Ericka Saves

Happy Mothers Day Mama

By May 10, 2015 Ericka's Blurbs

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My mother and I haven’t always gotten along…

It wasn’t that we didn’t get along, I wasn’t one of those close-my-door-and-keep-out-kids, but I never felt close to her. I always felt like she had to do so much for my brother (now he was one of those problem kids) that she didn’t have time for me, or she didn’t notice me. Read More

The ONLY Homemade Pancake Recipe You’ll Ever Need

By May 8, 2015 Deals, Recipes

The ONLY Homemade Pancake Recipe You'll Ever Need, seriously! Simple, inexpensive recipe with ingredients you already have in your pantry.

At 21 I decided to venture off and get my own apartment. Without anyone’s help I searched and searched until I found my very first place: a one bed, one bath, 700 sq ft loft style apartment, Downtown Kansas City, MO. I was ecstatic! The building had just been rehabbed and I was the first person to live in my apartment.

I had no idea what I was getting into, “OMG, I have to pay real BILLS!” Lol, so I quickly change my spending habits.

The farmers market was literally one block away from my apartment so I’d walk over every weekend and stock my fridge for $10-$15. I also cooked most of my meals which saved me a lot of money. Plus, it made my friends think I could really throw down in the kitchen (lol, making those Knorr sides and cooking all of the meat on the George Foreman grill, I really thought I was doing something).

Cooking meals…Ok, I cooked most of my meals, but I called and bugged my mom, and aunts, and uncles for recipes on a regular basis. I was shopping at the grocery store one day and saw that a box of pancake mix cost $4. I quickly put it back. As soon as I got home I called my Aunt Valenta and asked for her recipe for homemade pancakes. My very first attempt was a disaster, but over the years I’ve tweaked it and created the perfect recipe for pancake mix from scratch. I’ve never purchased another box of pancake mix (well, besides this time when I got a bunch for cheap couponing, and I donated all of the mixes).

My nieces and nephew LOVE my pancakes, my boyfriend gets excited like a kid every time I make them. I love how delicious and fluffy the pancakes turn out. So basically, this is The Only Homemade Pancake Recipe You’ll Ever Need, seriously. Plus, I bet you probably already have all of the ingredients. Read More

Soulful Sundays With Chef Moorenita

By April 30, 2015 Deals, Kansas City, Restaurant Reviews, Reviews

soulful-sunday-brunch-fruitA few weeks ago me and my boyfriend had the pleasure of attending “Soulful Sundays,” created by Chef Moorenita. I’m glad I was able to drag him out of the house and we were able to have that experience.

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Soulful Sundays is a Brunch held once a month in Kansas City. There is delicious food, live music, unlimited mimosas, and more. When we went (I believe the menu changes each month), the menu consisted of shrimp & grits, bacon, eggs, chicken and waffles, potatoes, pastas, fresh fruit, sliced meats, macaroni, veggies, rolls, an assortment of tasty desserts, a carving station and more. Read More

My Data My Way: A Day In The Life Of Ericka

By April 29, 2015 cbias, Deals, Electronics, Ericka's Blurbs

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #MyDataMyWay #CollectiveBias
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If you’ve visited my website lately you’d notice that “Ericka Saves” has changed. I have a new look and I designed it myself! With all of the new things and changes going on in my life (new design, being on the news monthly), I thought I’d give you glimpse of my daily life outside of blogging and how I use my unlimited talk text and data/ web.

I’m able to streamline my life and cut cost tremendously using Walmart Family Mobile. The service is only $29.88 per month (for the first line), and it comes with an unlimited talk, text & data plan that includes up to a gig of 4G LTE service. Having a plan this affordable allows me to use #MyDataMyWay. Read More

The Best Items To Buy At ALDI

By April 21, 2015 ALDI, Deals, How to Series, Money Saving Series

best-items-to-buy-at-aldiThis post is Sponsored by ALDI, however all opinions are 100% mine and I shop here weekly.

ALDI has a huge selection of foods to choose from. I shared with you How to Shop at ALDI, so today I thought I’d share with you some of the best items to buy at ALDI. I shop at ALDI weekly. Between shopping at ALDI, coupon match ups at other stores, and the farmers market, I’m able to keep my weekly grocery budget between $30-$35.

