{Healthy} Valentine Robots

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Super fun (easy!) Valentine treat! I loved this idea when I saw it over HERE and tweaked it with what we had on hand.

 

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Grab these supplies: 

  • fruit cups (applesauce are best but I ran out when I took the picture)
  • ribbon
  • raisins
  • juice boxes
  • valentine stickers
  • hot glue gone

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And make these . . .  (my 8 year old did the faces herself ~ I thought she did a great job!) :)

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Done! :) 
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I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

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Dollar Tree Valentine Project

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Looking for an easy Valentine’s craft to tackle with your kids? We loved this one!

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We don’t have tons (ummm . . . any?) decorations for holidays really besides Christmas, so this was an inexpensive quick centerpiece that took less than an hour and brightened things up at our house in the middle of winter.

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I’d seen several cute ideas over on Pinterest for mason jar Valentine treats, and knew this would be an easy one to tackle ~ love that!

Here’s what we used: 

  • mason jars ($1 at Dollar Tree)
  • spray paint (I had blue and white spray paint at home, picked up the pink at Michael’s with a 40% off coupon)
  • heart stickers (found those at Michael’s as well, could also make them using a Silhouette or Cricut cutter if you have one, and I noticed heart stickers at the Dollar Tree as well!)
  • ribbon

 

 

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Have your kids make “valentine” designs on the front. (Honestly? I wanted just plain hearts on all but they wanted hearts everywhere. I didn’t have the heart ~ ahem :)  ~ to tell them they wouldn’t look quite as pretty, but for a dollar it was worth letting them choose!)

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After sticking on the hearts just spray the mason jars . . .

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Then peel the hearts off once the spray paint is dry.

 

We used styrofoam stickers which were a little difficult to remove ~ if you can find vellum stickers it should go a little more smoothly.

 

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Like I said, the ones they did weren’t perfectly Pinterested, but they had fun for $1!

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And, if you’re smart like me you know you can just turn them around and add some flowers ($3.99, courtesy of Aldi. . . ) :)

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I also found this cute little tag from my crafting stash to add on to our lamp jar from last week  . . . 

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All done! 

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Foyer Lighting Updates (And 3 Options When You Think You’ve Messed It Up.)

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You know how sometimes you do something in your home and love it, and know-right-then-and-there-it’s-perfect, and other times you just don’t?

 

Yup, I’m there right now.

 

After almost finishing our foyer last week, I was itching to have it done. 

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I had some free credit at Amazon courtesy of Ibotta (y’all, I love Ibotta), so when I came across these star pendant lights I decided they would fix up those lighting fixtures perfectly.

 

So I ordered.

 

Over the last twenty years we’ve slowly updated four homes (this house really was beautiful when we moved in, just kind of plain and builder grade.)

 

And in all those years of home updates, only once (maybe twice), have I splurged and gotten exactly what I wanted. 

 

I’m not so sure today was that day.

 

love what my husband did on the walls in the foyer by adding trim work.

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I am in love with my $3 updated blue front door.

 

And I even love the small blue table I found at Home Goods.

 

But.

 

I’m a little on the fence about these lights.

 

I found the ones I wanted over here and decided these at Amazon would work even though the color and weight of the fixture wasn’t quite right. (Although in all honesty I expect them to be more chrome/pewter color which would match the other fixtures in our home better from the pic ~ however I should have seen “rubbed bronze” and know that wasn’t chrome. I’m really no decorator though and hardly ever take time to read fine print ~ oops.)

 

After looking at light fixtures I know they cost a ton (seriously, a LOT), and I easily could have spent several hundred dollars per fixture, which just isn’t in our budget right now. 

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So now I’m left with three options:

  1. Get rid of them (eek.)
  2. Love them for now.
  3. Love them for now and get courageous one day to spray paint them chrome to more fit the rest of our home.

Getting rid of them is not going to happen. (My husband might get rid of me. ahem.)

 

So I’m going with option 2 for now, and may opt for option 3 later.

 

(My super smart decorator friend also recommended adding a little more black throughout the space. I’m going to start looking!)

 

My sweet friend Mara reminded me though this morning of Young House Love’s amazing foyer update, and made me feel like the black (rubbed bronze?) may not be all bad? (But, why-oh-why though did our builder place three light fixtures in such a small area ~ goodness that’s half the problem because three of any fixture is a bundle! Similar ones cost $455 A PIECE. YIKES.)

 

And y’all.

