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Welcome to FrugalFamily

Hello and welcome to my blog. I will be posting about life on a tight budget, but still able to enjoy trips and time away from work with my family. I do not currently have children but I am still young. You may be wondering why a woman without children is doing with a blog called “Frugal family.” That is because family is one of the biggest things in my life. I have always been close with my family, and I would do anything for them. I have been married for two years and couldn’t be happier.

I am a couponer, and although I am not the best that there is, I still get plenty of items free or very cheap. Many people think just because one coupons they are automatically hoarders. I do not consider myself a hoarder. I do try to keep about a years worth of products/supplies at all times, and I am thankful I did this (I will explain more of that later). I also donate Items that I will not use because I do not like the product or because I have plenty in my stockpile.

As I mentioned, I am very close with my family and we help each other out constantly. My mom buys my groceries quite often when I go visit or if she come to visit me. I try my best to find products that my mom and my brother use on sale or cheap with couponing. We never ask for the other to pay us back for what we buy for each other. I know that may sound completely ridiculous for some of you but I believe in helping anyone I can in any situation especially family.

I love to be outdoors, whether its hiking, biking, camping, or just a casual evening walk around the  neighborhood. I am also into creativity, I have a craft room that I am in almost everyday, depending on how long my day was at work or running errands. I have been able to spend more time out doors and in my craft room the past couple months as I have been unemployed.

For the past couple years I have been doing in home care for seniors and a couple months ago my client passed away. This was one of the hardest hits to my heart. My client was not just a job to me she became a second mother to me and I will always cherish the time I was able to spend with her and get to know her beautiful soul. I did not know my client before I started working with her but when you spend 45-60 hours a week with a person, talking to them and helping them with even the little things they become family and a part of your heart.

I hope that my experiences and couponing tips will help you out throughout the life of my blog. I would be happy to answer any couponing questions you may have. If there is anything you would like me to go into more detail with in a future blog post let me know.

Thank you for visiting FrugalFamily, have a wonderful day!

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Meal Plan April 16-22

I have been working more hours lately and I have been needing quick and easy meals that will allow more leftovers several times a week. I am also trying to keep our grocery budget down as much as possible. This week I am pulling as much as I can from our pantry and freezers for our meal plan.


Monday

Soup or Sandwiches
I work late so I will be taking a sandwich for dinner

Tuesday
Crock-Pot French Toast
Fresh Fruit

Wednesday
Goulash

Thursday
Leftovers

Friday
Leftovers

Saturday
Date Box Meal
We received our next Date Box and it is a meal for us to cook together so We will be making it together. I will be sharing our Date in another post

Sunday
Shipwreck
This is where I take what I can find in the pantry and freezer and make a meal out of it.
I usually decide that day what I feel like cooking for dinner with what I have on hand.

What is on your meal plan for this week? What does your family do to cut down on grocery costs? Have a good week everyone!

Crock-Pot Pork Chops and Gravy

This is one of my go-to meals, especially if I am going to be working or know I won’t have time to cook dinner in the evening.

Ingredients
2-4 Pork Chops (frozen or fresh)
1-2 cans of Cream Soups (mushroom, chicken, celery)
Garlic Powder
Onion Powder

Alpine Touch or Johnny’s seasoning

Dierections
1. Place pork chops in the crock-pot
2. Mix the alpine touch, garlic and onion powder with the cream soup(s)
3. Fully cover the pork chops with the soup mixture
4. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours

Serve with mashed potatoes or rice and use the soup mixture as a gravy. This is one of my favorite go to meals and I make it 1-2 times a month.

Meal Plan March 26-April 1

I am going to be doing meal plans starting Monday instead of Sundays to see if this helps me keep to a schedule. I am also trying to cut down on groceries even more the next few months…Wish me luck!

Monday
Crock-Pot Pork chops and gravy
Mashed Potatoes
Green Beans

Tuesday
Steak
Twice Baked Potatoes

Wednesday
Chili
I’m not sure if I will be doing chili in the crock-pot or the InstaPot yet.