I’m able to keep it so low because I’m only shopping for two (sometimes 6 when my nieces and nephew visit), and I have a pantry with a nice size of staple items. Sometimes I do go over budget when I don’t strategically plan my shopping trip, and sometimes I go over budget when I buy extra fruit for juicing.

As I stated in my first post, ALDI has pretty much everything you need, but there are some items that are a really good deal that you typically won’t find cheaper at a regular grocery store. Here is my list of the best items to buy at ALDI, you may or may not agree.  Read More

Easy Teachers Appreciation Gifts

By April 20, 2015 Deals, How to Series, News Segment

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Every month I’m featured on the local news dishing out money-saving tips. “Teachers Appreciation” is coming up soon and I wanted to share some Easy Teachers Appreciation Gifts that you can make or purchase for cheap to show your gratitude to your childs teacher.

Watch the segment here. Listed below are the Featured Projects I made for Fox 4 News:

Star Teacher” and “Seeds of Knowledge Planter” from The Neighborhood Moms

Gumball Teachers Appreciation Gift” from Elemeno-P-Kids

Sticking With Me” (glue stick project) from Occasionally Crafty

Thanks For Making Us Smarties Jar” from Cincy Shopper

Basketball Oranges” from Aprons & Stilettos

Here is a huge list of Teachers Appreciation Gifts to try:  Read More

Chef JJ Johnson’s Pork Suya with Kimchi

By April 19, 2015 Deals, Recipes
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photo credit: pork be inspired

This post is Sponsored by the National Pork Board

I shared my Easy Grilled To Perfection Pork Chop Recipe. I also shared with you America’s Most Mouthwatering Mashup. Now I’m sharing with you this simple recipe Chef JJ Johnson from “The Cecil” created.

Chef JJ Johnson is  known for incorporating high quality and flavorful ingredients into his dishes, and he’s a  firm believer of cooking what’s in season.

His specialty is taking a simple dish and applying bold flavors, and unexpected ingredients to create a complex and sophisticated taste. He does just that with his Pork Suya with Kimchi recipe created for Pork Be Inspired. Read More

How To Shop At ALDI

By April 18, 2015 ALDI, Deals, How to Series, Money Saving Series

how-to-shop-at-aldiThis post is Sponsored by ALDI, however all opinions are 100% mine and I shop here weekly.

When I was a child I’d hated going to ALDI…

My mom hardly shopped there, but my aunt did (I spent a lot of time at my aunts) and I remember those horrible trips where the store was over crowded, full of processed foods, long lines, and it seemed like we were there for days.

I avoided shopping at ALDI when I grew up because of the dread. Just seeing the store sign made me cringe and have flashbacks.

When I lost everything I had to cut back on the lifestyle I was living, and that’s when I discovered what a gem ALDI really is.

I had a store right around the corner from my apartment (well maybe a few blocks away). I hadn’t been to ALDI in years and the store changed drastically from my youth. There was fresh fruits and veggies, fresh meats, snacks galore, cheeses, breads, so much stuff I had no idea what to do. I know I needed boxes or my own bags, but I really had no idea where to start.

I’ve been an advocate for shopping at ALDI for years now. I’ve had so many people tell me they aren’t able to find anything when they go into ALDI so I’m writing this post to help you out.

Lets get started…How to Shop at ALDI

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America’s Most Mouthwatering Mashup

By April 8, 2015 Deals

Screen Shot 2015-04-08 at 12.32.14 AMThis post is sponsored by the National Pork Board

Ok, I’ll admit it…

I freaking LOVE Pork. I just do.

I once tried to give up meat but couldn’t do it because I love bacon too much.

We live in a day and age where food sharing is second nature. I know I follow a few food bloggers and Instagram accounts just to look at the delicious food and recipes shared daily. I’ve also noticed that food pictures I take get a lot more “likes” than any other picture I post.

The ultimate American mashup is culled from the flavors, pairings, ingredients and cooking methods most often mentioned on social media. Read More

Smile Brilliant Whitening Kit Giveaway

By March 27, 2015 Deals, Giveaways

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Sponsored By: Smile Brilliant
Hosted By: donnahup.com

Want whiter teeth? Check out the Teeth Whitening Kit from Smile Brilliant! You can read the full review over at donnahup.com. You can also enter for a chance to win your own! Just enter on the rafflecopter below. Read More