Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Locker Decor Updates with Washi Tape

Washi Tape
This is the coolest stuff! It's colorful and can be repositioned so it's easy to work with. It's also inexpensive so it's perfect for thrifty people like me.  : )

My kiddos start school in about 3 weeks so we've been school supply shopping and locker decor shopping. Hannah is going to Middle School this year and wants all new stuff for her locker. Being a thrifty mom, I wanted to use some items we already had. The locker mirror/white board/cork board was looking really bad. We've had this since her older sister was in Middle School and it was in desperate need of an update.

Washi Tape to the rescue! I also added some flower magnets from the Target Dollar Spot to cover up the really worn areas. I used a Sharpie to write her name and graduation year.

The pencil holder is a drink mix container that I added Washi Tape to. Seriously, it took a minute to do.

Here is the old locker organizer that I spruced up with more Washi Tape and a flower magnet (Target Dollar Spot).

I love how easy and inexpensive it was to update these old locker items. Plus I have tons of Washi Tape left over for more projects!

I'm not a totally mean mom . . . Hannah will get some new stuff too.  She really wants locker wallpaper. Can you believe they make wallpaper just for that! 

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Monday, July 30, 2012

Meal Plan Monday

For the week of July 30 thru August 5

Grilled Chicken, Pasta, Cucumber Salad


Slow Cooker Fiesta Ranch Chicken, Rice, Broccoli

Turkey Tacos, Mexican Rice

Lasagna, Breadsticks

Eat Out

Chicken Nachos

Slow Cooker Fiesta Ranch Chicken

6 Chicken Breasts 
2 Cans Cream of Mushroom Soup
2 Packages of Hidden Valley Fiesta Ranch Dip
1/4 Cup Cubed Butter

Turn crock pot to high and add butter. Empty Fiesta Ranch packages on plate and coat each chicken breast. Add chicken to crock pot along with cream of mushroom soup. Cook for 3-4 hours or until tender. Serve with rice.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Grocery Shopping, Coupons and Saving Money

Today I'm sharing how I save money on groceries. I've always used coupons but when my grocery bill started to increase I knew something had to change. 

What works for me is meal planning and grocery shopping once a week. I have thought about trying a 2 week schedule but haven't done it yet. I think once the kiddos go back to school I might give it a try. Right now they eat everything up as soon as I bring it home from the store!

The first thing I do is decide what we're having for dinner for the upcoming week. I go thru my recipes and if I need any ingredients they go on my list. I also look in the fridge, freezer and pantry to see if we're out of anything. Then I look at my store circular to see what is on sale and match coupons to the sales. I do most of my grocery shopping at Meijer because they double coupons and I can combine store coupons with manufacturer coupons to save even more!

There are a few things I get at Costco because the prices are a lot cheaper. We get all our paper towels, toilet paper and tissues there and I always buy the Costco brand. I also get shredded cheese in the large bag, divide it up into individual baggies and freeze it. It is A LOT cheaper! 

Basement Pantry for items I stock up on

A few other tips on saving money . . if an item is on sale and you have coupons to make it free or cheap go ahead and buy it - even if you don't need it right away. Stock up on items when you can get them at great prices. A few weeks ago I purchased 4 bottles of BBQ sauce because they were on sale and I had 4 coupons. I paid about 40¢ for each bottle! They have a long shelf life so I added them to my extra pantry in the basement.

I also freeze butter, bread, hamburger and hotdog buns, cheese, deli meat and a bunch of other things. Right now I have several loaves of bread in my freezer because they were buy one, get one FREE and I had coupons too!

Here are a few of the websites I go to for the latest deals and coupons:

A Thrifty Mom

Deal Finding Chik

Deal Finding Chik


I'd love to hear how you save money on groceries! Leave me a comment with your ideas and suggestions!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Meal Plan Monday

For the week of July 23 thru July 29

Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta, Breadsticks

Baked Potato Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Salad

Chicken Enchilidas, Rice

Breakfast for Dinner - Scrambled Eggs & Bacon

Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken, Pasta, Green Beans

Eat Out

Homemade Chicken Salad on Croissants, Watermelon Slices

Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta
Recipe from Chef-In-Training

10-12 oz. Penne or Ziti Pasta
2 Cups Heavy Cream
1 (8 oz.) Block Cream Cheese
1/2 tsp. Onion Powder
1/2 tsp. Garlic Salt
1 1/2 Cups Shredded Swiss Cheese, separated
2 Chicken Breasts - Cooked & Cut into strips
3/4 Cup Bacon - Cooked & Chopped
3/4 Cup Diced Ham
Bread Crumbs

Cook pasta according to package directions and drain.

Heat cream cheese over medium low heat until melted. Stir in heavy cream. Stir until completely combined. Add onion powder and garlic salt. Stir in cheese until smooth consistency.

In a 9 x 13 pan, layer noodles, chicken, bacon and ham. Pour sauce over top. Sprinkle top with remaining 1/2 cup cheese and bread crumbs.

Bake at 350ยบ for 15 minutes or until heated through.

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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Pantry Details and A Free Printable

Thanks for all the lovely comments about my "new"
pantry. You chicks are awesome!

In case you missed the Pantry Reveal post with before and after photo's, you can go here.

Pantry Details & Prices

Paint walls & trim - FREE! Used leftover paint from another project.

Shelves - Used leftover MDF from library project and had hardware store cut to size. A piece of MDF at Lowe's is about $25 and we used about half of it for this project.

Supports for Shelves - 3 Pine Boards from Lowes $23

Large Plastic Canisters - Walmart approx. $3 each

Small Plastic Canisters - Walmart approx. $2 each 

Rubbermaid Container - Walmart $6

Large White Bins w/Handles - Walmart $2.50

Small White Bins w/Handles - Walmart approx. $1.50

Blue Plastic Containers - Dollar Store $3

Labels for Containers - FREE! from BHG website

I didn't buy all the bins and containers at once. When I would go to Walmart for groceries I'd pick up a few containers. For me it was easier on my wallet to purchase a few items at a time over a period of several months. 

I decided to create my own grocery list and hang it on the pantry door. It's divided up into categories and makes it easy for my kids (or hubby!) to add items that we need.
You can print the grocery list here.

This ended up being a long post so I'll do a separate one about how I grocery shop, meal plan and save money.

Have an awesome weekend!

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