Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Slow Cooker Poached Salmon

Slow Cooker Poached Salmon Crockpot poached salmon

Your slow cooker is a versatile thing. So versatile, in fact, that you can even use it for poaching salmon.

It may seem odd to use a slow cooker (something usually used to cook food for hours at a time) for salmon (something that cooks very quickly). But here, we’re using the slow cooker less for its “slow cooking” function and more for its ability to provide steady, even heat—which is the perfect medium for cooking delicate fish like salmon.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Easter Books, Crafts, and Printables for Preschool and Kindergarten Students

Easter Books, Crafts, and Printables for Preschool and Kindergarten Students

Easter Books, Crafts, and Printables for Preschool and Kindergarten Students is a post from contributing writer Dianna Kennedy. As a Catholic family, Easter is a big deal in our house. We do a combination of religious crafts and books, as well as fun spring ideas. Check out these Easter books, crafts, recipes, printables, and more for

Lemon Poppy Seed Bundt Cake

Lemon Poppy Seed Bundt Cake Lemon Poppyseed Bundt Cake

Bundt cakes like this Lemon Poppy Seed Cake are one of my favorite types of cake to make—they manage to be both a simple homey dessert and a showstopper. There really is nothing better for a home baker!

What is Ibotta and How Ibotta Works - Frugal Family Home

What is Ibotta and How Ibotta Works - Frugal Family Home

Don’t have time to clip coupons? No problem, you can still save money with a free cash back app, called Ibotta, let me show you how Ibotta works.

Photo of phone with Ibotta app on it. How to Use Ibotta to save

I get two Sunday papers each week to clip paper coupons to save money. And I also use printable coupons as well.

I’ve met many people in line at the grocery store who say, they don’t have time to clip coupons but would love to save money.

I tell them they should use Ibotta! It’s a great way to save money on groceries and more without having to clip coupons at all.

Some of the links below are my referral links. When you sign up with them I can make a little money at no extra cost to you. See my disclosure policy for more information.

What is Ibotta or What is the Ibotta app?

The Ibotta app is a cash back app. You can earn cash back on items you purchase at the store. It’s like having coupons on your phone. You choose which rebates you want to redeem. Then shop and redeem them when you get home.

It’s easy to use but I’ve made a video tutorial below to walk you through the process to get you started in just minutes.

Ibotta Coupons or Should I Say Rebates

More Ibotta coupons to choose from in the app.

Ibotta coupons aren’t quite coupons they are rebates. Money back, real cash back on items you purchase.

The Ibotta “coupons” are right on your phone in the app. Every Thursday new rebates are released. You can look at the rebates, choose the ones you’d like to redeem. Then go to the store and shop for the items you need.

If you forget to select a rebate before you shop, no problem just add it when you get home from the store before you submit your receipt.

You also have a week to redeem your rebates. I like to redeem mine as soon as I get back from shopping so I don’t forget. But if you forget and remember a day or two later, it’s not too late.

Which Stores Will Ibotta Work With

Ibotta works with most of the major grocery stores in our area and I’m sure it will be the same for you. I can use the Ibotta app with Safeway, Albertsons, WinCo Foods, Rite Aid, Walgreens, Trader Joe’s just to name a few.

I love that I can have one app to save at multiple stores. I shop many stores in a month and being able to use the Ibotta app at the store I’m shopping that week is so great.

How Ibotta Works

Using the Ibotta app is a simple process. You download the app. Add your favorite stores. Pick the rebates you want to redeem. You can search for Ibotta rebates by the store or search by product you are looking to purchase to see if any rebates are available.

Shop and then submit your receipt. For some purchases, you must scan the product code too.

Rebates are added to your account in about 24 hours. But I’ve seen them show up in my account in just a few hours. So it might not take that long to see your account credited.

Here’s a video to walk you through the whole process…

Link Your Loyalty Card

For some stores, you can link your loyalty card instead of submitting your receipt to get credit for your purchases.

Right now in our area, Rite Aid is the only store we can link our royalty card with but you might find more stores in your area to link to Ibotta.

To submit a purchase via your loyalty card, you load the rebates onto your account before you shop. This is important, to get the credit they need to be loaded before you swipe your loyalty card at the store.

Here’s how to link your loyalty card…

Sign up with Ibotta
Download the App
Open the app, from the home page click redeem
Tap All at the top of the screen
Select your store with the loyalty card to link (find the list of stores that link royalty cards)
Tap “Add Card” if the Add Card isn’t displayed then linking to that card isn’t currently available.
Scan Your Loyalty Card Number or Add it Manually (better to scan it)
Wait for the confirmation that your royalty card has been added.

That’s it, you no longer have to submit receipts. Two things to remember when using Ibotta this way. You must add your rebates before you shop. And you need to use the linked card when you shop to redeem your rebates.

Ibotta Not Just for Groceries Either

Photo of the restaurant screen in the Ibotta app

Ibotta has rebates on items from grocery stores but you can also get rebates from restaurants and retail stores too.

If you are shopping at a retail store like Kohl’s, JoAnn’s, Lowe’s, Home Depot and more you can get rebates at those stores too.

Be sure to read the terms. Some like Best Buy needs to be redeemed at the cash register and others can be redeemed with your receipt.

Retail store coupon in the Ibotta App.

