Meal Planning

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7 Easy Dinners for the Lazy Girl – 10-Minute Prep

7 Easy Dinners for the Lazy Girl

Are you having a hard time getting dinner on the table? It is always nice to have some easy dinners to whip together on those difficult nights.

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7 Easy Dinners for the Lazy Girl – 10 Minutes

Let me tell you, dinner time used to be one of the most stressful times of day for me. Before I started meal planning, my kids would cry and hang on me as I frantically searched the cupboards for something to make. Sometimes, yes, I fed them chicken nuggets out of necessity. Did I feel great about it? NO!

Would I rather have fed my kids something healthier but also serve something fast and easy? Of course!

The lazy girl is always on the lookout for easier ways to do things. In this case, being lazy means working smarter at dinner time instead of waiting for that next “hangry” tantrum from your kids.

What if you could find seven lazy dinners for the week that took only 10 minutes to prepare and still gave your kids a nutritional punch that they SO need for function, growth, and development?

This post offers seven easy meals for the lazy girl, mom, or in some cases dad – depending on who wears the chef hat in your family. Check them out and be on the lookout for more of these lazy dinner ideas that will make your dinner time a breeze!

After a hard day of working or cleaning and you kids long day at school, they probably just want some family time and alone time with you. With these simple meals, you will have that extra cuddle time tonight!

Here are seven easy meals that will only take around ten minutes to make so you can use your time for something better than cooking.

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50 Make-Ahead Tailgate Foods for Your Tailgate Menu

50 Make-Ahead Tailgate Foods for Your Tailgate Menu

50 Make-Ahead Tailgate Foods for Your Tailgate Menu - Destress your tailgate morning! #football #tailgate #tailgatemenu
50 Make-Ahead Tailgate Foods for Your Tailgate Menu

It’s Tailgating time again! I don’t know about you, but we look forward to the fall season all year long. The weather cools down, we can still be outside and you guessed it, it is football season -GO LIONS! Although tailgating is a fun part of the season, getting your tailgate menu ready can be stressful and make-ahead tailgate foods can help you save time on game day.

Yes, it’s not all beers and bean dips! There is some preparation involved.  However, if you find make-ahead tailgate foods to add to your tailgate menu, your early Saturday (college football) or Sunday (NFL) will be a breeze.

Therefore, I have you covered with my fifty plus tailgate recipes that you can make ahead of time and pop in the cooler or bring your crockpot to the tailgate for some cozy chow.

Let the fun times and food roll as you cheer for your team! I’m a home-team kind of girl, so I will be rooting for the Detroit Lions and Central Michigan Chippewas. – ROOOOAR and GO FIRE UP CHIPS!

Put on those football sweatshirts, pack up the cooler and get ready for the big game with these yummy recipes below!

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Sun Basket and HelloFresh Meal Planning Services Review

Sun Basket and HelloFresh Meal Planning Services Review Guest Post

HelloFresh and Sun Basket Meal Planning Review
HelloFresh and Sun Basket Meal Planning Review

Bio: Russell and Maleah are a husband/wife team that run Unconventional Prosperity, a personal finance blog that aims to help people live an abundant life. They reached their goal of financial freedom in their early thirties and their mission is to help other people to do the same. Follow them on Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram.

We do our best to try to eat healthy food, but it can be hard to find the time to shop for groceries and cook at home. We both work full-time on our blogs and it can be hard to resist the temptation to eat out. Cooking at home can help save money and usually leads to better calorie-controlled portions.

Having full control over what goes into your food can also improve your health dramatically. We decided to try out two of the most popular meal planning services – HelloFresh and Sun Basket. The idea of having the ingredients and recipes delivered directly to our door really appealed to us.

Although cost was not a big concern for us during this test period, we do like to get good value for money. We hoped that the meal planning services would save us enough time and effort to compensate for the cost of the service.

We found that the meal planning services did work out cheaper than eating out. So, in this respect, they did help us to save some money. The ingredients were high quality and the meal variety was very good. We enjoyed trying food that we don’t usually eat (especially with Sun Basket meals).

Here is what we found when we tried out Sun Basket and HelloFresh meal planning services.

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50 Cheap Family Meals That Will Fill You Up – Most Under $10

Are you looking for cheap family meals that your family will eat and love?

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50 Cheap Family Meals

So many times, cheap family meals do not make enough to feed an entire family. Your family is left snacking all evening and this is costing you money!

