10 Outstanding Ways to Save on Dining Out

 

10 Outstanding Ways to Save on Dining Out!
10 Outstanding Ways to Save on Dining Out!

 

Great food, ambiance, company, conversation…Who doesn’t like a good night out? Dining out with the family is a wonderful experience. The chef in your house gets a break and you can enjoy the company of loved ones.  Yet, dining out can also be expensive and wreak havoc on your budget.

It would be fun to eat out often; however, it is not always sustainable financially. Nonetheless, there are sensible ways to eat out at restaurants for the occasional treat.  However, I do not recommend dining out often if you are on a budget. Yet going out once or twice a month using the tips listed below, will give you a fun endeavour and won’t break the bank. So pack up the kids and hit the town!

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Secrets to Saving for an Emergency Fund Now!

Emergency Fund – The Secrets to Saving Now

Secrets to Saving for an emergency fund now!
Secrets to Saving for an emergency fund now!

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Imagine you wake up, get ready for work and start to walk out the door.  Suddenly you step into a puddle on the carpet. The next step is an even bigger puddle! What is this? Why is the carpet drenched? After searching more, you realize your water heater has flooded! (True story)

Imagine sitting in your miserably hot house because your air conditioner broke. The unbearable 90 degrees humid weather creeps in and you and your family are left hot and crabby! (True story)

Both of these situations happened to me and my family. These were times when we needed a large amount of money to fix the situation at hand. Fortunately we had an emergency fund saved to ease the burden of these surprise bills. Whether it be your water heater, new roof, health emergency, car accident or any other situation with a surprise bill, there are times in life when you need extra money above your regular budget. (Budgets 2017, New Year, New Budget)

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Amazing Asics – Best Shoe for Runners

Asics Review

Asics Review
Asics Review

If you checked out my blog resolutions post you will remember I am going to run a 10K this year. I’ve done many races but took a break after having my two kids. Then I got back into running last summer and I got a new pair of shoes for Mother’s Day from my hubby and kids!  Of course they wouldn’t have went with any other choice than Asics! They know me too well! I laced those hot pink, cushy sole babies up and hit the pavement!

If you do races, take a minute to look around at the ground.  You will see about 70% of the runners are wearing Asics. There is something to be said about this. These shoes are comfortable, designed well, and fashionable! Hands down, they are awesome!

I have tried other brands of running shoes, but once I tried this brand, it is the only one I will wear.

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10 Secrets to Spoiling your Husband Free of Charge

  1. Spoil your man for free
10 Secrets to Spoiling your Man for Free
Spoil your husband for free!

Do you want to spoil your husband with gifts? Are you on a budget? Then this post is for you!

Yes, ladies…I’m going to give you some great ways to make your husband or boyfriend feel like a king, that won’t cost you a thing!

My husband is the hardest person to shop for. My humble hubby never wants for a thing. When I ask him what he wants for any Holiday his response is always, “I don’t need anything”.

Not only is he one of the most generous, deserving people I know, he is also a great Daddy to our two boys.  He is the type of Dad that changes diapers, puts our two-year old down for a nap and kisses us all good-bye on his way to work. Not to mention, taking the boys with him to Costco so I can have a break. He is a breath of fresh air in a money-hungry world, yet he never wants anything.

In light of his selfless behavior, coming up with gift ideas can become a brutal task.  However, if you have a man you want to honor, then let the list below be your guide.  I promise, he will be touched by your thoughtfulness.

With Valentine’s Day close by, I thought a great gift post was relevant and helpful, but really ladies, these gifts can be used to make your man feel special anytime of the year!

So let’s get right into it! I’ve listed ten free ways to keep your man feeling like he is and will always be, the love of your life!

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Epic Ways To Teach Kids About Money – At All Stages

Teaching kids about money

Teaching kids about money
Teaching kids about money at all stages

Kids learn at different ages and different stages. With that being said, one important lesson every parent should teach is the power to be in control of money. According to CNBC.com eight out of ten people are in debt in the United States alone.  Moreover, wouldn’t it be amazing if your kiddo was one of the two out of ten that are not in debt?

