TIP OF THE DAY: How to Save When Buying Meat


TIP OF THE DAY: How to Save When Buying Meat

  1. PC Plus Offers: One option is to watch for deals on your PC points card at Superstore. For example, when you have 400 points for $1 on beef =40% off. Buy $10 worth of beef and you will earn 4000 points=$4.00
  2. Check your "My Offers" on your Air Miles acct with Sobeys. I often times have a 50% off offer on some kind of meat. Limited to one pkg most of the time (always read fine print)
  3. Watch for reduced meats at all stores - usually 30-50% off . A great time to stock up & freeze your meat. Right before a store closes for a holiday is a perfect time to find mark downs, as well as the day after a snowstorm.
  4. SHOP LOCAL: most butchers offer great pricing and deals. Customer service is usually better at a small shop and in store or customer specials can be well worth the extra stop in your grocery routine.
  5. Buy a cow! Well not really... If you have freezer space, contact a local farm and inquire about buying a side of beef or a turkey, etc. It will be a larger up front cost if purchasing a cow or pig, but can save you significant amount of money. You will also want to get creative when preparing cuts  you may not normally purchase.
Be open to trying new things and you will be amazed how far you can make you purchases go when feeding your family.

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DIY Laundry Detergent Liquid

While experimenting with Laundry soap, cost, ingredients, etc. I came to realize that although the Powdered version is very fast to mix up, and more compact to store, THIS recipe is much more Frugal.

This recipe is very Easy and the most Frugal so far!

The previous post for Powdered Laundry Detergent was much faster, but this one is worth the time, AND SAVES YOU EVEN MORE $$

What you will need:
  • 2 ltr boiling water
  • 1/2 bar Sunlight Soap Grated
  • 1/2 Cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (NOT Baking Soda)
  • 1/2 Cup Borax
  • 6 ltr warm water
  • Grater
  • Large Pot to hold 2 ltr water
  • large spoon to mix
  • Measuring cups/jug
  • Container/bucket for mixing to hold 8 ltrs +
  • containers to put liquid detergent in (old, washed containers from your current brands)

1. Grate the bar of soap (or use food processor). Place in pot with 2 ltr boiling water. Stir until soap dissolves, reduce heat with bubbles get foamy. It should not bubble much more than the picture below.

2. ADD Washing Soda, Borax and stir to dissolve.
3. Mix well and pour into container large bucket and add 6 ltrs warm water, stirring to mix.
4. Pour into jugs to store. Let cool then put lids on.

**Shake well before each use.

Use 1/2 cup per load. This recipe will yield approx. 64 loads of laundry.

I searched many online recipes and this is the one I like the most so far. You will find this to be the pretty standard recipe. Some add 2 ltr solution to jugs and top up with water, I prefer to mix all together then put in jugs. You have to have buckets large enough to do it this way though.
NOTE: You may need to add a little water if it becomes too solid. It will gel up a bit. SHAKE WELL before each use, then add water if needed.
Sunlight soap 2pk $1.99 (used 1/2 bar) = $0.50
A&H Washing Soda $3.99 (used only 1/2 cup) = $0.13
Borax $5.58 (used only 1/2 cup) = $0.23
TOTAL COST 64 loads: $0.86

Works out to just $0.013 per load! JUST OVER A PENNY A LOAD!!!

Let's put this into perspective:
If you are doing 5 loads of laundry a week = 260 loads per year.
At $0.013 per load = ONLY $3.49 per year!!!
Let's DOUBLE the loads to 10/week = $6.98 per year
Let's say using coupons and salesyou can get your favourite laundry detergent for
$2 / 32 loads = $0.06 per load
260 lds = $15.60
520 lds = $31.20
If you do not use coupons you could be paying much more.
Regular Retail (Walmart's current price)
  • Arm & Hammer 140 load = $13.97 = $0.10/ld ($26 for 260 ld/ per year)
  • Tide 96 loads = $19.94 =$0.21/ld  ($54 for 260 ld/ per year)

DIY Laundry Soap: Powder

Do you realize the cost of doing your laundry these days? I have been using coupons and paying less for commercial laundry detergent for years, but it was still alot of money going down the drain, literally.
I started looking and checking out recipes over a year ago and have found a few to try. This one I am currently using and love it.
This recipe is so Easy, FAST and Frugal! My 3 favourite words.
I searched many online recipes and this is the one I like the most so far.
What you will need:
  • 1 bar Sunlight Soap (more if desired, 1 is good for HE machines)
  • 2 Cups Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (NOT Baking Soda)
  • 2 Cups Borax
  • 1 container of OxiClean
  • Container with lid to hold 8 cups +
  • Grater
  • large bowl or bucket
  • large spoon to mix
1. Grate the bar of soap (or use food processor). Place in bowl or bucket. 2. ADD Washing Soda, Borax and OxiClean. 3. Mix well and pour into container to store.
Use 1 Tbsp per load. This recipe will yield approx. 125 loads of laundry.
Sunlight soap 2pk $1.99 (used 1 bar) = $1
A&H Washing Soda $3.99 (used approx. 1/8 of box) = $0.50
Borax $5.58 (used approx. 1/6 of box) = $0.93
Oxi Clean $4.99 - $2 coupon = $2.99 TOTAL COST 125 loads: $5.42
Works out to $0.04 per load!
Let's put this into perspective:
If you are doing 5 loads of laundry a week = 260 loads per year.
At $0.04 per load = ONLY $10.40 per year!!!
Let's DOUBLE the loads to 10/week = $20.80 per year
Let's say using coupons and sales, you can get your favourite laundry detergent for
$2 / 32 loads = $0.06 per load
260 lds = $15.60
520 lds = $31.20
If you do not use coupons you could be paying much more.
Regular Retail (Walmart's current price)
  • Arm & Hammer 140 load = $13.97 = $0.10/ld ($26 for 260 ld/ per year)
  • Tide 96 loads = $19.94 =$0.21/ld  ($54 for 260 ld/ per year)
If you choose make this without the OxiClean, it works out to only $0.02 per load. I prefer the OxiClean as I usually add it to my laundry anyway. Some recipes also include Downy UNstopables or other scent boosters. This is completely up to you. ** TIP: Add Vinegar to your rinse cycle for softer laundry. If you give this a try, be sure to share your thoughts. I am also making a batch of liquid detergent and will let you know how that works out too. Enjoy and Happy Saving! ~ Ruth Ann

