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Tips for Getting MORE and a Tony’s Pizza Giveaway!

by Alicia on March 8, 2011 in Brand Ambassador, Contests, Food and Drink, Tony's Pizza

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Tony's PizzaI am  working on learning how to manage my household while stretching dollars and here are a few ways I’m doing that, that you can do too!

Get  MORE out of Food:

Every woman I know is trying to get more out of dinner these days, whether it’s more groceries for the dollar or more food in those groceries, or more meals out of that food.  It’s tough when we’re so tight on time–and money.  But if you can take a few minutes to plan out a solid menu you’ll actually save yourself time in the end.

Think about it.  How many times have you gone in the grocery store for a bag of shredded cheese and walked out with everything but that one ingredient you needed most?  Or, maybe you remembered the cheese but ended up with $100 worth of junk food that you really didn’t need because you were mindlessly throwing things in the cart without trying to put together a meal.  It happens to me all the time.

But it doesn’t have to happen if I simply make out a list and stick to it.  Seriously.  That’s not so complicated, is it?  You can even get the kids involved.  Make it a Sunday evening ritual if it helps.  Write down the meals you want for the week, what it takes to make them, and then stick to that list when you’re in the store shopping.  Having a list also could help you look for coupons you can use instead of aimlessly clipping and buying items simply because they’re on sale.

You can even come up with a couple meals made from the leftovers–possibly lunches the next day.  There are grocery shopping list templates all over the web if that makes it easier for you.  No matter how you choose to go about it, I highly suggest you get that list going soon.  It could make all the difference.

Get MORE around the House:

I am always thinking of ways to reuse things we might normally discard.  I really don’t need to hold on to the container the strawberries come in or the little plastic paper clip containers, but I do. I do a pretty good job at finding some way to reuse containers.  For example, Strawberry containers make really good marker and crayon holders and paper clip containers make good boxes for nails and other small items.  How do you reuse every day household items?

Get  MORE from your money:

Saving money can be hard.. but even doing small things like shutting doors quickly when it’s cold outside and not letting the water run, can save a considerable amount of money on your water, electric, and gas bills.  Also, consider turning the TV off a couple of days a week. Make two days a week “No TV Day”.  You’ll be amazed at the things your kid’s find to do.  Maybe they’ll play outside, make up a few games, or clean their rooms! That last one was a joke. ;)  Turning off the TV just two days a week will save money on your electric bill.  You’ll see a difference.

Do you need  MORE out of every day life?

One lucky winner will receive a $500 Visa gift every day – to put towards anything they want – you could put this towards your grocery bill every week for a month!  This giveaway is not hosted by TheMommyInsider.com.
Visit Tony’s Pizza 99 Days of More website to enter for a chance to win every day!

GIVEAWAY – Win a full value Tony’s Pizza Coupon!

Tell us what your most savvy household tips are in the comments below and we will choose the two most creative comments to receive a full value coupon for any Tony’s Pizza product.  Yum!  Give yourself a break and let Tony’s Pizza foot the bill for a night.

Entries accepted through March 16th.  Open to U.S. residents, 18+.

Extra entries:

Disclosure:  This giveaway is being provided by Tony’s Pizza as part of my participation in their 99 Days of More Program.  I am a Tony’s Pizza Brand Ambassador through a compensated Mom Bloggers Club member program.

Alicia Hagan, Mom Blog editor
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amanda h March 17, 2011 at 9:35 am
Gianna March 16, 2011 at 11:49 pm

When I make chicken stock out of leftover parts I freeze them in those hillshire farm lunchmeat containers and freeze them. They are perfect portions for adding to soups, gravies, etc.

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cass March 16, 2011 at 9:45 pm

tip- when wanting to core your lettuce with no muss and in 1 second just slam it hard with the core side hitting into the counter and instantly your lettuce is de-cored! Works every time!

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Donna Hunt March 16, 2011 at 8:53 pm

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Donna Hunt March 16, 2011 at 8:52 pm

I follow @mommyinsider on Twitter @AmberRose1995.

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Donna Hunt March 16, 2011 at 8:50 pm

If you need to clean the dried, baked-on food out of your microwave, fill a microwave-safe mug or cup with water and heat for at least two minutes. The steam will loosen the food and you will not need to use chemical sprays to clean it.
Thank you for the giveaway!

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susan smoaks March 16, 2011 at 7:53 pm

pour vinegar on the garbage when you put it out by the road, it will keep the animals from getting into it and making a huge mess

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Diane Baum March 16, 2011 at 7:50 pm

I do laundry every morning , so I can have my weekends free.
I cook most of my week night dinners on Sunday , so i only have to reheat them after work.

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amanda h March 16, 2011 at 7:28 pm
Ed Nemmers March 16, 2011 at 5:53 pm

We make our own snack bags of carob and walnuts!

