Wednesday, September 30, 2009
I get a lot of grief about my meal planning habits. First, it is hanging right on my freezer door for the whole world to see with big black sharpie cross-outs and arrows. Second, I am not a weekly planner (most are)...I am an overacheiver, you see...I am a MONTHLY planner. Third, we have an incredible stockpile of food and I like it that way!
You see, I was raised by a single mother (my father dies when I was three) and my grandmother. We had nothing, people. We stood in lines at a church to get government peanut butter and cheese (it tastes like Velveeta by the way.) I remember my grandma taking me along so we could get extra cereal... There were many nights when stewed tomatoes and bread were our dinner.
Now, mind you, we also had feasts! Thanksgiving and Easter were always HUGE! My grandma could make a mean pot of spaghetti and meatballs to feed all of us cousins (she put bread balls in the middle to stretch the meat and "make it moist.") She was known in the family for her cole slaw recipe. We liked to eat and I still do!
I kind of have the "Scarlett O'Hara" complex. You know, "As God as my witness, I'll never go hungry again" kind of thing... So, as an adult, I am a planner. A slightly obsessive organizer. A daily checkbook updater. A "honey, let's talk about our budget" kind of girl. I simply can not do one week of meal planning. What if the car breaks down and all out food money goes to repairs?!?!? I need a plan, people!
Thus, the monthly meal plan was born. I choose to plan 20-22 meals per month that can be served for dinner. When I make my plan, I have all of my meats and boxed foods on hand that I list (see my stockpile pictures to follow). I usually have to purchase fresh produce and dairy only. I like it this way - I feel prepared - I feel wise - I feel safe.
So, if there is ever a major storm in Central Ohio, I could feed you all for at least 2 weeks! :)
I choose to not plan an entire 30 days. This gives our family flexibility to have dinner with friends, family, order a pizza, attend a church function or simply throw something together on a whim. 20 days has proven over time to be nore than enough for our family.
I also only plan dinners. We eat simple breakfasts, lunches are sandwiches, mac and cheese, or leftovers. Dinner is the only thing I focus on because for me, it is the hardest.
I like having a list on the fridge. In the morning (or the night before) I can look at the list and decide what sounds good. Then, I don't have a lot of excuses. I know what to make. I have the ingredients. I have the side dishes. I just have to make it and serve it with love :)
Here is our actual October Meal Plan. I love that fall is here! It's going to be a good month of eating here at the Labutis Home!
October's Meal Plan
1. Amish Meatloaf, Baked Potatoes, Corn
2. Italian Chicken Breasts, Cheddar/Broccoli Rice, Frozen Vegetable Medley
3. Cresent Roll Hot Dogs, Tator Tots, Dirt Pudding
4. Black Beans and Rice, Chips and Queso Dip
5. Lasagna, Garlic Bread, Caesar Salad
6. Ham and Macaroni Casserole, Peas, Applesauce
7. Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup
8. Swiss Steak, Mashed Potatoes, Corn
9. Chicken/Broccoli Packets, Mac and Cheese, Green Beans
10. Chili and Cornbread Cake
11. Seasoned Pork Roast, Potatoes, Carrots
12. Baked Ziti, Breadsticks, Salad
13. Steaks on the Grill, Twice Baked Potatoes, Green Beans, Apple Crisp
14. Shepherd's Pie, Applesauce, Rolls
15. Egg Casserole with Sausage, Toast, Apples/Grapes
16. Pepperoni Pizza Bake, Brownies
17. Hamburger Gravy over Mashed Potatoes, Corn
18. Homestyle Bake, Fruit Cocktail
19. Stuffed Shells, Garlic Bread, Caesar Salad
20. Shredded Chicken Sandwiches, Chips, Jello Salad, Baked Beans
Monday, September 28, 2009
I also asked her what days they stock the shelves. They receive trucks Wednesday and Friday. So, even if you wait uintil Saturday, you should still be able to get some deals.
I would recommend calling your local KMart and asking these kinds of questions before venturing out... Have fun!
How did you do on week 1's pantry challenge? I had so much fun with it!!!
Here is this week's challenge:
I have heard from many sources that Goodwill Industies is having a shortage of clothing due to the economy. (Many people are headed there first for clothing for work, school, and growing kids.) As you change to your fall clothes, clean out. Release items that you haven't worn for over a year. Bag this stuff up and immediately put into your trunk of your car. The next time you are near a Goodwill, Salvation Army, or charity of your choice, drop off the bags. Try to drop them off within the week. Let me know how many garbage bags you had and where you donated by leaving a comment. The person with the most garbage bags, will get a "treat" from me via mail!
