Striving for Homemaking

My journey through parenting, homeschooling, money saving, and home management

Cheap & Healthier Alternative to Coffee Creamer

Admittingly, I am one of those who likes a little coffee with my creamer. I love coffee, but if I had to drink it black I just wouldn’t drink it. I never thought I liked coffee until I discovered flavored coffee creamer, and then I was hooked. Recently though I have been working on cutting back on processed foods and sugars from out diet, and a major area I needed to address was my addiction to coffee creamer, and all of it’s sugar and chemicals. I had started buying the “natural” real dairy creamer made with real cream and sugar, but sugar is sugar and it still falls into the  “processed food” category.

So, with that being said, the alternative I have found that works for me is evaporated milk and either honey or agave nectar for the sweetener. Yes, it’s probably not the most perfectly healthy solution, but for now it’s a step in the right direction. I’ve found, also, that the fat free evaporated milk is just as creamy as the whole milk version. Pour it into a pretty glass jar, because everything looks better in pretty glass jars. I also use evaporated milk when I make oatmeal or cream of wheat and macaroni and cheese. If you mix evaporated milk 50/50 with water you can use it in any recipe that calls for milk, and it’s a lot cheaper.

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*FREE* Vitacost: $10 Worth of FREE items + FREE SHIPPING!! Now Through 4/12!

I love Vitacost and have gotten some amazing deals through them, especially for baby products. Here is another one that is happening NOW! Through 4/12, Vitacost is offering FREE shipping on your entire order when you purchase Vitacost Vitamin D3 (200 capsules) for just $4.99 (hurry before they sell out!!). This means after you use your $10 credit, you will still have $5.01 to spend on ANYTHING you want, which means completely FREE items with NO money out of pocket! (or very little out of pocket if you spend a little over $5.01 extra – I ordered the vitamins to get free shipping plus 4 organic baby food pouches plus two free samples, and my total was $.03!)
Here’s how to work your magic and get completely FREE items!

  1. Sign up for a Vitacost account here to get your FREE $10
  2. You will get a FREE $10 credit email sent to you after signing up (will come within a few minutes)
  3. Then, go here and select the cheapest item (which would be the Vitacost Vitamin D3 (200 capsules) priced at $4.99) so you’ll have an additional $5.01 to spend on ANY other products on the site you want totaling less than $10 and they will all ship FREE! THE FREE SHIPPING WILL BE APPLIED AFTER YOU ADD THIS ITEM TO YOUR CART! Just make sure it is the Vitacost Vitamin D3 (200 capsules) and not softgels. 
  4. You can also choose 2 FREE samples with every order! Do a search in the search bar for “free samples” and you can add two different ones to your cart. Your whole order will be FREE + FREE shipping and no money out of pocket!!

Make sure to do step three for it to work! Vitacost sells everything organic or natural . . . baby food, diapers, peanut butter, maple syrup, Annie’s organics . . . you can probably find it here!

After you place your order, go to and sign up for Vitacost Rewards and then send a referral to your spouse, child, mother, friend, etc. and place another order like the one above through their account and you will get a $10 credit after the order is placed (it takes several days after an order for the credit to show up in your account). Sign up every email address/name in your household and do the above order deal and this becomes an even better deal!

Hurry before the Vitacost Vitamin D3 (200 capsules) sells out because ordering that item is how you get free shipping to make this deal work! 

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Sneakpeeq: 2 Jars of Gourmet Chutneys or Spreads only $2 Shipped! (Regularly $20)

Sneekpeeq is a new shopping site linked through Facebook, and right now if you are a new member and sign up here you get a $10 credit and FREE shipping! Just sign up and then click on “The Gracious Gourmet” sale and select any 2 pack chutneys or spreads priced at $12. Sneakpeeq will automatically apply your $10 credit, making your price only $2 and FREE shipping! I got the mango pineapple chutney and the dried fruit chutney. Those will be great stirred into plain yogurt!

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