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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Meal Plan Monday

( photo courtesy of Pillsbury.com)

I am sick. Yuck. And worse then me being sick, my boys are sick. All 3 of them. We all are sneezing and coughing. Sore throats and ear infections. So it's going to be a pretty laid back week this week. I'm thinking a lot of laying around watching some movies and reading lots of books. And lots of easy meals.

choice of cold cereal, pancakes (freezer) or waffles (freezer)

Usually PB&J, lunch meat or leftovers from dinners

chicken soft tacos (crock pot)
potato soup x 2
hot dogs and mac & cheese

It's times like these that I wish I had already done OAMC. But I will be doing some as soon as we get room in the freezers and I am feeling up to it! For more meal plans visit Orgjunkie.com
What are you eating this week? Leave a link to your meal plan and I'll come check it out.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Penny Experiment Trip #2

1 box Ronzoni Smart Taste penne noodles
4 Campbell's Select Harvest
4 Campbell's tomato soup
1 V8 Fusion
3 Greek Yogurt
1 McCormick Oregano
1 Polaner All Fruit Spread

Total Retail Value - $26.38
Total OOP- $8.06
Savings of $18.32

I'm hoping to donate this and my other trip tomorrow, I just have to make sure the food bank will be open.

You can read more about the Penny Experiment HERE and HERE.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

How to Save Money When Doing Laundry

Dirty Laundry Pictures, Images and Photos

  1. Make your own laundry soap. (for pennies a load!)
  2. Never do less then a full load. You use the same amount of electricity and water no matter how much laundry is in the machine.
  3. Wash all clothes in cold water.
  4. Remove clothes that dry quickly from the dryer half way through the cycle (bed sheets and pillow cases)
  5. Hang your clothes to air dry.
  6. Clean the dryers lint trap after every load. Clean the outside lint trap twice a year.
  7. During cold weather, vent the dryer inside to "reuse" the heat instead of letting it all be wasted outside. Just put panty hose over the end of the dryer hose to catch lint.
  8. Put a couple of clean dry towels in the dryer to help absorb moisture and dry clothes faster.
  9. Wash (certain) clothes after wearing a few times. There is no need to wash your jeans or your sweat pants or towels every time you use/wear them. Why waste water/electricity washing [basically] clean clothes? Wear them a few times then wash. You'll not only save money in the laundry room, you'll save yourself wear and tear on your clothes. (If they're dirty or smell bad, wash them after the first time!)
  10. WASH your UNDERWEAR in the bathroom sink.
    Saving money on laundry works for me.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Free Oreos!

If you became a fan of Oreo's on Facebook don't forget to claim your FREE Oreos! That's right! The Mannings won and Oreo is giving away 150,000 FREE coupons for Oreos! I thought I was too late to get mine, but I just claimed it and it's being mailed to me! Go HERE to claim yours!

In my Mailbox

There was so much mail in my mailbox this weekend. I thought I'd share with you the benefits of free samples and 3 A Day.



I won this in a giveaway over at Housewife Hacks!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Meal Plan 1/24-1/30

(photo courtesy of allrecipies.com)
Last week went OK. The boys and I liked the Cowboy Casserole, but hubby didn't. The Bourbon "Chicken" (we used pork chop) was great. As I stated before, we ended up having fish sticks for lunch and had Ziti for dinner. The next day, we ate the leftovers for lunch (and the dog got to the leftover ziti!) so we had a Mac & Beef entree from Angel Food.

On another note....it's official. We are going to be continuing our Eat From the Pantry Challenge through February. I cleaned out the cabinets today and while there is a lot that has been cleaned out, there is still a lot that needs to be used. My freezers have very small dents in them. We picked up Angel Food this week and although we ate some of it this weekend, there is still a good bit that went into the freezer. I am working on my menu plan for next month, hopefully it will be done next week so I can share it. But for now, here's what we're eating this week.
chicken fajitas
grilled cheeseburgers
chicken cordon bleu
pork chops (I'm thinking of something with gravy in the slow cooker...)
Visit OrgJunkie.com for lots of other meal plans.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Pantry Challenge Day 19

We had some friends over today that ended up staying for lunch. We had fish sticks, which is what I had planned for dinner. I had to do some quick thinking and threw together this ziti which turned out great!
Breakfast - pancakes!
Lunch - fish sticks & french fries
Dinner - ziti & homemade bread

What did you eat today?