If there is one thing I LOVE, it is saving money.

So today I have compiled a resource to help you solve your cheap family meals dilemma. Below you will find over 50 cheap dinner ideas that will fill your stomach and your hearts because they are all made with love.

One of my favorite ways to save money on groceries is to use meal planning. You could easily make a bi-weekly meal plan using any of the cheap dinners below.

Be sure to sign up for my meal planning pack, and add in your dinners and fill your shopping list for weekly or bi-weekly cheap family meals and save money on your groceries.

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 Check out my favorite ways to save money below:

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Super Easy Chicken Cucumber Salad Recipe

Super Easy Pasta Chicken Cucumber Salad
Super Easy Pasta Chicken Cucumber Salad

Are you looking for some frugal and easy recipes to serve your family this summer? This Chicken Cucumber Salad Recipe will not disappoint.

Summer is a time to relax and spend with your family, so cooking five-courses meals may not be on your agenda. (Or mine!)

If you are like me, you want something quick and easy that won’t heat up the entire house by using the oven.

I make this salad for parties, lunch, and as a full meal with chicken added. The best part is, it is SO easy to make and only takes a few minutes to whip up.

If you are able to boil pasta and cut up vegetables, then you can make this!

Are you headed to a party for the fourth? I made this for my son’s birthday party last summer and the bowl was empty when the party was over. I like to make dishes for holiday parties that incorporate fruits or vegetables so my kids aren’t eating junk food all day. This includes tomatoes and cucumbers as part of the salad so yay for nutrition!

Let’s Talk Price For Your Chicken Cucumber Salad Recipe

Not to mention, I LOVE saving money and this salad will not break the bank with only five ingredients (well, add a bit of salt and pepper on top of the five) and you have a great meal for around $6-7 depending on where and how much you spend on your chicken.

I bought mine at Target and got six pieces of fresh chicken for $5.79. That is under $1 per piece, so my salad priced out around $6!

Don’t forget you can make it veggie style if you are on a tight budget. I usually don’t add chicken if I am making it for a side dish for a party. So that’s around $4 for a hearty side dish.

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Cheap Meal Plan for Two – Under $30 for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Cheap Meal Plan for Two
Cheap Meal Plan for Two

How many times has five o’clock rolled around and there is nothing on your table for dinner? You frantically start searching for something to eat, but nothing sounds good. You wish you had a cheap meal plan for two but you didn’t take the time to plan anything out this week.

So what do you do? You get out your flyers and call for takeout spending $20-$30 on one meal because well, it’s easy.

This is commonplace in many households and ordering take out and going out to eat could literally be killing your budget as I write this.

If you are doing this just few times a week, you are adding $20-60 to your budget.

What if you could find a way to cut your food bill and keep some of that money in your pocket?

Have you considered using meal planning? Meal planning is a great way to cut money from your budget.

Often we find ourselves over-spending and wind up in debt. However, if you are trying to get yourself back on track or avoid going into debt altogether, meal planning can save you so much on your food bill.

One way people go overboard on their food budget is by frequently going out to eat. If this is a favorite of yours, I’m not saying to cut it out completely. However, maybe cut back your restaurant trips to once every two weeks and eat at home for every other meal.

Start tracking your food spending. I bet at the end of the month, you will have saved at least $50, if not more.


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Reasons to Try My Cheap Meal Plan for Two Under $30:

There are many reasons to start meal planning, but my favorite is to save money! However, meal planning can also save your time and your sanity! It takes the stress out of dinner time by carefully planning your meals, shopping for your ingredients, and having things on-hand so you are not making extra trips to the store where you will be tempted to spend more.

Best Reasons to Meal Plan:

  • Time – You will save time NOT making last-minute trips to the store and searching your cupboards when everyone is hungry.
  • Money – You will save money because you will not go out to eat or order takeout on a whim. Cooking at home is much cheaper.
  • Stress – You will not be stressed out when dinner time rolls around and you can’t find anything to make or need to run back to the store for an ingredient.

Suggested Reading: 7 Lies You Have Heard About Meal Planning and How to Start

I’ve used meal planning for most of my adult life and what I found: It is not hard, you just need to make a plan and stick to it! Finding cheap meals that will feed your family is possible and you CAN save more on your grocery bill. 

I promise you, meal planning will save you money!

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