10 FOODS YOU CAN FREEZE THAT SAVE YOU MONEY

Growing up I remember always have a freezer full of food at home. My parents would make larger portions of different meals and freeze one so that it was already made and ready to go for an easier weekday dinner. Creating a freezer storage has helped us stay on budget. I make double up on a meal sometimes to save time later on and am able to buy items when on sale to stock up.

I have always been asked how I keep on track with my $40 a week budget and when you have a well-stocked pantry and freezer it makes it easier to keep on track with the budget. I usually do not have to buy something because I need it accept for some fresh produce and maybe milk. I have heard you can freeze milk but here in Canada milk really doesn't go on sale and I have never had any luck freezing milk at all. 


10 Foods you can Freeze that Save you Money

Here are some of the foods that I have had luck saving:

Lunch Meat - I find lunch meat on sale quite often so I pick it up and only keep one in the fridge at a time and put the rest in the freezer until I need to pull it out. 

Bread - The price of bread is getting crazy. I really need to start making my own but for some reason, I find it a scary venture. When I find bread on sale I pick up a few loaves that will fit in my freezer and only keep one out at a time. 

Vegetables - Depending on which vegetables we are able to pick up on sale we usually dice them up if they are peppers, onions, and celery before putting the in the freezer. In February, we were able to pick up Cauliflower on sale and we blanched them before tossing them in the freezer. It really doesn't take that long to blanch them before freezing them. 

Broth - When cooking a chicken or turkey I always take all the bones and make a broth out of it. I put it in freezer bags and date it. The broth is good for about 6 months. 

Baked Goods & Cookies - I like to bake up muffins, cookies and brownies to have for snacks for a couple weeks at a time. This is where my freezer comes in handy for freezing them so we can keep better portion control of them. 

Casseroles - Last week we had Lazy Cabbage Rolls and we prepared two casseroles at once putting one in the freezer to feed us another day. We also have Cabbage Rolls and a Lasagne in our freezer currently. 

Waffles - My daughter really enjoys waffles so on a morning when I am making them for breakfast already I use up all the mix I have made and go a head and make the extra waffles and freeze them. 

Soup & Chili - If the soup and chili will not get eaten during the week for lunches I put them in freezer containers and freeze them for other meals. Even if it is not enough chili for a full meal because chili is something you can use to make chili fries, chili baked potatoes or chili nachos. 

Fruits - Don't let your fruit spoil on the counter. Freeze is up for smoothies or baked recipes later when you have time. 

Bagels - When bagels come on sale I stop up on them but I find I don't like to have them every day. Freezing them allows me to take one out at a time for breakfast and not having to worry about getting them done before the best before date. 

Let's Chat!  

I spend a little time planning so that I can save down the road. How do you use your freezer to help save you money? 


15 Minute Chicken Teriyaki (video included) #WhatsCookingWednesday


My days have been crazy! From doctors to doctors appointments running in and out of the city every day gets to be a bit much after a while. But still maintaining our homecooked meals can be a huge chore. That is why menu planning is always the key for me. 

I decided to go to my old stand by meals that my family loves. I love meals that all you have to do is in the morning pull out your chicken and the rest will come together quite easily once you are ready to prepare your meal for the day.
 


First things first you need to make the Teriyaki Sauce.... 

15 Minute Chicken Teriyaki
3 tbsp         Soy Sauce
2 1/2 tbsp   Honey
1/2 tbsp      Ketchup or Tomato Paste
1 tbsp         Teriyaki Seasoning

Mix together all four ingredients listed above. 
Coat strips of chicken in sauce before putting into fry pan. 
Add your choice of veggies to the fry pan. 
Add rest of sauce to the fry pan over top of veggies. 
Cook until done approximately 15 minutes. 

Note: 
  • If you want to thicken the sauce add 1 tbsp cornstarch once you bring the stir fry to a boil. 
  • We used red peppers, green peppers, celery and onions in our stir fry and served it over white rice. 
  • I also made a double batch of the teriyaki sauce so that we had enough to cover all our veggies. 




LET'S CHAT!

What is your go to meal that your family loves?


Budget Menu Planning - May 15, 2017

Time to get real. Life has been totally overwhelming. From illnesses to other personal things happening lately I feel a bit out of sorts. As such my meal plan last week slipped through the cracks. We never ate out but not knowing what we were having from one day to the next was very difficult. 

I need to keep on track with my menu planning as it keeps me on track with my spending. I need to save more so that we can do extra things now that summer is here and so are festivals we want to attend.



~Monday ~
Chicken
Baked Potatoes
Salad

~ Tuesday ~
 Cheer Banquet

~ Wednesday ~
Pasta
Salad 

~Thursday ~
Tacos
Mexican Rice

~ Friday ~ 
Whole chicken
Noodles
Veggies  

~ Saturday ~ 
Enchilladas
Rice

~ Sunday ~
BBQ
Grilled Potatoes
Grilled Veggies


~ Baking this week ~
Oatmeal Cookies
Banana Bread
   
~ Breakfast Ideas ~
Yogurt & Granola 
Fresh Fruit
  

LET'S CHAT!

What is on your menu this week?


Looking for menu ideas head over to orgjunkie to see what others are making this week.

7 WAYS I SAVED IN APRIL

This last month has been a journey. A journey of how to save more money and finding activities I can do with my family on a very strict budget. I consider it a challenge to find ways to spend time together and spend as little as money as possible.





CUT MY OWN HAIR

You are reading this right. I have been cutting my own bangs now for years in between hair cuts. It was a way to help make my haircut last longer without paying more money out. I had already started cutting my families hair years ago but never ventured into cutting my own hair until watching a few youtube videos and deciding it was definitely something I could do. 

MADE HOMEMADE BREAD

The only reason I ever stayed away from making my own bread is because two people in my family do not like the thick crust on homemade bread. This month I invested in a Pullman Pan and that changed everything. I finally had the proper pan I needed to make bread for my family so everyone would like it. The initial investment of the pan was a bit but it outweighs the savings I will get in just a month alone. Not to mention knowing everything that is in what we are eating. 

SOLD ITEMS

We did a room purge on our daughter's room and the toys and things she no longer wants have become extra money. Seriously we have made over $200 by just selling her things. 

STARTED SEEDS FOR A GARDEN

I do not have a green thumb but I want to try to grow different leaf lettuces, tomatoes, and beans, etc. I am going to start with the easy to grow items and get them going this year to see how well I do before I invest in the garden. 

MADE BAKED BEANS

I decided to soak some Navy Beans and make some beans for some family meals instead of buying canned beans. The instant pot I have really makes baking beans very easy to do. All I have to do is soak them over night and start the process in the morning. At the end of the day, I have enough beans for a few meals for the week. 

GROOMED MY DOG

This is the one that takes the longest because my furbaby is still very much a puppy and she loves to play more than she loves to sit still for a haircut. I work at it off and on for a week before she is finally done with her grooming. Maybe not quite a week but definitely a few days. 

COLORED MY OWN HAIR

This month I needed to color my hair again because the grey is taking over my head. Usually I could care less but with the grey but I have a few things to attend this month that I need to make sure the grey is away for.  

How did you save this month?