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Friday, January 29, 2010

Family Meals for Under $5 - Fiesta Macaroni Supper

My Under $5 dinner is a one pot dish that I whipped up before we had to be at a Boy Scout Court of Honor this week. When we have weeknight meetings, dinner can sometimes get pushed back until it's too late and we end up eating really late. That's why I love one pot dinners that can be prepared quickly with ingredients that you're likley to have on hand. This one can be ready in about 30 min.

Fiesta Macaroni Supper - $4.91

1/2 onion, chopped - .13
2 cloves garlic, minced - .04
1 green bell pepper, chopped - .65
1lb lean ground beef - $1.75 ( not the best deal, I've seen cheaper)
1/2 of a 16oz bag of frozen corn, thawed - .49 ( 98c @ Winco)
1c salsa - .61c
16 oz macaroni - .50 ($1.48 3 lb bag @ Super 1 Foods)
2 15 oz cans tomato sauce - .66 ( .33c each @ Trading co.)
1 T chili powder - .05
1 t cumin - .03 ( Winco )

In a large pot cook macaroni till al dente. Drain and set aside. Meanwhile, brown ground beef with onion and bell pepper. Add salsa, tomato sauce, corn and seasonings. Simmer 5 min. Add pasta to meat mixture and stir till combined and heated through.

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Renee

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A Quick tip


I just wanted to share a quick idea that I had.

When I see a really great deal on something I try to stock up and get as much as I can. This means that I can have 2 of the same item in my cupboards that I paid very different amounts for. When I'm trying to figure out the cost of a meal I have to remember what I paid for a particular item. This can be daunting.

Solution. When I come home from the store I just write the price I paid on the outside of the can, jar, or whatever. Then when I use those items I can easily total my cost.
This will also tell me the average cost of a particular item so I'll know when it's a good time to stock up.

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Renee


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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Swap -n- Share

Today I had a great time getting rid of stuff that's been cluttering my house and picking up a few things that I can use and visiting with friends while doing it!

The ladies organization at my church organized a Swap -n- Share. The idea is that you bring things that you no longer need and take things that you do need or want. At the end the leftovers were donated to a local womens shelter and thrift store. We  also were treated to a delicious lunch.

This is a great way to clear out things you haven't used in awhile and let someone else put it to use.  It always feels good to clear out all of the junk that seems to magically accumulate in our homes. We say we're going to use that thingamabob "someday" yet never seem to get around to it. Why not let someone else. Another benefit is that you don't have to pay for anything. Very frugal.

The next time your cleaning out your closets consider organizing your own swap -n- share.

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Renee

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Simple ways to save money

I just read a great post from Gayle over at The Grocery Cart Challenge. She talks about how spending a little extra time can really save you money.

Saving money doesn't have to be difficult. Many people are amazed at the fact that I can make an entire meal for only $5. What usually makes this possible is making things from scratch or not buying the pre-packaged, already done for you foods. The Farmers Casserole dinner is a good example of this.

Thanks for the refresher Gayle. You can click on over here to read her post.

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Renee








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