Friday, September 12, 2014

5 Things I Did That Were Frugal This Week

1. Made a big pot od chili and used up little bits of this and that out of the refrigerator 

2. Combined my errands so that I didn't waste gas

3. Had to do some state testing for work. Earned and extra hour and half pay.

4. Found Kid # 3 some curtains at Goodwill for $12. They were nice, heavy, lined ones.

5. Found Kid # 5 a few shirts and a couple sweaters at a yard sale $6.75 spent 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

" Cream Of" Soup Mix

I thought I had posted this recipe before but apparently I have not :( 
Anyway, I use this mix often in place of canned cream of whatever soups.  It is easy to use and stores well.
2 cups dry powdered milk
3/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup instant chicken or beef bouillon powder
1/2 teaspoon dried crushed thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried crushed basil
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Combine all ingredients using blender or food processor.
Store in an airtight container.  I store mine in a jar with the directions taped on :)

To prepare as substitute for 1 can of condensed cream soup in recipes, mix together 1/3 cup dry mix and 1 1/4 cups water in sauce pan. Cook and stir until thickened

Monday, September 1, 2014

Menu Sept 1 - 5

Monday- Pork Chops, grilled zucchini and baked potatoes

Tuesday- Pizza Burgers and salad

Wednesday - Crockpot sausage, peppers, onions, mushrooms and potatoes

Thursday - Nachoes

Friday- Snack night

We typically wing it for Saturday and Sunday :)

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Cabbage Skillet

I posted in my menu plan that we were having Cabbage Skillet for dinner one evening this week. Lena commented asking what that was. I actually had thought I posted this recipe already but I guess not :(  So anyway here it is:

1 lb browned and drained hamburger 
1/2 a cabbage chopped ( I have used green cabbage and purple. Both are good)
1 can, drained Italian diced tomatoes or 1 can regular diced tomatoes drained plus Italian seasoning to taste. ( I have used both depending on what I have)
Salt and Pepper to taste.

Add all ingredients to skillet and cook until the cabbage is the texture you like :) 

Easy Peasey! 

Friday, August 29, 2014

5 Things I Did That Were Frugal This Week

1. Made the hubby and Kid # 5 some popsicles and pudding pops. My hubby says they are the best popsicles he has ever had :)

2. Went to the Habitat Resale store, bought supplies for a couple wedding presents I am making. Spent 86 cents!

3. Returned a book for a particle refund that my husband ended up not needing for school

4. Repurposed or ate all our leftovers

5. My co worker shared with me that I could receive a 18% discount through my cell phone carrier because I worked for the school district. This is better then the one we were already recieving through my husband's employer. I signed up. We are now getting 18% plus 3% for paperless billing. Every little bit helps!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Menu Plan August 25-29

Monday - Cabbage Skillet and Green Beans

Tuesday - Vegettini Zucchini Noodles w/ Garlic Butter Sauce and Salad

Wednesday - Quasidillas with Refried Beans

Thursday- Pizza Pasta Bake and Salad

Friday- Snack Night

I am trying to simplify my life a little bit since we are going on our second week back to school/ work. Menu planning is one of the very easiest ways for me to stay on budget and make meal times easier.
Looks like it should be a good week :)

Friday, August 22, 2014

5 ThingsI Did That Were Frugal This Week

1. Participated in a yard sale at my daughter in laws Mother's house. Made $85 yesterday and got rid of more clutter :)

2. We ate all our leftovers.

3. I combined my errands in order to save on gas

4. We set our air conditioning to 78 during the day and 79 while we sleep to help with our Ameren bill

5. I signed up for paperless billing with our cell phone service so that we will receive a 3% discount. That combined with the employee discount will save us $10 a month. Every little bit helps!