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Monday, December 13, 2010

Whew, I'm back! - Menu Plan Monday 12/13

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These last several months have gotten away from me!  I've been barely getting everything done around my house, let alone doing anything here!  Sorry for the unexpected break.  I'm hoping to ease back into blogging and get my life in order once more with the coming year.

Monday - Baked Potatoes with Toppings

Tuesday - Pepperoni Chili 
                     Italian Herbed Bread
                     Chopped Vegies

Wednesday - Mexican Chicken Skillet - pg. 128 from Saving Dinner the Low Carb Way
                           Spanish Rice
                           Salad

                     
Thursday - Meatballs
                       Cottage Potatoes
                       Sauteed Green Beans

Friday - BBQ Pork Sandwiches
                 Cut up Vegies with Dip

Saturday - Pizza
                      Salad

Sunday - Onion Topped Chicken

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Monday, October 25, 2010

Menu Plan Monday 10/25

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Monday - Mexican Chicken Skillet - pg. 128 from Saving Dinner the Low Carb Way
                   Spanish Rice
                   Salad

Tuesday - Leftovers


Wednesday - church

                     
Thursday - Sweet Teriyaki Pork Chops pg.8 from Saving Dinner the Low Carb Way
                    Sauteed green beans
                    Brown Rice

Friday - Lasagna
                Salad

Saturday - Hubby and I get a date!

Sunday - Crock Goulash pg. 13 from Saving Dinner the Low Carb Way
                  Broccoli
                  Boiled Potatoes


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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Wednesday's Words of Wisdom


James 1:2-4

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.  Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.



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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Strengthen Your Budget - Food




                                                                                                                                        Source: Masahiro Ihara
Food can be the biggest budget buster around.  However, it can also be a great place to save money if you plan carefully.  Through meal planning, cooking from scratch, gardening and couponing you are able to see significant savings.


Meal Plans


Meal Planning dramatically decreases the impulse to run through the drive-thru for supper.  Meat will be out and ready for supper and you know what you're making.  Supper made at home will taste much better than anything you can get at a drive-thru!


Find what works best for you.  Does it work best to do it once a week, once a month, or somewhere in between?



Cook from Scratch

Convenience costs.  The more you cook from scratch, the lower your grocery bill.  If you don't cook much yet and eat out most of the time, start small.  Start by buying convenience items at the grocery store.  They will cost less than eating out.  Then slowly start experimenting with cooking.  Try making a new meal or at least one new dish from scratch each week.  Once you have a few good recipes under your belt, add another meal from scratch, until the majority of your meals are homemade.


Freezer Cooking

Having meals in the freezer when life gets busy helps curb the appeal of the drive-thru.  Freezer cooking helps you make meals from scratch, but still have convenience right at your finger tips!  Freezer cooking takes out a lot of prep work when you are making your meals each evening.  There are lots of great books and blogs about this very topic.  One of my favs is Life As Mom.  Check it out!  She is even hosting a freezer cooking link up!


Gardening

Next year consider setting aside a small area in your yard for a garden, or just do container gardening.  There is joy in seeing your seeds sprout and become plants that produce food.  Not to mention the savings your own produce brings!


Couponing


This takes some learning and practice, but couponing is an excellent way to save money.  It's the main reason I started this blog.  I was so amazed at how much could be saved with coupons.  Although the focus of my blog has changed, I still coupon quite a bit.  I save tons of money on toiletries, food, and on various other items.  I am hooked!  I love sites like We Use Coupons , Money Saving Mom, My Price Savings, & Bargains to Bounty.  They make couponing much easier.

Eating Out

This can be an astronomical expense.  Ordering water to drink, helps to keep the bill down.  As does sharing a meal.  I also do MyPoints or Reward Port, where you read emails and get points just for clicking on emails.  After so many points I am able to get gift cards for various places.

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This post is linked to Works for Me Wednesday and Frugal Friday.




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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Wednesday's Words of Wisdom



Psalm 62:7-8

My salvation and my honor depend on God, 
he is my mighty rock, my refuge.  
Trust in him at all times, O people; 
pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.




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