Thursday, April 30, 2009

Thankful Thursday

From now on we are just going to assume that my family is already on the top on my list. My goal is to look for the other things in my life that I am thankful for.

I am thankful for:

My job

Spring rains

People who can make you see things in a whole new light.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Meal plan 4/27-5/2

This week I am just trying to use what I have and plan easy meals. Some of my meals this week have changed from the beginning of the month.
Monday: Mac&Ch with broccoili (.50) Therapy 4:15 and soccer game 6:30
Tuesday:Smoked Sausage/peas/rice/cornbread (1.25)
Wednesday: Pizza/salad (2.00)
Thursday: Eat out Therapy at 6:00
Friday: Leftovers (0)
Saturday: B-Poptarts (1.00) L-Beans & franks (1.00) D-Kentucky Hot Brown (will post later) Soccer 12:45 and Kentucky Derby
Go to for more!

April Budget

I had $18.67 left for the month. Well this weekend DD#2 and DS had friends over and I used the money for snacks. I can't remember the total but I know that I didn't go over. All and all I did well on my budget this month I am proud of myself.
May is another challenge I am going to try to stay as low as possible again. Summer is coming and I will have to add lunch to the meal plan and that will add up quickly.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Weekly update

All in all it has been a pretty good week. We missed 2 days of this weeks menu. On Tuesday my mom made tacos so I just brought some of my stuff up and we shared and on Wednesday my dad took us all out to eat. (I am not one to pass up free food)

We stil have 2 doctor appointments today and a very busy Saturday the only problem I am having is staying on my cleaning schedule. I have no excuse, I just don't want to do it. I will just keep keep trying and some day it will sink in.

Everyone have a good weekend and I will be here Monday.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Our fav meal

Ultimate Chicken Fingers

2/3 cup Original Bisquick® mix
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt or garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon paprika
3 boneless skinless chicken breast halves, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch strips
1 egg, slightly beaten
3 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
Heat oven to 450 degrees F. Line cookie sheet with foil; spray with cooking spray.
Mix Bisquick mix, cheese, salt and paprika in 1-gallon resealable plastic food-storage bag. Dip half the chicken strips into egg; place in bag of Bisquick mixture. Seal bag; shake to coat. Place chicken on cookie sheet. Repeat with remaining chicken. Drizzle butter over chicken.
Bake 12 to 14 minutes, turning after 6 minutes with pancake turner, until no longer pink in center.

This is one of our favorite meals. The only thing I change is I make nuggets instead of strips. Enojoy!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

April Budget

I still have $18.67 to spend. Not really but I have it in the budget. In reality I have $0. I get paid again on 4/30 and I don't know which month to count that for? I think that since it is a 3rd check in the month I may use it to play catch up.
I am finding it very hard to stay on budget. My money is out of control. I have too many medical bills and too many unexpected things come up. Any suggestions? Please? HELP?

Monday, April 20, 2009

Meal plan 4/20-4/26

We did pretty good this weekend the only problem I have is DD#2 is always eating. I told her that she can only eat when it is time and she would have to give her body some time to get used to the new schedule.
This week is pretty easy I have also included a cost per serving in ( ) this is a general idea of the price per serving I am not going to figure the cost of salt! For the most part each meal serves 3.
Monday: Hot Subs, chips and fruit (1.78) DS therapy at 3:00 DD#2 soccer practice at 5:30
To Do: Thaw ground beef for tacos
Tuesday: Taco Salad (1.40) To over to a friends for the evening
To Do: No prep needed
Wednesday: Quesdilla (cheese), rice and corn (1.00) No appointments
To Do: Thaw chicken
Thursday: Quick teriyaki chicken (1.00) No appointments
To Do: Thaw Sausage
Friday: Pasta bake salad and garlic bread (1.50) DS therapy 2:00 Me therapy 3:00
Saturday: B-Muffins (.50) L- Chicken Wraps w/chips (1.25) D- Leftovers (0) DD#2 softball game 12:00 have to be there at 11:30 DD#1 job interview 10-12 OH! I forgot DS and DD#2 are volunteers for Special Olympics 8-1 I need to call the coach and let him know.
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Friday, April 17, 2009

I have done better this week with my meal plan and getting back on schedule. I went shopping yesterday and stayed on budget even with the added items!
Walmart shopping list:
Potting soil 4.00
Toilet Paper 3.76
Cat litter (2) 5.87 each
Pork-n-beans (2) .42 each
Butter .96
1/2 gal milk 1.00
Cereal 2.24
Yugioh Cards 3.98 (for my helper)
16lb Cat food 11.52 (should last a month)
Tortilla chips (2) 1.78 each
Ruffles chips(2) 3.50 each family size
Frozen Broccoli 1.12
Sandwich bags 1.05
Grilled Chicken Strips(2) 2.50 each
Swiss Cheese 2.14
Shredded Moz Cheese 1.50
Flour tortilla 1.12
Alum. Foil 1.12
Bread .75
Hotdog buns (2) .75 each
Lettuce .75
1/2lb Ham 2.05
1lb Turkey 4.18
Rye bread 1.83
Hairspray (Ausie) 3.22
Eggs (1 broke) .98
Left in April Budget-$18.67
I still have to buy spinach, 2 texas toast, bottle water and soft drinks. That should take care of the budget.

Weekend Plans:
Friday: DS dr. appointment and clean
Saturday: DD#2 therapy, soccer game, out with friends for most of the afternoon.
Sunday: Finish was did not get done and DD#2 softball practice
I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Thankful Thursday

I need this today.

I am thankful for:
My kids health
My parents
My job
A glass of pepsi with ice
Good friends

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Wow! It has been a long time ....rambling

I feel bad that I have not been here in so long. I am usually on Xanga. But to give an update my ex has moved out. He now have his own place. We are super busy DD#2 is playing soccer and softball and soon basketball. I am also refocusing on my goals for the year.

One of my goals for the year is to become more financial stable. How am I doing this?
1. I am going to stick to my budget (this is VERY hard for me)
2.I am going to plan my meals. ( I like doing this)
3. I plan to paying for everything with cash. (this is going to be another hard one)

There are many more goals but this is where I feel I need to start first. I would love to hear how other manage to stay on budget. Please leave a comment.