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Save $400 on Cat Litter by Using Chicken Crumbles


For almost two years I've been using chicken crumbles (corn chicken feed) as cat litter, in place of World's Best Cat Litter. I find it funny how World's Best can charge so much for something as simple as ground up dried corn even if it is the one of the best and safest cat litters to use. I spent a lot of money using scoopable clay cat litter. I was using Fresh Step and it is almost up to $0.75 per pound now, and 25lbs fills only 1.5 boxes (I have 4 boxes, 1 per cat +1 extra). So on average would go thru 50lbs+ a month.

The problem with World's Best is the cost of $1.00 per pound. While the cost might scare you the reasons to use corn litter over clay litter will scare you even more. I have a cat with a urinary issue and another that wheezes. When researching corn litter I found that clay litter can be a culprit. Clay litter sticks and clumps, its not biodegradable and the dust can stick to the urinary tract and nasal passages. Corn litter is great, it clumps nicely, smells great, isn't sticky, and last twice as long as clay scoopable litters.

So how do I overcome the financial burden and health issues from clay litter while not paying more for the safer World's Best. I found online about using Chicken Crumbles instead. I used to work for Tractor Supply and knew what crumbles were and knew it looked a lot like corn litter. I purchased a small bag (20lb) of Dumor Chicken Starter Crumbles for $8.79 (more expensive that standard 50lb crumbles because of the ingredients) to try out, and this one bag filled 3 boxes.



The cats use it happily. It does clump quite nicely, however, it does so at the BOTTOM of the pan, which means you might have to scoop the pan to find where the cat peed, and literally scoop the clump off the bottom. It does make a nice round ball in the box. The clumps come right up and don't stick, like clay litters have for me. And it smells nice and clean. To transition from one type to the other I did use some of the old used clay litter and mixed it in with the corn to get the cats acclimated. Only one of my cats tried to eat a little bit outside the box but since its corn it isn't harmful unlike clay litter if ingested.


Now you might ask where do I keep everything. We keep the litter boxes in the garage (uncovered) and added a cat door to the door so the cats can go in and out as they please. I purchased a plastic feed container with wheels that holds the entire 50lb bag. And use a feed scoop to add a little litter as needed.


So how much do I save? 
Fresh Step 25lb - $22 x 24 boxes per year = $528
Worlds Best Cat Litter 18lb - $18 x 18 bags per year (apx since I never used it) = $324
Dumor Layer Crumbles 50lb - $13 x 10 bags per year = $130

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Recipe of the Day: Chocolate Whoopie Pies

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Chocolate Whoopie Pies
September 1, 2011
 Food Network MagazineRecipe courtesy of Food Network Magazine
Fill cakey chocolate cookies with melty marshmallows for a gooey treat. They can be made ahead of time for your Labor Day celebration and stored for up to one week.
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Ingredients
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup natural cocoa powder, such as Hershey's or Scharffen Berger
  • 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

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September is National Coupon Month

Coupon Usage is on the Rise

Grab your scissors, snatch a Sunday circular, and let the coupon clipping commence! September is National Coupon Month and you have several reasons to celebrate, the green-and-white kind of reasons that pad your wallet.

Why is National Coupon Month worthy of a righteous party? Because no other recognized month empowers you to keep more of the money you earn with minimal change to your lifestyle.
Thanks to the one-two punch of the recession an advances in digital distribution, the Great American Coupon is experiencing a comeback. After a 14-year decline ending in 2006, coupon redemption continues to rise. Usage continues to spread to consumers of all income levels, with nearly 60% earning more than $50,000 per year as of 2010.

While traditional coupons remain popular, Internet and mobile coupon use is rising faster than a double-yeast loaf of bread. A June 2011 study by eMarketer revealed 88.2 million consumers will use online and printable coupons as an important part of their shopping experience this year. That's 47% of adult Internet users! The same study also revealed 92.5 million adult Internet users will use online coupons in 2012, versus 96.8 million in 2013.

In fact, every hour spent couponing is worth an estimated $100 and the average savings per coupon is $1.44.
So are you tired of paying for online shipping? Do you avoid eye contact with your grocery receipt? Would you just rather not pay as much for the most items you typically buy? Embrace National Coupon Month with these savings tips and watch your receipts grow longer while the total shrinks.

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FREE King Size Reese's at Sheet



Welcome back! Thanks for being a loyal customer. Be sure to take advantage of all the savings your My Sheetz Card has to offer!
Exclusive Savings for Cardholders: Your Freebie

FREE Reese's King Size
A free Reese's® King Size has been uploaded to your My Sheetz Card. Visit your favorite Sheetz to redeem. Offer valid through September 20th, 2011.

