Friday, January 20, 2012

Deal of the day: Crocs!!

My girly LOVED her flip flop crocs my mom bought her at a yard sale last year, so ive been keeping my eye open for a deal ever since. Today was that day!!

Normal price for the crocs (crocband toe bumper flip to be specific): 24.99
On sale for: 14.99
Shipping:  4.99

Coupon code: fallship provided free shipping
Coupon code: FRIENDS provided 20% off.

Total before sales and discounts:  30.98
I paid: 12.47
Cash back on eBates: 5% or 0.62 (bringing my eBates earning total up to $2.50 plus the $15 i got for making a purchase over $25)

Total cost after cash back: 11.85

Total savings: $19.13 or 62%!!!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Recipe of the Day: Taco Casserole!

Yesterday, I made taco casserole. Kind of. I don't know if that's the best name, but def a recipe I recommend! Bear with me, because I did go off recipe, and i'm trying to portray that! The entire dish is about 2556 calories, and I made it in an 13x9 pan, so it makes PLENTY to make a reasonable portion, i divided it by 4s, so i ended up with 639 calories, and satisfying my needs for that kind of food!!


1lb ground beef (i had 80%)
2 tbsp homemade taco mix (see below)
1 can of hunts petite diced tomatos
1 can of corn (or frozen corn, or fresh corn...)
1 box of cornbread mix (i used jiffy, you will need all ingredients needed to make the cornbread, most likely eggs and milk)

Preheat oven to 400F.

Brown meat, drain. Add tomatoes (i blended them into a puree because i cannot stand tomato chunks!) add taco seasoning,  warm through. Mix in corn. Pour into pan.

Make corn bread mix as directed on box, and pour liquid on top of mixture in pan. (i used 1 box, but i really think it would have turned out better with 2 boxes, BUT the entire box is 1020 calories... so if you are calorie counting, you might want to make 1 box make due... it was fine, but if you want a LOT of cornbread, use 2...) 

Cook for 20-30 minutes.  Everything else is prepared, so you really just need to make sure the corn bread is cooked thoroughly. Remove and eat!!! (when cool enough of course!)

Now for the seasoning.

Mix all ingredients:
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
I did not have cumin, and it turned out ok, however, I like a good kick to my meat, so I added a few more dashes of red pepper flakes and chili powder. It really depends on what you like as far as spiciness.

This meal was delicious and filling. I will make it again, no doubt. Even the picky husband loved it! I had to yell at him for eating too much!

Deal of the day! Contacts!

Yay! I'm on my last month of contacts, so REALLY needed to buy more. I was nervous, because last time i bought contacts, it cost me about $200 for a years supply. BUT today, I got 6 months, for 34.49 shipped!! I really need to go to the eye doctor, but want to give my brain some more time to heal.

If i had paid full price, on this companies site (Vision Direct, they had the cheapest prices i could come up with!) the contacts would have been 24.99 per box, plus shipping. I bought 2 boxes, 1 for each eye. Shipping would have been 6.99, so I would have paid 56.97 with no effort. I did have a 28% percent off code (RMN28 which is only good for first time orders), but they said i have ordered from the site before so they couldnt honor it. I haven't, but I called customer service to sort this out. They claim to know nothing about this code (even though it worked before i logged into the site...) but gave me 25% off and free shipping. I feel like I missed out on that 3% because i did also have a free shipping code (679D9B44), but meh whatever.

So this brought my order down to 37.49. The additional $3 came in the form of my 8% cash back from eBates! Seriously.

Those of you not using eBates are CRAZY! I joined only a few months ago, and have earned $9.88 PLUS i got a $10 gift card for my first $25 purchase. So I have gotten $19.88 in a few months time, and it cost me nothing more than I would have spent anyways! I still shop on my normal sites, I just have to remember to go through eBates first!!

So, original total: 56.97
I spent (after cash back): 34.49

This is a total savings of $22.48 or 40%.

Next up: Taco Casserole!!!