Meal Planning: Food In My Stockpile 9/4

My day on Wednesday did not allow me to get my meal planning accomplished for the week.  And I have time today so inspite of the fact that the deals are better on Wednesday (where I live anyway) I will be doing my shopping today.

So first I take a look around my kitchen.  Here are the items I have that I can use this week:

Frozen Spinach
Container of soup mix from Harry & David
Turkey Sausage
Eggs
3 bags mixed frozen veggies
Mexican Shredded Cheese
Frozen Broccoli
Frozen Chicken
Pork Tenderloin
Bag of Baby Carrots
Orange Juice
Brown Rice
Green Beans
Cream of Mushroom Soup

Here are the meals I plan on making:

Breakfast Meals: Sausage, Egg & Cheese English Muffins (I will freeze these and defrost each morning)

Meal #1: Pork Tenderloin, Green Bean Casserole

Meal #2: Spinach Stuffed Chicken and mixed veggies. (I am going to sort of jerry-rig a recipe because I don’t want to use cheese. I have bread crumbs so I should be able to figure something out).

Meal #3: Soup. I know it’s hot out but this soup mix looks amazing. It’s got veggies in it (plus I think I will add some of the carrots) and the only ingredient I don’t already have in the house is chicken broth.

Meal #4: Salads.  It’s starting to get cool outside so I want to use all my veggies, dressings and salad items before I REALLY start craving soups and chili. 

Those will be my meals this week.  From that I created my shopping list:

French Onions (for green bean casserole)
English Muffins
Chicken Broth
All the fruits and veggies I want

Since I am going to be buying alot of fruits and vegetables this week I am heading to Harris Teeter where I have found the quality is a little bit better in my neck of the woods. Even though my trip doesn’t include coupons this week, by taking a few minutes to plan ahead I was able to best utilize the items in my house!

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Locals: Frugal Fun Weekend Activities 9/2

Charlotte from My Active Child has provided another great list of local activities for this weekend!

Friday ~ September 2, 2011
5pm-12am- Summerfest By The Bay at Fort Monroe’s Beach & Boardwalk- Behind Bay Breeze Community Center 490 Fenwick Rd Bldg 185 Fort Monroe VA

 
5:30-9pm- T.G.I.F. Summer Concert Series at Bennett’s Creek Park Suffolk VA (757) 514-7267
 
7:30pm- Friday Night Nature Programs at Newport News Park 13560 Jefferson Avenue Newport News, VA 23603 757-886-7912
 

8:30pm- Fantail Film Festival “National Treasure” at Nauticus Pier, 1 Waterside Drive, Norfolk VA (757) 664-1000

Saturday ~ September 3, 2011
9am-12pm- Home Depot Kids Workshop- ESPN College Game Day Board at All Home Depot Locations

 
10am- Grandparent’s Day Card Event – Free Make It, Take It – ages 3+ at All participating Michael’s Store locations  1-800-642-4235
 
10am-5pmPfac Free Weekend (Kids activities from 10am-4pm Saturday only) Peninsula Fine Arts Center 101 Museum Drive, Mariners’ Museum Park Newport News, VA (757) 596-8175
 
10:30am- Pony Pedicures at Bluebird Gap Farm 60 Pine Chapel Road Hampton, VA 23666 (757) 825-4750
 
11am- Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads presents “Of Jesters and Dragons: Chapter 3”  at Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts 110 West Finney Avenue, Suffolk, VA 23434 (757) 923-0003
 
11am-2pm- Make-and-take Activity in the Courtyard – Origami at Courthouse Galleries, High Street, Portsmouth VA
 
2pm- Corduroy Bear Costume Character Storytime at Barnes & Noble- Peninsula Town Center 5100 Kilgore Ave, Hampton, VA 23666  (757) 827-1118
 
6-11pm- Saturday Summer Street Fest at Queensway, Downtown Hampton VA (757) 727-0900
 
7-9:30pm- Free Hayrides at Newport News Park 13560 Jefferson Avenue Newport News, VA 23603 757-886-7912
 
Sunday ~ September 4, 2011
7am-12pm- Rock N Roll Marathon- The Virginia Beach Convention Center, 1000 19th St. Virginia Beach VA  
 
1-3pm- Grandparent’s Day Frame Event – Make It, Take It (with purchase of frame) - ages 3+ at All participating Michael’s Store locations   1-800-642-4235
 
1-5pm- Honoring Our Heroes Event ~ Family Activities at Bass Pro Shop 1972 Power Plant Pkwy Hampton, VA 23666 (757) 262-5200
 
6-9pm- Fine Arts Commission Symphony UNDER THE STARS– Virginia Symphony Orchestra at Chesapeake City Park 900 Greenbrier Parkway Chesapeake VA, 23320 757-382-6411
 
Monday ~ September 5, 2011
10am- Feeling on Monday Morning at False Cape State Park at Little Island City Park in Sandbridge- Virginia Beach, VA    
 
1-3pm- Kids Free Make & Take – Crayola Model Magic: Autumn Leaves at AC Moore 3312 Princess Anne Road Suite 817 Virginia Beach, VA 23456 (757) 468-3024  
 
4-7pm- Bike Night at Norfolk Botanical Garden 6700 Azalea Garden Road Norfolk, Virginia 23518 (757) 441-5830   
 
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Happy Birthday A Frugal Chick!

