Wednesday, November 19, 2014

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

One Simple Trick to Save on Your Grocery Budget

I love finding creative ways to save on our weekly grocery budget! Sometimes, it's choosing quick and simple dishes. Sometimes, it means scouring the sales. And sometimes, it's just means beating the system.

In our area, meat prices have sky rocketed! Because of that, we have learned to reduce the amount of meat in our favorite dishes. Does that mean we go with less or go hungry? Nope. We've just found awesome ways to "beef" up our favorite meals...with less meat! Sounds contradictory, right? Not really. Here's a few examples of how to do so.

Meat Sauces: Instead of using entire package of meat for your meat sauces (like spaghetti sauce), half the amount of actual meat. Then add, chopped zucchini! The zucchini takes on the flavor of whatever you are cooking, and adds a robust texture to your sauce. No one will be the wiser for it.

Meatless Tacos: We love to eat tacos around here! Sometimes, we go for meatless taco recipes. In its place, we use beans or eggs. Black beans mixed with taco seasons and topped with all your traditional items taste amazing! We've made these for company and people rave over how good it is.

White Bean Veggie Soup: Another favorite meal around here is homemade veggie soup. Although we'd love stake in our soup for every single meal, it wouldn't be very frugal for us. Instead, I use our favorite recipe, and simply replace the meat with white beans. You'd be surprised at how tasty it is. 

What are some of your favorite ways to reduce your grocery bill?

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

$1 Dinner Ideas!

I love finding great ways to save! Especially during this time of year, when we have lots of extra activities going on. One simple way for me to cut back on spendin, is to make super simple, yet healthy meals. I plan on sharing a few of my favorites over the next few weeks!

Today's Recipe:

Easy Black Bean Soup

2 Cups Black Beans
1 Cup Diced Tomatoes
1 tsp. taco or cajun seasoning
Sat & Pepper to taste

In a medium sauce pan, bring black beans & tomatoes to a low boil. Add seasoning. Let simmer for 10-15 minutes or until the base has thickened. Serve with crackers! We also like to add a bit of cheese or sour cream to the top.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

6 Ways to Simplify Your Kitchen

I love it when my kitchen is cleaned, and everything is organized. It heps me to stay focused while cooking, and overall it makes our home feel good. Here's a few easy tips that I've learned over the years:

Use Jars to Organized:
I really love large see through jars to organize food in our kitchen. The oversized jars are perfect for flour, sugar, and homemade concoctions. Smaller jars are also great for seasnonings, add ins (nuts/chocolate chips, etc.), and even coupons!

Keep A Running List:
I have a magnetic list that I keep on our fridge. That way, as we run out of items, I can keep the list going. It's a great way to stay on top of things, and meal plannng is so much easier!

Meal Plan Once A Week:
I know there are tons of methods, but I seem to fare better with once a week meal planning. I usually write down 5 to 6 meals for each week. I double check ingredients, make a list of what I need, then go from there each week.

Stock Up On Frozen Meals:
Whether it's stocking up with your favorite frozen quick meals, or just creating your own freezer meals, make it a habit each month. There's nothing better than a home cooked meal than can be pulled out of the freezer on buser days. It's a great stress saver AND time saver!

Introduce New Meals:
It's easy to get tired of the same meals each week. Try to introduce a new recipe at least once a week or every other week. This gives you a chance to try something new, and keeps temptation of eating out at bay.

Try to Shop in Season:
When it comes to fruits and vegestables, try to shop in season. By doing so, you'll be able to keep your fridge stocked with healthy choices and at a much better price. You may also want to consider freezing and canning vegies as they go on sale.

Linking Up: One Project

Monday, October 13, 2014

31 Days to An Organized and Clean Home Day 5

So far, we've covered a wide range of topics. If you want to start at the beginning, check out this post.

Today's Focus:

The laundry! Oh, it can be such a beast. But, over the years, I've learned some really awesome tips. Here's a few that should help get your laundry looking fresh and crisp!

  • For heavily soiled clothing, soak in cold water for 30 minutes.This will help loosen any dirt and other residue. 
  • For moldy or musty clothes, add a cup of vinegar to your wash. 
  • Always soak stains before adding to the wash.
  • If your laundry is looking dull, just add a 1/2 cup of baking soda!
  • Set a timer for your dryer if it doesn't have one. Always pull out the close as soon as finished, so that they don't wrinkle. 
  • Have static electricity in your clothes? Just pop them back in the dryer with a damp wash rag.
  • Run out of laundry detergent, but need to wash a load? Just mix up 1 cup of vinegar and 1/2 cup baking soda to replace detergent. 
What are some of your favorite laundry tips?

Monday, October 6, 2014

31 Days to An Organized and Clean Home Day 4

Happy Monday! Ready to continue the series?

Today's Challenge:

Let's focus on organizing our grocery shopping & coupon experience. By following the tips below, you will be able to take full advantage of shopping with a purpose while saving money.

  • Always go through your pantry, freezer, and fridge to see what you need.
  • Next, you will be ready to create a meal plan. Try once a week meal planning or once a month meal planning to see which one fits your needs best.
  • When you finish your meal plant, you can begin writing your list.
  • Once your list is complete go through your coupon inserts and/or print them. See if your list items match up with any store sales/coupons. 
  • At the store, learn to shop the perimeter of the store: produce, meat, dairy. Then, tackle the middle aisles. By doing this, you'll b less tempted to get distracted with non-necessary items.
  • Learn to set a timer for your grocery shopping: 30 minutes tops. By doing so, you'll cut down time to just "look". Looking often turns into buying things you don't need.
  • Before you get in line, double check your list and pull out your coupons.
  • Always double check your receipt to make sure you were not overcharged or savings were left off. It happens a lot!
  • After unloading the groceries, and putting them all away, double check your car to make sure nothing rolled out of your bags. Nothing worse than an item left to ruin!
What are some of your favorite grocery shopping tips?