CHEAP Family Night Ideas

I was just thinking of what we're going to do for our family night tomorrow night. While the boys are still up, C will probably want to play a board game. He got probably 20 for Christmas. Hubby and I like to watch movies after the boys go to bed, but we've seen all the ones we have at least 10 times. Our local library offers VHS movies for FREE and DVDs for $1. And you get to keep it for 2 weeks. So that works out to roughly 7 cents a day. This is a great way to save some money on your family movie night! Check out your local library and see what goodies you can find!

This post is linked to Frugal Fridays.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

My First Penny Experiment Trip

Although this isn't the best deal, I started. And that's what I needed to do. Start. *Hopefully* it'll go on quickly from there. (Plus Giant has had no great deals lately.) You can read more about the Penny experiment HERE and HERE.

3 packs SoyJoy bars
2 first aid kits (to go to the homeless shelter)
Coupons used: 2 $1 any Johnson's First Aid , $5/$20 CVS, $12 in ECB.
Total Retail Value: $29
Total OOP: $1

The Penny Experiment

When hubby and I did our budget at the beginning of the month, we wanted to add in a spot for donating. But there is no way right now that that is possible. I had mentioned volunteering at the local food bank but they are only open twice a week from 9-3. There is no way I could do that with 2 kids. So, when I came across this post on a Penny Experiment it sounded like the perfect solution for us right now.

Jeffrey Strain found a penny on the ground and is attempting to turn that found penny into $1 million worth of food for food banks. He sold his original penny for $10, and had artists turn 100 of those pennies into art which he is now selling. He is giving the money the art makes to couponers to use coupons to shop for food to maximize that money to donate to food banks!

Kinda confusing? Here's the "easy" explanation : you use coupons to buy food at the lowest price possible (just like you're doing now...) document your purchases on your blog, take the food to the food bank and Jeffrey reimburses you. You are donating food to your community and helping a wonderful project!! It's a win-win!

So what are you waiting for? Get started today!

Savvy Blogger's Party!

There's a Savvy Blogging Twitter Party going on RIGHT NOW! Join in the fun!!! @savvyblogging

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Pantry Challenge - Day 17

Our pantry and freezers are slooowllyyy being emptied. I do see a difference. And I love not going to the store 4 times a week! I had to go this week because we had NO milk in the house for two days. I hinted and hinted for hubby to go get some on his way home but I guess he didn't pick up on the hints. So I ran out and got milk that should last us into next week at least.
How are you doing on your pantry challenge? There are only 6 boxes open! That's good compared to the beginning of the month.
this is looking a lot better (I think) I can see that it needs defrosted. *sigh* I guess that's a good goal to work towards.

Breakfast - cold cereal for C and me, oatmeal for A
Lunch - leftover bourbon chicken for me (it was so good!!) mac and cheese and green beans for the boys
Dinner - cowboy casserole

What have you been eating?
I'm thinking of extending our challenge through February... what do you think?

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Crockpot Chili

I got a new slow cooker for Christmas! It's 5 quarts and digital. *smiles* I love it.
And I finally had something big enough to use in it.
1 lb hamburger (I cook mine before I put it in the crock pot)
2 bags frozen kidney beans (equal to 2 - 15 ounce cans)
1 bag frozen black beans (or 1 - 15 oz can)
1 jar Ragu
1/2 cup water
3 T chili powder (I ended up using close to 5)
2 T cumin
garlic powder
Add all ingredients to slow cooker. Cook on high 6 hours.
(Or eat as soon as you put in the crock pot... I think it's better after cooking...
he doesn't.)

This post is linked to Ultimate Recipe Swap

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Meal Plan Monday 1/17-1/23

(photo courtesy of allrecipes.com)
We're still doing good in our Eat From the Pantry Challenge. Here's what we're eating this week.

bbq chicken sandwiches, french fries and green beans

cowboy casserole

chicken quesadillas

fish sticks

Bourbon chicken (instead of chicken I'm going to try to use pork)

turkey manicotti (I didn't get to it last week)


What are you eating this week? How are you doing in the Eat From the Pantry Challenge?

