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Clean Couponing Alert: EcoBonus Program Expires Soon!

You may have heard about the fabulous program called EcoBonus that we raved about on FlourSackMama.com last year!  We even tried it, earning points for eco-friendly products we loved and getting coupons for clean couponing savings on the next store trip.

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Sadly, EcoBonus has announced it is shutting down this year.  The company asked us to tell you about this as a public service.

If you’re already in the EcoBonus program, you’ll want to hurry to redeem your points and get your rewards before they’re gone!  They say you have until the end of February to upload receipts via the EcoBonus app on your smart phone.  Then you have until the end of March to enter codes for perks from buying packages of Annie’s, Natures Gate and Seventh Generation.

EcoBonus says you have until the end of April to redeem your reward points.  But some of the best deals on rewards are already going fast.   You can see the detailed schedule and more here from EcoBonus.

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Boxed Rice Versus Bulk Bin Rice Comparison Shopping

You’ve heard the cliche about thinking outside the box.  Cooking outside the box can save you money as part of your clean couponing strategy.Rice3CleanCouponing

We went shopping to see what sort of value we’d find in a staple like rice.  We located the popular brand of boxed rice product and purchased it for $2.00.  This contained 6 ounces of food inside, with a small part of that being dried seasonings.  Nutrition facts on the box told us it would make 3 servings.  When we did the math, it came out to $5.33 per pound of food. Continue reading

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Frugal by Half

FrugalbyHalfCleanCouponingAre you frugal by half?

Maybe you already use of these common sense ways of eliminating food waste and stretching your grocery resources:

*Bake a large casserole, then freeze half of it to use another time.

*Prepare stovetop items like from-scratch chili and soup, then freeze half for later.

*Bring home half of your restaurant dinner to use the next day for lunch.

*Reserve half of a baked chicken to use the next day for soup.

*Use half as much meat at a meal, replacing it with other protein sources like beans.

*Use half your typical amount of bread for a sandwich.

*Use half as much sugar as called for in sweet recipes, replacing some of it with applesauce.

*Replace as much as half the butter called for in a recipe with Greek yogurt.

*Reduce juices by half with water before drinking.

More Than a Million Impressions from 1st #CleanCouponing Twitter Party!

You did it!  You’ve made a big impression in the Twittersphere with our first ever #CleanCouponing Twitter party in January!  Thanks for joining us for a fast, fun hour of chatting about being frugal with more than money!  We discussed finding coupons and discounts, being frugal and valuing quality.  You mentioned the need to find special food items like gluten free for special dietary needs.  You said you wanted to learn more about green cleaning alternatives, with discounts.  Together, you helped us make more than a million impressions on the #CleanCouponing topic!

Thanks to sponsor Might Nest for giving away  a smart, glass canister set, and thanks to sponsor Stonyfield for giving away an organic yogurt prize pack!

You said that in future Twitter parties we should discuss:

Eating healthy on a budget Shopping for organics

Non-GMO foods

Non-toxic cleaning

Beauty products

Coping with food allergies/sensitivities

More!

You suggested lots of great brands that you’d like to see sponsoring future #CleanCouponing Twitter parties!

Watch here for updates on future Twitter parties, discounts, deals and strategies for stretching a dollar while also being frugal with MORE than money!

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Clean Couponing Twitter Party Tonight!

Family dinner is done, the kids are tucked into bed, you’ve finished those last few things on the to-do list.  It’s 9 o’clock Eastern time, 8 Central, so it must be time for a Twitter party!

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YOU are invited to our first ever Clean Couponing Twitter party tonight, co-hosted by CleanCouponing.com and FlourSackMama.com.  We’ll chat about ways to be frugal with more than money.  FlourSackMamaLogo

We’re looking for deals on quality products for our home, just like you are.  We’re starting fresh with ways to better organize our pantries and homes, stretching real foods into more wholesome meals, all while planning ahead to make more healthy lifestyle choices.

The Twitter party is a chance to see the secret words that unlock three extra entries to our fabulous Mighty Nest giveaway that ends at midnight.

Plus, Stonyfield Organic will be giving away a $25 yogurt gift pack to one lucky person who shows up stonyfield-logo_0tonight, and we may even have more giveaways!

 

Our Twitter party is being moderated by social media pro Organic PR.

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So, be sure to follow @Organic_PR on Twitter, along with @CleanCouponing, @FlourSackMama, @Stonyfield and @MightyNest.  We’ll be using hashtag #CleanCouponing, so please say hello and share your #CleanCouponing tips with us.  See you there tonight!

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Frugal Cooking Basics: Chicken Dinner Plus Stock

Cooking is an essential life skill.  But to someone new to the kitchen, a basic recipe can seem overwhelming.  Everyone should have one meal that they can pull together without a lot of fuss, and with confidence that after all of their hard work in the kitchen, the food they put on the table will taste delicious.

