Dec 26

Thrifty Thursday – Make money to start your craft business

I read a lot of blogs and I look at all the beautiful pictures of the beautiful homes and wonder where in the world do these people get all their money.  (And I wonder…where is the clutter and dirt and animals?  Where are the kids & the dirty socks? The wonder list never stops.) Anyway, not everyone has lots of money.  You are very talented and make beautiful things and you would like to start making money on your craft yet you simply don’t have enough money in your monthly budget to buy the supplies you need.  I know what that is like, I’ve been there.  This post isn’t craft or sewing oriented however it isn’t random.  I wanted to share some of the ways I made a little extra money here and there which I saved to buy supplies.  You won’t make enough money on any of these or even all together to live on but if you make an effort and try them you will find you have some extra supply money.  Make yourself a money jar and put in every penny you make and don’t tell anyone.  This is your money to start your craft business, blog or whatever dream you have.

Ways to make money at home so you can start your own craft business @ wowilikethat.com

I am the queen of frugal and would like to help you realize your dreams and help you find doable ways of reaching them, and with little or no money or to at least do it as inexpensively as possible.  A tip I can offer is  have an email address designated just for sign ups.  I do this so my regular inbox doesn’t get jammed with things I don’t necessarily want to read.  Here are some good sites to start with for getting some extra cash in your pocket. Remember money saved is money earned so money you saved should go in your jar too.

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 Bing Rewards.  Do you use Bing?  I do.  It is my preferred search engine.  I work full-time and I use Microsoft Office all day long. (I only had to work 1/2 a day today – hip hip hooray:))  I do lots of graphic work and while looking for images, Microsoft directs me to Bing to search.  It is just easier for me to use it.  I also seem to have an easier time finding what I want on Bing.  Anyway, Bing has a Reward Program.  You get rewarded for using Bing to search. The points add up quickly and monthly you can cash in for discounts at restaurants, Amazon and a ton more.  Go here to register.  Do a quick search and look at your stats.  It is an effortless way to get free things and/or money off things.  Yeah for free!!!!

 Cash Crate.  I have done this but haven’t done recently because of my limited time these days.  However, when I had more free time I would do the surveys and I did make money. Not tons of money but $20 here and there does help.  If you have some extra time and want to make some easy money, try it here.   Once you sign up, come back and read this article on Wiki How.  They explain in detail how to make sure you getting all the money you are working for.

Ebates. I’m not a big mall shopper. I do 99% of all my shopping online other than grocery shopping.  I didn’t get my check yet this year from Ebates for my holiday shopping but last year my check was over $90.00.  That is a lot.  If you are big online shopper, you have to register.  Any store special is available with Ebates too.  You get the sale price plus the refund.  It is a win win kind of deal.  For example, if Footlocker is having a sale, you log in to your Ebates account and click the Footlocker link.  Ebates lists the % back you will receive.  Make your purchase on the Footlocker site, and it is tracked back to Ebates who refunds the % agreed back to you. No effort just money.  Go here to register for your Ebates and start making money on what you are already buying.

Quick Rewards Network. Quick Rewards Network has been around for years and years.  Again, you do this or that on their site and you get paid and you get paid quickly.  This is a legit company with constantly changing offers.  You may get paid to read emails they send you (again, this is why you have a special email account for these), or you take a survey.  They have a long list of opportunities that are easy to complete.  Go here and register.  It is free and remember to save the money and we will work together to get your business going and growing.

See you next time.

Debbie

Aug 03

Make your own dip mixes – Part 6

Hi everyone. Be sure to eat your veggies, with dip of course!!!

I’m back to the Craft Fairy Series offering ideas for making crafts your business.  Every time I am shopping at a craft fair or show there is someone there (usually more than one vendor) selling dip mixes.  Why?  Because they are easy to make.  Inexpensive to make and are big sellers.  I recently paid $10 for 3 little packets of dip mix that cost pennies to make.  I wanted to see if they were better than mine.  They weren’t.  Quite the opposite, I think my recipes were better.

If you need a quick, easy and sure fire seller at your next craft fair, mix up some of these dip mixes.  You can see all my previous recipes here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5.  Dip mixes also make great gifts.  Or you can just make them and eat them all yourself.  Don’t yell at me if you gain weight though. :)

Dill Dip Mix

  • 2-1/2 tsp dried dill weed
  • 2-1/2 tsp minced onion
  • 1-1/2 tsp Spice Islands Beau Monde Seasonings (My larger local grocery store carries this but if yours does not, you can get it on Amazon – there is a link at the bottom on this page.)
  • 2-1/2 tsp dried parsley

Mix above ingredients and stir  till well blended.  Place in zip lock baggie and seal.