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Happi Shopr March 16, 2011 at 2:56 pm

I make my own spray starch: 1 heaping tablespoon corn starch and 2 cups water. I use the blender to make sure there are no lumps and then pour into a spray bottle. Make sure you use one with a mist option. Shake between sprays. Keep in the fridge for up to one week.

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Claire March 16, 2011 at 1:30 pm

I freeze yogurt in their containers and then place popsicles sticks in them. Once frozen, remove the container and boom! You have a perfectly healthy, creamy popsicle :D

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tina reynolds March 16, 2011 at 1:18 pm

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tina reynolds March 16, 2011 at 1:17 pm

i follow on twitter @mrstinareynolds

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tina reynolds March 16, 2011 at 1:16 pm

When I bring hamburger home I always brown it thanks for the chance to win eaglesforjack@gmail.com

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Kat Emerick March 16, 2011 at 11:26 am

Whenever I have leftover pork chops, I cut the up in bite size pieces and add then to my Marinara sauce for pasta.

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Nancy March 16, 2011 at 10:43 am

When ground beef is on sale, buy the largest package(s) you can find. Immediately when you get home, prep the meat for many different meat entrees.

Take half of the meat and make your standard meatloaf mix with bread or cracker crumbs, eggs, chopped onion, bell pepper, and celery, dried onion soup mix and other seasonings or ingredients as desired. From the meat loaf mixture, make 1/3 of the meat into a large meatloaf, another 1/3 into mini-meatloaves, and the last 1/3 into meatballs. Place meat items into different freezer bags, label and date bags, and place them into freezer.

Take the other half of the plain ground beef and saute it with chopped onion, chopped, bell pepper, and chopped celery. When meat is finished cooking, drain and discard grease from the meat. Divide meat into 4 dated and labeled freezer bags for: tacos, stroganoff, spaghetti sauce, and sloppy joes. When you are ready to cook those entrees just add the meat mixture to the appropriate sauces or seasonings and your entree is almost done.

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amie d March 16, 2011 at 2:56 am

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amie d March 16, 2011 at 2:55 am

Follow @mommyinsider on Twitter @amied027

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amie d March 16, 2011 at 2:55 am

A good way to make sure you have extra money for unexpected expenses is to always round your checkbook up to the next dollar on purchases. Like if you spend $3.45 and round it up to $4.00 eventually you will have a nice cushion in your account! Thanks!

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Alicia March 16, 2011 at 10:17 am

Great idea, thank you Amie!

Alicia

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Carolyn C March 16, 2011 at 1:20 am

sometimes we save the remains of oranges and lemons from squeezing fresh lemonade or orange juice.. then we boil them for 20 minutes with cinnamon sticks as a natural air freshener.

crc123(at)live(dot)com

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Alicia March 16, 2011 at 10:18 am

Oh yum! Great idea! I always have a pot of water with ground cinnamon and orange peels on during the holiday season.

Alicia

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ria March 15, 2011 at 11:18 pm

fb- ria clarke

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ria March 15, 2011 at 11:18 pm

twitter @rsmc1

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ria March 15, 2011 at 11:17 pm

Be like me- get yourself a savvy househusband!
rmartinclarke @ gmail.com

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Alicia March 16, 2011 at 10:12 am

I love it! Fabulous idea!

Alicia

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Elisabeth March 15, 2011 at 10:41 pm

I like you on FB(Elisabeth Good)

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Elisabeth March 15, 2011 at 10:40 pm

I clean for 15 minutes everyday, Monday-Friday. I chose a different room and only focus on a particular task. If I don’t have a schedule, I might clean too much! ;)

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kittycardero March 15, 2011 at 8:30 pm

Air conditioning the entire house used to cost us tons of money every summer. 2 years ago I was at a yard sale and bought a small window AC (perfect condition and it was only $1!). We put that in the window of the den and don’t run the central air anymore. We only really need AC in the den because we can eat, play, use the computer and watch tv in there. We can even sleep in there if we feel like it. Doing this has saved us over $100/month off our electric bill and I think other families could do it too. Best $1 I ever spent.

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Bryanna P. March 15, 2011 at 7:20 pm

Awesome blog and thanks for the giveaway! Would love, love, LOVE to win this!
=]

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amanda h March 15, 2011 at 3:13 pm
amanda h March 15, 2011 at 3:13 pm

following you on twitter @IHeartCupcakes5

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amanda h March 15, 2011 at 3:12 pm

i buy most of my cleaning products and trash bags at the dollar store… they have name brand items and good quality items for so cheap!

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Alicia March 16, 2011 at 10:15 am

Really? I might need to check out the dollar store soon! Thanks for the comment Amanda.

