This week I am cooking a lot from my favorite cookbook, Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld. You can check it out at the library or buy it used from my Amazon toolbar on the right. It is full of simple recipes that sneak extra veggies into just about everything and they are all so yummy!
Regular: Homemade BBQ Chicken Pizza (recipe here From Frugal is Fabulous)
Vegetarian: Homemade Vegetable and Cheese Pizza
Toddler: Vegetable and Chicken with very light sauce
Regular/Vegetarian: Three Cheese Ravioli, Green Salad
Toddler: Light sauce and no salad dressing
Regular: Tacos from Deceptively Delicious with hidden tomato
Vegetarian: Same using chopped up Boca burgers
Toddler: Quesadilla from Deceptively Delicious cookbook (uses pureed beans)
Regular: Swiss Chicken Casserole (repeat from last week since I have leftover soup and stuffing) was a big hit with my husband.
Vegetarian: Green salad with Texas Toast
Toddler: Chicken and steamed broccoli
Regular: Steak with sauteed mushrooms and steamed veggies
Vegetarian: Boca Burger with mushrooms, mozzarella cheese and steamed veggies
Regular: Pulled Cuban Chicken Wraps from Robin Miller here
Vegetarian: Cheese and vegetable wrap
Toddler: Broccoli Chicken Nuggets from Deceptively Delicious
Hot Fudge Sundaes with Nigella’s yummy chocolate/pb sauce
Apricot Oat bars- recipe here (you can find boxes of dried apricots at Walgreens for $1.00)
I stopped into PetSmart and found the rebates mentioned here. Purchase any bag of Iams Dog Food and receive a voucher for another free 4lb bag. Send in UPC and receipt before 6/30/09. Since I got 3 bags for free already at Walmart (I did find them at the second store I visited)- I will be submitting this rebate! I picked up 3 extra forms at my PetSmart so the first 3 readers that leave a comment with email address below can have them! I will contact you directly for your mailing address.
(I found the tearpad attached to a display of 4lb puppy chow on an endcap in my store.)
Danimals Yogurt $2.00- $1/1 SS 3/1 = $1.00 each
Quaker Quakes Rice Cakes and Flavored Tortilla Chips $1.37, use $1/1 from 3/31 = .37 each
Arm and Hammer Baking Soda- small size .46/each and larger sizes .54/each, use 1/2 IP (print offer has expired) = .08 overage or .08 for two.
Muir Glen Chopped Tomatoes $1.18- use $1/1 IP here , =.18/can
Seventh Generation Baby Wipes (refill pack) $2- use $2/1 IP here = FREE (My stores don’t carry this product but check your Health & Beauty aisles as well as the baby aisles.
Beach Nut Let’s Grow Toddler Foods (single serving) $1.08- use $1/1 from 1/4 SS= .08/each
Beach Nut Let’s Grow Banana Cookies for toddlers $1.44- use $1/1 from 1/4 = .44/box
Iams 4 lb Puppy Food $5.00, Iams 4lb Kitten Food $4.87- use $5/1 from 3/1 P&G free or .13 overage **THIS COUPON EXPIRES 3/31. Photo of my recent purchase here.
Johnson’s Buddies Soaps .97- use $1/1 from 3/8 RP = .03 overage **EXPIRES 3/31.
Lysol Wipes Canisters $2.00- use $1/1 from 3/15 SS = $1 each
Submit rebate here for $3 back wyb 3 different products (excludes Neutra Air)
Yo Plus Yogurt priced at $2.00-2.50- use $1.50 IP here, = .50-1.00 each
True North Nuts $1/bag, use $1/1 from 2/8 SS = FREE (I have not found these but they might be located near the checkstands).
The Savin Some Green promotion from Living on A Dime and Money Saving Mom ends tommorrow. Spend $17 and get 17 ebooks that range in topic from saving at the grocery store to menu planning. This is a great gift for those new to couponing or if you know someone recently married or moving out on their own. Click here for all the details!
- I have an ongoing list of the balance in our emergency fund (click here for my previous financial update post) which keeps me motivated daily to build the balance! Once we hit our goal I will replace this with the Debt Snowball on our last student loan.
- I have a list by month of important events such as weddings, birthdays etc.. that I will need to have gifts for. Then I shop all year long and cross off the name and the event as I find a suitable item. This is a great tip for people that have a hard time planning for Christmas expenses.
- Our financial goals for 2009: We keep a list of the items we are hoping to accomplish this year. Some examples include setting up a college account for baby #2, saving 6 months of expenses in our emergency fund, and a few household projects we hope to pay cash for.
- Monthly grocery expenses. I have a total by month of what we spent on all groceries and household items. My budget was $50/ week in January and I have challenged myself in March to lower that to $30. If you want to see how well you can live on a beans and rice budget check out this blog . Erin spends $800 a year to feed a family of four and let me tell you they live very well! More meals out in a month than our family has in a year!
I have all my rebate booklets, stamps, pens etc.. located in an organizer Target sent me when I signed up for a wedding registry.
So that’s it! A few hours and repurposing things we already had! Does anyone have tips for the ugly cords on the floor? I have a power strip but there are still cords for the laptop, printer etc.. that are in a jumble.