Light shopping day

food 10-13-2017.JPGToday was a lighter shopping day. I try and eat salads as part of my lunch so I bought some lettuce and combined that with some tomato and garbanzo beans that I already had at home.

I recently bought a large toaster oven/mini oven and I’ve been making tortilla pizzas all week. I hadn’t had an oven in a long time so it’s been fun and novel to bake again. How I make tortilla pizzas: 1 brown rice tortilla + marinara sauce (spread thin) + dairy free cheese, then I broil until cheese is melted.

Tonight I’ll be having the black beans I made yesterday with brown rice and broccoli.

Today’s shopping:

  • Oranges: $1.64
  • Organic lettuce: $2.50
  • Sparkle water: $1.04
  • Dairy-free cheese: $3.99

Total: $9.25

Edit: I had some stress-eating this afternoon and bought cookies and candy, for $4.63 (not shown: Butterfinger bar)

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New total: $13.88

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Grocery shopping after a short vacation

Hello there!

Whenever I travel I always like to use up as much of my perishable food as I can before I leave. I did a pretty good job this time and there were only a few things I needed to throw away, when I got back, such as some old lettuce.

I’m also recommitting myself to spending less on groceries and eating healthfully. These are both very important goals to me and really the main focus of this blog. Why? Because I really struggle with them and having a place to be accountable is awesome and will hopefully help me to reach my goals and maintain them.

My spending on groceries and eating at restaurants for the last few weeks has been very high, probably around $200-250/week. This is bad for my budget and much more than I want to spend. My goal is to get my grocery spending down to $100/week and hopefully a bit less eventually. Eating out is a tough one but I’ll figure it out as I go along.

I consider today Day 1 of recommitting myself to more goal-oriented and healthful grocery shopping and eating.

Here is my shopping from today. The total I spent was $19.96, pretty good I think for a lot of food! I bought grapes, almond milk, gluten-free tortilla wraps, zip close bags, limes, oven fries, sparkling waters, lettuce, broccoli and eggs.groceries1.JPG

Homemade popcorn recipe

popcorn3I love homemade popcorn, it’s quick and easy to make. It also has a nice slightly, roasted flavor and is very fresh.

If you have an air popper that is definitely the easiest way to make popcorn, but the “old school” method of cooking it in a saucepan is also easy and fun. It’s without a doubt healthier than microwave popcorn (although I love microwave popcorn also…no judgments).

One of my favorite things about homemade popcorn is that it’s an awesome frugal snack! I bought a nearly 2 pound bag of popcorn kernels for $1.75 and it’s lasted for a really long time. I only use a couple of tablespoons of seeds every time I make popcorn, I haven’t done the math but it’s probably around 5-10 cents for a full serving of popcorn. Compared to microwave popcorn: I usually get three bags of popcorn to a box for about $2.50. That means each full serving is about 83 cents. It doesn’t break the bank of course but 10 cents is certainly better!

Popcorn is a great canvas for flavors. I like mine pretty basic with just oil (or butter) and salt, but you can get really creative and add herbs, spices, cheeses (parmesan is a good one), nuts, wasabi, sriracha, hot sauce, chocolate, dried fruit, and more. Here are a few more fun ideas.

  1. How I make my popcorn: First things first, be very careful!! Never open the saucepan lid facing towards you in case a hot kernel flies into your eye! I always wear clear glasses, or even sunglasses.
  2. In a cold saucepan add about a tablespoon of vegetable or olive oil (mmm…olive oil…). Next, add about 2-3 tablespoons of popcorn kernels. Put the lid on.
  3. Turn the heat onto medium and as the oil is heating gently shake the popcorn so that the kernels get coated in oil.
  4. As the kernels begin to pop shake the saucepan gently when needed. You can give the popcorn a little air by lifting the the lid slightly facing away from you.
  5. When the kernels are all popped, pour into a bowl and dress the popcorn how you like!! 🙂 Just be sure to be careful of “late popping kernels” — watch your eyes!

Having a friend over for dinner + grocery shopping

groceriesMy husband and I are having a friend over for dinner tonight so I’m just starting to cook! This is the first friend we’ve had over for dinner at our new place so that’s pretty cool 🙂 The rice is boiling away so it’s giving me a few minutes to write up a quick blog post.

We’re having a pretty simple menu tonight: rice, turkey sausage, black beans, and veggies.  For dessert we’re having strawberries and whipped topping. I like whipped topping because it’s nondairy and low in calories but still love the taste.

Today’s groceries were mostly for the meal tonight but the granola bars were a bonus.

