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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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.

Other articles I have written on making friendships

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3 Simple Don’ts & Do’s of Grocery Shopping on A Budget

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There are 100’s perhaps even 1000’s of ways to save money on groceries, but if you are truly time crunched, or  grocery shopping on a budget for the first time  and feeling overwhelmed as to where to start trimming your grocery budget today’s list is for you.

3 simpe don'ts and 3 simple does of grocery shopping on a budgetToday I am concentrating on just 3 things I think you shouldn’t do if you want to save money at the grocery store and 3 things you should do if you want to save money at the grocery store. No long step by step list this week, just simple advice that works.

3 Don’ts of Grocery Shopping

1. Don’t shop without a list

Shopping without a list guarantees you are going to forget something and that means another trip to the store, wasting time and gas and probably money on groceries you buy when you are there that you didn’t  need.

Even if you don’t make up a menu, at least take the time to make a list of 7 meals you can eat next week for dinner and then make sure you have the ingredients for them, if not add those items to your list. Then think of 2 to 3 things you can eat over and over for breakfast, and 2 to 3 items you can eat over and over for lunches.  Make sure you have all  the items you need to make them on your list. Then take a few minutes to go through your pantry and see if you have enough day to day basics like milk, eggs, fruit, toilet paper, etc. . Also add a few basic snack items. There you have it a simple grocery list made.

When you get to the store stick to your list and avoid adding extras.

2. Don’t shop hungry

This seems like such an unimportant thing but trust me it is super important. When you are hungry, you will stray from your list,  and you will rush through the store so that you can get something to eat, and in doing so you will forget items. Extra items lead to more money spent. Forgotten items lead to extra trips to the store, and again that leads to more money spent.

Make sure to eat first, and then shop.Your wallet will thank you for it.

3. Don’t grab and toss

Even though you have a list, don’t just plop the items in your cart. Take a second to compare prices on different sizes of the item and different brands. This tip alone could save you $100’s of dollars each year.

3 Do’s of Grocery Shopping

1. Do use simple coupon apps.

I love ibotta and Checkout 51 because choosing the coupons I want is so simple. With Checkout 51  all I have to do is upload the receipt to the app when I get home.  Ibotta is a few extra steps but still simple, see my Ibotta tutorial for step by step instructions. I generally save at least $1 to $2 dollars a week with these apps and that is without buying a lot of processed food. These apps save me money on bread, milk, eggs and vegetables. Over the course of a year  that weekly savings add up to around $50 to $100 saved.

2. Do take a moment to look at the sales flyer

Even if you just take 2 minutes to flip through the sales flyer when you arrive at the grocery store of your choosing you can save money with this step. You might discover for instance that chicken breasts are on sale and then you can change your menu plan around a bit to include chicken this week, and leave out something that isn’t on sale. You might discover your children’s favorite brand of mac and cheese is on sale for an incredible price and if it is grab a few weeks worth. Stocking up on a few sale items each week will start to put wiggle room in your grocery budget fairly quickly.

3. Do take 5 seconds to evaluate what is in  your cart

Before you go up to the checkout take a few seconds to evaluate the purchases in your cart and challenge yourself to put back at least one item each and every time. Chances are you didn’t stick to your list 100%. What item that wasn’t on your list can you live without? Put it back. Even if you did stick to your list 100% see if there is one item on it that perhaps you could wait one more week to buy and therefore have one more chance for it to be on sale.

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How To Earn Gift Cards With MyPoints

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7 ways to earn gift cards with my points

I have been a member of MyPoints for at least 10 years. It was the first online point program that I ever joined and my experience with it was (and continues to be) so positive that it caused me to go on and join many more similar programs.

My favorite way to earn with MyPoints are through the click through emails that they send to your inbox on an almost daily basis, each one is worth 5 points and it takes just a few seconds to click on the box, look at the site listed and then click out again. I opened a separate email box just for my point programs so I don’t have to worry about MyPoints emails and emails from all my other point programs burying my time sensitive emails from work, friends or other sources.

There are however a lot more ways to earn MyPoints  and I plan to cover them in just a moment but first here are a few more facts about MyPoints.

 My Points Pays in 3 different ways

1. Gift cards

Starting at 1600 points for $10 gift certificates to clothing stores, restaurants and more.

2. Pay Pal Deposit

There is a $25 PayPal gift card for 4550 points and a $50 PayPal gift card for 8950 points, making the larger card a slightly better per point value. Money is automatically put in your PayPal account when you pick these cards.

