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Are you on a budget this Thanksgiving? Are you stressed out about the strains of hosting? There is so much thought and effort that goes into hosting Thanksgiving dinner at your house. The menu, the cleaning, and lets not forget the food budget! This is enough to give a busy mom and head ache! Ouch!
One way to save money (think less stress) this Thanksgiving is to use Stove Top Stuffing as your main side dish! I have used this recipe for a few years and my guests raved about it!
This recipe is a quick, easy way to spruce up that Stove Top and save money because you are using Stove Top! Yet, you will still have a dish that guest will love!
I’m wishing all of you the best this Holiday Season and I’m hoping my recipe will help lighten the cooking burden and financial burden hosting Thanksgiving can bring! Let’s try this and see how many compliments you get this year!!
Poshmark is my new favorite way to make extra money. In this review I will give you the ins and outs of Poshmark and let you know why I have grown to love using this app for buying and selling! (Post updated Jan. 4, 2017)
If you feel this app if for you, use my code NXUIA when signing up and you will receive a $5 credit. (If you use this link I will be awarded a $5 credit as well, so thank you!)
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Need a little extra cash? Need to clean out your closet? Then this is the website for you.
I was in a dilemma after having my two boys. Moreover, I had many items in my closet that I stilled loved but unfortunately they did not fit me. Yet, I continued to hope I would go back to my pre-pregnancy body and held on to my beloved clothes! After all, I used to be a teacher and enjoyed my dressy work clothes, planning my outfits each week and feeling great when I stepped out the door. These clothes were part of me! I wanted to keep them!
However, after a few years of holding on to these, some almost new items, I read about an app called Poshmark in a magazine. I decided to clean out my cluttered closet and give it a try.
After being on the website for about six months, I have already made around $400. All you need is a good picture of your item. Next upload it with the information (size, condition, description, price) and you are good to go. It helps to style your item or give your buyers and idea of how to style the item in the description. You are selling a lifestyle!!
Follow as many people as you can and most will return the favor and follow you. The more followers you have, the more people will see your items.
Also, share your items often. They will then come up on your followers news feeds and other people (hopefully with more followers) will share your items. All of this is really easy within the website. (more…)
Pulled pork is one of my favorite slow cooker recipes. The way I make it is easy and yummy. There are many other recipes out there with more thought and effort, but I am a mother of two small kids and just don’t have the time to wear the “gourmet chef” hat right now.
I like to cook dinners that are fast, easy and frugal! This one is a little higher priced than some of my other recipes in my two-week meal planning post, but when you are making tuna noodle for under $3 and Chili for under $4, you can afford to spend a tad more on pork and sweet barbecue sauce!
So lets begin the slow cooker dump, sit back and watch our latest Gray’s Anatomy episode (yes, I still love that show!) and let our slow cooker do all the work! In the end, you will have a great meal the family will love and the cooking will happen while you take a load off! Slow Cooker plugged in? Here we go!
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What you will need
1 package of pork – I buy Market Pantry center cut pork; however, some people use pork shoulder(cheaper). It is up to you but the center cut is already cut and is less fatty, which is healthier for the fam!
1/2 an onion – *** Tip** cut up when you get home from the store
3/4 cup Chicken broth – I use low sodium
1/2 bottle of Sweet BBQ sauce-(Save the other 1/2 for next time)
Around a tablespoon – Salt, pepper and paprika for seasoning
Turn on your crock pot and pour in the chicken broth
2. Add onions to slow cooker
3. Season each side of pork with salt, pepper and paprika ( I do a light coating of each)
4. Put the pork on top of your onions and broth
5. Let it all cook on high for four hours – Sit back, Relax!!
6. Check and Shred. Your pork will turn a lighter color as shown in the picture below, and shred very easily with a fork.
7. Drain with a regular kitchen colander. – There is nothing worse than soggy buns! Place back in your slow cooker.
8. Add the BBQ Sauce and stir. ( I like Market Pantry Sweet BBQ Sauce)
Serve this yummy pork on a bun or open face on a piece of bread. I like to serve with corn as a side dish! Enjoy and watch the faces of your family as you serve! You are bound to get a smile.
