Homemade Onion Dip

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on January 28, 2015

Ingredients for Onion Dip from Scratch

Everyone loves this dip. It’s so easy and you can whip it up really quick. I bet you have all these ingredients in the pantry or fridge too. You can’t go wrong with an onion dip made from scratch!

Homemade Onion Dip Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp, Olive Oil
  • 2 large Onions (diced)
  • 1 tbsp, Garlic (minced)
  • 16 oz, Sour Cream
  • 2 tsp, Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/2 tsp, Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 tsp, Black Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp, Kosher or Sea Salt

Homemade Onion Dip Directions

  1. Add olive oil to pan over medium heat.
  2. Add onions, garlic and Worcestershire and saute until caramelized (15-20 minutes).
  3. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  4. Combine the remaining ingredients, and add the cooled onion mixture.
  5. Refrigerate before serving.

Scratch Onion Dip Recipe

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Remke Biggs: 3 Day Sale January 23 – 25

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on January 22, 2015
Remke Biggs grocery sales

Remke and Bigg’s stores double coupons up to $0.50 every day, plus coupons $0.51 – $0.99 are adjusted up to $1! Remember to use your Pump Perks card so that you can save on gas while you shop! Review the full Remke Bigg’s Coupon Policy + FAQ for more information.

View the full list of Remke Bigg’s sales and create a custom shopping list.

Here are a few of the best deals to pick up this week:

3 Day Sale
While supplies last. No rain checks.

Dairy

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Crystal Farms Shredded & Chunk Cheese, 7 – 8 oz – $1.88

Limit 4

  • $0.55/2 Crystal Farms Natural Shredded, Sliced or Block Cheese – 12-12-14 SS – (exp. 02/08/15)
Final Price: $1.38

Meat, Poultry & Fish

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Chicken, Breasts, Boneless, per lb – $1.88

Limit 3

Personal Care

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Colgate Toothpaste, 6.4 oz – $1.38

Limit 4

  • $0.75/1 Colgate Toothpaste, 3.4 oz or Larger – 1-18-15 SS – (exp. 01/31/15)
  • $0.75/1 Colgate Toothpaste, 3.0 oz or Larger – 1-4-15 SS – (exp. 01/29/15)
Final Price: $0.38

 

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Crockpot Potato Soup Recipe

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on January 21, 2015

Ingredients for Potato Soup in the Crockpot

Ohio is such a temperamental state. We have gone from -10 to 40 degrees in the span of a week. On those super cold days, whipping up a batch of this crockpot potato soup really fits the bill. It’s comfort in a bowl, and doesn’t take you any time to prepare.

Crockpot Potato Soup Ingredients

  • 8 medium Potatoes (cubed)
  • 1 Onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 quart, Chicken Broth
  • 1 lb, Bacon
  • 1 cup, Shredded Cheese
  • 1 cup, Half and Half
  • 1/4 cup, Butter
  • 1 tbsp, Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp, Pepper
  • 2 tsp, Salt

Crockpot Potato Soup Directions

  1. Chop bacon into 1″ pieces and fry.
  2. Reserve a little of the bacon as a garnish.
  3. Add all items into the slow cooker and stir.
  4. Cook on low for 8 hours.
  5. Top with some shredded cheese, bacon crumbles, green onions and sour cream (optional)

Crockpot Potato Soup Recipe

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Ultimate DIY Bundle, $34.95

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on January 21, 2015

The Ultimate DIY Bundle January 2015

I haven’t posted many deals recently because there isn’t much that is exciting to me. Plus, I’m honestly purchasing less and trying my hand at doing/make more and more on my own.

I am sharing this DIY bundle with you because it’s perfect for someone who wants to save more – after all, that’s what Savings Lifestyle is all about!! For $34.95 you will get 76 ebooks and courses valued at over $1,200! The Ultimate Bundles website can offer this great discount because they work with publishers who self-create or self-publish, which is a perfect combination! Plus, I feel like these offer the best practical advice.

