28 Apr

5 Minute DIY White Chocolate Mocha Latte

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I have a confession: white chocolate mocha lattes from Starbucks are my weakness. And the thing is, I don’t even like coffee. But a good latte barely counts as coffee. It’s more like a coffee-flavored shot of caffeine in a glass of steamed milk topped with whipped cream.

Die hard coffee fan or not, anyone who has ever enjoyed a steaming hot (or iced) Starbucks beverage knows how hard it hits your wallet. At over $4 a latte, that works out to $1,460 in lattes if you drank one a day for a year. That is a lot of money to have someone spell your name wrong on a cup.

Thankfully the internet has come to the rescue! Real Housemom’s shared this White Chocolate Mocha Latte recipe that I can personally say tastes like heaven. I never expected to brew up a drink at home that tastes so close to the real deal.
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13 Mar

How We (Almost) Never Pay for Movie Tickets

How We (Almost) Never Pay for Movie Tickets

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Where I grew up, our theater had a grand total of three screens and tickets cost $1. You can imagine my sticker shock when I moved to the big city and found out an average adult ticket cost at least $11. From then on it was Netflix or bust for my husband and I.

Thankfully a coworker introduced us to free movie screening passes. We now see a decent number of movies and never spend a dime.

A listing of the films we’ve seen for free include (in no particular order):

  • Captain America: Winter Soldier
  • The Theory of Everything
  • The Imitation Game
  • Oculus
  • 10 Cloverfield Lane

Why offer free screenings for a movie? Studios want to generate good buzz before the official release date to draw in paying crowds for opening weekend (and beyond). Of course, if you get negative reviews from your free audience you could tank profits before you’ve even started. And so studios only release screenings for what they hope will be well-received films.

That’s wonderful news for the penniless movie-goer because a) free movies and b) good free movies.
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08 Mar

Cut Your Grocery Bills at Discount Supermarkets

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Our haul from United Grocery Outlet

Last weekend my husband and I finally had the chance to stop in at the United Grocery Outlet a couple cities over from where we live. Unlike grocery stores like Aldi that lower prices by offering off brand products, United Grocery is a closeout supermarket that buys items grocery stores no longer want and sells them at clearance. Items might have been overstocked, sold poorly, or had packaging changes. Some are close to expiration date, and these often offer the biggest discount. A bit like a liquidation sale for food and drinks, you never know what you’ll find when you shop a closeout store.
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20 Feb

Our Step-by-Step Plan for Saving Money on Groceries

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Image courtesy of Ambro at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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Don’t be fooled by the adorable tummy; come lunch time he will eat everything in the house.

Feeding my husband and I doesn’t cost as much as feeding a family of four, but it’s always a challenge to have enough food for the week without having so much it goes bad before we use it all up.

(And top-quality cat food is never cheap, so our three fur babies eat their way through a good chunk of our monthly budget.)

I’ve slowly been improving my grocery shopping method and while it’s by no means perfect, I’m seeing a decent improvement in my savings each month. You may choose to follow all these steps or only a few of them. It all depends on how much time you have and which you feel save you the most money.
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