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!
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!!
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.
$$ Saving and Earning Apps
There are other ways and additional ways to save money while you shop!
Money saving and Cash Back Apps were my favorite ways in 2018!
Have you downloaded the Ibotta App yet?
I have earned almost $1,000 Cash Back with Ibotta! (Plus my husband has the app too so we can both earn the deals!)
You will get a Cash Bonus offer just for signing up! Plus- we will be in the same team-there are TEAMWORK bonuses when your team reaches a certain amount of Cash Back offers redeemed, and since there are lots of people on my team, it is pretty easy to get a few levels in every month of Bonus MONEY!!!
If you register your card from Raley’s, Sprouts, and Rite Aid-your offers will be redeemed automatically without submitting a receipt!
Here is how it works-
1. Get the Ibotta App
2. Choose the store you are shopping at
3. Add the offers to your account of what you will be buying
4. After shopping redeem your offers by taking a picture of your receipt and submitting it.
5. Receive your CASH BACK!
At first it may seem time consuming setting it up-I get that. But really once or twice a week I skim through the offers at the stores I go to and add them to my account-then when I go to the store I redeem my receipts. It gets faster each time. Plus-looking at how I got $944 back so far-I do not feel bad about the time I spent looking through the offers!
This is SERIOUSLY the EASIEST app to earn gift cards with that I have ever used (And I have used SOOOO MANY!)
To sign up—
Download the App
Use THIS CODE-RPEKY -enter it as your referral code-to get $5 FREE for doing nothing!
Then-register your credit cards or bank cards-sound weird I know-But every time I get gas at Safeway, or shop at Target or any of the stores that I added to my account- I get points AUTOMATICALLY for shopping there!
I don’t have to take any pictures, cut any coupons or do ANYTHING and I was able to earn $15 in gift cards IN MY FIRST MONTH (plus my $5 initial gift!)
There are MORE ways to earn extra points faster-choosing more offers, shopping through the app etc-but I have not taken the time really to do that-I pretty much just let it alone and let the points accumulate! It has been the easiest app so far. It isn’t a HUGE moneymaker, but 1-3 free Starbucks cards a month works for me!
Here is another one of my FAVORITE APPS-SHOPKICK!!
EVERYONE in my family has a Shopkick App!
All you have to do is open your Shopkick app up at the stores that offer “kicks” to walk in.
When your Kicks add up for enough to earn a gift card-you can redeem your kicks!
To get MORE kicks-
Scan items in the store (different for each store)
Link your debit/credit card and receive kicks for shopping at certain stores- I get kicks for shopping at TJ Maxx, Home Goods, and Marshall’s automatically added to my account!
I can usually get $5-$10 in gift cards each month with this app pretty easily. If my kids are with me it gives them something to do while they are in the stores. They go around Target, Walmart-or grocery stores and scan the items that are offered. Keeps them occupied-and they get their own Starbucks cards!
I usually save mine up until I can get a larger amount-or I need a gift.
I did save mine up for awhile because I knew we were going to Seattle-and I KNEW there would be Starbucks there!
Here is my husband enjoying his coffee at the Starbucks Reserve!
He saved up like $10 from Shopkick, and I had $20 so we drank free coffee that weekend because of our Shopkick App!
Join SHOPKICK with this link –
USE CODE GIFT878432 and we both get points towards FREE gift cards!
I just LOVE Fetch Rewards! It is one of the newer ones, but I have already made a few gift cards from it!
When you go shopping-ANY GROCERY STORE- just take a picture of your receipt. It will give you points when you buy brands that are listed in the app! No scanning of items or anything. If your receipt does not have any participating items-you still get 25 points!
All you need to do is Download the FETCH app! Then if you enter this promo code- AF4FP you will get $2 instantly!!
Checkout 51 is pretty simple too! Each Thursday new offers are added (some just reset). You can usually redeem each offer multiple times. This is my favorite app to use at the 99 Cent Only store or Grocery Outlet types of shoppings. They will often have $1 Cash Back on Nabisco Cookies or Crackers. They usually have them for $1, or $1 Back for 2 at these stores-so after the $$ Back, they come to $.50 each!