Let's clean out, help others, and make a difference today!!! :)
PS I will post a pic of my bags by the end of the week.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Use instead of Comet to scour your tub or shower floor.
To remove pesky dead insects from the exterior of your car: Sprinkle baking soda on a damp sponge and wipe down the hood and/or windshield of your vehicle. Once all desired areas have been wiped down, simply go back over those areas with a dry cloth to remove the baking soda and bugs. The baking soda is a mild abrasive that will remove the bugs without causing damage to the car’s finish.
To clean CD’s and DVD’s: Clean a scuff mark from a CD or DVD by rubbing a dab of creamy peanut butter on the disc with a soft cloth and wipe clean.
Cooking Spray (Pam)
Coat the inside of your containers with cooking spray, then pour your tomato sauce products into the container to prevent staining.
Use to grease a sqeaky car door instead of WD-40.
Wipe your car's cup holder, dashboard and steering wheel with baby wipes to remove dust and stickiness.
Lemonade Mix (Powdered Form)
To clean a dishwasher: Make sure your dishwasher is empty, then fill the detergent cup with lemonade powder and run the machine through its normal cycle. Your dishwasher will smell lemon fresh and will be sparkly clean.
Soak a cotton ball with pure vanilla extract and place it on a saucer in the corner of the room. Your home will quickly be filled with the fresh scent of vanilla.
You can find a long list of other useful tips and tricks just like these in the popular book “Fix-It Magic” by Joey Green.
Green Giant Steamers (in frozen section) .99/each
*Use .50 Man. Coupon to get these for FREE!
Red Grapes .88/lb.
Glade Soy Candle (4.9 oz.) $2.95/each
*Use $2.00 Man. Coupon and pay .95!
Cheerios Snack Mix $1.19/bag
*Use .50 Man. Coupon to get these for .19!
Russet Potatoes (10 lb. bag) $1.99
Also, here is some info on the MEIJER MEALBOX STORE COUPONS program:
* Mealbox coupons may be used in addition to Manufacturer coupons.
* Mealbox coupons cannot be doubled or tripled at any time.
* Print these coupons directly from Meijer's website. You may also want to print a copy of the rules in case you are ever questioned by a cashier.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
SNACK SHELF: fruit snacks, crackers, cookies and anything snacky!
Friday, September 25, 2009
10 years ago today, I thought we knew each other...
10 years ago today, I thought I loved you completely...
10 years ago today, I thought we had it all figured out...
10 years ago today, I thought our plans were solid...
10 years ago today, I thought that "in sickness" was not likely...
10 years ago today, I thought I knew what it meant to serve...
10 years ago today, I thought a lot of things...
Now, I KNOW that bills rise, jobs change, we get sick, kids can make us crazy, schedules are insane, time flies, laundry piles up, vacations are a wish, we can pass each other like ships in the sea...
Yet, my heart KNOWS that you still choose me and I choose you. Yearly. Daily. Hourly.
My heart KNOWS that God's plan for me includes you and that will never change.
My heart KNOWS I trust you with my deepest secrets, fears, and dreams.
My heart KNOWS that you are faithful, a servant, a friend to many. That you try your best.
10 years ago today, I married my best friend.
TODAY, I am grateful for the journey, lumps and all...
And, I would do it all over again!
5. A new Redbox code for any location is available. It is 9HB6MP22.
4. FREE museum day courtesy of the Smithsonian; see post HERE
3. The Three Bags Full Childrens Sale continues today and tomorrow at the Hartford Fairgrounds; see their site HERE. Clothe your kids on a budget for fall! Re-sell in spring!!!
2. Victoria's Secret has a coupon to get panties at 10/$25! See Moms by Heart's post on how you can get this great deal!
1. Many Kroger's are participating in TRIPLE coupons this weekend; call your store to see if they are participating!
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Aldi $7.91 (1/2 of a turkey ham, tator tots, hot dog buns, shr cheddar cheese)
Meijer $11.11 (pizza, bread, milk, yogurt, 2 hot dogs, salami, lunchable jr, and a 2 liter of soda for pizza night!)
Total left to spend $2.54!
Total spent for the month: $137.46 (My budget was $25/week + $40 for KMart Super Doubles = $140) I DID IT!!!
