6 Tips to Help You Stick With Your “Diet” #JennyCraigKit

Posted by on May 27, 2016

6 tips to stick with your diet

I have struggled with my weight for years. Between pregnancy, my love of food, and my loathing of exercise my body hasn’t fared well. But I know that needs to change. I’m not obese. I don’t think anyone would call me fat. But I don’t feel comfortable in my own skin. And that is the real problem. So what’s a girl to do? Well I’ve started eating better (yay!) and am kick starting my “diet” with Jenny Craig. The new Jenny Craig starter kit is exclusive to Walmart in participating stores and can be found in the diet/weight loss aisle.

What’s in the kit:

  • 5 day kit with a variety of 20 meals and snacks
  • One month free consultation at any Jenny Craig center or Jenny Craig Anywhere
  • Special $50 food savings when you join a Jenny Craig center

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6 tips to stick with your “diet”

Hopefully these tips will help you (and me) on our healthy living journey.

  1. Get moving: This part is huge! And it doesn’t mean you need to start working out for 3 hours at the gym every day. Just increase your movement from whatever it is now. Maybe that means walking for 20 minutes. Whatever you can do, do it!
  2. Drink lots of water: I’ll admit, this is not my strong suit. But our bodies NEED water. Plus, there are no calories or sugar involved. So drinking more water is going to help almost right away.
  3. Set realistic goals: This one can be hard. We all want a magic pill that will help us lose 10 pounds overnight, but sadly that just doesn’t exist. If you set realistic goals (i.e. 1 to 2 pounds a week) you won’t get discouraged as easily. Also, you can’t just change the way you eat overnight. Give yourself some leeway. A cheat day or whatever it is you need to start eating better.
  4. Find a support group: This could mean you start talking to a consultant at Jenny Craig or even just making sure friends and family know what you are doing. Having that support when you are tempted to eat that second doughnut or are feeling discouraged about your progress can make the difference between quitting and pushing through your hurdle.
  5. Be nice to yourself: Honestly, this is probably the most important tip I can give. We all mess up. We make mistakes and we slip up on what we eat or do. Don’t beat yourself up when this happens! Stay positive! Know that you are human and tell yourself you made a mistake, but will do better tomorrow. This is the only way you will keep going on your journey. One slip up does NOT ruin the day. Or the diet. Or the week. Or you. YOU are amazing and are working on making yourself better. Focus on that.
  6. Jazz up your food the healthy way: This. This is another big one! If you don’t like the food you are eating, then why are you eating it? So focus on the low calorie options that still tickle your taste buds. If you are using pre-packaged foods (like Jenny Craig) that doesn’t mean you can’t add a little something to them to increase their appeal.

So how did I modify my Jenny Craig meals? Let me give you an example of just how easy and simple it can be! One of the meals included in my kit was Zesty Tortellini Soup. It was okay by itself, but I like a little more pizazz in my meals. So I added a bit of low fat mozzarella cheese (mmmm cheese), a sprinkle of basil, and a side of fresh veggies. Voila!

  • Jenny Craig Tortellini soup
  • low fat mozzarella cheese
  • basil
  • fresh fruits and veggies

 

I was provided a free Jenny Craig Weight Loss Starter Kit. However, the opinions expressed are entirely my own.



Last Chance: Enter to Win a Diono Radian Car Seat!

Posted by on May 26, 2016

Win a car seat

Today is your last chance to enter to win a Diono Radian car seat!



Are Coupons Still Worth It?

Posted by on May 26, 2016

are coupons still worth it 

Back in 2009 when my sister and I started Mamas on a Dime (Bargain Divas back then), I spent hours saving big using coupons, and couldn’t wait to share my deals each day. I watched the savings add up and I was amazed and excited every single shopping trip.

But then? TLC’s Extreme Couponing started. Printable coupons became more popular. And not long after that coupon fraud was on the rise. When I first started grocery shopping with coupons I could spend $40 or less per week to feed my family of four. And then I had another baby. And I got a weekly TV gig, and joined the PTA. And, basically just got really busy. So while I still coupon (I can’t imagine not) it’s not in the same way as it used to be.

I’ve heard so many people say couponing is dead. Dead!? Ahem. No way! If you need to take control of your finances or really need to lower your grocery budget? Or just want to save some money? It’s still possible!! I just want to encourage you that with a little work and research you can save big too. Seriously! It’s so much easier than you think!

