How I Saved Last Week



It's been so nice to see flowers blooming and trees budding after a long winter. We enjoyed the crab apple tree blossoms and lilacs.

It was the perfect weekend to start this year's garden. I planted zucchini, carrots, beets, lettuce, cucumbers, green beans, peas and watermelon and tomato seedlings in the garden.

We were given two 16 oz. bags of mini sweet peppers and several containers of cherry tomatoes and kiwi. We really enjoyed having the fruit and vegetables, since they are things that I don't buy often. I mixed together chopped apples and mandarin oranges with the kiwi and made a fruit salad with honey lime sauce. It was a delicious treat!

I entered free codes on my Kellogg's Family Rewards account for 220 free points. I've been using the points to print $1.00 coupons for Mini Wheats cereal when I see a sale.

I answered a survey for Christian Book Insiders and received a free book download.

We payed extra towards the principle on our mortgage payment.

I signed up for a free online Bible study.

We borrowed books from the library.

I cut the boys' hair.


How did you save last week?

Meal Plan Monday - May 22




Last week I did a few price comparisons and noticed that the local health food store actually has lower prices on oats and a few foods that are recommended in The Daniel Plan. Health food stores are often thought of as being expensive, but our local store is able to buy many things in bulk and pass on the savings to its customers.


Oats were only $.70/lb. at the health food store compared to $1.28/lb. I bought both quick oats and old-fashioned oats. Quinoa was $4.62/lb. at Walmart compared to $2.99/lb. at the local health food store. I also bought buckwheat flour, which was pretty pricey at $2.10/lb., but I noticed a buckwheat pancake recipe in The Daniel Plan Cookbook that I really wanted to try. The total I spent on groceries for this week was $82.29, including what I spent at the health food store.


Here's our menu for this week:

Breakfast

Cereal
Bagels, bananas
Omelet, toast with peanut butter
Toast with peanut butter, banana
Whole Wheat Blueberry Waffles
Homemade Instant Oatmeal with frozen blueberries

Dinner

Spaghetti with meat sauce
Maple Mustard Chicken, peas, corn
Mexican Steak Fajitas
Lemon Chicken, green beans, seasoned brown rice
Chicken Stir fry with quinoa
Breakfast for dinner: Buckwheat Buttermilk Pancakes, Quinoa Breakfast Bake, apples slices
Leftovers


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How I Saved This Week



I was disappointed to find out that our local Walmart doesn't allow price matching anymore. I was able to price match items from the Dollar General flyer that I couldn't find in the local Dollar General store and it also saved me from making a couple of extra stops when doing the weekly shopping.

We had a few unusually warm days here this week...one day in the 90s! We were able to turn the heat off all week and save on heating oil.

I cooked a chicken in the crockpot and made chicken broth that was used in some of the recipes I made this week.

I took a survey for Christian Book Insiders and received a free book download.

I earned a free $25 Amazon gift card from Swagbucks.

A coworker and I exchanged vegetable plants....she gave me some tomato plants that she had grown, and I gave her some of the pepper plants I started in April. We won't need to buy as many tomato plants this year.

My father-in-law tilled our garden this week and I can't wait to start planting!

We borrowed a movie and several books from the library.

I bought bread at the bread store for $1.03 each.

Meal Plan Monday - May 15




Since reading The Daniel Plan, I've been motivated to make some changes to my family's diet. I knew that it would effect our grocery budget, and that we wouldn't be able to afford to make all the changes that are recommended in the book. What we can do, though, is eat as healthy as possible within our budget.

One of the changes that I want to make to our diet is to add more fruits and vegetables and to eat a greater variety. I'm going to try to focus more on nonstarchy vegetables, low-sugar fruits and superfoods. I was able to buy a lot of produce on sale this week. I spent a total of $82.20.



Apples, broccoli and spaghetti squash are all on sale for $.99/lb. this week. A coworker shared this Lemon Chicken and Spaghetti Squash recipe with me and I'm excited to try it this week!



Here's our menu for this week:

Breakfast

Cereal
Whole Wheat Blueberry Waffles with ground flaxseed
Greek Yogurt with oats, grapefruit and honey
Omelet, toast with peanut butter
Homemade Instant Oatmeal with frozen blueberries
Bagels, bananas

Dinner

Mexican Chopped Tuna Salad
Spaghetti with alfredo sauce, peas
Roast Chicken Tacos with Creamy Chipotle-Lime Sauce*, green beans
Chinese Chicken Salad with Creamy Ginger-Orange Dressing*
Lemon Chicken and Spaghetti Squash, broccoli
Meatloaf Veggie Muffins, green beans, corn
Leftovers


*recipe from The Daniel Plan Cookbook

Meal Plan Monday - May 8



I had a big grocery shopping trip for this week and spent around $100. I was expecting the increase in the cost of groceries since reading The Daniel Plan and deciding that I wanted to make some changes in our diet.



I bought some different fruits and vegetables and I bought grapeseed oil and olive oil (two oils recommended in The Daniel Plan) that I found on clearance. The oils are much more expensive than the cooking oil that I had been using and I was pleasantly surprised to find them on clearance.



Apples were on sale for $.99. I bought a lot of them and have been eating one in the afternoon for a snack when I normally have a craving for something sweet.



These eggs were on clearance for just $1 each! The regular price is over $3 a dozen.

Here's our meal plan for this week:


Breakfast

Cereal
Plain Yogurt with Muesli and blueberries
Omelet or scrambled eggs, toast with peanut butter
Hard boiled egg, banana
Bagel, banana
Homemade Instant Oatmeal with blueberries


Dinner

Chicken Caesar Wraps, carrot and cucumber sticks
Lemon Chicken, Broccoli, French Onion Soup
Crockpot Beef and Veggie Stew, biscuits
Pizza with whole wheat crust, salad
Hamburgers, Potato Wedges, peas
Chicken Noodle Soup, leftover biscuits
Chicken Taco Salad, cucumber sticks