(Now, to make the milk last a full week...) :) Thanks for journeying with me, friends!
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Thanks, Alyssa for this great giveaway!!!
Thanks, Savings and Stewardship for this great idea!
Monday, September 21, 2009
4.27 Dollar General (I got 48 rolls of TP, 8 rolls of paper towels, and 2 boxes of dishwasher soap for this amount by hitting a Grand Opening sale to get a $10 gift card, using a $5/20 store coupon, and using 3 manufacturers coupons! Hard to believe, but it pays to get up early - first 50 at 8 AM received the gift card - I was number 48!)
8.16 Aldi (a quick stock up on essentials and a few baking items)
Total Left to Spend $21.56
Days left in month: 9
and see how you can get Cranium games for $2 at Target.
What a fun idea for Christmas or your birthday box!!!
Thanks, My Frugal Adventures!
This week, I am feeling inspired by fellow bloggers "Coupon Geek" and "Moms by Heart" to get organized! See their posts on ways they have organized this week:
http://www.momsbyheart.net/2009/09/6-weeks-or-organization.html (Just going to say that this pantry is AMAZING!)
http://www.coupongeek.net/2009/09/6-weeks-of-organization-end-of-week-1.html (Great work here on a garage and family car!)
This week I am going to tackle my main closet pantry. I will toss expired foods, donate things that we have abundance, and just plain SEE WHAT I HAVE! I may also bring up things from the basement pantry to fill it up. By Friday, I will post pics of my before and after and you can see the progress that the pantry has made.
My challenge to you: Find something to clean out. A closet, your car, garage, attic, cupboards, dresser drawers, whatever. Donate what you can. Make it look and feel pretty!
Let me know what you accomplished this week by leaving a comment. No comments = No readers... Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy our new series: Get Motivated Mondays!
Saturday, September 19, 2009
I am SO HOPING that it will be back at my store!
Friday, September 18, 2009
10. A pet teaches your children responsiblity.
9. A pet is a home-security system.
8. A pet forces you to exercise and minimizes gym costs!
7. A pet is a counselor when you need one.
6. A pet can be free entertainment - they can be really funny :)
5. A pet keeps you warm when you are cold.
4. A pet eats your leftovers willingly (don't tell the vet I said this...)
3. A pet is always there when you come home.
2. A pet protects babies sleeping in cribs.
1. A pet adds to your family dynamic by giving love, companionship, and loyalty.
We miss you, Dolphie. You were a good dog!
Thursday, September 17, 2009
I love to give freebies or cheapies to our local food pantry. I love to bless my friends with small pampering gifts. I love to have excess for new moms, grieving families, or those affected by layoffs. It does my soul good to share a meal, a sack of food, a basket of toiletries...anything I have to give.
I love to teach my children the art of giving, the practice of sacrifice. They like to put our purchases in the food pantry collection basket at church. They have stocked the shelves there. They understand that we are blessed, that Daddy takes good care of us, and that God holds our world in His hands.
What do you have to give today? Can you clean out a cupboard for a food pantry? Can you pull clothes from your closet to donate to a rescue center? Can you take extra school supplies to a school in need? Can you give cookies to a lonely neighbor? Can you simply take your kids to a retirement home and give the gift of time?
I love this old Crystal Lewis song and I will close with these lyrics... What do you have to give?
By Crystal Lewis
All I had to give was a broken heart, torn apart
That's all I had to give
All I had to give was an empty hope and promises
That's all I had to give
But in return He gave me joy that could never be told
And in return he gave me love that was more precious than gold
So whatever you have to give, You don't have to be ashamed
Just come as you are and present it in Jesus name
For in return of a torn life, He'll give you life abundantly
And in return of a raging storm, the Lord will calm the sea
So whatever you have the Lord has so much more
So what do you have to give?
Oh if you were like me, you didn't have a lot of gold
Position or money, you didn't own wealth untold
But I'm glad He didn't look on the things that I had
But he looked and gave me all, all that I need!!!!!
Oh for in return He gave me joy that could never be told
And in return He gave me love that was more precious, more precious than gold
In return of a torn life He gave me life abundantly
And in return of a raging storm my Lord will calm the sea
So what do you have to give?
Sounds like something fun for a Christmas stocking to me!
