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.


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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.

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52 Weeks of Blessing My Husband: Celebrate Your Love



It has been many years since my husband and I have celebrated Valentine's Day.  We had lots of reasons why it wasn't important--it's too commercialized, it's too expensive, it's too much of a hassle to find a babysitter and the restaurants are too crowded--a lot of excuses in order to give up the hard work of marriage and make life easier.  This year I am putting my husband and marriage first and I am going to celebrate our love!

But this post isn't entirely about Valentine's Day. Celebrating your love and marriage shouldn't be limited to just one day a year. When was the last time you celebrated your Love?

Celebrate Your Love


Here are some of my favorite simple and inexpensive ideas for celebrating love this Valentine's Day (or any day!).

1.  Make him a romantic breakfast.
2.  Write a soap love note.
3.  Make him a sharpie mug.
4.  Give him a playful love note and gift.
5.  Make him homemade truffles.
6.  Give him a special photo.
7.  Make him a map collage. (really love this idea!)
8.  Send a note for him to his work or send him a text or voicemail.
9.  Put a love note or gift in his car before he goes to work or while he's at work.
10.Plan a candlelight dinner with his favorite meal and/or dessert.





Related Posts:
52 Weeks of Blessing My Husband: Soap Love Notes
52 Weeks of Blessing My Husband: Wholesome Words
52 Weeks of Blessing My Husband: Intro

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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.