Learning Resources Baby Bear Balance Set for $10.99 (BEST price!)

by Kate from Frugal Living NW on December 20, 2014

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Amazon has the Learning Resources Baby Bear Balance Set for $10.99 right now. BEST price and such a great toy for kids.

  • Explore measurement
  • Buckets can also be used to measure liquids
  • Focus student attention on whiteboards, blackboards, pocket charts, big books and more
  • For children between 4 to 6 years

Shipping is FREE with Amazon Prime or a qualifying order of $35 on eligible items. Prices are subject to change at any time and without notice.

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Little Tikes Garden Table for $20.46 — BEST price!

by Kate from Frugal Living NW on December 20, 2014

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Amazon has the Little Tikes Garden Table for $20.46 right now. This is an awesome deal for a summer fun activity and the lowest it’s ever gone. This would also be a great indoor gift until the weather gets better.

  • Plant and water flowers Basin can hold water; drain plug included; Real working watering can
  • Table-top design encourages multiple child play
  • Lid fits over back posts covering half the basin for a table work surface
  • Includes 4 flower pots, 2 soil discs, 2 flowers, 1 tray, 1 sifter tray, 1 rake, 1 shovel, 1 watering can
  • Made in USA

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Rite Aid Deals for December 21 – 27

by Melody on December 20, 2014

Here are the best Rite Aid deals starting Sunday, December 21st, brought to you by Melody from This Beautiful Frugal Life. Be sure to check out Melody’s post “Our Family’s Favorite Board Games”.

Are you new to playing Rite Aid? Get all of your questions answered at the Rite Aid Store Guide. Find Rite Aid’s Video Values coupons here. Some prices may vary by region, especially on the BOGO deals or deals from the ad where prices aren’t listed. Find the full list of this week’s Rite Aid deals, including a printable list feature, here.

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Savings on Top of Savings Promotion: Sunday December 21st only, save an additional $5-$10 on holiday items.  Most of the holiday decor, cards and toys are all 50% off already!  Print or scan with your phone here.

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Benefiber (62 dose) or Stick Packs (28 ct) or Gas-X (48-50 ct) on sale $10.99
Buy 1, Get $2 +UP Reward – limit 2
Use $4/1 Benefiber coupon from 12/14 SS insert or $3/1 coupon or $1.50/1 Gas-X coupon from 12/7 SS insert
Use $3/1 Benefiber Rite Aid Video Values store coupon
Pay $3.99, Get $2 +UP
As low as $1.99 after coupons and reward

Nexium 24 Hour (42 ct) on sale $23.88
Buy 1, Get $5 +UP Reward – limit 2
Use $5/1 coupon from 11/2 RP or 12/14 RP insert
Pay $18.88, Get $5 +UP
$13.88 each after coupon and reward

Culturelle Probiotic or Digestive Aid on sale $21.99
Buy 2, Get $3 +UP Reward – limit 3

Metamucil Powder (180 dose) or MetaBiotic Capsules (45 ct) on sale $24.99
Buy 1, Get $3 +UP Reward – limit 2
Use $1/1 coupon
Pay $23.99, Get $3 +UP
$20.99 each after coupon and reward

MiraLAX (30 or 45 dose)
Buy 1, Get $4 +UP Reward – limit 2
Use $3/1 coupon from 12/7 SS insert
Final price will vary

Schiff MegaRed, Move Free or Glucosamine or Digestive Advantage on sale BOGO
Buy 1, Get $5 +UP Reward – limit 2
Use $2/1 Digestive Advantage Rite Aid Video Values store coupon
Final price will vary

Advil Tablets or Caplets (200-300 ct) or Liqui-Gels (160-200 ct) or Advil PM (120 ct)
Buy 1, Get $4 +UP Reward – limit 2
Use $2/1 coupon from 12/7 RP insert or $1/1 coupon
Final price will vary

First Response Pregnancy Test (2 ct) on sale $11.99
Buy 1, Get $4 +UP Reward – limit 2
Pay $11.99, Get $4 +UP
$7.99 each after reward

Colgate Enamel Health or Optic White Toothpaste or Manual Toothbrush on sale $3.49
Buy 1, Get $1 +UP Reward – limit 2
Pay $3.49, Get $1 +UP
$2.49 each after reward

Crest 3D White Brilliance Toothpaste, Oral-B Pulsar Toothbrush or 3D White Rinse (946 mL) on sale $5.99
Buy 1, Get $1 +UP Reward – limit 2
Use $1/1 Crest Rinse coupon or $2/2 coupon or $.50/1 Crest Toothpaste coupon from 11/23 RP or 11/30 PG insert or $1/1 Crest Rinse coupon from 11/30 PG insert
Pay $4.99, Get $1 +UP
As low as $3.99 each after coupon and reward

Schick Intuition, Quattro for Men or Women Razor Kit or Cartridge Refill (4 ct) on sale $8.99
Buy 1, Get $4 +UP Reward – limit 2
Use $2/1 Quattro coupon from 12/7 SS insert
Pay $6.99, Get $4 +UP
$2.99 each after coupon and reward

Axe Antiperspirant or Body Spray, Shower Gel, Shampoo or Face Care on sale 2/$9
Buy 2, Get $3 +UP Reward – limit 4
Buy 2
Use $1/1 Rite Aid Video Values store coupon
Pay $8, Get $3 +UP
$2.50 each after coupon and reward

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How to Make Crockpot Pinto Beans

by Emily from Frugal Living NW on December 20, 2014

How to make pinto beans in the Crockpot or slow cooker

Find more from our All About Beans series here.

