Happy New Year 2017. Do You Have Goals For The Coming Year?

2017 is here and it gives us a fresh start. I have a few goals for this year. I don’t make resolutions because I never was able to keep them for very long. Goals, I can work on. So, for my personal like, I will be working towards getting my blood sugar under better control, and get my A1C under 7.0. I will be working towards sleeping more during the night, and stop sleeping in my recliner so much. I think the BiPAP machine I will be getting soon will help with that.

Another health goal is to get some exercise, since I don’t get ANY right now. I am going to try to walk around the outside of the house every day at least once. Trust me when I tell you that that is a huge goal for me. I will also be working towards a goal of losing 25 pounds this year. Lord knows I need to lose much more than that, but setting a reachable goal may just help me succeed.

For my blog goals, I want to get back to writing more about cooking and saving money, sewing, crafting, and my personal life, and less about products. While I still need to write about the products for the extra income it provides to supplement my Social Security, I want to do less of it. You know, like maybe 50% of what I post instead of 95%. I will still be hosting giveaways because I love to do them. I love when I can give a little something back to my readers.

Another goal for the blog is to increase the following I have on my social accounts. If you are not following me on Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram, I would appreciate if you would take a moment to click over to them and follow me.

Please leave me a comment here, and tell me what you would like to see more of on Fabgrandma.com, and what you don’t care if I never write about again. Do you care about the health issues I write about for me and Fabgrandpa? Do you like to see our thrift store finds? Do you like seeing pics of Morti and Rosie The Boy Cat? Crafts, sewing, quilting? Fabric sales and new fabrics on the market? Help me make reading Fabgrandma more enjoyable for you. Happy New Year to all of you and your families. What are your goals for the coming year?

P.S Here is a little poll for you:

Five Ways To Save Money In 2017

Now that we are looking towards the new year, many of us are making New Years Resolutions to save money in 2017. There are lots of ways to pinch pennies and keep more of your hard earned dollars in your pocket. Here are some of the ways that Fabgrandpa and I save money throughout the year.

Buy Seasonings in Bulk

Buy seasonings in bulk

If you like to use a lot of different herbs and spices, then you know how expensive they can be. One small jar of Cinnamon can cost more than $4.00! We found a farmer’s market type store in our area, Dekalb Farmer’s Market, were we can buy four ounces of most herbs and spices by the pound. I was very surprised at the low prices of these seasonings. It is a long way to go there from our home, so we only go about twice a year to stock up, but it well worth the drive.

Buy Meats on Sale

When you catch chickens on sale for 69 cents a pound, buy several and put them in the freezer. I look for sales on meats every time I go to the grocery store. When I see a good price, I try to buy several packages of whatever it might be. I also look for meats that have been marked down, and either use them that day or freeze them for later. When I buy meats in bulk, I separate it into meal size portions and put them in zip lock freezer bags, so that I can take just what I need out of the freezer when I am ready to use it.

Cut your own hair

Cut your own hair at home.

We got a hair clipper several years ago, and I have been cutting Fabgrandpa’s hair ever since. He like the way it looks, and it saves us from $15 to $25 every time I cut his hair.

Take Care Of Routine Car Maintenance At Home

Simple things like changing the oil, changing the windshield wipers, and adding windshield wiper washer can easily be done at home. Other things like repairing a broken tail light or headlight, changing blown fuses, or checking the tire pressure are things you can do at home to save money.

Shop Thrift Stores

Many things you may need during the course of the year may be found in thrift stores. Fabgrandpa and I have shopped at thrift stores many times, and found things for our home at a fraction of the price of buying them new. Cutlery, silverware, glassware, storage containers, and much more can be found if you look thoroughly through the thrift stores in your area. You might also find baby furniture, children’s clothing, books, and games. We have found many items in good condition, and save lots of money by shopping in thrift stores.

Do you have plans to try to save money in 2017? What are some of the ways you have found that help you save?

Butterball® Turkey Talk Line® Now Has Texting!

With the big turkey day just a few days away, many Thanksgiving cooks are wondering just how to get that turkey from the freezer to the table, without messing up. The turkey experts at the Butterball Turkey Talk Line are here to help, just in time! And while you can still call them on the phone and talk turkey, you can also send them a text this year. I think it is a FABULOUS idea, because if you just talk to someone and take notes, you might leave out or forget something really important. But, if you have a texted reply, you have the information right in your phone, in the kitchen, right where you need it. The number to call or text is 844-877-3456. 

I interviewed Butterball Master Chef, Anthony Seta the other day about the Butterball Turkey Talk Line. Watch the video to see what he has to say! 

Master Chef Anthony (Tony) Seta is one of only 65 of the certified Master Chefs by the American Culinary Federation. The title is the highest level of certification a chef can receive.

Master Chef Tony graduated from the Culinary Institute of America with a degree in culinary arts. Chef Tony gained a strong foundation in culinary sales from his experiences as Chef Instructor & Director of Continuing Education at the Culinary Institute of America, heading R&D departments for large restaurant chains, and as a consultant for prominent food manufacturers. He is well known throughout the foodservice industry and has a lot of love for turkey.

