Meal plan for this week (plus some great finds at the grocery store!)

This week is a light shopping week. I was able to stock up on a lot of food last week, as there were some great sales that I was able to take advantage of. So the freezer is pretty full, and there wasn’t a lot that I needed this week. Even on weeks like this, I will still go through the flyers so that I don’t miss any deals. Here are some of the highlights for this week:

Antibiotic free chickens – BOGO free (works out to be $1.99/lb) . This was at Longos.

Tide: $3.00 – I price matched these at Walmart, and used a coupon ($3 of two Tide). So each one was $1.50. I think this one was advertised at No Frills.

Danino Yogurt Drink: $3 for a package of 8. I also used a coupon for $1.00 off, which made it $2. I priced matched No Frills’ price while I was at Walmart.

Activia yogurt: 8 pack $3. I used a $1 off coupon, and price matched No Frills’ price at Walmart.

 

Here is the menu plan for this week:

Sunday: Enchiladas salad. Used the chicken that I bought on sale last week.

Monday: Pork Fried Rice, salad and veggies (made from leftover Pork Tenderloin we had yesterday for dinner)

Tuesday: Meatball Soup and salad (this recipe if from the Deceptively Delicious cookbook). It’s one of our family’s favorites, and it’s easy, and freezes well. We use ground turkey for the meatballs.

Wednesday: Skillet Chicken and Vegetables (see blog post for recipe) from Epicurious. This is using the chicken thighs I bought on sale last week.

Thursday: Leftovers

Friday: Minestrone Soup

Saturday: Turkey Burgers, fries, salad and veggies

This was a great week for coupons and deals – when I went to Longos to get the chickens, I found blue corn chips (regularly $3.50) on sale for $1.29 on their reduced cart. This is one place that I urge you to look at when shopping – the reduced cart (normally in the produce section). There are tons of really great buys there, and most of them are just as good as what you can buy from the regular produce section. There is one store that I go to that has really great deals – I often wonder why the fruit has been reduced. It isn’t over-ripe, has no blemishes..how did it end up on the cart? This is a great way to reduce your grocery bill, and try new things that you otherwise wouldn’t buy because they are too expensive, or out of season.

What you should and shouldn’t buy at the dollar store

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I read a lot of posts from people who sing the praises of dollar stores, and many of their household items there, including food. While there are a lot of great deals to be had, there are definitely things that you should leave on the shelf, and buy elsewhere.

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The frugal way to make bone broth

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A few years ago, this thing called “Bone Broth” started to become all the rage – people were going on about it being a super food, with it’s healing properties etc etc. The person who came up with this term deserves a marketing award – they took something that people have been doing for hundreds of years, re-marketed it, and voila – new trend. Which leaves me thinking that there must be something that my mother/grandmother etc did that I can re-market into something that sounds hip and healthy, and make a fortune. Continue reading

How to feed your family for $100/week

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I have been wanting to do a segment for a while on how to eat well within a budget. Every week, I scan the flyers, see what’s on sale, and plan around that for each week’s menu plan. When something I use often is on sale, and the sale is particularly good (good=only on sale once every few months at that price), then I stock up on that item. My rule of thumb is to buy enough to get me through until the next time it goes on sale. Continue reading

Are Groceries really cheaper in the USA?

market-893319_1920I read a lot about saving money. Especially when it comes to meal planning – this is something I love to do, and I spend time looking up recipes and comparing notes with other moms.

One of the things that keeps coming up is how inexpensive groceries seem to be in the USA – specifically meat – I wonder how much I would spend if I lived across the border. Are the deals really that great? Is there a place where buying boneless, skinless chicken doesn’t cost a small fortune? Continue reading

Turn it up Tuesday!

Welcome to a new week at Turn It Up Tuesday! Hope you all had an amazing Thanksgiving, and spent time with family and friends. Thank you so much for stopping by last week and sharing all of your posts – we had so much fun checking them all out!

We’d like to thank you in advance for partying with us and sharing all of your amazing posts with us – we LOVE checking them all out! If you’ve been here before, thank you for coming back! And if you’re new here…welcome! Feel free to share, share, share! We love having you! Continue reading

Turn it up Tuesday!

Welcome to a new week at Turn It Up Tuesday! Thank you so much for stopping by last week and sharing all of your posts – we had so much fun checking them all out!

This week is Thanksgiving, and we’re so grateful and thankful to share it with all of you! Share your holiday recipes, decorations, DIY projects, exercise tips, and anything that you’d like to share from present and past! We can’t wait to check out all your posts! Continue reading

Turn it up Tuesday!

The big news around our house this week is the all about the Super Moon, and trying to get a glimpse of it! Hopefully your weather was cooperating and you were able to see it last night and tonight.

 

Welcome to a new week at Turn It Up Tuesday! Thank you so much for stopping by last week and joining in the fun!

Next week is Thanksgiving so we’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving for the next 2 weeks! Share your holiday recipes, decorations, DIY projects, exercise tips, and anything that you’d like to share from present and past! We can’t wait to check out all your posts! Continue reading

Turn it Up Tuesday!

Another week has gone by, the Halloween decorations are down, and Thankgiving plans are underway for many of us.  Thanks so much for joining us again this week! We had so many great posts last week, and I enjoyed going through them. More things to add to my ‘must try’ list! I am thrilled to be a guest host for the month of November!

Welcome to a new week at Turn It Up Tuesday!

If you’ve been here before, thank you for coming back! And if you’re new here…welcome! Feel free to share, share, share! We love having you!

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What constitutes overscheduling with kids?

I was picking up my son yesterday from school, and I was sitting next to a grandma, who was also waiting for her two grandkids.  We got talking – she said that they had to hurry, because they had dance lessons after dinner, and wouldn’t be home until 8pm. “Sometimes my daughter listens to me, and I tell her it is too much”, she said. I could tell she didn’t agree with them being out so late on a school night, and she felt they were overscheduled. Continue reading