Also be sure to check with Ebates before using Ibotta as you might get more cash back from them. Shop around for your rebates.

How to Save the Most with Ibotta

Coupons with Ibotta app open, save more with Ibotta and coupons

While it’s super convenient to use the Ibotta app to save money on groceries, you can stack your savings by using manufacturer coupons with the Ibotta rebates. That’s right you can clip coupons and use them on the same item you are redeeming the Ibotta rebate on too.

When shopping at retail stores you can redeem rebates on clearance items and sale items too. So if you have a rebate for a great priced item on sale or clearance grab the Ibotta rebate too.

Is Ibotta Worth It

You may wonder if Ibotta is too good to be true or if using Ibotta will gobble up too much of your free time to use it.

That’s what I used to think too. It will be too many hoops to jump through to save a few pennies. All the rebates will be for things I don’t buy. It won’t be worth the time.

But then I tried it. While I’m not rolling in the dough each month from Ibotta, I’m saving money each time I shop. It might only be a buck or two but it’s a buck or two I wouldn’t have had.

The payout threshold is $20. You can get the cash sent to you via PayPal or Venmo. Or get gift cards instead of cash so you’ll have a bit of spending money when you redeem your money.

The whole process looking for rebates, adding them to my account and redeeming them through submitting my receipt takes just a few minutes. So I say using Ibotta is worth it. Especially if you take advantage of all the ways, you can save.

Photo example of rebates in Ibotta

How to Get Started with Ibotta

Get started with Ibotta! click the link, fill in your information and follow the instructions.

Download the app which you can get at the app store for Apple products or Google Play store for Android users. Then pick your rebates, shop, and redeem by scanning your receipt. It’s that easy.

That’s how Ibotta works. With just a few moments before and after you shop, you can save money.

While it might not be a huge amount of saving. It can save you money and you don’t have to clip coupons or remember to bring them with you and then remember to hand them to the cashier. There have been so many times I’ve left my coupons behind when I’ve gone shopping.

With Ibotta you don’t have to worry about it, just remember to hold onto your receipt as you’ll need it.

Want to save more? Pair Ibotta with printable coupons. Print coupons with the links below.

Grab a few Printable Coupons
Find the printable Red Plum Coupons
Print the SmartSource Coupons

Two photo put together for how to use Ibotta

Monday, March 19, 2018

Holy Week for Kids: 10 Holy Week Activities Free Printable

Holy Week for Kids: 10 Holy Week Activities Free Printable

Holy Week for Kids: 10 Holy Week Activities Free Printable Post Preview: You’ll find ten ideas for Holy Week activities for families including a Holy Week Activities Printable. This printable is available in both a Catholic version and a non-Catholic version. While I already have a printable that features 10 Activities for Lent and Holy

Pressure Cooker Moroccan Chicken

Pressure Cooker Moroccan Chicken Moroccan Chicken in the Pressure Cooker

On weeknights, I am all about the boneless, skinless chicken thighs. They’re easy to prepare and always end up juicy no matter how they’re cooked.

Elise makes a recipe for Moroccan chicken using the slow cooker that is absolutely fantastic, but I wanted to adapt it for the pressure cooker so I could make it at a moment’s notice on a busy weeknight.

Menu Plan Monday, Family Favorites Week - Frugal Family Home

Menu Plan Monday, Family Favorites Week - Frugal Family Home

It’s Monday and time to decide what’s going to be on the menu plan this week. I save quite a bit of money by planning my menu each week and you can too.

Find some meal time inspiration below…

Menu plan with recipe links

My son loves sloppy joes. We had them a week ago or so and now he was asking for them again. So they are on our meal plan for this week.

We’ve had really nice sunny weather but the air is still chilly. Because of that coolness in the air soup sounded good. One of our favorites is the easy to make chicken pot pie soup. My hubby doesn’t like the name but he gobbles it up.

If your family love pizza as much as ours does, the pizza cups recipe is one you need to try. They are easy to assemble and so tasty too. Once you make them, you’ll want to make them again and again. They do freeze well if you have any leftover.

The rest of the week will be easy recipes. We are also having chicken stir fry to use up the vegetables in the crisper drawer. Don’t want to let any of those fresh vegetables go to waste.

Here’s what’s cooking at our house this week


An easy to make dinner idea if your family loves pizza.

Pizza Cups, Salad, and Fruit

Chicken Pot Pie Soup, Salad, and Fruit

BBQ Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, and Salad

Ham, Eggs, Toast, and Hash Browns

Sloppy Joes, Chips, and Salad

Beef and Celery, Egg Noodles, Salad, and Fruit

Chicken Stir Fry and Rice


Leftover most days

Hoagie Roll Sandwiches, Chips, and Fruit

Hamburgers and Baked Fries 


I love how easy these cinnamon twist scones are to make. They are as easy to mix up as biscuits, but turn out looking so fancy. Great for breakfast or brunch when company is coming over. They are also a frugal breakfast recipe costing only $.10 each. My family gobbles these up every time I made them.

Toast, Eggs and Oatmeal

Pancakes, Sausage, and Eggs

Cinnamon Twists, Eggs and Sausage

What’s cooking at your house this week?

Where to find more menu plan ideas for this week.

Do you need help planning your menu? Find my menu planning tips here with a free printable menu planner page and here for my frugal menu planning tips.

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Find more menu plan ideas at Org Junkie too.