Life in the Fast Lane

I'm just a lady who's trying to have a good time...as cheaply as possible!

I’m getting nostalgic. Frugal Holidays: Valentines Edition!

By ducktapegurl | Feb 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

This is a rerun but it’s been awhile.  Plus, I think it might interest people since it’s a few days after Valentine’s Day.  I love AFTER the holiday more than the actual holiday. Why?!?  Because that’s when I stock up on everything for next year!

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10 Uses for Baking Soda!

By ducktapegurl | Feb 9, 2015 | 3 Comments

Don’t you just love a product that you can buy and use for practically everything?  My family does and that gave me an idea to start a series called “10 Uses For.”  Each time, I’ll choose something that does double duty around your home while also saving you money!  I decided to start with baking soda since it’s so versatile.

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The Portlandia Cookbook: Cook Like A Local! Plus A Recipe.

By ducktapegurl | Feb 5, 2015 | 7 Comments

I love collecting cookbooks and I have a ton of them.  Some of my favorite cookbooks are ones that are modeled after a TV show or a book series.  My sister loves the show, Portlandia, so when The Portlandia Cookbook: Cook Like A Local came out, I jumped at the chance to review it!

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Olde Westport Spice & Trading Co. Info and Review Soon!

By ducktapegurl | Feb 3, 2015 | 3 Comments

I love using spice blends when cooking. They make dinner interesting.  Olde Westport Spice & Trading Company is a 33-year-old spice manufacturer that is still going strong. This online company operates a small plant in Goodland, Kansas, and claims to know a thing or two about spices, seasonings and soups. This family owned and operated company was originally founded in the Kansas City area and has stayed true to its mission of making custom spice blends for main meal dishes and appetizers as well as nearly 20 varieties of dry soups.

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Light Up Your Life & Still Save Money on Your Power Bill!

By ducktapegurl | Feb 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

In the winter, our power bill sometimes gets really high.  We keep our house on a reasonable temperature (66 degrees) and we try to conserve energy as much as possible.  Last month’s bill was higher than expected so I decided to call the power company and investigate.  I was connected to an Energy Adviser, who gave me a ton of tips on how to save more money on our bill.  I’m going to pass these ideas on to my readers as well.

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Buttermilk Biscuits and The BakeItFun Baking Mat!

By ducktapegurl | Jan 29, 2015 | 1 Comment

My family loves a quick breakfast because we are usually on-the-go.  I love breakfast sandwiches but they are expensive and you don’t know what goes into them.  I have the solution!  Make your own.  I found a tasty buttermilk biscuit recipe in The American Girls Cookbook (Addy’s version). Those cookbooks are awesome.  The recipes are easy and you learn something!  My kids love helping and we rent the books from the library!   It was easy and cheap to make 12 buttermilk biscuits.  Then you can just make add some eggs, cheese, whatever you want.  You’ll have hearty breakfast sandwiches…

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Meal-Planning For Beginners And A Free Printable!

By ducktapegurl | Jan 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

When I was pregnant with my daughter, my husband and I ate take-out probably 4 times a week.  I was tired and nauseated all the time.  I really couldn’t  have cared less about what I made for dinner.  This was one of my biggest mistakes and a complete money-waster.  The first thing I did when we started saving more money was create a meal planning chart.  It saved me time since I wasn’t pressed to figure out a meal that day and still wonder if I actually had time to make it.  It saved money since I used the stuff…

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10 Baby Steps That Will Save Big $$

By ducktapegurl | Jan 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

It’s hard to believe but I wasn’t always this cheap (ahem, frugal).  I used to frivolously spend money on things that I didn’t need and/or couldn’t really afford.  I had just given birth to our first child when my husband and I decided to really buckle down and start being adults about money.  That’s when we also decided that I would quit my full time job of five years and become a stay at home mom.  We knew we would have to kiss our old lifestyle goodbye in order to pay off debt, buy a house and start a savings…

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Whet Your Appetite for Adventure at the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Travel & Culinary Expo!

By ducktapegurl | Jan 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

Pack your bags and meet me at The Valley Forge Casino Resort!  They are hosting The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Travel and Culinary Expo on February 21st and 22nd.  I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am about this event.  Not to mention that I have been given special promo codes to save my readers money on ticket prices!

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Trying Something Different with Bulu Box!

By ducktapegurl | Jan 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

Follow my blog with Bloglovin If you hadn’t noticed already, I am a big fan of monthly subscription boxes.  They are a great way to try many new products without committing to a full size item with a full size price tag.  They also give us a chance to try things that we normally might not know about or might not think to use.

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