Meal Plan Monday - August 31

School starts this week and we will be trying to get back into our school schedule.  Our older son will also have 2 soccer practices each week and a game on Saturdays through the end of October, so I will be trying to keep our meals simple for the next couple of months.  Here's the meal plan for this week:

     Pizza with whole wheat crust, cantaloupe, salad

     Spaghetti with homemade sauce and zucchini "meatballs", pumpkin cornmeal cake, cucumbers 

    Baked chicken nuggets, peas, salad, applesauce

    Turkey sweet potato skillet, corn, carrots and cucumbers

    Whole chicken in the crockpot, peas, mashed potato, yogurt biscuits 

    Chicken noodle soup with leftover chicken and homemade chicken broth, leftover biscuits

    Macaroni salad and any leftovers from the week

This family has a bit of a sweet tooth and we often have dessert after dinner.  Since I've been trying to use up the zucchini from our garden, this week's dessert is Carrot and Zucchini Bars.

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Simply Saving Saturday - August 29

This week I have been busy trying to keep up with the produce in the garden!  We have been harvesting lots of tomatoes, zucchini and cucumbers and I have made salsa, refrigerator pickles, zucchini "meatballs" and carrot and zucchini bars.  Last week I also made zucchini relish which is delicious!

This month I earned $55 selling some of our children's toys that they have outgrown on Facebook.   Most of the money that I earn from selling on Facebook is saved to buy clothes for our family.   Our older son had grown out of the cleats that he wore last year to play soccer, so I used some of this money to buy a new pair of cleats.  I was able to find a brand new pair of cleats, in just the size we needed at a local second hand store for $8!  What a blessing!

This is the time of year that I start looking for sales on summer clothing for next year.  I found a summer pajama set for my younger son in a bigger size for $3 that was originally $12.  I will pack this away for next year.  I always try to buy pajamas at end-of-season sales since it is very hard to find pajamas in good condition at second hand stores.

I stocked up on Frosted Mini Wheats cereal that was on sale this week for $1.88.  I will also enter the codes in the boxes at Kellogg's Family Rewards.  I am saving these points for a specific reward and I am almost half way there.

I bought a box of granola bars this week and received a coupon for a free box of granola bars through a special deal at the grocery store this week.

I earned 95 points on Swagbucks this week.  I've used some of the gift cards I've earned to buy birthday gifts and I'm hoping to be able to also buy Christmas gifts with gift cards this year.  I've set a goal for 200 points next week!

Our on-going savings:

**Use the air conditioner only on very hot days and keep it set at 75 degrees.

**Wash laundry in cold water.

**Use online bill pay to pay our bills.

**Earn Swag Bucks for gift cards that I use to buy gifts.

**Earn Recyclebank points for gift cards, coupons and free magazine subscriptions.

**Earn Bing Rewards points for gift cards, Hulu Plus subscription, Skype credits, etc.

**Husband takes lunch to work everyday.

**Turn lights off when not being used.

**Use scrap paper for notes and lists.

**Drive to town once a week for shopping and errands.  

**Buy less cereal and eat oatmeal and other homemade breakfasts several times a week.

**Reuse plastic and paper shopping bags for small trash and recycling.

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