Thursday, February 26, 2009
Change of plans - Oh well, just got a call from Whole Foods. The instructor is sick, so no class tonight :( Maybe, we'll go out anyway. We were planning on doing the grocery shopping after the class. Shopping sans kids will be a nice change as I'm normally left to speed shop while Dave wrangles the babies.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
Saturday - Stew Beef & Onions with Gravy over organic brown rice & steamed green beans
Sunday - Turkeyburger Soup (using ground chicken)
Monday - Spinach Rice Casserole
Tuesday - Breakfast for Dinner - Caramel Apple Baked Pancake, Bacon & Scrambled Eggs
Ash Wednesday - Veggie Tacos & Spanish Rice
Thursday - Cheesy Tortilla Casserole (using ground chicken)
Friday - Cheese Quesadillas & Spanish Quinoa
Menu Plan Monday is hosted by Laura at I'm An Organizing Junkie.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
Saturday - Taco Style Lentils & Rice with organic Spring Mix salad
Sunday - Dinner out for my Mom's Birthday!
Monday - Lentil Chili with homemade Cornbread (subbing milled flax seed for wheat germ)
Tuesday - Cheesy Tortilla Casserole (Dave found a great markdown on ground chicken last week at Kroger, so I'm subbing that for ground turkey in the recipe)
Wednesday - Cheese Quesadillas with Black Beans, Brown Rice & Corn
Thursday - Turkeybuger Soup (subbing ground chicken again!)
Friday - Homemade Cheese Pizza using Anne Jisca's Easy Pizza Dough recipe
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Since Ashleigh and her classmates are sweet enough, we decided to go the no candy route for Valentine's Day treats! We made batches of homemade play dough, colored pink using a strawberry gelatin packet. Rolled into individual size portions, we placed them in heart-themed treat bags and tied the gift tags on with glittery, curly ribbon left over from Christmas. I also added a section of red, transparent cellophane gift wrap to the tops of the treat bags for added volume and flare. We'll place the finished packets in the cute, little Valentine's cups I found on sale at Walgreens.
I love getting crafty and creative with my best-est little girl :)
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Without somebody nothing aint worth a dime
Just like an old fashioned story book rhyme
Livin on love
It sounds simple thats what you're thinkin'
But love can walk through fire without blinkin'
It doesnt take much when you get enough
Livin' on love
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Another 4 day triple coupon event at Harris Teeter! My total oop was a little higher than what I normally spend during triples. But being able to get such a good price on laundry detergent was worth it. Keeps us from having to go to Costco and spend really big bucks!
4 Huggies Wipes 72ct --- 3.85 - .50/1Q = 2.35 ea
4 Cottonelle Ultra 4pk double rolls --- sale 3.00 - .50/1Q = 1.50 ea
9 Gain detergent --- sale 3.77 - .50/1Q = 2.27 ea
10 cans Dole pineapple in juice --- .99 ea - .55/2 = .17 ea
2 cans Ortega diced chiles --- sale 1.50 ea - .75/2Q = .38 ea
4 Muellers whole grain pasta --- 1.69 - .55/1Q = .04 ea
1 Synder's Multi-Grain sunflower chips --- 3.69 - .75/1Q = 1.44
1 Kotex pantiliners --- 1.29 - .75/1Q = FREE!
8 Hillshire Farms Deli Selects --- sale 3.50 ea - .55/1Q = 1.85 ea
4 Halls sugar free cough drops --- 2.06 - .50/1Q = .56 ea
4 French's Horseradish mustard --- 2.99 - .50/1Q = 1.49 ea
1 French's Honey Dijon mustard --- 2.99 - .50/1Q = 1.49 ea
3 Smithfield bacon --- sale 2.49 ea - .55/1Q = .84 ea
2 Newman's Own organic salsa --- 2.99 - .50/1Q = 1.49 ea
1 Vanity Fair paper plates --- sale 2.50 - .50/1Q = 1.00
1 Vanity Fair paper bowls --- sale 2.50 - .50/1Q = 1.00
1 Colgate toothpaste --- sale 1.34 - .75/1Q = FREE!
2lb bag organic apples --- reduced 1.23
8 Mott's apple juice --- sale 1.88 ea
1 can HT organic tomato sauce --- sale 1.29
4 lb bag sugar
5lb bag all purpose flour
1 Pantene Relaxed & Natural sheen spray --- markdown 1.53
Total oop: $98.39
TOTAL SAVINGS: $154.24
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Monday, February 2, 2009
I am so happy to be able to finally write that after 11 months and a little over $16k in debt paid, we are DEBT FREE! From where we were financially to where we are now, so many things have changed. When we started our Total Money Makeover at the beginning of last year, we were just barely making it each month. Our income had decreased but our credit card bill was growing at what seemed to be an uncontrollable rate. There were some months, we had less than $20 in our checking account after the bills had been paid. Then in December 2007, this princess finally awoke from her fantasy world. I had long held onto the belief that we were doing fine because unlike most we knew, we had no student loans hanging over our heads, no outstanding credit card debt, we paid our credit card bill off in full each month and had phenomenal credit scores. But my castle built on plastic came crumbling down when December's credit card bill came in at over $1000. And there was no money to pay it off in full. About that time, I started watching Dave Ramsey on Fox Business Network and liked what I heard - FREEDOM. Not get rich quick, but peace built on a solid foundation. I used a gift card I received as a secret Santa gift at work and bought a copy of Total Money Makeover. And as the saying goes, the rest is history!
Many years before we had even heard of Dave Ramsey, my husband tried to implement many of the things the Total Money Makeover teaches - living on a budget, cash envelopes, paying extra on debt and NO credit cards. I told him it was absolutely not feasible to live without a credit card in this world. How would we buy gas for our cars? How would we book a hotel room or rent a car (which we did very little of at the time)? What if there was an emergency? And I told him I was absolutely not giving up my Old Navy card! After that discussion (read argument), I heard this small voice speak to my heart. And it said clearly, "You place more faith in this card than you do Me". I knew the voice. And it's conviction cut deep. And sadly at that time, I chose to ignore it.
But in January 2008, I began working with my husband to finally implement those things we should have done before. And even though our income had decreased, miraculously our money seemed to multiple. It went further than it had before. And there was extra at the end of the month to do something we hadn't done in awhile, pay off debt! I firmly believe that once we started handling our finances in accordance to God's will for us, He touched it, blessed it and multiplied it much like He did with the fish and the loaves!
Thank you God for your provisions! And thank you for a loving and patient husband!
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Total oop: $45.12
Kroger (combined trips):
$10 Mega Event promotion
Total oop: $56.76
Total oop: $10.15
Rumor has it, Harris Teeter will be having a triple coupon promotion starting Thursday! I can't wait!