Meal Plan Monday - February 27

I spent $78.71 on groceries for this week.

At Hannaford, broccoli was on sale for $.99/lb., grapes were $1.49/lb. and cabbage was $.49/lb.

At Walmart, I price-matched the tuna for $.88 each, the granola bars for $2.50 and paid $2.00 each with a coupon and the yogurt was $.50 and I paid $.43 each after a coupon. The Nutella was on sale and I had a coupon, so I bought it for a special treat for the boys.

Split chicken breasts were on sale at Food City for $.99/lb. and the Mini Wheats cereal was $1.99 with the sale price and coupon.

I also bought bread at the bread store.

We'll be trying a couple of new dinner recipes this week. Here's my meal plan for this week:


Bagels and bananas
Homemade Instant Oatmeal with frozen blueberries


Cheese Steak Quesadillas, carrot sticks
Tuna Casserole, leftover yogurt biscuits

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How I Saved This Week

I cooked a whole chicken in the crockpot and made overnight chicken stock. I used the chicken and the stock in several of the meals that I made this week.

I had a chance to shop at Goodwill this week during one of their Dollar Days and found a name brand pair of jeans and a pair of pants for $1 each.

I ordered two magazines with points I earned from Recyclebank.

The cost of our satellite tv service increased again for the second year in a row. When I called to cancel, they offered a promotional rate for 6 months with no new contract. The new rate will save us a little over $15 a month and is about the same amount that we were paying when we switched to satellite tv five years ago.

How did you save this week?

Meal Plan Monday - February 20

It has been a very busy weekend and I haven't been able to do all the grocery shopping for this week. So far I have spent $46.06 on groceries. 

The chicken was on sale for $.99/lb. I cooked the whole chicken in the crock pot yesterday and made overnight chicken stock in the crock pot. I will be using the chicken and stock in many of our meals.

This week I am adding a lunch menu, since our schools are on February break. Here's our meal plan for this week:


Homemade granola
Homemade Instant Oatmeal  with frozen raspberries and blueberries
Plain yogurt with frozen raspberries (leftover from our Valentine's Day dessert), blueberries and granola
Blueberry Pancakes
Bagels and bananas

*The raspberries that we are using this week are the frozen raspberries that weren't used in our Valentine's Day dessert. The boys have enjoyed having them in their oatmeal and our younger son decided he wanted to try them with some of the plain yogurt that I use to make yogurt biscuits.


Chicken salad sandwiches
English Muffin Pizzas
Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Mac & Cheese
Dinner leftovers

*All lunches served with veggies and/or fruit


Super Sloppy Joes, carrot sticks
Chicken Noodle Soup, leftover biscuits
Chicken Corn Chowder

Saturday: Community Dinner

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14 Days of Valentines: Part 2

For Valentine's Day this year, I am giving my husband a note and/or small gift each day starting February 1. I've tried to do find things that are meaningful to him to let him know how much I appreciate everything that he does for our family.

I've had a lot of fun with this project and intend to continue surprising my husband with little notes and gifts throughout the whole year!

If you missed part 1, you can read it here.

Day 8: Soap note on mirror

I used a bathtub soap crayon to write a note to my husband on the bathroom mirror where he would see it in the morning.

Day 9: Origami Hearts

My husband likes to tell us jokes and riddles, so for day 9 I made origami hearts and wrote Valentine's jokes on them. The hearts also have a little pocket for little treats or a note. I found the tutorial for the hearts here.

Day 10: Carrot Hearts

My husband takes carrot sticks to work everyday in his lunch. On day 10, I made carrots into the shape of hearts following this tutorial.

Day 11: Heart Pancakes

I made pancakes shaped like hearts using metal cookie cutters on an electric griddle.

Day 12: "I heart you" tag with candy hearts

I filled a treat bag with candy hearts and attached the free printable tag.

Day 13: Scratch off valentine card

I printed the card for free from from I applied scratch off paint using the directions from this site.

Day 14: Sticky note love notes

Instead of a traditional Valentine's Day card, I stuck 14 sticky notes with handwritten notes on them on the wall in the entryway where he will see them when he gets home from work.

Meal Plan Monday - February 13

Last week we bought 60 pounds of beef from a local farmer. We haven't had beef for several months, and it will be nice to add some variety to our menu. My husband chose hamburgers, one of his favorite foods, for our Valentine's Day dinner.

I spent $61.27 on groceries for this week including ingredients to make Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Pie for our Valentine's Day dessert.

