Apr
18
2015
Coupon Matchups are UPDATED!

Posted at 8:00 PM on Apr 18, 2015 by I am THAT Lady: Mark

Apr 18th, 2015

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It is Saturday which means all the Coupon Matchups have been updated!

Click on each of the matchups below and see the best deals at your stores!  If you don’t see your store listed, make sure that you download the Favado App, which has coupon matchups for most of the stores in the US.

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Here are this weeks coupon matchups:

For free printable coupons to match with items you are looking to save money on, search my Coupon Database with over 6,000 coupons to use!

 

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Apr
18
2015
Grilled Marinated London Broil

Posted at 8:30 AM on Apr 18, 2015 by I am THAT Lady: Mark

Apr 18th, 2015

Looking for a cheap and easy cut of meat to grill? This london broil marinade uses ingredients that probably already have in your pantry!

I’m all about cheap cuts of beef, and this marinated London Broil is as cheap as beef gets – especially when it’s on sale. London Broil is funny though… traditionally, it was another name for the flank steak. But now, it refers to a number of cuts of beef and usually never an actual flank steak (which has gotten popular in recent years and shot up in price).

So when you buy a London Broil at the butcher counter, you are more likely getting the top round cut of beef. It’s not bad – just different. It’s a bit tough so you will definitely want to marinade it – and I’ve got a TERRIFIC marinade for you using ingredients that you probably already have on your kitchen… Soy sauce, oil, water, mustard, black pepper, garlic powder. Easy easy easy.

Looking for a cheap and easy cut of meat to grill? This london broil marinade uses ingredients that probably already have in your pantry!

To cook, throw it on a piping hot grill.

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Now I know that many consider this to be almost sacrilegious – but flip it as many times as you want!! The whole thing about only flipping it once because the sear locks in the juices? It’s bogus. When you flip often, you can get a better sear and less of the “gray meat” in between the crust and the pink interior.

Just cook until it’s top your liking (medium rare works great for this cut) and then let is rest for about 5 minutes. Slice against the grain and then serve!

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Grilled Marinated London Broil
 
Looking for a cheap and easy cut of meat to grill? This london broil marinade uses ingredients that probably already have in your pantry!
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Ingredients
  • 1 - 2 lb. london broil (or top round)
  • ⅓ cup soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp mustard (yellow or brown)
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 1 tsp blank pepper
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
Instructions
  1. Combine all marinade ingredients and mix well in either a freezer bag or a large dish.
  2. Add the meat and marinade for at least 6 hours (overnight is preferable)
  3. Preheat grill on high.
  4. Add the meat and cook until it has reached the desired temperature (flipping at least once)
  5. Let the meat rest for at least 5 minutes, then slice against the grain to serve.

 

 

Apr
17
2015
How God Uses my Struggles to Help Others

Posted at 8:00 AM on Apr 17, 2015 by I am THAT Lady: Lauren

Apr 17th, 2015

Have you ever felt like God was putting your through something so you can help others? In this post I talk about my struggles and how they are used to help others.

Seven years ago I sat on my bed in my huge master bedroom, in the house that was making us dead broke. I had laid all of the credit card statements on the bed. I was getting ready to confess to Mark how much debt I had racked up.  As his feet hit every step of the staircase, my heart began to race faster and faster.  My hands started to sweat, and I knew that I couldn’t turn back now. He needed to know the truth and we needed to be open, in order to move forward.

I had been spending without abandon.  I had charged a lot of things and never told him, and I couldn’t take it anymore.  I knew that I had to come clean, but after many failed attempts at doing so this would be the time I would succeed.

He came into the bedroom and I blurted it out – we have $40,000 in debt.  There… I did it….I was now freed of the hidden secret of my spending woes.  I was expecting Mark to yell at me, but he didn’t. He hugged me.  He told me it would be okay and we would get out of it.  He showed me grace that day, and that same grace was what encouraged me to change.

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That was the beginning of a long journey of getting out of debt.  Along that journey I had to take a job outside of the home as a server at a fine dining restaurant. I started smoking cigarettes and drinking wine every night, so that I could handle the stress of that job.  I started becoming a person that I was not, because I was so mad at myself.

I wanted desperately to quit my job, dive back into my church, and spend more time with my son.  Not to mention the fact that I was struggling with infertility at the time and so desperately wanted to be pregnant again!

Mark and I sat down and looked at our finances and in a fateful discussion, he told me that I could stay home if we were to cut our grocery bill from $1,000 a month, down to $200 per month.  As a spender, that was laughable!  $200 per month – we spend more than that per week!   I am also an over-achiever, and if you give me a goal to achieve, I will do it.

I started off doing a lot of research. There were two particular bloggers whose blogs helped me get started: MoneySavingMom.com and SouthernSavers.com.  I read everything I could find on their websites, and learned how to coupon and meal plan at my local stores.

I started playing the DrugStore game and getting most of our toiletries on sale. I learned how to meal plan, coupon, and put together healthy meals on a budget.  Two months after I was given that challenge by Mark, I quit my job, and was finally a stay at home mom.

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I continued to coupon and feed our family of 3 on $50.00 per week, I did that for about two years.  It was a LOT of work and I spent around 10-15 hours per week strategizing and planning out our meals. I felt like I was contributing to my family, but in a different way. I saw couponing as an hourly wage in giving back to my family.

I stopped spending carelessly and started paying more attention to prices and sale cycles.  My shopping habits were starting to change and now I was getting things for free!  The first time I got asked to do a coupon class was by my local Mom’s group.  Six of us huddled around a coupon insert in my living room talking about how I saved so much on my groceries.  THAT is where I learned that God had given me a gift, and I needed to share it.