 

For real.

 

I didn’t get exactly the lights I’ve always dreamed of.

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But I have a crazy beautiful space to call home each day, a husband who loves me, and three pretty fun kids most of the time.

 

I am crazy-amazingly-blessed-overwhelmingly-so-much-that-it-really-does-hurt-some-days.

 

These lights are just fine, and so much better than what we started out with ~ don’t you think?

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Now, if you’re doing a major re-modeling and have money to spend, I really encourage you to have a little more patience than I showed today and wait for what you really want.

 

But sometimes (I think?), settling for something that’s second best really can be okay, and it might just grow on you.

 

And if not, there’s always a can of spray paint, right? :) 

 

***However. Do NOT be like me and always in so much of a hurry that you pick the only think you can find. I searched and searched Amazon for “star pendant lights” and found very few, which is why I ended up with these. Had I done a little more research I would have learned the correct name for these is “Moravian pendant lights” and I would have had dozens of other options which were a little more pricey, but I could have held out for. (Who knew?) Patience and taking time to really research things has never been my strong suit (clearly), but maybe I can at least encourage you!***

 

 

If you’d like to see more pictures of our home as we’ve been updating it, here you go . . .

 

I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

See previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!

 

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The Ultimate Guide To A Better Grocery Budget Part 3: Don’t Turn a Mega Sale Into A Mega Mess.


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New to this series? See Part 1 & Part 2. 

It’s week three of our four weeks to a better grocery budget series, and we’re focusing this week on how to not allow a “Mega Sale” to turn into a “Mega Mess”.

 

What on earth? A Mega Sale can turn into a Mega Mess?

 

Oh yes, my friends. Indeed it can.

 

Kroger started their Mega Sale yesterday and it was my only option to shop this week due to the weather (watch the video to hear more.) 

 

My normal temptation is to get it all. 

 

To grab all the deals.

 

To not pass by a single thing that has the lovely blue tag screaming “I’m-a-mega-sale-price-so-you-really-need-me.” 

 

Because if the store tells me it’s a deal, it’s deal, right? 

 

However, while I still went over budget (a tiny bit), I did much better than I normally do because I was determined to stick at least a little closer to my budget. 

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So what do you do when you’ve spent too much?

1. Give yourself grace.

If you’ve overspent already, there’s nothing you can do to change it. Give yourself grace, determine to focus more on your total budget the next time you shop, and be thankful you have a nicely stocked pantry.

2. Determine to use what you’ve bought.

Once you’ve overspent, there’s no going back, but you can make a plan to use what you’ve bought (saving money in the long run!)

 

Come up with a menu plan based on what’s in your fridge and freezer, skip eating out because you probably have plenty already at home, and determine to strategically shop the next time you head into a Mega Sale.

3. The next time you shop, be mindful of what the “deals” really are.

An easy example of this was on the Quaker Oatmeal. The Quaker was priced at $1.89 after the Mega Sale. However the store brand was $1.50, and there was a $1/2 Kroger ecoupon on Kroger Oatmeal. Definitely the best price! Next time you shop, be really cautious of the “Mega Sale” deals to make sure they really are your best prices. If they’re not, pass those by (and remember stores like Aldi may offer a better deal every day!)

 

Guys, I’ve said it a jillion times here, but there is no other area in your family’s finances that you have complete control over. You can’t lower your car payment or mortgage or electricity bill today, but you can choose how much you want to spend at the grocery store. 

 

Determine to make 2016 the year that you transform your family’s grocery budget ~ you can do this! 

 

Whew. Hopping off my soap box now. :) 

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Okay, ready to see what I bought? (It took two pictures!) Here we go . . .

 

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2 Honey Nut Cheerios Mega Sale $1.49, used $1/2 Kroger ecoupon