I literally spend 30 minutes or less per week on coupons! And I have my grocery budget down to about $50 per person per month. That’s only $250 a month! Before coupons? I was lucky to be at $200 per person per month. If I can do it, YOU can do it! Check out our coupons 101 posts to get started now. And don’t hesitate to email me at jacki@mamasonadime.com with questions!



Clearance Deals – My Favorite Way to Save!

Posted by on May 26, 2016

Deals of the Week

Here are my top deals of the week as featured on Good4Utah today. Make sure to tune in next Thursday for the new deals! And check back here every day for all the other great deals you can score.

Plus, don’t forget to enter to win a Diona Radian Car Seat!

Win a car seat

Today we are talking clearance deals! Clearance is my absolute favorite way to find deals. As soon as I walk into a store I head straight for the clearance racks and shelves. You can save so much money this way! The trick is to not buy more than you will actually use. Here are some of my favorite deals that I have recently scored.

Bed, Bath, and Beyond

They are having a huge clearance sale on bedding right now! All clearance bedding and sheet sets are an extra 50% off the lowest price. Plus, you can use your 20% Bed, Bath, and Beyond coupon to make your savings even more! I got a $100 king bedding set for only $28! Plus, a $60 twin quilt set for my daughter for only $15.

BBB clearance

Shopko

This store doesn’t seem to be overrun with shoppers when I go in. That means there are more deals for you! I got a set of king sheets for $14.99, originally $$59.99. If you are an outdoorsman this is a great place to shop for you as well. They often have camouflage clothes and accessories for up to 90% off!

Target

Okay, I’m not going to lie. This. Is. My. Store. I love it! I totally have a system set up for walking the store so I am able to browse the majority of the clearance. I know. I know. I have a problem.

Target love

My favorite clearance at Target is after holiday clearance. You can stock up for the next year and get things that will work for any day. After season clearance rocks as well. Believe it or not, Summer clearance is already starting to happen at Target. There are lots and lots of items at 30% off, but I even found some up to 70% off. I got this adorable Puddle Jumper for my daughter for just $7.48, regularly $24.99! I also scored this Star Wars scooter luggage for just $10! This same thing is selling on Amazon for $50.

Target Clearance

The DPCI for the Star Wars scooter/luggage is 069-03-0023 you can go to this website and enter that along with your zip code to see how many are available at stores near you and what price they are selling for. Although keep in mind this is not always right. It shows a higher price at my local store where I bought this, this morning.

I also spotted half off dressers, clothes, LEGO sets, 30% off TV’s and sound systems, and tons more!

Remember that clearance can vary widely from store to store.



Planters 24 Ct. Peanuts Only $9.48 Shipped!

Posted by on May 24, 2016

planters nuts

Head over to Amazon and you can score this Planters Nut 24 Count-Variety Pack, 2 Lb 8.5 Ounce for just $9.48 shipped when you choose Subscribe & Save. This variety pack includes (6) 1.5oz bags of salted cashews, (12) 1.75oz bags of salted peanuts and (6) 1.75oz bags of honey roasted peanuts.

 I have ordered this pack a couple of times now and I love that’s it’s such an easy, healthy snack for my kids!



Five Tips to Re-Do Your Kitchen on a Budget

Posted by on May 24, 2016

5 Tips to Re-Do Your Kitchen on a Budget

Almost as soon as I moved into my house 9 years ago, I knew I wanted to re-do my kitchen. It was outdated and blah. But when I started looking into prices for the project I just felt overwhelmed and like there was no way we could afford to do it.

Then I started learning the ways of the coupon and frugal living in general. And I found some tips and tricks to make the project a little more palatable. In the end? I am beyond thrilled with my kitchen transformation. It’s still not completely finished, but it’s close. And man! It’s made a huge difference without costing a huge amount of money.

Ready to re-do your kitchen? Or any room in your house? Here are some tips to make the whole thing cost you less!

1. Buy Used: This the number one tip I have. I cannot even begin to tell you how much money we saved by buying used. If I’m being honest, I didn’t even realize this was a thing until recently. Shop your local Craigslist, look on FB yard sale groups, and/or shop your local Goodwill store or other used stores. I found my kitchen cabinets and granite counter tops in a FB yard sale group. While they weren’t the exact configuration of my kitchen, I knew we could mix and match to make them work. Plus, while removing the granite from the old house it cracked so the previous owners gave us an amazing deal!