For 100s of other menus browse Meal Planning Monday

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Do you Stockpile Water?

I was searching around the Internet and came upon this article on stockpiling. It says to stockpile water or ways to sanitize water incase of an emergency.

"You should include at least 1 gallon per person per day in your stockpile. You can manage this by buying bottled water or by ensuring that you have the means to collect and purify that amount of water. That means making sure you have water containers, bleach or a means to boil water available even during power outages."

The reason I stockpile is so if my hubby loses his job, we have enough food to last us awhile. Also so that I don't have to pay full price for anything! However, I hadn't thought of stockpiling water.

Why do you stockpile? Do you stockpile water?

Wal Mart Trip 1/16

4 kotex pads
1 whole wheat flour
2 bags animal crackers
2 boxes animal crackers
1 honey butter
1 redhot sauce
30 Let's Grow bowls

Total after coupons - $7.83 - paid with a GC

I price checked the hot sauce at the register and decided I didn't want it. I didn't notice the cashier didn't remove it until after I was checked out. The customer service line was wayyyy too long (like 30 people-seriously) so I didn't think the $2.14 I paid for it was worth waiting. (I even had a coupon I didn't use, ugh!) The bags of animal crackers I didn't notice weren't Nabisco until the coupon wouldn't go through. The boys will eat them as long as I hide them from daddy. :) There was a lot of other things that would've been free after coupon but my Wal Mart didn't have any of it in stock. I had to go to two different Wal Marts just to get all this.

This post is linked to :
Super Savings Saturday

Pantry Challenge - Day 14

(sorry for the horrible picture!)

How are you doing in your Eat From the Pantry Challenge? We are doing well I am proud to say! We've gone out to eat once - when I had the boys out all day long. And we only spent $4! When I was getting lunch I wanted some leftover BBQ pork roast. I was very disappointed when I opened the container and there was not enough left for even half a sandwich! But there was plenty of BBQ sauce in there. So I dumped the whole thing on some bread and ate it with a fork - yum!!

Breakfast - pancakes, yogurt
Lunch - BBQ "pork" sandwich for me,
Dinner - potato soup (leftover from the freezer)

Help for Haiti - MLB and more donate!

I heard on the radio this morning that Major League Baseball donated $1,000,000 to the relief of the Haiti earthquake. Lance Armstrong donated $250,000 to Partners in Health and Doctors Without Borders who will make an immediate difference in the aid that is already in progress. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are also donating $1 million to Doctors Without Borders. The Yankees donated $500,000. They hope their donation will inspire their fans to do the same. Chad Ochocinco of the Cincinnati Bengals is talking of racing Chris Johnson of the Tennessee Titans. The loser will donate his Pro-Bowl salary to help Haiti. There is talk of Tiger Woods donating a cargo plan equipped with a hospital but I have not been able to confirm this.
**Update, apparently he has not donated this, but has decided to support groups that provide resources to children.**
As it is, there has been an amazing response! How can you help?
  • You can donate online
  • You can text “Haiti” to 90999 to send a $10 donation to the Red Cross relief efforts in Haiti.
  • You can click here and leave a comment - my family and I will donate 0.25 for every comment left by 1/21/10 - up to $100.
  • You can click here and leave comments and links at the various blogs that will in turn donate to Haiti.

Friday, January 15, 2010


Here's who we're emailing today:

Help for Haiti

You've read the stories and seen the pictures. Heard about it on the news, the radio or at the supermarket. It's impossible not to know about this devastating event.

Many of us feel helpless when something like this happens; especially since these are difficult times. "What could I possibly do to help?"

Pray. Pray. Pray. Pray for these people who are in desperate need of food, shelter, and medical care. But more than praying, donate. Donate to these people so they can have food, shelter, and medical care. Take that $5 that you would've spent on your morning coffee and donate it so someone can have a meal or some clothes. Take the $1 in spare change you found under the couch and donate that. EVERY LITTLE BIT HELPS.

