- Deals & Giveaways
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- Family Budget
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Thank you to my wonderful readers for entering our 2013 November Giveaway! The winner is...... Bevony! Check your email Bevony, directions for redeeming your prize should arrive in the next few hours.
Stay tuned.... our December giveaway will be posted soon!
How To Set Up An Online Wishlist: Making Holiday Gift Giving As Easy As... Well... Holiday Gift Giving!
|Here's a Screen Shot of the Wish List Tab on Amazon|
This time of year I'm being asked "what should I get your son for Christmas?" quite freqently. It's hard to come up with ideas on the spot, and you never know what kind of budget the person has so you don't want to give them an idea that is too expensive. By having a wish list on Amazon pre-made its easy to give people the link and that way they can choose something that fits their price range plus it will be something your child actually wants or needs.
We add to our son's wish list all year long. That way when his birthday and Christmas are approaching we have a running list of ideas. It's also a great way to organize what we plan to purchase him so that we can watch for sales!
Ready to make a wish list for your family? Just follow the steps below:
1) Go to Amazon
2) Find items that you or a family member would like to receive
3) Once you've found the item you'd like to add to your wish list - click on the add to wish list button on the right side (see picture below) OR click on the drop down arrow to the right of the add to wish list button to create a wish list for one individual family member.
|Add to Wish List Button & Drop Down Arrow|
Viola! You'll now have a running list of items you'd love to receive - so the next time someone asks "what would little Billy like for his birthday?" you'll have an answer!
Happy Holiday Planning!
Sunday, December 1, 2013
This year I've been inspired by Meet Penny's Ultimate Beans & Rice Recipe List Linky Party, Dave Ramsey's Total Money Makeover & a desire to set up our family for a more secure financial future. That has lead me down the path of making it my mission to live as frugally as possible while still enjoying life.
One area of our life where we try to cut back is on our food budget. Before we had our son my husband and I survived on a $40 a week budget while couponing intensely - but now that my son is here we've raised our weekly food budget to $75 and we shop at Aldi instead of couponing to save time. If you average that out, at 7 days a week, 3 meals a day plus snacks, my family needs to spend $3.57 or less per meal to stay within our budget. Thankfully breakfast & lunches usually cost us much less - so we're occasionally able to "splurge" on big ticket items like steaks for the grill but that only happens if we can keep our 'normal' meals within our budget.
This week we tried one of our favorites in a new way - Ground Turkey & Dirty Rice baked inside of green peppers. This meal cost us $3.87 and will not only feed all 3 of us for dinner, but will most definitely cover lunch at work tomorrow as well. The sad truth though is that in the summer months this meal would be even cheaper because green peppers cost less when they're in season here. We could also cut another 80 cents off this meal by using beans instead of ground turkey, bringing your meal total down to about $3.00 for the entire family!
The recipe isn't anything special, but boy is it tasty! Happy frugal eating!
Dirty Rice & Ground Turkey Stuffed Green Peppers
- Prepare dirty rice as directed on box.
- Brown your ground meat (if using meat).
- Mix dirty rice & meat, cook on low for 5 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Cut tops off of peppers and clean out the inside to prepare for stuffing. Do not throw away lids.
- Scoop rice & meat mixture into peppers and place in baking dish lined with remaining rice & meat mixture. Replace lids on peppers.
- Bake until peppers reach your desired texture. 20 minutes will leave you with crunchy peppers, whereas 40 minutes or more will make your peppers more soft.
Saturday, November 30, 2013
It's Christmas Cookie Time! (If you haven't read my post about freezing Christmas cookies yet, make sure you check it out, it's a great way to save time & resources this holiday season.)
Does your family have a favorite cookie recipe they like to follow this time of year? Great! Let's share them. Just link to your favorite online cookie recipe below - this could be a recipe from your own blog OR a recipe that's already posted online - it's totally up to you.
Happy Christmas baking season!
Friday, November 29, 2013
Earlier this week I told you about the fantastic yarn & fabric deals on Craftsy this weekend only - up to 80% off, but the offer just got even sweeter.
Is learning a craft on your list of goals for 2014? Sewing, knitting, quilting, cooking, painting, photography? You name it, Craftsy has online classes (some free and some paid) to help you become a pro in no time! :)
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Happy Thanksgiving to all my wonderful readers! I hope you enjoy a wonderful day with all the loved ones in your life. Today I'm thankful for my wonderful family, friends and YOU my readers. Thank you for making the first year of Wife.Mother.Teacher. a huge success and joy in my life. To celebrate the completion of our first year together I'd like to inspire you to make the most of the delicious food you have been slaving away in the kitchen preparing, by creating a linky party to post your favorite LEFTOVER recipes. Leftovers not only taste great but they also help to save your food budget after the expense of the holiday, but eating leftovers the same way for 3 days gets awfully boring, so lets make the most of that delicious food by reinventing it into something new! In celelbration of the holiday weekend we're also hosting a giveaway through Rafflecopter which you can find at the bottom of this post! Good luck & Happy Thanksgiving!
And here's our giveaway... a Rafflecopter giveaway
This summer I told everyone about my love for ABC Mouse. Not only do I love it, but so does my 19 month old son. We "play" ABC Mouse at least 5 days each week and he is jumping out of excitement each and every time I bring up the website or app. That being said, I couldn't recommend this product more and even better... the first month is FREE! Instead of another new toy, why don't you gift the children in your life an exciting learning adventure that will last all year long?