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6 Budget Tips for the New Year!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014



What are your New Year's Resolutions this year?
I have quite a few on my list, Number one of mine save money and reduce debt.
This year we've taken a close look at our budget and realized it could definitely use some tinkering. I'd would love to say, I always stay on budget and plan out every part of my life, but life does not always work out that way. Go with me through a journey as I figure it out.


Step one: How to write a budget.

Have you ever seen this show called Til Debt do Us Part? I love this show. Find clips of it here. The financial guru on this show, Gail Vaz-Oxlade, is pretty amazing she comes up with creative ways to save money.  She is pretty brash but her advise makes total sense.


Here's what I learned.

The Magic Jar Method-So I've tried to set a budget a bunch of times, each time failing but getting a little better with each failure. On Gail's website she discusses the Magic Jar Method. Basically you will put money for all your variable expenses, expenses that change  from month to month like eating out or groceries, go into jars. Each jar will be labeled for it's intended purpose, gas, entertainment, groceries, etc. You can only spend what's in each jar, you can fill the jars weekly or monthly. Here is her Magic Jars budget building tool.

Track your Progress- When you set a goal to save or to pay off a debt, track it. She suggest making something that lets you physically see what you are saving or paying off. You can use one of those goal thermometers, or a money tree. Add a leaf for each $100 dollars you save or remove a leaf as you pay down a debt.

Stop using your credit cards- If you have credit card debt, stop using your cards right now. Gail Suggest only having two credit cards max. When you have your cards paid off only use them if you can pay them off in full each month.

Stay on budget- To save money you MUST stay on budget, even if it means giving up some of the things you love, but can live without. The best part is that you don't have to give them up forever.

Pay in cash- It is very easy to overspend when you are using your debit card, pay in cash for everything. We've decided to pay in cash for everything except gas. We have small kids and I refuse to pack them up to go in and pay for gas. But, I will pay in cash for everything else.

Write it down- Gail suggest writing down everything you spend. We are going to write everything we spend for one month, to see how it goes. She suggest that when you write down where your money is going, you will be more cautious about how you spend it. Write down. "If you don't know where your money is going.... why bother working?"- Gail
Find out more about Gail here. She written several books, her latest one is Money Rules, I am so getting it!!


Do you have some money saving tips? Share them!
What are your New Year's Resolutions?


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How to use those Christmas Left-Overs

Sunday, December 7, 2014


A Christmas we usually have an abundance of food. It has become so common that we usually bring our own Tupperware to pack out the left-overs. So what do we do after we tire of our Christmas feast leftovers, we reuse them!
We use anything that can be made into something else.

 
This is the leftovers spin on Funeral Rolls.
 
Using any kind of rolls you have left over
leftover ham or turkey or even chicken
Worcestershire Sauce
honey
butter
cheese (I used Kraft singles)
 
Grease a baking dish with butter.
 
Cut your rolls in half, separating the top from the bottom.
 
Butter each side of the roll.
 
Place half a slice of cheese on the bottom of your roll. Place the other slice on the top. Feel free to get creative with the types of cheese you use, anything that comes in a slice and melts easily should work fine for this recipe.
 
Next, melt 4 tablespoon butter, 3 tablespoons honey and 1 or 2 tablespoon Worcester Sauce , you can add more or less according to taste. I like mine a littler sweeter then most. It should look similar to this.
 
Cut your meat into slices or break into pieces. Place your meat on top of the cheese, add your bun to the top and place each into greased pan.
 


 


 

 

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Minnie Mouse Baby Shower

Thursday, December 4, 2014



This was the cutest Minnie Mouse Baby Shower for one of the sweetest girls I know!
 
 This was a clothesline that we made. Each guest wrote a piece of advise on a onesie for the mom to be. The onesies will be made into a book, for those long lonely nights.
 
These are old coffee cans, covered with scrapbook paper.

 
 
 
 Three paper plates and a polka dot napkin made into a bow.

 
 


 
 

 

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Score .69 cent Bread!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014


http://www.nicholsdollarsaver.com/circular/clickable.jsp?circularstoreidentifier=4OT03CFLXODARCXAN6FZMEASEC5JPWVK2OGD2X


Match Nichols Dollar Saver ad at Walmart or Target{ generic brand for generic brand} and rack up on sandwich bread. Even better stock up and freeze it for later. This ad expires on Dec. 9th.

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What We're Eatng 11/23-11/29

Sunday, November 23, 2014




Happy Thanksgiving! This week I'm going to give you some super easy recipes and some crafty ways to use those Turkey Day left-overs. Click here for the previous weeks. You can also check out Meal Planning 101 for more info on easy meal planning.



Sunday: Cheesy Chicken Crescent Rolls




Monday: Slow Cooker Mozzarella-Stuffed Meatballs




 
Tuesday: Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes





Wednesday: Healthy Baked Buffalo Tenders




Thursday: Happy Thanksgiving!



Step-by-Step Thanksgiving for Beginners
http://thefrugalgirls.com/easy-thanksgiving-recipes
Easy Thanksgiving Recipes 
Just in case you're doing all the cooking and need a little, or a lot of help here are a few sites to help.



Friday: Leftover Turkey Monte Cristo Sandwiches


I'm thinking we'll have the cranberry one the side.




Saturday: Ham and Cheese Sliders




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What We're Eating 11/16-11-22

Sunday, November 16, 2014


Here's this week's What We're Eating. This week I'm featuring a few low fat recipes from one of  my favorite websites, Emily Bites, This way we can save some of those calories for next week! Click here for the previous weeks. You can also check out Meal Planning 101 for more info on easy meal planning.



Sunday: Spaghetti Pie



Monday: Crescent Pizza Pockets



Tuesday: Cheeseburger Hash Brown Cups



Wednesday :Slow Cooker Sweet and Tangy Chicken



Thursday: Skinny Mexican Pizza





Friday: Chicken Egg Rolls



Saturday: WW Meat Lovers Pizza



Enjoy,

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What We're Eating 11/9-11/15

Sunday, November 9, 2014


As the holiday months draw closer we are trying to eat a little lighter. So we've got some yummy low fat meals this week.! 
Click here for the previous weeks of What We're Eating. You can also check out Meal Planning 101 for more info on easy meal planning.



Sunday: Weight Watchers Burrito Bake



Monday: Bisquick Chicken Nuggets





Tuesday: Chili Pasta Bake





Wednesday: Copycat Chick-Fil-a Chicken Sandwich





Thursday: Weight Watchers Skinny Chimis





Friday: Weight Watchers Taco Soup




Saturday: Skinny Crock Pot Chicken Fajita Melts 


Enjoy!!






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What We're Eating 10/26-11/1

Sunday, October 26, 2014


Here's this week's What We're Eating, click here for the previous weeks.You can also check out Meal Planning 101 for more info on easy meal planning.


Sunday:Dude Ranch Chicken



Monday: Skillet Pasta



Tuesday: Ranch House Crock Pot Meal



Wednesday: Chicken Pot Pie
Mine won't be near as fancy and I'm pretty sure I'll be using crescent rolls. 

Thursday: One Pot Burrito Bowl


Friday: Glazed Pork Chops




Saturday: Crock Pot Chicken Fajitas


Happy Eatin'

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