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Budget Saving Tips

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Tips for saving $$$

Make a monthly menu plan.  This is huge, make a list of all ingredients needed, check and see what you have in your home already.  Make a list of the items you do need.  It will blow you mind how much this cuts down on the grocery bill
 
Shop loss leader items
 
Stock up on sales
 
Make your own laundry soap and cleaning products (super easy and cheap!!!)
 
Cook and debone your own chicken breasts in a crock pot.  Add onion, garlic, carrots, celery and whatever herbs you like and make great health stock at the same time
 
Prepare your own mixes: spices, biscuit/Bisquick, muffins, cookie dough, marinara sauce
 
Parboil potatoes, peel and shred then freeze for hash browns
 
Blanch/freeze diced vegetables once a month for economical, fast and healthier options when cooking
 
Buy meats on last sale date, big savings
 
Buy cheese in bulk store, grate in food processor and freeze (much cheaper and healthier than buying pre-shredded)
 
Share a membership to a warehouse store with a friend.  Every membership has two access cards.  Split the cost and reap the savings
Make it a practice to double your recipes and put 1/2 of each in the freezer for another day
 
Get together with some friends and each of you make a few of the same recipe and then swap them out so everyone takes home a few new dishes to try
 
Shred zucchini in the summer and fall months, bag and freeze for making breads, muffins and cakes with in the winter and spring.  Do the same for bananas as the start to brown for same purpose
 
Got picky eaters, cook vegetables and them puree them with the some of the liquid cooked with and pour into ice cube trays. 
 
 
Once froze, place in freezer storage bag.  Add to recipes and your loved ones will be none the wiser but will receive the nutritional value
 
Take chicken broth from cooking chicken in crock pot and place in ice cube trays.  Once froze place in storage bag/container.  You will always have broth at the ready that is health and very low in sodium but high in flavor
 
Make your own baby food, cook fruits, veggies, meals and desserts.  Puree in blender then freezer in ice cube trays.  Store in plastic bags.  Defrost as needed.  Not only is this a cheaper option, your child is developing a taste for the foods your family eats
 
Cook big batches of rice and place in containers and freeze.  You can pull it out and thaw before usage.  A great time saver.  DOES NOT WORK WELL FOR PASTA
 
Precook hamburger with onions, garlic and peppers, then freeze in serving size baggies/containers for quick usage
 
Grow your own vegetables/herbs either in a garden or in containers
 
Turn the heat down when not at home or at night
 
Sign-up for daily updates on free or reduced e-books (if you are a Kindle app reader)
 
Use a crock pot, microwave or grill to cook as much as possible
 
Dry clothes outside on a clothes line whenever weather permits 
 
Your oven and dryer are your two largest electricity consumers  as far as appliances go

 Websites that I frequent or follow, many cover multiple areas listed below:

Recipes/Cooking

http://www.budget101.com

http://www.grocery101.com

http://www.sixsistersstuff.com

wwwfavfamilyrecipes.com

http://www.chocolatechocolateandmore.com

http://www.myrecipemagic.com

 

Frugal Living/Make Your Own

http://www.budget101.com

http://www.theprariehomestead.com

http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com

http://www.thethriftycouple.com

http://www.thehumbledhomemaker.com

http://www.staceymakescents.com

http://www.passionatepennypincher.com

 

Christian Living/Wife/Mom Stuff

http://www.timewarpwife.com

http://www.thehumbledhomemaker.com

http://www.unveiledwife.com

http://www.club31women.com

http://www.homewiththeboys.net

http://www.mobsociety.com

http://www.thebettermom.com

 

Free Educational/Homeschool Stuff

http://www.freehomeschooldeals.com

http://www.smartappsforkids.com

 

Christian E-books

http://www.gospelbooks.com

http://www.vesselproject.com

http://www.christianbook.com/page/ebooks/free-ebooks?view_all=1

 

My contact info  

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Pinterest:  www.pinterst.com/homekaking4myguys

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Feel free to contact me if you have any questions I can address or research for you 🙂

Blessings, Marilyn

Skinny Baked Mozzarella Sticks

Skinny-Baked-Mozzarella-SticksOur youngest son has a love affair going on with mozzarella cheese sticks.  As they tend to be not only expensive but very bad for us I was excited when I received this post from my friends over at http://www.budget101.com.  They posted it from  http://www.skinnytaste.com.

If you have a membership to Sam’s Club, they are by far the cheapest place to buy string cheese.  Make my friend Jen’s marinara sauce (or pull it out of the freezer, if it is already made) and you have one amazing snack or appetizer.  Now we can enjoy this yummy snack with a little less guilt.  Gotta love that!!!

Skinny Baked Mozzarella Sticks
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 12 • Serving Size: 2 pieces • Old Points: 1 pts • Points+: 2 pts*
Calories: 86.8* • Fat: 4.8 g • Protein: 7.4 g • Carb: 3.5 g • Fiber: 0.2 g • Sugar: 0.2
Sodium: 168.6 

Ingredients:

  • 12 sticks part-skim, reduced sodium mozzarella string cheese (Sargento)
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 5 tbsp Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 5 tbsp panko crumbs
  • 2 tsp parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp dried parsley
  • olive oil cooking spray (I used my misto)

Directions:

Cut cheese in half to give you 24 pieces. Place cheese in the freezer until cheese is frozen.

In small bowl, whisk the egg. Place the flour on another small dish. In separate bowl,combine bread crumbs, panko, parmesan cheese and dried parsley.

Dip the frozen sticks in flour, shaking off excess, then into the egg, then coat with the crumbs.

Repeat this process with the remaining cheese placing them on a tray with wax paper. Place cheese back into the freezer until ready to bake (this is a must or they will melt before the crumbs get golden).

When ready to bake preheat oven to 400° F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and lightly spray with oil.

Place frozen cheese sticks on baking sheet. Spray the tops of the mozzarella sticks with a little more oil and bake in the bottom third of your oven until crisp, about 4 to 5 minutes. Turn and bake an additional 4 – 5 minutes watching them closely so they don’t melt.

Makes 24 pieces.

* There will be extra crumbs and flour after breading, I’ve deducted them from the nutritional info.

Pineapple Teriyaki Crock Pot Chicken

If you love Chinese food, you will love this amazingly simple and economical meal from Jillee at http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com.  My family is not big on Chinese food so I did not connect the taste to being nearly the same as Sesame Chicken (minus the sesame seeds) like my friend Brenda did.  Thanks Bren.

As you will see this is an amazing simple recipe.  I have altered it a bit.  I use pre-cooked shredded chicken breapineapple-teriyaki-chicken-1st meat.  I mix all ingredients up and cook in the crock pot for a couple of hours.  It could also be done in the microwave or on the stove top.   Either way, this recipe is super simple to double/triple and throw in a zip lock bag and store in the freezer for another day.

Pineapple Teriyaki Crock Pot Chicken

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Cut chicken into bite sized pieces. (Jillee skipped this step, she put in whole chicken breasts.)

Add chicken and the other ingredients into your slow cooker. Stir.  Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or until chicken is tender and falls apart.

That is literally all there is to it. If you prefer a thicker sauce, transfer to a small sauce pan and boil with flour or cornstarch until reduced to desired thickness.

Serve over rice.

 

46 Meals in 4 Hrs, Costing Only $95

I found this blog post yesterday.  I was so excited to see someone else who is a bargain hunter like my family and I.  As well as one who cooks from scratch and can make money stretch.  WOW!!!  Check it out………..freezer meals OAMC collage

http://www.aturtleslifeforme.com/2011/06/freezer-meals-on-cheap.html

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