Wednesday, April 6, 2016

What We Are Eating Wednesday....

I am late putting this up late but better late then never I say!

Monday - We had Chicken Patty Sandwiches ( everything came from the freezer)

Tuesday - Nachos ( I made 3 lbs taco meat which I already had and use some and froze the rest for future dinners) every thing we already had for this. Refried beans came from freezer from a prior dinner.

Wednesday - Baked Pasta and Salad. The Salad is leftover from Sunday night's dinner and my lunches this week.  Pasta sauce from the freezer.  Noodles from pantry

Thursday - Crockpot Beef and Broccoli - Beef is part of a roast I cut up last week and froze to use for this meal.  Broccoli is from freezer. Rice from the pantry

Friday - Snack night

Saturday - leftovers

Sunday - I have not plan for this yet......

Friday, April 1, 2016

5 Things I Did That Were Frugal This Week

1. I used my cash envelope for Kid # 3's birthday and with some careful planning I came in under budget. 

2. One way I came in under budget with the birthday envelope is I cashed in some points that we had on a credit card ( keep in mind my hubby is not 100% on board with Dave Ramsey) for a gift card to use towards her birthday. 

3. I bought a half price Starbucks Groupon to use when my in laws come visit. My father in law loves Starbucks. I went through Ebates to also earn a little cash back on my purchase. 

4. I bought a family pack of chicken legs for 49 cents a pound. I put 6 legs in the freezer to use as a meal. I boiled 4 to use the shredded meat and chicken broth for some future meals also. 

5. I spray painted a picture frame I already had, using spray paint I already owned and framed a poster I already had also to hang in my half bath remodel project :) 

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

We Are On Spring Break

It is spring break here.  My husband is gone on a business trip also so Kid #5 and I are flying by the seat of our pants :)

 We plan to do a few fun things this week.  I bought a Groupon for our local ice cream shop.  We are also doing a little shopping for some items of clothing/shoes Kid # 5 is in need of. We may hit up a movie this week too.  We will just have to see.

Even though we are off our normal schedule I have managed to work on our April budget and our menu plan also.  I have found that by planning our meals monthly I am able to cut our grocery budget.  I am hoping to continue with this.

Hope you all had a nice Easter :)

Monday, March 21, 2016

What We Are Eating This Week

Monday - Gyros ( kit from Aldi) and Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Tuesday- Leftover Taco Bake from last Tuesday.  ( I put half of it in the freezer.  A 9x13 pan will feed us 2 dinners and my husband 1 lunch)

Wednesday- Leftover Hamburgers and Hotdogs from Saturday. ( We had the kids all here to color Easter eggs and had a cookout. We planned leftovers to use this week)

Thursday - Italian Beef Sandwiches. ( roast from freezer and buns leftover from Saturday)

Friday - We will be out of town so we will eat out

Saturday - Crescent Roll Pizza ring ( new recipe we are trying.  Pizza sauce is homemade and from the freezer)

Sunday- Easter and we are going to my sisters.  I need to think of what I am going to bring. Probably Fruit Salad and something else.

I am going to try to start posting my menu's more often and share if I had to purchase the items or if they were in my pantry or stockpile.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

In Celebration Of Pi Day....

I made this Peanut Butter Pie :). My husband loves pie so he was thrilled when he got home from work to have this as dessert.  Sometimes it is just the little things in life that makes us all happy :)

Friday, March 11, 2016

5 Things I Did That Were Frugal This Week

1. I meal planned for the whole rest of March

2. I checked the sales flyer of most of stores around me before going grocery shopping to ensure I was picking up the best deals.

3. Before making my meal plan I inventoried what food we already had.

4. I made this burlap hanger for my front door using up items I already had.  I think it turned out pretty cute :) 

5. Walked outside today in the nice weather and sunshine with a friend.  Free entertainment and free exercise :)

Thursday, March 10, 2016

5 Years Of Blogging...Oh How Far We Have Come...

This month I have been blogging for 5 years! Wow! Time flies!

5 years ago The Plan was to be come debt free.  This did happen, actually more then once :)

It really took about 4 years to really get there and for the last year we have maintained our debt freedom.  Hopefully this continues!

As of today we are debt free and 3/4th of the way to a large emergency fund.

 My husband also received a promotion this week and with that a pretty good raise.  When the raise kicks in we will also be contributing 15% to our retirement. So that will complete Baby Step 4 of Dave Ramsey's Plan.

When I read back over this blog I am just amazed at how far we have come. I really enjoy blogging not only for the record it helps me keep as to how far we have come in this journey but also because
of the other bloggers I have met along the way.

My original goal of blogging was to keep myself accountable to becoming debt free and to have a place to share all my frugalness.  In real life most people think I am weird and do not understand my frugal out look.  This is a great place to share that and also to keep track.

Anyway, here is to another year of blogging! 

Thanks to everyone who comes here to read and comment!

PS: I post a lot about being frugal on my Instagram if you would like to follow me there :)