How I Saved This Week - July 30

We picked tomatoes, zucchini, a cucumber and 5 pounds of green beans from the garden this week.

I made zucchini relish with some of the zucchini. I used Kosher salt that I had on hand instead of the pickling salt that the recipe calls for and it worked just fine.

Our younger son had a great time at the summer reading program at the library. This week they held the closing program and each child received a free book with a character from the book and school supplies.

I noticed the back-to-school sale at Walmart and bought boxes of crayons for $.25 each for Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes.

I used a $1 off BIC coupon at Walmart and paid just $.46 for a package of 12 pencils.

Thanks to the generosity of friends, we were able to rake blueberries for just $.50/lb. this week. We raked 20 pounds. Some of the blueberries will be used for pie and freezer jam and the rest will be frozen and used throughout the fall and winter.

I bought bread at the bread store for $.99 per loaf.

How did you save this week?

How I Saved This Week - July 16

The garden looks great and it looks like we'll be harvesting zucchini, green beans and cherry tomatoes next week! We finally had some rain this week and was able to use water from our rain barrel to water the garden.

I used a coupon at Rite Aid and paid $.99 for laundry detergent that was on sale. The bottles were small, but the detergent is very concentrated, so I only need to use a small amount per load. I think I will get at least double the amount of loads that is recommended on the bottle.

I hung laundry out on the clothesline to dry.

Temperatures were in the 80s and 90s this week with very high humidity. We turned the air conditioner on and set the temperature to 75 degrees. At this temperature, the air conditioner runs in the afternoons, but very little in the mornings and early afternoon.

I bought eggs for $.77 during a one day sale, and I bought bread at the bread store for just $1.03 per loaf.

There was an 11% increase in our water rates this quarter. We were very happy to see that our bill was the same as last quarter and didn't increase with the rate increase. We've been trying to be more careful about our water usage and it seems to have made a small difference!

How did you save this week?

Coupon Savings at Hannaford

There are three new Hannaford printable coupons available!

$2 off fresh meat

$2 off fresh seafood

$2 off fresh produce

A minimum grocery purchase of $15 is required.  Each coupon can be printed twice.

Meal Plan Monday - July 11

We've been trying a lot of new dishes for my new simple summer menu and we've found some new recipes that we love!  Two other recipes that have become family favorites are the Sweet Potato Burrito Bowls and Oven Baked Fajitas.

On our trip to Boston, we had the most amazing Chicken Caesar Wraps for lunch. I have made my own version, and while not nearly as good as our Boston meal, the boys ask for them every week!

Breakfast Sandwiches
Homemade Instant Oatmeal with raisins

Chicken Caesar Wraps
Crackers & Cottage Cheese, carrot sticks, apple slices
English Muffin Pizzas, green beans
Turkey Italian Sandwiches
Pasta Salad with vegetables
Dinner leftovers

Turkey Burgers, green beans
Chicken Stir Fry with noodles
One Skillet Sweet Potato Burrito Bowls, broccoli
Oven Baked Fajitas, rice, green beans
Pizza with whole wheat crust and homemade sauce
Spaghetti with zucchini meatballs
Pasta Primavera

What are some of your favorite summer meals?  Get other meal plan ideas at Menu Plan Monday.

How I Saved This Week - July 2

It has been a busy week of gardening, organizing and more gardening. The weeds have been threatening to take over the garden and I can never seem to catch up!

I was surprised when quite a few of the cucumbers that I planted didn't come up, but I found them growing in the middle of the rows and transplanted them back into the row this week.

Peaches were on sale again for $.99/lb. last week and I was able to make 2 pints of peach freezer jam early in the week.

I made a birthday card with cardstock and punches that I had on hand.

I used a coupon code to download a crochet pattern for free.

An order I made online hadn't shipped after 4 days so I called to check on it. They apologized and refunded the shipping cost!

While I was mixing up a recipe this week, I realized that I didn't have enough eggs. I made an egg substitute with ground flax seed that I had on hand.

I paid extra on this month's mortgage payment. We're on track to pay one extra mortgage payment this year, but I'm hoping to be able to pay off more when I start substitute teaching again this fall.

How did you save this week?