Help Wanted

I’m looking for some help around here!  Things are expanding rapidly, and I’d really like to add some new content.

My first priority is to add coupon matchups for each of the local stores.  I currently have readers from over 15 states–with the majority being in KY, OH and MI.  I don’t actually receive the ads until Tuesday (I know–I’ve had many a call with the Door Store but I’m not getting any headway) so I can’t do the matchups myself.  So….I’m looking to hire people to do it for me.  Its not much, but its something….and if you have a blog yourself, I will link to your blog each time.  I’m looking for matchups for Kroger in Louisville and Cincinnati, Meijer, Walgreens and CVS.  If there is a major chain in your area that’s not on that list its one I’ll consider.

I’ll take applications until the 31st.  Send me a list of your current coupon matchups, your email and contact information.  Let me know where you’re getting your coupon match info from (a coupon database, your own files, etc.)  I’m looking for matchups in Louisville, Cincinnati and in the Ann Arbor or Detroit area of Michigan.  Send it to Littlemissknowitall at contentquake dot com.

I hope to have coupon matchups up and running in early January!


Target Clearance

Just a little tip as you peruse the aisles at Target for after-Christmas clearance….make sure to look for everyday items too!  Things like Electrasol with penguins on it, Glad trash bags with snowflakes, Huggies wipes with snowflakes or oreo’s with santa on the bag.  So many manufacturers cutesy up their products with holiday designs, and this time of year they all go on clearance with all of the other holiday goodies.

One other tip…check out the Target products too.  Last year I had Archer farms coupons for $1 off juice and $1 off cereal, and found organic pomegranate juice for under $1 a jar after coupon, and Cranberry whole grain cereal (organic) for under $1 a box after coupon.


Dieting on a Dime

I’m really excited to tell you guys about my newest project that we’ll be doing here at LittleMissKnowitAll.  I’m introducing a series called Dieting on a Dime that will focus on eating healthy on a budget.

I’m excited for several reasons.  First, one of the most common excuses I hear against living frugal and using coupons is the perception that you can’t eat healthy foods on a budget.  Its just not true, and we are setting out to bust that myth!  Second, and very honestly, I’m not happy with my body.  No woman ever is, but I’ve been very unhappy with it for a long time.  As I see myself on tv and in the papers, I realize just how bad things have gotten.  A big part of it is my hypothyroidism, but what I eat doesn’t help either. 

So, on January 1st I’ll be starting a new journey, and my whole family with me.  We’ll be changing from our current diet to one that is healthy–full of whole grains, lean meats, fruits and vegetables.  Don’t misunderstand me….our diet isn’t horrible.  We currently already eat some soy, prefer 100% whole grains for our breads, eat organic whenever we can find discounts on it.  We love fruits and veggies and eat them every day.  But we also have pop tarts and cookies on a daily basis, and lots of processed foods. 

What I’m setting out to do is show that you can eat healthy and be frugal.  I’ve set a goal–eat healthy for under $300 a month, for our family of four.  To do it I’ve enlisted several resources.  First, the Enquirer and MomsLikeMe will be joining in this adventure.  MomsLikeMe will have a discussion group and resources available for people who want to join in the challenge.  Over at Dieting on a Dime we’ll have chats to support each other, share recipes, have challenges to motivate each other, and just have fun together on this journey. 

Second, I’ve enlisted a good friend of mine, Marlene, over at Modern Home Cooking.  Marlene is one of the best cooks I’ve ever known, and frugal to boot.  All of her food is all natural, and she strives to be as healthy as she can.  She’ll be working with me to make delicious menus for us out of the deals we find.

Third, I’ve enlisted Urban Active.  They’re offering FREE 30-day memberships to anyone who signs up from this blog.  My family has signed up for a membership there and will be using their facilities to help us along the way.

 Want to join me in this challenge?  I’d love to have you join me!  We can do so much more together than alone!  One of the ironies of this is that in my early 20’s, I worked in a gym as a trainer and salesperson for five years.  I know from experience that going it alone means higher rates of failure.  I really want you guys to do this with me!  I’ll be posting deals, creating meal plans, and I want you to too!  Join me….come do this too!  You can do it exactly as I do…or your own way.  Let’s see how well we can do!


Good Coupons

Found these pdf coupons for you!

Glad $1 off trash bags, exp 12/31/08

Command $1 off Any Picture Hanging Strips, exp 12/31/09

Remember to look at Target and other stores in their clearance sections.  You may be able to find the Command hooks clearanced for at or under $1.  Also look there for the trash bags, as any products that have even so much as a Christmas tree on the box will be included in Christmas clearance!

I’ve updated my list of current printables over at Littlemissknowitall.net.  Check it out!


Favorite Traditions

Here in the KnowitAll house we have several favorite traditions for the holidays.  Every year my husband and I watch two movies–Love Actually and the Ref.  Not exactly classics but they’re our favorites.  (I still watch White Christmas and Miracle on 34th Street on my own.)  We take a night or two just to go see the lights around town.  We have an adult party with all of our friends, while the kids go to Grandma’s for the weekend and a party of their own making cookies.

But my favorites come on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  On Christmas Eve the kids and I make homemade donuts for Christmas morning breakfast.  We also make Reindeer food for Santa’s reindeer, made from oatmeal and glitter.  (Our driveway sparkles like magic for months.)  Then Christmas Eve the real fun begins–we have chili for dinner every year, followed by a tradition from my husband’s family–the English Christmas cracker.  These are foil tubes filled with a joke, a silly paper crown and some sort of toy.  We sit around for the evening with silly paper hats on, telling silly jokes and having a good time.  Every Christmas Eve at 6 pm we light the Christ candle–a white candle placed in the center of the nativity–and pray together, symbolizing our desire to have the Christ child at the center of our family for another year.  As much fun as the other things are, I have to say that is one of my most treasured traditions. We read the nativity story from the Childrens’ bible, and remember the real reason why we celebrate!