Here's my meal plan for this week:

Million Dollar Spaghetti, broccoli
Hamburgers, veggies, Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Pie
Chicken Fried Rice, broccoli, cornmeal muffins
Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas, carrot sticks
Corn Chowder
Leftover spaghetti, peas
Pizza made with overnight whole wheat pizza dough

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How I Saved This Week

Snow storms caused us to have some time off from school, and I was able to spend some extra time earning Swagbucks. I earned 230 Swagbucks this week.

Starting February 1, I've been giving my husband a small gift or note to let him know how much I appreciate him. This week, I wrote about the first 7 days here.

All orange clearance stickers are 50% off at Dollar General this weekend. The big 28 oz. bottles of conditioner were $2.25 after the 50% off and I used a $3.00 off 2 coupon and paid just $.75 each! I bought the paddle balls and the glow jewelry kits for Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. They were $.37 each.

I gave one son a hair cut.

We were given a bag of apples.

I took a quick survey for Christian Book Insiders and was given two free ebook downloads.

How did you save this week?

14 Days of Valentines: Part 1 + a free printable!

I found the "14 Day of Valentines" idea while I was browsing on Pinterest. I wanted to do something special for my husband for Valentine's Day this year and I thought this would be a fun way to show him how much I appreciate him.

These small gifts are simple and inexpensive, but hopefully it will let him know that I am thinking about him.

Here are the first 7 days of valentines:

Day 1: Chocolate Chip Cookies

I started the 14 Days of Valentines with my husband's favorite food!

Day 2: "You are the apple of my eye"

My husband takes a fruit with him to work everyday, so for day 2 I hid this tag in his lunchbox with an apple. It was designed by Paper & Pigtails for Craftaholics Anonymous.

Day 3: "Thank you for working Extra hard for us"

I designed the tag in Photoshop Elements, attached it to a pack of gum and hid it in his lunchbox.

Day 4: "I'm nuts about you"

I made a trail mix with peanuts, raisins and chocolate chips, put it in a glass jelly jar that I saved and made a gift tag. I've made a printable .pdf of the gift tag. Just click on the image below to download and print.

Day 5: "I'm bananas for you"

My husband has a banana with his breakfast every morning, so I wrote this note on a banana where I knew he would see it before he left for work.

Day 6: "So glad you're my stud muffin"

This was a cute little note to put with the Whole Wheat Banana Nut Muffins I made this week. The tag is a free printable from Eighteen25.

Day 7: Valentine's Airplane

I thought this airplane valentine with space to write a note to my husband was a really cute idea! The airplane was designed by Cathe Holden for Country Living Magazine. You can find the link to the free printable on her blog Just Something I Made.

Meal Plan Monday - February 6

I spent $71.76 on groceries for this week. I was planning on only buying what I needed for the week, but there were a few deals that I couldn't pass up.

Triscuits were on sale and I had coupons. I paid $1.55 each. They usually cost about $2.50 each, so I was really happy to get them at this price. We eat this brand of crackers because the original Triscuits have just three ingredients - whole grain wheat, vegetable oil and sea salt - and are one of the least processed. Broccoli was also on sale for $.99/lb.

I price-matched Raisin Bran at Walmart and used coupons. They were just $1.50 each after the sale price and coupons. 

English muffins were just $.50 each at the bread store.

My meal plan for this week is below.  I have some turkey leftovers from last week, so I will be using that instead of chicken in these recipes.


Bagels and bananas
Whole Wheat Banana Nut Muffins, fruit
Homemade Instant Oatmeal with raisins and blueberries


Skillet Chicken Lasagna, broccoli
Sweet Potato Burrito Bowls
Chicken Broccoli & Pasta Skillet Casserole, peas
Black Beans with rice, carrot sticks, cornbread
Baked Ravioli, leftover cornbread
Quick Chicken & Corn Wraps
Black Bean, Rice and Veggie Burritos

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How I Saved This Week

I cooked the extra turkey we bought at Thanksgiving and made turkey broth to use in our meals this week.

I made Vegetable Barley Soup with green beans from our garden that I froze last summer and one cup of the beans that I cooked and froze two weeks ago. I also had enough turkey broth to use in this recipe. It was very good! The recipe I used made a large pot of soup - we have a lot of leftovers that I will be able to use for lunch for several days next week.

I made a mini card and envelope to give with the gift I purchased last week. I used scraps of cardstock that I had saved from other projects.

I price matched cereal at Walmart and used coupons and paid $1.50 each. I also bought packages of English muffins at the bread store for just $.50 each.

I gave our younger son a hair cut.

The boys and I went to the library and borrowed several books.

How did you save this week?