2 Kroger Oatmeals 2/$3, used $1/2 Kroger ecoupon

3 gallons milk $2.19

2 bags Chex Mix Mega Sale $.99

5 cans Pringles Mega Sale $.99

Turkey Hill Ice Cream $2.50

Ghirardelli Brownie Mega Sale $2

2 3 pound bags Kroger Chicken Tenders $13.29, on sale Buy One Get One Free

2 Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Mega Sale $.99

1 box Lucky Charms Mega Sale $1.49, used $.50/1 Kroger ecoupon

Kroger Marshmallows $.99

Krusteaz Pancake Mix Mega Sale $1.99

Tostito Scoops Mega Sale $2.49

Krusteax Muffin Mix Mega Sale $1.69

Digiorno Pizza Mega Sale $4.49

4 Kroger Peanut Butters $1.50

2 Yoplait Gogurts $1.99, used $.75/2 Kroger ecoupon

Kroger Bread $.88

Kellogg’s Rice Krispy Treats Mega Sale $2

Sunny D Mega Sale $.99

1 1/2 dozen eggs $3.49

2 cans Kroger Green Beans $.69

Bananas $2.60

Kroger Dinner Rolls clearanced $.99

Kraft Dressing Mega Sale $1.49

Steak $5.99

Land O Lake Margarine $1.99

Kroger Shredded Cheese $1.77

Kroger Diced Tomatoes $.73

3 Velveeta Shells & Cheese Cups Mega Sale $.49

Broccoli Slaw $2.99

Organic Salad Blend $4.99

Degree Deodorant Mega Sale price $1.99, use $1.50/1 Kroger ecoupon

Axe Deodorant Mega Sale price $2.99, use $2/1 Kroger ecoupon

Dove Deodorant Mega Sale price $2.49, use $1.50/1 Kroger ecoupon

Sunny D $.99 Mega Sale price, can use $1/1 Sunny D coupon, use $1/1 Sunny D coupon (try zip 03102, if still available)

Buy 1 Colgate Sparkling White $1.89

Buy 1 Colgate Optic White $3.89, use $2/1 Kroger ecoupon

 

 

 

TOTAL GROCERY SPENDING IN JANUARY, INCLUDING WEEK 1  & WEEK 2 = $285.56 (and our cupboards are full.)

 

 

 

Are you joining me in trimming your grocery budget this monthI’d love to hear how you’re doing ~ it’s not too late to start! Leave a comment to share any tips or suggestions.

 

 

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Before you shop, be sure to see how to get 20 items for 22¢ each this week ~ it really is a great week to save as long as you stick to your budget this week! 

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Slow Cooker Pork Cacciatore

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Looking for a twist on plain old chicken cacciatore? Here you go!

 

After scoring a great price on pork chops last week at Fresh Thyme, I had to come up with something to actually do with them.

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And while normally I’d grill them or bake them, I came across this recipe and decided to try it out. (My husband loves any type of spaghetti and I haven’t made it in ages.)

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This was so good, and easy. I did brown the pork chops ahead of time but several commenters shared that they skipped that step and it worked out fine too ~ easy way to make a different meal and have it all ready early in the day for a busy weeknight!

 

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Here’s how to get started . . . 

 

Slow Cooker Pork Cacciatore

 

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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 4 boneless pork chops
  • 18 oz jar pasta sauce
  • 18 oz diced tomatoes
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and sliced into strips
  • 8 oz fresh mushrooms, sliced (I omitted them because I didn’t have any, but they would have been so good!)
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine or chicken broth
  • 4 slices mozzarella cheese (substituted with shredded Mozzarella)

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Directions

  1. Lightly brown pork chops in olive oil over medium-high heat.
  2. Place pork chops in slow cooker.
  3. Cook onion same pan over medium heat until browned.
  4. Add in mushrooms and bell pepper, cook until these vegetables are tender.
  5. Add in pasta sauce, diced tomatoes, and white wine or chicken broth.
  6. Season with Italian seasoning, basil, and garlic.
  7. Cover pork chops with tomato sauce.
  8. Cook on low for 7 to 8 hours.
  9. Serve over cooked pasta, and top with mozzarella cheese. Enjoy!

 

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What $3 & A Little Courage Can Do

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See updated pics after new light fixtures over HERE.


I’m so excited about a tiny fluffin’ I did this week in about 30 minutes (that only cost $3!) 

 

As I shared a few weeks ago my husband’s been adding oodles of trimwork in our foyer (it’s not quite finished yet ~ more painting to do while we’re still doing it ourselves to save $2000.)

This week though I finally got up my courage though to paint our front door after seeing a few ideas on Pinterest that I just loved.

 

The foyer has kind of been an area that I’ve just been so unhappy with since moving (even after the trim work, which I know is so weird?) But just $3 of paint (I used a sample from Menard’s that they mixed up for me), and 30 minutes of work had it done.

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Success! 

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I really wanted to share all the updates after we had the new light fixtures and painting completed, but I’m just so excited and couldn’t wait. (Check out the light fixtures I got over HERE ~ I’m a little nervous about them but going for this look . . . we’ll see.)