To serve – Mix dip mix with 1 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing and 1 cup sour cream.  Stir till well blended.  Cover at refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving.  Serve with veggies or crackers.

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Curry Dip Mix

  • 1 T dried parsley
  • 2 tsp minced onion
  • 2 tsp dried chives
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1-1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp plus 1/8 tsp celery salt
  • 1/4 tsp plus 1/8 tsp celery seed
  • 1/4 tsp plus 1/8 tsp curry
  • 1/8 tsp tumeric
  • 1/8 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Mix all ingredients and stir till well blended.  Place in zip lock baggie and seal.

To serve: Mix dip mix with 2 cups sour cream.  Still till well blended.  Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.  Serve with veggies, chips or crackers.

Bacon & Chili Cheese Dip Mix

  • 1 T plus 3/4 tsp minced onion
  • 2-1/2 tsp bacon bits (You can use real or imitation.  I usually use the imitation because I often make these weeks before I use them and I am fearful that the real bacon won’t stay fresh)
  • 1-1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 2-1/2 tsp Cheddar cheese powder (Again, I can get this at my larger local grocery store but if yours does not carry it, you can get it from Amazon (There is a link at the bottom of this page.)
  • 1-1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Mix all ingredients and stir well.  Place in zip lock baggie and seal.

To serve:  Mix dip mix with 2 cups sour cream.  Stir till well blended.  Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.  Serve with chips, crackers or veggies.

I have more recipes still to share.  Be sure to sign up for email notifications of my new posts so you don’t miss anything.

See you next time.

Debbie

Jun 21

Make your own dip mixes – Part 2

Hi All,

Here are a few more dry dip mix recipes.  Again these are delicious and are big sellers at craft fairs.  See my “Dip Mixes – Part 1” here.

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Italian Dip Mix

  • 4 T Parmesan cheese
  • 2-1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2-1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 2-1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 2 tsp. celery seeds
  • 2-1/2 tsp. sesame seeds.

Mix all ingredients and stir till well blended.  Place in ziplock baggie and seal.

To serve – combine dip mix with 2 cups sour cream.  Stir till well blended.  Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours.  Serve with chips, crackers or veggies.

Sesame Cheese Dip Mix

  • 2 T Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  • 4 tsp. toasted sesame seeds – if you can’t find toasted seeds – you can put on a microwave safe dish and microwave to about 30 seconds. (watch they don’t burn)
  • 1 tsp. celery seed
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder

Mix all ingredients and stir till well blended.  Put in a ziplock baggie and seal.

To serve-combine dip mix with 2 cups sour cream.  Cover at refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.  Again, serve with chips, crackers or veggies.

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Veggie Dip Mix

  • 1 T dried chives
  • 1 tsp. garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp. dried dill weed
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika

Mix all ingredients and stir till well blended.  Put in ziplock baggie and seal.

To serve-combine dip mix with 2 cups sour cream & 1 T fresh lemon juice (I used the stuff in the bottle and it was delicious too).  Mix well.  Coverage and refrigerate at least one hour.  Serve with chips, crackers or veggies.

Check back tomorrow, I’ll have more recipes to share.  Sign up to receive email notification so you don’t miss anything.

See ya next time.

Debbie

 

 

 

 

 

Jun 20

Thrifty Thursday – Make your own dip mixes for gifts or sale.

Make your own dip mixes. Part 1

The last craft fair I attended had 4 different dip mix vendors.  Every booth selling dip mix was crowded. It may be that their tables were lined with dip and pretzels or crackers for sampling.  People do get hungry and free is free. Sometimes even if you aren’t hungry and it is free, you take some.  At least I do and I am sure you do too.  Not everyone bought but they all had lines of people waiting to pay so enough were buying.  Even I bought some.  They were $4.00 a pack or 3 for $10.00.  I bought 3.  They were delicious.  You mix sour cream with the mix and poof – creamy deliciousness.

Try doing a search for dip mix recipes. There aren’t many recipes out there.  These people are hoarding their secret recipes from us.  Way I see it, there are lots of craft fairs and lots of people to buy the mixes and not sharing isn’t right.  I have spent hours looking through every recipe website, went to the library looking for recipes and finally charmed threatened a vendor to share some beginning recipes.

Below is the collection of my efforts.  It is a starting point.  All recipes are tried and true and all can be tweaked to be made into “your special recipe”.  For those who aren’t graphically inclined, I will be posting some pretty labels to put with the mixes.  Be sure to sign up for email notifications of my posts so you don’t miss anything.

Shop around for spices.  You can get many at the dollar store.  My local grocery store also has a $1.00 spice section.  The dip mixes are easy, cheap and they sell.  If you are already selling at the craft fairs and need something to pull people to your booth, sell some booth magnets (aka dip mixes). They also make great gifts.

