Ericka Saves

Quick Side Item To Make Meal Prepping Simple

By September 26, 2015 Recipes, Reviews


Thanks General Mills for sponsoring today’s post.

Lately I’ve been MIA. I started a new job and have been crazy consumed with my day to day duties. I’m still getting the hang of it, but I’m glad to say…I’M BACK!

There are no restaurants or fast food places in walking distance to my new job therefore I’ve been forced to meal prep. I guess I should really be meal prepping anyway because it’s healthier, and saves me money.With Betty Crocker’s “Suddenly Salad” #SuddenlySalad dishes I’m able to quickly prepare a side dish to eat with my main item (mostly fish or chicken breast). Sometimes I throw in broccoli spears and pepperoni and have it as a main dish. Read More

Eat StarKist Tuna? You May Be Owed CASH

By September 1, 2015 Ericka's Blurbs


The Story

Ok, while browsing the internet today I came across an article by Consumerist that stated “Starkist Class Action Settlement Means Customers Get $25 In Cash Or $50 In Tuna.” I said to myself, “What? I buy StarKist tuna all of the time” Remembering I have like five cans of Starkist Tuna in my pantry right now, and I ate a can the other night.

Of course I’m thinking that it has been recalled, someone got sick, something major. Come to find out a man that eats tuna all of the time discovered that StarKist allegedly shortened it’s consumers by under-filling each can by a few tenths of an ounce. Read More

Escape to Beautiful Hotel Valencia Santana Row

By August 28, 2015 Couples Travel, Hotel Reviews, Travel

hotel-valencia-santana-row-enteranceIn the middle of the Santana Row shopping district is beautiful Hotel Valencia Santana Row, the only hotel in the area. Walking into the hotel feels like you’ve escaped away on a European vacation, but the reality is, you haven’t left California.

After not seeing my boyfriend for 7 weeks (remember he went away to UC Berkeley for the summer) we were definitely in need of a romantic getaway. On the second to last day of his program I flew out to California so we could take our summer/makeup spring break vacation that we’ve been wanting to take.

After staying in Berkeley for a few days and exploring San Francisco we took a roadtrip down to San Jose to check out the area and visit Hotel Valencia Santana Row.  Read More

100 Places To Get Free Stuff On Your Birthday

By August 20, 2015 Freebies

Everyone loves Free stuff, at least I think they do. One way I enjoy my birthday is by signing up for freebies. You’d be surprised at the items companies give you for FREE during your birth month to keep you as a customer.

In order to help you out, I came up with a list of over 100 places to get free stuff on your birthday. I wrote a list a long time ago when I first started blogging and wanted to share it again with updated information.


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What’s In Your Purse?: Avoiding Life’s Uncomfortable Moments

By August 13, 2015 Beauty, Giveaways

u-by-kotex-image-postThank you U by Kotex® for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me to try the U by Kotex panty liners.

Ok, I’ll admit it…

I’m a sucker for a huge purse. I just can’t help it.

I HAVE to tote around all of my “just in case” items. I HAVE to be prepared for life’s uncomfortable moments so I ALWAYS try to keep those items in my purse.

I have so much stuff in my purse I had to question others and ask, “What’s In Your Purse?” to make sure I wasn’t alone (with my packrat ways).

Sometimes I keep even more items in my purse depending on the day, but the items listed are items I usually keep on me daily.

1. U by Kotex Curves Liners

With U by Kotex Curves Liners I’m able to be comfortable and confident every single day. I mean, it’s always safe to wear a panty liner (because vaginas have a mind of their own), but it really helps when you know that your liner keeps your undies protected. It’s thin enough that it doesn’t show through your clothes, and the curve flows naturally with your body. Read More

Staycation: Schlitterbahn Kansas City

By August 11, 2015 Family Travel, Kansas City, Places I've Been, Staycation Kansas City, Travel, Travel Tuesday

schlitterbahn-entranceHere’s another Staycation series post for Travel Tuesday: Schlitterbahn Kansas City

I can’t believe it’s already back to school time. Which means the summer is almost over and the pools will be closing soon (well at least in the midwest that’s how it works). If you haven’t gotten the chance to visit Schlitterbahn I suggest you give it a try before the summer is over.

My nieces and nephew have been asking me all summer to take them to visit Schlitterbahn so I finally gave in and let them go. They had a blast! Read More

15 Minute No Bake OREO Pie

By August 10, 2015 For The Home, Recipes


Do you have an extra 15 minutes?

If you do try whipping up this simple 15 minute no bake Oreo Pie. It’s easy to make, taste delicious, and will make your house guest think you really know what you’re doing in the kitchen  ;-).

I’m a big cooker but I don’t make desserts that often. My boyfriend loves desserts though so this quick pie keeps him happy. Read More

Office Supply Stores Back to School Deals 7/26/15-8/1/15

By July 26, 2015 Back to School


After my “Back to School shopping at Office Supply Stores” segment on Fox 4 News (Monday, July 20th, 2015), I received a lot of emails and feedback from parents wanting to find out more about saving on school supplies at the office supply stores. Unfortunately, I don’t have the clip (I’m working on it), but I do want to help everyone out who wants to save.

I have saved hundreds of dollars each year shopping at office supplies stores for back to school supplies. There are always amazing deals to be found. Each week until back to school season is over, I’ll be sharing with you deals you can take advantage of at the office supply stores. Remember each office supply store price matches the others prices, so if you find a deal you want to take advantage of make sure you have your ad present. I usually pull the ad up on my phone.

Below is the Back to School Office Supply Store deals for the week of July 26th 2015 thru August 1st 2015:
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5 Household Items to Invest In While Becoming an “Adultier” Adult

By July 17, 2015 Household, Reviews


As I grow older I realize a lot of the household items (mostly kitchen items) I’ve had just don’t cut it for me anymore. I’m slowly becoming, like, a real adult. I mean I’ve been an adult but I’m starting to enjoy (and look forward to) things like coming home from work, hopping in pajamas and watching Netflix all night, or coming home and cooking a homemade delicious dinner and eating at the dinning room table (matter-of-fact me and my boyfriend eat dinner together at the table nightly). It’s more instances, but you get the jest.

There are a lot of items I want to purchase (and that I’ve been purchasing) for my improved “adulting” atmosphere apartment, but some of those items are pricy. Well as I always say…I’m Ericka Saves, so of course I had to find a way to save on those big investment items that last forever. With eBay Daily Deals you can always find deals that are a steal.

Every day eBay Daily Deals feature items from trusted sellers who are offering deep discounts on a variety of items (usually between 20% and 90% off) and free shipping. There are limited quantities of these fixed-price items, so they don’t last long. Once they’re gone, they’re gone.

I came up with my top items that I believe everyone on this adulting journey should invest in, and eBay Daily Deals has deals on every item on the list: Read More

How To Create A Cash Envelope System

By June 29, 2015 Budgeting, Money Saving Series

cash-envelope-system-postI work full-time and my boyfriend works while going to school full-time. In our household we’ve adapted to the “Cash Envelope System.” When we started it was a little difficult, and things were tight, but as the weeks flew by we quickly realized that we had a lot more money than we thought to work with.

There are many methods of creating a cash envelope system but we do ours a little different. In theory, you’d take out all of the cash you need for the month and put the money into separate envelopes, and only spend what’s in them for what you need without overspending. I’m going to show you how we created our cash envelope system. Read More