DIY Crafts for Holidays

Some of my faves in this 76-item bundle include the following:

  • Easy DIY Crafts for Every Season
  • Handmade Gifts for Every Occasion
  • Infarrantly Creative Printable Collection
  • Stackapals
  • Gift It from Scratch
  • DIY Organic Beauty Recipes
  • Simply Canning: Survival Guide for Safe Home Canning
  • 21 Inspiring Thrift Store Transformations
  • Make It! Hardware Store Decor
  • Say No to Auto (Photography)
  • Photography 101
  • Scripture Memory Cards
  • Sewing School 101

Scripture Memory Cards

There are several more that I liked too, but I didn’t want to list them all here when you can find the complete list of all that is included on the Ultimate Bundles site HERE.

Along with your purchase, you will receive these bonuses valued over $130:

  • Choose 1 FREE Online Class from Craftsy.com (select from 15 of their most popular classes)
  • UP TO, $71.95 VALUE
  • Download a FREE digital trial copy (full editions) of Where Women Create and Greencraft Magazine from Stampington and Co., $20 VALUE
  • FREE $15 Credit to the Hope Ink shop PLUS a free 8×10 art print, $43 VALUE
  • FREE Sewing Pattern + Premium Video Class from UpCraftClub.com, $19.99 VALUE
  • FREE $15 Store Credit to be used at Fawnsberg.com, $15 VALUE

This bundle is only available for sale until January 26, 2015 so don’t delay!

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Giant Eagle Deals: Sale Week of January 22

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on January 21, 2015
Giant Eagle grocery salesBefore you shop, be sure to review the Giant Eagle Coupon Policy + FAQ. The sale items below are some of the better deals you will find at Giant Eagle this week. Please leave a comment in this post if you find any other deals that are noteworthy and not on the list.

View the full list of Giant Eagle sales and create a custom shopping list.

Here are a few of the best deals to pick up this week:

Coupons up to $0.99 double!

Multi-Item Deals

Bonus $0.10 Fuelperks wyb $10 in participating Unilever products (up to additional $3.00 savings wyb 30 gallons)

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Hellmann’s Mayonnaise, 30 oz – $2.99

Out-of-Pocket Price: $1.99
Final Price: $1.24
Use $0.50/1 coupon; Redeem Ibotta offer; Combine with other participating items for additional Bonus Fuelperks savings
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Knorr Side Dishes, 3.8 – 5.9 oz – $1.00

selected varieties

  • $0.50/1 Knorr Rice or Pasta Sides; Maximum 2 Identical Coupons Allowed In Same Shopping Trip – 1-25-15 RP – (exp. 02/22/15)
Out-of-Pocket Price: $0.00
FREE with $0.50/1 coupon (limit 2) Combine with other participating items for additional Bonus Fuelperks savings
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Lipton Tea Bags, 100 ct – $3.00

selected varieties

  • $0.40/1 Lipton Tea Bags, K-Cups, Tea & Honey, or Iced Tea Mix; Maximum 2 Identical Coupons Allowed In Same Shopping Trip – 1-4-15 RP – (exp. 02/01/15)
  • $0.50/1 Lipton Tea Bags, K-Cups, Tea & Honey or Iced Tea Mix Products; Limit 2 identical coupons in same shopping trip, No Cash Back – 1-4-15 RP – (exp. 02/01/15)
  • $0.75/1 Lipton Tea Bags, K-Cups, Tea & Honey or Iced Tea Mix Products; Limit 2 identical coupons in same shopping trip, No Cash Back – 1-4-15 RP – (exp. 02/01/15)
  • $1.00/2 Lipton Tea Bags, K-Cups, Tea & Honey, or Iced Tea Mix, Maximum 2 Identical Coupons Allowed In Same Shopping Trip – 1-4-15 RP – (exp. 02/01/15)
  • $0.75/2 Lipton Tea Bags, K-Cups, Tea & Honey or Iced Tea Mix Products; Limit 2 identical coupons in same shopping trip, No Cash Back – 1-4-15 RP – (exp. 02/01/15)
Out-of-Pocket Price: $1.50
Combine with other participating items for additional Bonus Fuelperks savings

