Monday, January 31, 2011

Shopping trip 1/30/11, plus menu plan

Well I went to Giant and got 3 free wholly salsa and 3 free wholly queso. I got alot of cheese singles and cream cheese! I had a total of 73.35 before coupons or store savings. My total with coupons and store savings was 23.07!! I was thrilled. I had $50. 86 of savings! Sorry no pick this time but i had to get stuff away when I got home. :)

I did go to weis , not so good there. I did also run to CVS to get a deal on mouth wash. that is about it for shopping this week. Next week I will try to post pics.

Menu plan for this week:

Monday: Shake n bake chicken, veggie and either potatoes or rice
Tuesday: Hamburger Helper, veggie and bread with jelly
Wednesday: Grilled cheese and soup
Thursday: Meatloaf, noodles and salad
Friday: Mac and Cheese, salad
Saturday: Spaghetti and garlic bread, cut up veggies
Sunday: pancakes

What are you having for dinner???:)

Sunday, January 16, 2011

january 16th shopping trip

Okay so I just got back from Giant and the total was 89.31 with out coupons and the total after was 46.88!! plus I got a catilina for a free gallon of milk! Plus free salsa and queso! and Free cereal (all 4boxes) YUM!! $25.76 just in manufactured coupons! Use those coupons!!! Did you get any good deals on your shopping trips? I would love to know!!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Finacial Freedom!!!

Tom and I are on a journey to financial freedom!!! Yay! We are adapting ourselves to a healthier way of spending. Not that we were out of control but we are more determined then ever to become debt free, not including the house right now , but trust me it is on the list. We are doing the Dave Ramsey snow ball attempt which I love. I have read his Total Money Makeover, and Highly recommend it, don't buy it get it from the library! :) I am in the midst of his other book financial Peace book, which is also another great read! And on top of that I listen to his show on the radio( live everyday from 2pm-5pm while getting the house clean and cooking dinner. People call in and ask him finacial questions, I have had alot of questions I have had answered just by listening.
He is a very inspirational, take no excuses kind of guy. He makes you get excited about becoming debt free, and tells you how it is. Such a motivator!

This is our only big thing we want to get done. We are going to use cash for most if not all our transactions. If it isn't budgeted in then we don't get it. We only buy things we need not want. Go on a "rice and beans" diet , as dave ramsey says. We have gotten rid of all our credit cards, we are working on getting our savings up , debt payed off and fully funded emergency fund for 6 months living expenses. (that one scares me LOL Big number!)

We are looking for anything we can do to get money to put toward our debt. Selling things on ebay, we are going to weed/ mow lawns for people in the summer, I am continuing cleaning houses, selling baked goods, selling vegetables, plant seedlings,etc. whatever we can think of we will do :)

Are any of you on this journey? How is it going? Are you doing Dave Ramsey or are you doing a different method? I would love to hear!
Have a wonderful day!


Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Meal Plan : Jan. 3-9

So I didn't get a chance to post this weeks meals. So here they are! Anyone have a recipes they have tried and just loved? I am always looking for new cheap recipes!:)

Monday: Cheesy Ham and Pasta bake ( from, I added broccoli instead of mushrooms :)
Tuesday: Baked Berry Oatmeal ( same as above)
Wednesday: Baked Ziti, homemade garlic bread
Thursday:Breaded Parmesan Chicken, rice and a veggie
Friday: Pancakes! YUM!!!
Saturday: Leftovers
Sunday: Sandwiches and soup

Have a great week!


Sunday, January 2, 2011


Kyle has these farm video Called Summer on the Farm and winter on the farm. They are movies about life on a farm in Vermont. He loves watching these and can tell me all the terms for milking and all the farming equipment. He told me He would love to live on a farm and have some farm animals. It melts my heart that he already loves farm life even if we don't have one. He is already excited about planting the garden this year ( I have to admit I hope spring comes early, because I'm excited too :) )

This just gives me more of a push to get our dream farmette someday. So he can grow up in the country and with all the animals he loves. :)

I am taking every minute I can get to write on here and research as much as I can about homesteading, gardening (thanks to my in-laws for the greatest gardening book! The Vegetable Gardener's Bible!) , also about raising animals, getting our goat business plan written out and what other animals we would like to have on our farm ( beef cattle, chickens and maybe one dairy cow (who I will be naming Daisy :) )

We know God has a plan for us and from so much encouragment from my parents I am certian we will have a farmette it may not be this year but someday! And I can't wait! If anyone has any good farming, gardening books, animal books let me know! :) We are trying not to watch as much tv so we can research and dive into amazing books by amazing authors who are doing what we would love to do!

So if you have a dream it may not be this, but keep your spirits up and just know God has a plan and it will all work out, maybe not the way we want it to but it will .
Well I am off to read the Encyclopedia of Country Living. Have a wonderful evening and great start to the week!