2. Do it Yourself: Believe it or not, there is a lot you can do yourself! If you don’t know how from previous experience, look for a tutorial online. I impressed myself with what I did with no help at all. I now know how to change out light fixtures and have done quite a few in my house, including the chandelier in my kitchen. Will this save you time and headache? Probably not. But it will save you money and lots of it.

chandelier

3. Ask for Help: There were plenty of things on this project that I knew I couldn’t do myself no matter how many tutorials I watched on YouTube. So I asked around a little. Turns out my dad could install all of our new cabinets, a neighbor offered to help us with some electrical things, and my best friends husband offered to paint. Again, huge money saver! And people like helping others.

Demolition is one that family and friends are always happy to help with.

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4. Negotiate a Deal: Can’t do it yourself or have a friend who can help? Call and talk to a manager or the owner and ask for a deal. I am constantly blown away with how often you can get a deal from someplace you thought the price was fixed.

I contacted Heritage Stone for a quote on cutting and seaming our granite pieces to fit our new kitchen. Not only did he give me a good quote, he was totally willing to talk. And, had I decided to buy new counter tops and/or cabinets he was offering better prices than I could find anywhere else.

heritage stone

5. Shop the Sales & Use Coupons: This is a given, right? There are definitely going to be some things that you can’t get used. Or that you just don’t want to. In that case, pay attention to sales. You can save so much money by just doing this one little thing.

 

In total I paid less then $600 to remodel my entire kitchen (although I did get some counter work free). I got new cabinets, new sink & faucet, new hardware, new counters, and even a new configuration. Next up will be replacing all the white appliances with black and finishing up the crown molding on the cupboards. I am ridiculously happy with the end result and can’t believe how cheaply I was able to get this accomplished.

before kitchen

after kitchen



Smith’s Deals! It’s Time to Stock up on Snacks for Summer!

Posted by on May 19, 2016

Deals of the Week

Here are my top deals of the week as featured on Good4Utah today. Make sure to tune in next Thursday for the new deals! And check back here every day for all the other great deals you can score.

Plus, don’t forget to enter to win a Diona Radian Car Seat!

Win a car seat

This week the best deals to be had are at Smith’s and there are quite a few so don’t forget to look at the whole list. To see the full list of match ups check out our Grocery Store Match ups list.

Ragu Pizza Sauce $1
Use $1/2 Ragu coupon from 5/15 SS
Final Price = FREE

Countrytime or Kool-Aid $1
Use 55c/1 Kool-Aid printable coupon or $1/2 from 4/10 SS
Final Price = 45c

Cheetos, Fritos, or Sunchips $2.49
Load $1/1 Coke digital coupon (use up to 5 times!)
Final Price = $1.49

Goldfish Crackers $1.99
Load $1/1 Goldfish digital coupon (use up to 5 times!)
Final Price = 99 cents!

Lay’s Stacks $1.49
Load $1/1 Lay’s digital coupon (use up to 5 times!)
Final Price = 49 cents!

Mini Seedless Watermelon $1.50

Plus, don’t forget you can now get the Deseret News and/or Salt Lake Tribune (Sunday only subscription) for only $20 per year! That’s only 38¢ per issue!!

If you’d like to subscribe just click this newspaper order form link and fill out the info. It’s as easy as that. If you have any questions feel free to email me at Jacki@MamasonaDime.com with Newspaper in the subject line and I will get back to you with more details.

I cannot change any of your current subscriptions, but I can add on to what you are getting now. You can get up to 4 papers at this awesome price!



*HOT* Utah Deal: Pass of All Passes Just $13.60

Posted by on May 19, 2016

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Right now you can score an amazing deal on the Pass of all passes. If you don’t have your 2016 pass yet, then this is the deal you have been waiting for. Just use coupon code SALE3 at checkout to score this deal.

Keep in mind that you can use this code multiple times, but you can only buy one pass at a time to get the discount.

I’ve debated on getting these passes for the past few years. I think this is the deal I’ve been waiting for. If I only used the pass once for one event it would still be worth my money. And I have no intention of only using it once. Grab yours now before this deal expires.



