Entries from June 15, 2014 - June 21, 2014

Friday
Jun202014

Pizza Birthday Cake

This looks amazing!!! Kind of like a really super, deep dish Chicago pizza.
Here's the recipe!
For baking use
  1. 1 pot (6 1/3 diameter , 4 inch tall )
For dough
  1. 1 ½ pound all purpose flour
  2. 2 ½ cups warm water
  3. 4 tbsp olive oil
  4. 1 1/2 tsp salt
  5. 3 tsp sugar
  6. ½ oz dry yeast
For topping
  1. 1 ½ cup pizza sauce
  2. 14 oz cheese, grated or thinly sliced
  3. 14 oz pepperoni
  4. fresh mix of greens (optional)
Instructions
  1. Combine yeast and sugar in a small bowl. Stir in warm water.
  2. Sift flour and salt into a large bowl. Add yeast mixture and olive oil and stir until combined.
  3. Knead the dough on the lightly floured surface for 10 minutes or until smooth and elastic.
  4. Return the dough into the bowl.
  5. Cover the bowl with a plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for 1 ½ -2 hours, until doubled in size.
  6. After rising, punch the dough down and place it to a flour-dusted surface and knead it around a bit to push the air out with your hands.
  7. Divide the dough into 8 balls.
  8. Roll six balls out into a 1/5 inch thick layers and cut out 6 rounds 6 1/3 inches (16 cm) each in diameter.
  9. Let them rise in a baking tin for 10-15 minutes.
  10. Bake in the preheated oven (400F) for 15 minutes. Let them cool a little bit.
  11. Line bottom and sides of pot with baking paper.
  12. Roll the rest of dough out into a 1/5 inch thick layer and cover the sides of the pot but not the bottom.
  13. Place one layer of pre-baked dough on the bottom of the pot.
  14. Add tomato sauce, pepperoni and cheese.
  15. Place next layer of dough.
  16. If necessary fill cracks with dough.
  17. Repeat, until you have all the layers complete.
  18. Remove the excess dough and tuck in the edges.
  19. Bake in preheated oven at 400F for 25 minutes.
  20. Remove it from the oven.
  21. Let it cool in the pot for 5 minutes then carefully remove.
  22. Top with fresh mix of greens and enjoy!

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Friday
Jun202014

All You Magazine: $5 Deal

Through June 30thyou can snag a 3-issue subscription to All You and a coupon booklet with savings for The Gap, NY & Company, Children’s Place, Skechers, Famous Footwear, Payless Shoes, Michaels, Best Buy, Office Depot, Sears, Regal Theatres, and more for only $5! 

Click below!

Friday
Jun202014

Disney Movie Rewards Giveaway

Earn (5) bonus points every day through 6/21 with Disney Movie Rewards COUNTDOWN TO SUMMER!

To earn your points:

1.  Visit Pinterest.com/DMRofficial every week day through 6/21 and click “Countdown to Summer” to find the daily code.
2. Sign in or join Movie Rewards for FREE
3. Enter the Magic Code by Noon Eastern the next day to receive (5) bonus points.

Friday
Jun202014

9 Easy Ways to Save $50 Every Month

50 dollar bill

What would you do with an extra $50 this month?

That extra Grant could go towards bumping up a credit card payment or contributing to next month's electricity bill. Or maybe a nice night out with your partner. The list of possibilities is endless. (See also: 25 Ways to Save $5 This Week)

Stop daydreaming and make that extra $50 a reality this month with these 9 tips.

1. Harry's or Dollar Shave Club

Shaving is a necessity for most men. As blades evolve and newer, better shaving technologies appear, the prices of shaving blade refills have skyrocketed. Unless you plan ahead you are very likely to end up paying around $20 for a 4-pack of blades at most retailers. That's a crazy $5 per blade!

Fortunately, two new players have emerged in the shaving industry: Harry's and Dollar Shave Club. Taking a cue from Amazon.com and Columbia House (remember that CD mail club?), New York-based Harry's offers shaving plans that deliver blades straight to your doorstep at $1.88 per blade. The Columbia House component comes in that you can select what type of blades get delivered. You save both money and time, which means no more paying crazy amounts for a pack of blades.

If you want to pay even less than $1.88 per blade and are fine with less than 5-blade razors, then Dollar Shave Club is also a good choice. Both companies also offer additional shaving toiletries that can be delivered over mail.

2. Ceiling Fan

Before you crank up that AC this summer, consider this:

  • A central air conditioner unit uses about 3,500 watts per hour.
  • The typical window AC unit uses between 600 to 900 watts per hour.

This is why during the summer months, energy bills can skyrocket up to 50% more. The best tool to put a big dent on your electricity bill is to install ceiling fans, which even on the highest setting need only 75 watts per hour.

Several retailers, such as Home Depot and Lowe's, carry ceiling fans that are Energy Star rated. Look for the Energy Star label and follow these installation and usage tips to maximize your energy savings. (Remember: Counterclockwise in summer and clockwise in winter!)

3. Programmable Thermostat

If you cannot live without your central AC unit, then don't fall for the myth that running your central AC all day uses less energy. If you are away from home for long periods of time or have a bad memory, you need a programmable thermostat.

Through the proper use of its preprogrammed settings, a programmable thermostat can save you close to $200 every year in energy costs. Programmable thermostats start at $60 at home improvement stores and are a quick job to install.