Master Chef Tony has 25 years of experience in successfully developing creative and signature turkey items for restaurant chains and food manufacturers. He applies his expert knowledge of ethnic cuisines and current culinary trends to recipe and formula development with a primary focus on flavor. A culinary pioneer, he is especially known for reinventing old favorites like tasty barbecue sauces and other signature dishes. In fact, Chef Tony’s big ideas have been behind many of the restaurant franchises nationwide such as Bonefish Grill, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Olive Garden Italian Restaurants and Perkins restaurants, as well as many other quick serve, family and casual dining restaurants.

With one in 4 first time cooks saying they’d text the Butterball®Turkey Talk-Line® for cooking help, it only makes sense that Talk-Line experts will expand their support by offering for the first time the ability to text your cooking questions.  The Talk-Line experts are making themselves available 24/7 the week before Thanksgiving.

What would you ask the Butterball Turkey Talk Line? Will you be calling them at 

Three Tips For Shopping For A Used Car

This post is sponsored by Bob Pulte Chevrolet 

If you have never bought a used vehicle before , it can be hard to figure out what to look for. Do you know how much you can spend? Do you know what type of car you want? Have you looked at any cars yet? Even if you have bought used cars before, going about it in a different way can help you make a better purchase. Here are three tips to help you over the hurdle of buying a used car.

  1. Get Your Financing Approved First

In the past, I have always just wandered into a car dealership and looked at cars, making an impulse decision to buy one based on the way it looked. The last time, though, I was determined to get a better deal and know that the car I was buying was a good one.

This time, my husband and I decided ahead of time how much we could afford to pay per month for a car. Then, we went to our credit union and sat down with a loan officer to see how much we could spend and keep our payment at or below our target amount. For instance, we wanted to pay no more than $200 a month for a car. The loan officer approved us for a loan of up to $12,500 that we could spend on a vehicle that was no more than six years old. If we spent the full amount, our payment would be just a dollar or two over $200.

  1. Shop Online To Find Vehicles Within Your Approved Loan Amount

Once we knew how much we could spend, and how old of a car to look for, I googled “used cars under $12,500 in west Georgia”. The search results brought many, many vehicles to look through. We quickly deleted certain vehicles based on size, make, and model that we were not interested in looking for. By searching online, we could see at a glance what was available to buy for the amount of money we had. Since we made this purchase in 2013, we  found that we could afford a medium sized three year old sedan. We narrowed our list of cars to look at down to five before we ever walked out the door.

  1. Test Drive Several Cars

Now that we had a short list of vehicles that were available to buy, in our price and size range we made a day of driving to different dealerships to test drive those vehicles, and look them over in person. We eliminated two of those five autos immediately because they were smaller than we thought they would be. A third vehicle was eliminated because the mileage was too high. Of the two cars that were left to test drive, we chose a 2010 Chevrolet Impala. The mileage was low, the car looked like it was taken car of very well, and the price was lower by over $1000 than the other car on the list. We drove out of the lot with our new vehicle for under $10,000 and a payment of just $167 a month. We feel like we got a great deal.

Going into the purchase of a “new” used car with some planning  can save you money. What other tips would you give someone who is looking for a used car?

Groupon Is A Great Source Of Local Things To Do

This is a sponsored post, but all opinions are my own.

Have you ever had one of those days where you wanted to go out and do something but you didn’t know where to go or what to do?  Then Groupon Things To Do is the answer for you. Did you know that Groupon is a great resource for finding fun, exciting things to do right in your area, no matter where you live? 

circus

Groupon Things To Do is the way find out about things to do locally, and then get the tickets or passes at a great discount. That’s a win win if you ask me. 

Whether you are looking for movies, concerts, theaters & shows, comedy clubs, sporting events, the ballet, a massage, or a Japanese restaurant, you will most likely find in on Groupon, at a fabulous price. You might find a football game you didn’t know about, a bowling alley with charm, or even a circus! 

Getting  started with Groupon is so easy, too. Just sign up. It’s free to join. After you open your account, you can search for things to do by categories or by location. With Groupon Things To Do, you won’t have time to be bored again. You might even find an online soapmaking course! Now that is a unique thing to do that is useful, too. 

Save Money With Groupon Coupons

This is a sponsored post but all opinions are my own. #GrouponCoupons #ad

Now that Fabgrandpa and I are retired and getting Social Security, we have a fixed income. We have to try to stay on a budget so that we can make ends meet all month long. Some months it is hard to do due to unexpected expenses, or those pesky co-pays for medical care. One co-pay for a specialist visit is $45! And we had three of those in one week this month. It all really adds up. 

To help save money and keep more of our money in our pocket, we use coupons. The Groupon Coupons can help save a lot of money because they offer so many. When we went to see our daughter in Virginia a few months ago, we used a Groupon Coupon for parking at the airport and saved over $50! 

Now that we have two cats, we will need to start using Groupon Coupons from PetSmart. Right now Groupon has 52 coupons available for PetSmart! What a big way to save! Sears also has more than 150 coupons offered through Groupon, including $10 off of a $25 purchase, and one for $5 off of an apparel order. These savings really add up. 

Groupon is free to join. As soon as you sign up, you can start looking for coupons from your favorite retailers. What are you waiting for? Go get your Groupon Coupons now!