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Thanks to Holiday Haven for this guest post, loved this idea!

School is almost out in most places. That means SCREEN TIME or, so my kids think. But, I have gotten ‘crafty’ on them and made up these little redeemable coupons that they can earn.
I haven’t decided just yet what they will have to do to earn them. Chores? Probably. Reading? They like to read so I might just leave that as something they can do after they run out of certificates. A good dead? Definitely, I love to reward them for good works.
I do know I will only allow them to earn 2 hours worth each day, and they can save them up or use them one at a time. And because I have some smarties who might figure out to look at mom’s blog for these I think I will add the clause: ‘only good with mom’s signature on the back’. You are welcome to print these and use them for your household if you would like. I made them in 10, 15, and 20 minute increments to suit whatever works best for you.
To print: click on the photo to expand it then set your cursor over the photo and right click it and select print photo. Or once the photo is expanded click ‘file’ and ‘print’ from the menu at the top of your browser. If you have any trouble try adjusting things in ‘print preview’ or saving the file to your computer or paint program and printing from there. (If using Firefox, you may need to click once to expand them and then again to magnify before printing, they should print out as a full page). Enjoy!

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Today is kind of a special day because I get to share a special guest post with you. A few years ago I met Aimee at a bloggers event. We totally hit it off and I loved her sweet giving, yet spunky personality.  She recently started her very own blog I hope you enjoy her post and take the time to follow her on facebook  and pinterest. She has such great things to share with you, you will not want to miss it.Aimee guess

 Aimee Guess is a wife, mother, foster parent, and blogger that loves to homestead in their starter home. She raises chickens, rabbits and tends to her garden while sticking to a grain-free and sugar-free diet. is where Aimee posts all of her grain-free and sugar-free recipes for others to enjoy, while sharing about her homesteading adventures and money saving tips.

hot pocketsGrain-Free Gluten-Free Hot Pockets

What an honor it is to be guest posting for A Thrifty Mom. Being a fellow thrifty mom that I think I am, I care about feeding my family healthy recipes, but still making sure I stick to my weekly grocery budget. I have one daughter that must eat gluten-free and because of a recent health condition I eat grain-free/sugar-free. Life changes when you can’t eat the conventional foods that we all love, especially when you have to make everything homemade. So, finding easy recipes that taste good is my top priority as a busy mom.

Recently I bought my foster children frozen hot pockets, per their request, and my gluten-free daughter asked if she could have some too. I got to thinking how amazing it would be to come up with our very own grain-free gluten-free hot pocket recipe that we both can enjoy, and let me just say we did! These hot pockets are absolutely amazing. They are good to eat hot or cold. My favorite part is how versatile they are. It’s a basic grain-free gluten-free bread recipe, and you can add whatever add ins you would like.

We recently went camping and took these hot pockets with us. I reheated them in foil on our grill and I was pleasantly surprised at how delicious they tasted being heated this way. It was much easier taking these with us and definitely more tasty, than just taking deli meat and cheese wrapped in lettuce. I like having a variety of recipes that we can enjoy, and I am so pleased to be sharing this recipe with you.

hot pocket collage

Yields: 8 hot pockets, or 12 muffins


  • 2 cups almond flour, fine ground is best
  • 1 cup tapioca starch
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 3 cups add ins: diced ham, cubed or shredded cheese, olives, pepperoni, and/or veggies.


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease a foil lined cookie sheet and set aside.
  3. Mix all the dry ingredients together, then add the wet ingredients and mix until well combined.
  4. Measure your add ins, then add them to your dough.
  5. Scoop the dough into oblong shapes and bake in the oven for 20 minutes, or until slightly golden brown.
  6. OR scoop batter into a muffin tin and bake hot pocket muffins for 20-25 minutes, or until slightly golden brown.


Notes: These can be stored in an airtight container, in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. If you would like to reheat them, place them in the microwave for 20-30 seconds. Enjoy!

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sale cyclesThanks to Lori at Moms by Heart for this wonderful Guest Post,

From year to year, there are several fairly reliable seasonal sales centered around special events. During these times, stores will mark certain items down to rock bottom prices in order to get you in the doors. These items are known as loss leaders. Here is a schedule of monthly loss leaders, along with monthly clearance items. For those of you who are seasoned frugal shoppers, please leave a comment if there is something I missed.