Don't forget about your window AC unit. If your unit doesn't come already with programmable features, you can buy a plug-in timer for about $5 and program its on and off times.

4. Coffee Maker

Your coffee habit is killing your wallet.

Depending on where you buy your cuppa, you can expect to pay $1.40 to $1.80 for a medium sized jolt (12 ounces, or a Starbucks "Tall"). And that's just for regular old brewed. That's $7 to $9 a week, $28-$36 a month, not counting weekends.

Starbucks says a pound of coffee yields 320 ounces, or about 25, 12 ounce cups. Starbucks' "Kenya" coffee beans go for $13.95 a pound, which works out to 56 cents a cup, or $11.20 for four week's worth, and a savings of $14.80 to $24.80 a month — more if you purchase cheaper beans.

The answer is clear. Buy a cheap coffee maker, a reusable travel mug, and a pound of coffee. After the initial outlay, you'll be in the black in no time.

5. Cash Back and Rewards Programs

Nowadays, many credit card companies offer cash back programs that give you up to 2% back on qualifying purchases. (See also: 5 Best Cash Back Credit Cards)

Additionally, many cards offer additional "points" or rewards for spending in particular categories. Maximize the amount you get back by choosing the best cards for your lifestyle.

Your favorite stores might have similar rewards programs, too. For example, by joining the Safeway Reward Points program, you can gain points to save up to $1 per gallon of gas at participating gas stations. This program is a major perk for places that have high gas prices, such as California, New York, and Hawaii.

6. Reusable Water Bottle

Those plastic bottle waters are not only harmful to the planet, but also to your wallet. If you buy a $6 case of bottled water a week, then you are spending $312 a year. This amount doesn't include applicable redemption fees and taxes. If you have a large family your water bottle expense ends up being much more.

Instead invest a good reusable water bottle and fill up on water at home and at the office's water cooler. You'll keep extra money in the bank and socialize more often at work.

7. Energy Star-Rated Refrigerator

When my wife and I first bought our apartment, we didn't have enough to upgrade the old refrigerator from the previous owner. This was a refrigerator from the early 1980s. We didn't think it would be a big deal and started saving for our kitchen renovation for several months.

With the renovation, we opted for an Energy Star-rated refrigerator. The change in our electricity bill was dramatic: between $40 to $50 per month! If you own a very old refrigerator, the investment in an Energy Star-rated one pays for itself in a few months. For us it was even faster than expected because of the $125 rebate for trading our old refrigerator for a new Energy Star one in the State of Hawaii.

Remember to search online for rebates for switching to Energy Star appliances in your state and learn what are the requirements.

8. Discounted Gym Plan Memberships and Fitness Reimbursement Programs

For a one time fee of $100, Kaiser Permanente's Active & Fit fitness facility program provides members unlimited access to several participating fitness facilities as long as they maintain their health care coverage with Kaiser Permanente.

For example, a 24 Hour Fitness monthly membership for a single location costs about $39.99 before taxes, more if you want to access additional locations. With Active & Fit, you can access all24 Hour Fitness locations for $100 per year.

Other health insurance carriers, such as Capital HealthOptumUnited Healthcare or Harvard Pilgrim, offer fitness reimbursement programs. The reimbursements are usually up to $150 per year and require you to hold your gym membership for a minimum of a few consecutive months.

9. Warehouse Memberships

If you are hesitant to pay for a warehouse membership, think again. You can make back that fee in no time and continue to save throughout the whole year. (See also: 10 Things You Probably Didn't Know You Could Buy at Costco)

At Costco you can buy almost anything from tires to funeral supplies. Additionally, you can also save on a common budget buster: dining and entertainment. Get dining gift cards like $100 worth of Buca di Beppo gift cards for $74.99 or discounted movie tickets.

Think of your warehouse membership as the key to access a world of high end and everyday items at much lower prices.

What are your favorite ways to save? Please share in comments!

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Written by Damian Davila and published on Wise Bread. Read more articles from Wise Bread.
Friday
Jun202014

Target One Spot: 30% Off Cartwheel Coupon

Head here to load a super rare 30% Off The One Spot Cartwheel Savings Offer (valid through June 22nd only). Note that there is a limit of 4 items per guest and this offer does exclude clearance. 
Friday
Jun202014

Target: $5 off $15 Air Care Coupon Deal

Starting June 22nd, receive a FREE $5 Target Gift Card with a $15 Air Care Purchase (located in the cleaning supplies department) when you use the Target mobile coupon obtained by texting AIRCARE to 827438 (OR this coupon will also be in the Target weekly ad, starting June 22nd).
Friday
Jun202014

AMC Theatres: $3 Movies

Through August 13th, AMC Theatres are offering $3 movies on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights at 9:30PM. Even sweeter, 100% of the proceeds go to charity! Head on over here to see if a theater in your area is participating and to purchase tickets!
* Anchorman 2 (June 23 – 25)
* Catching Fire (June 30 – July 2)
* Non-stop (July 7 – 9)
* Robocop (July 14 – 16)
* 300 Rise of an Empire (July 21 – 23)
* Pompeii (July 28 – 30)
* Need For Speed (August 4 – 6)
* Ride Along (August 11 – 13)
Friday
Jun202014

11 Fruit Desserts- 6 Ingredients or Less

Refreshing for summer- get these 11 fruit desserts, perfect for the warm summer months.