 

I COULD NOT BELIEVE that 7 ounces of paint would make that much difference, but good gravy, it did. 

 

 

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I also just moved things around in our home a bit. Although I’ve loved the picture of the horses that hung in our foyer, for some reason it never felt just right. I swapped it out with the teal-medallion-thingy from our breakfast nook, and I’m so much happier (and really like the horse picture in the breakfast room so much more too!)

 

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(See more pictures of our breakfast room HERE – it’s amazing what such a small change can make! Still dreaming of a new light fixture one day but for now this one works.) 

If your home needs a little fluffing, you don’t need to spend a bundle. Look at inexpensive ways to make an update (paint helps so much), shop your own home, and just give your home a good look-around with a fresh set of eyes.

 

And, HAVE COURAGE. 

 

I almost talked myself out of this one, until it dawned on me that it was only paint. If it turned out horribly I could easily re-paint it white ~ so I really only had $3 and 30 more minutes to lose!

 

So worth it. 

 

If you have a project that you’ve been fearful of, maybe decide to tackle it this weekend. :) You might just be glad you did! 

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Okay ~ here’s a bit of how the progress has gone in the foyer . . .  ffu9

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hanging trim at ceiling and chair rail

 

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that boy is going to make a great husband one day :) 
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 trim work starting up the stairs
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you can see there are still a few spots where we’re going to need to touch up paint, and everything white still needs one more coat, but we’re closer!



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If you’d like to see more pictures of our home as we’ve been updating it, here you go . . .

 

I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

See previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!

 

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Reader Question: What’s Your Meal Plan This Week?

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(see exactly which groceries I purchased this week over HERE ~ the only thing I may head to the store for is extra salad)

I received this question about our grocery trips this week over on Facebook, and thought I’d take a second to reply here! Here’s the question and how we make it work:

So I see that you spent very little…but if a bought all of this I wouldn’t have meals to feed the family…can you tell us what your meal plan is with all of this?

Hi Heather! Here’s what we’re having – what helps is that I kind of rotate stock in my kitchen so don’t buy everything every week, just what we’re low on for that week (if that makes sense?) If I see a great sale week I stock up on extras (usually when I’m shopping Kroger during a Mega Sale) which means I don’t need everything each week.

 

So right now we have plenty of cereal and granola bars for kids breakfast and snacks because of a sale last month. I’ll need to re-stock on chicken next week but am hoping to find a better sale (and we have a bag of frozen chicken in the freezer to get us through until then. Here’s our menu plan:

  • Wednesday – my husband called and wanted to take us out to dinner. I agreed. (‘nuf said, however we did have leftover soup and grilled cheese on the menu plan before he called) :)
  • Thursday – Ravioli, salad, homemade bread
  • Friday – Aldi pizza
  • Saturday – pork loin, red potatoes, veggies (pork loin is in freezer ~ my husband has been promising to smoke it for us and we still had the red potatoes left over from last week’s sale)
  • Sunday – dinner out
  • Monday – One Skillet Pizza Pasta Casserole (we had sausage in the freezer that I bought on sale a month ago and it needs to get eaten up!)
  • Tuesday – Pork chops, baked potatoes, veggies, salad

 

So by buying everything on sale at the best price I don’t do massive huge grocery trips each week ~ I take stock of our pantry and fridge before heading out to figure out what we really need, then plan accordingly. Hope that helps!

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The Ultimate Guide To A Better Grocery Budget: 7 (MORE!) Strategies to Save (4 Week Series – Week 2)

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Update – see our menu plan this week using the groceries below over HERE. 

It’s week two of our 4 weeks to a better grocery budget series, and I’m so excited to share how we’ve saved this week! 

 

Since starting the 21 Day Fix on Monday (so far it’s been pretty manageable and it feels so good to be eating more fresh foods ~ yay!), I realized we were going to need to stock up on more fruits and veggies each week. So I headed out to Aldi & Fresh Thyme yesterday (I had an appointment and both stores were on my way home), and stocked up.

 

This week I’ll be sharing 7 more strategies to save when you shop, and promise you can do this if work at it this month! Here are the 7 things I want you to work on this week.

1. Don’t buy what you don’t need.

Okay, this isn’t always true, but if it’s not on sale and you don’t need it, wait for a better deal. I was hoping to score a little more chicken breast this week, but it was $2.49 at Fresh Thyme (remember I paid just $1.49 last week), so I decided to wait and hope for a better price.

