What is a Split-Meat Meal? Eating on a Budget – Spaghetti & Tacos

SPLIT MEAT MEALS – Eating on a Budget

 

 

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

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!

Split meat meals are great for families trying to save money on food and stay healthy. You are using half the meat for both meals and filling yourself up with other items such as vegetables or bread.

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 and meal prep.

This works best for a family of four with younger kids. My kids are ages six and four and do not mind if their spaghetti sauce or tacos don’t have as much meat. Plus if you start this when they are young, then they are used to eating their meals with less meat as they grow.

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

Black Friday! Oh how exciting! Oh how fun!

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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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What Do I Do With All of This Leftover Turkey! Turkey Recipes

Leftover Turkey
Leftover Turkey

Are you cooking a turkey for Thanksgiving this year or hosting? You are bound to end up with leftover turkey. With recipes estimating over 1 pound per guest, there is always turkey left at the end of the Thanksgiving meal.

I have hosted Thanksgiving three times so far and I am sure I have more to come. Yet, I have to admit, I was super nervous cooking the turkey my first time. However, I later realized, cooking a turkey is super easy. You just need to prep your turkey and pay attention to the meat thermometer and timing. My first bird turned out juicy and succulent. My guests raved  I even sent home leftover bags with several of my guests. However, I still ended up with piles of turkey I was left eating for days after and the plain turkey was getting old after Black Friday.

So what is a girl to do? Find some amazing recipes to use your turkey up! I love saving money and since Thanksgiving day turkey isn’t cheap, I hate wasting any bit of it!

And I am a turkey lover! My husband… Not so much! So I am left eating the majority of our leftovers. However, we are about to convert you with some of our leftovers, with my two boys.

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

Left Over Turkey Recipes:

1. Turkey Sandwich –  Load up your favorite bread (I love multi-grain), add a little mayo, tomato, lettuce, and cheese (I like provolone with turkey)  and you’ve got lunch or dinner that is bound to be a winner!

Pro Tip: Taking leftovers for lunch is a HUGE money-saver!

2. Turkey 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! Homemade pot pie doesn’t have to be difficult! Here is an amazing pie crust recipe from All Recipes to try with your pot pie!

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! (We will have to skip the dressing for my oldest son. He likes everything plain!)

5. Hot Turkey Salad – Yum! This is a recipe my Great-Grandma used to make!

Quick Recipe:  Add 3 Cups diced turkey, 1 cup thinly sliced 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 Away Leftovers – than the gift of giving during the holiday season.  Buy some freezer bags and send your guests home with some leftovers of their own!  They will leave happy and you will cut down on wasted food! A win, win!

Leftover Turkey Recipes Conclusion

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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Rakuten (Formerly Ebates) Review – Is it Worth It?

Rakuten Review

Ebates Review - Is the Cash back app legit? Find out here and learn how to earn money back on your online shopping. #cashbackapp #ebates #makemoney
Ebates Review – Cash back app

This post contains affiliate links. This means if you click a link and make a purchase, I will receive a small commission at no cost to you, so thank you! 

Have you heard of Rakuten (formerly known as Ebates)? Rakuten is a popular cashback app or website (whatever you prefer) that earns you money back each time you shop online. Rakuten offers cash back at thousands of popular stores and is a great way to save money.

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 home. Yet, this makes it more difficult to coupon and save like you would at a brick and motor store. However, Ebates helps ease this financial burden because you earn money back with your online purchase. Rakuten is a wonderful way to start making money on everyday items you buy online or use it during the Holidays or when buying birthday gifts to earn some cash back.

Rakuten is free to join and you can earn $10 just for signing up. You have nothing to lose!

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

Spruce up Stove Top Stuffing

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 let’s not forget the food budget!

That’s enough to give a busy mom and headache! 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 your Stove Top and you will save money because you are using Stove Top! Yet, you will still have a dish that your guests will love!

Both times I made this recipe, there was nothing left at the end of Thanksgiving dinner, so I guess it was a success.

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

In this Poshmark 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!

Make Money selling on Poshmark
Make Money selling on Poshmark

 

This post contains affiliate links. If you click a link and make a purchase, I will receive a small commission at no cost to you.

If you feel this app is for you, use my code MASMAX when signing up and you will receive a $10 credit.

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. Unfortunately, I had many items in my closet that I stilled loved but 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! And 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.

I’m happy to say that 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 to upload it with the information (size, condition, description, price) and you are good to go.  Also, It helps to style your item or give your buyers an 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 follower’s news feeds and other people (hopefully with more followers) will share your items. All of this is really easy within the website. (more…)

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