2 Oust Air Sanitizers 2.50/each
*Used BOGO Free coupon - 2.50
* Used 1.00 off man coupon
***Paid 1.50 for both or .75/each
2 Glad Plug Ins Scented Gel 1.66/each
*Used BOGO Free coupon -1.66
Bounce Dryer Bar 3.79
*Used 1.00 man coupon
Resse's Pieces .58
*Used .55 man coupon
Lipton Cold Brew Tea 2.54
*Used FREE BOX cpn from mailer -2.54
2 Right Guard Trial Size Deodorants .97/each
*Used 1.00/2 man coupon
Degree Trial Size Deodorant .97
*Used 1.25 man coupon
*** EARNED .28
2 Bic Red Pens (clearance) .25/each
*Used 1.00/2 BIC coupon
TOTAL FOR THESE ITEMS 7.17 (includes tax)
PAID W/ $5 GIFT CARD FROM LAST WEEKS FIBER ONE DEAL
TOTAL OOP 2.17
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
I have 36.16 left for the month of September.
By the way, I am not counting my CVS trips if there is a profit. Since the profit is not actual cash, but ECB's, I am not adding them to my total available amount left.
I purchased all of this food at Meijer for $17.06!
A few hightlights were:
Boneless, skinless, chicken breast at 1.99/lb
Kraft cheese - 1/2 price
Quaker Quakes - FREE after coupon
Super Pretzels - .36 after coupon
Kool-aid coolers - .69 after $5 off snack promotion
A few things that I learned from this trip:
Regardless of convience, it is always cheaper to buy a head of lettuce (.99) over bagged salad. The only exception that I make to this is when bagged is .79 or less.
Budgeting is good, but I wish I would have saved money to stock up on chicken - this is a fantastic price! So, if you have it in YOUR budget, RUN to Meijer for Tyson chicken!
Overall, I bought 16 items for 17.06. This is app. $1.06/item. According to my receipt, I saved 17.01 (or 50%).
Monday, September 14, 2009
3 Suave Body Washes @ 2.00/each
1 Almay Smart Bal Foundation @ 9.99
Used $5 off $15 skin care CVS coupon (was printed on bottom of previous receipt)
Used .50 off body wash man. coupon
Used .75/2 body wash man. coupon
Used 1.00 Almay man. coupon
Used 2.50 old ECB (from last week)
Used 6.00 old ECB
Paid 1.36. Earned 5.00 ECB from Almay. Earned 2.00 ECB from Suave.
1 Colgate Total Advantage @ 2.99
1 Herbal Essence Shampoo @ 5.99
2 Brach's Autumn Mix @ .50/each
Used $1 off Herbal Essence man. coupon
Used $1 off Colgate man. coupon
Used 2.00 old ECB
Used 5.00 ECB from Almay purchase
Paid 1.61. Earned 2.00 from Colgate. Earned 2.00 from Herbal Essence.
Overall, I spent 2.97 OOP, but earned $11 ECB and have $6 of those ECB's remaining for next week.
I made an overall profit of $3.03.
How did you do?
The one thing that I always give on though is "Sandy" at Meijer. She is a ride-on horse who only costs a penny. Yes, .01!!!! Praise God for Sandy! I figure after all of that time of saying "no," my "yes" only costs .02 (and doesn't add to my waistline)...Not a bad bargain, friends.
Have a great day!
Sunday, September 13, 2009
*Use $1 off MQ and this is FREE!
Suave Body Wash $2.00 each
*Buy 3 and get $2 ECB = $4 OOP
* Use .50 MQ and .75/2 MQ to get all 3 for $2.75 or .91/ea
Almay Smart Shade Makeup 4.99 after ECB
*Use $1 off MQ to get $10 makeup for 3.99 (60% off!)
Head and Shoulders or Herbal Essence Shampoo 23.7 oz $3.99 after ECB
*Use $1 off MQ and pay 2.99 (a little high for me, but worh it if you need shampoo)
Brach's Candy Corn 2/$1
*Fall is coming - Fall is coming - Fall is coming!!!
I'll post what I bought and show you my deals later this week!
Friday, September 11, 2009
Thanks to Alyssa for a great blog!
Our family will be going to the Ohio Historial Society to learn about Native Americans, rock formations, and early OH settlers.
Let me know where you decide to go for a little weekend learning adventure! :)
Thursday, September 10, 2009
The beauty of these coupons is that they can be combined with sale items and clearance, which really saves you some moula! You can find a coupon for yourself and also send one to a Facebook Friend.
When I get a good coupon, I use it to stock up on jeans and socks for the kids. (Sometimes I get cute stuff for the parents too!) I think that this would be a GREAT way to save on your holiday shopping!!!