Thursday
Leftovers

Friday
Cheeseburger Pasta Skillet Meal
This meal will be completely made  by my husband and I am very excited that I don’t have to cook!

Saturday
I work late but we will be doing a late lunch at my Brother’s since my mom will be visiting for Easter.

Sunday
We will be doing lunch at my Brother’s again for an Easter lunch. If we don’t stay over there for dinner as well we will just do leftovers again this night.

What is on your meal plan for this week? Are you doing any special meal for Easter? Have a great week everyone! Happy Easter.

Sunshine Blogger Award

I am so grateful to be nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award. This award is an award given to bloggers by bloggers to inspire creativity in the blogging community. I was nominated by Saving Joyfully I was messaging her a few days ago and So glad to get to know her more through her blog and more messages. She has introduced me to a few new money saving apps and love her blog.

  1. Why did you start blogging?
    I started blogging to become a better writer and to try to open up my creative side.
  1. What is your biggest challenge when it comes to blogging?
    My biggest challenge with blogging is fear. I have always been afraid of what my peers think. It is much easier letting strangers judge me than people that know me.
  1. What is the best thing that has happened to you so far this year?
    Growing my blog! I am so excited that I have been talking and connecting with other bloggers that are into the same things that I am. I am so thankful  for each and every follower that I have. I am looking forward to growing and continuing to connect with other bloggers and followers.
  1. How do you balance blogging with the rest of your responsibilities?
    Balancing blogging with the rest of my crazy life is a huge challenge! I was in a routine that I was able to get about 2 posts up a week and I have recently fallen out of that routine.
  1. If You could travel anywhere you have never been where would it be?
    I would love to travel to New Zealand to do lots of hiking. I would also love to go to Ireland since my mom’s side of the family is from Ireland and neither of us has ever been.
  1. Do you have a favorite musician or style of music?
    I am not a picky person when it comes to music. I will listen to  just about anything but i tend to lean towards top pop and top rock.
  1. Where did you go on your best vacation ever?
    Last year I went to Kauai with my husband for a friends wedding and it was a blast! I am so glad that we went, we did so many fun activities and had the time of our lives.
  1. What is your favorite food?
    Pizza or burgers. I love different types of burgers as long as there is meat in them. My favorite pizza is definitely Hawaiian pizza
  1. Do you have a favorite Restaurant?
    I don’t really have a favorite restaurant. It just depends on my mood.
  1. What is your favorite movie?
    Any Disney movie! I absolutely love Disney, I am a huge child at heart. For days after watching a Disney movie I will walk around the house singing all the songs from the movie.
  1. What do you do for a living or do you blog full time?
    I am currently working at Michaels craft store. I just started the blog as a hobby. I am hoping that after we move and start a family I will be able to blog full time and be a stay at home mom.

I am so thankful that I was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger award and I will be Nominating several blogs that I follow and would love to get to know each of them more through their answers.

https://thefrugalcrafter.wordpress.com/
https://frugalfive.com/
https://momoftwolittlegirls.com/
https://treadlightlyretireearly.com/
https://ourlittleredhouseblog.wordpress.com/
https://emmiscookinside.blog/
https://simpleula.com/
https://mydisruptivelife.com/
https://peggycooperquilts.com/

Nominees here are your Questions

  1. Why did you start blogging?
  1. What is your biggest challenge when it comes to blogging?
  1. What is the best thing that has happened to you so far this year?
  1. How do you balance blogging with the rest of your responsibilities?
  1. If You could travel anywhere you have never been where would it be?
  1. Do you have a favorite musician or style of music?
  1. Where did you go on your best vacation ever?
  1. What is your favorite food?
  1. Do you have a favorite Restaurant?
  1. What is your favorite movie?
  1. What do you do for a living or do you blog full time?

InstaPot Pesto Chicken

This is a super easy, quick, and delicious meal! I used 3 frozen chicken breasts and they cooked perfectly in 18 minutes. They were moist and had great flavor.

