Money Saving Apps on Holidays

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

It's that time of year again, where stores lures you with deals that you can't resist. A time where Santa a.k.a. parents are on the hunt for those items from their kids' wish lists and a time to cross off some items off your personal list as well. For me personally, I don't want savings to end with just a store sale, I use coupons and cashback rewards apps as well if I can. It's like you're getting paid for shopping! If you're planning for some holiday shopping, download these free apps and save some more.

Big Lots ad via Retale app


1.    Retale  

       You don't want to go to the store without an idea what's on sale or what the store deals are for the week. Or else you'd end up a cart full of items you don't actually need, impulse buying is a no no. With this app, you can browse store's weekly ads and catalogs, and clip coupons you want to use! All you need to do is enter your location (zip code), and it automatically pulls up ads from retailers nearby. Say goodbye to paper flyers! 

App features:
  • View weekly ads and catalogs from nearby or any location. Some products are clickable, thus you can find more information about the item, and reviews if any.
  • Save your favorite ads by clicking star, to view later or easy access.
  • Clip coupons readily available to use on stores or online.
  • Shopping list - you can search for specific deals, just type in for example "T.V" and it pulls up ad that has deals on TVs. Love this feature!
So I discovered this app thru Twitter (awesome things you stumble on Twitter), checked it out, flipped through ads and found a deal with Turkey for Thanksgiving for $0.39/lb. on Food Lion. So I made a planned grocery trip and saved a lot. Christmas stuff? I've been browsing through the Big Lots ad, oh boy you can't have enough Christmas decorations. I want them all!
Turkey for $0.39/lb at Food Lion
Get to know more about Retale App.


2.    Amazon

       Aside from the convenience of shopping on your mobile, this app can you save a lot of money if you're in a store that allows Price Matching. Scan a product's barcode and it will check how much it cost in Amazon. If the price is cheaper you can price-match at the cashier by showing the app showing the actual price of an item. But take note that stores like Walmart, Target, and Best Buy has different price matching policy, better check them out first. I have tried Target numerous times with their more accommodating and friendly staff (wink). Please be aware that some of these stores don't honor price-matching on Black Friday though.

3.    Ebates

       If you'll be shopping online, might as well get cashback with your purchases. Sign up for an account, you may use my Affiliate link: here and get a free $10 gift card or a cash bonus on your account. With over 2,000 stores they are partnered with, find your favorite store by typing the name of the store in their Ebates search box, and see how much cash back they are offering. For this Thanksgiving week, Kohl's is offering 8% cashback (that is huge!). Ebates send out their cash back payments via check or PayPal account every three months, with a minimum cash balance of $5.01.

4.    Cartwheel by Target

       Stack the savings at Target! You can use this app on top of a Target store coupon and a manufacturer's coupon. The app has a lot of offers (coupon % off item) you can choose from, from apparel to pet food to even Target Cafe items. All you have to do is add the offers you need, or if you don't want to go through the whole list, the app has barcode scanner which you can use to scan the product before you put them in your shopping cart and see there is offer for it. If not, it would suggest a related item that has deals. Upon checking out, once the cashier is done scanning all your items, show your Cartwheel barcode so cashier can scan it and additional savings will be applied.

      In addition to Cartwheel offers, Target has added "Perks" on Cartwheel. You earn 10 points for every dollar you spend, even on items with no Cartwheel savings. Just scan your Cartwheel barcode upon checkout. As for my first reward, I chose a free Starbucks drink. Savings adds up since you shop for weekly groceries anyway.

Have a great time shopping! Let me know how much you saved. 


Disclosure: This post contains an affiliate link. This is not a paid post. All opinions are my own and are based on my own experience.

Sunday Currently | 02

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Hey y'all! Survived the first month of daughter's preschool--getting up early, 30 mins drive to her school and back *pats myself in the back*. Now an extra time to share my Sunday Currently, because it's my favorite random thing to post. Here goes:

C U R R E N T L Y

Reading
My Facebook feed. I honestly don't like Facebook anymore, I only keep my account to keep in touch with my family overseas and close friends. Too much drama, senseless posts about murders and tragedy of people and dogs (come on!), FB friends brags about this and that and some people who seriously has every little thing to complain about. Though I like watching videos about the current Philippine politics and the race between Trump and Hillary. Twitter is still my favorite of all.

Listening
Daughter watching a 'Wild Kratts' episode on her tablet and the sound of fish tank filtering water.

Writing
This post. And a long list of to-dos today. No day off for this momma, lists piles up if I take a break.

Smelling
The butter syrup I made for french toasts I made for the very first time. Yup fail. But the butter syrup rocks! inspired from the Baker's Kitchen where me and my friend went for a breakfast. That syrup is to die for.