There are over 45 bloggers (Crystal, Mercedes, and Erin to name a few) participating in a "Help for Haiti" Project. For every comment you leave on their blog, some bloggers are donating money. For some, it's every link you leave. The requirements are different but the end result is the same. Haiti will [hopefully] get more than enough help! So even if you can't personally donate, please leave comments on these blogs so that someone can!

My family is participating in the eat from the pantry challenge. I was planning on taking the extra from our grocery money and putting it in our savings account. Now I am taking the money and donating it to Haiti.

What are you doing to help? Leave a comment below until January 21, 2010 and my family and I will donate $0.25 for every comment up to $100. Then go HERE for a list of the bloggers participating and leave some more comments!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

3 A Day (is back!)

Way back when, I was doing the 3-A-Day emails. For some reason (I'm lazy?) I stopped doing them. I am trying to get back into that. Here's the companies we're emailing today:

Giveaway @ Heavenly Homemakers

First I have to say I love Laura's blog. She is so funny and most of her post are extremely helpful (the others are just plain hilarious). She is hosting a give way from V8 Fusion who is giving one of her readers a $100 Visa gift card!! Go HERE and leave a comment for your entry!

Wasp spray - Protection for you and your home

With the incidents that happened at my house last summer, Edward bought me two canisters of pepper spray. They were fairly expensive but I was scared so I didn't say a word about the price. I wish I had read this before we spent all that money. We have several cans of wasp spray (and I bet you do too.) Even if we didn't, they sure don't cost as much as pepper spray!

A friend who is a receptionist in a church in a high risk area was concerned about someone coming into the office on Monday to rob them when they were counting the collection. She asked the local police department about using pepper spray and they recommended to her that she get a can of wasp spray instead.

The wasp spray, they told her, can shoot up to twenty feet away and is a lot more accurate, while with the pepper spray, they have to get too close to you and could overpower you. The wasp spray temporarily blinds an attacker until they get to the hospital for an antidote. She keeps a can on her desk in the office and it doesn't attract attention from people like a can of pepper spray would. She also keeps one nearby at home for home protection. Thought this was interesting and might be of use.

On the heels of a break in and beating that left an elderly woman in Toledo dead, self defense experts have a tip that could save your life. Val Glinka teaches self-defense to students at Sylvania Southview High School . For decades, he's suggested putting a can of wasp and hornet spray near your door or bed. Glinka says, "This is better than anything I can teach them."
Glinka considers it inexpensive, easy to find, and more effective than mace or pepper spray. The cans typically shoot 20 to 30 feet; so if someone tries to break into your home, Glinka says "spray the culprit in the eyes". It's a tip he's given to students for decades. It's also one he wants everyone to hear. If you're looking for protection, Glinka says look to the spray.

"That's going to give you a chance to call the police; maybe get out." Maybe even save a life.

10 Ways to Save on your Electric Bill

With winter being in full swing, many people are looking for ways to save on their electric bill. I already try to watch the electric we use but I find my self wondering how to lower our bill even further. I challenged myself to lower our electric bill by 20% in the next 2 months. Our last electric bill was $70.48. So I need to lower our bill by $14.09. How will I do this? Here are a few ideas that we are already doing and some I would like to try.

  • We have a very open downstairs. We had been keeping our furnace on 74* and we were always cold! I put blankets up in the two door ways that lead to our "big" room. (It's 25ft x 18ft) and now we keep our heat on 56* and we wear t-shirts. I walk around barefoot! It's amazing how much of a difference putting these blankets up has made! cost - $0

  • Use poly-foam to seal up nooks and crannies to ensure a tight seal on doors, windows and around areas where air escapes. (think window air conditioners). Available at WalMart, Lowe's, Target and many other stores.

  • Use your crock pot! Not only does a crock pot work in your benefit to ease the stress of dinner hour, it also saves money on your electric bill. For some great recipes, go HERE and HERE.

  • Clean your air filters regularly. Clean or replace air filters once a month, (twice a month if you have pets). This will save you $5.00 per month on electricity costs.

  • Energy efficient light bulbs: These are long lasting, durable bulbs. A 13-watt energy efficient bulb will save you over $250.00 per bulb in the long run. If you get them when they are on sale and use all the coupons that have been out the past few weeks for these, they will be FREE to you. And save you money!

