Menu Plan Monday - Week of February 9, 2020

We had a lovely coating of about 6 inches of snow this weekend.  It is lovely skiing and sledding snow and proved to be a fairly easy shoveling.  I love the look of snow and even enjoy skiing on occasion, so this was fine.  The roads should be fairly clear for the commutes tomorrow morning.  Good all the way around!

John ran to the grocery store on Saturday and picked up a couple of things that we needed - milk, bananas, and a couple of other things.  That was it.  We did not need much.

Here is what we are eating this week:

Sunday, February 9, 2020:
     Breakfast: Bagels with Peanut Butter
     Lunch: Pasta with Veggies
     Snack: Apple Crisp
     Dinner: Three Sisters Soup, Cornbread

Monday, February 10, 2020:
    Breakfast: Eggs and Toast
    Lunch: Leftover Soup
    Snack: Yogurt
    Dinner: Turkey Pot Pie

Tuesday, February 11, 2020:
     Breakfast: Overnight Oatmeal
     Lunch: Leftover Soup
     Snack: Yogurt
     Dinner: Pancakes with Walnuts and Strawberries

Wednesday, Febru…

Frugal Friday - The First Week of February 2020

This week has flown by - whoosh!  SO FAST!  I am not sure why, but it just seemed to go so fast and, suddenly, it is Friday.  Sometimes I think I blink and a day has passed.

We had a relatively frugal week this week.  I did do a little shopping with the last of my Christmas money, purchasing a pair of shoes for work and some fabric to make a vest for our son's dance costume.  After spending 30 months of buying nothing new, when John was in Internship and Residency, spending money feels very expensive and painful, even if necessary. It has been three years since then and I still wince at the price of most retail items!  Often I put things back on the rack - even the clearance rack - because I feel the price is just too high.  I know my feet will thank me when I wear the new shoes and I am pleased that we can have a nice costume for our son.  That makes it worth it!  And, which made me even happier than the new shoes, we spent no money out of our daily budget.

Here are the things w…

Menu Plan Monday - Week of February 2, 2020

In some ways this is a quieter week than last; in other ways it is actually busier.  My commitments are back up to full steam now - all my classes are running and the February challenge started at Jazzercise.  The children have practice for theater as well as dance lessons.  John has Confirmation and some meetings for new employees at church.  I think we can figure it all out! 

I am still trying to plan our menus around the freezers first in an effort to clean out our deep freeze and defrost it before the summer produce starts to come in. We have a while before that happens so I think we can do it!

Here is what we are eating this week:

Sunday, February 2:
    Breakfast: Mango-Strawberry-Banana Smoothies
    Lunch: Waffles from the Freezer with Walnuts and Chokecherry Jam,  Grapefruit
    Dinner: "Smashed" Potatoes, Chips, and other treats for a friend's Super Bowl Party

Monday, February 3:
    Breakfast: Eggs and Toast
    Lunch: Leftover Soup from the Freezer

Super Savings Saturday - An $84.32 Meat Stock Up!

We had a deliciously lazy day at home today!  Today, February 1, 2020, is the only day in February we do not have some commitment.  I truly do not enjoy it when the calendar is that full but some months are like that.  The only time I left the house today was to do a quick run to the store with John.  The children were so efficient at putting the groceries in their place that they were all put away by the time we had our coats off!   So, no photo again today.  And I am grateful I can relax and enjoy some homemade chili and cornbread and conversation with my family after a day spent almost entirely at home.

Meat was on sale this week and we were able to purchase a few things. Typically, we do not eat much red meat but we do enjoy chicken and fish on a regular basis.  Fish was on sale this week.  And so were meatballs and sausage.  We purchased all three.  Our meat stores were getting low, so I am grateful for more meat in the freezer!  I also purchased two packages of fair trade coffee…

Frugal Friday - Last week of January 2020

It was a very busy week at our house!  I had very little time for things that were not absolutely required, thus the quilt week on the blog here.  We had a large plumbing bill earlier in the month so the end of the month was very little in the way of miscellaneous spending.  That ends up being frugal!  John and I were very pleased to be paid on Friday this week, giving us a little more leeway with our upcoming expenses these next couple of weeks.

Here are the things we did this past week that we count as frugal:

* We made most of our meals at home this week.  We had baked chicken with vegetables, taco soup with cornbread, scalloped potatoes with ham and spinach salad, homemade pizza, cinnamon biscuit twists with scrambled eggs, sandwiches and homemade chili.  We used leftovers for lunch most days and ate toast, homemade muffins, oatmeal and smoothies made with frozen fruit and yogurt for breakfast.

* We used a gift card for a family lunch out between events and another gift card for …

Menu Plan Monday - Week of January 26, 2020

We looked into all the things for our summer 2020 vacation this past week - no concrete plans yet, but I have been thinking about summer!  Homemade ice cream is always on the menu at least once.  Yum!  We have an old hand-crank ice cream maker that my parents used for many, many years.  They upgraded to an electric model several years ago; now we get to crank! It is always an adventure and the ice cream turns out wonderful.

We have a busy week this week with two music concerts. Trying to schedule dinner around music concerts and play rehearsals is quite a challenge.  It should work out just fine; it just takes some extra planning!

Here is the menu for this week:

Sunday, January 26:
     Breakfast: Peanut Butter Toast
     Lunch: Out with a gift card
     Snack: Jam Thumbprint Cookies
     Dinner: Breakfast for Dinner: Eggs, Bacon and Hashed Brown Potatoes

Monday, January 27:
    Breakfast: Eggs and Toast
    Lunch: Leftovers
    Snack: Jam Thumbprint Cookies
     Dinner: Baked Chicke…

Super Savings Saturday - A $27.73 Out of Pocket Shop

Today's shopping happened in two pieces - one right after I dropped the children off for rehearsal and one after I brought them home.  In between, I came home to drop off the groceries I purchased, ate lunch and ended up falling asleep on the sofa with my book.  Opps!   Either way, it was a frugal shop today. 

John is out of town with work for a couple of days, so I let the children choose what they wanted for dinner both nights and we have a few things in the grocery shop that are not part of our typical shopping.  I am okay with that - we had the cash and did not need a lot of everything else.  So here is what we purchased today:

Store #1:

I rarely shop at this store for groceries since their prices are rarely better on things that we purchase.  I do know their prices on eggs can be better and sometimes their milk can be too. I checked prices as I had several tail-ends of gift cards rattling around in my purse.  This week their prices were better so I stopped in!

The line at thi…