Baker's Kitchen, Hungry Farmer's wife meal
Wearing
A favorite big shirt my husband sent me when he was in Iraq and blue athletic shorts. This is just too comfy for a Sunday.

Thinking
about the birthday party my daughter and I went to yesterday. Her first party outside our friends circle, her classmate invited her. It was held on a pottery studio. The kids had fun and surprisingly all well behave. And so thankful that the parents accommodate Emily's dietary needs--her peanut allergy. 

Loving
October and the weather! Fall is my favorite season. Leaves are starting to change colors and starting to fall. Can't help but take shoe selfies over fallen leaves. Yeah it's a must.

Wanting
to catch up with laundry and folding clothes. I have a mountain of clothes to FOLD. I never liked this chores since I was a kid. The only time I got obsessed with it was when my daughter was a newborn, her clothes are all folded and tucked away very nicely and organized, fresh from the dryer. Yeah, 5 years later.. hmm.

Needing
SLEEP! See, I'm not a morning person. But daughter's school starts at 8:30, so with that school being 30 mins drive away, I have to be up 6:30 the latest to give myself some time to really wake up, make breakfast and get ready. No make up, no time for that, just my lavender lip balm and glasses! I stay close within the town where her school is at. As it's just a waste of gas to go home and back at school again. Her preschool is just 3 hours anyway, that gives me time to thrift hunt, go to library and my morning walk at the park.

Feeling
determined that I could cross off all things in my to-do-list for the day. Feeling excited too for next week's consignment at a church where I usually consign kid's clothes and home goods. Tagging items is on my list today. Feeling happy too as I found out my friend and sister are both pregnant. God's timing really is great. Hope by God's will, my turn to will be soon as well. Can't wait!

Hoping
Just a happy week ahead, and yours too!


Spread kindness, pass it on,,




How to Make | Bistek Tagalog

Friday, July 1, 2016

Welcome to my very first Filipino Food Friday! I've been thinking about making this a regular post. I have a great love with cooking and foods, Filipino foods particularly. So I thought I'd share my favorite Filipino food recipes, recipes that I aced making them.
How to make Bistek Tagalog


Today I'll show you how to make 'Bistek Tagalog', the Filipino version of beef steak, one of my favorites. It is basically thinly sliced marinated beef cooked somewhat adobo-style, with caramelized onions. Growing up, as a kid, I really can't tell what's the difference between Bistek Tagalog and Pork Adobo. They are both cooked with soy sauce. The only difference probably is the other one has onions... Well, they are totally different meal, but sure both are delicious!

Going on, you need a pound of beef sirloin thinly sliced, marinated in soy sauce, black pepper and lemon juice for at least 2 hours.

Bistek Tagalog - Beefsteak

Heat the cooking oil in a pan, I highly suggest cast iron (it cooks better) in medium heat, fry onion sliced in rings until soft. Set aside.

Bistek Tagalog - Beefsteak

In the same pan, fry the marinated beef until brown. Set aside.

Bistek Tagalog - Beefsteak

Fry minced garlic in the same pan as well.

Bistek Tagalog - Beefsteak

The Sunday Currently | 01

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Travel Quotes

Finally have that extra time to update my blog, so yeah, HI Y'ALL!!!! I gave up waiting for my toddler to go nap so I went ahead and got my laptop and thought use the extra time to catch up with blogosphere. It's 6:07pm, an hour before I start cramming on what to cook for dinner. Preparing dinner (way) ahead of time is something I haven't mastered just yet, so there. But not to brag, I cook very good half the time--ask my picky eaters :) So June is almost over, where time went?? Before we know it, we'd be singing Christmas songs again!

So this is my first "The Sunday Currently" post, inspired by a blogger-turned-TV-star Maine Mendoza. This would be an easier blog post to catch up with you all and also an easy way to get my feet errr hands back again on writing. 

C U R R E N T L Y

Reading
discussion posts from "No Nuts Mom Group Support and Forum" Facebook group where I'm a member. This group has helped me big time with understanding and addressing my child's multiple food allergies, with peanut and shellfish being top culprits. Read a post about a mom with newly-diagnosed-child asking resources on where to start, and someone has recommended Food Allergies books--which I end up buying off eBay. Can't believe there's a LOT of things I still don't know about food allergies and anaphylaxis. So I decided to be more proactive, especially with my child about to go to preschool this Fall.

Listening
A/C busting off the vent and aquarium tank filtering water. No music, as I'm still hoping my kid would nap..

Writing
filling up my Passion Planner, (yes I have planner, the best one out there!) getting myself in a habit of updating it and sticking to daily plans. Brain gets foggy sometimes and always forget things, that's what planners are for.