Loss Leaders:
1) New Year’s Resolutions – low fat brands, healthy food and diet products
2) Super Bowl Party – snack food, soda, sandwich items
3) Storage items and organization products
4) Medicine – cold and pain relief, vitamins
5) White sales
6) Chili, soups, stews
Clearance items:
· Dated items: calendars and planners
· Christmas and New Year’s party items
· Winter clothing, jackets, hats, boots
· Christmas baking products (sprinkles, cookie/candy molds, etc)

Loss Leaders:
1) National Canned Food Month – special deals on canned goods
2) National Hot Breakfast Month
3) Valentines Day – candy
4) Chinese New Year – Chinese food products
Clearance items:
· Leftover Christmas toys are discounted up to 75%
· Winter clothing
· 2/15 on: Valentines baking products (sprinkles, special packaging, etc)

Loss Leaders:
1) Frozen food month
2) Spring cleaning items
3) Easter food items
4) Gardening supplies
5) National Peanut Month
6) March Madness – sports drinks, soda
Clearance Items
· Frozen novelties are repackaged, old packaged products are reduced

Loss Leaders:
1) Earth Day – organic and environmentally friendly items, energy savers
2) Easter items
3) Auto Maintenance
Clearance Items:
· Easter baking products (sprinkles, cookie/candy molds, etc)

Loss Leaders:
1) Memorial Day – think barbeque and picnic products
2) Cinco De Mayo – Mexican food
3) Mother’s Day items
4) Auto Maintenance

Loss Leaders:
1) National Dairy Month
2) July 4th promos begin – outdoor barbeque/picnic items
3) Camping supplies, sunscreen, insect repellant

Loss Leaders:
1) July 4th promos continue – best prices on BBQ, picnic items
2) School supplies
Clearance Items:
· 4th of July baking products (sprinkles, cookie/candy molds, etc)
· Summer clothing
· Toys
· Patio furniture & outdoor decor items

Loss Leaders:
1) Back to School deals – lunch foods, school supplies, backpacks, lunchboxes, cereal, peanut butter and jelly
Clearance Items:
· BBQ equipment, charcoal,
· Sunscreen
· Insect repellant

Loss Leaders:
1) Back to School deals continue
2) Tomato products – look for Ragu and Prego coupons and deals
3) Baby items
4) After Labor Day, deals on BBQ and picnic supplies
5) Soup
Clearance Items:
· Bikes
· Gardening supplies

Loss Leaders:
1) Halloween products
2) Baking season begins
3) Apples, pumpkins and related products
Clearance Items:
· Toy clearances make room for Christmas items

Loss Leaders:
1) Thanksgiving dinner foods
2) Baking goods
3) Coffee, tea, cocoa

Loss Leaders:
1) Holiday party food
2) Baking supplies
Clearance Items:
· Fall décor items 75%+ off
· Fall baking products (sprinkles, cookie/candy molds, etc)

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Thanks to Rachel at R&R Workshop for this adorable DYI idea for Springtime Wreath, quick and easy but oh so cute. Make sure to like R&R Workshop on facebook so you will get updates all her fun ideas!

I wanted to make a cute wreath and while brainstorming ideas, I came across a picture of this wreath via pinterest. I decided to do one I can put after Valentines Day and keep for up St. Patrick’s day AND Easter. I may  leave mine up until summer..or when I need a change 🙂

Here’s how I did it:

Fabric scraps. I chose 3 different patterns with pastel colors. Its a new change from

red, pinks, purples we see during February.

Tip: You don’t have to buy a whole yard of fabric you like.

Buy 1/4 of a yard or half if you are going to use it for small projects.

It will save you from spending $10 on that cute Amy Butler fabric we all love. 🙂

Fabric or ribbon to hang wreath
Wreath- The dollar store has tons of wreaths.


STEP 1. Cut fabric strips 8  inches long. This will be different depending on how thick your wreath form is.

A little trial and error may be required 🙂 You can always cut off what you dont want as you go.

I also put mine in different piles so they would be easy to grab when I tie.

STEP 2. Decide the order you would like and Tie, Tie, Tie. -Watch a good movie or show while you do this! It makes the time go by faster!

STEP 3. Hang your wreath on your wall or door and smile every time you see it 🙂

Do you think you will make one too?

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