Black Friday 2013 Shopping Results!

Here it is! All of my Black Friday Finds!

I was very excited about what I was able to get. I must say that my family loves Christmas for more reasons then presents. I do not feel the need to buy very expensive presents as explained in earlier posts. If there is a need to buy an expensive present then it is very calculated and planned.

Enjoy watching this video and let me know what your favorite find was this BF!


Black Friday/Small Business Saturday Deals- Washington County and Tri-state area

Small Business is what keeps the economy going if you ask me. Yes I do shop big box stores but ibALWAYS support local
I wanted to highlight some black friday deals and Small Business Saturday deals for those that prefer to take the less crazy route tomorrow; )

Leitersburg Cinema

Get a $30.00! Gift card for $25.00 or
$60.00 gift card for $50.00

Bam Crafty Momma's
20% off total purchase
 Promo code THANKS20

Get your tickets to Get a L.i.f.e now for only $20.00!!

Have a Little Faith Delights

Any orders place on Saturday (Small Business Saturday) will receive a 20% off total purchase!! (cannot be combined with any other coupons)  This includes our cupcakes, cheesecakes, cookies, breads and even our new Delightful Baskets (does not include gift certificates)!  We can be reached on facebook or email at havealittlefaithdelights@gmail.com. Coupon Code to use when ordering is Support Small Businesses!  Orders must be place on Saturday for the discount. Also on our facebook page is a list of our current menu, prices and more details on the baskets

Sweet Minerals with Jessica
Black Friday special is Buy 2, get 1 free on the Lash Extension system and Free shipping (online purchases) and Cyber Monday is Buy $50 and receive a Golden Truffle eyeflavor free and Free Shipping (online orders) use promo code 1301-09001!


Check out Get a L.I.F.E. Presenter Highland Building Services...

in the Herald Mail! I was so excited to see owner Tom Browning of Highland Building Services, LLC in the New Business Section of the Herald Mail yesterday! I have had the pleasure of working with Tom on a custom built desk for my office and my in-laws used his services to build a custom deck with handicap accessible ramp and built-in storage benches. He is very efficient and professional for being a young entrepreneur. I know as homeowners it is always hard to find a home repair man/company that you can trust and won't rake you over the coals so I thought I would share Tom's company.

My In-laws amazing new deck
The best part built-in storage benches!

Tom will be joining the presenter list for Get a L.I.F.E. (March 15, 2014)  teaching an interactive class on DIY home repair. For more details on the workshop and to grab early bird tickets for just $20.00 go here or click on the direct link button to Eventbrite!
Eventbrite - Get a L.I.F.E {Lesson in Frugal Economics} 2014
Last Tom created this nifty coupon organizer as a giveaway!
Highland Building Services, LLC just joined Facebook check them out and show some love! 

(PS I again was not paid to write this post! I like to share small local businesses that I have had first hand experiences with and know they are outstanding businesses.)


Proudly Announcing Get a L.I.F.E 2014!

Mark your calendars, mark your FRIEND'S calendars, put in that request off slip at work for March 15, 2014 because you are going to be enjoying an amazing day of learning how to live a fun, frugal, and balanced life at Get a L.I.F.E {lesson in frugal economics} 2014!

The second annual Get a L.I.F.E. workshop is going to knock your socks off! I have hand picked every presenter because they are knowledgeable in not only their area but,know how to save money! The presenters are amazing people who are going to inspire you to be your best, live life to the fullest, have fun, make a change, save money, and live a balanced life! Who isn't looking for this?

Are you ready to hear who the presenters are?

With out further ado.....DRUMROLL....

*Jen Ward, The Nifty Thrifty Lady
*Stephanie Reese, Contributor to NTL
*Dwight Karkan with Organized by Dwight
*Renee Crabtree with Ageless Photography
*Harmony Wilson

Each presenter will be bringing you a class (or two) that will help you learn how to save money in all areas of your life and YOU GET TO CHOOSE WHICH CLASSES YOU TAKE! 

