Great Finds at Thriftstores

When I don’t feel lazy and are bored at home, I go to a thrift store and kill my time digging for something I may not expect I could find. Most of the time, I don’t go out the store empty-handed for I always find something worth bringing home.

Like for instance, these two beautiful things photographed below. I bought them in two different stores, the painting cost only $1.91 at McCart Thrift store. It is too beautiful to not pick it up. Even J and my husband told me that it is really beautiful. Mind you, it’s got some scratches and other minor flaws in it, but can you see it? It is actually an original oil painting on a canvass dated  1986 with an artist’s name on it.

The second item I found is this pair of Skechers shoes, they are not my size but they are in great condition. If you don’t look closely, you can’t tell this pair has been worn. Not even a dirt on the soles, I tell you. I found them at Goodwill. The pair would have been $7.99 but guess, it was my lucky day because it was the store manager at the register that checked me out and he only priced me for $2.99.

It pays to be nice and make a conversation to people at the register you know. The man was so rugged and you couldn’t even tell he was the manager judging from the clothes he wore or from his physical appearance but… you never know who you’re talking to unless they start talking to you. Thanks to him, I got a pretty good deal on the shoes.

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Tabletop Grill on 75% off Clearance at CVS

This is what I like about going to the store and not expecting anything nice. I went to CVS pharmacy yesterday to get our passport photos done for our dual citizenship application and while waiting for the employee to get done with the photos, I roamed around the store and found this beautiful thing in their clearance aisle, as you can see in the tag it is marked down to 75% off that cost me only $4.99 each tabletop grill. I bought two even though we don’t need one for now but it doesn’t get rotten so it will stay in our back room adding to our already piled up stuff haha.

The other one will go to my family in the Philippines since they don’t have a decent grilling machine over there. It pains me to see them grilling meat or dried fish directly on the ash. This one could make them a beautiful gift and I hope they will appreciative of it. Makes their grilling easy, convenient and clean.

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Delicious Banana-Avocado Bread

Here’s my new idea on how to make a banana bread even better. It is my first to try this and it turned out really delicious. My girls love it. In fact, my firstborn kept saying when she ate it the first time “hmmmm hmmmm really yummy… hmmmm I like it!”

I call it Rocky Banana-Avocado bread because of the slivered almonds I mixed it with. Incorporating avocado to your traditional banana bread recipe makes it healthier, more filling in the stomach and most of all, tastier and softer in texture that you just want to eat the whole thing once done.

I would recommend, you will try the avocado and you will not regret it. That’s a promise! Talking about it… makes me wanna eat it right away, the fact that I still got some left over of the bread in the fridge and you know, leftovers taste even better!

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Free 8 oz. Glade Fall Collection Spray

When items are free, I am more than glad to get them with the use of coupons of course! CVS’ deal for 8 oz. Glade Fall Collection Spray is 3/$3, I used their store coupon from the red machine for that $1 off 3 Glade spray and 1 manufacturer coupon $2 off three any Glade product which make them free. Did two transactions that’s why I brought home 6 bottles.

Another deal that I found interesting is the Nivea lip care, buy any 2 get $3 ecb back. I had $3 on hand from previous week’s deal and used it, total $6.88. Could have spent less in all of the items below if I didn’t buy 2 candies for my girls.

Just thought of sharing this not so interesting mini haul I did today, who knows there’s somebody out there looking for a deal at CVS this week.

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Cassava Suman with Chia Seeds

Despite of my busy schedule during weekdays, I manage to make this labor intensive Filipino delicacy we call “cassava suman” or grated yucca root wrapped in banana leaves when craving strikes. There is no reason I can’t make it because all of its ingredients are available where I live. The only thing I dread making this delicacy is it’s labor intensive and time consuming but I tell you, it’s worth it!

If you should, click here for Cassava Suman recipe. I so love this food and I made some recently which I believe my husband likes so much. But this time, I made it “healthy” by adding chia seeds in it. You know, chia seeds is one of the healthiest food on the planet, read on below to know why.

Anyway, I can’t get enough of cassava suman. It really taste good to the tastebuds and it is good for snacks paired with your favorite hot beverage.

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Here are the reasons why you should add chia seeds in your food.

1. Chia Seeds Deliver a Massive Amount of Nutrients With Very Few Calories
2. Chia Seeds Are Loaded With Antioxidants
3. Almost All The Carbs in Them Are Fiber
4. Chia Seeds Are High in Quality Protein
5. Due to The High Fiber and Protein Content, Chia Seeds Should be Able to Help You Lose Weight
6. Chia Seeds Are High in Omega-3 Fatty Acids
7. Chia Seeds May Improve Certain Blood Markers, Which Should Lower The Risk of Heart Disease and Type 2 Diabetes
8. They Are High in Many Important Bone Nutrients
9. Chia Seeds Can Cause Major Improvements in Type 2 Diabetics
10. Chia Seeds Can Improve Exercise Performance as Much as a Sports Drink
11. Chia Seeds Are Easy to Incorporate Into Your Diet

For more information of chia seeds, you can visit this link http://authoritynutrition.com/11-proven-health-benefits-of-chia-seeds/.

Labor Day Shopping

The best destination when it comes to holidays like Labor Day is the mall! I am talking as if I have unlimited budget, lol. Well, if you are a thrift shopper, you will go wander around the mall and take your time to dig for really deep discounts on whatever it is you are thinking of buying.

