Outback Thanks Our Military With 10% Off May 27-July 4, 2013 #bestmates #outbackptr

Outback Thanks Our Military With 10% Off May 27-July 4, 2013 #bestmates #outbackptr

I am happy to share Outback Steakhouse’s Military Mates program with you!  Outback proud to honor those who serve selflessly in the Armed Services and their families who make the ultimate sacrifice.

Outback Steakhouse will honor our nation’s heroes with 10% off the entire check at Outback when they come in for lunch or dinner valid from May 27- July 4, 2013.  Check out the flyer for more deets.
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Looks Like Outback Steakhouse and I Are BMFs: #BestMates forever! #Outbackptr

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Yum, yum for the tum, tum! Outback’s New Steak Flights!

It’s no lie.  I love me some ahi tuna.  And steak.  And the always delicious Bloomin’ Onion, but now I get to shout my love for Outback Steakhouse from the rooftops as an official Best Mate (#bestmate)!  Oh, and I’ve also got some gift certificates to share with you…read further down to see how you can score one!

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How To Save Money On Groceries Without Using Coupons

How To Save Money On Groceries Without Using Coupons

Suck at coupons

I suck at using coupons.  I never remember to clip them or if I do manage to clip them, I leave them at home or in the car or in my purse.  I don’t have anything against coupons and by now  you know that I love saving money, so it’s not like I’m trying to be a spendthrift.  I just suck at couponing.

To make matters worse, I am not motivated to use coupons because, frankly, very little that I buy falls into the “has a coupon” category.  I mean, if lettuce had a coupon or asparagus, count me in!  But they don’t.  And I know that a lot you experience the same thing.

You want to save money,  you’re willing to use coupons, but there aren’t any coupons for what you buy.  So, how do you save money on groceries if nothing you buy has coupon?

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Adjusting Your Budget From Two Incomes to One Income

Adjusting Your Budget From Two Incomes to One Income

Going from a two income family to a one income family is scary.  All of a sudden you feel like the flexibility in your life is disappearing.  The freedom to buy.  The exhilaration of making a last minute trip.  The nonchalance of opting to order out rather than fire up the stove.

On my birthday, February 28 (mark your calendars…I like Starbucks gift cards), I left my part-time telecommute job at a nonprofit I’d worked for since 2009.  I didn’t make a lot of money, but I did make enough to give us a little bend and flex and spontaneity in our budget.  It was a difficult decision to make, mainly because I find comfort in regular, reliable income.  But it wasn’t as difficult as it could’ve been if we didn’t make a conscious decision to live on one income 6 and a half years ago.

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Saving Time Means Saving Money

Saving Time Means Saving Money

That old adage “time is money” isn’t just advice for business owners or financiers…it’s great advice for us busy women, too.  One of the most time consuming part of my day revolves around meal preps.  I plan these elaborate meals and I burn myself out.  I’ll get on this awesome kick and then…boom.  I’m toast.  I start talking crazy like “let’s order out” or “let’s go out to eat.”  And there goes the money.

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2013 BAH Rates Are Here!  Now What?

2013 BAH Rates Are Here! Now What?

It’s that time of year again!  2013 BAH rates finally published and some of you might be dancing around thinking about how you’ll spend that extra cash, if you were lucky enough to see an increase.  Maybe you’re thinking about moving or finally grabbing that premium cable, or maybe you’re considering saving the extra cash for a rainy day (my vote).

Oh, and don’t worry.  If BAH for your area decreased for the area you’re already residing in, never fear.  You’ll continue to receive your same rate…phew!  Regardless, this is a great time to reevaluate your housing expenses and make sure you’ve got your budget in check! [Read more...]

How The Military Changed How We Celebrate Christmas

How The Military Changed How We Celebrate Christmas

This is not one of those posts where I lament the challenges of being a military family or where I shake an angry fist at Uncle Sam for keeping me a bazillion miles away from my family at Christmas, no siree.  This post is all about how our military travels have opened us up to new and exciting Christmas traditions from around the world.

One of the coolest things about being part of a military family is that you get the rare opportunity to see, first hand, how other countries and cultures celebrate life through their holiday traditions. [Read more...]

