Kelly at New Leaf Wellness has a great post up sharing 10 easy ways to save money with slow cooker freezer meals.
Jessica at Life As Mom has a great post up on how to pay for a big trip with kids without going into debt. Here’s a snippet:
Back in our credit-card toting, debt-defying days, we took a few vacations. We flew to Minnesota to visit family. We drove to New Mexico for a conference once. We spent a weekend in Saint Louis just to say we had done it.
But, we always used credit cards. Typically I felt pretty guilty about it. It wasn’t our money we had spent. And we’d be paying for it long after the laundry was finally washed, and the kids couldn’t even remember the voyage. That was a little disheartening.
In 2009 we paid off the last of our consumer debts. A year later we decided to take our first, bonafide vacation. We drove up the coast, stopping in Santa Barbara, Santa Ynez, San Luis Obispo, and Monterey. We visited the Aquarium, slept in a funky hotel on the beach, and ate pizza at a place we’d never ever heard of. It was fabulous to get out in the world with our kids.
Even better was knowing that it was paid for.
There was no nagging feeling about how to strategize to pay for it nor any worry about whether or not we should or could buy something or do something. There was freedom and a lot of joy.
So, how do you pay for a trip? And how do you swing it with a family?
I Am That Lady is back with another ALDI Freezer Cooking Plan! In this newest plan, she shows you how to make 20 Slow Cooker “Comfort Food” Meals for just $150!
You can see all of the basic details on her blog for the plan or you can purchase the full details (instructions, shopping list, etc.) for a few dollars.
1 Trolli Sour Watermelon Pieces – $1, used Free e-coupon (no longer available) – Free after coupon
2 Romaine Lettuce – $0.99 each, used $0.20 Ibotta rebate – $0.89 each after rebate
1 dozen Dillons Eggs – $3.29
1 loaf Nature’s Own Bread – $2.29, used $0.55 Checkout 51 rebate – $1.74 after rebate
1 Kroger Shredded Cheese – $1.88
1.96 lbs Bananas – $1.16, used $0.25 Checkout 51 rebate – $0.91 after rebate
1 Kroger Half and Half – $1.59
2 Mission Flour Tortillas – $1 each
1 pkg Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts – $3.58
1 gallon Dillons Milk – $2.85, used $0.20 Ibotta rebate – $2.65 after rebate
1 Cucumber – $0.79
1 Yoplait Gogurt – $2.79
2 Moms Best Cereal – $2 each, used 2 $0.50/1 printable – $1.50 each after coupons
1 Kroger Just Fruit Jelly – $1.79
1 Kroger Cottage Cheese – $1.50
1 Psst Sugar – $1.89
2 Cantaloupes – $0.99 each
1 pkg Kroger Drumsticks – $4.57
1 bag Green Peppers – Marked down to $0.99
1 bag Apples – Marked down to $0.99
1.08 lbs Broccoli – $2.15
Total after coupons and rebates: $41.86
Menu Plan for this Week
Oatmeal x 2
Cereal x 2
Eggs & Toast x 2
Cheese, Crackers, Fruits, Veggies x 2
Macaroni and Cheese, Carrots
Tossed Salad with Cottage Cheese
Tuna Sandwiches, Cantaloupe
Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Tossed Salad
Oven Fried Chicken Drumsticks, Cantaloupe, Blueberry Bread (from frozen blueberries)
Chicken Fajitas, Fruit Salad
Upside Down Pizza, Tossed Salad
Pancakes, Eggs, Sausage (from freezer)
Chicken & Rice with Gravy, Tossed Salad
Hamburger Vegetable Soup, Homemade Bread
My husband and I are blessed to come from families where good financial principles were modeled. Unlike many of our friends, we went into marriage knowing that it was possible to have a healthy financial relationship.
We’ve now been married for 12 1/2 years (can you believe it?!) and we’ve grown and struggled and learned a lot through those years. Today, I wanted to share three marks we’ve learned that signify a healthy financial relationship:
1. You’re on the Same Team
To win in life and in finances, you’ve got to be on the same team. This means that you leave the me versus you at the door.
Drop the phrases “his money” and “her money” and replace it with “our money.” Because if you’re going to be a team, you need to join hands — and assets.
2. You’re on the Same Page
Once you are willing to be on the same team, it allows you to be in a place to get on the same page financially. There’s so much momentum and excitement that comes from working on your finances together.
This requires mutual trust and open communication. It’s a heart that says, “We are in this together — sink or swim. We are FOR each other and we are working on the same goals together.”
In order to work on the same goals together, you have to openly discuss your finances. This means talking about everything regarding finances — not just the fun stuff but also the nitty-gritty hard stuff, like where your financial pitfalls are and what parts of your budget are coming up short.
3. You’re Willing to Compromise
If you want to stay on the same team and the same page, compromise is essential. You aren’t always going to agree all the time. In fact, you are more likely to disagree much of the time.
This is why you need to be willing to compromise. A strong and healthy relationship requires give and take, with both parties being willing to give up what you want for the other’s good.