I bought:

  • Black beans
  • Rice
  • Sriracha sauce
  • Granola bars
  • Turkey sausage
  • Whipped topping
  • Frozen veggies

The price was excellent on these groceries. The total today was: $9.03 The per meal cost for each person person is going to be around $3. This is definitely less expensive than eating at a restaurant!

What are you having for dinner?

I hope you have a blessed day!! ❤

Today’s groceries & dinner prep

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Today’s grocery shopping! Honestly, grocery shopping is one of my favorite things to do, it’s almost like a hobby. Today I picked up a mix of things: a few snacks, some juice and ingredients to make dinner.

I went to my local discount grocer and got a good deal on everything; the total bill was $10.39! Not too bad 🙂

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I’m starting to prep dinner now. What we’re having is:

  • Chicken flavored rice and pasta medley
  • Mixed veggies
  • Garbanzo beans
  • Can of tomatoes flavored with basil, garlic and oregano (forgot to photo this!)
  • And some Parmesan cheese, also maybe some hot sauce to go with it

I can’t remember the price of all the ingredients but the dinner will serve 2. I think it’ll be about $1.80/person.

What are you making for dinner tonight?

Hope you all have a lovely rest of the day!

❤ Becca

Back in the frugal saddle

groceries.JPGHi lovely readers,

I’m easing back into blogging after a rough couple of months. Luckily things are starting to calm down a little bit for me- totally by God’s grace.

I’ve really missed blogging and keeping up with my fellow bloggers. It’s nice to be back 🙂

I continue to love frugality and am motivated and excited to continue on my frugal journey. I’ve also been trying to recover from a serious bout of anxiety and depression around my family members recent illness; so I’m trying to focus my thinking also towards healing, peace, serenity and grace.

“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7

I had a good shopping trip this afternoon and picked up the following:

  • Chicken breasts
  • Oat cereal
  • Strawberry jam
  • Salami
  • Deli turkey slices
  • Two boxes of granola bars
  • Onions
  • Baked potato chips, bbq flavor
  • Non-dairy whipped topping

The grand total was: $25.44!! I love discount shopping!

See you all soon 🙂

4 Benefits of Frugality

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Frugality is a fantastic tool to help you live the life you really want. It is simple and freely available to anyone.

So what is frugality? In essence it is spending your money with care and purpose and not being wasteful. It is spending your money where it really means something to you, such as on school tuition, saving for a house or healthy groceries instead of something fleeting such as an expensive take-out pizza.

Frugality as a lifestyle has many, many benefits and it continues to grow dividends (!) the more you practice it. Here are my top 4 benefits:

  1. Frugality encourages you to be more creative and resourceful and look for interesting/unique solutions to problems. Do you want to read the latest cool novel? Instead of spending $16 and buying it how about checking it out of the library. Same goes for movies and CDs- the library is one of the best sources of free entertainment and learning around! A nice bonus about the library is once you’re done you give it back and you can avoid adding clutter to your house. How about food? Before going out to eat and spending a lot of money can you eat some food you have at home instead? If you have a few basic ingredients, such as pasta, sauce and frozen veggies maybe simply buying some grated cheese will help make dinner a lot more interesting! And you will save a lot versus buying a whole meal.
  2. Frugality helps you save for the big, important things in life. I’m endlessly amazed at how easily money can slip through my fingers and that’s one of the reasons I’m so grateful to frugality. It helps me to hang on to money and save it or invest it so I can put it towards important life goals. These goals are entirely personal, they can be short term such as saving to buy a new pair of shoes or longer term such as a home or retirement. But the important thing is that the money has a purpose.
  3. Frugality and savings can help give you a safety net when life gets hard. One of my main drives to be frugal is to have a wide “safety net” of savings if something bad/tough/challenging happens in my life. Money is simply a tool, a fantastic tool that can really, really help you if you have an emergency or fall on hard times. It can give you medical care, a roof over your head and food on your plate. It doesn’t replace love but it can be very helpful.
  4. Paying off and staying out of debt. In early 2012 I was deep in debt with high interest credit cards and a car loan and really upset and freaked about by it; and I had brought it all upon myself. Around this time I was reading a lot of personal finance blogs and began to “see the light” and became determined to pay off all my debt and never, ever go into debt again (except for a mortgage). I threw every single penny I earned at my credit cards and car loan and in one year had paid off all my debts. It was one of the greatest reliefs of my life.

The most basic formula for being frugal and saving money is: to spend less than you earn. That’s it! There is truly nothing more to it; admittedly however this is simple but not easy.

The more you can widen that gap between what you spend and earn the better (and to save the difference!). Any savings is awesome even if it’s only $5/month, but the more the better 🙂