Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
Let me start off by saying that I have a black thumb. I would like to think that I don't - I've been able to keep a plant alive at my office for almost a year, but that is literally the only plant that has lasted longer than a month. I'm making it my goal (in my new house!) to get some semblance of a garden started, and this article from Women's Health Magazine really helped me get an idea of what to expect.
I really love the idea of growing my own produce and herbs. First off, it saves you a ton of money. Have you ever purchased fresh herbs at a grocery store? For the amount you spend on one plant (typically around $4 for a mature one, significantly less than that for seeds), you get a lousy few ounces at the supermarket. Another benefit is you know exactly where your produce came from, and it is most likely organic. And doesn't it feel good to play in the dirt?!
But I'd love to hear from some of you who have small gardens or windowsill gardens - what do you plant? Has it been successful for you?
Friday, March 19, 2010
*30% off coupon for Borders! Must be a Rewards member (it's free to sign up).
*philosophy is having a sale on select body washes through Saturday - 3 for $33! If you buy philosophy products, you know that's a good deal. Enter code "party" at checkout.
*jcrew.com is having a dress sale - 20% off all dresses (except wedding gowns)! Ends today at midnight so hurry!
*30% off at all Gap Inc Stores (Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy and even outlets) for their Give and Get Promotion. When you shop through Sunday, they will give 5% of the amount you spend to Big Brothers Big Sisters! Nice!
*FREE CONE DAY at Ben and Jerry's! This year, it's March 23rd from 12 - 8! Woo!
*And although we already posted this on our Facebook page, FREE pastries at Starbucks on March 23rd! Print this coupon and go in from open until 10:30 AM to get a free pastry! Yum! Looks like someone will be gorging themselves on free junk food next Tuesday...
*If you live in the Seattle area, head down to Westlake Center between 11:30 AM and 1 PM today to get FREE daffodils! It's courtesy of Pike Place Market to welcome Spring!
If you know of other deals, feel free to let us know by posting on our Facebook page or writing us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy weekend!
Monday, March 15, 2010
Friday, March 12, 2010
*80% off gift certificates at Restaurant.com when you enter the code BITE.
*More FREE samples as Kashi.com! Yum!
*Take an extra 30% off J. Crew's sale items, plus FREE shipping for purchases over $150. Enter code EXTRA30 at checkout. I'm loving this striped blue shirt...on sale for $55, but take 30% off an it's $38.50!
*Express is ready for Spring - buy one tee or tank, get the other one for 50% off!
Remember to Spring Forward on Sunday! While I'm not thrilled to be losing an hour, I'm so excited for it to be lighter at night! Hope you all have a fantastic weekend!
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Enter Food Network chef Sandra Lee. I'm not a huge fan of her show "Semi-Homemade with Sandra Lee". But her new show "Sandra's Money Saving Meals" caught my attention. According to the show's description, the show features incredibly budget-friendly recipes for every day of the week, all based on her triple A factor of accessible, aspirational, and affordable. During the show, Sandra also gives pantry stocking tips and supermarket shopping savvy.
I wanted to try Sandra's recipe for Black Bean Burgers. I needed to buy 2 cans of black beans (89 cents a piece), 1 onion (69 cents), and two Kaiser rolls (75 cents a piece) - everything else I had on hand. They were super delicious and relatively healthy! Black beans are a good source of protein, and much cheaper than meat. Not only was this a cheap, easy and healthy meal, but the other half of my bean mixture will be used in tonight's dinner for Black Bean Enchiladas.
Two dinners for under 5 bucks?! I'll take that!
Does anyone have other good websites or cookbooks they'd like to share for budget-friendly meals?
Monday, March 8, 2010
Friday, March 5, 2010
*Sign up for Cost Plus World Market's Explorer! There's a coupon for $10 off purchases of $30 or more and buy 1, get one FREE Italian Sodas! (PS - this is a great program that works like a grocery store reward card...totally free and saves you money)
*Buy 2, get 1 FREE skin care products at The Body Shop for their Semi-Annual Sale. Psst - while you're there, check out their specials! They change daily - yesterday, lip gloss that sold for $14 was selling for $3!
*You live around Seattle? Maybe you'd like a three course meal for $30 from renowned restaurants! Go to Dine Around Seattle for details! Thanks Alysia for the head's up!
*Ladies, if you're needing spring clothes, check out The Limited. Get a FREE skirt or pair of pants with a jacket purchase, buy 2 pieces of jewelry get one FREE, and buy 1 essential shirt, get the other one 50% off. Phew!
*Bring in your old denim to Gap, and get 30% off a new pair of jeans! What?! I don't have all the details (I got it via their Twitter page) but that's what it says! Starts today!