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Recipe of the Day: Grilled Chicken Taco Pizzas

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Grilled Chicken Taco Pizzas
August 31, 2011

Recipe courtesy of Aaron Mccargo, Jr. for Food Network Magazine
Craving Italian and Mexican tonight? This grilled pizza has the best of both worlds. Top it with creamy avocado to complement the spice mixture.
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Ingredients

  • For the Taco Seasoning:
    • 2 tablespoons onion powder
    • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
    • 1 tablespoon chili powder
    • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
    • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
    • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

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No Coupon Inserts this Sunday

No Coupon Inserts this Sunday
Yes that is right there will be no coupon inserts this Sunday . Don’t worry if you are looking for some coupons make sure to check out Free Coupon Alerts. Looking for Deals at specific stores like CVS, Walgreens, Harris Teeter, Kroger, Shaws, Target, Walmart and more then Check out Afullcup. Maybe you are just [...]

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5-Quart KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer for $195.99 from Amazon


Want to bake and cook like the Pros? There is a GREAT DEAL on Kitchenaid Mixers right now at Amazon!  They have the KitchenAid Artisan 5-Quart Stand Mixer (Empire Red color ONLY) priced at $225.99 (list price $349.99!) Plus it Ships FREE!!  After you purchase the mixer from Amazon you can submit for the $30 mail in rebate found here to score this mixer for only $195.99. (Remember Amazon prices can change at ANY time)
*You can also pick up the White KitchenAid Artisan 5-Quart Stand Mixer for $226.99!  Or ONLY $196.99 after Rebate.

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Recipe of the Day: Anne's Pasta With Summer Pesto


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Pasta With Summer Pesto
August 30, 2011

Anne BurrellRecipe courtesy of Anne Burrell
Enjoy this summery pasta dish with freshly-grated parmesan cheese as a quick weeknight side or a light lunch.
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Ingredients


  • 1 bunch broccoli rabe, tough lower stems removed
  • 1/2 cup pistachios, toasted
  • 3/4 cup grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese, plus more for garnish
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 pound orecchiette pasta
  • High-quality extra-virgin olive oil, for finishing (optional)

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2011 Sears Heroes at Home Wish Registry Opens 8/31!


Sears is opening it’s annual 2011 Heroes at Home Wish Registry EARLY!
On Wednesday, August 31st!  Between the hours of 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Central Time, all active duty military and their families will get to register at this link or  http://www.sears.com/heroesathome.

*Please note, the links will work, or should, on 8/31!

Are you ready!?  Last year, our family was fortunate to receive this wonderful gift.  I hope that many of my readers will get to, also!  Not sure what this program is?  Sears opens up it’s registry to applicants each year to apply to receive Sears gift cards (good for Sears, Kmart, Lands End – and at their online sites as well).  The denomination is not certain until you receive you’r email with the actual eCard.  Cards are funded by awesome people who donate to the Heroes at Home program!

For those who wish to make donations, you may do so from Sept. 4 through Nov. 19, 2011.  Sears will invite Americans to donate to the Heroes at Home Wish Registry, which provides military families with Sears gift cards for the holidays.

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End of Month Coupons to Print


It is hard to believe the end of August is here already!  Even if you have already printed these and haven't reached your print limit, print them again. Not only will you have extra coupons but some will extend the date from today. The coupons will be removed from the website in September as new coupons are added.
GO HERE to print.  Here are my favorites: (using zip 80808, 90210 & 77477)

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Recipe of the Day: Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil Salad

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Tomato, Mozzarell, and Basil Salad
August 29, 2011

Ina GartenRecipe courtesy of Ina Garten
When tomatoes are in season all you need is fresh mozzarella cheese and a bunch of basil to make a tasty summer meal with the Barefoot Contessa.
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Ingredients

  • 6 small tomatoes (4 medium)
  • 1 pound fresh mozzarella
  • 10 to 15 basil leaves
  • 3 tablespoons good olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

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FREE Mountain Dew at Sheetz


My Sheetz Card - Feel the Love




Issue 8/17/2011

My Sheetz Card now accepted at ALL Sheetz locations!


We are pleased to announce that our My Sheetz Card program is now company-wide! You can present your My Sheetz Card at any Sheetz location across Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina to save on the Sheetz you love!
Be sure to read this My Sheetz Card newsletter every time it shows up in your inbox! We will use it to alert you of new deals and Freebiez — electronic coupons loaded right on your card. Oh, there's so much love to go around!



FREE 20oz. Mountain Dew!


That sun sure is hot in the middle of August. What to do? What to do? Sheetz has the answer!
You could grab a FREE Mountain Dew and then "do" nothing but kick back and relax while you quench your thirst!
Present your My Sheetz Card at any Sheetz location to redeem this month's Freebie — a 20 oz. Mountain Dew.
Whatever you "do" after that is up to you. Catch some rays. Go camping. Walk the dog. Ride your bike. Eat at Sheetz. Okay, that last suggestion is a good one... you must admit.
We've placed an electronic coupon* on your My Sheetz Card for one FREE 20oz. Mountain Dew. Stop by your local Sheetz, and simply present your My Sheetz Card at the register to redeem your coupon!

FREE & NOW ON YOUR CARD
*Coupon expires 08/30/11
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