To get BONUS MONEY for signing up – Go To https://checkout51app.link/6aFDoCCTVQ
SavingStar App takes a bit longer for your savings to add up, but what I like about it is that you can link your store cards( just put your phone number!) to it. I shop a lot at Safeway, so when I buy an offer that is saved, the savings is added to my account automatically-no scanning receipts or anything else. They don’t have as many offers as other apps-but after awhile they accumulate without any effort-so why not? To get started-GO HERE
Pei is another easy app to use. You sign up ONCE enter your info and continue to earn points for your purchases at participating stores. Then you earn points. You can redeem them for Cash, Gift Cards and even Bitcoin.
- Download the Pei App
- Use the Referral Code “gvudfd”
- Earn the $2.50 Welcome Bonus and keep earning!
Receipt Scanning Apps are one of the easiest apps to use. I have all of them and once or twice a week I just go through and snap a picture of each receipt on each app!
Coinout-Snap a picture of your receipt and money is added to your account! That is it!
Receipt Pal– Just snap a picture of your receipt! That is it!
Receipt Hog– Just snap a picture of your receipt. Earn coins and redeem for cash or gift cards
This week Smart & Final has some GREAT deals- and GREAT Email Coupons! These deals run through 2/4!
Here are my favorites!!!
Foster Farms Chicken Half Breasts $.89 lb.
Pork Spareribs $1.59 lb.
Avocados 2 for $1!!!
Party Size Lays Chips $2.99- If you need chips- look for the bags with coupons on them! I keep seeing the Buy 3 Chips get a FREE Pepsi, or Buy 2 Get a FREE Dip coupons on all the Lays Chips Bags!!
Pepsi 12 Packs $2.49- this is the BEST price anywhere this week!!
Dreyers and Drumsticks $2.99
2lbs First Street Shredded Cheese $5.99
Squirt, Canada Dry, A&W, and 7-Up 2 Liters $,99 *when you buy 4
Crystal Geyser Water 2 for $8
If you spend $25 you can use their email coupon to get it for $.01!!!
Smart & Final also has a 4lb. bag of Flamin Hot Wings for $14.99
There is a $2 off Email Coupon too!!!
=$12.99 for 4lbs- ALREADY MADE!! I love easy ways to bring items to a party!!!
Philadelphia Cream Cheese $1.99
Knudsen Sour Cream $1.99
Nabisco Ritz, Wheat Thins, Chips Ahoy Cookies $1.49!
Also the 2lbs of Shredded Cheese is $5.99 and these are great prices if you are going to make any dips, nacho or taco bar, etc.
I love Smart & Final because I can get a big club size of an item like the wings or produce- but then I can buy a small blue cheese dressing and a single stalk of celery at the same time. It is the perfect store to go to when you only have time for ONE trip to the store!
I found these awesome Superbowl party Bingo game cards at PrintYourBrackets.com
I love when I find FREE printables that are exactly what I need!!
I printed these out for my Superbowl party! I also used a glue stick and glued them on Red and Yellow construction paper to fit in with the decor!
You can also laminate them if you want to use them with smaller kids who might spill during the game!!!
I am gearing up for our Superbowl Party and finally decided I was going to make the PVC Pipe Goal Post- I was shocked at how cheap and easy this was to make!!!
I went to Home Depot and bought these items below and Yellow and Black Spray Paint. The yellow spray paint was $3.98 and I grabbed the cheap $1.10 Black spray paint because I thought I might have some already (and the black connector really doesn’t show anyways)
4-Tee Connectors 3/4 inch $.73 each
4-Elbow Connectors 3/4 ince $.50 each
Yellow Spray Paint $3.98
Black Spray Paint $1.10 (not pictured) Check if you may have some already!
=$12.84 Total for items to make TWO Goal Posts!
Spray Paint your pieces and let dry before connecting. There is writing on the side of the PVC pipe and it was hard to completely cover it up with the yellow paint. When I put it together I don’t think it will matter too much.
Place one Goal Post on each end of your Party Table and fill it with lots of FUN Superbowl Food!
I will be on Studio 40 Live on Wednesday 1/22 With what I am doing for the Superbowl-Tune in at 11 am on Fox!!!
I went into Grocery Outlet for some Keto Ice Cream $1.99 and found some more great deals!!!
My husband and I have been doing the Keto lifestyle for almost 2 years now and we have lost lots of weight, but we also have been able to stay on our same grocery budget. I love checking Grocery Outlet for some great finds to keep our carbs AND our spending low!!
My kids do not follow it, and although I make plans for them to eat as healthy as they need to- I occasionally grab some great deals for them too!!