Kraft Bunny Cake

I received an email from Kraft here is their cute bunny cake with a video how to make it.

Also checkout all the Budgetwi$e recipes.   Have a great day, Candy

Easter Chocolate Nest

Tracy had asked for this recipe and thought we all might like it.
Chocolate Nest
1 (12 oz.) pkg. chocolate chips
1/2 c. peanut butter (chunky is better)
4 c. chow mein noodles (6 oz. bag)
Jellybeans or little bird egg candies
Put chocolate chips into a large glass bowl. Melt in microwave or stove top. Remove the mixture and stir. Place it back in the microwave for 1 1/2 minutes more or until chocolate is melted. Add the chow mein noodles. Mix the noodles by  to get them evenly coated with the chocolate mixture.Lay a piece of waxed paper over two cookie sheets. Drop golf ball clusters on the cookie sheets to cool and set. Add a few colored candies as eggs to the nests.

30 ways to save money on gas

Buckle your seat belts gas is on the rise!

  1. Park in the first parking spot you see. The walk will do you good and you won’t waste as much gas driving around.
  2. Take off slowly from a full stop. They call this jack rabbit starts. Will have dramatic effects on your gas mileage; move slowly, will help save you money at the pump.
  3. Watch for gas trucks at the station- When there is new gas being pumped in this mixes up the sediment at the bottom and is very hard on your car and tank.
  4. Don’t park close to the door of a store or you may be wasting gas idling and waiting for customer to pass before you can back up.
  5. Slow down and at constant speed. Braking, speeding up and slowing down waste gas. Use your cruise control!
  6. Keep all tires inflated to the pressure as recommended for your car. Learn to change a tire!
  7. Combine errands and plan your route.
  8. Walk between stops. Park in between locations and walk.
  9. An idling car gets 0 miles to a gallon. If it is extremely cold we warm our car up for 10 or 15 minutes before we drive off. This will help the engine by not to run thick oil through it.
  10. Use the lowest recommended octane for your car. Check your owner’s manual for recommended octane. Higher octane is more expensive and the wrong octane could damage your car.–Our work vehicle can use E85 which is cheaper but the mileage wasn’t as well. **
  11. Some stations offer membership rewards. Look for deals
  12. Look ahead to see the oncoming lights. Coast why be in a rush to stop.
  13. Check your oil and get a tune up. This will extend the life of you engine.
  14. Keep your car washed and cleaned. This will help in the resale of it.
  15. Don’t speed this will save on gas and on tickets.
  16. Typically gas is cheaper in the middle of the week.
  17. Buy your gas from a busy station and get fresher gas and this is also better for your car.
  18. Gas stations around exit ramps seem to have higher gas prices.
  19. Tighten the gas cap and avoid fumes from releasing. I have had the check engine light come on because I didn’t have the cap on tight…..this may save on a mechanic call too!
  20. Pull all the way through a parking spot, so you don’t have to back up and save money.
  21. Hypermiling is where you are always looking ahead to not have to stop completely (be aware of your surrounding so you don’t have to make a lot of stop and starts). This saves gas.
  22. Avoid luggage or trunk racks and you’ll get better gas mileage.
  23. If you rest your hand on the gear shift, results in unnecessary wear on your transmission which could cost you money.
  24. Right turns on red save gas because you aren’t idling.
  25. Put you name and phone number on the inside of your hub caps and save money and time looking for them. Chances are someone will call you.
  26. Lighter cars get better gas mileage. Empty that trunk out!
  27. Fill up early in the morning, gas expands in the heat of the day and you’ll get less for your money.
  28. Call ahead before you make an unfruitful trip and save gas.
  29. Don’t top off your gas tank this when the pump stops you stop that extra gasoline will either be sucked into the vapor recovery tube or overflow. Either way you will end up paying for gas that you don’t get.
  30. Car pool when you can.

If you have any to add I would love to hear. Have a blessed day, Candy



Will work for food!

A church sign read and thought it was fitting for all who are struggling.

Trying times are not the time to stop trying.

Don’t give up and as my grandma Young would  say “better days are coming!” I feel like they are just around the corner.

There are so many people struggling. I have seen more people standing on the corner with a sign that reads “Will work for food”  I am a little leery because last year a lady came to our church asking for food. I gave her a bag of food and she said “What do you expect me to do with this?” I said it is a bag of food she said”I take the bus I can’t carry this I want money or a Kroger gift card”  When I told her I didn’t have any money to give her she left the bag of food. That changed me…….

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”  Chinese Proverb

How can we learn to fish and care for ourselves and family? I don’t know about you, but when we are the most broke we actually eat better. Why? Because I plan I look at what we have and take the time to prepare.

  1. Shop in you own cupboards….Look at what you have you may be surprised.
  2. Smaller potions~ Why do we feel like we have to fill up our whole plate? Half the time I think why did I eat so much. Try using smaller plates and see if we are satisfied.
  3. Don’t eat after 7pm this will help save food and you will be healthier.
  4. Drink water
  5. Church suppers are usually a free will offering. You will get a great meal and great fellowship.
  6. Add things to your meal that will fill you up and/or spread your meal Like rice, noodles or a piece of bread.
  7. Plan for leftovers you can make 1 meal into two. recreate your leftovers or have 1 night a week leftover night were your family eats up all those leftovers. Even the Lord talked about saving Leftovers. “When they were filled, He said to His disciples, “Gather up the leftover fragments so that nothing will be lost.” John 6:12
  8. Using coupons is really work for food. It takes work, but you can really get a nice stockpile going. I have heard some say “I hate coupons because I buy things I don’t need just so I can use the coupon” This may be true, but I have found many things I would have not bought if I didn’t have a coupon that has made our life easier. Like Pillsbury pizza crust.

I would love to hear how you really work to save money. Have a blessed day, Candy