A Thanksgiving Appetizer That’s So Good, You’ll Slap Yo’ Mama

A Thanksgiving Appetizer That’s So Good, You’ll Slap Yo’ Mama

I know I opted out of the whole Thanksgiving Dinner smorgasbord, but I know many of you are getting ready to unleash your inner Iron Chef this week.  I rarely share recipes, but heck, I’m so grateful to have so many fabulous readers, I couldn’t keep this recipe to myself.  I’m giving you my all-time favorite, most requested, slam-dunk recipe.  It’s so good you’ll wanna slap your mama.  [Read more...]

Black Friday Cometh…Is Your Budget Prepared?

Black Friday Cometh…Is Your Budget Prepared?

As the official family tightwad, Black Friday represents all that is evil and unholy and spend thrifty.  But, in true Shakespearian form, “I am fortune’s fool” because I’m married to the number one, Black-Friday shopping ninja, who laughs in the face of a midnight kick-off for rock bottom prices  Yes.  My husband, the love of my life, packs heat in the form of  5-hour Energy shots to make sure he misses nothing.

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Snacking Just Got ‘Way Better’ + Giveaway!

Snacking Just Got ‘Way Better’ + Giveaway!

As a mom and a decently healthy eater, I am constantly on the hunt for tasty and healthful snack options.  From our many exchanges on Facebook and Twitter, I know you are too!  Sometimes it’s really challenging to find a snack that hits all the trifecta of awesomeness: healthy, tasty to adults, and, most importantly, tasty to kids!  My new healthy snack fave? Way Better Snacks sprouted ingredient chips.  Oh, and you can win some by entering the giveaway at the end of the post!

Way Better Snacks goes above and beyond the awesome-snack trifecta.  Their sprouted ingredient chips are more than delicious, they’re gluten-free, vegan, non-GMO, and kosher!  You can’t beat that with a stick!  Well, you could and then you’d have crumbs and you’d be so sad. [Read more...]

Would You Ever Skip Thanksgiving?

Would You Ever Skip Thanksgiving?

My Christmas tree is decked out.  The house is in full Noel mode.  It looks like we took a page out of consumer America’s book and skipped over Thanksgiving.  No turkey.  No trimmings.  No pie.  No baking.  No stuffing.  No belt loosening.  No football.  No houseful of guests.  No traveling to family.  And best of all, NO BLACK FRIDAY!  <insert sound of shoppers screaming everywhere>  Would you ever consider skipping Thanksgiving?  I am not considering it.  I’m doing it. [Read more...]

Quality Time And Halloween Cookies

Quality Time And Halloween Cookies

It’s confession time again.  I seem to have a lot of guilt sitting on my plate, but I’m finding it cathartic to share my shortcomings with all of you.  This time it wasn’t necessarily something that I did wrong.  It’s actually something I can’t seem to remember.   I get really caught up in the momentum of the relentless to-do list that is my life.  It’s an endless mental tape of tasks, reminders, appointments, chores, personal notes….it’s like a thief hellbent on stealing every waking and, sometimes sleeping, moment from me, and most importantly, my family.  Thank God for Halloween Cookies. [Read more...]

Just Because You Can, Doesn’t Mean You Should

Just Because You Can, Doesn’t Mean You Should

I will not have spoiled children.  I will not have entitled children.   My love?  They can have it all.  They can have  it all and a bag of potato chips.  They can have the sky, the moon, the sun, they can have every ounce of my love and devotion.  But I’ll be damned if I inadvertently cripple them by lavishing them with stuff. [Read more...]

Desperate for Cake

Thanks to Pinterest and the recipe from Prudent Baby…I was able to keep the munchies at bay and eat some cake!

Mission First: Why Our MilFam Set A Dinner Hour

Mission First: Why Our MilFam Set A Dinner Hour

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Dinner is Hell. I cannot tell you how much Homeskillet’s (read: my hubby) schedule has sucked from day one in the fabulous United States Air Force.  Eight years in and it just gets more and more ridiculous and less and less predictable. They weren’t joking when they said mission first and all that jazz.  We’ve lost a Saturday or Sunday, or a Saturday and Sunday, or a Christmas Morning (yes…a Christmas Morning), and then there was the ever awesome deployment that was supposed to be three months out that wound up being three days into a vacation.  You know, the usual. [Read more...]