How I Save Money on Flowers

Mother's Day is just around the corner. Since many of us make most of our floral purchases of the year during the month of May, I thought it would be the perfect time to write this post. Here are a few tricks I use to save a few dollars each time I'm sending flowers to a loved one.

 Here are a few tricks I use to save a few dollars each time I'm sending flowers to a loved one. Great tips just in time for Mother's Day!


Yoplait Greek Yogurt Taste-Off

Today's #Tasteoff was sponsored by Yoplait, but the winner was my honest choice.

Yoplait Greek 100 Taste-Off

As you likely know, I now make most of my own yogurt. Occassionally, I do treat myself to Greek yogurt since I'm the only one in the house with a taste for Greek yogurt, so it makes no sense to make a huge batch of my own.

I've reached for the same flavor, from the same brand, of Greek yogurt for years. So, I was excited to broaden my horizons when I was invited to participate in the Yoplait Greek 100 Strawberry Yogurt vs. Chobani Simply 100 Strawberry Challenge.

So let's get this Yoplait vs. Chobani taste-off started! Here were the area I chose to judge the yogurts on.

  • Packaging
  • First Impression
  • Consistency
  • Taste
Yoplait Greek 100 Taste-Off


Packaging: 


I'm only including this category because I know that some of us are more likely to reach for a product that is packaged more attractively. The packaging design for Chobani is more modern, and therefore more eye-catching, at least in my opinion. If I were shopping based solely on packaging, I'd be more likely to choose Chobani. 

First Impression: 


At first glance, both yogurts looked quite similar, with the exception of Yoplait showing pink fruit bits towards the sides. This was to be expected, since it is Greek yogurt, and Chobani was labeled "fruit on the bottom."

Upon mixing, the strawberry bits made Yoplait quite pink. Chobani, on the other hand, was still white - which is fine - but the fruit bits looked gray/silver with a tinge of purple. Based on looks alone, Yoplait was definitely more appetizing and Chobani was a bit off-putting due to the gray fruit. 

Consistency: 


This one is super important to me. I am extremely picky about the consistency of my yogurt. I prefer a thick, yet smooth, consistency. Chobani had a thicker consistency than Yoplait, but no matter how much I mixed, it was still quite lumpy. Yoplait was a little thinner in consistency, but I preferred the smoothness. I can't really choose a winner in this category since it's 1-1 in terms of thickness and smoothness.

Taste:

Yoplait Greek 100 Taste-Off

This is the most important determining factor, since this is, after all, a taste-off. I served up the yogurt in cups labeled "A" and "B." My husband had his taste test first. Then, it was my turn. I was blindfolded since the yogurts were visibly different, and I served them up, so I'd know which one was which just by looking. 

These were my husbands thoughts on each.

His Reaction to Yoplait: 


"Very flavorful. The bits of fruit add to the taste. Usually with Greek yogurt, there's a horrible aftertaste but this one doesn't have it."

His Reaction to Chobani: 


"Not bad. The other yogurt was definitely better. This one has the Greek yogurt aftertaste I was talking about. This one also has fruit bits in it, but no strawberry flavor or sweetness." 

His winner: Yoplait


My Thoughts on each: 

My Reaction to Chobani:

"It's okay. Not mind-blowing - just tastes like a good Greek yogurt. It's tangy and not very sweet at all."

My Reaction to Yoplait:


"This one is sweet and tastes like strawberry but it almost has a hint or raspberry as well. No tangy flavor at all."

My Winner: Yoplait

Yoplait Greek 100 Taste-Off

I've gotta say, I'm surprised that we both chose Yoplait. Going into the taste-off, I thought I would prefer Chobani and my husband would prefer neither since he isn't a fan of Greek yogurt. I think with a bit of honey added the Chobani would be great, but I'm judging on the taste of the actual product itself, and Yoplait is by far the winner for both of us. 

To be perfectly honest, my husband was not looking forward to participating since he's tasted Greek yogurt before and thought it was bitter. So another benefit of us participating in this challenge is that my husband is no longer scared of Greek Yogurt! Hey, I don't think he'll ever reach for a plain Greek yogurt, but progress is progress. 

Take the taste-off for yourself and see which one you prefer.

2014 Frugality Gal Reader Survey Results

The results from the reader survey are in. Since you are as much a part of this blog as I am, I thought it would be fun to share the survey results here with you guys.

I even tried my hand at a fancy little infographic. Ok, the infographic really isn't that great. But I tried. I couldn't fit every single stat and comment from the survey into the infographic, but this is a general overview of your responses.
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