SUPER Easy Mardi Gras Punch!!!
This festive drink will cost you LESS THAN $5
Add Lemon and Lime Slices for Garnish!!!
Serve with CLEAR glasses so everyone can see your festive drink!!!
$.69 Pineapple Juice
May be cheaper if you find the items on sale! I bought my ingredients for everything at Smart & Final.
#2 Mardi Gras Jello Treats!
I bought these cups at the Dollar Tree.
Cook one color at a time and put in glasses. Refrigerate. Once one color sets, do the next one!
You cannot do this recipe last minute. Do one color in the morning, one in the afternoon, and another before bed or the next day- that way the colors don’t bleed into each other.
Each Box of Jello was around $1 and the cups were $1 -again, less than $5 for this one too!
Pillsbury Crescent Rolls $1.99
Cream Cheese 8 oz.$1.99
Powdered Sugar – hopefully on hand
Sugar- I figured this would be something most people have on hand already so I did not add it to the cost.
Green, Yellow, and Purple Sprinkles- did I buy them- NOOOOOO-I MADE THEM- all I did was put sugar in a bowl and use food coloring to get the sugar the color I wanted. DO NOT buy sprinkles if you do not have to- food coloring and sugar is basically FREE!!!!
1. Mix Cream Cheese, 1 Cup Powdered Sugar in a bowl to mix until fluffy.
2. Spread rectangles of crescent rolls and sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on them.
3. Spread the cream cheese mixture on each one and roll up.
4. Bake for 8 Minutes at 350 degrees
5. Make Frosting- 2 Cups Powdered Sugar, 1 tsp Vanilla, 1 Tbsp Milk
5. Add Frosting and Sprinkles!
These are good for breakfast OR dessert!!
If you have the sugars and cinnamon already, these should be under $5 as well!!!
I added the Plastic Baby into one of the cakes as the surprise. I found them at Party City in the Baby Shower section!
If you only have time to Mardi Gras shop at ONE place, I totally recommend Party City!!
They have a whole wall of Mardi Gras decor, costume, and party items!
The prices were pretty decent too!
I bought 2 packs of 8ct Beads $1.99 each
Mardi Gras Sign $.59
Mardi Gras Top hat $1.99
Mardi Gras colored coins $5.99 (kind of pricy, but the other coins had clovers on them and I wanted the purple ones!)
They had cups, plates, tablecloths, masks, big signs, little signs, such a great variety to choose from. I got quite a bit for less than $20, and then I spent another $8 at Dollar Tree before I went to Party City.
I bought tablecloths at Dollar Tree, but I actually liked the one at Party City better, but I just stuck with what I had.
Mardi Gras Dollar Tree Item Finds!
Ok, so the Dollar Tree did not have very much for Mardi Gras. Their one small display looked a bot small- but I am sure different locations vary-but for $8 I was able to grab some items that made for some great decor!
I bought a few different colors,. Some had sparkles and feathers, and some already had the stick on them to hold. The packages are very ugly, but when I opened them for display they were actually very pretty!
I was also able to grab a multi-colored boa. some beads, and some sparkling hats.
You really have to be creative and think outside of the display here!
I also grabbed a Green, Yellow and Purple tablecloth for $1 each to create my own tablecloth design!
Hello Studio 40 Live Viewers!!!! Here is all the info on everything I shared on today’s segment!! I am so excited for Valentine’s Day and I have come up with some very simple budget-friendly ideas for you!
Here is what I bought at Smart & Final
Doritos 50 ct. $13.99 ($.28 each)
First Street Microwave Popcorn 24ct. $6.99 ($.29 each)
I used the Doritos bags- but any bags of chips will work for this.
I printed these simple printables
that say You are all that and a bag of chips!
I just taped them on – can easily be done by kids too!
Then I printed these printables for the microwave popcorn that say
You Make My Heart Pop!
This is a very simple snack for watching a family movie or a Valentine Party snack for the kids!
1 Box/Bag Teddy Grahams
1 Bag of Mini Marshmallows
1 Bag of Valentine Colored M&Ms
This is just so cute and a big hit in my house.
I always use the First Street Double Strength Red Food Coloring.
Just make one big bowl of mix and cook a few plain waffles (or pancakes) then add a little food coloring to make the batter pink and make some more-then add enough to make the batter red and then make the rest. It looks so pretty on a tray or individual plate.
I got the Dash Mini Heart Waffle Maker at Target for $9.99
This is just a MUST for ANY holiday or a weekend or weekday quick dessert
Cake Mix Cookies
1 Cake Mix ( I used Strawberry)
1/2 Cup Oil
Mix and drop as cookies on a baking sheet.
Add chocolate or white chips if desired
Bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes. They will not seem like they are done, but they are. Let cool and they will be the most moist cookies ever!!