I couldn’t forget the humble pinto bean, though. Like many of you observed in the first post, cooking dried, soaked beans in a crockpot works really well because of the long, slow simmer. I usually use a stovetop burner for every bean except pinto. It’s just a weird personal preference. There’s something about a pot of beans simmering on the stove that makes me feel incredibly domestic, in a south-of-the-border kind of way.

When I’m cooking dried pinto beans, though, I always use my crockpot because 1) I don’t have to keep an eye on them and 2) I like to cook them down until they are super soft before mashing them into the consistency of refried beans.

Why don’t you just buy cans of refried beans, you ask? The first reason, of course, is price. I can buy a pound of dried pinto beans for less than a buck (I paid .67/pound for these). That will give me approximately 6 cups of refried beans. If you really like pinto beans, Costco sells 25-pound bags for just over $12. You’d have a hard time finding a high protein, low-fat main dish that is cheaper than that.

The second, and more important, reason is quality. Two years ago, I bought a can of refried beans at a local grocery store. Inside, I found little black rubbery pieces mixed in with the beans. Pieces off a conveyor belt? The bottom of someone’s shoe? Who knows. I wrote the company, complained, received an apology & a coupon, and tried buying the same brand again at a different store. Same. Thing. Happened. Little black rubbery pieces!

That was all the convincing I needed to start making my own, and I have never looked back. You won’t either once you realize how easy and economical they are to make at home. Not to mention, they actually taste like pinto beans. What a novel concept.

The soaking and cooking steps are essentially the same as we have already covered. I include some basic ingredients to bump up the flavor, but you can keep this as simple as you want. Growing up, my mom always served this dish over Fritos or tucked into tortillas and topped it with shredded cheese, chopped tomatoes, lettuce, and avocado, salsa and/or sour cream. We called it Chalupas; it is probably to real Mexican food what the Olive Garden is to authentic Italian, but boy, is it good.

Crockpot Pinto Beans

Ingredient

1 lb. pinto beans
2 lb. pork or beef roast (optional)*
water
3-6 cloves garlic
1 T. chili powder
1 t. oregano
1 T. cumin
salt to taste

  1. Pour the beans onto a rimmed baking sheet. Sort out any debris or wrinkled, cracked beans. Don’t skip this step. Last time, I found four small stones. You don’t want a cheap dinner to turn into an expensive dentist visit.
  2. Dump the beans into a large bowl (use your crockpot bowl for fewer dishes to wash) and cover with cold water. Let it sit overnight, 6-8 hours.
  3. Pour off the water and rinse the beans before putting them back in the crockpot bowl. Cover with 1-2 inches of water.
  4. Add any additional ingredients your family enjoys. You could also add onions or peppers for more kick. * If you want a heartier main dish, add a roast to the crockpot. It is a very tender, flavorful addition that shreds when you mash the beans.
  5. Cook for 8-10 hours on low.
  6. If you like your pinto beans whole, you’re done! If you want to mash them into the consistency of refried beans, scoop out some of the cooking liquid and mash the beans with a potato masher. Add back enough liquid to reach the desired consistency. If you like a smoother consistency, scoop the beans into a food processor and blend until smooth. Pour in some of the cooking water to achieve the consistency you like. Add salt, if needed.
  7. Tuck into tortillas or serve over chips topped with shredded cheese, diced avocado, tomatoes, lettuce, and/or salsa. These beans will keep in the refrigerator for several days or the freezer for several months.

Looking for a new slow cooker? Amazon carries this portable Hamilton Beach Stay or Go 6-Quart Slow Cooker with a lid that seals to prevent spills. It has a mid-range price tag and many great reviews.

Simple Roast Chicken recipe: This will become your go-to chicken recipe! All you need is a whole chicken, salt, pepper & an oven! How to make homemade chicken stock (broth) -- so simple! Great way to lower your grocery budget.

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Top 10 Online Deals for 12/20

by Kate from Frugal Living NW on December 20, 2014

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Amazon has the Soundmatters foxL DASH A Wireless Bluetooth Soundbar for $64.99 right now. This is an awesome price and available today only.

  • Ultra flat slim design, ideal for home, office, or travel use
  • Wireless Bluetooth connection for maximum convenience
  • Brings your music, movies, and games to life with full and rich sound
  • Lies flat in front of your Amazon Device without obstructing the view

Shipping is FREE with Amazon Prime or a qualifying order of $35 on eligible items. Prices are subject to change at any time and without notice.

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Amazon Holiday Shipping Deadlines

by Kate from Frugal Living NW on December 20, 2014

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Here are the Amazon Christmas 2014 shipping deadlines. Amazon offers free 1-day shipping on select products, even for non-Prime members. Plus, Amazon gift cards will ship in one day too!

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Shipping is FREE with Amazon Prime or a qualifying order of $35 on eligible items. Prices are subject to change at any time and without notice.

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