What is a Split-Meat Meal? Spaghetti & Tacos

Split Meat Meals- Spaghetti & Tacos
Split Meat meals – Spaghetti & Tacos

SPLIT MEAT MEALS

What is a split meal? Do you often cook dinners on a budget?  If so, my split-meat meal idea is perfect for you! Make your spaghetti and tacos this week, using only one package of meat!

I started my split meals when my husband was buying our ground turkey from Costco. The packages of meat were bigger, so I would make two meals out of one meat pack! My two go-to meals for splitting are spaghetti and tacos! (Although you could do Chili and add extra veggies)

So my split meal is just that! I split the meat and drum up two meals with one meat package!

After a while I started doing this with the regular sized packs of meat, be it ground turkey or ground beef.  I then realized I didn’t mind less meat in my spaghetti sauce and no one else in my family seemed to mind either.(Note: I’m feeding two adults and two children, ages four and two. If you have teenagers you may need the Costco size meat packs.)

So brown up the meat, split it into two pans and make your spaghetti sauce (I like to use Garden Combo Market Pantry Sauce) with half and taco meat with the other half. Serve up the spaghetti that evening and the next night, devour your delectable tacos!!

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Why I’m shopping at Target.com this Black Friday!

Black Friday! Oh how exciting! Oh how fun!

Shop Target
Black Friday & Weekend Shopping

*** Sale Alert*** 11/27-11/28 15% off store-wide In-store and Target.com

We love deals at iheartfrugal and Black Friday means you can score many, many great deals; however, many people do not realize, most of these deals, with the exception of door busters, can be purchased online.

One of my favorite sites for this is Target.com!  Why?  Because I have a REDcard and I get 5% off all of my purchases, even sales! I also get free shipping on everything on the site, although, Target has free standard shipping and free returns until December 21st (some exclusions) right now as one of its promotions!

My Black Friday Scores!

I got a Graco booster seat for $29.20 and a nice pair of Boy’s Cat & Jack boots for $18!!  I also scored two cute flannel shirts to use for our Christmas cards for $6.99 each! I’m hoping you find many great deals on Black Friday and all weekend long!!

Here are some other great Target Promotions: ( sale running 11/27-12/3)

  1.  Save $10 off of $50 or $25 off of $100 Holiday Decor
  2.  Save 40% of beds, rugs, decor, dining and entertainment
  3. Save 25% off of K’nex, Mega Blocks, Megformers, and Legos
  4. Save $20 when you spend $125 on Baby (car seats, strollers, gear, nursery, feeding, monitors, etc.)

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Help! – What Do I Do With All of This Leftover Turkey!

Leftover Turkey
Leftover Turkey

Cooking a turkey this year?  Hosting your first Turkey Day dinner?  You are bound to wind up with leftovers.

I am a turkey lover! Some are not! However, we are about to convert you with some of our leftover  ideas here at iheartfrugal!

Need a few ideas so that yummy, juicy bird does not go to waste?  Here at iheartfrugal we believe in using as much of the food as possible, in order to continue with our frugal living habits, which saves you money!!!

Meals for days. Read on….

  1.  Of course, no one can discount a yummy turkey sandwich.  Load up your favorite bread (I love multi-grain), add a little mayo, tomato, lettuce and cheese (provolone? Yes, please!) and you’ve got lunch or dinner that is bound to be a winner!
  2. Soup!  Now that the weather is getting colder, everyone loves to warm up with a yummy bowl of soup. Use your bird to replace the meat in any chicken soup recipe or use the turkey bone to make your own broth and enjoy in any recipe that calls for broth!
  3. Turkey pot pie! Sick of the regular old chicken pot pie? Why not use turkey? Make a basic dough or Pillsbury biscuits, add some veggies and cream of chicken soup and bake them up! I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!
  4. Cold turkey salad – Add your turkey to lettuce, dried cranberries, walnuts, blue or feta cheese! Top with a little raspberry vinaigrette dressing and you will have a dish even the kids will love! (Well, my oldest son doesn’t like dressing on anything!lol)
  5. Hot Turkey salad – Yum! This is a recipe from Great-Grandma! Thanks for sharing, Mom! Recipe:  Add 3 Cups diced turkey, 1 cup thinly slice celery, 1 cup shredded cheese, 1/4 cup chopped black olives, 1 tablespoon chopped onion, 1 teaspoon salt, 2/3 cup Miracle Whip and stir!  Sprinkle with shredded cheese and top with crushed potato chips.
  6. Give some leftovers to your guests –  What is better than the gift of giving during the holiday season.  Buy some freezer bags and send your guests home with a little leftovers of their own!  They will leave happy and you will cut down on wasted food! A win, win!

Whatever it is you do with your Turkey, this year, I’m wishing you a joyful, peaceful Holiday Season with good food, good family and good friends and  love in your hearts! Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

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Ebates Review – Is it Worth It?


EBATES REVIEW 

Ebates Review - Is It Worth It?

Note: This post was updated 6/29/2017

In today’s world, who doesn’t shop online? According to a UPS survey, 51% of all shopping is done online. It is super easy to browse and shop from the comfort of your own couch. However, it is always best to stick to your budget and too much shopping can hinder your progress. Hence it is essential to use Ebates when you put that holiday gift in your online basket since you will earn money back on your purchase.  Ebates is a wonderful way to start making money on all the gifts you buy for your family and friends (or yourself) and I highly recommend using this site.

I’ve used Ebates for years! I use Ebates throughout the year, but it definitely helps ease the burden of all the money spent during the Holiday Season!

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Easy Stuffing for Less! Spruce up Stove Top for $5.38

Spruce up that Stove Top!

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Thanksgiving Stuffing
Spruce up Stove Top this Thanksgiving

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!!

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Poshmark Review – Ins and Outs of Poshmark

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)

Make Money selling on Poshmark
Make Money selling on Poshmark

If you feel this app is 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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Selling

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…)