Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Family Meal Planning (2-13-11)

Here's to another week of living on a $150 grocery budget, becoming debt free and "living like no one else, so later we can LIVE LIKE NO ONE ELSE" (Dave Ramsey).

WOW, what a week and if I didn't go over budget on food, I went WAY over budget on debt withdrawals at the doctor's office. This I did not account for: Twin A: strep throat & tension headache (1 doctor visit and 2 prescriptions later); Little Boy: Sick and Home from school one day (another missed day of work); Twin B: another doctors visit for celiac testing and then just when I thought the worse was yet to be. My husband was drivin' home from work by his boss suffering from severe headache pain (doctors office visit and and emergency room visit with more tests to come this week)! Okay, did I have enough or did I have enough! Good thing my freezer is full, my cupboards are over flowing and I have a back-up plan for dinners, meals and more!

I started today with my grocery shopping for the week; already hit Target and Vons for their deals and have a little bit left in my wallet for those things I run out of and/or forget (like MILK, it never fails)!!! I am thinking of making a spread sheet because, I never know if that Tide on sale in the small bottle is sometimes a BETTER deal then the big bottle using multiple coupons etc. This week I am gonna start a list of things I always buy, no matter what and try and figure out the LOWEST cost and at least send the spread sheet to my Blackberry, so I will have it at whatever store I may be at. (I will let you know if this works or not)!

Here is our Family Meal Planning for this week. I'd love to hear if you have any short cuts, tricks or tips.
Check back and we will link the actual recipe!
(not all recipes will become reality so if there is not a link, we haven't made it yet)

"Heart" Steak Dinner (with everyone's favorite recipes) - Happy Valentine's Day!!!
Marinated Steak, Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes, Salad, Frozen Corn & Snickerdoodle Cupcakes

Homemade Pot Pie
Berry Smoothie
Crock-Pot Beef Roast (GLUTEN-FREE)
Magic Sweet Potato Muffins
Dinner at G'ma's: G'ma's Simple Spaghetti & Poor Man's Garlic Bread
Blueberry Muffin Tops
Eggs & Potatoes (GLUTEN-FREE)
Salsa Chicken

Also don't forget our weekly linky party
this week is "SWEET" Potatoes and Favorite Potato Recipes

1 comment :

  1. Hi Tina! I'm sorry to hear about your crazy week! I hope everyone is feeling better now.
    I have a great tip about expensive prescriptions that I just found out. I needed to get a prescription refilled for my husband that was too soon for our insurance to pay for so I checked online to see if there was any kind of coupons for that drug. There was! The manufacturer had a $20 mail in rebate, so I printed out the form. I also found that there were companies online that offered downloadable cards that are good for discounts for prescriptions at some pharmacies. I also called around to find out the best cash price on that medication. It turned out that Walgreens, which is our regular pharmacy was able to do much better on the cash price by utilizing an online discount company coupon (like the ones that I downloaded but a different company). The original cash price was $223.00 and I was only charged $178.40 (only?). I also will get the $20 rebate.I saved $44.60 from the original quote!
    My husband did this at a CVS pharmacy after overhearing the customer in front of him ask for a better price- my husband got $20 off of that prescription too. It's a crazy world!


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