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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

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“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

My Cart of FREE Groceries

This story is too good not to share!  I am not an extreme couponer.  But from time to time, the savings on wholesome food can be so good, I have to tell you about it.

I wish I could tell you clean couponing was always this easy or impressive.  These results are not typical. But a few times per year, clean couponing pays me back.

On this shopping trip I did not pay a cent, but instead was paid $1.03 from the store.  My cart was full of 60 different food items.  These were the most wholesome versions I could find of somewhat processed items like crackers and frozen fruit bars, many simple foods like fresh organic apples and frozen vegetables, sprouted grain tortillas, even organic milk.  It was supposed to be $166.07 worth of groceries.  I did not have to pay anything.

Here’s how our household did it:

I printed coupons from the Rock the Lunch Box website for some items.

I used some printed coupons the grocery store had sent me. Continue reading