Fashion Friday: The cocktail dress

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I love a good deal and I love fashion. I do not love spending a lot of money to look great. I have to admit I am a name brand junkie and with paid off credit cards I intend to stay fashionable on a frugal budget. I often wonder what kind of dress should I wear to a cocktail party. I want to stand out in a good way. I love colors. I decided this was the perfect dress for three reasons. 1) The color. It is in the jewel family and I will not drowned in a sea of black dresses 2) The details are … [Read more...]

Real Deals: Winn Dixie Shopping Trip

Winn Dixie shopping trip. Oop $7.00 - Thanks Mary Check out our Winn Dixie deals for the week! You too can make your own awesome shopping deals. Check out my Store Deals page, use my Coupon Database and make sure to keep checking for Hot Coupons. If you have an amazing shopping trip that you want to share with us send it to [email protected] and we will post it, let’s help one another learn how to save. … [Read more...]

Chicago Travel: Madame Deals Style

Okay, So it is girl's weekend Happy Birthday Alpha Xi Delta! We decided every year that my sisters and myself would meet up for a weekend of fun. I save all year. I turned in my get out of jail card and flew to Chicago. I hope to share my tips and trips for how to have a five star trip on a 2 star budget. I am writing this watching a plasma TV from my lovely hotel room located downtown. I will tell you how I scored a 5 star hotel for $100.00 a night. Tip 1: Pick a date as far advance as … [Read more...]

Working Mom: What’s for Dinner.. coupons?

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I am a working mom who has a husband that often travels for a living. We have a deal that when he is on travel I can order in. Whoa you say. How is that in the budget? Well, it used to not be and that was before coupons. You maybe thinking I am talking about coupons for the grocery store but I'm not. I am talking about coupons for meals out. My husband gets a per diem when he travels. We have a deal that he will buy his food for very reasonable prices and the money leftover can be used  for me … [Read more...]

Cooking with Connie: Slowcooker Pork Roast Recipe

Slowcooker Pork Roast Recipe Thanks to Connie for this recipe. Check out Cook with Connie for more fantastic recipes! Want an easy pork roast recipe?  All you need is your slow cooker and 4 ingredients! Simply sprinkle your 3- to 4-pound pork loin roast with salt and pepper.  Sear the roast on all sides over medium-high heat.  Slice an orange and arrange half of the slices in the bottom of the slow cooker.  Place seared roast on top of the orange slices.  Then, top the roast with … [Read more...]

Cooking with Connie: Taco Soup Recipe

Taco Soup Recipe Thanks to Connie for this recipe. Check out Cook with Connie for more fantastic recipes! Taco Soup There are so many variations for Taco Soup.  My dear friend, Laura, introduced this recipe to me years ago as a quick convenience meal, made by opening seven cans, one envelope and combining the ingredients with browned ground beef.  Very, very easy……but full of sodium and MSG.  So, I tinkered with the recipe until I made it as cost-effective and healthy as possible.  … [Read more...]

Cooking with Connie: Sausage & Potato Slow Cooker Supper Recipe

Thanks to Connie for this recipe. Check out Cook with Connie for more fantastic recipes! The busier life gets, the more I use my slow cooker.  I like meals that taste baked, but are actually made in the slow cooker which is a very easy method of cooking.  This casserole bakes slowly with very little moisture.  I was skeptical, at first, because this recipe didn’t call for any liquid in the slow cooker.  But, I gave it a try, and I’m so glad I did.  The edges browned beautifully giving the … [Read more...]

Cooking with Connie: Ribollita Recipe

Ribollita Recipe Thanks to Connie for this recipe. Check out Cook with Connie for more fantastic recipes!   Ribollita is a hearty dish from Tuscany.   Classically, seasonal vegetables are used in this rustic dish.  It is a flavorful meal that is inexpensive to make since the ingredients are in season or available year-round.  But, substitutions are what make this dish your own unique creation.  If you don’t like kale, use Swiss chard, your favorite winter greens, or even … [Read more...]