Old Navy Weekly Link:
2 Fiber One Bars $2.50/each
*I used (2) .40 off man. coupons
2 Fiber One Toaster Pastries $1.75.each
*I used (2) .50 off man. coupons
1 Box Fiber One Cereal $2.50
*I used (1) .75 off man. coupon
* I stacked with 1 Target coupon for $1 off General Mills Cereal
My OOP Total was $7.45. I earned a $5.00 gift card. My net cost was $2.45! This is .49/item and a great way to add to my stockpile :)
This deal is good through Saturday if you are interested. Feel free to email me with any questions.
2 PopTarts $1.52 each
*Used (2) .75 off Target coupons
*Used (1) $1 off 2 man. coupon
***Paid .27 each!!!
Cutter Pump - 2 pk $1.74 on clearance
*Used $2 man. coupon
Cutter Wipes - 2 pk $1.74 on clearance
*Used $2 man. coupon
Honey Nut Cheerios Bowl .95 (sale price)
*Used $1 man. coupon; adjusted down to .95
2 Bic Pens .99 each
*Used $1/2 Target coupon
*Used $1/2 man. coupon
My subtotal was 0.00
I paid sales tax only for a total of .31 OOP!
Stacking = Savings :)
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Sounds like a Christmas gift waiting to happen! :) Shall we get Ariel or Cinderella?
My kids start preschool tomorrow! Woo-Hoo!
First of all, it is 10/$10, get the 11th free week at Meijer. This is always a favorite week of mine. It gets even better when you have coupons for these items!
I purchased 38 items for $26.48. This is an average of .70 per item!
Here's the list (if you see an *, I used a coupon):
1 1/2 lbs Bananas
Rice, Meijer brand
Mentos Gum* (.39 after coupon)
Salsa, meijer brand
Shredded Cheddar, Meijer brand
2 boxes Barilla Whole Wheat Pasta* (.39 each after coupon)
2 Boxes of Barilla Piccolini Pasta* (.39 each after coupon)
3 cans of Chef Boyardee with Meat*
3 boxes of Hamburger Helper*
Green Giant Steamers* (FREE after coupon)
2 boxes of Green Giant Veggies with Sauce* (.50 each after coupon)
2 Velveeta Shells and Cheese Cups* (FREE after coupon)
Hunt's Chocolate Pudding Snack Pack
Frozen Orange Juice Concentrate, Meijer brand
Whole Wheat English Muffins, Meijer brand
4 boxes Pizza Rolls**
2 Campbells Soup at Hand* (.25 each after coupon)
Loaf of Sunbeam Bread
Can of Tomato Juice, Meijer brand
Sargento String Cheese* (1.64 after coupon and 1/2 price sale)
Promise Margarine Tubs* (.75 after coupon)
2 Lunchable Jr's
Hilshire Farm Chicken Breast* (.09 after coupon and reduced price)
Hilshire Farm Turkey Breast* (.09 after coupon and reduced price)
According to my receipt, I saved $36.85. I completely finished my shopping list and saved a lot too! It was a great week at Meijer!
KMart: 24.79 (15.21 UNDER budget)
Week 1 (Meijer): 32.75 (7.75 OVER budget)
Week 2 (Meijer): 26.48 (1.48 OVER budget)
As of today, I am still 5.98 UNDER my projected budget of 90.00 (2 grocery trips + 1 KMart).
I still have 55.98 left to spend for the month.
Can I do it? Yes, I can!
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
The basic definition for stacking a coupon at Target is: using a Target store coupon + a manufacturer's coupon on the same item. 2 coupons for one item.
Example: Dove deodorant 2.99. Target coupon $1. Man coupon $1. You pay .99 for the deodorant. Get it?
The beauty of this is that you can get many items for FREE or little money if you stack coupons on top of sales. You can also save significantly on diapers by doing this.
See sites such as a "a full cup" for Target specific coupons. http://www.afullcup.com/target-coupon-generator These change monthly. Print them off of your computer and stack them for savings. You can also use Target coupons that you have received in the mail.
Also, check the end caps in the food and beauty sections for clearance items that you can use coupons on to get for free. I just saw Cutter Insect Repellant (2 pks) on clearance from 7.99 to 1.89. I have $2 off man coupons on these, making them FREE.
Target is the only store in the central OH area that I am aware of where you can coupon stack. I've tried it at Meijer with their mealbox coupons and my cashier won't let it go through. So, lets shop at Target and show them how much we appreciate this program!
