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Menu Monday: July 18

Today is Menu Monday and the start to a new week. I’ll tell you what it’s hard to come back to reality when you had such a relaxing and enjoyable weekend. Oh well, it is what it is. LOL

Here is our menu for the week. It’s nothing special but most of it had to do with items on sale at the store this week and things we had in the house already.

Monday – French Dips and chips
Tuesday – Taco’s
Wednesday – Sheppard’s pie
Thursday – Sloppy Joes and french fries
Friday – Breakfast burritos
Saturday – dinner at the wedding reception
Sunday – BBQ Chicken and rice

These meals are pretty quick and most of them won’t require the stove to be on for too long if it’s on at all. Gotta love that when it’s 90 degrees outside. :)

Menu Monday: July 11

Today is Monday and we’re back from camping. We had a blast while we were there and we caught eight fish total. Now that we’re back it’s time to dig into this week’s menu and decide how we’re going to plan it all out.

Here is what we have on the menu for this week.

Monday – Lasagna
Tuesday – Breakfast burritos
Wednesday – Subs
Thursday – Sloppy Joes
Friday – BBQ Hamburgers
Saturday – BBQ Chicken
Sunday – Pizza

We’re planning on going camping again this weekend as our anniversary is on Sunday. We’re excited to go, but haven’t quite made the decision yet. We were going to go to Riverton, but they are experiencing blooding so I think that’s out of the question. It’s ok though, we’ll find another place to go that we’ll enjoy just the same.

Menu Monday: Lots of Bacon to Use


Today is Monday and it’s time to think about the meals for the week. With summer approaching many of you will plan to take time off for vacations and family trips. We’re planning a trip to Las Vegas next month so we’re saving money where we can. This will give us a little extra money to spend while we’re there. So here are the meals we’ll have this week.

Monday – Homemade Pizza
Tuesday – Bacon BBQ Cheeseburgers with homemade fries
Wednesday – Breakfast
Thursday – Meatloaf and mashed potatoes
Friday –Grilled turkey, bacon, and cheese sandwiches
Saturday – BBQ Chicken
Sunday – Ham with potatoes

We had extra bacon left from last time so we have several meals planned so we can use that up. This is a good way to save money and not throw things away. Do you look through your cupboards for things you can use in meals?

Two Tips for Making Family Meal Happen Easier



We are all busy, but parents with children that are in extracurricular activities may be even busier than the people that don’t have that. We seem to be running all the time. If we’re not running one child to an event we’re running the other one.

My boys are very busy with sports and school functions. We barely have time to eat together as a family. So we must plan carefully so the family meals are able to happen. There are several ways to make this work, but you must have the right supplies and you must be willing to work to make it happen.

My two parenting tips for this work center around family meals.

1. Preparing your meals in advance

There are two ways to make this step happen. One thing you can do is plan your meals for the week. Sit down and decide what you’re going to have and then prepare a grocery list that contains everything you’ll need to make those meals. When you have everything you need you won’t have to make trips to the grocery store and you won’t have to order out.

The other option is to use freezer cooking. Freezer cooking gives you the ability to make meals quickly and easily. You take the time each weekend or one day a week and you cook everything you’ll need for your meals. Once that’s done everything goes in the freezer. Each day you pull the meals and you’re ready to eat in a short about of time. The Hillbilly Housewife offers a great ebook with all the information needed to start freezer cooking right away. Click here to purchase your copy through my affiliate link.

2. Crockpot Meals

If you’re not into freezer cooking another option is to use your crockpot. Most stores like Walmart and Target offer large crockpots that are big enough for a large meal for the entire family. You’ll find meals in a bag at your local grocery store as well. Usually these meals are ready to go so all you have to do is place the contents of the bag in your crockpot and possibly place water in the crockpot to go with it.

There are a number of Crockpot Cookbooks you can purchase that will give you all sorts of meals you can make. They offer breakfast, lunch, dinner, appetizers, desserts, and just about anything else you can think of so they are very valuable when you want to use this option.

The Hillbilly Housewife offers a crockpot cookbook that makes these types of meals easy to do. She gives you everything except the food when it comes to this cookbook. Click here to get your copy of the Crockpot Cooking Made Simple ebook through my affiliate link.

Ok so now you have two suggestions to consider when you want to make sure you are able to have family meals each night. Both of these options work well, but you’ll need to decide which one will work best for you and then continue to use it regularly. Family meal time is very important and will help your kids to stay out of trouble. So make sure you do it regularly and often.

Corrie Petersen is a Work At Home Mom who is married and has two boys. She loves to help others in her business, but more importantly she loves spending time with her husband and sons. Click here to read what she is up to with her family by visiting her mommy blog.

Grocery Shopping and a savings

I have tried to do the coupon thing and checking ad prices from other stores, but the problem I run into is time. It takes a lot of time to go through and print coupons for everything I’m going to purchase. It also takes a lot of time to put the items that are priced differently into another cart and then deal with it at the check out lane. In Casper Walmart requires you to show them the item in each ad before they give you the lower price.

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While I know this is the way to go, it’s very difficult. I decided to try something a little different two weeks ago. It worked really well and I figure I saved approximately $35. I was so happy with it, that I decided to try it again. This time I figure I saved $44.

So here is my little secret. I’m hoping to continue this streak and make it even bigger each time.

My secret is a little one, but when you save between $35 and $44 at the store, it’s huge.

My secret was the meals I planned. I looked at the items we had left over and planned my meals around that food. Out of the 13 meals I planned, six meals we completely had the stuff needed and four of the meals only needed one or two things.

I was so proud of myself over this. It’s something I had heard of people doing, but never thought to try and do myself. I really got the idea from Jenn’s blog. You can check it out here. I’m wondering how it will go in two weeks when we go again. I already have one meal that will be complete with nothing needed and one meal that will only require cubed steaks. We’re off to a great start so we’ll see if I can work on more. I’m wondering if at some point my food bill will go up a little so I can stock pile on things so I can do this again. I guess the coming weeks will tell.

If you need to save money on your grocery bill using coupons, store ads, and planning meals around food you already have are the three ways I suggest. You can work all three together or try them separately. Once you find something that works, stick to it.

About Corrie



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My name is Corrie and I'm from Wyoming. I've been married to Kevin since 1993 and we have two wonderful boys.

I'm a Virtual Assistant and a Ghostwriter. I love what I do and I enjoy spending time with my family.

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