Sunday, April 15, 2012

Part 1: Save Money, Eat Better

Frozen Yogurt Grape Bite

This week brings a new outlook for me: SIMPLIFY.  I really need to simplify things around here.  I recently read an article from a lovely blog: The Peaceful Mom.  This article detailed how this busy mom dealt with money and life with a family of six (!).  It is very inspirational.  This really made me think about my own budgeting. Her budget for groceries is $100 a week.  Well, we have a family of four and it is hard to make it under $100.  Actually, we always go over $100 by $40 (or more) each week.  So, this month I am inspired.  I am going to chop that bill.  Goal: $100 budget for groceries.  Here we go!

I always make a grocery list.  I am a list-maker at heart and the grocery list seems a natural place for me to indulge.  The grocery list has a twin - the Menu list.  While I make a grocery list, I simultaneously make my menu for the week.  When I am done, I plop the menu on the fridge.  There is no order to the menu, just a list of things that we can make (and I know that I will have the ingredients for them) after a long day of work.

Here is the kicker - we are also cutting out High Fructose Corn Syrup.  Completely.  That's right - I said it.  It is in everything.  Well, everything that is cheap.  So my challenge is to stay under $100 and be healthy, starting now. I think I can do it. 

Menu for the week:

Biscuits and jam or Nutella
Breakfast in a cup

peanut butter and jelly sammys
chicken nuggets

Taco Salad
Moe's Burritos with carrots and dip
Sloppy Joe's and salad
Mediterranean Tuna Salad
Pizza and salad
Baked Mac and Cheese with broccoli and French Bread

Oatmeal Cookies
Frozen Nutella Banana bites
Cookie Balls
Pop Corn
Frozen Yogurt Fruit bites

It seems like staying on a staying on a budget, like this, is all in the snacks.  You can either buy them or make them.  This week I am going to try to make them...

Frozen Yogurt Fruit Bites
 (This fast and easy snack is something that I found somewhere, I did not think of it on my own.  For the life of me, I can not remember where I found it...)

Fruit (I chose grapes and bananas)
Yogurt (any flavor will do - I chose vanilla)
Cookie sheet

Dip fruit pieces into yogurt and place on  cookie sheet.  Freeze.  Store in a Ziploc baggie. Eat all day long as a snack!

Frozen Nutella Banana Bites

Sliced bananas
cookie sheet

Cut bananas and put a small amount of Nutella on top of each slice and place on cookie sheet.  Freeze. Store in Ziploc bag for easy access.

 This is the first of a four part series.

This post is linked to: My Meatless Monday, Melt in your Mouth Monday, Creative Monday's, Slightly Indulgent TuesdayReal Food Wednesday's, Whole Foods Wednesday's, Simple Lives Thursday, Simply Delish, Share Your Post at the NPN Blog Hop


  1. yummy these sound great :) Thanks for linking up to Creative Mondays :)

    1. Thanks, Claire! I hope you can give these a try!

  2. Looking good. Thanks for sharing with Simply Delish.

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    1. My kiddos are really loving these, I can't seem to keep them around:).