Beverages

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Seattle’s Best Coffee K-Cup, 10 ct – $5.99

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Seattle’s Best Coffee, 12 oz – $5.99

Final Price: $3.99

Bread & Bakery

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Giant Eagle King Size White Bread, 20 oz – FREE with Giant Eagle eAdvantage offer: register at GiantEagle.com/eAdvantage

Final Price: Free
Load eAdvantage offer onto card, Redeem at checkout

Breakfast & Cereal

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Post Cereal, 7.05 – 20.5 oz – $3.00 – Get FREE Milk (up to $4 value) on your next shopping trip wyb 2 participating Post Cereals

selected varieties, Honey Bunches of Oats and Fruity Pebbles pictured

Final Price: $1.80
Buy 2; Use 2 coupons; Get FREE milk OYNO

Canned Goods & Soups

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Del Monte Tomatoes, 14.5 oz – $0.88

selected varieties

  • $1.00/8 Del Monte Canned Vegetables, Single Cans Only – 11-9-14 SS – (exp. 02/02/15)
  • $0.40/4 Del Monte Canned Vegetables, Single Cans Only – 11-9-14 SS – (exp. 02/02/15)
Final Price: $0.68
Buy 4; Use $0.40/2 coupons

Cookies, Snacks & Candy

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Chi-Chi’s Salsa, 16 oz – $1.50

selected varieties

Final Price: $0.75
Buy 2; Use $0.75/2 coupon
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Chi-Chi’s Tortillas, 12 – 17 oz – $1.50

selected varieties

Final Price: $0.75
Buy 2; Use $0.75/2 coupon
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Wise Potato Chips, 7.7 – 9 oz – $2.00 – B1G1 FREE (will ring up half price, reg. $3.99)

selected varieties

Final Price: $1.00

Grains, Pasta & Sides

Personal Care

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Gillette Satin Care Shave Gel – $1.79 – $1 OFF regular price (reg. price $2.79)

  • $1.00/1 Gillette or Satin Care Shave Prep; Excludes Trial and Travel Size, Limit of 4 Like Coupons Per Household Per Day – 12-14-14 RP – (exp. 01/31/15)
Final Price: $0.79
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Softsoap Liquid Handsoap, 7.5 oz – $1.00

  • $0.35/1 Softsoap Liquid Hand Soap Pump, 7.5 oz or Larger – 1-18-15 SS – (exp. 02/07/15)
Final Price: $0.30

Pharmacy

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Nature’s Bounty Vitamins, 30 – 320 ct – B1G1 FREE (will ring up half price, prices start at $6.48)

selected varieties

  • $1.00/1 Nature’s Bounty Vitamin or Supplement
  • $1.00/1 Nature’s Bounty Vitamin or Supplement; Excludes Adult Multi-Vitamin – 1-18-15 SS – (exp. 03/15/15)
  • $2.00/1 Nature’s Bounty Optimal Solutions Product – 1-18-15 SS – (exp. 03/15/15)
  • $2.50/1 Nature’s Bounty Probiotic – 1-18-15 SS – (exp. 03/15/15)
  • $1.00/1 Nature’s Bounty Vitamin or Supplement – 1-4-15 RP – (exp. 03/08/15)
  • $2.00/1 Nature’s Bounty Dual Spectrum Product – 1-4-15 RP – (exp. 03/08/15)
  • $2.00/1 Nature’s Bounty Optimal Solutions Hair, Skin & Nails Product – 1-4-15 RP – (exp. 03/08/15)
  • $2.00/1 Nature’s Bounty Optimal Solutions Product – 1-4-15 RP – (exp. 03/08/15)
  • $3.00/1 Nature’s Bounty Fish Oil or Co Q-10 – 1-4-15 RP – (exp. 03/08/15)
  • $3.00/1 Nature’s Bounty Probiotic – 1-4-15 RP – (exp. 03/08/15)
Final Price: $0.89
and up, prices vary. $0.89 price is for 100 ct Probiotic Acidophilus Capsules on sale for $3.89, after $3/1 coupon.