Intermountain Connect Care – Mom’s New Secret Trick

Posted by on May 17, 2016

Connect Care

I grew up with siblings. And believe me. We definitely gave our parents a run for their money. I have the battle scars to prove it! But then life happened. I became a parent myself and I now realize how STRESSFUL it can be when your little one is hurting and a band aid and kiss from Mom is just NOT doing the trick.

When you are at the point that every parent gets to, and you know a visit to the Doctor’s office is inevitable…DO. NOT. PANIC. I have found a tool to add to the Mama’s bag of tricks that will save you some gas money, some valuable time and definitely some sanity. Intermountain Connect Care!

Here’s the proof that I not only know it works, but am now a “groupie”. When my little Victoria, woke up with something that can only be described as a red, bumpy rash all over her body, I knew it was going to be one of THOSE days. And since she is not yet three, I could not exactly follow up with a list of questions of the probable cause of such rash. BOO! I really didn’t want to pack the car and head to an impromptu visit to the Dr. office without an appt, didn’t want to wait to schedule one and it wasn’t looking bad enough to head to urgent care. And guess what? I DIDN’T HAVE TO! WINNING!! I sat in my pj’s (don’t judge) and with a few clicks, was talking FACE TO FACE with a real Physician. It was amazing. With the facetime option, he was able to not only SEE the rash, but ask questions to both myself and Victoria, which was adorable. He accepted not only mine, but any insurance plan and if you don’t have insurance? NO worries mama! You can play at flat $49. At the end of the call, he was able to call in a prescription. DONE. And DONE.

I love it. Best new trick for any new…or experienced parent to have in their back pocket. Cause this parenthood thing? No one said it would be easy…This sure does help though!

 Let me know your thoughts in the comments! #‎MyConnectCare‬



Enter to Win a Diono Radian Car Seat!

Posted by on May 16, 2016

Win a car seat

So I remember as a kid headed home from my ballet class with a neighbor. We all piled (and I mean literally) in the family station wagon. Some of us were in back, some in the front, ALL were without seatbelts. Yep. That’s the way it used to be. No seatbelts, just a bunch of kids climbing on and over the seats while the adult drove…and we drove them crazy.

Times are definitely a changing, because now? I will not let my car leave our driveway until I hear the clicks of my kid’s seatbelts and/or car seats…yeah. I tend to NOT tell them those stories of when I was younger…hehe. So when it comes to being safe, there is no reason why I should not have the option of being SAFE…and stylish!

Diono Radian

Diono Radian RXT Convertible Car Seat

  • The Diono Radian family of car seats are the only convertible+booster seats with a full steel frame making them one of the safest car seats available today
  • Rear facing 5 to 45 pounds. Forward facing 20-80 pounds (up to 57″) in 5-point harness. Booster to 120 pounds
  • Infant body support cushions and memory foam for added comfort
  • Adjustable headrest with reinforced sidewalls. Infant body support insert is tucked under the seat.
  • Lined with EPS foam and energy-absorbing harness system for added safety
  • Folds flat for travel and fits 3 across in mid-sized vehicles

Seriously? This car seat was safety love at first sight! It has grown with my little miss and not only keeps her safe, but keeps ME safe from worrying about her while driving. I also ADORE the fact that it continues to grow with her. From her first rear facing to now that she is a bit older and can sit forward facing, she is safe and sassy as ever! Its comfy for her so she can fall asleep as she wishes, its STONG and durable and I know could withstand an accident if we were involved in one. This seat is quite the beast! With the steel strength, it obviously has some weight to it, but if you leave it in our main family car like we do, it doesn’t move…partly because I won’t let my husband take it out of my car! HAHA! So go get your own and while you drive safe, she can ride stylish.

Win It:

One Mamas reader will win a Diono Radian Car Seat!

Just leave your name and email address in the giveaway form below. If you’re reading this in our daily email or a feed reader, then click on the title of the post to be taken to the blog so you can enter to win.
a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway ends Thursday, May 26 at 11:59pm MST, and the winner will be chosen randomly, contacted by email, and posted on the blog the next day.
The Rules:
*Only ONE entry per name/email address (excluding bonus entries).
*Open to U.S. Residents Only
*Make sure you include a valid email address so we can contact you. This is the only thing your email address will be used for.
*Winner is chosen using random.org.
*Winner has 48 hours to contact us, or another winner will be chosen.

 

This is a sponsored post. I was given products in order to facilitate my review. All opinions are 100% my own.