How to have a “Flavor Tripping” Party (inexpensive party idea)

How to host a flavor tripping party

How to have a “Flavor Tripping” Party

Okay, this post is in NO way related to savings or frugal life. However, it is more related to a fun time with friends! :) In a sense it could be about how to hold a fun party on a budget with your friends–who says you need to throw a huge party and spend tons of money?

You don’t! Consider hosting a flavor tripping party.

Okay, I honestly can’t take credit for this idea– my lovely husband, George (who has been in the culinary industry his whole life) had heard about these things called Miracle Fruit. He was super interested and that it would be cool to see what the fuss was about. When you are a chef–your taste buds are your life source. What if you could trick your taste buds and your brain?? So what is Miracle Fruit?


Synsepalum dulcificum, also known as the miracle fruit, is a plant with a berry that when eaten, causes sour foods (such as lemons and limes) subsequently consumed to taste sweet.


You can’t purchase the mberry fruit in a store and apparently, if you could–they would be sold for $3-$5 per fruit! . After some research, George found mberry Miracle Fruit Tablets online and you can get 20 tables for $25.  mBerry Tablets are the real deal fruit but basically dehydrated and put into a pill form. The pill is 100% natural and GMO free and it does have added cornstarch that is used as a binding agent– over a million tablets have been sold and no reports of any adverse side effects of miracle fruit or miracle fruit tablets!

It is easy to take the mberry:

1. Let one tablet dissolve in your mouth (takes about 10 minutes)

2. I recommend not drinking anything before the pill is dissolved

3. enjoy!

Then, last  weekend we decided to have some friends over and crack out the mberry!

How to have a “flavor tripping” party:

1. Assign each attendee a item to bring that you think would be fun to taste while “under the influence” of the mberry. Remember, you want fruit or food items that have a lot of acidity. But I do suggest adding a couple of sweet things (like strawberries)

2. You provide the mberry to each guest

3. Be sure to purchase enough for your party– you can buy mberry Miracle Fruit Tablets, 10-Count (Pack of 2) here for only $25

Here are some items I suggest asking guests to bring:

flavor tripping party

Other items:

  • Cheese
  • Goat Cheese
  • Grapes
  • fun alcohol drinks
  • Strawberries (I LOVED the strawberries– it was like tasting the sweetest strawberry ever!)
  • Blue berries
  • lemon juice

What if you could make a lemon taste like a orange? #mberry #miraclefruit

A photo posted by Josie K ⭐️ (@josie_kap) on


The “Flavor Trip” lasts from 15 min-2 hours (everyone is different). I chose the lemon to be my first fruit— let me tell you, I could eat a WHOLE lemon. It was so sweet– it was like I was eating a very sweet orange. I literally yelled out “Oh My goodness” because my mouth was shocked! Grapefruit was another fun one for me. I absolutely HATE grapefruit–but I wanted to eat the whole thing. It was awesome.

If you feel so inclined— I highly suggest trying a “flavor trip” party with your friends. Not only will be able to amaze them but you will have tons of fun. So what ya think? When is your next party?? :)

How to save money with a spending freeze

How to save money with a spending freeze

One thing that often works considerably to help get control of your immediate finances is to stop spending.  Yes, that sounds impossible, but working toward Financial Freedom With A Spending Freeze is in fact quite doable for many people.  We are often surprised at how much we spend unnecessarily over the course of a week, month or even year when we look at it closely.

How necessary are your daily Starbucks coffee drive thru dates? Let’s look at this. Let’s say you go to Starbucks every day and spend $5 that equals out to be $25 per week, $100 per month! That is a electricity bill!

Two years or so ago, our family participated in a spending freeze. I won’t lie–it was VERY hard to do. However, it made us realize that it could be worse. We could be in a situation where our income was SO limited that we wouldn’t have a choice but to not spend money on “extras”.

Here is how we planned our spending freeze:

How to save money with a spending freeze

1. Set a time frame goal.  For some it may be important to do a spend freeze for a short period of time first, then gradually work up to longer times.  Set a time frame of one week, one month or one year.  Get serious about your financial freedom goals by being realistic about what you can afford to do in this spend freeze.  You will have to make allowances for some expenses, but that is in our next step.

2. Create a list of allowable expenses.  It is expected that you will continue paying bills like your rent/mortgage, vehicle payments, insurances, debt payments, etc.  A spend freeze is more about using what you have on hand, and not buying anything unnecessary. 

Things commonly given up in a spend freeze:

  • Groceries. (This is usually for shorter times like one week or one month where you use what you have on hand in your pantry, freezer and refrigerator.)
  • Eating Out, Movies and other outside entertainment
  • New Clothing, shoes or accessories
  • Vacations

3. Get creative. To save money with a spending freeze this will often leave you with needs or desires that result in frustrations because you aren’t allowed to simply go and purchase something.  A special dress for an event can be handled by upcycling something you already own, or borrowing from a friend.  That craving for your favorite takeout can be handled by experimenting in the kitchen with the stockpile of food you have in your pantry.  It can also teach you things you should keep on hand at all times like various foods, entertainment options like games and movies, or a spare fancy dress for the occasional last minute event.

4. Review the results. At the end of your spend freeze take the time to look at your budget and how you managed.  Evaluate your increase in income, and how you managed the spend freeze.  Where there particular items you had a harder time giving up like your morning coffee run, or the Thursday night pizza on the way home from ball practice?  Perhaps you can learn to create these things for yourself at home to avoid those expenses in the future.

A spend freeze to help you rid yourself of debt, as well as save for your financial goals is a great experiment in will power and determination.  Individuals who can successfully complete a spend freeze often find themselves able to dedicate even more time and money toward their financial freedom goals.  Those who struggle a lot with a spend freeze may still need to deal with reasons why they are in debt in the first place. 

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Happy Memorial Day! I think this is such a special day as it is very important to remember those who have fallen for our freedom. A selfless act that can never be thanked for enough. I know that there are a lot of military that read Southern Cali Saver and I want to thank you for continued acts of bravery.


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How to get free eggs and Margarine


I know this is a little out of the norm for me– but I wanted to let you know of a great coupon that will get you free margarine and eggs at Ralphs!

  • Head over here and print the coupon for a free tub of I Can’t believe it’s not butter (first 18,000)
  • Then head on over to Ralphs before Tuesday (5/26) and get a free dozen of eggs when you purchase ICBINB.

Yep, you got it– completely FREE after your coupon!

Thanks, Kroger Krazy

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