Here are the classes:

Budgeting- how to create, maintain, pay off debt, and learn what you should be spending
Organization- with professional organizer Dwight Karkan
Mommy Photography- Learn  the basics to photography to capture priceless moments.
Baby Essentials- Calling all new moms! Learn about cloth diapering, baby wearing, consigning and homemade baby food.
Travel- Just in time for summer vacations learn how to travel for less, tips to staying sane on long trips and travel tricks.
Gardening 101- Harmony Wilson will teach how to start a garden, care for, and the economical value to growing your own food.
doTERRA Natural Wellness- Get informed about essential oils natural solutions for your personal health and wellness needs
DIY Home Repair- Join Tom Browning for an interactive class on do-it-yourself home repair you tell him what you need help with and he answers.
Meal Planning- Never again wonder whats for dinner and how you are going to fit it in your budget. 
Parties on the Cheap- Planning a party will no longer break the budget with this hands on class!
Upcycling- enjoy a lesson in how to reuse, reduce, and upcycle almost anything!  

It this not an out of the world line up?!

Still not want more?

How about...
Catered lunch by Amber's Country Catering
Swag Bags
Hourly Giveaways
Take home materials

Yup that's right now until December 7, you can steal tickets for just $20.00! $20.00 to see these amazing presenters, learn priceless information! Make the investment today!

Eventbrite - Get a L.I.F.E {Lesson in Frugal Economics} 2014


Learn how to Save Money on your Engery Costs!

I am so excited to tell everyone about this! I had the pleasure of listening to Katrina present information about Ambit Energy AND fantastic,useful tips on how to save money at last years Get a L.I.F.E frugal living workshop.

Today I wanted to share Ambit Energy with you.

Maryland has recently become a deregulated state (big terms I know) basically an energy company can no long hold all the eggs in one basket or provide, service, and supply energy. They are only allowed to offer 2 services out of 3. I am betting you didn't know that and that folks is what the big energy companies want!

Our local energy company has decided that it will let other companies provide a source of energy. That is where Ambit Energy comes in!

If you want to hear more or would like to start saving today:
Contact Katrina
Business website: http://teambigelow.myambit.com/
Business Contact Information: 240-818-8019 or kbigelow@mail.com
Brief Description of Business: We provide electricity and natural gas to consumers at a discounted rate.
No contracts, fees to switch and no change in service, just lower energy bills every month! P.S. I was again was not paid to write this post. This information is strictly for your knowledge and benefit to live a fun, frugal and balanced life :)


MOM, what's for dinner??

If my son could talk... other than his constant 16 month old babble and few signs he knows... he would ask me the moment he wakes up "Mama, what's for dinner?!" We are major foodies in this house and enjoy eating a variety of meals, new or old or pinterest inspired. So one day we were looking through the Sunday paper we purchased in Hagerstown before driving back to Philadelphia, when I came across the Walmart sales flyer. I was confused for a moment when I flipped to the food section and saw recipes. Confused, and yet hopeful they would actually be good! So, I invite you to flip through the Walmart flyer next Sunday and see what might work for your family. In the meantime here are two recipes that I thought I would share. (Remember if you get stumped on dinners for the week to check out Pinterest or Jen's monthly meal plan she posts!)

½ of 1lb box of Penne Pasta, cooked and drained
1 jar Prego Alfredo Sauce Flavored with Bacon
½ of 1 oz envelope ranch salad dressing mix
½ cup shredded Monterey Jack Cheese

Heat Oven to 350. Stir the penne, sauce, dressing mix and half the cheese in a large bowl. Spoon the mixture into an 8x8 baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake for 30 minutes or until hot and bubbling!

This serves 4. How easy?! Now let's look really quick at the cost.

1 lb box of Penne Pasta. Typically on sale for $1 or less.
1 jar of Prego Alfredo Sauce. Wal-mart sells for $1.88.
1 envelope ranch salad mix. Ranges from $1-$2 depending on store.
½ cup Monterey Jack Cheese. Bags usually cost around $3 and holds 2 cups.

So if you double the recipe (for lunch leftovers the next day) you would spend a total of around $8 without coupons for the entire meal OR $1 per bowl of pasta. Add on some home made garlic bread and a side salad and I bet you wouldn't go over $1.50 per plate. This meal is amazing for group gatherings and a quick and somewhat healthy meal on a weeknight!

Here is one more recipe for a nice warm soup on a cold winter night:

2lbs ground Turkey
1 large onion, chopped
2Tbsp Chili powder
½ tsp ground cumin
3 ½ cups of V8 100% Juice
1 small green pepper, chopped
2 cans red kidney beans, rinsed and drained

Cook the turkey, onion, chili powder and cumin in a 4 quart saucepan over medium heat until the turkey is cooked through, stirring often. Add vegetable juice, pepper and beans to the saucepan and heat to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Cover and cook for 15 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.