What is your favorite slow cooker recipe? Please leave me a comment. I would love to hear from you!
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Christmas time can be such a fun time of the year…Greeting family, delectable food, and let’s not forget the yearly gift exchange. However, not everyone can enjoy this splendid season because of financial woes and worries.
So many of us feel the financial strains and stresses this (suppose to be beautiful) season brings!! We want to shower our loved ones with nice gifts but do not always have the financial mean to do so! If you are in this boat, I’m here to help!
I’ve compiled a list to help save an upwards of $250 in the next month to help out with Christmas shopping (or anything else you need)! I’m using many of these myself and am proud of the fact my husband won’t have to buy his own gift this year. Furthermore, I’m wishing everyone the best now and for years to come! Let’s go out there and make this Christmas shopping “thing” happen! Read on…
Money Making Ideas
1. Poshmark App (clean out your closet)-This is the main way I have personally earned extra money for Christmas shopping! All you need is a good picture of your item. You can sell woman’s, men’s and children’s clothing on this site. Print off your pre-paid shipping label and send it on its way. If you don’t like selling and shipping, you can send your stuff to Poshmark concierge and they will do the work for you. Sign up now using my code NXUIA and you will get a $5 credit to spend on your first purchase. (keep your eye open for a related post-what sells on posh) – I made $170 selling my old clothing and shoes.
2. Mercari-This site is not just for clothing. You can sell anything and ship it to the buyer (kind of like an online garage sale). You can use Mercari’s prepaid shipping or use your own. Use my code UYYBUS to sign up and get a $2 credit on your first purchase.
Tuna Noodle is one of my go to meals! My kids love it and it is easy to make. What a tasty warm meal on a fall or winter evening! Also, this meal is super budget friendly and we can get your cost to under $3. That’s an awesome deal for a family of four.
Incorporate this into my meal planning sample and you will have another fall meal under your belt.
As I go along with this yummy recipe, I will give you prices and information on where to shop (Target, hint, hint) to get the best deals on your ingredients.
Not a gourmet chef? Well, this recipe is so simple, if can open a can, you can make it! Turn on your stove and start boiling that water because here we go:
What you will need:
1 can tuna (.79)
1 can mushroom soup (.89 – stock up when on-sale)
1/2 can peas (.99 save the other half & make again – so .50 for this meal total)
1/2 box of rotini or use what pasta you have on hand ( 1.00/ box -so .50 for this meal total)
Optional: Cheese for topping
Boil water (season with a dash of salt) and add rotini
Cook rotini for about nine minutes and drain
Place rotini back in the pot
Literally dump the rest of the ingredients in the pot and stir (add a little salt and pepper)
Bam! You are ready to plate and serve
Optional: If you have shredded cheese on hand, sprinkle on top and/or melt in the microwave. You can also top with crunched up chips or crackers. Yummy, Tummy!!
**TIP – Let your kids crunch up theirs owngoldfish crackers on top! Fish on top of fish!!
All of my ingredients were Market Pantry brand purchased at Target using my Target Redcard to score and extra 5% off my entire order, which brings my meal cost to $2.55!! Yummy and cheap!
I used to crave the excitement of Holiday shopping. There was nothing like the gorgeous decorations, great deals, and shopping around from store to store. The mall looked like a regular old winter wonderland! As always, Holiday spirit filled the air.
Boy, times have changed!! After having two kids, I now try to avoid anything with an early wake up, large crowds, no parking and a line with more than one person. Although I love a good deal like the next person, I am skipping the Black Friday and mall lines this year and shopping from home! My goal is to be stress-free this Christmas. Furthermore, you can too with these simple easy tips listed below! Use my tips to avoid a head ache and bankruptcy this Christmas! Here’s to a whimsical Holiday Season. Let the shipping begin!
