Easy, Budget Friendly Tuna Noodle Cassarole-Under $3

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.

Easy, Budget Friendly Tuna Noodle
Easy, Budget Friendly Tuna Noodle Casserole

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

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Boil water and add rotini

Directions:

  1. Boil water (season with a dash of salt)  and add rotini
  2. Cook rotini for about nine minutes and drain
  3. Place rotini back in the pot
  4. Literally dump the rest of the ingredients in the pot and stir (add a little salt and pepper)
  5. Bam! You are ready to plate and serve
Tuna Noodle
Budget Friendly Tuna Noodle

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 own goldfish crackers on top! Fish on top of fish!!

Enjoy!

Tuna Noodle
Budget Friendly Tuna Noodle

 

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!

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Save Money on Holiday Shopping


How to save money on Christmas Shopping

Christmas Savings
Christmas Saving

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.

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Budget Friendly Meal Planning

Looking for ways to save money? Meal Planning is a quick easy solution to keep your budget on track.
Yummy & Budget-Friendly Meal Planning

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 usually plan out our meals monthly, starting at the beginning of the month. Today’s  example will include two weeks worth of meal planning, which can be doubled for a months worth. (or for more ideas check out Budget-friendly Two Week Dinner Meal Plan for under $75)

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!

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Chili-Fall Budget Meal Under $4

Fall Chili Recipe

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.)

Yummy Cheap Chili

Directions:

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

Yummy cheap chili
Yummy cheap chili
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!!

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Pumpkin Seeds- The Money Saving Snack

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Save money in snacks and cook up those pumpkin seeds!
Save money in snacks and cook up those pumpkin seeds!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pumpkin Seeds – The Money Saving Snack

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE the fall! Yes, that time of year is right around the corner (of the corn maze).

Our favorite fall activity is visiting the pumpkin patch and picking a perfectly round, orange pumpkin off the vine! The farm we visit has kids activities and a train!

Since we are buying our pumpkins at the farm, they are usually cheaper than the super market so we save a little and have some family fun. Nonetheless, what better way to save money more than to use something you were already going to buy – your great pumpkin!

So after carving that beauty of a plant you picked out, why not eat the seeds! You may be tempted to toss them, but they are super easy to cook and make into a yummy, healthy snack.

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. Enjoy my simple recipe! 

Easy Pumpkin Seed Recipe

1. Rinse your seeds well

2. Grease your 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!)

Happy Halloween

See, wasn’t that easy? You can take snacks off your grocery list for a few days and enjoy these goodies! I hope you enjoy the recipe and have a great snack with your family! Happy Halloween!

 

Happy Halloween-Costume Savings


Halloween Costume  Savings
Halloween Costume Savings; learn how to save on your costumes this year!

Happy Halloween!🎃

What are your kids dressing up as this year? Did you pay full price for those cute costumes? Hope not, but if you did, there is time to save for next year!! Here are five ideas to help you!

1. If possible, the number one way to save is to buy one year early! This works best for younger kids that can be swayed or if you already know what they are into! My son is wearing a Captain America Costume that my mom bought on clearance last year for $5 (marked down from $22). Just buy a size or two up and you are set! No stress next year!

2. Check mom to mom sights or sales. I just started using these on Facebook and I’m addicted! I see costumes all the time and some people are just giving them away to get rid of them!-Way to spread the love!

3. Sign up for a store email list. Many major stores offer free shipping and discounts around the holidays. I am on the Party City email list and they have had free shipping all week!

4. A fairly new way to shop online is Jet.com.  I bought my husband’s and my Halloween costumes on this sight last year. The sight actually shops around, will find you a great deal and offer a discount if you wave your right to return your item.

5. Another great idea is to costume swap with friends, family, neighbors or mom’s groups. Many moms are just trying to get rid of old, no longer used costumes.

As always, I hope this post was helpful!! Don’t forget to stock up on Halloween candy next week when it all goes on clearance!  YUM!