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Shortly after that small coupon class, I was asked to do another one at a local ministry.  This class was for about 50 people, and again I felt like I was doing something that God had given me an ability to do. I felt like I had something that could help them.

It has now been seven years since that conversation on the bed.  I can still feel the sweat collecting on my palms, and remember the nervous thoughts running through my head.  I remember being afraid that I wouldn’t be able to stop spending money.  Afraid that I would always be a spender.

I am continuously brought back to is a story in the bible book of Esther.   Esther 4:14 says “And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”  If you look back at the context of that verse, you will notice that she has been under a lot of attack for her heritage.  She also is in a position to help save her people.

When thinking about that verse, I am reminded that what I have gone through and everything I learned – was meant to happen.  I was born at this time in history, and made those mistakes for a reason.  The reason is – I am now blessed to help millions of people every year!

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This past week I was blessed to be able to speak to a large local moms group, which is one of my favorite things to do. One thing that God has told me is, “I have given you a platform – don’t waste it.”  I hold onto that word and realize that I went through what I went through, so I could help YOU!

Just think, what if the struggles/troubles or season you are going through right now is for a greater purpose? What if the pain of infertility, marriage struggles, financial struggles, or parenting struggles is all meant to be for the good?  Realize that you were put on this planet at this specific time, in your specific city, and what you are going through can be used for good!

I now think back to that conversation seven years ago, and smile.  God has grown me and used me at this specific time in my life, to help each of you. And for that I am blessed!

Thank you for allowing me to use my gifting and coming here to visit me each and every day!

Apr
15
2015
The Easiest Marinated Grilled Chicken

Posted at 7:00 AM on Apr 15, 2015 by I am THAT Lady: Mark

Apr 15th, 2015

Looking for a super cheap yet delicious crowd pleaser? Check out this grilled chicken and an EASY 4 ingredient marinade!

Marinated Grilled Chicken – especially if you use drumsticks and thighs has got to be one of the easiest, most delicious and CHEAPEST meals to make. Hosting a party and wondering what to cook that won’t break the bank? You just found it.

As of the writing of this post, dark meat chicken has been holding steady at around $1.19/lb. Even the cheapest ground beef is gonna run you $4-$5/lb these days. This recipe is a budget-conscious crowd pleaser. And this 4 ingredient marinade is as easy as it gets.

Italian dressing works great as a marinade, especially the zesty kind. But if that’s the only thing you use, your chicken will still end up a little bland. So this marinade starts with that as a base, but then kicks it up a little with some lemon juice, salt and pepper. Marinade in the refrigerator overnight if you can, but even just a few hours will give it some great flavor.

Now for the grilling!

Chicken on Grill

Grilling dark meat takes quite a bit longer than chicken breast, so be patient. And since there are sugars in the marinade, you need to be careful not to burn the skin too much. Indirect grilling works great here – if you have a charcoal grill, make a pile of hot coals to one side of the grill. Or if you are using gas, just heat one side of the grill on high. Your chicken goes on the other side. It’s sort of a way to “bake” the chicken using your grill.

Flip it every 5-10 minutes and move the pieces around as you do so that each piece gets equal time in the hot and cool spots of the grill. The meat should be done after about 40 minutes, but check to make sure. And then for the last 5 minutes, cook the chicken over high heat to give the skin a nice crisp.

This is awesome for freezer cooking too! Just freeze the chicken in the marinade in a freezer bag to use at a later date! The chicken will marinade as it thaws in the refrigerator.

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Marinated Grilled Chicken
 
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Looking for a super cheap yet delicious crowd pleaser? Check out this grilled chicken and an EASY 4 ingredient marinade!
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 3 - 4 lbs. chicken legs and thighs
  • 8 oz. Zesty Italian dressing (or about half a bottle)
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
Instructions
  1. Combine dressing, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a large dish of a freezer bag.
  2. Add chicken.
  3. Marinade in the fridge for at least 6 hours (overnight is optimal)
  4. Heat one side of grill on high.
  5. Add chicken to the other side of the grill and cook for about 40 minutes (or until done), flipping often.
  6. If chicken is done, cook chicken over high heat for about 5 minutes.

 

Apr
13
2015
7 Natural Ingredients X 7 Combinations = 7 DIY Homemade Baby Products

Posted at 1:00 PM on Apr 13, 2015 by I am THAT Lady: Beth Klongpayabal

Apr 13th, 2015
Feel confident that you are taking care of your baby naturally with these DIY baby products.  Gather these 5 natural ingredients and 2 multi-purpose essential oils, and make these homemade baby products.  These DIY baby product recipes will show
Apr
09
2015
My Honest Stitch Fix Review

Posted at 9:08 AM on Apr 09, 2015 by I am THAT Lady: Lauren

Apr 9th, 2015
I confess that I love a new pair of jeans, a nice pair of pumps, and a fresh new look!  However, I am usually the girl that finds those said items at a thrift store for $1.00 per item.  I've been seeing a lot of bloggers write about Stitch Fix la
Apr
08
2015
8 Ways to Get Your House Ready to Sell Without Spending Much Money

Posted at 8:00 AM on Apr 08, 2015 by I am THAT Lady: Lauren

Apr 8th, 2015
Selling your house can be very stressful, especially if you have kids running around.  Spring seems to be the time of year people are either looking to buy a house or are trying to sell theirs. That being said, I thought it would be appropriate t