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A friend of mine is learning to cook.  She sent me an email about her first week in the kitchen.

Day 1: Tossed out all expired food and spices… which left me with…salt.

Day 2: Spent 3 HOURS at the grocery store.

Day 3: Started getting out ingredients for tomato soup, but then realized it was 10:30PM!?!

Day 4: Cooked brown rice EXACTLY as instructed on package, but it was still WAY too mushy to eat.

Day 5: Severely BURNED oatmeal – stunk the place up for days and created a thick blackened layer on our stainless steel pot.

Day 6: Made chili.  It was good, but the recipe made 10 servings!  What am I supposed to do with 10 servings of chili?!

Day 7: Panda Express

Does this sound familiar to anyone?  It sounds very much like my first months in the kitchen.

So here are three recipes – enough to make a complete meal – that are pretty much foolproof.  And they’re not hard.  I promise.  I’m going to tell you how to make a whole chicken in the slow cooker, rice that’s never mushy, and steamed green beans that everyone loves (and I mean everyone, like toddlers and teenagers and people who don’t like vegetables).  Plus, I’ll even throw in made-from-scratch chicken stock. Continue reading

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Fruity Markdowns Fit Your Clean Couponing Style

You’re a smart clean couponing shopper, so when at the grocery store, you start in the produce section, don’t you?  That’s where you’re stocking up on a rainbow of nutrient dense fresh fruits and vegetables.  You don’t need a traditional clipped coupon to find a fresh deal!  Why not start by checking on the produce that’s been marked down the most?

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We recently found this bag of fresh looking oranges and this bag packed with nearly five pounds of bananas, marked down to just 99 cents each!

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The oranges are an easy go-to snack for the kids or an addition to a breakfast plate or dinner salad.

To be sure we didn’t waste any of the overripe bananas, we started by peeling one bunch and placing chunky banana pieces into zipped bags.  Then we stored them in compartments of a no-longer-used breastmilk storage container before placing them in the freezer.

Some of the remaining bananas can be used in banana bread (that could in turn be frozen for later) or pudding, while most will be raw snack food.

Have you ever asked the produce manager for a discount on fruits or vegetables that look like they should be in the markdown bin?  Why not?  Happy Clean Couponing!

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Get Organized for a New Clean Couponing Year with a Mighty Good Giveaway

*This is a sponsored post for Mighty Nest that may contain affiliate links, in order to help bring you quality content here at CleanCouponing.com.

“A place for everything, and everything in its place.”

“Waste not, want not.”

“A stitch, in time, saves nine.”

Don’t you love those cliches?  They make sense for our homes today as much as they ever did.  An organized home helps keep some sense of order and calm in the midst of these incredibly busy days that fill our lives!  Planning ahead is a good thing, as is being frugal.

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Ready to Replace Plastic Storage Containers with Glass

No wonder I found three opened boxes of pasta in the pantry during my year-end pantry cleaning. The shelves had gotten so disorganized during the holiday rush that I’d reached for a new package again and again, not realizing what we had.  A bag of nuts had to be thrown away because we hadn’t stored them properly.

Because #CleanCouponing means being frugal with more than money, we’re looking at ways to save time, energy and other valuable resources with the household choices we make.

One ongoing goal for our kitchen and pantry area is to eliminate plastic, per information from top environmental scientists of our day.  While some cleaner versions and recycled versions of plastic do exist, we need non-plastic items especially for use with microwaves and dishwashers.  Ideally, all our pantry storage containers would be converted from plastic to glass.  As we find more value-priced, bulk-bin staples that eliminate packaging waste, those clear storage containers really come in handy. Continue reading

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Clean Couponing Twitter Party Set for January 16

Do you love stretching a dollar and getting the best quality for your family at the same time?  Are you concerned about ingredients in everything from breakfast cereal to cleaning supplies?  You’re not alone.   Do you enjoy sharing tips and winning free prizes?

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Join us Thursday night, January 16th from 9 to 10 pm eastern for our first Clean Couponing Twitter party.    We’ll be discussing fresh starts for the new year, getting organized and tips for finding the best deals on better products.  Just follow @CleanCouponing and @FlourSackMama on Twitter, as well as moderator @Organic_PR so you won’t miss a thing.  Use hashtag #CleanCouponing to tell your friends about the party, too.  We look forward to connecting and chatting about #CleanCouponing!

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Make a Fresh Start by Cleaning Your Pantry

Is your kitchen ready for a fresh start in the new year?  The perfect place to start is your pantry.  Since clean couponing means being frugal with more than money, we know you’re being budget conscious and stocking your pantry this year with the best of everything for the year.

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This is not one of those unrealistic articles telling you to throw out everything and start over.  Our family pantry is far from perfect.  I often buy the best quality foods possible, while my husband is still a sucker for the lowest price, regardless of quality.  So, tidying up the pantry means leaving a little of this and little of that, including not wasting the items he purchased. Continue reading