How to Stretch One Dinner into Multiple Meals

Check out this amazing blog post by Whole Foods. You can find the original post here. Huge thank you’s go out to Whole Foods for helping us save money and be healthy at the same time!


 Lunch-in-a-Jar: Cherry Pecan Grain Salad

RecipeCherry Pecan Grain Salad

Looking for time-saving tips for making delicious lunches and dinners? One of the keys to simplifying mealtime is to make the most of each meal you prep. Make big batches of key ingredients like proteins, grains and veggies one night so you can easily reinvent leftovers for lunch or dinner the following days.
Here are a few of our favorite ways to turn ingredients from one night’s dinner into easy new dishes the next day.

7 Double Duty Dinners

First Meal: Roasted or Grilled Vegetables
Second meal: Make Grilled Veggie and Goat Cheese Wraps or mix leftovers with cooked grains like barley, wheat berries or brown rice and toss with your favorite vinaigrette. You could also opt for a Brown Rice and Vegetable Casserole.
First Meal: Roast Chicken
Second meal: Leftovers can be transformed into salads like our popular Sonoma Chicken SaladEasy Chicken BurritosQuick Chicken Tostadas, Chicken Tetrazzini or more quick and easy dishes.
First Meal: Grilled Salmon 
Second meal: Leftover salmon is a match for green salads such as this Wild Alaska Salmon and Avocado Salad, pasta dishes like Penne Primavera with Salmon and sandwiches too.
Grilled Salmon and Lemons with Herbs
First Meal: Whole Grains
Second meal: You’re one step closer to Cherry Pecan Grain Salad for lunch or Roasted Bell Peppers Stuffed with Quinoa for your next dinner.
Second meal: Enjoy sandwiches for lunch or sauté potatoes, onions and leftover beef (top with an egg, if desired) for a hearty roast beef hash for dinner.
Black Bean and Roasted Corn Pasta Salad
First Meal: Cooked Pasta
Second meal: Pasta Frittata with Chard, Bacon and Goat Cheese for breakfast or dinner. Plus, cold pasta salads like Black Bean and Roasted Corn Pasta Salad are a breeze to prepare for brown bag lunches.
First Meal: Baked Sweet Potatoes
Second meal: Make a quick bisque by puréeing peeled cooked or mashed sweet potatoes with stock and coconut milk. Stir in a little curry powder or add cooked rice and chopped chicken or turkey for a hearty entrée.

5 Ways to Save on School Uniforms

School Uniforms come with a love/hate relationship for most people. Many districts say that they save parents money, plus there is no more stress over what to wear everyday or that someone else has more fashionable clothing.  While those are all great, buying a line of clothing that is like work attire for children is expensive.  Now they have school clothes separate from play clothes.   That’s double the clothing (not to mention double the laundry).

If you need to get new uniforms on a budget, here are a few ideas on how to save on school uniforms.

Save on School Uniforms

1.  Consignment Sales/Good Will

We are in the middle of back-to-school consignment season.  You’ll find many uniform racks in almost every sale running in your city.  Many times these will be brand name items (Lands End etc.) for over 50% off the regular price. Go one step further and head to Good Will.  Our local stores have a large selection of uniform apparel and all start at $2.79 per item!  My girls need uniform pants and a polo shirts to wear with their American Heritage Girls uniforms each year, this is where we grab them.

2.  Coupon Codes & Cash Back

Look at going new with a number of online deals various sites will run during back to school season. You’ll also find deals specifically on uniforms at Old Navy, Target, Walmart and a number of other retailers.

Before shopping online, always look for a coupon code and make sure to GO THROUGH EBATES FIRST to earn cash back on your entire purchase.

3.  Attach Your Own Insignia or Patches

Many times school uniforms are just khaki pants with a polo shirt.  If your school requires special insignia, ask if there are local embroidery shops that have the pattern.  Rather than buying from a special school shop that has things already made (and costs a fortune), grab your own apparel and take it to a local shop or do it your self.  To save more, make sure to have all your clothing in the same order.  Many shops offer a discount when it is a the same logo repeated.

4.  Start a Uniform Exchange

Be a problem solver and start a uniform exchange to help everyone out!  You aren’t the only family needing uniforms, so band together and swap uniforms with others to get the sizes you need.  This is incredibly easy to do, just invite folks to meet at a person’s house or even at the school and have items ready for swap or sale.

