Sunday, September 14, 2014

Cultural Food Differences

I'm normally culturally diverse when it comes to trying new foods. There are some items that other cultures enjoy that I just cannot bring myself to try. Some cultures dine on domestic animals (cat, dog, horse, etc.), insects (grasshoppers, ants, worms, scorpions, etc.), and various other foods. There is a scientific claim that many of the insects are highly healthy for you. On the subject of scientific claims of insects... Did you know that scientists also claim that we eat insects while sleeping? Well, this is something I've heard, anyway.

How about this well known fact. Did you know that the FDA (U.S. Food and drug administration) allows certain levels of insect parts, larvae, rodent hairs, etc. in our food? The company doesn't even have to add a label with this information. (Hungry yet?). Don't worry, unsafe "levels" are not permitted....or so they say.

I found an interesting article for you. There are thousands of articles on the same thing. Just type in "Insect parts and FDA" within your Google search.

Huffington Post Article

On a side note. Have you realized that countries whom consumes insects have lower weight issues than in the United States? Many of them are also much healthier and live longer. Could we take a cue from other cultures? Certainly, but how willing are you to start consuming these delicacies?

Chocolate covered ants don't sound too bad! Or how about that worm in the bottom of your tequila bottle? Many specialty shops, and candy shops offer an array of products with insects. Maybe I will give something a try...Baby steps...

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Friday, September 5, 2014

My Kroger Shopping Trip 9/5

(This photograph is only a partial part of my shopping trip)

I am a frugal shopper. Anytime there are coupons available for what I need, I'm going to search for a match-up. Deals may not be as good as they use to be, but you can still find some.

I even receive discount codes via texts for various companies: Rack Room Shoes, Sonic Drive-In, Goody's, Payless Shoes, Kangaroo gas stations...Some of the discounts sent via text are amazing! For Example: Goody's often sends out discount codes for 40% off one item. You can use these codes on clearance items unless specified otherwise.

You may not be able to save much on meat and produce, but you can generally stock up on the extra's. For meat and produce, check around for the best deals.

Anyway, here are the deals I received today! After paper coupons, digital coupons, mega sale, store sale, markdowns, Savingstar rebate, and a $10 rebate from a Loves purchase (Visa gift card), all of this came out to around $32.30 out of pocket. This is a substantial savings!

Some may ask why so many of one item. My question would be, why pay full price later for something you will need or want anyway? I only paid .99 per pack of Kotex Overnights. If your household uses 2-3 packs a month, wouldn't it make sense to save up to $4 per pack? (Prices may vary by location). Or if your household consumes snacks daily, wouldn't it be wise to stock up while there is a great sale? There is absolutely nothing wrong with stocking up. Don't let anyone tell you differently. There is a HUGE difference between a stockpile vs. hoarding.

Everything from this list came from Kroger.

8 Packs Kotex Overnight Maxi Pads
10 Weight Watchers Smart Ones meals
2 Jimmy Dean Grilled steak & Potatoes Lunch Entree's
5 Packs Angel soft 72 Count facial tissue
1 Box Honey nut cheerios (Hubby told me to stop stocking up on cereal, lol. I brought home another box anyway! Hey, for .50 cents? I'd be crazy not to! It will be eaten before expiration.)
1 Large container Minute Maid Orange Juice
2 Zone bars
1 pint Raspberries
1 6 count bag Pirate's Booty Snacks
1 Box Quaker granola bars
2 12 count boxes individually wrapped fig newton bars
1 5 count box kraft mac & cheese
1 10 count box Capri Suns
1 24 count box popcicles
1 Suave Lotion severe dry skin lotion
.....some chocolate to hide (Ssshhhh!)

My advice is to definitely spend a little time researching coupon match-ups. Utilize your rebates/refunds in useful ways, and look into rewards programs. As I mentioned in a previous blog post, I visit a coupon forum often. has been my "go to" coupon community since 2011.

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Box Tops For Education - BTFE

Did you know that most schools collect these miniature coupons? They are found on hundreds of products. Here is a list of participating products. Enjoy money saving coupons? You can find printable coupons available on BTFE as well.

Each box top is worth .10 cents each. They really add up! I probably have well over a hundred in a bag already. The educational institution can receive a check when they redeem these box tops. The money is used to purchase school supplies, equipment, books, musical instruments, anything the school is in need of.

I've heard several people say that "Well, I don't save them. We don't have school aged children." I'm sure that a local school would greatly appreciate your box top donations! It's definitely a great program, and helps in so many ways.

You can visit Box Tops For Education for additional information about this program. Please support your local schools!

*Not a sponsored post.

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Kellogg's Family Rewards (Bonus Codes)

I'm not sure how many of these codes are still active, but I'd like to share them for others to try. It doesn't hurt to enter them and see if you will earn extra points! Don't forget, enter 4 product codes by tomorrow for an extra 400 points!
Kellogg's Family Rewards- Enter codes from participating products. Follow them on twitter and Facebook for surprise bonus codes. Points can be redeemed for coupons, gift cards, and available merchandise. I have redeemed mine for Starbucks gift cards.
 Code compilation has been borrowed from various individuals, and Kellogg's. No codes are my own. However, words explaining the usage the program are my own. This is not a sponsored post.

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Me Again! (College Journey)

Hello everyone!

I'm about to share about my college journey....yet, again. You can expect more posts about this journey as time goes on. I've been overwhelmed, but sharing about my journey on bubblews and blog has been helpful. I've posted more about my journey on my new bubblews account than here. I'll try to share more on my blog for those interested in following.

I just completed my discussion post for English. Now, I just need to follow-up with three additional posts of fellow students. However, only two students have posted. I didn't connect with those posts and decided to wait and see if more are posted tomorrow. I will also work on my History and Biology Lab assignments tomorrow. I'm finished for the most part with my other assignments. I tried to read in my History textbook tonight before church, but there were too many distractions.

Venturing into my Sociology discussion, I needed to respond to a couple posts in there. I found a post in particular that caught my eye. This student has an articulate way about her! Her writing was absolutely beautiful and elegant. If you didn't know any better, you'd think she was an author of some sort. She definitely possesses a talent for writing. I can see this student excelling well in her courses. She is also a student with teenagers at home.

It almost intimidates me to witness such a talented art with words. Some people are gifted, and this student definitely has a gift. I wish her nothing, but the best on her journey.

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