Saturday, February 28, 2009
Here are some tips that my family and my girlfriends use to save when eating out.
- Order water to drink and bring the kids drinks! Soft drinks are expensive!!
- Ask if the server if there are any specials that day.
- Look at the website before you go for money saving coupons. (You would be surprised how many restaurants are offering deals these days to get the seats filled!!)
- Scan your mail flyer's and local papers for more coupons. Sometimes the great deals are tucked away.
- Split an entree with your little one. It will help you choose healthier items anyway :)
- Stop eating when your full- take the leftovers home for lunch the next day. Two meals for the price of one!! (And you won't feel bad for overeating)
Here are some good deals....
Mimi's cafe -Do you have a Mimi's cafe in your area? I went there for a girlfriends birthday lunch and oh my was it yummy!!!
They are offering buy 1 entree get 1 free. For the coupon just go to my side bar to the Coupons.com button and print!
Steak and Shake- My steak and shake has a 4.99 menu. (This includes up to a triple steak burger and fries) Kids also eat free on the weekends. We can easily get in and out of there for under $12!! Now that's a deal!
Check with your local steak and shake to see if they run the same deal. I think you will be impressed on how cheap and good they are!
Bob Evans- If you sign up here you will receive a free kids meal and drink, special offers, recipes and more! The kids menu is very reasonable (We always get a kids meal for under $3) and I love the food there.
Join the kids birthday club and you will get a free kids meal on their birthday as well!
Do you know of any more great restaurant deals? Leave a comment and let others know!
Got a great idea? Send me yours at email@example.com .
Friday, February 27, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
I will not expense spices/oils since most of us have them on hand.
3 pounds chicken thighs (On sale for $1.29 a lb ) $3.87
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 cup corn syrup
1 pinch garlic powder
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Rinse the chicken pieces and place them, single layer and skin side up, in a 9x13 inch baking dish.
Mix the soy sauce, ketchup, corn syrup and garlic powder in a small bowl. Baste the chicken with the sauce, reserving some sauce for basting during baking.
Bake uncovered in the preheated oven, basting approximately every 15 minutes, for 1 hour (or until chicken is done and juices run clear).
Total cost of this recipe: $3.87
Add Birdseye steam fresh veggies (On sale 10 for $10) Total cost of meal: $4.87
Add veggies and Scalloped potatoes (Betty Crocker on sale 10 for $10) $5.87
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Bored kids = crazy mamas.
This offer may help things a little!
If you go here you can sign up for Chuck E. Cheese club for.....
-Best one time special offer
On the same page you can get printable coupons for your specific location!
I say go through Starbucks drive thru, get a cup of coffee and let your rug rats run around until you have to carry them to the car. :)
In honor of the occasion I am giving away a free Bath and Body works hand sanitizer to one lucky mama. Just leave a comment and winner will be picked at random at the end of the week!
This week Meijer has Pork ribs on sale for .99 a lb! We don't have ribs very often so I thought this would be a nice change... and very reasonable at that price! Everyone has different seasonings that they like to use so feel free to omit or add any that you think sound delicious. Happy Eating!!
Dry Rub Pork Ribs
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper black
1 teaspoon mustard powder
2 teaspoons salt
3 teaspoons brown sugar
As many pork ribs as you and your family need! (On sale .99 a lb) $4.00
Preheat oven to 325°F.
Cut pork ribs into sections of 3 or 4 bones.
Mix remaining ingredients well, sprinkle on both sides of ribs and rub into the meat.
Seal rib sections in foil with a tablespoon of water in each package, and bake for 2 hours on a cookie sheet in the center of the oven.
Open foil carefully as steam escapes.
Can be crisped on a hot BBQ if desired but will be great just the way it is.
Total cost of meal: $4.00
Add Roasted garlic and cheddar mashed potatoes (Betty Crocker on sale 10 for $10) $5.00
Add mashed potatoes and green beans ( Freshlike on sale 10 for $10) $6.00
Add mashed potatoes,green beans, and rolls (Aunt Millie's on sale 10 for $10) $7.00
Monday, February 23, 2009
Don't we as mamas always try to make our homes a little happier? Its the little things that usually make the biggest difference. This week I am sharing how we use books in several different ways to make it a little more happy.
I read to our kids everyday. I love reading and I want my kids to love reading. I don't know about you mamas but I end up reading the same books everyday. ( You know.. the ones you don't have to read ....you know them by heart. They are usually the ones that you hate.)
So I have started using books as part of our decor in our house. I place them on our coffee table and they are always on hand to read. I switch out the books weekly so at our fingertips are books that haven't been read in a while. I usually pick books that match the holiday. ( Notice the green ones for St. Patricks day) I will do Valentines books in the month of February, spring books in March, Easter books in April. You get the idea.
It adds some holiday flair to our living room, the kids get read to more and we don't read the same ol' books over and over. And this makes our home very happy indeed!
For more happy home ideas check out As for me and My House!
Monday: Quick beef and Pasta pot , Broccoli, crescent rolls
Tuesday: Mozzarella Mushroom chicken, green beans, corn
Wednesday: Leftover night... if its not moving you can eat it!
Thursday: Marinated baked pork chops, asparagus, roasted carrots, french rolls
Friday: Pizza Night!
Saturday: Grilled chicken, rice, cheesy broccoli
Sunday: Italian Casserole , salad, garlic bread
For more great menu ideas visit I'm an organizing junkie!
Kroger is having their big 10 for 10 sale. The recipe I am making today is simple, quick and kids love it! ( Husband too :) ) Happy Eating!
Quick Beef and Pasta Pot
1 pkg. (14 oz.) Macaroni & Cheese Dinner (On sale 10 for $10) $1
1 lb. lean ground beef (On sale $2.99 a lb) $2.99
2 cups chopped tomatoes (On sale .99 a lb) $1
1/2 tsp parsley
PREPARE Dinner as directed on package.
MEANWHILE, brown meat in large skillet on medium-high heat. Drain.
MIX Dinner, meat, tomatoes and parsley.
HOW EASY IS THAT !! Total cost of meal: $4.99
Add salad (Dole or Fresh Express on sale 2 for $5) $1.25 Total cost of meal: $6.24
Add Country Club ice cream ( On sale 10 for $10) .25 Total cost of meal $6.49