Meal Plan Monday - August 31



School starts this week and we will be trying to get back into our school schedule.  Our older son will also have 2 soccer practices each week and a game on Saturdays through the end of October, so I will be trying to keep our meals simple for the next couple of months.  Here's the meal plan for this week:

Monday:
     Pizza with whole wheat crust, cantaloupe, salad

Tuesday:
     Spaghetti with homemade sauce and zucchini "meatballs", pumpkin cornmeal cake, cucumbers 

Wednesday:
    Baked chicken nuggets, peas, salad, applesauce

Thursday:
    Turkey sweet potato skillet, corn, carrots and cucumbers

Friday:
    Whole chicken in the crockpot, peas, mashed potato, yogurt biscuits 

Saturday:
    Chicken noodle soup with leftover chicken and homemade chicken broth, leftover biscuits

Sunday:
    Macaroni salad and any leftovers from the week



This family has a bit of a sweet tooth and we often have dessert after dinner.  Since I've been trying to use up the zucchini from our garden, this week's dessert is Carrot and Zucchini Bars.


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Simply Saving Saturday - August 29


This week I have been busy trying to keep up with the produce in the garden!  We have been harvesting lots of tomatoes, zucchini and cucumbers and I have made salsa, refrigerator pickles, zucchini "meatballs" and carrot and zucchini bars.  Last week I also made zucchini relish which is delicious!

This month I earned $55 selling some of our children's toys that they have outgrown on Facebook.   Most of the money that I earn from selling on Facebook is saved to buy clothes for our family.   Our older son had grown out of the cleats that he wore last year to play soccer, so I used some of this money to buy a new pair of cleats.  I was able to find a brand new pair of cleats, in just the size we needed at a local second hand store for $8!  What a blessing!

This is the time of year that I start looking for sales on summer clothing for next year.  I found a summer pajama set for my younger son in a bigger size for $3 that was originally $12.  I will pack this away for next year.  I always try to buy pajamas at end-of-season sales since it is very hard to find pajamas in good condition at second hand stores.

I stocked up on Frosted Mini Wheats cereal that was on sale this week for $1.88.  I will also enter the codes in the boxes at Kellogg's Family Rewards.  I am saving these points for a specific reward and I am almost half way there.

I bought a box of granola bars this week and received a coupon for a free box of granola bars through a special deal at the grocery store this week.

I earned 95 points on Swagbucks this week.  I've used some of the gift cards I've earned to buy birthday gifts and I'm hoping to be able to also buy Christmas gifts with gift cards this year.  I've set a goal for 200 points next week!


Our on-going savings:

**Use the air conditioner only on very hot days and keep it set at 75 degrees.

**Wash laundry in cold water.

**Use online bill pay to pay our bills.

**Earn Swag Bucks for gift cards that I use to buy gifts.

**Earn Recyclebank points for gift cards, coupons and free magazine subscriptions.

**Earn Bing Rewards points for gift cards, Hulu Plus subscription, Skype credits, etc.

**Husband takes lunch to work everyday.

**Turn lights off when not being used.

**Use scrap paper for notes and lists.

**Drive to town once a week for shopping and errands.  

**Buy less cereal and eat oatmeal and other homemade breakfasts several times a week.

**Reuse plastic and paper shopping bags for small trash and recycling.


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Simply Saving Saturday - February 15


My husband was able to get a ride home from church after his meeting on Sunday so that we were able to ride together to church instead of taking 2 vehicles, saving us money on gas.

This week I made a meal with lentils for the first time.  Unfortunately, it wasn't a big hit at my house.  I will be looking for more lentil recipes to try since I now have 8 cups of cooked lentils in my freezer!

I cooked a whole chicken in the crockpot and made overnight crock pot chicken broth.  I used the leftover chicken and chicken broth to make Chicken and Rice Soup and we also had chicken quesadillas and chicken sandwiches with the leftover chicken.

I found Nivea Lip Butter on sale at Walmart for $1.74 each and used the $3.00 Nivea lip care coupon from Sunday's paper.  I paid $.24 each!  I was also really excited to find bags of slightly browned bananas on sale for $.89/bag.  The bag I brought home had 12 bananas in it!  I made chocolate chip banana muffins and will freeze the bananas that I'm not able to use up quickly.

Our children made their dad Valentine's Day cards and I wrote him a Soap Love Note for Valentine's Day. Instead of eating out, I made a Valentine's Day meal at home and made one of his favorite desserts, Hot Fudge Cake.

