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Print Your Coupons
The end of the month is just two days away. Print your coupons before they're gone. New coupons will be listed on November 1, 2010. I've printed some favorites and will hold them in hopes of a sale. Print this one out for some cheap sugar: Smartsource: Dixie Crystals Sugar $0.75/1 This will double to $1.50 at both Lowes Foods and Harris Teeter. The last time I had this coupon, ...
Kraft Shredded Cheese for $0.88 a Bag
I've told you before and I'll tell you again- I LOVE cheese! I don't think I go a day without eating some type of cheese. And usually I have 6-8 different types in my fridge at a time. Cheese is pretty pricey so anytime I can get a good deal on it, I stock up. This week there's a great deal going on at Lowe's Food stores. So here's the steal: All bags of shredded Kraft Cheese are on sal...
Harris Teeter Super Doubles!!
It's happening again! Harris Teeter is doing “Super Doubles” from November 3-9. With plenty of advanced notice, now's the time to gather all your high value coupons so that you are prepared next Wednesday. For those of you that are new to couponing, “Super Doubles” means that they will double any coupon up to $1.98. However, the upc barcode on the coupon must begin with a number ...
LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle
So my little "Harriet Potter" has been having a BLAST with the PS3 Lego Harry Potter game and as if that wasn't enough, my In-Laws got her the coolest Lego set around. It's the Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle! This isn't the ordinary "Lego" set that I grew up with. This Lego set has hinges and doors, flames on torches, stairs that swivel, and much, much more. It's AMAZING! My In-Laws had as...
Happy 5th Birthday, Emma!!!
My baby is turning 5 today. She is SOOO excited about this age, and the fact that the dentist told her 2 days ago that her two bottom teeth were loose. I keep telling her she's going to look like a jack-o-lantern but she doesn't seem to mind:) I received the Picaboo book in the mail yesterday and it's all wrapped up and ready for Emma to open up. It came out REALLY nice. Can't believe I...
Free Picaboo Photobook!
I just found out from My Baton Rouge Mommy that Picaboo is offering new customers a FREE large Classic book from October 15 to 25th by using code FALLBK. I'm a little behind on my photobooks these days, so I spent the day today working on Emma's birthday party from last year. I've always loved scrapbooking but can't seem to find the time lately. Making a photobook is similar to scrapbook...
How to Get 5 Packages of Cheese for $3.38
I LOVE cheese! I should have probably been born a mouse:) It's one of those foods that I can eat every single day and I never get tired of it. I was thrilled to get 5 packages of it at Harris Teeter for only $3.38 today. I picked up 4 bags of shredded cheese and 1 package of Cracker Barrel Cheddar slices. All of them were on sale. The shredded cheeses were on sale 2 for $4 and the...
Groupon: Top Deals for September 3
I LOVE Groupon! I purchased 3 different ones this year.  The first was for a 90-minute massage from Massage Envy for only $49 (Retails for $114).  The second one was for a Gap store certificate for $25 (Retails for $50) and the most recent one was for Papa Murphy's Pizza.  This one was only $8 and it retails for $20.  Someone's having pizza in the next couple days! Here's the list of th...
Vita Mix Blender – The Kitchen Appliance No Home Should Be Without
I've got to be honest with you. I hate infomercials. I also don't care much for sales Kiosks where fast-talking snake oil salesmen wearing headset microphones attempt to mesmerize you with their clever words and trivial knowledge. In fact, the Vita Mix blender Kiosk at our local Costco had been up and running for several months before we finally approached it during one of our latest visits. Prior...
Today Only: Get $50 Worth of Gap Apparel for ONLY $25
Groupon is having a wonderful deal today. You can get $50 worth of Gap Apparel (including sale items) for ONLY $25. This deal is valid at all the Gap Stores. Don't miss out- you can use this for back-to-school shopping or even for holiday gifts. The certificate is valid for use through November 19, 2010.

Creating a Weekly Menu

Posted By: Elena in Budget, Getting Started, Grocery List, Menu - Comments: No Comments »

One of the best ways, in my opinion, to save money is by having a weekly menu. If you know what you are going to cook, then you can shop ONCE and get all the items for that week, minimizing your trips to the grocery store. By limiting your trips, you will save more money.

One of my friends likes to go to Wal-mart 4-5 times per week. Although she only picks up a few items each day, she is spending about $20 each time she goes. If she had a menu and focused on shopping for the items on her menu one time for the entire week, perhaps she’d spend $50-$60 for her week instead of $80-$100.

Two things are important here- your budget and your menu. Create a menu and then look through the weekly grocery store ads to see where you can buy the items for the best price so that you can stick to your budget. Yes, it’s a bit of work, but everything good in life takes work. In the long run you will be saving TONS of money.

To help you get started with your menu planning & grocery list making, check out this blog entry by Mandi from “Organizing Your Way target=”_blank” rel=”external nofollow””.  Thanks, Mandi!

Weekly Menu Plan
Weekly Menu Plan (Without Assigned Days)
Weekly Menu Plan & Shopping List
Weekly Menu Plan & Shopping List (Without Days)

Choose one of the above weekly menu plans to help get you started.  This organization tool will help you in more ways than you can imagine.

Having a menu helps me focus when I’m grocery shopping as I enter the store with a list of the items that I need for that week.  It also reduces stress.  For so long I would ask my husband what he wanted for dinner night after night.  Usually I would get the same response- “What do you want?”.  Not knowing what to make for dinner gets frustrating.  Trying to figure out what to make with the stuff in your fridge and pantry at 5:00pm every evening is not fun for anyone.

Be creative but practical.  I try to make meals under 30minutes during the week.  Anything that takes longer than that has to wait until the weekend.  Also, remember to include at least 1-2 days for leftovers.  We eat leftovers on Wednesday night because that is the night I clean out my fridge (Thursdays are garbage pickup days).

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