  • Air dry: Air drying your clothes on a rack versus using your dryer can save you $150.00 per year. This is something I would like to do as I know our dryer eats up a lot of electricity and I can not afford a newer one right now. I do line dry all of our clothes in the summer and our electric bill is always under $40.

  • Program your thermostat. Programming your thermostat could save you about $180 a year, according to EnergyStar.gov guidelines.
  • Unplug. Gadgets like your cellphone charger and microwave suck up energy as long as they're plugged into a power source. Standby power for appliances not in use is typically 5% to 10% of electricity use. Plug your devices into a power strip that can be turned off when not in use.
  • "Turn off your computer. Your computer runs at a rate of $0.02 per hour. Leaving your PC on each day for 24 hours per day will cost you $15.00 per month. However, turning it off for 8 hours will save you $100.00 per year."
  • Turn off the lights! How simple and easy is that?. If you are leaving a room, turn off the light!

If you use all of these tips, you could save [over] $500 a year!

What tips do you have for cutting your electric bill?

More info can be found at Smartmoney.com and E:How.com

Monday, January 11, 2010

Giveaway @ Faith Family and Fun

We love green chilies! Do you? What's your favorite way to use them?
Share your idea HERE and be entered to win a prize!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Easy Mac & Cheese

I have been looking for a good homemade mac and cheese recipe for a while. This one is really good and pretty easy to make, but I really want to try THIS one.
This made enough for me to serve at dinner plus leftovers for 3 lunches and two containers in the freezer.

1/2 box of pasta
1/4 c. butter or margarine
1/4 c. flour
1 3/4 c. milk
2 c. cheese
(1 c. pumpkin puree)

cook pasta. drain. melt butter and whisk in flour. cook 2 minutes stirring constantly. add milk and bring to a boil. remove from heat and add cheese, stirring to melt. Add pasta and stir to coat.

This post is linked to:
The Grocery Cart Challenge
Ultimate Recipe Swap

Pantry Challenge - Day 7

Our first week in the Eat From the Pantry Challenge. My parents came for lunch today. They weren't very thrilled with what was in my fridge and didn't want me to fix them anything from the freezer. So they went out to McDonalds and we ate leftovers.
Breakfast - cereal, yogurt and cantalope for the boys, E and I had "chicken" patties (morning star farms so they were veggie chicken)
Lunch - McDonalds for C, tuna, mac and cheese, yogurt, apple for A, leftover BBQ pork sandwiches for E and me
Dinner - tacos - yum!

How are you doing in your EFTP Challange?

Another Giant Trip

We went to Giant one more time when we got milk. I got all this for $3.43.

1 box cocoa puffs
2 boxes Just Bunches
1 bag No Yolks
1 package Lance crackers
1 box Dreamfield Lasanga noodles
1 Speed Stick
1 GE lightbulb

I got home and the ad for next week was in my mailbox :
Luckily, the only thing that looks remotely interesting to me is the strawberries - B1G1 free - and I can get them with WIC.

Meal Plan Monday 1/10-1/16

Our Eat From the Pantry Challenge isn't going that bad. We went out for lunch once and only spent $15. My parents came up today and even though they went out for lunch, hubs and I didn't. I was very proud of us. Here's what were eating this week :

Sunday - while we watched the Eagles lose :( last night, we had our pizza night so we had tacos tonight. Mom picked up sour cream for me (Thanks mom!)

Monday - chicken fried rice (Angel Food)

Tuesday - potato soup (leftover from the freezer)

Wednesday - chili

Thursday - chicken and rice

Friday - pork chops

Saturday - turkey manicotti

17 - pizza
18 - cowboy casserole
19 - chicken quesadillas
20 - fish sticks
21 - spaghetti (to use up all the pasta!)
22 - steak
23 - bourbon chicken
24 - pizza
25 - grilled cheeseburgers
26 - chicken cordon blu
27 - steamers
28 - chicken fajitas
29 -pork chops
30 - undecided/leftovers

All of the items for these meals are in my pantry or freezers!
For 100s of other meal plans check out Meal Plan Monday at Orgjunkie.com