Ways to save
1.Ebates-This site actually gives you money back for shopping online and it is totally legit! You also get a bonus for signing up and making your first purchase. When I first signed up I got a ten-dollar gift card for Target and have been using them for over five years! Click here to sign up!
2. Groupon goods – There are many awesome discounted gift ideas on Groupon and right now you can get 6% back if you click Groupon through your Ebates account.
**TIP – I often wait until they have a 20% off coupon code, as well. They usually offer them at least once or twice a week.
*GIFT IDEA– Groupon has personalized children’s book on sale right now for around $8. What a great gift idea for the baby boy or girl in your life.
Have you ever had one of those days, where the kids are screaming, starving and on the verge of a meltdown, yet you have no idea what you are going to make for dinner? Trust me, we’ve all been there.
Dinner time can be one of the most stressful times of the day. Well, stress no more! One great way to save money and to eliminate meal time chaos is to use meal planning!! Using these simple tricks, takes the guess-work out of a busy mom’s dinner schedule (or dad’s, depending on who is the chef in your home) and eliminates the chance of having multiple hangry-I mean hungry ;-)- kiddos. Furthermore, meal-planning helps you save food, money and time. It is a great way to use your recipes and use up frozen food lurking in the back of your freezer.
I like to pay serious attention to the days my four-year-old has preschool and needs mommy right around meal-time. I save the simple, kid-friendly meals or crock-pot meals, I can make in advance, for these evenings. So play around with my sample and do what works for your schedule!
Crisp air, pumpkin patches, cider and donuts, football games, beautiful colored leafs-These are just a few favorite things that are reminiscent of fall!! One other favorite, and maybe one of the best, is my budget friendly chili recipe I make every Fall.
Every year around this time, I incorporate my quick easy, budget friendly chili into my meal planning rotation. For those of you that do not cook, this recipe is so easy, you can’t go wrong! In my next post I’ll give you an example of my two-week meal planning, but for now, here is my favorite chili recipe!
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What you will need:
1 lb. of ground beef (season with salt & pepper) – paid 2.99 on sale-stock up
1 large can 30 oz. diced tomato – paid 1.39
1/2 an onion – paid . 99(save other half & make again next week)
1 green pepper – paid .62
1 can kidney beans 15 oz. – paid .89 (rinse)
1/2 can tomato sauce 15 oz. – paid .99 (save other half & make again next week)
1/2 tablespoons chili powder paid 1.99 for entire bottle (estimate .20 per use)
*optional*Dried red pepper-I don’t use because I make mine kid friendly, but some like it spicy.
(Most ingredients were purchased at Target using my REDcard to get an extra 5% off my purchase, the green pepper was purchased at Walmart.)
1. In a large skillet, brown ground beef & drain grease
2. Add green pepper & onion to the meat and cook on medium heat until soft
3. Dump the rest of the ingredients in and stir-See, I told you.. easy, peasy
4. Simmer and stir on low for 30 minutes or longer
*I’ve made this ahead of time and left on the stove top for up to two hours.
5. Sprinkle with shredded cheese & dollop with sour cream
Serve with crackers or garlic toast and ENJOY!!!!
For a family of four this makes two meals. I have leftovers the following evening, cutting the meal cost in half and the mess! Total cost was 7.67 (this includes my target red card 5% discount) or 3.83 per a meal. Cheap and yummy!!
Stay tuned for my meal planning post! Thanks for checking out my favorite fall recipe!!
Cooked pumpkin seeds are a great way to save money this fall!! After you carve out your pumpkin, rinse those babies off and stick them in the oven!! You now have a healthy snack (seeds are loaded with magnesium, potassium and zinc). Depending on how many pumpkins you carve, you’ll have a yummy, nutritious snack for days. Eat up!!
1. Rinse your seeds well.
2. Grease tray with olive oil (or cooking spray) & lay seeds in a single layer.
3. Season (use salt or cinnamon & sugar for a sweet tooth).
4. Cook at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
5. Cool & enjoy!!! (As my two-year old would say, Nummy Tummy!)