Frugal Tips & Pizza Bagels from Nifty Thrifty Savings

We are thrilled to introduce one of our newest bloggers, Nifty Thrifty Savings! Krystal is sharing a frugal recipe with us today and a little bit about how to save money on your groceries. If you use some of her tips below, you may want to check out our Target meal plan, Walmart meal plan, Costco meal plan, or Kroger meal plan! Take it away, Krystal…

Hey there! My name is Krystal Meller and I blog over at Nifty Thrifty Savings. My motto is “never pay retail,’’ because paying full price is just silly when you don’t have to.

My blog focuses on saving money online and in the stores. I’ve been an avid couponer for years and it’s been a pleasure showing my readers the ropes on how to get the most bang for their buck. Clipping coupons and researching deals can be extremely time consuming. Back in 2010, I decided to make finding deals and teaching others to save money my job. I spend each day researching and hunting deals so you don’t have to. I love the adventure and the hunt, plus I am helping a lot of people in the process. It’s nice to be able spend less on necessities now so you have extra cash for fun stuff later.

Here are a few simple steps that will help save you money right away:

  • Coupons – There are coupons everywhere. Online, Magazines, Sunday Papers and more
  • Price matching – Price matching your local grocery store deals at Walmart
  • Target Red Debit Card – Saves you 5% off your entire order
  • Apps – Money saving applications you can download on smart phones

Nifty Thrifty Savings is going to feature an eMeals recipe of the week. These recipes will not only be featured on our blog because they are delicious, but we’ll also show you how to cut the cost using simple techniques and free resources you have available at your fingertips.

Check out a family favorite Pizza Bagel recipe………

pizza bagels, a great frugal meal from eMealsPizza Bagels are fun to make and my 5 year old loves helping us make them. They are kid friendly and very inexpensive. I picked up a bag of name brand bagels for just $0.99 at the 99 Cent Only Store. This same bag of bagels retails for over $2.49 at most of stores in my area. The rest of the ingredients were staples that I already had on hand, which makes this recipe much cheaper than paying for a pizza to be made and delivered.

The minced garlic, Italian seasoning, and pepperoni were all purchased at Dollar Tree for $1 each. I’ve used the garlic and seasoning for many other recipes, so I’m getting the most bang for my buck with these ingredients.

pizza bagels from eMeals

Here is the recipe for these fun Pizza Bagels:

Frugal Pizza Bagels
  • 3 Plain Bagels
  • 2 Tbsp. Tomato Paste
  • 1 teas. Minced Garlic
  • ¾ teas. Italian seasoning
  • ¼ teas. Salt
  • 30 Pepperoni Slices
  • 2 Cups Shredded Mozzarella
  1. Preheat oven to 375˚
  2. Open Bagels and lay the six halves cut side up on cookie sheet.
  3. Combine the Tomato paste, Garlic, Italian seasoning and Salt, spread 1 teaspoon of the mixture on each bagel half.
  4. Put 5 Pepperoni Slices on each Bagel half. Make sure to cover the hole so cheese doesn’t fall through.
  5. Divide the Mozzarella between the Bagel halves and evenly cover them.
  6. Bake in the oven at 375˚ until cheese is melted and bubbly, about 10-12 minutes.
  7. Let cool 5 minutes and enjoy.

I’m going to leave you with a tip. If you are currently printing your shopping list from Target, you can save 5% if you carry a Target Red Debit Card. (No worries, it’s not a credit card. The red debit card works like a debit card and the money comes out of your bank account just the same as if you used your bank card.)

For example: Let’s say ingredients for the week are $91.97. $4.60 will come off of your total if you pay with the red card. That’s quick and easy savings and a latte you wouldn’t have had the extra money for.

Be sure to head over to Nifty Thrifty Savings and take a look around. I look forward to sharing my knowledge of saving money with you.

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