Friday, January 8, 2010

Warehouse Memberships

E and I have been throwing around the idea of getting a membership to our "local" warehouse. The closest one to us is Sam's Club and that's 45 minutes away. I could buy 25 lbs of flour for under $8, 2 lbs of yeast for under $5 and they have good prices on yogurt and cheese and probably a lot more. But I think I could find the same good deals if I looked for a coupon and a sale a paired it together. I can't decide if I should spend the $40 on a year long membership. E's work offers a "discount". You get a $10 gift card when you sign up for a year. I just can't make up my mind what to do!
Do you have a membership to a warehouse club? What do you buy there versus the grocery store?

Thursday, January 7, 2010

CVS Trip 1/3

One of my resolutions this year is to play the CVS/Rite Aid games.
I went to CVS on 1/3 and this is what I got.

4 Oust air/surface sanitizers - $3.99 each - $3 ECB when you buy 1 - Limit 6 per household
1 Nivea body wash -$5.99 - $5 ECB when you buy $10 in Nivea products
2 Nivea lip care - $2.99 each - $5 ECB when you buy $10 in Nivea products
1 GE Light bulb - $2.99 - $2 ECB when you buy one
2 newspapers (not pictured)
2 Rudolph singing animal things (not pictured)

Coupons used:
(2) B1G1 free Oust from 1/3 SS
$2 Nivea Body wash from 1/3 RP
B1G1 free Nivea lip care from 1/3 RP
$1 off GE Light bulb from 1/3 SS
$4 off $20 CVS coupon
How I paid:
$6 in ECB (from previous transactions)
$13.43 on a gift card
$2.88 OOP
I also recieved $18 in ECB to use on my next transactions.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Eat From the Pantry - Day Four

Just wanted to check in with the Eat From The Pantry Challenge...
We've done great eating from the pantry. I've been to Giant once this week (I needed eggs, cat litter and hamburger meat) but did good in my opinion. We will be heading to Giant again tomorrow to get milk so we'll see how that goes. Tonight we had E's hamburgers, homemade mac and cheese (I'm out of boxed mac and cheese and we're trying to eat healthier... hubby didn't like it) and peas. We've been eating pretty well from our pantry.
Are you participating in the Eat from the Pantry Challenge? If so, how are you doing?

2010 Blogging Goals

In addition to all the other 1000s of resolutions I have this year, I have added blogging goals too!
  • double my followers - this *hopefully* shouldn't be too hard. I already am almost halfway there!
  • post at least one recipe a week.
  • lots more money saving tips! saving money in the grocery store and around the house...
  • I have all kinds of ideas for posts - I write them in my head while I'm doing dishes or in the shower or something but I never write them and post them. I need to actually write them up and post them!
  • Sit down and read through all the info there is on blogging. There is so much I don't know how to do (I'd love to add a "you might be interested in..." at the bottom of each post but...) I'd love to make my blog better but I can't if I don't know how!

What are your blogging goals this year? Check out others blogging goals and share yours HERE.

WFMW - Backwards Addition (again)

OK, I check the WFMW guidelines and there is nothing about a second post so I decided to jump in and do another one. It is the backwards addition after all...

I have a problem. I'm a hoarder. Seriously. Look at my pantry(pasta is the 4th and 8th pictures). But it seems like this is the only area that I have this issue. I have no issue getting rid of toys or clothes or papers or whatever else we have too much of. Just food. I have like 20 boxes of pasta [including spaghetti, ziti, elbow noodles, lasagna]. I am fixing macaroni tonight and I thought " I need to stock up on pasta if I'm going to use this box" Seriously?

So my other question for you is : When do you restock your stockpile? How low do you let your stock get before stocking up again?

Then go answer some other bloggers questions at sdrawkcab WFMW. :)

WFMW - Backwards Addition

If you don't know my husband, you don't know how much of a struggle it is for my family to remain under budget. Sometimes, I have no idea how we've done it. When his hours at work were cut obviously the budget was cut. He doesn't understand this.