This 6 serving soup may cost a little more to make since it has a meat component. However, when looking at the cost it is still under what you would spend going out to eat. Plus it is SO healthy and quick to make! Add some cornbread and Ta-DA a weeknight meal in 30 minutes or less!

Do you have some favorite week night dinners that are wallet friendly? Please share!


How to Save on the Holiday's Part 4: Travel

We are at the end of our Holiday Savings Series Journey and for that I had to ask the expert of all things travel..our lovely co-contributor Stephanie! Since she is a military wife traveling is the in her back pocket.

First! If you missed the other part of the series check out Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 so you can get the big picture!


One Deal a Day: Leitersburg Cinemas Gift Cards

Now and going until Black Friday The Nifty Thrifty Lady will be posting 1 Deal a Day to help you save on the cost of Christmas. These deals can be anything from a great sale on toys to a freebie you can snag in the mail! Every little bit helps during the Holiday Season! Let's make this year our thriftiest yet!

Today I am keeping it small and local with a great deal on movie gift certificates from Leitersburg Cinemas!

You will be seeing a couple more One Deal a Day posts from small local businesses! I love to support these types of businesses because it helps our community!

Do you have a great deal? I would love to hear about it!

Kid's Closet Holiday Sale: Plus Pre-Sale Pass Giveaway!

Kid's Closet is holding the first ever Holiday Sale for all us thrifty mom's looking to stay on budget this Christmas this is a BIG deal!

If you are not familiar with Kid's Closet here is a little background knowledge or check out this post

Kid's Closet is a semi annual consignment sale for the Washington County Area.
Kid's Closet offers gently used clothing, toys, baby gear, books, and more at 60-90% off retail value. This event is also great for those that are looking to get rid of these items and make a little extra cash.

You can check out the Kid's Closet website for more details!


The Holiday Sale will be focusing on Toys, larger baby gear, electronics, and winter outerwear!

Are you ready for some exciting news? Kids Closet is allowing for me to giveaway 5 pre-sale passes good for you and 1 friend! A pre-sale pass is super awesome to get because you can have the pick of the bigger items and best deals:)

I will be giving away the pre-sale passes on November 19th at 9:00pm Via Facebook. We will be playing a couple games! I have created a event on FB for this so you don't forget to attend! All you have to do is respond going and you will receive a reminder to log into FB and join the games on November 19th:)



One Deal a Day: Anchor Hocking Penny Jars 1 -Gallon

Now and going until Black Friday The Nifty Thrifty Lady will be posting 1 Deal a Day to help you save on the cost of Christmas. These deals can be anything from a great sale on toys to a freebie you can snag in the mail! Every little bit helps during the Holiday Season! Let's make this year our thriftiest yet!

1-Gallon Anchor Hocking Penny Jars

This is a great price on the gallon size jar! I know that the shipping is an issue if you don't have prime if you can I suggest either ordering an additional item to meet the $35.00 dollars OR ordering 6 of these to distribute as gifts! I would use some chalkboard paint to make a rectangle label and give to two people in a set of three!


November's Monthly Meal Plan

Hey ladies and gents! I wanted to share November's monthly meal plan with you all! Here is the post explaining HOW and WHY I meal plan monthly.

This month I know for sure we will be making use of the soup and baking sales and coupons that happen. So you will see an increase in those items on my meal plan;)

I also wanted to mention that I added the items that I needed to make for Thanksgiving to my planning so I can plan for those in my budget!

If you have an questions or are looking for some help in learning how to meal plan let me know! I am always willing to arrange a time to talk so others can learn to save:)

Happy November!

One Deal a Day: Lego Club Magazine

Starting today and going until Black Friday The Nifty Thrifty Lady will be posting 1 Deal a Day to help you save on the cost of Christmas. These deals can be anything from a great sale on toys to a freebie you can snag in the mail! Every little bit helps during the Holiday Season! Let's make this year our thriftiest yet!

Free Subscription to the Lego Club Magazine
This freebie is around all year long but if you haven't taken advantage of it yet now is the perfect time to do so! 

The Lego Club Magazine come 6 times a year and is age appropriate for children 4-12. My son loves getting mail and this magazine is one of his favorites!

Our Lego magazine  just happened to come in the mail yesterday so I wanted to be sure to share this great freebie!