Refrigerated

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Dannon Creamery Dairy Dessert, 5.3 oz – $1.00

selected varieties

Final Price: $1.00
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Pillsbury Grands! or Simply Biscuits, 12 – 16.3 oz – $1.00

  • $0.30/2 Pillsbury Refrigerated Grands! Biscuits – 1-4-15 SS – (exp. 03/28/15)
  • $0.40/3 Pillsbury Grands! or Grands! Jr. Biscuits – 1-4-15 SS – (exp. 03/28/15)
  • $1.00/3 Pillsbury Refrigerated Grands! Biscuits – 1-4-15 SS – (exp. 03/28/15)
  • $0.30/2 Pillsbury Refrigerated Grands! Biscuits – 11-16 -14 SS – (exp. 02/07/15)
  • $0.50/1 Refrigerated Pillsbury Grands! Biscuits – 11-23-14 SS – (exp. 02/14/15)
  • $0.30/2 Pillsbury Refrigerated Grands! Biscuits – 11-23-14 SS – (exp. 02/14/15)
  • $0.40/3 Pillsbury Refrigerated Grands! or Grands! Jr. Biscuits 11-23-14 SS – (exp. 02/14/15)
  • $0.30/2 Pillsbury Refrigerated Grands! Biscuits -12-7-14 SS – (exp. 02/28/15)
Final Price: Free
as low as FREE with $0.50/1
 

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Publix Deals: Sale Week of January 21

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on January 21, 2015
Publix Before you shop, be sure to review the Publix Coupon Policy + FAQ. The sale items below are some of the better deals you will find at Publix this week. Please leave a comment in this post if you find any other deals that are noteworthy and not on the list.

View the full list of Publix sales and create a custom shopping list.

Here are a few of the best deals to pick up this week:

B1G1 Sale Priced Based On Purchasing A Single Item

$10/$50 Gas Card wyb $50 Grocery Purchase or more In-Ad Publix Coupon (January 22nd through January 25th only)

B1G1

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Cesar Canine Cuisine Dog Food or Home Delights, 3.5 oz – $0.37

  • $2.00/1 Cesar Canine Cuisine, Multipk or (12) Cuisine Trays – 1-4-15 RP – (exp. 02/28/15)
Final Price: $0.20
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Frank’s RedHot Sauce, 12 oz – $1.40

Final Price: $0.40
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French’s Classic Yellow Mustard, 14 oz – $1.04

Final Price: $0.04
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Mrs. Buttersworth Syrup, 24 oz – $1.75

Final Price: $1.00
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V8 Vegetable Juice, 46 oz – $1.49

  • $0.50/1 V8 100% Vegetable Juice, 46 oz or Larger or 6 pk 5.5 or 11.5 oz – 1-4-15 SS – (exp. 03/31/15)
  • $0.50/2 V8 100% Vegetable Juice, 46 oz bottle or Larger or 6 pk 5.5 or 11.5 oz cans – 1-4-15 SS – (exp. 03/31/15)
  • $1.00/2 V8 100% Vegetable Juice, 46 oz or Larger or 6 pk 5.5 or 11.5 oz – 1-4-15 SS – (exp. 03/31/15)
Final Price: $0.49

Dairy

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Blue Diamond Almonds Almond Milk, 96 oz – $3.50

  • $0.55/1 Blue Diamond Chilled or Shelf Stable Almond Breeze Almondmilk, 32 oz or Larger – 1-18-15 SS – (exp. 03/18/15)
  • $1.00/1 Blue Diamond Chilled or Shelf Stable Almond Breeze Almondmilk, 32 oz or Larger – 1-18-15 SS – (exp. 03/18/15)
  • $0.75/1 Blue Diamond Almonds Almond Breeze Almondmilk, 1/2 gal or 96 oz; Includes: Assorted varieties (Publix Coupon) – Publix “Resolve to Save” Booklet – (exp. 02/14/15)
Final Price: $1.75
Use $1/1 Coupon; Combine with $.75/1 Publix Coupon
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Pillsbury Crescent, Cinnmon or Grands Rolls, 4 – 12 oz – $1.00