Monday, September 7, 2009
Here it is. Are you ready? Can I hear you say RED-BOX? (hehehehe)
Just type it in the promo code box for a freebie.
Codes you can use anyday are : BREAKROOM and DVDONME. These codes can only be used once, but on anyday of the week.
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Please officially sign up to "follow" this blog if you haven't already. The more followers we get, the easier it is to get things to give away to you!
Invite your friends and other frugal-istas to join.
My personal goal is 30 followers by Thanksgiving. I'd cry if we got 50!
Thanks, friends for your help and keep telling others about A Hope-Filled Home!
Transaction 1 (Only Transaction Today):
1 Aussie Scrunch Spray 2.99 (earned 2.00 ECBs)
2 Aussie Hi Hold Sprays 2.99 each (earned 4.00 ECBs)
1 Scope Outlast 3.49 (earned 2.50 ECBs)
1 Johnsons Softwash 5.99 (earned 2.00 ECBs)
1 Hersheys Bliss candy bar .89 (needed this to hit the $20 mark...)
Used $4 off $20 purchase CVS coupon (from asking about ready fill Rx program)
Used $1 man. coupon on Johnson's body wash
Used $7 in old ECBs (these were so old that they were ready to expire and I had to use them up!)
Total after tax OOP $8.37 (gasp - this is usually at max $1 for me!)
I earned $10.50 in ECBS as detailed above. Gaining a total profit of $2.13.
According to my receipt today I saved $18.40 between sales and coupons (this does not count the ECBs that I earned) and my year to date savings us $479.59. To think that I've already saved that much CVSing with pocket change!
Also, I shouldn't run out of hairspray for a while :) How did you do?
Saturday, September 5, 2009
1. Johnson's Adult Body Wash (price unknown). Earn $2 ECB.
2. Schick Dispos. Razors $6.99. Earn $4 ECB. Pay $2.99.
3. Aussie Products $2.99. Earn $2 ECB (limit 3). Pay .99. ***This deal is for Sun, Mon, and Tues ONLY!
I have Manufacturer's Coupons for all 3 of these items, making them even less!
I will report my findings tomorrow after my trip...
Have a great night.
Friday, September 4, 2009
Today the kids, God, and I went garage sale-ing. God, you ask? Absolutely. You see I have a growing boy who is VERY tall for his age and also very skinny. I needed adjustable waist pants in good condition for school. I had $20 cash and no newspaper. My internet newspaper hadn't updated for the morning and no garage sales were listed. I hopped in the car and verbally said, "Lord, I have $20. Grant needs pants. Show me where to go."
I know you think I'm nuts here, but yes, I literally said that. Started toward the nicer part of town. Whipped my car a hard right at the 4th sign I saw (don't know why, just felt right.) Pulled up to a house with boys clothes sized 4,5,6 slim, with adjustable waists. All were in great condition, some hardly faded. Nothing was priced, so I took a deep breath and asked. .50/each! Are you kidding, me, Lord! We left with a large bag-full of adjustable waist pants, jammies, sweats and shirts, 3 books, brand-new flashcards, and a BUZZ Lightyear toy (G's new obsession) for $13!!!!
I would just publicly like to say, "Thanks God, for meeting me where I am to meet my needs. You watch out for the sparrows and I know You watch out for me and mine. I love how You love me! Amen."
We also had the Farmers Market today. It was customer appreciation night and the crowd was nice. The weather was perfect. But a lot of the farmers weren't selling much...
I want to encourage you, friends. Now is the time to buy that bushel of tomatoes to freeze for winter. I have already frozen a TON of green beans and corn off the cob. This will increase your stockpile and help with future meal planning.
If you talk to the farmers and want quantity, they will usually make you a deal. It doesn't take much time to prepare veggies for winter and directions are easy to find on the internet. If the farmers can't sell their produce to you, it will turn into compost (or waste). Use this time to support your local community farmers and buy LOCAL. Remember, NO FARMS=NO FOOD.
Thanks for listening! Have a great weekend!
Thursday, September 3, 2009
This weekend (Sept 4 - 7th), buy any 3 Pampers Diapers or Pants at a participating Babies R Us location and receive a $10 Babies R Us/Toys R Us Gift Card!! No coupon required.
If you need diapers, why not buy them here (small packs with coupons, of course) and earn a free gift for your favorite kid. This will help the holiday budget, for sure!