3. Visa Prepaid Cards

Spend your money anywhere you wish on whatever you want by cashing in your points for a visa prepaid card. MyPoints offers a $25 for 4600 points and a $50 card for 9000 points making the larger card a slightly better deal.

A few other things to know about MyPoints. Points do sometimes take a while to register, so even though it might say you have say 1650 points your account might only have say 1400 available to cash out. This is a bit frustrating but not uncommon with point programs.

Something that MyPoints currently offers that other point programs don’t , real physical gift cards. MyPoints has yet to switch over to gift card codes, which I like because then I can give the gift card  as a gift if I want.

How To Earn Points With MyPoints

1. Click through emails

MyPoints sends you emails to your inbox each week that can earn you 5 points for each one you click through. This is my favorite way to earn MyPoints because it is so simple and quick, but if you don’t like getting emails you can switch this option off, simply go to your account and scroll down the side to email subscriptions and remove the check mark from those types of emails you don’t want from MyPoints.

2. Website Search

This is another simple way to earn points with MyPoints. Go the the Mypoints home page and click on easy points and then click on Search and Earn and you will find 5 different ways to earn your monthly 100 point maximum  for web searches through MyPoints.  You get your 100 maximum by doing 41 or more searches through any of these 5 avenues. That is 10 searches per week.

3. Shop & Earn

I have earned a lot of MyPoints through their shop and earn area because after comparing cash back offers around the web MyPoints often has the highest ones for the stores I want to shop at. MyPoints also have 1,339 different places to shop currently in their cash back area.  To use the shop & earn function you can either head over to MyPoints and enter the store you want to shop at into the search bar at the top of their site and click “search MyPoints” or you can download the MyPoints tool bar found in the “search and earn” tab and MyPoints will instruct you how to shop through it.

This feature also includes many of my favorite daily deal sites like Groupon and Zulily, making  it a great way to double dip savings by getting a great daily deal and points for purchasing it through MyPoints.

4.  Grocery Coupons

MyPoints has a printable coupon area. When you print and use a coupon from it you get 10 points. If you use more 10 or more coupons per month you get a 25 point bonus.

5.  Registrations

You will find registrations under the Easy Points tab. From time to time MyPoints offers points when you register for certain programs.

6.  Surveys

Surveys are of course time consuming but they are another way of making more points. I generally don’t do them on a regular basis currently unless I notice I am really close to having enough points to redeem a card, then on an evening when I am too tired to do much else than watch TV, I will grab my laptop and snuggle up beside my hubby and do a few surveys while watching TV together.

7. Refer A Friend

MyPoints referral system is not as user friendly as other point programs. MyPoints doesn’t give you a referral link that you can share, instead it only offers you the ability to share only through email or through your personal Facebook page. However, if you do spread the word and a friend signs up you get 10% of their earnings for as long as they hold their account. You also get 1750 points if they use the shop and earn function to place a $20 order (not including shipping taxes or video games bought on Amazon)  in the first 30 days and they get a 750 point bonus too.

Using these 7 ways to earn points it is possible to earn a few gift cards from MyPoints per year. No MyPoints won’t make you rich but when you do point earning chores at several point programs you will start to see a nice combined monthly return.

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Dirt Cake Bark

I was in the middle of a run the other day thinking about all the different recipes I have already shared and those family favorites I still have yet to share when it hit me I could combine my cookie bark and dirt cake recipe and make dirt cake bark.

Dirt Cake Bark

I was a bit unsure of if it would work or not, but once I made it oh my I couldn’t keep my hands off it. The chocolate loaded with Oreo cookie crumbs and topped with chopped gummy worms, excuse me for just a second while I go get another piece from my freezer.

Good thing is two of my three children love it as much as I do because I need help making sure I don’t finish it all by myself in less than 48 hours (the third one is an odd child who doesn’t like mixing his cookies and chocolate, perhaps he was swapped at birth).

Ingredients for dirt cake barkIngredient for dirt cake bark are one 12 ounce  chocolate chips,  a small bag of gummy worms,  2 rows of Oreos, and a tablespoon of coconut oil or butter or shortening.

oreo cookies about to get crushedI placed 20 Oreos in my food processor  and crushed them. If you don’t have a food processor you can always do what I did before I had one and place the cookies in a gallon ziplock bag and beat them with a rolling pin. It is a great way to get out built up aggression.

oreo cookie crumbleIn under a minute my Oreos where a fine crumble, a lot like potting soil which is probably why they make great fake dirt in recipes.

chocolate chips with coconut oilOnce the dirt was made I got the chocolate chips ready to melt in the microwave. I used a whole 12 ounce bag of semi sweet chocolate chips which is roughly two cups and topped it with a generous tablespoon of coconut oil. I placed it on high in the microwave for 30 seconds, stirred it, microwaved it for another 30 seconds, stirred it and then microwaved it one last time for 30 seconds.

