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Menu Planning Basics | Tips to Avoid Dinner Time Panic and Stick to a Budget {with FREE Printables!}

Menu Planning Basics


In today’s society we are all living with crazy schedules.  Work, family, church, grocery shopping, paying the bills, cleaning, cooking, and the list could literally go on forever!


I have found that the less organized I am the more frustrated I tend to be because, let’s face it, working full time and juggling a household full time is a difficult task!    On the flip side, the better prepared I am the less frazzled I feel. I take about 10-20 minutes once per week to plan a simple and basic menu that helps tremendously to relieve the stress of what I am going to feed my family.  I have a plan that works for us and that is easy to follow.


Today I want to share some of my tips and tricks to help avoid the dinner time panic and feel less stressed when feeding your family.   If you want the short and sweet version I recommend you read my 5 Simple Steps to Planning Your Menu.


For those of you with more time, make sure to check out my Menu Planning Basics Series for a more in depth step-by-step guide to helping you be more prepared and less stressed at dinner time!




ChapStick Tropical Paradise Collection

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I have always suffered from problems with dry lips and I find myself constantly applying chapstick to help with this problem.  So when Chapstick contacted me about doing a review on their new chapstick line I was thrilled to say the least!

Chapstick Tropical Paradise Collections comes in three tropical flavors: Watermelon Splash, Mango Sunrise and Aloha Coconut.  The Aloha Coconut is most definitely my favorite, however, all three seemed to work well and left my lips feeling moisturized.

I typically use Burt’s Bee’s for my chapped lips and love it (if you can get over the smell!) so one of the first things I noticed was the yummy scents of the ChapStick Tropical Paradise Collection.  You can head over to to find out more about these and other flavors available!


Disclosure: The ChapStick product and information have been provided by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare.  All opinions are always 100% my own!  😉

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How to Print Coupons without Ink


We have 2 laptops in our household and no desktops.  The great thing about laptops is that they are portable and I often move around to wherever is most comfortable in order to work, read emails, or pay bills.  This frustrated me since I often either need or want to print something from laptop – be it coupons, payment confirmations, or something similar.

Recently I discovered that I can print even when the printer is not attached to my laptop!   No matter where I am – visiting family, at Starbucks, or at home –  I can simply hit the print button like normal in order to send the pages into my printing queue.   Then, once I am ready to print, I simply attach my printer to my laptop and voila!  Everything in my queue prints as if I had my computer attached to the printer all along.

This is a lifesaver for me since I am not constantly having to run around the house in order to print things!

Saving Money On Laundry

In today’s world, we are all looking for ways to save as much as we possibly can.  Here are a few of my favorite money saving tips and ideas when it comes to laundry!

Only Wash Dirty Clothes
If we are running out to the grocery store or library quickly, we will hang or fold laundry without washing again first.   I know some people are picky about this, but if we wear clothes for such a short period of time I see no reason to add it to the wash just yet.   This saves on the wear and tears of your clothes too!

Wash only Full Loads

There is no sense in washing only a few items.   Wait until you have enough laundry to fill your machine before washing.  This will help to reduce your water and heating bill.

Cut back on the Detergent

Only use half the recommended amount of detergent.  I have been doing this for years and our clothes come out just as clean as when using the full amount.    If we have a heavily soiled load, I will use the full amount.

Add water to your Detergent

When the detergent bottled is empty, I will add some water, close the lid, and shake.   This always allows me 1 or 2 more loads from the bottle!


Hang Dry

This is something our Grandmother’s did all of those years ago and it can save you a ton!   While we do not have a clothes line to dry our clothes outside, I do not dry dress clothes.  Instead I will take them from the washer and hang them up to dry.   You can do this with extra space in your laundry room or simply hang them on your shower curtain rod until they are dry.

Change Loads Quickly

In order to use your dryer efficiently make sure that you remove clothes as soon as they are dry.  Do not let them go on the spin cycle for an hour before removing them.   That allows the dryer to cool and uses electricity needlessly.

What are some other tips you have for saving money on laundry?

Amazon Deal: Charlotte Mason’s Original Homeschooling Series for $0.99!


Amazon is offering a download of Charlotte Mason’s Original Homeschooling Series for just $0.99!   This regularly sales for $58.95 which is a 98% savings!!


Please note that the price is currently set at $0.99, but Amazon prices are subject to change with the wind so make sure that the price is still set at $0.99 when you download your copy!   Remember that you can  download these onto your computer if you don’t have a Kindle.



Download Yours here: Amazon Deal: Charlotte Mason’s Original Homeschooling Series for $0.99!


(Thanks, Saving Dollars and Cents!)

Kroger Deals for Dec 5 – 11, 2012

Make sure to check out our Kroger Shopping Tips to help you plan your shopping trip!  

A few things to keep in mind when shopping at Kroger:

  • Ads will very by region.  Go here to view your weekly ad.
  • My Kroger will double coupons up to 0.60 everyday.
  • Remember to  load those eCoupons on your Kroger card before shopping!
  • You do not have to purchase 10 items in the 10 for $10.00 deals in order to get the discount.  Each item will ring up for 1.00 ea whether you have 10 items or not.


Online Coupons: | Cool Savings | Red Plum | Coupon Network | Smart Source

Cellfire | UPromise | Shortcuts | Kroger eCoupons

Having trouble understanding the abbreviations?   Make sure to check out our Coupon Lingo Guide!

Grocery Deals


Kroger Cheese – 12-16 oz – 2.99 ea


Tombstone Pizza – 2.50

$1/3 Tombstone pizzas printable coupon

= 2.17 each wyb 3


Healthy Choice or Smart Ones Entrees – 2.20 ea

-$4/10 Weight Watchers Smart Ones printable

-$1 off Healthy Choice baked frozen entree printable

= 1.20 – 1.80 ea


General Mills Cereal – 1.99

-$1.10/2 General Mills Chex Rice, Corn, Wheat, Honey Nut, Chocolate, Multi-Bran, Cinnamon or Apple Cinnamon cereal printable

-$1.10/2 General Mills Chex cereals printable

-$1/2 General Mills Chex cereals, SS 11/11

= 1.44 – 1.59

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