Monday, July 21, 2014

July Bargains

Well it has been a crazy July, the weather in Arkansas has been amazing, we have had fires in the firepit in July this year. Cool weather, lots of rain. Crazy.
Speaking of crazy, I have hit some crazy bargains this month also. On July 4th my sweetie and I went shopping, we went to 1/2 of 1/2 Namebrand Store where we walked out with 3 large bags of clothes, for under 70.00 And that included a full suit for my sweetie, jacket, pants, and a new shirt. Name brand (Ralph Lauren jacket) I got a couple of skirts, 5 shirts, and 2 shrugs. I love bargains, but I am not always in the mood to dig for them. Finding these bargains took lots of patience going through rack after rack.
Another thing I got a great bargain on was memorial flowers. I found them for 90% markdown, so for 6.00 I have next years flowers already. YAY me!!
I love a good bargain!
Happy Bargain Hunting to you!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Eating Cheap...

ROFL this should get some peeks.
I am going to post about some meals I prepared this week, and while I know there are people who are preparing meals more more inexpensively, I still know that I am saving money.

Thursday I went to the grocery store, where I spent 37.61
I bought a package of swiss steaks with three huge steaks for 9.78 (actually cheaper I had a 1.50 coupon on any package of meat over 8.00 and it was the only one over 8.00)
I also bought a package of boneless skinless chicken breast for which I used a rain check to get for 1.88 a pound
I bought a small package of three thin steaks I plan on pounding and making into chicken fried steaks.
Milk
Bread (loaf of French bread and loaf of sandwich bread)
two bags of salad (marked down to 1.49 each)
6 apples
a bag of small red potatoes
2 fresh pineapples
a bag of broccoli florets (marked down to .99)
I had a 2.00 off 10.00 worth of produce e-coupon.

So the steak and chicken breasts are what I want to talk about.
On Thursday after I got home, I seasoned the steaks and 3 of the the chicken breast (froze the other 2 breasts for a meal later) let them marinate all afternoon then I fired up the grill.
For dinner Thursday night we had the steaks along with a salad, boiled potatoes and French  bread
These steaks were so huge that my son and I halved one.  So that was 3 individual dinners from the steaks leaving one large steak
On Friday night we had two of the chicken breasts sliced and served over the salad. (2 individual meals) leaving the largest chicken breast
On Saturday for lunch we had the other chicken breast halved between my husband and I over a large salad (2 more individual meals)
So 4 individual meals out of 3 chicken breasts(the package of 5 was less than 6.00 and some change)
Then on Sunday we took the last steak and for lunch we had steak and eggs and toast.  So 5 individual meals from the steak.
So for a package of steaks that cost 9.78 minus the 1.50 coupon (8.28)  We had 5 nice dinners with steak That made our meat (just our meat) cost only 1.66 for each meal.  I can live with that.  Sometimes it is wiser to pay a price that is a bit higher than you would normally pay for something to have a nice meal at home, versus paying 30.00 Dollars for a steak dinner out (which is what our last date out cost)
I call this eating WELL cheaply! :-)

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Some menu planning ideas..

Soups

  • Vegetable soup
  • potato soup (a small bit of bacon or ham, or using a ham bullion base, can add lots of flavor to this meal) 
  • Bean soup
  • Dumplings are great fillers use them in chicken and dumplings add extra dumplings and use less chicken, use a good rich chicken broth to make up for less meat.
  • Also use dumplings in chinese soups


Another meal that you can make that uses little meat...

  • I scramble up two sausage patties, add scrambled eggs (just a couple) mix with cooked rice, top with a bit of cheese and salsa, yummy dish
  • I also do this with left over meat (like a pork chop or peice of chicken), adding mixed veggies to the rice mixture, putting in some soy sauce to season.


Something else we have eaten alot is baked potatoes

  •  topped with bean chili and cheese
  • also baked potatoes topped with broccoli and cheese
  • baked potatoes topped with baked beans and coleslaw are delicious also.

Dont forget pasta

  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Pasta salad (add a bit of cheese or meat to make this a main dish)
  • Pasta and sauce with no meat or minimal meat if you cannot go completely meatless
  • Try this,, large slices of zuchinni breaded and fried, then prepare spaghetti and sauce and put the slices of zuchinii on your spaghetti top with sauce and cheese for zuchinni parmesian.
  • Zuchinni can be cubed and added to sauce and put in lasagna for a vegetable lasagna

Pizza's

  • Cheese pizza (make your own crust)
  • Vegetable pizza, peppers, onions, olives, mushrooms.
  • spinach pizza
  • Pepperoni pizza (any meat pizza is welcomed here

Dinner Ideas

  • Chicken spaghetti, with rolls and salads
  • Lasagna, Green Beans, Garlic bread sticks
  • Chicken and Dumplings, Biscuits
  • Baked Pork Chops, Rice, Carrots
  • Fried  Fish,  French Fries, Hushpuppies
  • Baked Chicken, Mashed potatoes, peas.
  • Enchilada Casserole, green salad.
  • Chili over baked potatoes with cheese, sour cream, onions
  • Chili Dogs with french fries
  • Shrimp alfredo, green beans, garlic bread
  • Fried potatoes, pinto beans, salt pork, fried okra
  • Chicken Fried Steak with mashed potatoes and gravy, with bread
  • Pancakes with bacon and eggs
  • Chocolate gravy, sausage, biscuits
  • Biscuits and gravy with sausage, hash browns
  • Fried Chicken with mashed potatoes, carrots, bread
  • Grilled Steak, baked potato, salad, texas toast
  • Turkey salad roll ups with veggie sticks and ranch dressing
  • Chicken and Dressing with Gravy, Mashed potatoes and green beans.


Some side dishes: 


  • Hashbrown casserole (google it)
  • Cold Spaghetti Salad
  • Broccoli Salad
  • Corn Salad
  • Corn Bread Salad
  • Tabouli salad
  • Macaroni salad,
  • Red potato salad
  • Baked/fried apples
  • Mac and cheese

More Dinner Ideas

  • Fajita nachos - prepare fajita meat and refried beans and serve over chips...delish..  Use any kind of meat, chicken, beef, pork, we had these recently with pork steaks cut into strips and cooked fajita style with yellow and red peppers
  • Chicken enchilas, refried beans and salad
  • Beef enchiladas (same as above)
  • Taco salad with refried beans
  • Chili meat served over spaghetti with breadsticks and a side salad
  • Spanish chicken (saw this on Sandra Lee) served over rice, with veggies (she fried her chicken golden brown, then place on top of peppers, and onions and topped it with a tomato paste rue or gravy, cooked on low for 4 hours in her crock pot) How I make it is to put skinless boneless chicken in my crockpot and pour in a jar of salsa or a can of rotel tomatoes, and cook on low till tender
  • Spanish steak (I do it the same way as I do MY spanish chicken) serve with rice and usually pinto beans (I am not a big bread fan but corn bread would be good with this)
  • Sub pizzas open sub rolls and top with pizza sauce, and toppings and bake until cheese is melted, eat with side salad or chips.
  • Chicken tenders, with potatoes and gravy.
  • Grilled ka-bobs on the grill with veggies.  Also served with augratin potatoes.
  • Chicken alfredo served with garlic bread and green beans