Monday, May 21, 2012
Sunday Burgers. roasted potatoes. green beans
Monday lazy cabbage rolls
Tuesday School is doing a fundraiser @ McDonalds
Wednesday pesto chicken with pasta in crockpot
Thursday Layered ground turkey in the crockpot click for
Friday clean out the fridge night!
Saturday Cookout at friends house we will be bringing pasta salad plus some burger and hot dogs
Friday, May 18, 2012
Trade meat for beansOne can of beans, which contains 3.5 servings costs about $1.00 compared to $2.00 per pound for chicken on the bone (which is less expensive than chicken breast). Swapping black, pinto, kidney or white beans for meat in tacos, burritos, salads and whole grain pasta meals not only saves money it ups your antioxidant intake, slashes calories, wipes out saturated fat and cholesterol, and just a half cup provides a quarter of the fiber you need daily. That may be one reason why regular bean eaters have a lower risk of obesity and smaller waistlines.
Buy in-season, local produceFrom either your farmer’s market or local grocery store, in-season fruits and veggies are chock-full of flavor but can cost pennies per pound. Right now, at my local market, cantaloupes and bell peppers are 99 cents each. Load up when you see a great deal (like the buy one get one free blueberries I spotted today) and freeze the extras.
Exchange packaged snacks for popcorn kernelsOne bag of organic popcorn, which contains 28 servings costs around $2.50 compared to about $3.50 a bag for potato, corn, and cheese snacks with 10 servings. Pop retro style on your stovetop in oil, but hold the butter. If you need some flavor, sprinkle with fresh herbs like Italian or chipotle seasoning.
Invest in a water filter or filtering pitcher and ditch the soda habitTwo liter soda bottles are inexpensive, about $1.00 each. If you buy one a week, that’s only $52.00 per year, but for about $25 you can buy a water filtering pitcher and get into the habit of drinking pure chilled water with every meal.
Monday, May 14, 2012
Sunday Momma wanted Mexican so we got some Mexican food at this great local hole in the wall. Had a wonderful mother's day with the kids and my husband.
Monday Burgers and french fries, squash fries for me (ate too much over the weekend need to get back to fighting weight)
Tuesday Meat Crusted pizza very good and FILLING!
Wednesday Chili over baked potatos
Thursday Chicken skibobs on the grill with pasta salad
Friday Fish and a mix of leftovers
Saturday Homemade pizza
Are you looking for menu ideas check out Monday meal plans at organizing junky
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Wednesday, May 09, 2012
My husband’s family is a really big dog family. My husband grew up with dogs since he was a baby. I never had a dog growing up, so you have dog person and a non dog person married. Well, you become a dog person. We have had a dog for 14 years now, called King a beautiful golden retriever. Over the years I have become a dog lover plus my own sons love them.
My sister in law who has 4 dogs including 2 pugs, and 2 labs got into making Homemade dog food a few years back. She said she really likes doing that to be able to control what is going into their diet plus she says it is budget friendly! Well being a frugal mom, you know I like to save money.
The number one reason I initially thought about making my own dog food was for cost savings. Coming in close for reasons to make your own dog food are all of the dog food recall scares, as well as simply wanting to provide my dog the least processed foods. I found an easy recipe that I can bulk cook and then simply feed to my dog King!
I found an Easy cooked dog food recipe that has step by step instructions that I can bulk cook and simply feed to my dog King. After you make it, you can store the food in the freezer and take it out using as needed. From there, you add the supplements before serving the Homemade dog food to your dog. Without the supplements, this recipe is essentially a meat loaf and will result in multiple nutritional deficiency diseases. This recipe makes approximately 48 cups of dog food. For a small dog (10 lbs or less), this recipe will yield approximately 96 days worth of food. For a GIANT dog (approximately 80 lbs), this recipe will yield approximately 12 days worth of food. With the added supplements, For my dog King (40 pounds) it will get me almost a month of food!
|King as a puppy|
Monday, May 07, 2012
I know there's supposedly no such thing, but I have a defined benefit pension, my husband and I are each maxing out our 401Ks, and I have a Roth IRA (although we're now past the income limits to continue contributing to it). So my question is, if this amount of retirement savings is delaying buying our next house, is it possible that we're saving too much for retirement? When should you stop saving and start enjoying the money a bit more?
My husband and I are both 30, which also makes it very hard to talk about specific retirement numbers, since it's so far away.
Monday Chicken drum sticks, baked spinach casserole (mix frozen spinach, 2 cups cottage cheese, 2 eggs and parm cheese)
Tuesday Ham & Broccoli quiche, roasted potatos on the side
Wednesday Layered ground turkey in crockpot (simply layered ground turkey, brown rice, tomato sauce, and black beans and cook on low for 8 hours-very good!
Thursday Baked chicken pizza (use chicken breast as the crust and throw on pizza toppings) So good! May add some pasta as a side as my boys are eating more and more these days.
Friday Fish and veggies Saturday Having my mother in law over-debating on whether pizza take out or doing a taco bar. My mother in law is pretty easy to please..
Are you looking for even more menu ideas out Monday meal plans at organizing junky
Saturday, May 05, 2012
One of my favorite hobbies to do is gardening. In our backyard, we have a beautiful tier raised bed vegetable garden. We grow everything from tomatoes to red and green peppers to watermelons in our garden! Once the grounds thaws in April, we are busy tilling and turning over the soil. We also also busy starting our plants from seeds as well.
One thing that is important to us is that we have an organic vegetable garden. Organic vegetables in the grocery store are so expensive so being able to grow my own is helpful to my budget. There are a lot of different products out there but one that I am going to try this year is Whitney Farms.
Whitney Farms® carries a variety of organic gardening products. Included in their line of products are both granular and liquid organic plant food . These plant foods will help make your garden full of rich and fertile organic soil am loving the fact that I know what will be going on my sons’ dinner plates.
My oldest son loves the idea of having a garden and is my biggest helper taking care of it. Each year he looks forward to planting seeds in the dirt and watching the seeds sprout into healthy food that he can eat, He thinks of nothing of popping a tomato ripped from the plant into his mouth Doing this organically will make me feel better about him just popping them into his mouth. Whitney Farms even has specialized plant food.
Check out Whitney Farms®. You can also save by using the $3 Whitney Farms® coupon available at their website that you can use at the local store to buy.