2. Skip the pre-packaged stuff.

I absolutely love pre-packaged salad and do usually splurge on it if I can find a decent deal at all. (I know that’s terribly lazy, but it’s one of my few guilty pleasures in life – ahem!) :) However when the cost was $3.99 this week at Fresh Thyme (and Aldi didn’t carry a similar brand), I chose to purchase basic leaf lettuce and spinach that I can cut up myself.

The same is true with pre-packed chips, snack packs, and cereal (although this single serving cereal deal is pretty tempting!) But for the most part, skip the pre-packed stuff when you can.

3. Sometimes it’s worth paying for convenience. (I know, I totally just flipped my position on that one, huh?)

There are a few things I do buy simply out of convenience. If buying a $4.99 Aldi pizza means we won’t eat out on Friday night (and they’re huge), I just saved myself $20 in pizza delivery. And buying minced garlic pre-minced for me is one of those things that’s just worth my time to make life a wee bit simpler at our house.

3. Shop Aldi.

I cannot say this enough, but shopping Aldi alone can save you a bundle. If you’re willing to make a quick trip there to stock up on basic pantry staples, you’ll slash your budget by quite a bit, every single week!

4. Shop no more than once a week.

Y’all, this is so important. Before you shop, make a very clear list of everything you’re going to need for the following week, so you aren’t tempted to buy extra stuff on a second trip. Before shopping I used my Eat At  Home Whole Foods shopping list, and I love knowing that I’ve got everything I need in my kitchen to make an entire week’s worth of meals!

5. Know your prices.

Go HERE for more info on how to find your stock up price.

6. Shop loss leaders.

Really stock up on those items that are there to get in the door. At Fresh Thyme that was the pineapples, strawberries, pork chops, and carrots, so I stuck to fresh items and skipped the rest of the store.

 

At Aldi the price on bananas this week was fantastic, so a great time to stock up on those as well!

7. Sometimes it’s worth paying more if it helps you not to make an extra trip.

I’m betting I could get a better deal on dish soap and even pasta at Kroger or another grocer if I had a few coupons, but to save myself an extra trip to the store I grabbed everything I needed at Aldi and Fresh Thyme. To make an extra trip to a store to literally just save pennies isn’t worth it each week!

 

 

Ready to see what we bought? Here we go . . .

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Fresh Thyme (have I mentioned lately I love that store? If you have a Sprouts in your area it’s very similar.)

  • 3.56 lbs Boneless Pork Chops $2.99lb. = $10.86
  • 4 packages strawberries $6
  • 4 lb. navel apples $1.99
  • 5 lbs potatoes $1.50
  • 1.49 lb tomatoes $1.03
  • bundle green leaf lettuce $.88
  • green onions $.49
  • 4 1 lb bags organic baby carrots $.99 each = $3.96
  • 3 pineapples $.99 each = $2.97
  • spinach $.1.49
  • Total = $30.97, saved $28.65

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Aldi

  • 4 4 packs Fruit Bowls $1.69 each
  • 3 dozen eggs $1.39 each (that is a great price – I haven’t seen them that low in ages at Kroger!)
  • 2 carton reduced sodium broth $1.39
  • 1 package Mac & Cheese $.39 (for my 15 year old as a quick dinner when heading out the door)
  • 3 gallons skim milk $1.89
  • White bread $.85, submitted for $.50 Mobisave rebate
  • mini marshmallows $.79
  • 2 bags powdered sugar $1.29 each
  • 2.45 pounds bananas $.29/lb = $.71 (GREAT price – I haven’t seen that in ages!)
  • Instant brown rice $1.49
  • Aldi take & bake pizza $4.99
  • 2 applesauce cups $1.49
  • 2 flour tortillas $1.19
  • big bag lemons $.99 (I didn’t really need these but couldn’t pass them up – I love having them on hand to freshen my sink disposal!)
  • 2 cans black beans $.59
  • Canola cooking spray $1.49
  • Penne Pasta $.99
  • Minced garlic $1.99
  • Fit & Active Light Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing $1.29
  • Dish Soap $189
  • Honey mustard $.99
  • Cheese ravioli $3.99
  • Cinnamon $.99
  • Total = $54.69

 

TOTAL FOR BOTH TRIPS = $85.66

 

TOTAL GROCERY SPENDING IN JANUARY, INCLUDING LAST WEEK’S TRIPS = $172.10 (and our cupboards are full.)