We’ll go to church tonight together, and sing carols together and worship together.  This is always a tear-jerker for me, seeing my entire family worshipping together.  It just doesn’t get much better than that!

We have a lot of fun and really celebrate what God has blessed us with this year.  More than the gifts, Christmas is about enjoying each other in this house.  I pray that this year, you will have the same gift–the joy of loved ones, young and old, gathering together.  I pray for giggles, smiles, hugs and joy to permeate your days.  God Bless You All!!

My homemade donut recipe is easy and fun to make with kids!

Take yeast bread dough (You can use canned biscuits, but they won’t be as light and airy) and cut into 3/4 inch to 1 inch strips.  Shape is not important as they will be odd shaped anyway.  I use Bob Evans roll dough cause I can get it on sale with a coupon, but any bread dough works.  Heat a skillet over medium heat, adding enough vegetable oil to the bottom of the pan to be about 1/8 to 1/4 inch deep.  Have kids roll dough pieces into little balls.  (They won’t stay that way, but it gives them a part in the process!)  Drop the balls into the hot oil, about 8-10 balls at a time.  The oil should sizzle slightly as the balls are dropped in.  Give it 2-3 minutes, as the sides of the donuts start to firm up, turn them.  The bottoms should be lightly browned.  Let cook another 2-3 minutes and turn again.  I like to also stand them on their sides for another couple minutes, just to allow time for them to cook all the way through.  Once cooked removed from the pan and onto a plate with paper towels on it, for the oil to drain.  Let cool.  Cook the rest.

In ziploc gallon bags or lunch bags, add a variety of sugars.  We use red food coloring with regular sugar to make red ‘sprinkles’ for one bag.  Another bag has powdered sugar, while another has ground cinnamon and regular sugar.  Drop the warm donuts into the bags and let the kids shake, shake, shake till covered.

You can use bigger sizes of dough if you’d like something more like a beignet.  Just make sure to cook them longer, so that the dough cooks all the way through.  I’ve popped mine into the oven before, just to make sure.

These are super yummy right away, but we typically put them away for Christmas morning.  The kids love having their own homemade donuts Christmas morning.  I love not having to slave away over breakfast!  Mr KnowitAll and I have a couple of the donut holes the kids made, but we’ll also enjoy an egg casserole I made before.  Its also super easy!

Take one roll of crescent/pastry dough and roll out on the bottom of your casserole dish.  Top with a mixture of hot and mild sausages, a handfull of crumbled bacon, and a 1/2 cup each of Italian shredded cheese and Cheddar shredded cheese.  In a bowl my daughter mixes 12 eggs and 1 can of Evaporated Milk (a good substitute for cream), along with a sprinkling of salt and pepper.  Blend well and pour over the other ingredients.  Top with a little more shredded cheese and cover for the fridge.  The next morning pop in the oven before opening presents and by the time you’re done, so will be the casserole!


Free photos at CVS!

Thank to April for sharing this deal with us!

Right now get a free 8 x 10 and 5×7 at CVS when you use code ENLARGE!  Go get those last minute gifts!!!


Welcome Everyone!

I just wanted to give a quick welcome to everyone who is checking out this site after seeing me on WLWT talking about late Christmas sales.  Just wait, the after Christmas sales look to be even better!

For all of you who missed the story, you can see it here on WLWT’s site:

Shoppers See Sensational Sales


We have Winners!

We have Winners!  Comments #10 and #54 were randomly selected as winners!  That means Hallie and Becky M are the winners and should have received an email from me already!

Thanks to everyone for participating!  I wish I could give away more books….but if you missed out and still want a copy, check out the book over at Lulu.com.  All proceeds ($10 per book–either ebook or paperback) go to provide food in areas of Mozambique where drought and famine are rapidly spreading.

Congratulations to Hallie and Becky!


Catch Santa!

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Today I stumbled upon this really cute gift idea!  Do your kids doubt Santa?  Then give them photos ‘Catching Santa‘ in your house!  For $9.99, the company CaptureTheMagic will take your photo of your tree or your fireplace, and photoshop a picture of Santa sneaking around putting out presents!  Your kids won’t know they aren’t real!


Just a bit of silliness…

While we wait for 4 pm to arrive and the big giveaway drawing….here’s a bit of silliness my dad sent to me!  (Don’t worry, I don’t actually take it seriously!)

This math test can predict the person you most admire.  Do it without looking ahead at the answers!

 

Pick a number between 1 and 9.

Multiply that number by 3.

 Add 3.

Multiply that number by 3 again.

You’ll get a 2 digit number.  Add the 2 digits together to get a single number.

 

Now scroll down to find out who you most admire…….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Use the last number you got to find out who you most admire from the list below.

 

 

 

 

1.  Albert Einstein

 

2.  Nelson Mandela

 

3.  Mother Theresa

 

4.  Tiger Woods

 

5.  Bill Gates

 

6.  Ghandi

 

7.  Brad Pitt

 

8. Abraham Lincoln


9.  LittleMissKnowitAll

 

10.  Elvis Presley

 

 

WAS THERE EVER ANY DOUBT???

 

Always know that someone looks up to you!

Now, take the list, put your name in #9 and send it to all of your friends!


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