7 Last Minute Frugal Valentine's Day Ideas


As with every holiday Rob and I celebrate Valentine's very frugally. I love celebrating Valentine's Day with my family and hubby. I usually go out of my way to make loot bags for the kids to have as well as getting that special treat for my husband. Even though I love to celebrate it doesn't mean I break the bank doing so. I am sure by now you know me better than that. 




Are you looking for some last minute frugal ideas to celebrate the day? Here is a list of some ways we have celebrated over the years. 

1. Cozy Night In - Turn on Netflix or rent a movie to cuddle up and watch for the evening. Make a special treat to eat while enjoying the flick. 

2. Romantic Indoor/Outdoor Picnic - Depending on the weather you live pack a picnic or make a picnic at home. 

3. Go Ice Skating - I am in Ontario, Canada and we have a lot of free skating rinks in our area to have a nice date night under the stars while skating outdoors. 

4. Create a Meal with a Chopped Date Night - Both my husband and I love to cook so this is always fun for us. Decide what you are going to cook dessert, appetizer, main dish or side dish. Then head to the grocery store to pick up two mystery ingredients for each person. They have to incorporate that into the dish. 

5. Eat by Candlelight - We always have candles tucked away in case we lose power. Pull them out for the 14th it makes whatever you are eating romantic. 

6. Play Hearts to Hearts - I am sure you have heard of Apples to Apples well this is along the same lines. I printed out the cards for Valentine's Day this year to play with the whole family. 

7. Cream Soda Floats - Grab some ice cream and some pink cream soda to enjoy cream soda floats for a treat with the family.

The most important thing about the date is spending time with those you love. I have frugal winter date ideas that might help you with coming up with something to do on this special day. 

I would love to hear about some frugal Valentine's Day ideas you have done in the past in the comments below.



Budget Menu Planning - February 6, 2017


For the last few weeks life has gotten away from me and I have not been making my usual menu plan which usually means going off budget. I am so thankful that I have been able to stay on budget even though I have not had a menu plan. It is a risk I am not willing to take any longer. I find it easier to cope with my day knowing that there is a plan for dinner. 

~Monday ~
Instant Pot Chicken & Rice
California Vegetables 

~ Tuesday ~

~ Wednesday ~
Sloppy Joes
Baked Potatoes

~Thursday ~

 Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo Pasta
Broccoli


~ Friday ~


Creamy Chicken Fajita Pasta
Salad

~ Saturday ~
Chicken Burrito Bowl

~ Sunday ~
Hot Turkey Sandwiches
Fries

~ Baking this week ~
Peanut Butter Cookies
Lemon Pound Cake
  
~ Breakfast Ideas ~
Baked Oatmeal
Waffles
Yogurt & Granola
Fresh Fruit
  

LET'S CHAT!

What do you cook when you haven't made a menu plan for the week?

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

Life Lessons on the Screen with One Day At A Time #StreamTeam


We used to be all about reality tv shows. I could watch them back to back for hours in the evening. Lately my family has been looking for a good comedy to watch when we found One Day At A Time on Netflix a few weeks ago. Since then we have been enjoying this Netflix original comedy as well as having it open doors to some great life discussions with our tween daughter. 

Our daughter used to be like most kids and when you took her out to stores she would be "Can I have ________________", as parents we have all experienced this. As she has gotten older we have been able to explain to her the meaning of a budget and how we live on a budget as a family. During a particular episode of One Day at a Time, Penelope's son needs new shoes for school. He would like a new pair for every day of the week so he doesn't have to wear the same pair all week. Of course this is not the reality he lives in and most definitely is not the reality we live in at our house either. Penelope lets her son know he can order one pair of shoes for school and then when the shoes come all the pairs shoes come and not just one pair. Penelope showed her son that having one pair of shoes is more than enough. I love shows that can start conversations on needs and wants. It also helps my daughter realize she is not alone in having what she needs and not all she wants. 



One Day at a Time is a remake of the orignal series from 1975. It centers around a Cuban American family whose mother is separated from her husband and she is raising a son and daughter with the help of her mother. They even have a building superintendent named Dwayne Schneider which brought bake memories of the original series for me. I loved that this was just a funny comedy that featured family life in a fun way.


Let's Chat!

Do you have a favourite comedy series that you enjoying watching on Netflix?


Disclosure: I am a member of the Netflix Stream Team and receive some perks and benefits. As always, all opinions are my own.  

Budget Menu Planning - January 23, 2017


We are making some dietary changes in our house. We have noticed over the last month that we are reacting to certain foods and we no longer can eat any red meat at all. My husband has to stay away from foods high in purine since he was diagnosed with gout. My meat choices are getting very slim basically only turkey and chicken.

I am going to be on the hunt for turkey and chicken recipes. There has to be a way that I can do up chicken and turkey to make it taste a bit different instead of the same old same old.
    
Salad

~ Tuesday ~
Chicken Parm
Rice
Veggies

~ Wednesday ~
Instant Pot Beans and Rice

~Thursday ~
 Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo Pasta
Broccoli
~ Friday ~
Pizza Night
~ Saturday ~
Crock Pot Chicken Meatballs
Rice
Veggies

~ Sunday ~
Sweet Potatoes


~ Baking this week ~
Peanut Butter Cookies
~ Breakfast Ideas ~
Baked Oatmeal
Waffles
French Toast
Fresh Fruit
  

LET'S CHAT!

Do you have any chicken or turkey recipes you could share?

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