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Freezer Cooking Day: My Plan (and come link up yours, too!)

I finally finished planning our Freezer Cooking Day for tomorrow. Here’s what’s on our list:

::Spaghetti Pie

::Barbecued Meatballs

::Baked Ziti

::Southwest Roll-ups

::Chicken and Rice Casserole

::Beef, Bean and Tomato Burritos

::Chicken Spaghetti (from The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl)

::Pizza Dough

::Banana Bread

::Mini Apple Pies

::All Purpose Master Pancake and Waffle Baking Mix (from Quick Fix Healthy Mix: 225 healthy and affordable mix recipes)

Other possibilities, if we have extra time and energy: Chicken Pockets, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins, or Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.

We’ll be doubling, tripling, or quadrupling pretty much all the recipes in order to make enough for 2-3 dinners’ worth for our family, my sister and her husband, and my sister-in-law and brother.

I’ll be posting any recipe adaptions we did, pictures, and more during the play-by-play Freezer Cooking Day posts I’ll be sharing on Friday.

If you’re new to Freezer Cooking, be sure to check out my post on How to Plan a Freezer Cooking Day and FishMama’s post on Making Freezer Cooking Work for You.

Are you participating in April Freezer Cooking Days? If so, post about your cooking plan on your blog and then come back here and leave your direct link below so we can all be inspired! Please note: links which do not link directly to your freezer cooking post or which do not contain your freezer cooking plan will be deleted.

Walmart: Deals for the week of March 31-April 6, 2010

Here are the best deals at Walmart right now with thanks to Heather from Passion for Savings for her help in compiling them. Please keep in mind that Walmart deals vary by region so not all of the prices listed here will be valid at all stores.

Kiss Nail Art Stickers – $1.87
Use $2/1 printable
Free after coupon

Clearasil Deep Cleaning Face Scrub – $0.97
Use $1/1 coupon from the 3/14 SmartSource insert
Free after coupon

Purina Mighty Dog Cans – $0.57
Buy 6 and use $2/6 printable
Or buy 5 and use $3/5 coupon from the 3/28 SmartSource insert
Or use Buy One Get One Free coupon from the 3/28 SmartSource insert
As low as free after coupon

Halls Cough Drops – $1.18
Use $1/1 coupon from the 3/28 SmartSource insert
$0.18 after coupon

Birds Eye Steamfresh Vegetables – $1
Use $0.50/1 coupon from the 3/21 SmartSource insert
or buy 2 and use $0.50/2 printable
As low as $0.50 each after coupon

Stayfree Pads (16-22 ct.) – $2.62
Use $2/1 coupon from the 3/28 RedPlum insert
$0.62 after coupon

Wish Bone Salad Dressing – $1.42
Use $0.75/1 printable here (IE) or here (FF)
$0.67 after coupon

Duncan Hines Cake Mix – $0.98
Buy 2 and use $0.55/2 coupon from the 3/28 SmartSource insert
$0.70 after coupon

See the full list of Walmart deals here.

“I don’t really care what other people think.”

As many of you know, my husband and I lived on beans and rice while he was in law school in order to stay out of debt. It wasn’t easy–especially when many others around us were living extravagantly when they had no money to do so.

But one of the biggest lessons we learned was to be content with what we have and stop worrying about what others think. From the old cars to the thrift store clothes to the coupon-clipping to the eating at home, we just got used to being weird and it didn’t bother us if we were the only ones pinching pennies.

One of the things we did to save money was to only have one car for a few years. While it’s nice to have two vehicles, we certainly learned that it is a luxury, not a necessity. And we got along just fine as a one-car family.

When Jesse got a job with a long commute, we saved up and bought a second vehicle–an old blue minivan. This vehicle has been Jesse’s mode of transportation for the last few years and he’s driven Old Blue Van all over the state to his various court appearances and attorney functions. He’s gotten quite a few funny looks and interesting remarks from other attornies since it’s definitely not the typical car a lawyer would drive.

After a number of years of scrimping, saving, investing, and working hard, we’re now in a position where we could afford to pay cash for a newer, nicer car. So I’ve been thinking recently about how badly I felt that Jesse was still driving such a clunker and guessing he probably got tired of the comments about his less-than-ideal vehicle, even though he never has once complained about it.

So I told Jesse the other day that I’d like for us to save up to pay cash for a better car for him. He looked at me and said sincerely, “I don’t need a new car and I don’t care what other people think.”

I love that guy! And I completely agree with him: There’s such a freedom in not having to spend time stressing about impressing other people.

We’ll probably buy a newer vehicle at some point in the not-too-distant future (likely when Old Blue Van breathes its last breath!), but in the mean time, we’re content and thankful. After all, we have two vehicles–a luxury that many people can’t even fathom!