We talked about different things to eat, different meals. (He's a meat and potatoes kind of guy. Minus the potatoes.) He was fine with grilled cheese, a meatless night, breakfast for dinner , you know, the really frugal meals. But when it comes down to it and I serve dinner it's a whole different story. He throws a fit because there is no meat or he doesn't want to eat this tonight. I've tried including him in the menu planning but he always says he doesn't care whatever I chose.

I've always done the finances and when I would tell him there wasn't any extra money, he would tell me "oh yea there is." He's always buying things he does not need! We're trying the Dave Ramsey Baby Steps this year for our new years resolution. The day after we talked about this he came home from WalMart spending $50 on wants. We had a huge argument and he says he's done his spending until March (he gets $25 a month, he spent 2 months worth). We will be doing the envelope system which I hope will help with this.

I just don't know how the heck to keep our finances in line with only me doing this! He says he wants to save money and have money but then he does the opposite!
So my question for you is are your husbands on the same page with you financially? If they are, how did you"get" them there?

This post is linked to WFMW.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Giant Trip

I said it was going to be a small grocery trip and I made sure it was. I did do a LITTLE stocking up. But the light bulb was free and the cereal is my favorite. I don't buy it because it's too freaking expensive. So at $0.50 a box I bought two boxes. Which will be gone in a week. So it's not really stocking up... right?
Cocoa Puffs (the boys favorite and at $0.70 a box...)
Light and Fluffy noodles (just realized I bought the wrong kind! They were supposed to be No Yolks for UPromise savings. But they were free and will go to the food bank)
2 boxes Just Bunches ($1)
Cat Litter (the good kind! $3.59)
Light Bulb (free)
85% ground beef ($7.52)
dozen eggs (the reason I went to the store today... $1.35)
Total OOP -$13.87
bringing my total for the month to : $61.87

I am so proud of myself!

If you read my blog, you know I'm not the cleanest person you'll ever meet. Most of the time, my house is a wreck. But you know what? The past few days (OK, today and yesterday) there has been almost no cleaning for me to do! I actually do not feel guilty about sitting down and writing a post or reading some of my favorite blogs. Here's what I have done today:

  1. made bread dough for dinner
  2. cleaned our room
  3. cleaned (one of) the toy rooms (a little)
  4. cleaned the kitchen (swept it too!)
  5. picked up the living room (all but the boys toys because let's face it, that would be a waste of time!)
  6. swept the hall
  7. unloaded and loaded the dishwasher
  8. got together my small grocery list for Giant
  9. folded and put away laundry from yesterday

Plus played with Little Man. And played CafeWorld on Facebook. (hey, I had down time) I could be cleaning the other toy room but it's freezing in there. So I'm enjoying this little bit of time (5 minutes left) before my oldest gets home from school and the baby gets up. Go me!

Monday, January 4, 2010

My Pantry

I thought since we're participating in the Eat from the Pantry Challenge this month I should share my pantry and freezers with you. my freezer is stuffed full. and not organized at all. :)

again...my freezer is stuffed full. and not organized at all.

the bottom of my "pantry" shelving - Ziploc baggies, dog food, hubby's soda, aluminum foil, cereal

the top half of my "pantry" spaghetti sauce, pasta, brownies, boxed potatoes

more cereal. We must have 50 boxes. the top shelf is all open boxes.

"leftover" cabinet. this is where I put whatever won't fit anywhere else or what I don't know where to put it

my baking cabinets - flour, sugar, spices, oatmeal

see all the marsh mellows I picked up at Target on clearance? Beans, hot cocoa, boxed mashed potatoes, a miscellaneous cabinet really.

all of our juice, canned veggies, rice, and condiments

Need A Laugh?

Browsing old posts at LifeasMOM, I came across THIS post entitled "How I Lost 20 lbs in 2 Minutes"
"Hmmmm. I thought. I know this is NOT possible."
Oh. But it is...
And FishMama did it.
You have to find out how!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Target Clearance Finds

The family and I ventured to Target this past weekend. It is the first HORRIBLE experience I had there. The cashier had no problems with me. Her manager came over to and told her that she could not accept my coupons. I said why not. [short version, I'm sure you know the story] She ended up adjusting or rejecting every single one of my coupons. But we paid $20.23 for all this (thanks to Christmas clearance). I put half our items back. Here's what we walked out with.
RED is holiday clearance GREEN was free MIXED is holiday clearance and free!

