Week Eight – Use all your Resources

Thanks to my momma friends on the Momstown Burlington Message Board there is a whole new way to save money this year IF you have an iphone! Checkout 51 “Get new offers weekly. Buy from any store. Snap a photo of the receipt. Get cash back!”.. sounds to good to be true???   Folks are getting money back all kinds and the best part is that the coupons seems to be on items that we are really use weekly and often the item is on sale.  Here’s an example from this week; there is a coupon for $1.50 Classico Pasta Sauce and it’s on sale at Food Basics for 1.87.. that’s a jar of pasta sauce for 27 cents. The jury is out on what Checkout 51’s end game really is?? My thought is the manufactures of products want to see if we actually shop sales and what store we buy at. In our house is — when will Checkout 51 make an app for the Android?

No Frills & Food Basics $82.43

Pork Tenderloin 3 pkgs, Bananas, Brocolli, red onion, blackberries, blueberries, milk, hot peppers, strawberries, mango, 3 loaves of mulitgrain, sugar-free bread, lime, watermelon, tomatoe, iceberg lettuce, baby spinach, cilantro, sweet potatoe, green onion, mushrooms, red grapes, 5 corn on cob, cantaloupe, 5 avocados, 3lb of extra lean ground beef, tub of yogurt, 4 pkg of yogurt, 2 pkgs of quaker oats , shake n bake, Fruitopa & egg noodles,

Sunday: Dinner out at my parents

Monday: Spaghetti & Meatballs

Tuesday: Poached Chicken Breast Stuffed with Goat Cheese and Spinach

Wednesday: Rainbow Trout

Thursday: Chicken Mini Meatloaf & Mashed Potatoes

Friday: White Chicken Chili

Saturday: Pasta Bake



Week 6 — What’s your number?

If you just started following my blog you might wonder how we came up with $100 for a budget? or how does a family with 2 growing teenage boys manage on $100 — they don’t! You need to work out a budget for your own family, but set a tough budget otherwise you won’t be saving.

Here are my general guidelines;

$50/adult/week, the challenge is when your children eat as much as an adult or possibly the lunch box goodies that you buy for them means that you need the $50/week to make it through the week.  I suggest if you have two school age children you count them as a “combined” adult.

If you have special dietary requirements, set a budget per month, say $100 and try to stick to it. There is endless recipes on the internet to experiment with, you will save more and it often taste better if you make it yourself.

This week’s spend: COSTCO… (first time in 2013) No Frills & Walmart (I used $5 in points to get a free snack for the kids and the salads) $108.05Image

3 bricks of cheese, mini cucumbers,3 cans of soup, 8pkg of yogurt, cheese slices, 4 pkg of frozen fish pieces, applesauce cups, bag of milk, kielbasa, ham hock, banana, 2 containers of blackberries, cantaloupe, cauliflower, 4lbs of apples, 8 sweet peppers, green onions, 6 oranges, strawberries, 3 large sweet potatoes, popcorn twists,DD’s bread, granny smith apple, rainbow salad, broccoli coleslaw, IL maple syrup, 18 eggs, 30 cheese strings, 3 jars of marinara pasta sauce & 8 cans of diced tomatoes.

Sunday – out at our friend’s daughter’s birthday party

Monday – fish cakes (leftover fish in the freezer)

Tuesday –  Chicken Breasts, sweet potato mash, Grilled Cauliflower

Wednesday –  Turkey Noodle Casserole with Peas

Thursday – Shake & Bake Chicken Drumsticks

Friday –  Pasta Bake

Saturday – white chicken chili

Emergency / Meat Fund $ -1.10

Week 4 – Time to Reassess

Once a month, I go through one cabinet in my kitchen — my sundries cabinet… it’s sometimes not pretty but it helps me stay motivated with my meal planning! I pulled out 4 items that I will include in this week’s menu. This helps me stop buying another 10 cans of tuna when I already have a stockpile. My items include canned crushed pineapple, black beans, jar of Curry Marsala & a tin of dried bread crumbs.

Shopping at No Frills this week. $64.72

2 pints of blueberries, 2 containers of strawberries, 2 english cucumbers, (regular price for $18.96 but I price matched and got all six items for $7.98)

dozen eggs, Josie’s bread, english muffins, ww tortillas, celery,  2 -3lbs of carrots, basil, mushrooms, sour cream, egg noodles, jar of chopped garlic, 5 bags of avocado  Havarti cheese block, 3 lemons, fennel bulb, oranges, banana, cantaloupe, 1 kg peanut butter, 3 can’s of tuna, green onions, 2 lbs of butter, large bag of raisins & 2 bags of chocolate chips.

Shopping at Shoppers $0.46 ( I used my $10 gift certificate from week 2)

milk, 2 dozen eggs & 4 pkg of lipton’s soup


Sunday: soup & grilled cheese

Monday: Chicken Curry Marsala, rice & steamed broccoli

Tuesday: Whole Salmon with lemon & Fennel

Wednesday: Baked Chicken Parmesan & Spaghetti

Thursday: Turkey Sheppard Pie

Friday: Weight Watcher’s Chicken Cacciatore & Egg Noodle

Saturday: Pesto Alfredo Pasta Bake

Baking for Desserts & Josie’s lunches: Carrot Muffins  and Black Bean Chocolate Cake

Taking my Emergency/Meat Fund to: $35.66