Menu Planning Monday: Vacation week!!

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Last week I showed you the cost for a couple of my recipes: Tomato Basil Pasta Salad and Crockpot Baked Potato Soup.

 

This week I have two more!! First up, our Braised Chicken Gumbo, which only costs $3.04 (plus the cost of brown rice) to make the meal!

 

 

Last week I also made  Bean & Cheese Freezer Burritos. Since I made up a bunch, the total came to $22.09, but it only costs $0.74 per burrito! (If you want to cut the cost even more, you probably could put less cheese in it.)

 

 

Menu Plan

This week’s menu plan is a little different. We will be on vacation, so

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Healthy Grocery Savings Tip #1: Buy & Cook up Dry Beans

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Since we’ve been eating healthier (less meat, more beans) I discovered that cooking your own beans will save three times the amount on beans! Now only that, but it’s a little bit healthier too.

 

 

Canned vs. Cooking your Own Beans Nutrition

Beans are an excellent source of protein and fiber, whether they are canned or  dry. They are high in B vitamins and iron and low in fat.

Despite the benefits of canned beans, dry beans (cooking them on your own) are the winner nutritionally:

Lower sodium: Dry beans, purchased in bags, contain no extra sodium. By contrast, canned beans are quite high in sodium (1/2 cup of canned beans contain about 20% of your daily sodium requirement). If you’re

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Giveaway: Your Grocery Budget Toolbox by Anne Simpson

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It’s finally giveaway time!!

 

For all of our married lives, we’ve lived on two part-time salaries. We have learned to live wisely, making the most of our income and learning to live without certain things.

 

I have had a passion for learning to make things from scratch and eating healthier. This has also helped save money on groceries. I have enjoyed reading others blogs and soaking up as much about my newest passions that I can. That’s why I was so excited to hear that Anne from Quick and Easy, Cheap and Healthy was going to be writing an ebook on a grocery budget. She has a wealth of knowledge on this subject and has gathered great resources for this

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Menu Plan Monday & Once a Month Shopping Cost Breakdown

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We did it!!

For the month of May we took on a “once a month grocery shopping budget plan”. Here’s what it looked like:

First week: Spent $121.22 ($30 at CostCo and the rest at Checkers/Aldi)

Second week: Spent just under $25 (bought mostly produce)

Third week: Spent $22 (bought mostly produce)

Fourth week (+ the 4 last days of May) : Spent $31.44

 

What we drove to the grocery store:

 

 

What we spend our money on: Week one: April 30th – May 6th

CostCo trip

$6.75 for 25 pounds flour $4.35 for 32 ounces Cheddar Cheese $1.99 for gallon of skim milk $13.50 for Perrier (my husband is now drinking

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Money Saving Mom's Budget review & Giveaway!!

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“Streamline your life and cut the clutter. You might have great intentions, but if you’re drowning in clutter, it won’t work.”

 

The Money $aving Mom’s Budget

I have been a follower of the blog Money Saving Mom, by Crystal Paine for a little over a year. Her blog was one of the first blogs I started reading. It was after reading Crystal’s blog and others that I first wanted to blog more myself. I have been so inspired by her over this last year.

So it came as no surprise to my husband when I wanted to buy Crystal’s book The Money $aving Mom’s Budget as soon as it came out last January. However, since I’m the type of

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Semi-Extreme Couponing: Baby Step #2

This is part of a Cutting you Grocery Bill Series. So far, I’ve touched on the process to build a weekly menu based on sale prices/coupons, my buy-price listcoupon sourcescoupon lingo, and how to organize your coupons.

Last week, we started with the first baby step – pick one store and get to know their coupon policy. Print it off if you have to. Ask the store manager the questions we talked about earlier.

 

Creating a List

This week, let’s work on creating the first coupon shopping list. It is important to keep in mind that this list will be little more than a practice list intended to get our feet wet.

It’s okay if you haven’t built up a

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Semi-Extreme Couponing: Baby Step #1

Your Assignment:

– Pick ONE store you want to start using coupons at and get to know your store’s coupon policy like the back of your hand.

Many stores have a written policy on their website (I have links to several at the bottom of this page), but if you can’t find one, call the […] […]

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Organizing your coupons!

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