 

 

 

Are you joining me in trimming your grocery budget this monthI’d love to hear how you’re doing ~ it’s not too late to start! Leave a comment to share any tips or suggestions.

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Would you like FREE daily email updates of saving and an email sent out to you with more tips each week during this series? Go HERE to subscribe, and I’d love for you to leave a comment to share your thoughts on grocery shopping on a budget – I love hearing from you! 

 

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6 Can Chicken Tortilla Soup

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You guys.


 

I LOVED this recipe.

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And, since I’m doing the 21 Day Fix right now (so far, so good!), I’m even more excited because it’s (for the most part) 21 Day Fix approved!

 

YUM.

 

I pre-cooked a ton of chicken that I got last week on sale (y’all, making it myself saved me a bundle), but you can use canned chicken or make it yourself too. Super simple, and if you want to make it a little more “man” approved, add some sour cream and tortilla chips.

 

Perfection!

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Easy Peasy Chicken Tortilla (6 Can) Soup

Ingredients

 

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Directions

  • Open the cans of corn, chicken broth, chunk chicken, black beans, and diced tomatoes with green chilies.
  • Pour everything into a large saucepan or stock pot. Simmer over medium heat until chicken is heated through.
  • Or, pour it all in slow cooker and cook on low for a few hours.
  • Enjoy!

21 Day Fix equivalents – makes 4-6 servings, 1 serving = 1/2 purple, 1 yellow, 1 red (make sure to use enough to chicken to count as a full serving of chicken

 

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Recipe adapted from All Recipes. If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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The Best Calendar Ever (And My Crazy Ridiculous Desk.)

 

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Y’all may think I’m a dork, but I am so stinkin’ excited about this little addition to my office! I am the world’s worst calendar keeper (really, SO. BAD.), but so far I’m thinking this thing’s actually going to work.

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A few weeks ago I saw Jon Acuff mention his amazing calendar, and thought I should at least check it out. Because it was pricey ($24 ~ yikes?) and so big, I really hesitated.

 

But goodness, I might just be hooked. 

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The only problem was that it was so big, and not especially pretty, so I struggled with how to make it fit my cute office. (Folks, I’ve waited a long time for this pretty office, so putting up something ugly just wasn’t going to work!)

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But then it dawned on me that Hobby Lobby might have a poster size frame that wasn’t so ugly, and having glass on it would make it easily dry-erase-able. 

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I love that. 

 

The giant poster frame wasn’t quite big enough, but I was able to shave off a tiny bit on the side and it works just fine.

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What I’m loving so far is that I can easily scribble on notes that I don’t need all year and have everything in one place, and I can see the whole year at once. 

 

It’s lovely. :)

 

If you’re looking for a fantastic calendar to keep everything in one spot for the year, I’d highly recommend this one! 

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And now, on to my ridiculous (seriously, ridiculous) last purchase from 2015. 

 

I’ve heard for awhile crazy reviews on these amazing standing desks, which I was so curious about since I sit at the computer way too much of the day. My posture is awful (I work hard to sit up straight, but it’s so easy to slouch!) so I finally decided to try this crazy Varidesk out. 

 

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Guys, this baby’s a monster. 

 

I’m really not sure if I’m going to keep it or not, but I’ve only had it two days so am giving myself a week to really make a good decision.

 

It is SO NICE to work on (really, super hefty, handles my big computer, pops up and down easily, and really is just amazing.) But I hate that it kinda messes up my cute little space. :)

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So, the verdict’s still out on this one.

 

If I was at a regular desk and didn’t have this amazing view I’m pretty sure it would be my favorite purchase ever, but the jury’s still out. (And it’s so heavy that it would be really hard to move, so just moving it when not in use really won’t work!)

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I know I should be completely practical and do what’s best for my back and neck, but y’all, I just like a pretty room. And covering up that window just makes me a wee bit sad! :) 

 

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(office space before the desk. See? perfection.)

Anyone have any thoughts or suggestions? I’d sure love to hear what you think (I’m debating asking my husband to build me something similar out of pretty wood. Not sure he’ll likely go for it, but worth a shot!) :)

 

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(this was that some office space when we moved in 18 months ago. wow.)

Curious how we designed this office space? Go HERE to check out the before and after pics (I really do just love this space and feel so thankful each day for it!) Leave a comment to share any ideas on the desk (or other calendar tips ~ I’d love to hear!)

 

I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

See previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!

 

 

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