Note:  The baggies I use aren’t from my local grocery store.  They aren’t your regular baggies although you could use them.  I use small ones that I got from Amazon. (I posted a link to these at the bottom of this page.)  They are the perfect size and look cute too.

If you have other recipes you would like the share, please email me and I will make this a continuing growing list.

All the recipes are for 1 package of mix for testing and trying.

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Cajun Dip Mix (Spicy)

  • 1 T. paprika
  • 3/4 tsp. dried thyme
  • 3/4 tsp. dried oregano
  • 3/4 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. sugar

Combine ingredients and stir.  Place in ziplock baggie and seal.

To serve – combine the dip mix with 2 cups sour cream.  Stir till well blended.  Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.   Serve with veggies, chips or crackers.

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Garlic Onion Mix

  • 1 T garlic powder
  • 1 T onion powder
  • 1-1/2 T dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp salt-free seasoning blend
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Combine all ingredients and stir till well blended.  Place in a ziplock baggie and seal.

To serve-combine dip mix with 2 cups sour cream.  Cover and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.  It is best if refrigerated at least 8 hours but it still delicious after sitting only 1 hour if you are rushed (or really hungry).  Serve with veggies, chips or crackers.

PS.  For the salt-free seasoning blend I used Mrs. Dash.

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Onion Dip Mix

  • 4 tsp. beef bouillon granules  (You can find this right next to the bouillon cubes at the store)
  • 2 T. dried minced onion
  • 1/8 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. dried chives
  • 1 tsp. dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp. powdered onion

Combine all ingredients and stir until well blended.  Place in ziplock baggie and seal.

To serve-combine dip mix with 2 cups sour cream.  Stir until well blended.  Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving.  Serve with chips, crackers or veggies.

I have run out of time today.  Check back tomorrow as I will be posting more.  Be sure to sign up for email notification.

See you next time.

Debbie

 

May 31

Thrifty Thursday – For the Love of Coffee

I love coffee.  If you also love a cup or glass of delightful deliciousness read on.

I recently read an article on WebMD on the benefits of coffee.  According to the article and the studies conducted:

  1. Those who said they drank more than six or seven cups daily were 35% less likely to have type 2 diabetes than people who drank fewer than two cups daily. There was a smaller perk — a 28% lower risk — for people who drank 4-6 cups a day. The findings held regardless of sex, weight, or geographic location (U.S. or Europe).
  2. Coffee may counter several risk factors for heart attack and stroke.
  3. For women, coffee may mean a lower risk of stroke.
  4. For Parkinson’s disease, the data have always been very consistent: higher consumption of coffee is associated with decreased risk of Parkinson’s.
  5. Coffee has also been linked to lower risk of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease.
  6. All of the studies have shown that high coffee consumption is associated with decreased risk of liver cirrhosis and liver cancer.

You can read article here.

Now that we all know coffee is good for you, let’s get to the nitty gritty.  Drinking coffee out is expensive.  Even if you only stop for a large specialty coffee on your way to work, at $3.50 every morning x 5 days a week x 50 weeks a year (hey you get 2 weeks vacation that I’m not counting) you would spend $875.00 a year.  Last can of coffee that I bought, the can claimed it yielded 270 cups of coffee.  I don’t believe that so let’s believe it yields 1/2 that or 135 cups – I paid $5.75 for the Clover Valley brand at Dollar General.  I always buy this coffee.  Tastes perfect to me.  That is $.04 a cup of coffee.  If I used the same calculation of only 1 cup of coffee every weekday for 50 weeks, that comes to $10.00 a year or a savings of $865.00.  That, of course, is not including the cost of creamers and sugars.  So here are some recipes for making your own coffee delights at home.

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Find the recipe for the Perfect Iced Coffee at the Pioneer Woman. Cold Brewed. This is my favorite recipe for iced coffee.  I promise once you make this recipe you will rush home for your own brew rather than stop and overpay for a store bought cup.

Here are some recipes for coffee creamers.  Not only is it less expensive to make your own but have you ever read the ingredients in a bottle of coffee creamer?  If you did, most likely you wouldn’t be using them. These recipes are inexpensive, do not contain all those unknown ingredients and are delicious.

Food.com has the same recipe I use for making French Vanilla.  Also included are instructions for making different flavors.

Here is another Food.com recipe – Bavarian Mint.

Budget101 has a variety of recipes using sweetened condensed milk and skim milk. You can find them here.

Salted Caramel Coffee Creamer

Cook Eat Share has a recipe for Salted Caramel Coffee Creamer.

Collies Kitchen has invented a copy cat version of McDonald’s caramel iced coffee.

Hope you enjoy some of these recipes.

Debbie

I never drink coffee at lunch.  I find it keeps me awake for the afternoon.  ~Ronald Reagan