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Menu Plan Monday

Happy New Year’s! I only made a couple resolutions for this year, but one I do have in the back of my mind is to START EATING BETTER AGAIN! Ha! I was going to start calling 2009 the year that made my butt fat. The holidays were brutal – you know, with all that good food to eat. You can’t pass up the mashed sweet potatoes with all their marshmallow gooey-ness or the cookies that only come around once a year with their powdered sugar. But, I told myself, “Christine, lets eat now and we will work it off coming of the new year”. And that is what I intend to start doing by eating healthier for a great start to a New Year!

Can healthy eating be done frugally? Of course! First, plan your menu around the grocery sale’s ad. This is a huge saver for me. Right now, squash and asparagus are on sale. Yummy! I have squash to adorn my Thursday’s plate with that yummy teriyaki chicken.

Then, I make sure my plate is filled with 1/3rd veggies, 1/3rd grains, 1/3rd meat or meat alternative. Sometimes, I can even go 2/3rd veggies. I love my veggies! Many of times, I include a green salad with my meals. Top it with a simple vinegarette and cracked pepper.

Buy quality choice meats but slice them up at dinner instead of opting for a big cut on the plate. I did this in our family not only to save money, but to save on health. My family was consuming too much red meat. Not healthy. So now we will cook a couple steaks and slice them. Each person consumes about 1/2 a steak and doesn’t ever complain that there is not enough.

Healthy snacks – cut up those veggies when you come home and bag them to make them for easy grabs. Buy nuts and dried fruits at Trader Joes or Fresh & Easy (they are much cheaper at these places) then your local store. Put a bowl of fruit on the table. Kids love to go for what is available at a moments notice.

As you can see, it is easy to go healthy on a frugal budget. Give it a try. Not only can you save money but you can feel great at the same time from having better health!

This weeks Menu Plan Monday (graciously hosted by Orgjunkie.com):

(The underlined text are the healthy portions that I eat. The rest my family consumes.)

  • Sunday: Baby back pork ribs, baked beans, and macaroni salad (um… ya, not tonight)
  • Monday: Marinated steak, baked potato, and steamed broccoli with lemon pepper
  • Tuesday: Homemade Macaroni & Cheese and a green salad full of veggies, cranberries, and toasted pumpkin seeds (and a small portion of that pasta)
  • Wednesday: Tacos filled with black beans, lettuce, tomato, avocado, green onions, and olives
  • Thursday: Teriyaki chicken, brown rice, and veggies (probably zucchini and yellow squash)
  • Friday: Chili dogs and fries (I think I’m gonna have my self a salad and a couple of toasted baguettes)

You all have a great start to the week! πŸ™‚

The “$217 mistake” menu

kingkong-webI won tickets for four to Universal Studios Hollywood through a local radio station. We planned to go this weekend. So, I threw the tickets on the table for our trip and decided to take a look at them. *gasp* They expired on July 3rd! We were a month and a half late.

We were sooooo bumped! But, we made an executive decision to continue to go on our end of the summer outing. We were all really looking forward to the trip. So, I transferred the funds from our Hawaii account (this is where the Earn More Challenge comes in handy).

The original cost should have come to $270 + tax, but a kid was giving away a $15 off coupon. My luck! Least we felt a bit better. Saved $60 right there on 4 tickets. So the total enterance was $217 (ouch). We had a blast (I will post pics soon)! It is really neat to take a behind the scenes look at many of the film and tv events, like Backdraft, Desperate Housewives, Psycho, and Jaws. To see the sets where Van Helsing and John Wayne Westerns were filmed. It’s all very cool.

My family’s own personal Earn More Challenge goals have been raised quite high! LOL. But, I know we are up for a good challenge. πŸ™‚

This week’s “$217 Mistake” Menu:

  • Sunday: Spaghetti, green salad & Garlic bread
  • Monday: Brats, Baked Beans & Fruit
  • Tuesday: Chicken Quesadillas, refried baked beans & watermelon
  • Wednesday: Tuna Casserole & salad
  • Thursday: BLTs, Corn Chowder and Lemonade
  • Friday: Frito Lay Casserole & Salad
  • Saturday: ???

Well the good news is that we are staying within our weekly cash allowance. I can see a sqeeze spot coming tomorrow in paying co-pays & fees for my son’s school registration, dental and doctor visit (hey, I have one day off and I squeezed it all in! :)). So, we’ll see how that will turn out. Cross my fingers that we can make it a frugal day!

Has everyone been racking their brain, like me, trying to figure out how they are gonna earn some extra dinero??? Hope you are having a great weekend!