5. Shop Ebay

The consignment sale king online doesn’t miss a beat with uniforms either.  You’ll find a ton of options on ebay and some even for bulk sales where you could get everything you need in one order.  Be careful to not order uniforms that have insignia already on them, this can be costly to cover up or replace.

Do you have any other tips on how you save on school uniforms?

Clearance Alert! Pet Food, as Low as $0.36 at Target!

I love Target’s clearance prices! Right now, possibly find pet food for more than 50% off. Pair select clearance items with coupons for even more savings. Take advantage of these prices, start your stockpile, and save time on future shopping trips for pet food.

Final Price: $0.36

Use one $0.75/4 – Purina ONE SmartBlend Wet Dog Food Cans from SS 4/30

Final Price: $0.52 each, when you buy 4

Final Price: $2.44

Final Price: $3.38


Summer Fun Passes at the Montgomery Zoo

Take advantage of the Summer Fun Pass, only $10
Enjoy the Summer Fun Pass at the Montgomery Zoo.  Only $10 per person (with paid or member admission), and receive UNLIMITED train and skylift adventure rides, plus receive one Giraffe Encounter Post ticket on the date of purchase.  WOW!  What a bargain!  What a deal!  Ride the train and skylift adventure rides as many times as you like during that same day visit, plus get the adventure of a lifetime by visiting the Giraffe Encounter Post, literally being inches away from our herd of reticulated giraffes.  What an awesome experience!

This is a limited offer for the Summer of 2017, valid only Monday, July 10 – Monday, September 4, 2017.  There are no ride substitutions, and tickets may only be used on the day of purchase.  Enjoy the Summer Fun Pass at the Montgomery Zoo.

Summer Fun Passes fee: $10 per person, (with paid or member admission) only valid on the same day of purchase.  No substitutions, no refunds and/or rain checks.  Summer Fun Passes must be purchased at the Zoo or Mann Museum admissions office.  Tickets may not be purchased at the individual rides and/or encounters

For more info click here.

Entertainment Books Only $7 Each + FREE Shipping

For a limited time only, you can grab the 2017 Entertainment Book for only $7.00 shipped (Reg. $35). Just go HERE, select your state and city and add an Entertainment Book to your cart. Even better you can get an extra 20% Off when you order 2 or more books by using the code SUMMER20 at checkout to get the discount.

There are savings for dining out, shopping, travel, movies and more so you can easily save over the amount of the cost of one book using just one coupon inside the Entertainment Book! This deal ends soon, and some areas may sell out, so check it out soon if you have interest!

Target run 7-15-17 Only $105

One of my favorite things about shopping at Target is the free gift card deals. People often ask me how I can afford to do Christmas like I do (remember 8 siblings most of whom are married with kids and some of the kids have kids). The answer is two fold…1- coupons for everything and 2- Target gift cards I get through out the year. This was our latest haul.

I haven’t been shopping in almost a month so we needed quite a bit of stuff. With the exception of perishables this should tide us over for another month or so. So here is the receipt: (be forewarned it’s a long receipt and I had to piece it together LOL)

Yes that bottom line figure says $174. And it doesn’t look like I saved a whole bunch. But let’s break it down some. A big part of the $174 was stuff on clearance (remember my post over the weekend here about checking your clearance sections?) so that makes a huge difference. Then I was able to use coupons and Cartwheel on top of the clearance items.

Next thing to note is that I got $20 back in gift cards and I bought a $25 Starbucks gift card. So this brings my total down to LIKE $130ish.

Then we have the online and app rebates here:

This brought my total down to $120. Then I submitted a $15 rebate for the vitamins here which will bring my total down to a whole whopping $105 for a month (more or less) of non perishables and health goods.

Lorex 8-Cam Security System $374 Shipped

1080p Camera system with 8 channel DVR and 8 1080p outdoor security cameras

This Lorex 1080p HD Security Camera System with eight 1080p outdoor cameras drops from $614.99 to $439.99 to $373.99 when apply the code SAVE15 in your cart at Lorex. Plus the shipping is free. The lowest price we found for this system elsewhere was $479.99. Along with a 2TB DVR, a set of eight weatherproof bullet cameras are included with this system. The cameras record in 1080p and have a 130 ft night vision range. Sales tax is not charged in most states.

Go through Ebates and get 4% cash back.