” it looks like it is somehow attached to stumble upon, but I couldn’t get it to work, so I don’t know how to earn points through this. If one of you understand how it works please leave a comment below to help us all out.

A few other things about Superpoints

1. XP Level

If you scroll down to the bottom of the website and click help you will find a series of sections explaining various aspects of superpoints including XP level. Your XP level helps determine what type of member you are, whether that be basic, bronze, gold or diamond.

Your XP level  also determine how many different prizes you get to choose from the higher your level the more variety of gift cards and prizes you can cash in your points for.

It took me just 3 short days to earn a XP level of 3 making me a bronze level and opening up a second tier of prizes and gift cards I can now save up points for.

2. Rewards Available

Superpoints offer a mixture of prizes and gift cards. There are gift cards for Amazon, Starbucks and Target. Prizes include such items as  iPod shuffles, iPads and TV’s.

Overall I think that Superpoints isn’t a huge earner for most members but it is yet another snowflake, that when combined with doing activities from other point programs could help you earn enough each month to help your finances out in a small way. I have added signing in and doing the super points button to my daily list of point earning program actions.

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Looking for more ways to earn money from home? Follow my Selling & Earning tips board on Pinterest.

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Jack’s Bread: Bread Machine White Bread

My husband is quite the cook. His bread machine pizza is so good the guests that have ate it have all told him he could open up a pizza joint. His apple pie is so yummy it is hard to stop at one piece.

Jack's Bread Bread Machine White Bread

His specialty is comfort food. You know those things filled with starches and fats that make you feel so good! Which is probably why it is a good thing he only cooks for the family 1 to 2 nights a week maximum, any more than that and I would be having to buy bigger pants on a regular basis.

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One of his favorite meals for fall and winter is crock pot beef stew and bread machine bread. The bread is of course served warm and smothered in butter.

All of my families other favorite bread machine recipes are the type where just the dough is made in the machine and then it rises on the counter and is cooked in the oven, but my husband’s white bread recipe is done entirely in the bread machine.

White bread machine breadThat of course means that one end of the bread ends up with a hole in it, but no one seems to mind. It also means the slices are huge and square, but again no one seems to mind that either. In fact, a loaf is gone with just one dinner.

Since only my husband tends to make this bread and his name is Jack we call the bread “Jack’s bread”, even though essentially all it is just white bread.

You will notice that the recipe calls for milk but if you are low on milk , you can use hot water from the tap and then add 1/3 cup instant dry milk in with the dry ingredients. I have done this a time or two with great results. (mostly because I don’t like running to the grocery store mid week so I try to make sure our milk lasts  :) )

Looking for more bread machine recipes? Follow my Bread Machine board on Pinterest.

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Jack’s Bread: Bread Machine White Bread

Ingredients

  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons warm milk (we place it in microwave for 30 seconds)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 cups unbleached flour (or bread flour)
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 teaspoons yeast (or one packet)

Instructions

  1. put the milk in a bowl and place in microwave on high for 30 seconds and stir
  2. place the now warmed milk in the bottom of the bread machine pan
  3. chop butter into small pieces and place on top of milk
  4. add in flour (no stirring just add one ingredient and then the next)
  5. add in sugar
  6. add in salt
  7. add in yeast
  8. place the bread machine pan in machine and place at medium basic loaf setting
  9. serve warm
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Tuesday Links: Friendships

Tuesday links 30 or so link to articles on one topic for you to explore, learn, and apply to your lifeWriting yesterday’s post about 10 bible verses that have made a dramatic impact on how deep my friendship are made me think of all the great articles about friendship I have read and pinned  from around the web lately.

How Do You Build And Cultivate Great Friendships

7 Tips On How To Be A Better Friend

12 Most Convincing Reasons To Have Online Friends

Wanting more on friendships? Follow my Friendship board on Pinterest.

10 Bible Verses On What It Takes To Be A Good Friend

I was out running the other day thinking about  all I have learned through the years about making and keeping good friends and how most of what I have learned has come straight from the bible. I then began thinking of key verses that have helped me through the years in the area of friendship.

10 bible verses on what it takes to be a good friend

I want to make something clear before I share these 10 verses of friendship that have helped me so much, I am not a perfect friend. I am one moody and  introverted person and thankfully my friends offer me grace and forgiveness repeatedly. However, over a decade ago having moved 1000’s of miles from anyone I knew God began a work on my heart through His word on what it takes to be a good friend and  I started applying it. Since then I have made some of the deepest friendships of my life. Friends who are so close to my heart ,I truly can say they are like family to me.

Here are 10 Bible Verses I Treasure On Being A Good Friend

I am not going to talk about each and every verse, instead I am going to let the verses speak for themselves. When I was working on my own personal bible study on friendship building I had a few of these verses posted around my house to refer to.

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1. Good friends must be wisely chosen

Proverbs 12:26 The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray. (NIV)

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2. Good friends don’t gossip

 Proverbs 16:28 Troublemakers start fights; gossips break up friendships. (The Message)

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3. Good friends are loyal

Proverbs 17:17 Friends love through all kinds of weather,and families stick together in all kinds of trouble. (The Message)

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4. Good friends speak the truth

Proverbs 27:5-6 Better is open rebuke than hidden love. Wounds from a friend can be trusted,but an enemy multiplies kisses. (NIV)

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5. Good friends sharpen one another

Proverbs 27:17  You use steel to sharpen steel, and one friend sharpens another. (The Message)

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6. Good friends offer great advice

Proverbs 27:9 Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of a friend springs from their heartfelt advice. (NIV)

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7. Good friends laugh and cry with their friends

Romans 12:15 Laugh with your happy friends when they’re happy; share tears when they’re down. (The Message)

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8. Good friends practice healthy self love

Mark 12:31 The second is this; ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’. There is no commandment greater than these.  (NIV)

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9. Good friends know boundaries

Proverbs 25:17 And when you find a friend don’t outwear your welcome; show up at all hours and he’ll soon get fed up. (The Message)

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10. Good friends are willing to sacrifice

John15:13 This is my command: Love one another the way I loved you. This is the very best way to love. Put your life on the line for your friends.

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