Get 3 FREE ITEMS at either Target or Safeway using Ibotta app!! $21.97 Free!!!
Plus if you are new to Ibotta a $20 Cash offer too!!
Great deal if you have been wanting to try these!
I am not sure I will, but I know who I can give them to!
Another great week of deals at Smart & Final!!!!
I just love their email coupons too!
Blueberries 18 oz. $2.77
Gala Apples $.98 lb.
Fresh large Artichokes $1.99 each
Yellow or White Peaches $1.99 lb.
Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts $1.57 lb.
(I grabbed extra for the freezer)
New York Steak $4.99 lb.
Ground Beef 73% $2.49 lb.
Fresh Assorted Pork Chops $2.99lb
Here are my 2 favorite email coupons!!! If you do not get these, you can sign up at SmartandFinal.com to get them sent weekly!
Spend $25 and get $.01 Pasta!
10lbs of First Street Patties for $.9.99! That is $1 per lb!!!
Other coupons include-
$.50 off Barilla Pasta Sauce
$.50 off First Street Garlic bread
$3 off First Street Coffee 5lbs.
$5 off First Street Mixed Nuts 56 oz.
Love the Buy 4 Save $6 Sale!!
Large Boxes of GM Cereals $5.49
Yoplait Yogurts $7.79
Nature Valley Bars $9.99
Gardettos, Chex Mix, and Fruit Snacks Multi packs are $11.49
If you buy these, make sure you snap a picture on your FETCH App because there are bonus offers for these items!!
All you need to do is Download the FETCH app! Then if you enter this promo code- AF4FP you will get $2 instantly!!
Powerade $.49 each!!
Oreos $1.99 -You can also get $1 back when you buy 2 from Checkout 51 App!
Go To https://checkout51app.link/6aFDoCCTVQ
And my favorite deal to stock up on this week- Betty Crocker Cake Mixes for $.79!!
Not deal related, but if you take a cake mix and add 2 eggs and 1/2 cup of oil then put spoonfuls on a plan for cookies- they taste amazing and even your kids can make them!! They are very moist and soft too! My kids love doing this with the strawberry cake mix-which is perfect for Valentines Day!!
Oreo Cookies for $1 at Safeway!!!
Here is how-
- Add the Just For U offer for $1.50 Oreos to your Safeway Card
- Download the Checkout 51 App if you haven’t already. https://checkout51app.link/6aFDoCCTVQ
- Snap a picture of your receipt and submit it for $1 Cash Back on 2 Oreos from Checkout 51
=$1 Per package!!!
This week I was invited on Your California Life (YCL) to talk bout Valentine’s Day Savings!!!
Here is a breakdown of what I shared!
Valentine’s Day Waffle Bar for the Family!
Groceries – Purchased at Smart & Final
First Street Pancake and Waffle Mix $4.19
First Street Double Strength Red Food Coloring (my fav.) $3.99
-YOu can use any topping you would like!
Dash Heart Shaped Waffle Maker $9.99 from Target
They had pink or red available.
Mini Valentine Pizzas
Sauce, Mozzarella Cheese, and Pepperoni
I used a mini heart shaped cookie cutter to make heart shaped pepperonis to create a Valentin’es Day Pizza Party theme for the family.
Valentine’s Day Decor-Michael’s
Michael’s has 50% off all Valentine’s Day items!
I bought some craft kits and home decor items and they have a BIG selection!
Kids’ Valentines Cards, Treats, and Prizes
Target had aisles and aisles of different Valentine’s Day exchange items. Candy, pretzels, plain cards all for around $5 a box.
They had kinds without candy as well.
They also had a great selection of prizes like bubbles, pencils, and slime if you would like to (or have to) opt for a non-food gift to exchange in your childs’ class.
Disney on Ice is back in Sacramento- and it is the perfect Valentine’s Day gift!!!
Disney on Ice will be at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento February 13-17!!!
Join Mickey and friends in an adventure filled with world-class skating, high-flying acrobatics and unexpected stunts! Follow Captain Hook’s treasure map in the search for Tinker Bell through immersive, fantastic worlds as the search party becomes an all-out celebration. Explore the spirit realm of Coco, sail away with Moana, sing-along with Elsa and so much more! At Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party!
See stars from Coco, Moana, Frozen, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and Toy Story with Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy.
I love that there are 3 Showtimes on Saturday the 15th at 11am, 3pm, and 7pm!!! With all the DOCO options to eat this will make a wonderful day for the family!!
Of Course The show starts the night of the 13th and runs into the 17th!! Last year I took my 3 daughters and my granddaughter and we had a GREAT TIME!
For Tickets GO HERE
I also suggest you prepay for parking online- it is usually cheaper and they you know where you are going to park before you get into traffic.