Sunday’s Link Round Up

It’s been a while since I have done a round up of my favorite reads for the week.  I hope you enjoy these as much as I have:

  • Did you print and use the Free Quizno’s sub coupon I blogged about earlier in the week?  If you did, let me tell you, you were lucky.  From what I am reading people had a lot of problems redeeming these coupons: stores refusing to take them or changing the terms of the coupon.  Talk about a good idea that was very poorly thought through.  Corporate decided to go ahead with the promotion even though franchises were against it.  Read more about this yourself, so you can find out why it all went so wrong.
  • Consumer Reports warns of other companies going bankrupt and what you can do to make sure you can redeem your gift cards and take care of returns and exchanges.
  • I really enjoyed reading these three entries by Cathy from Chief Family Officer: Recent Incidents when I spent money and It Was good, Recent Incidents when I Spent Money and it Was Bad, Recent Incidents When I didn’t Spend Money and It was Bad – or not.  The reason I liked these entries is because it brought on a new perspective of how to evaluate the way we spend money.  Looking back at the last week I can pinpoint at a lot of incidents when I spent money and it was bad but I am also sure there were some that were good.
  • I also found this entry by Angie, The Thrifty Florida Mama very thought provoking: Thoughts on Frugal Foods and Recipes.  She realizes how you can possibly save more by stockpiling the basic  staples such as flour, rice instead of quick meals like Rice a Roni or Totino’s Pizza Rolls.   The benefit in stockpiling staples is that you have basic ingredients you can use to create  a wide variety of meals.  Stockpiling prepared meals doesn’t give you the same flexibility.
  • Trent from the Simple Dollar shows you how to make bulk breakfast burritos.  Burritos are a very frugal way to stretch meat.  Last week I made burritos using spanish rice, beans and one chicken breast.  I made a total of six burritos. You couldn’t feed a family of six with one chicken breast as easily and as satisfyingly as this.  Crystal, the Money Saving Mom, shows you how to make pizza in 30 minutes or less!  I love making homemade pizza.  You can find my recipe here.  I also make pepperoni rolls using the same dough recipe.