1 package oreos (after I priced them, I went back to get more, they were $0.69! The whole shelf was cleared in like two minutes!)
3 Kraft marsh mellows
2 Pillsbury frosting
2 Pillsbury cake mix
1 kashi cereal
5 Reynolds aluminum foil
4 2pk bounty paper towels (i could kick myself for only getting four!!)
1 Johnson baby bar
1 Johnson's baby shampoo
1 all trial size
2 Diego bubble whistles
2 m&m candy "dolls"
4 cups - the kids (and I!) LOVE these
12 ct holiday cookie cutters
4 packages gift tags
4 rolls gift wrap (not pictured)
trio airplane

Things I want to do in 2010

In addition to my list of goals for 2010 I have a list of fun things I want to do this year! This list will most likely grow as we progress through the year and add new things to it, but I wanted to start one. I can't keep everything straight that I want to do!

Meal Plan Monday 1/3 - 1/9

It's another week to eat from the pantry and freezer in the Eat from The Pantry Challenge. Our pantry and freezers are totally stuffed full. Hubby asked me today "This pantry challenge.. that includes the freezers too right?" He was trying to put a box of chicken into the freezer and couldn't get the door shut. *smiles* I need to clean out the freezers because I want to do some bulk cooking! Come back tomorrow to look into my pantry and freezers! Onto the menu for this week:

Sunday - pizza (and the game!) at my parents house

Monday - steak, salad and broccoli casserole (making hubby happy)

Tuesday - Stromboli

Wednesday - E's burgers, french fries (again with making hubby happy)

Thursday - chicken nuggets, mashed potatoes

Friday - BBQ sandwiches (crock pot!)

Saturday - leftovers

For 100's more menu plans check out Meal Planning Monday.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

What did you eat today?

Day One of the Eat from the Pantry Challenge. Today was a very easy day for us.
Breakfast was pancakes. Yum!
Lunch was leftover meatloaf, mac and cheese, corn and celery with PB [for the boys] and leftover enchiladas for hubs and I
Dinner was (planned) leftover enchiladas.

What did you eat today? What are you planning for the next few weeks? Share in the comments!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy 2010

I can't believe it's 2010 already. With the new year comes new resolutions, goals that we all want to accomplish. I want to change so much this year. I'm afraid of failing. But I know that I need to start somewhere. And that's where this comes in. I'm hoping by actually writing this down I'll stick to it. I'm hoping that by hanging this list where I can see it daily will help me to accomplish all that I want to get done. But as long as I get ONE thing accomplished on my list, I'll be happy. Because it won't be from lack of trying that nothing else gets accomplished. And that way, I'll have something else to work on for next year. *wink*

My goals for the new year are as follows.
  1. Create a budget and stick to it!
  2. Follow Dave Ramsey's Baby Steps to help us save some money! I'm tired of worrying that we're not going to be able to make it if hubby gets laid off. He's been so fortunate thus far and I want to start building our account so we'll be OK if he does get hit.
  3. Keep my checkbook updated - I am so bad at just using online banking. But this way I have no clue how much money is really "extra" in our account. I need to keep up with our checkbook!! (I'm hoping this will really help with #s 1 and 2!)
  4. Organize my house and keep it that way!
  5. Slowly go unprocessed - I want to feed my family healthier foods.
  6. Enlarge my garden so I can can more - cutting back on groceries and enabling us to cut back on our budget and eat healthier!

For hubby - I know how to make him happy, I just need to do it. He's been working very hard to help me around the house so I need to try and help him out too.

For the boys - bring back family game night! we started this and kept it up for about three weeks. I'd love to do it again because Colin and I loved it so much. spend more one on one time with both of them.

For me - read at least one book a month I used to read more than one book a week! Now I can't seem to "find the time". try at least one new recipe every two weeks. I find all kinds of awesome sounding recipes at Meal Planning Monday but they always seem to collect dust in my folder. I need to dig them out and try them! plus everything HERE

For my blog - HERE

This post is linked to:

The Happy Housewife's 2010 Goals Linkup

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