Smelling
lemon essential oil diffusing..

Wearing
Jcrew shirt and my favorite blue athletic shorts.

Thinking
....of when will I, together with husband and child to be able to visit my parents and family in Philippines. My parents haven't meet my daughter yet, and she'll be turning 5 this year. The last time I saw my family was 2009. I miss my friends too. I've been longing and praying for this to happen. It's been a long time :(

Loving
all Disney photo pass pictures. We went to Magic Kingdom for one day two weeks ago, and just finally paid to get the photopass the other day. Love them all. Very pleased, magic indeed! Best $59 spent!
Disney Princess - Cinderella
Meeting Cinderella for the first time


Wanting
to tend to my garden and fix up the yard. I love gardening, it's very therapeutic for me. I would trade shopping with gardening in a heartbeat! I just can't find the time to them. I still have a long list of chores to cross off before I can even get to go outside. Also it's so challenging to do that while watching your child. It's like have a set of eyes behind your head. We have a big front yard and a long driveway, but we live next to a big ditch that connects to a river and we're surrounded by tall trees and woods in the back. Snakes, foxes, deers are not new..

Needing
some time for myself or need for someone to cook for me, you know have a break? (if there's such a thing)

Feeling
Excited to watch Finding Dory this Tuesday! 13 years later, can you believe it's here??!

Hoping
for a more productive week---meaning getting things done. I'm starting to get my time balanced between work, my daughter's activities, chores and social media. Hoping to continue that. *pats myself in the back*

So that's it. Time's up. Time to think of dinner..


Have a blessed week to all!



Love. love. love



No to resolutions, but goals

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Hello there!

So I'm back from a long hiatus from blogging. First of all Happy New Year! What a great 2015 it has been huh? Lots of ups and downs but sure does taught me a lot about myself and made me figured out what I want to do this year. I have been doing resolutions year after year, but like what most of you do, it gets forgotten by February. Long gone the motivation and drive. Resolutions are like promises, they are meant to be broken. BUT, I'll be making 2016 an exception. No resolutions, but goals.

My 2016 goals:

1. De-clutter every month. Have some system on organizing and keeping everything where they should be.   I can organize stuff, de-clutter home even every week, but the real struggle is to keep them like that. I envy moms who can keep up with all the things all the time, someone who can locate where things are at a snap--where's your husband's old working clothes? the screwdriver? your child's medical records? my own college diploma? the pink paper pins? the recipe your mother-in-law gave you? the cellphone bill from last June? I mean come on! Can you really keep up with all these??? If you do, I want to be you!! Feel free to leave your organization Pinterest boards links on the comments below. So this year, I will try my best to be an the "organized mom".

2.  Learn a new hobby. I'm thinking photography and knitting. I love taking pictures of food, landscape and of my daughter and her outfits. I have a good cellphone camera (I think), but let's take it up a notch. I want to learn how to do professional photography. Learn how those DLSR camera buttons work. So I can do top-notch photos of my daughter, and save me some money from going to have her pictures taken at a studio. Knitting. I have friends who are so into this. I don't know why I didn't bothered my mom to teach me how to do this when I was younger. I have friends who are knitting blankets, beanies and kid's clothes within one week's time. And they are Etsy good!

3. Save money. I'm a frugal person. I know how to stretch a dollar. But store sales are my weakness! I tend to get impulsive and buy unnecessary things because they were cheap! This is how I end up with a garage full of things ( lost track of what they were) that I probably don't need. So save money, for my daughter's school. I just started the 52 week money challenge I found off Pinterest, a weekly savings I can surely keep up. See I'm off to a good start.

4. Update this blog. Meet new online friends! I lost touch with my fellow blogger friends when I became a mom. You know how can motherhood gets so busy. Love to meet new friends on here, mom bloggers especially. I miss those Wordless Wednesdays, Linkys, forums and weekly chats. So follow me and I'll follow back! Tell me about your awesome mom bloggers group!

and lastly.. everyone's resolution of all....

Lose weight. Healthy living. Movie nights and popcorns sounds really great, but it's time to get my act together. I'm not getting any younger, grey hair is starting to pop in and my cholesterol levels is probably still on borderline. I don't want to be on maintenance medicines. I hate taking medicines period. So cheers to a healthy 2016, let this be the year of salads and kales!

You know changes doesn't happen overnight. First, it takes a desire to change, followed by inspiration and drive it with motivation! If I can only pin this post, so it's the first thing I see when I visit my site I will. Let me leave you with an inspiration.

from Pinterest

Get your goals people! Have a happy 2016!
 
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