Getting my Bargain On

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Groupon. Living Social. Social Dish. Coup Tessa. Deal Map. Owl City. Retailmenot.

These are just a few of the discount services out there. They’ve done for nightlife and entertainment what the Sunday paper coupon insert did for grocery shopping! I’ve become quite addicted to these discount sites and even promote Social Dish on my blog – that’s the ad on the right hand side (if you haven’t signed up yet, do it!!). I buy everything from movie tickets to Name-a-Star certificates to the local frozen yogurt joint. Seriously, if you aren’t taking advantage of these discount sites yet, please check them out. Each site offers different types of deals, some are just online shopping codes, some are local venues.

I love the opportunity to save money any way I can, being a one income family. Plus, I was always frugal to begin with! A few months ago, while perusing the Groupon app on my iphone, I found this deal for a company called Sous Chef 2 Go. They offered a discounted price on a recipe bag – any recipe bag currently being sold on their site. The idea behind the company (locally owned and operated, of course) was that they would gather the ingredients and do all of the prep work for a gourmet meal. All you had to do was pick up the bag and follow their directions on how to cook the meal. How great is that?! I had to have it. And it was only $20. Seriously, I often spend that on making a dinner from scratch – not even a real gourmet dinner. So this was a cool idea, a time saver, and I was also going to save a few bucks.

I finally picked up my order yesterday and I made the meal tonight – Marinated Skirt Steaks with Roasted Potatoes and Vegetables. YUM.

I somehow managed to catch my steaks on fire in the grill (you’d think I would have learned how to use it by now), so they came out a little…crispy? Yeah, I think that might be the word I’m looking for. They definitely weren’t “burned” – I swear, they really weren’t burned. They were nice and juicy. Inside.

That’s right, all of that for $20! Hells yeah! Of course, I forgot to take a picture when the meal was done.

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