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Ingredients
3 chicken breasts (frozen or thawed)
1 jar basil Pesto (I used a 6 oz jar, you can use more or less depending on preferences)
1/2 can chicken broth (can use 1/2 cup water instead)

Directions
1. Put your half can of chicken broth (or water) to the bottom it your InstaPot. I had my grate in the bottom so the chicken wasn’t sitting directly in the juices.
2.Place the chicken on the grate (can be placed directly in the broth if desired).
3.Spoon the Pesto onto the chicken breasts.
4.Put the lid on the InstaPot and make sure the pressure release valve is closed.
5.Push the chicken/meat button and cook for 18 minutes if chicken is frozen.
Cook 12 minutes if chicken is thawed.

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This is a super quick and easy meal that I can throw together for dinner on nights I get off work late. To make it a full meal you could pair it with some frozen veggies or a pack of minute rice.

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The electric pressure cooker I use is the Power Pressure Cooker XL

. I absolutely love my InstaPot and highly recommend it! I am getting on an InstaPot kick lately so I will be sharing several more recipes with you in the future. If there are any InstaPot recipes you would like to see let me know down below and I would love to share them with you.

Do you have an InstaPot? What are your favorite meals? Let me know in the comments below.

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Date Box

Are you dating your spouse or significant other? I have been married for almost 3 years and it hurts me to say I don’t date my husband enough. We are both extremely  busy with work and we rarely have days off together. These are no excuses on why I can’t date my husband more.
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Life gets stressful and you don’t always have time to organize a date by ourselves. That’s why I ordered our first Date box. I am so excited to share our ‘Date’ with all of you. DateBox is a monthly subscription box that is delivered to your door once a month and is put together based on the questionnaire you can fill out on the website.

I absolutely loved this box! Our box came with 2 packets of apple cider, ingredients to make kettle corn, and a kit to make caramel apples (we didn’t make the caramel apples for our date). The box also came with an escape room game that had the clues needed to to escape the virtual room.

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We put on the Spotify playlist that is made for this specific date. Then we made the Apple Cider, I added a cinnamon stick to each cup for extra flavor, we cooked the kettle corn together and enjoyed that while we worked together to escape the virtual escape room. The  box comes with a booklet of step by step instructions for the date and in that book are a list of conversation starters. It  was so much fun to see how our answers were so similar yet different.

I highly recommend getting your first DateBox to help strengthen your relationship and enjoy a night together.  Our first DateBox has encouraged us to date each other more often and we will be continuing to get our dateboxes. To save $10 on your first DateBox go to http://datebox.me/h0Rg4 and claim your fist box.

Hello Fresh Recipe Reviews

If you haven’t read my Hello Fresh post I wrote the other day you can read it here. I am going to be sharing three recipes from Hello Fresh with you. In this post I will be sharing what I liked about the recipes and what I would change if I were to make them again. The first meal I am sharing is the Pineapple Poblano Beef Tacos. Hello Fresh sends all the ingredients need for the meal, along with step by step instructions.

This was a very easy meal to make, the most time consuming part was chopping the ingredients. The next time I make this I will also use more cilantro (there is no such thing as too much cilantro).

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The next recipe we tried was the New York Strip Steak with Truffle Butter.

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Overall I was not a fan of this meal but I did like the mashed potatoes. I was so amazed at how much of the Thyme flavor was in the mashed potatoes just from simmering it in the milk. The steak was good but there was so much fat on the steaks. I am also not a big fan of asparagus, I did try it but the flavor and texture was not my thing. The Truffle Butter was good but very overpowering you don’t need much to get the great flavor. I probably wont be making this full meal again but I will definitely be making the mashed potatoes again in the future. I don’t believe that this was worth the extra $10 for being the premium meal of the week.

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The last recipe we made was porkchops

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This was probably our favorite recipe we got this time around! The Pork Chops had such an amazing flavor and the sides were amazing. The glaze was very good but I think I would make it a little more fruity.

If you would like to try Hello Fresh you can save $40 on your first box making it as low as $19.94 for your first box by clicking here.