“Mighty Oaks from little acorns grow.” anonymous proverb

If you teach your child basic money lessons through-out all stages of development, he or she will then be able to handle finances as an adult. Therefore, starting early is the key! Plant the seed and your child’s money IQ will grow. You can begin a solid money foundation with your child. This will be in your best interest, because they will not ask you to borrow money!

How early is too early? Children can understand the concept of money at a very young age.  My two-year old knows that we have to pay for items when we go to the store and he helps me hand our groceries to the cashier upon checkout. Nonetheless,  I was just telling my four-year old son how much money I have in my retirement accounts and he asked me if I had interest and investors.  Kids are little sponges and they soak up what they hear mommy and daddy talking about. I’m not saying my son really understands what investing is, but he will one day.  Start those conversations and be open about money with your kids.

As you continue reading, this post will give you ideas on how to begin teaching your child about money. You will find age-based examples to help guide you in your money-teaching quest.  Furthermore, I am a former teacher and if there is one thing I love, it is teaching kids real-life skills.

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Pulled Chicken – Quick, Easy, Yummy, Cheap

Pulled Chicken
Pulled Chicken – Easy to make

Pulled Chicken

Have a taste for some comfort food?  Pulled Chicken is the way to go.

If you are cooking  for a party or  your family, this recipe will not leave you disappointed.  It is really super simple to make. Just pull out your good, ol’ slow cooker and crank it up to high heat. You will soon be ready to eat!

This recipe is part of my Budget-Friendly Meal Planning Two-week post.  You will find it towards the end of the two weeks, so be sure to read it through.

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Smothered Pork – Easy Crock Pot, Meal Planning Recipe

Smothered pork
Smothered pork – Easy, budget-friendly

Smothered Pork! Anyone hungry? This recipe sounds so yummy but yet so complicated! Yet, if you follow along, you will see it is easy breezy with this simplified slow cooker recipe. Best of all, it is budget-friendly and can be quickly added to my Budget-friendly Two-week Meal Planning for under $75! 

As promised in my last post, I wanted to quickly churn out this recipe! You will now be ready for your Budget-Friendly Two-Week Meal Planning listed above.

This is a quick, easy recipe that can be made in under 10 minutes (not including cooking time). Keep reading and your dinner tonight will be fast, simple and make your family smile. Any recipe with cream of mushroom soup in it, has to be good.

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Budget Friendly Two-week Dinner Meal Planning – Under $75

Meal Planning on a Budget – Round 2 for under $75

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Meal planning - 2 weeks under $75
Meal planning – 2 weeks of dinners under $75 with printables

Did you read Budget Friendly Meal Planning? If not then click the link, but if you have followed me (hint, hint subscribe to new posts on my sidebar) then you may be getting tired of the first two weeks of meal planning and want some other options.

Just a quick recap! Meal planning is an awesome way to save on your grocery bill and save your sanity.  By planning out what you will make for dinner each night and knowing you have the right ingredients on hand, dinner will be stress-free and you will be less inclined to order take-out.  I’ve even included an easy homemade pizza to boot!

One of the best ways to save money is to eat at home.  In my first meal-planning option I included one budget-friendly meal out, as a treat!  In this version, we will eat at home each night. If you are only eating out once a month, imagine how much money you will save!

Your food bill doesn’t have to break your budget.  Cooking is easy, fun and budget-friendly.

So with you in mind, I devised another two-week round of meals! Listed under the meal planning is a grocery list with prices (mostly exact but a few are estimated) of where I usually shop, Target! You will notice our bi-weekly dinners will total under $75!! That is two weeks of dinner meals for under $75! Yes, you read that right!

Note: Add in some bread, lunch meat, cereal and milk, and you will have an entire two weeks of meals for around $100.

Note: If you are really low on cash this month, check out my $40 meal plan for two weeks worth of dinners.

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