Alicia

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Joseph March 15, 2011 at 2:54 am

Place dryer sheets in your shoes after a few uses before you throw them out, this will help with the smell and less static cling in with your socks.

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Alicia March 16, 2011 at 10:15 am

Great idea!

Alicia

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nikki owens March 15, 2011 at 12:42 am

I liked on facebook

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Erica C. March 14, 2011 at 11:23 pm

I get a fresh scent in the house by putting a dryer sheet over the vents sometimes. It gets a nice scent in the air of the whole house.

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Alicia March 16, 2011 at 10:15 am

I love this idea. Dryer sheets can apparently be very useful.. beyond just the dryer!

Alicia

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christyne March 14, 2011 at 4:17 am

I have my daughter bag school snacks Sun night while I bath the baby saves money and time

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Alicia March 16, 2011 at 10:18 am

Great idea. I wish I was that organized and efficient! Thank you for the comment Christyne.

Alicia

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amber gi March 14, 2011 at 3:38 am

fb as amber gi:)
tattgiff at centurytel.net

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amber gi March 14, 2011 at 3:37 am

twitter follower
as tattgiff
tattgiff at centurytel.net

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amber gi March 14, 2011 at 3:36 am

i use rags on my swiffer, toss em in the laundry when i’m done. i get rag bags at goodwill, (like$2 for 15 rags)use a sharpie to make a mark, so those rags are only floor rags. i am saving space in the landfills and keeping more chemicals out of my house b/c i use a lemon and vinegar solution on my floors, cleans great and leaves a good smell. the vinegar smell fades right way, the lemon smells good all day. i use good old murphy’s wood oil soap on the hardwoods.
tattgiff at centurytel.net

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Alicia March 16, 2011 at 10:16 am

Great tips! Thank you Amber.

Alicia

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Trisha March 14, 2011 at 2:03 am
Trisha March 14, 2011 at 2:03 am

I am now following your twitter! lovelyloo

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Trisha March 14, 2011 at 2:02 am

I keep a large bin in my bedroom for garage sale we have once a year. I add stuff to it constantly. That way the house doesn’t become cluttered & my child doesn’t have clothes in her room that are too small.

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Alicia March 16, 2011 at 10:19 am

Fabulous Trisha! I need to go buy some large bins and start filling them. :)

Alicia

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Lisa M. March 13, 2011 at 4:23 pm

Make your own laundry detergent! We found an easy recipe, and we now wash our clothes for just pennies a load. Much more thrifty than paying for name brand liquid or powdered detergent (or even store brand).

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SaraLee E March 13, 2011 at 5:41 am
SaraLee E March 13, 2011 at 5:38 am

I like u on FB

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SaraLee E March 13, 2011 at 5:37 am

I Follow @mommyinsider on Twitter @s8r8l33

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SaraLee E March 13, 2011 at 5:35 am

I have a chore sheet that everyone in the house gets a chore a day to do. I feel if everyone helps out than the house stays clean.

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Alicia March 16, 2011 at 10:20 am

Great idea SaraLee. I’ve tried chore charts before but we never stick to them. Now that my kids are a little older, 11 and 4, maybe I should try again?

Alicia

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Joyce March 12, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Save to make soup those odds and ends of vegetables, meats that are too small for another serving rather than throwing them out. Just put them in a resealable plastic bag in your freezer, adding to it as you have opportunity to, until you have enough to make soup with! Very healthy and frugal! jgs0925(at)gmail(dot)com

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Denise B. March 11, 2011 at 4:36 pm

It can be so exhausting to do all the housecleaning in one day. So, what I do is one small area a day and clean something up right away that I see dirty, dusty, etc. By keeping on top of everything at all times, I don’t feel like I’m really cleaning.

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Alicia March 16, 2011 at 10:21 am

That’s a great idea Denise. Thank you for your comment.

Alicia

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Barbara McCallum March 10, 2011 at 3:21 pm

use vinegar for cleaning….non-abrasive and relatively inexpensive

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susan varney March 10, 2011 at 12:05 pm

if your wash sponge smells off zap it in the microwave – it’ll kill bacteria and prolong the life of your dish sponge
mverno@roadrunner.com

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Alicia March 16, 2011 at 10:22 am

Great tip! Thank you Susan.

Alicia

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debbie March 10, 2011 at 10:12 am

If I am grilling or roasting chicken, I will cook extra. I let it cool, shred or dice it and freeze it. On nights I am busy, I can pull it out, and make a quick stir fry with it.
twoofakind12@yahoo.com

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Alicia March 16, 2011 at 10:23 am

Great idea, thanks Debbie.

Alicia

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sandy March 10, 2011 at 4:21 am

put garbage by the door- when mail comes toss junk immediately

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