Pancake Mix: Make Ahead

Another make ahead idea breakfast idea -- PANCAKE MIX 

  • 4 cups flour ( can use half white - half whole wheat)
  • 3 tablespoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons sugar 

Store in air tight container.

To make pancakes for 4 people:

Scoop one cup of dry pancake mix into a bowl. Add one egg, one cup of milk and one tablespoon of melted butter. Whisk until smooth.

Cook as usual for pancakes. These can be frozen & pop in toaster for a quick & easy breakfast.

Variations: #1 add cinnamon & nutmeg for a bit of spice
#2 Add blueberries & nutmeg
#3 Add Diced apples & cinnamon
#4 for Special treat add chocolate chips (cook 1 side first then add chocolate chips once flipped)
#5 Add dried Cranberries or other dried fruit chopped up
#6 Use your imagination!
~Judy Coupon

Organizing Your Coupons: Expiration Dates

Two years ago, when December 31st hit, I was devastated when I went through my binder and realized just how many great coupons expired all at once.
I thought to myself, there has got to be a better way to keep track of expiration dates at a glace while still maintaining the same binder organization system that I am using.
This is what I came up with; when I get my coupons, before I file them in my binder, instead of highlighting or circling the expiry date, I apply a small colour coded label dot which represents the month it expires. I only put it on 1 of each coupon - then file and use from behind leaving the one with the dot in place whenever possible. I have a legend to show which colour is which month.
 Every month I go through, remove that colour that has expired. I then move ones expiring soon to the front page of that section (food, body, cleaning etc) that way I am constantly reminded that I am looking for a sale on that item. For me this system works great, it adds a step initially but in the long run it helps prevent coupons from going to waste.
Anything I won't use in time goes in a pile for a swap.  It adds one extra step but saves the disappointment of expired coupons.

Judy’s Freebies this week!

Today's Freebies - Thanks to Savings Apps.

Misfit dog treats $1.49 at TARGET
I used buy 2 get 1 free
plus $1.50 WYB2 = $1.50 for 3
and then I got $2 back each on 2 on Checkout 51 (Double up offer) so for 3 bags FREE plus I made $2.50

2nd shop
Sobeys -
Pepperidge Farm Crisps $2.50
 -$3(Checkout 51)= FREE Plus .50 x2 (Double up offer)    
Next Shoppers Drug Mart -
All Bran $3.99
I got the Cranberry Cluster variety used
BOGO plus $1 x2 = $2.99 for 2
then Checkout 51 $1.50 each x2
= 2 boxes FREE

~ Judy Coupon

Natalie’s Peanut Butter Fudge

Natalie's Peanut butter fudge recipe

In a bowl combine 2 1/4 cups crunchy PB with 7oz Jar of Fluff and stir until mixed.

In a large pot on the large burner combine 2 cups white sugar, 2 cups brown sugar & 3/4 cup white 2% milk. Stir and heat to boiling.

Once it reaches a hard boil, Time 65 seconds, you can stir during those seconds. But be careful, it gets really hot.


Remove from heat and add peanut butter fluff mixture. Again use caution not to splash as the liquid will burn you.

Stir like crazy before it begins to harden.

When the color starts to lighten and you see that it's becoming Thick pour it into your greased pan. Allow to cool before cutting.

You can use any size square or rectangular pan. I use 11x14 but if you want thicker fudge - use a smaller pan.

I generally make this and package it and give it to family and friends along with the Christmas gift or as a host gift, I also use it for potlucks as well as cookie exchanges provided there is no one attending with allergies.


Turkey Soup Recipe & DIY Gift

Guest Post By Natalie L.
Here is one in my favorite gifts I received this Christmas. It's a DIY gift that is super useful, but also unique.

Turkey Soup in a Jar

This beautiful layered jar contains everything you need to make Turkey Soup, you just need to add water and Turkey. Who doesn't have a ton of left over Turkey after the holidays?And I must saw it tastes amazing!!

Thank you to my friend Nicole C. who gave me this gift and allowed me to share the contents with our readers.

Here's the recipe:
  • 1 Tbsp thyme
  • 2 Tbsp savoury
  • 6 tsp bouillon (Sequoia- Harvest Sun, vegetable)
  • 3/4 cup dehydrated vegetables (found at bulk barn)
  • 1 cup long grain white rice.

Combine with 6 cups of water and left over turkey, bring to a boil, simmer 20-30 minutes.  Season to taste (salt).  Done!


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