Here’s my deals today. First stop was CVS pharmacy and did not expect to find these white Gildan men’s shirt in their clearance rack, 90% off the original price which was 3/$12. Final price, it costs me 40 cents each. Only 5 pieces left so I bought them all for my balik-bayan box to send to the Philippines. If my brothers don’t want them, plenty of my cousins and uncles who will want them.

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Another purchase that I think I got me a discount are these two PINK bralettes. I am in need of them to make me feel comfortable for my walking exercise. They would make a great cover up of my flesh under a roomy tank for walking or working out at the gym in the future. Full-priced $19.95 each and I made it down to $10.77 each including tax due to store coupons that I received when Victoria’s Secret sent me catalogs in the mail. Not only that, I also snagged me two FREE undies by using free underwear coupons! How sweet is that?

While a lot of customers are partying on 7/$26.50 panties, I don’t. Why buy if I could have free panties?
What about you folks? What did you do on Labor Day? Did you find great deals too? Don’t be shy to share them in my comment section.

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Professional Tax Preparation Service in Charlotte

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Tena Pads Just 99 Cents at CVS

I went to CVS last Monday this week hoping to grab a pack of Tena since I had a $2 manufacturer coupon and a $2 off $8 tampons or liners store coupons. I don’t really need pantiliners or pads right now as I still got a decent stock of them but since CVS was on the way to my other stop, might as well stop and see what I can find there.

Good enough I brought with me a few other coupons which aren’t expired and dug in my zipped wallet, I actually found 3 ($1 any tena product) other Tena coupons from a blinking machine long time ago and don’t expire until next month. So now, I got $8 of total store and manufacturer coupons with no extrabucks.

Promise, it was just an accidental haul of Tena pads, in the shelf, yellow tag says $2.99 and when I scanned the 14 pads packaging turned out to be just 99 cents. I couldn’t believe nobody bought them yet so I took all that’s left in there and one regular priced liner which I end up paying $6 plus tax for all 9 packs of pads/liners. One not pictured.

I always love it when I find deals I don’t expect, really. I could grin ear to ear for this knowing that I added my stockpile of pads/liners with this awesome brand. The reason this pads are on clearance is that the store is trying to get rid of the old packaging, there’s a new one out but, really, who can tell the difference? The quality of pads would just be the same as this one.

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Filipino Comfort Foods

There are some things that can be bought here in North Texas that ease my homesickness or that bring me back home a little bit. When it comes to Filipino comfort foods, I can eat or cook them where I am. I again, say this is , I am one of the lucky people to be able to still eat the foods I love faraway from home.

You know in some other places of the United States, many of these foods that I am enjoying at home aren’t available in their places and never will be. For instance, they don’t get to taste the grilled milkfish (pictured below) because it isn’t available at the Asian Market. Not forgetting a glass of freshly grated young coconut meat with fresh milk and its natural juice. Yum oh so yum! I don’t mind buying a whole piece of young coconut for $3 each as long as what I’m getting is the real deal. I dread the idea of buying packed/bottled coconut water for it has preservatives in them and sugar, not worth my money!

On the side is tuna steak salad or “kinilaw” in our native tongue, we didn’t cook the fish instead, put some spicy vinegar in it, and let the vinegar cook the fish mixed with cucumber, tomatoes, ginger, a pinch of salt and voila!

Another food that I love bragging on Facebook is this Filipino delicacy called “binignit”. This is the closest binignit I can cook that we have back home, the Philippines. I got all the ingredients needed for it to be called, complete. Ingredients like landang, sago or tapioca pearl, ripe bananas, sweet potato, coconut milk, brown sugar. Well, I didn’t have a ripe jackfruit that gives it that sweet aromatic smell but I do have some natural flavoring drops in it.

If in case you want to know where I got landang which is the main ingredient of this delicacy, I brought it straight from the Philippines during my last visit to my hometown last year. Talking about it right now, makes me wanna eat binignit again for dinner.

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Cooking Eggs Using Green Earth Pan by Ozeri

I couldn’t be more satisfied having this Green Earth Pan by Ozeri because it doesn’t require an oil to cook eggs in it. Aside from that, it is easy to clean and doesn’t give us the harmful chemicals that are released onto our food once the pan is heated. It features GREBLON, ultra-safe 100% PTFE free (PolyTetraFlouroEthylene) which is known to release toxic chemicals at high temperatures and PFOA (PerFlouroOctanoic Acid) which is known as a pollutant to the environment and has been under investigation by the EPA, ceramic non-stick coating from Germany.

It has elevated texture creates air pockets which distribute heat underneath food to enhance cooking, induction stove safe. It comes with a user instruction prior to first use as well as directions as to how to take care of the pan.

I’ve had it for weeks now and this is the only pan I can grab whenever I feel like cooking fried eggs or hot dogs for quick breakfast for my two girls. I love it as usual. Just a few of the Ozeri products I have used/tried for review of my honest opinion. One thing though, the handle is silicone coated but it gets really hot so I have to use  protective gloves or mittens for it to protect my hand from too much heat. Other than, I cannot complain anything.

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….patterned cooking surface helps prevent food bonding for superior non-stick performance and easy cleaning..
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