Spreading dirt cake barkI dumped all but 1/3 of a cup of the Oreo dirt in the melted chocolate chips and stirred them in well. I dumped the whole mixture out onto a wax paper lined and greased cookie sheet that fit a toaster oven that went to the small appliance grave yard years ago. The pan is just a tad smaller than standard 9 by 13 pan but the bark was plenty thick so go ahead and use your 9 by 13.

dirt cake bark whole slab To finish I scattered gummy worms that I  had cut into thirds all over the top of the cookie and melted chocolate chip combo and then sprinkled the remaining cookie crumbs on top. I used my hand to press the worms and extra dirt into the chocolate and then placed it in the freeze to harden. About an hour later I took the bark out of the freezer and removed it from the pan and took the wax paper off the back. After snapping a picture of the huge slab I broke it into sharable pieces.

I think this treat would be great for children’s parties and Halloween.

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Dirt Cake Bark

Ingredients

  • 12 oz (around 2 cups) of chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon of either coconut oil, butter or shortening
  • 20 Oreo cookies (no name brand will do )
  • 1 small bag gummy worms (I used a 7 ounce bag and had leftovers)

Instructions

  1. use a food processor to crush the Oreos to a course powder (you can use a ziploc bag and a rolling pin if you don't have a food processor)
  2. put the chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and top with coconut oil, microwave 30 seconds at a time stirring at the end of 30 seconds, (it took mine 3 times at 30 seconds to melt fully)
  3. place 1/3 of a cup of cookie crumbs aside and then dump the rest into the melted chocolate and stir
  4. grease a 9 by 13 pan and lay wax paper in it and grease the paper
  5. place the melted chocolate and cookie mixture in the 9 by 13 pan and spread it out evenly
  6. cut the gummy worm is thirds and place them on chocolate and cookie mixture
  7. sprinkle the chocolate and cookie mixture with remaining crumbs
  8. lightly press the gummy worms and cookie crumbs into the chocolate and cookie mixture
  9. place the mixture in the freezer for one hour
  10. take out of freezer remove wax paper and break into pieces.
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Tuesday Links: Pumpkin Fun

Tuesday links 30 or so link to articles on one topic for you to explore, learn, and apply to your lifePumpkins arrived at my local Aldi last week and my daughter is already asking when we are going to get one and carve it. My husband helps the children  carve a pumpkin every year (The registered nurse in him says I am too scary with a sharp knife to help the kids with carving a pumpkin :) ). The last few years it has only been our youngest, our daughter, who has wanted to carve one and her request year after year is for the classic triangle mouth and nose and a crocked smile jack-o-lantern.

Wanting to make sure we get the perfect pumpkin, preserve it well and perhaps even get adventurous and carve it in a different way this year I have been collecting pumpkin pins on my crafts for fall board on Pinterest here are 3 I added

1. How To Pick The Perfect Pumpkin

2. Pumpkin Carving and Preservation Tips

3. 16 No Carve Pumpkin Ideas  (since my husband won’t let me carve one )

If you have a tip for carving pumpkins please share it in the comments below. If you have written a post on it leave us the link (link will be subject to my approval but those  that are on topic and family friendly will be accepted)

Use It Up To The Last Drop: Butter Wrappers

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I had so much fun writing 10 Ways Thrifty People Use Things Up To The Last Drop I thought that whenever I catch myself squeezing the last bit of usefulness out of an item I would share it as a a Use it Up To The Last Drop post.

using it up to the last drop butter wrappersToday’s use it up to the last drop edition contains a thrifty classic. One that I am sure pretty much everyone thrifty person does, but still I think it deserves a mention.

using a butter wrapper to grease a pan for bakingWhenever I use butter in baking I always use the wrapper it came in to grease the pan I will be using  that day. I don’t go as far as saving my butter wrappers from those sticks of butter used in other ways for this purpose but if I am making cookie bars and the recipe calls for butter then I will use the wrappers from that batter to grease the pan I am using.

Not only does this practice save a tiny bit of money for the wax paper and the olive oil I would have used to grease the pan, but it does reduce trash some  by reducing my use of wax paper for greasing pans and I like being green when ever I can.

How about you? Do you use this tip?

And now for the fun part. Share what you do to use things to the last drop in the comment section below so I might pick up on a new tip I didn’t know about yet!

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