9/2/19 Weekly Meal Plan

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IT’S SO FREAKING HOT!! It’s supposed to be in the mid-nineties all week, so I am planning on keeping the oven off and cooking on the stovetop only, and/or planning as many cod dishes as I can.

For those of you that are new to meal planning, I’ve got an easy 101 style post here with super easy tips and steps. After you get that down, here is info about batch or freezer cooking.

I’ve gotten a pretty good inventory of the pantry, freezer, and fridge done, so I’m able to plan meals and use up what we’ve got with little waste. If you are looking for kitchen inventory printable, I like the kitchen inventories here. They are great printables.

You may notice a lot of plant-based meals- We are not vegetarian, but I am trying to get more veggies into our diet. I do a lot of cooking from scratch- I find it easier to get veggies and fruit into recipes that I can have 100% control over.

I only post our dinner plans for the week, because our other meals are usually the same each day:

Breakfast: Coffee with heavy cream for me, and pancakes or something along those lines for the kids (they love the Kodiak Cakes Mix).  I also keep sandwich Ziploc bags of other frozen fruit on hand to make the kids smoothies when they request them (a few times per week). Berries, peaches, and mangos are pretty popular.

Lunches are leftovers, salads, or soups for me and Bitty. The big kid takes his lunch to school, but once in a while, I can convince him to buy his lunch.

For dinner, when we’ve got busy days (like Mondays), I’ll try and put something in the crockpot (I am picking up my new crockpot this week) in the morning, or pull something I’ve already prepped out that can be quickly cooked.

  • Monday: Rice-a-roni, black beans, fruit salad
  • Tuesday:  Shashuksa (recipe will be posted tomorrow), homemade bread (a friend shared a loaf of homemade bread with me- It’s heaven),  fruit salad
  • Wednesday: Grilled cheese sandwiches, green salad
  • Thursday: Protein shakes and Dave’s Killer Bagels
  • Friday:  Date Night
  • Saturday: Ordering pizza-it’s going to be too hot to cook!
  • Sunday: Leftover night

 

Talk Back: What are you planning to cook this week?

Make Money Doing Surveys Online!

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I love to earn money, I mean who doesn’t?

Taking surveys online is a quick, easy way to make some money in your spare time.  I do surveys when I’ve got downtime (nap time, waiting for school pick up, after bed time).  I don’t watch a lot of TV, so surveys are a good way to pass the time and make a little scratch. I work on surveys about 15-20 minutes each day. Most of these have to be done from a desktop, laptop, or tablet.

Here are a few of the survey panels that I am crazy about.
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Sign up with RewardSurvey and take survey to receive 20 points to acquire the magazine of your choice at no cost!

Sign up and take surveys to earn points that can be redeemed for e-giftcards from Survey Junkie.

  • Earn points by taking surveys, which can pay anywhere from $2 to $75 per completed survey.
  • One differentiator with Survey Junkie is that if you do not qualify for a survey, you still earn some points for it.


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September: New Month, New Coupons!

file000786402730Here is your monthly reminder!  A new month means new printable and electronic coupons!

Check out the following sites:

One of my favorite websites is the Sunday Coupon Review.  It helps me plot out scenarios in advance and I can email friends to ask for coupons in advance. Remember if clipping coupons isn’t your thing, but saving money is, check out my list of Smartphone apps that can save you the big bucks! New offers are added on the Smartphone Savings Apps all the time!

Here are a few of my favorite new coupons:


Save $3.00 on any ONE (1) Aleve® Back & Muscle Pain (24ct or larger)

Save $1.00 on any ONE (1) Glade® 3-Wick Candle, PlugIns® Scented Oil Refill, or Large Automatic Spray Refill

Save $5.00 when you spend $25.00 on Magnum® Ice Cream Products.Expires 11/30/2019.Save $5.00.

Save $2.00 when you purchase ANY ONE (1) Beyond Sausage®. Any Variety..Expires 10/2/2019.Save $2.00.

Save $1.00 when you purchase ANY ONE (1) Select Atkins® Shakes. Valid on any 4 pack,. Excludes Atkins® PLUS Protein & Fiber Shakes. Valid only at Walmart..Expires 9/4/2019.Save $1.00.(Only at Walmart)

Save $1.00 when you purchase ANY ONE (1) Honey Maid Grahams. Valid on 14 oz. or larger..Expires 9/26/2019.Save $1.00.

Save $0.75 when you purchase ANY ONE (1) a2 Milk™. Valid on 1.74 liter carton, any variety..Expires 10/4/2019.Save $0.75.