We took the sleds out to the back yard for sledding.  A storm brought almost a foot of snow this week!

In my mailbox: free Martha Stewart Living magazine.

Our on-going savings:

**Keep heat set at 66 degree during the day and 52 degrees at night.

**Wash laundry in cold water.

**Use online bill pay to pay our bills.

**Earn Swag Bucks for Amazon gift cards that I use to buy gifts.

**Earn Recyclebank points for gift cards, coupons and free magazine subscriptions.

**Husband takes lunch to work everyday.

**Turn lights off when not being used.

**Use scrap paper for notes and lists.

**Drive to town once a week for shopping and errands.  

**Buy less cereal and eat oatmeal and other homemade breakfasts several times a week.

**Reuse plastic and paper shopping bags for small trash and recycling.


Some of the links in this post are referral links. When a new member signs up using my referral link, I receive bonus points for that referral.

Simply Saving Saturday - February 8


This week my husband and I enjoyed a free meal at a fancy restaurant.  My husband's employer hosts an annual employee dinner every February and we look forward to this free "date" every year.

On Wednesday we had a snow storm that gave us about 6 more inches of snow.  My husband also had that day off from work and instead of using the snow blower he and the boys went out late Wednesday afternoon to shovel.  They went out again after he got home from work on Thursday to finish cleaning up the driveway. We saved a little bit of gas by shoveling instead of using the snow blower.

At the bread store this week I was able to buy a few items that were on sale for $.50 each and also bought loaves of whole wheat bread for $.99 each.  They had loaves of Texas Toast bread for $.99!  I splurged and bought a loaf since my husband treats us to french toast once in a while and french toast is just not the same if it's not made with Texas Toast bread.

I made Spaghetti Pie with leftover spaghetti and used cottage cheese that I got for $1 after sale and coupons.

After the children were born we got into the habit of leaving a light on at night.  This week I found an extra night light and we have been using that at night instead of leaving a light on.  I'm anxious to see if this will make a difference on our electric bill!

I added a little bit of water to the hand soap in order to get the last little bit from the bottom of the bottle.

In my mailbox: free samples.

Our on-going savings:

**Keep heat set at 66 degree during the day and 52 degrees at night.

**Wash laundry in cold water.

**Use online bill pay to pay our bills.

**Earn Swag Bucks for Amazon gift cards that I use to buy gifts.

**Earn Recyclebank points for gift cards, coupons and free magazine subscriptions.

**Husband takes lunch to work everyday.

**Turn lights off when not being used.

**Use scrap paper for notes and lists.

**Drive to town once a week for shopping and errands.  

**Buy less cereal and eat oatmeal and other homemade breakfasts several times a week.

**Reuse plastic and paper shopping bags for small trash and recycling.


Some of the links in this post are referral links. When a new member signs up using my referral link, I receive bonus points for that referral.

Simply Saving Saturday - February 1



On our last bank statement, I noticed a charge for receiving a paper statement.  This week I went online and signed up for online statements so that we wouldn't have to pay the monthly paper statement fee.  It only took a few minutes and will save us $12 per year.  That might not seem like a lot, but I like to think about it in terms of food....that is about 12 boxes of pasta or 12 cans of spaghetti sauce or 3 gallons of milk or...

This week I cooked a whole chicken that I bought on sale last week and made chicken broth in the crock pot with the scraps.  We tried Chicken Pot Pie Stew that I made on the stove instead of in the crock pot and it turned out delicious!

I was able to buy some ground beef that was on sale for $1.99/lb. this week.

I saved a fancy jar that we received a Christmas gift in; it will be perfect for storing rice!

Our on-going savings:

**Keep heat set at 66 degree during the day and 52 degrees at night.

**Wash laundry in cold water.

**Use online bill pay to pay our bills.

**Earn Swag Bucks for Amazon gift cards that I use to buy gifts.

**Earn Recyclebank points for gift cards, coupons and free magazine subscriptions.

**Husband takes lunch to work everyday.

**Turn lights off when not being used.

**Use scrap paper for notes and lists.

**Drive to town once a week for shopping and errands.  

**Buy less cereal and eat oatmeal and other homemade breakfasts several times a week.

**Reuse plastic and paper shopping bags for small trash and recycling.


Some of the links in this post are referral links. When a new member signs up using my referral link, I receive bonus points for that referral.