Entries from April 5, 2015 - April 11, 2015


Starbucks Lemon Loaf

Here's how to make it!


  • 1½ cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons softened butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • ⅓ cup lemon juice
  • ½ cup vegetable oil

Lemon icing:

  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • ½ teaspoon lemon extract

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, blend eggs, sugar, butter, vanilla, lemon extract, lemon juice, and oil with an electric mixer.

Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix until smooth. Pour into a well-greased 9-inch-by-5-inch loaf pan and bake for 45 minutes. When loaf is cool, remove from pan and ice with icing. Slice into 1-inch slices. Serves 8.


Target: 10% off Electronics

Target Cartwheel just released a rare offer valid for 10% off Electronics & Video Games – including TV’s, video game consoles, printers, cameras, video games, blu-ray DVD players and more (valid today 4/10 and tomorrow 4/11 only)!


Bed Bath and Beyond April Showers Giveaway

Enter the Bed Bath Beyond April Wedding Showers Giveaway for a chance to win a KitchenAid Mixer, Noritake dinnerware place settings, kate spade new york dinnerware place settings, or a Calphalon cutlery set!

Old Navy Card Holder Discounts

Have an Old Navy, GAP, or Banana Republic Credit Cardholders? Through Saturday only, head over to your local Old Navy store where you can save $20 off a $50 purchase excluding today-only deals and clearance. 


Home Depot Spring Black Friday Sale

Through April 12th, Home Depot is hosting a Spring Black Friday Sale and offering many great deals!


Here are a few of the great deals:

Delta 5-Spray 5 in. Showerhead in Chrome with Pause $9.88 – 
(reg. $27.98)

Kingsford Charcoal Briquets 18.6 lbs – TWO Pack $9.88 – 
(regularly $19.87)

Scotts Earthgro Mulch 2 Cubic Feet $2
(regularly $3.33)

Miracle-Gro Potting Mix 32 quarts $6
(regularly $9.97)

Miracle-Gro Garden Soil for Vegetables and Flowers 0.75 cubic feet $1.88

Up to 50% Off Indoor/Outdoor Rugs – today only!

Werner 4 ft. Aluminum Step Ladder $29
(regularly $49!)

Rapid Set Concrete Mix 60 pounds $9.98
(regularly $12.35)


6 Creative Ways to Save on Bulk Buying

Below are some bulk buying ideas that you've probably never considered, but could end up saving you significant money.

1. Home Improvement Materials

If you're considering a significant home improvement project and want to tackle the work yourself, look into buying in bulk at the Home Depot Pro Desk. If you spend at least $2,500, you're eligible for exclusive savings and rewards when buying building supplies like lumber, masonry, nails, screws, and sheetrock.

If you're doing landscape work at your house and the idea of hauling 25 bags of bark is overwhelming, consider buying landscaping materials in bulk from a local supplier. If you don't own a truck, borrow a friend's and haul things like bark, rock, and soil directly to your home and easily save 25% to 50%, depending on the material.

2. Online "Subscribe & Save" Programs

It seems like every other person you see at Costco or Sam's Club pushes a cart around with a huge package of toilet paper or dog food hanging over the edge. While these are often good bulk buys, did you know that you can typically get the same products mailed directly to your home via online "Subscribe & Save" programs? The two big players are Amazon andTarget, and their pricing is surprisingly competitive. They both offer free membership, free delivery, and Amazon even offers 15% off if you have at least three items mailed to your home on a regular schedule.

If you are a busy parent, and love the idea of having certain items sent to your doorstep on a regular schedule, you should definitely look into it. Some of the popular items include diapers, toilet paper, laundry detergent, dog food, shampoo, soap, and paper towels. The best part of both programs is the flexibility. If, for example, you have enough toilet paper to last six months, you can easily postpone future deliveries with no penalty.

3. Meat

If you have the freezer space, consider teaming up with friends or family and buying half a hog or a quarter of a steer.

First, consider purchasing a 4-H project animal from your local county fair. You'll pay more than market price in most cases, but you'll be supporting local 4-H kids and end up with very high quality, antibiotic-free meat.

Second, check out your local butcher shop for bulk meat buys. For example, my local butcher shop has a "beef deal" for five pounds of each of the following: round steak, chuck steak, 7-bone chuck roast, short ribs, and ground beef. Total price = $89.99 or $3.60/pound. If you have the freezer space, it's a great way to stock up and save.

4. Gift Cards

I have two kids who play youth sports year-round, and we are constantly buying coach gifts. Gift cards make awesome presents, especially when you buy in bulk from Costco. I recently bought five $10 Jamba Juice gift cards for only $30. So the next time you are hard up for a gift for a coach, teacher, or friend, swing by Costco and stock up on the cheap. Another cool thing about buying gift cards from Costco is they often feature localrestaurants and businesses in addition to the usual chains.

5. Gas

For a $30 annual membership fee, MyGallons will allow you to buy a large portion of gas at the current price. The service basically protects against a gas price increase over the coming months or years. You fill up at the station of your choice, and get a credit to your checking account or MyGallons debit card whenever you buy gas for more than your "buy-in" price. If gas prices go down, you can hold your gallons indefinitely until prices go up again, which they undoubtedly will. (See also: Best Gas Rewards Credit Cards)

6. Fruit and Veggies

If your family devours fruits and veggies like they are going out of style, you know just how expensive it can be to keep the fridge stocked. The absolute best way to stock up and save is by purchasing straight from the grower. Summer and fall are terrific times to hit up local farms, roadside stands, and farmer markets. I buy apples, apricots, peaches, and nectarines by the bushel basket from a local farm and typically negotiate a price 25%-40% cheaper than the grocery store.

Also, ask local farmers if they have any "seconds" available to score a great deal on fruit and veggies that may not be perfectly shaped or colored, but still taste amazing. We are talking 50% off compared to the price of "perfect" varieties. By building a rapport with the farmer, they'll let you in on some great bulk buys.

Source: Wisebread.com


Free Friskies 7 Sample


Win a Trip to San Francisco 

Enter MovieTickets.com “The Age of Adaline” Sweepstakes for a chance to win a romantic San Francisco trip for 2! The Age of Adaline opens in theaters nationwide on April 24.