Final Price: Free

Home Supplies

Free Rotisserie wyb 3 P&G Items

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Bounty Basic Paper Towels, 6 Rolls – $5.99

Out-of-Pocket Price: $4.49
Final Price: $4.24
Use $.25/1 Coupon;Combine with $1/1 Publix Coupon; Combine with $.25/1 Rebate
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Charmin Basic Bathroom Tissue, 12 pk – $5.99

Final Price: $4.44
Use $.55/1 Coupon;Combine with $1/1 Publix Coupon
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Tide Liquid Laundry Detergent, 46 – 50 oz – $4.99

Final Price: $2.99
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Sparkle Paper Towels, 2 Giant Rolls – $2.50

  • $0.45/1 Sparkle, 2 Giant Rolls or Larger Paper Towels Package -1-4-15 RP – (exp. 02/04/15)
  • $1.00/2 Sparkle, 2 Giant Rolls or Larger Paper Towels Package -1-4-15 RP – (exp. 02/04/15)
Final Price: $1.60

Personal Care

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Softsoap Liquid Handsoap, 7.5 oz – $1.00

  • $0.35/1 Softsoap Liquid Hand Soap Pump, 7.5 oz or Larger – 1-18-15 SS – (exp. 02/07/15)
Final Price: $0.30

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Monthly Budgeting Tips to Stay on Track!

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on January 19, 2015

Monthly Budgeting Tips and Tricks

Within the past few months, I’ve had a conversation with multiple people about budgeting. I don’t think I’m an expert by any means, but we’ve been through a big debt payoff, a job loss, and other financial circumstances, and have managed by having a monthly budget in place.

Budgeting Spreadsheet - Monthly Expenses

Download my free budgeting spreadsheet to kickstart the process.

Keep it Simple (KISS)

The advice I give to everyone starts with simplicity. Keep all your bills on a spreadsheet or in a notebook. List the name, due date and amount; you can add other information if you need it. Pay attention to the due dates so you never miss a payment and incur late fees.

I will be honest and say that I’ve paid more than my fair share of late fees. Not because we had insufficient funds, but because I was busy with so many other things. Consider adding items to a calendar so this doesn’t happen to you.

Create a Bill Paying Process

Pay all your monthly bills that have a fixed amount like your rent or mortgage first and then go in and pay your other monthly bills. Fixed bills are usually the most expensive and are always due on the same day every month. We have the fixed bills set to auto-pay which is super convenient if your online bill pay/bank offers this.

Pay your other monthly bills by the due date and in the order of importance. For instance, pay the electric bill before paying the cable bill. If something should go wrong, you at least have heat and lights. And if you’re in debt payoff mode, just cancel the cable all together. There are lots of ways  you can watch TV for free.

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Read this post, 6 Simple Ways to Save Money.

Arrange any Overdue Payments

If for some reason you cannot pay a bill when it is due, don’t throw it aside and pretend it’s not there. Call the company and make arrangements to get it paid as soon as you can. The last thing you need is to have a bill turned over to collections, especially if you can make payment arrangements.

Create a Filing System

File your receipts as you go. Make files for all your categories like medical, donations and the like. After you pay the bill, put the receipts into the appropriate file folder. This only takes a few minutes and saves quite a bit of time come tax time.

While you are paying bills, it is a good time to sort receipts for items you may have purchased that month. File receipts alphabetically so you have instant access to them incase you need to use a warranty or return an item to the store.

Setting up your filing system and your account log whether it is on your computer or hard copy, takes time so definitely download the budgeting spreadsheet above to help in that department. Start now to get those files ready so you can make paying your next round of bills a little easier.

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What budgeting tips do you have?

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