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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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I’m Back!

It’s been a while since my last blog post, but I am going to get back to writing at least one post per week (I hope). In the past month I have went from working six days a week plus selling Scentsy to not having a job. Luckily I am doing a lot better at Scentsy than have I with other direct sales companies.

I am pushing on though, and I am rocking at Scentsy! I would love to do a post on my adventure with Scentsy if you all would be interested. Please let me know in the comments below if that would be something you would be interested in.

I am going to be brainstorming some ideas for my blog for themed months or weeks. Is there anything you would like to see from me throughout my blogging journey?

Please be patient while I transition back into my blogging life. I will do my best to get right back into everything as quickly and smoothly as possible.

Have a wonderful week. I will talk to you all soon!

Life Update

Do you ever feel like life grabs you by the ear and sprints ahead a few months making sure to hit every bump along the way? That’s what it felt like the past few months for me. Luckily I feel like I am getting everything straightened out and hopefully some good will be in the near future.

My husband and I have been talking about upgrading several areas of our house to hopefully help sell it quicker. Selling our house is still quite a ways down the road but it’s never too early to plan, right?

I have been doing a few things here and there to organize our home. I am going to be going through a few areas to purge a majority of our belongings. We bring things into our home constantly but we never get rid of the older items.

I have been making piles and filling garbage bags left and right. I am throwing away so much stuff and getting ready to donate clothes, household items, food, and much more.

It feels so good to finally declutter our living space. I can’t believe all the stuff I have found while cleaning and organizing. Who really needs a huge box of magazines that we will never read? Or broken appliances that won’t get fixed?

With the items I’m unsure if I will need again, I ask myself three questions. Does this have sentimental value? Have I used it in the past year? Would this item be cheap to replace? After answering those questions, I will wither toss it out find a home for it.

I also got a new job that I will be starting Saturday. Between my 2 jobs I will be working 6 days a week. Leaving me with only one full day to clean house and do errands. Life is getting busier and busier but I’m trying to look down the road at the bigger picture.

What have you been up to for the past month? And big changes going on? Hope you are having a great summer!

Baked Spaghetti

I have been really enjoying casserole type dishes because they are easy to throw together and I can put them in the oven when my husband is getting ready to come home. There are some days he doesn’t get home until after 8 and it is so hard to prepare a nice dinner just to have it be cold by the time he gets home. We absolutely love spaghetti and it is a super quick and easy meal. This is also a recipe I can throw together in the morning and put in the fridge while I am at work and my husband or I will throw it in the oven when we get home that evening.

Ingredients
1/2 pound Spaghetti Noodles (cooked according to package directions)
1-24 oz Spaghetti Sauce
1/2 cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
1/4 cup bread crumbs
Parmesan Cheese for topping
1 pound ground meat-optional (Fully cooked)

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Directions
Layer sauce and spaghetti, slightly mix
Add mozzarella cheese, bread crumbs, and parmesan cheese on top
Bake at 350°F for 20 minutes or until sauce is bubbly.

This is a great meal to pair with garlic bread or bread sticks. Will you be making this for your family? What are your family’s favorite casserole dishes?

PinchMe May 2018

The PinchMe box I ordered in April got here about a week ago and I finally got around to trying all of the samples that I received. I am very happy with all of the items that I received this month. I even got a couple items I have been wanting to try for a while but didn’t want to buy them without knowing if I would like them or not. This was a big win-win for me since I got the items for free and all I had to do was give an honest review on the PinchMe website.

I received 4 samples this month and I am so excited to share my thoughts with all of you!!

I got a three pack of Hallmark cards. I will throw these in my card stash for when I need them.

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A coupon for nice’n easy hair color. This is honestly one of my favorite hair colors and I am glad I can get my next box for free!

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I got a fun size sample of the sweet heat Skittles that I have been wanting to try forever! Unfortunately I didn’t like them. They were really good until the after taste of the heat came along. I couldn’t even finish the whole bag.

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The last item I got was a one minute hair make by Garnier Fructis. This is another item I have been wanting to try. I am so glad I got this sample and I absolutely loved it! There way it smelled and made my hair feel was amazing!!

Taco Lasagna/Casserole

This is a super easy recipe that I just threw together one night when I was just too lazy to make individual tacos. It makes delicious easy leftovers and it can be a great freezer meal.

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Ingredients
1 pound Burger
1 Onion-Diced
1 packet Taco Seasoning
1 can Diced Tomatoes
1 Can Black or Pinto Beans, Rinsed (optional)
2-4 cups Shredded Cheese
1 can Sliced Black Olives (optional)
8 Taco Tortillas

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350
2. Cook the onions and burger until brown.
3. Drain the grease
4. Mix in the taco seasoning and a little water if needed
5. Mix in the tomatoes and beans
6. In a greased 9×13 baking dish, put a layer of tortilla shells
7. Put half the taco meat mixture on top of the tortillas
8. Add some olives and cheese
9. Repeat the layers with the rest of the ingredients
10. Bake at 350 for 20 Minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly

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Will you be trying this recipe? What else would you add to the recipe? What is your favorite go-to easy meal? Let me know in the comments below. Have a wonderful weekend!

May Monthly Meal Plan

This month I am making a meal plan for the entire month to cut down on costs and stress. Life has been very busy the past few weeks and it is going to get even crazier  with summer coming up very quickly. My husband and I have plans to be out of town several weekends in the next few months and hopefully a few hiking days.

I am going to try to spend less than $50 out of pocket for thee month of May for groceries. I will be shopping my freezer and pantry for all of my meals this month. I will also be sharing a few new meals with all of you throughout the month.

Week 1 (1st-5th)
Baked French Toast
Taco Lasagna/Casserrole

Week 2 (6th-12th)
Creamy Chicken and Rice
Shepherd’s Pie

Week 3 (13th-19th)
Beefaroni
Chicken and Stuffing Casserole

Week 4 (20th-26th)
Sloppy Joe Casserole
Chicken Pot Pie

Week 5 (27th -2nd)
Hamburger Gravy and Mashed Potatoes
Garlic Chicken (frozen form Costco)

Backup Meals
Chili
Spaghetti
Taco Soup
Tacos

All of the meals in blue are links to other posts where I have shared the recipes. I made a list of back up meals as well, just in case my work schedule is crazy or if there isn’t enough leftovers. If there are any other recipes on the list you would like to see, let me know in the comments below and I will share the recipes in the near future. Have a wonderful week everyone!

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!