Today my blog turns two!  I had no idea two years ago when I hit that “publish” button what would happen!

Thanks so much for being on this journey with me and helping me learn so much about saving money and helping others!  I have loved almost every minute of teaching classes, working with the media and finding you guys great deals. 

I have so many hopes and dreams for this site and can’t wait to watch share them with you as they come true!

I hope there are many more years of coupons, deals and shopping to come!

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Why I Am Furious About Extreme Couponing Season 2

Season 2 of Extreme Couponing begins September 28th.  And the trailers have me angry already.  The show hasn’t even started yet and I am angry.

The woman in the first episode prides herself on being a “shelf clearer.”  She walks into a store and clears out the entire stock of the item she wants.  In one of the scenes she takes several dozen energy type bars off a shelf and throws them in her cart.  As she is turning to search for her next item a guy walks up and asks her if she is taking all of them.  She answers “yep, sorry” and walks off.  She probably has 30 of them!  She couldn’t spare one for the guy and maybe even give him a coupon- teach him how to get a discount?

Shelf clearing is incredibly rude- if there is 30 of something in the store there is no need to take all of it. But to be proud of something that makes people people think so poorly of couponers just upsets me (so you know that did not start as the words ‘upsets me’. It was just the nicest thought I could come up with.) 

As a couponer I really don’t like the show.  It’s a poor representation of how an average couponer lives.  I don’t have a spare room in my house filled with laundry detergent, body wash and toothpaste.  If you want to do that it’s completely fine but it is EXTREME.   The way these people are portrayed the show makes them seem normal.  The couponer in me doesn’t want to watch it.

However I have a business to run and bills to pay.  And as much as I hate to admit it, the show is good for business.  Some of you reading this right now may be doing that because last year you watched an episode and wanted to learn more.  And I need to be able to converse intelligently about the show to stay current in my chosen field.

So here is my deal with you- I will watch the show until my head explodes (which may happen this season).  In return you promise to keep reading my site so we can journey together to a better life through couponing instead of letting couponing run our life.   And we can make changes so you can do the things that are important to you- being better with your finances and spending more time doing the things you truly love doing.

Deal?

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Kids Frugal Fun- Cheese Pizza Edition

Each week Momondealz bring you a kids craft that is fun, educational, and frugal!

September 5th is Cheese Pizza Day (not national pizza day) so I couldn’t let a day honoring my favorite food pass by without having some fun with it-plus, pizza has lots of educational activities! I picked a simple but fun activity that can help with cutting and gluing skills (very important in kindergarten and beyond).

Learning With Pizza

 Materials:
Construction Paper
Scissors
Glue

Directions:
1. Sit with your child and brainstorm a list of their favorite pizza toppings.
2. Draw a thick slice of pizza and then draw all of the toppings on your list.
3. Color the slice and toppings and then allow your child to glue the toppings on their pizza.

Educational Activities:
-Language Arts:
1. Brainstorming the list of activities is an important part of the writing process. After you are done with the craft your child can write the toppings in the order they added them or draw about the craft.
2. Discuss that Pizza starts with the letter P and practice writing the letter with your child. Then go on a “P Hunt” and create a list of other P words around the house or outside

-Math:
1. Count each topping and add the total number of toppings.
2. For more advanced children you can discuss fractions of the toppings (the pizza is 4/5 pinapple,etc). You can also create a whole pizza and cut it into slices and do fractions that way.
3. Create a real pizza and practice measuring toppings with your child using measuring cups. 4. Discuss the shapes of your toppings and the shape of a whole pizza or slice.
5. Poll family and friends asking what their favorite toppings are and create a picture graph of their responses.

-Science: Make a pizza garden with your child. Plant tomatoes, basil, and other toppings/spices. Discuss plant needs while creating the garden.

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Top 5 Frugal Things To Prepare For Irene

So it looks like MANY of my readers will be affected by the storm coming this weekend!  Here are some frugal things you can do to help prepare for the storm:

1.  Head to the library.  Grab books for everyone in the family.  You can also grab books on arts & crafts, games or anything else your family might enjoy together!

2.  Activate a FREE month of Netflix.  For a good portion of the storm many residents may still have electricity so your computers should still work.  Did you know that you can try Netflix FREE for a month?  They have some great family friendly programming (Season 1 of The Cosby Show) that you can use to keep everyone distracted! 

3.  Grab some organizational tools.  When I was in the store today I grabbed a small box of black trash bags.  I have tons of clothes I need to go through and get rid of the things that are too old or no longer fit.  This way I can load them up in the trash bags and take them to the thrift store after the storm passes.  If you have a household task you have been procrastinating on now is the time to do it!

4.  Dust off the board games.  Remember Clue, Monopoly, Scrabble and Sorry?  You probably still have them floating around your house.  Take advantage of the down time and remember how to play!

5.  Plan your shopping trip.  You are going to need to go to the store before the storm to stock up.  Be sure to take your hurricane item coupons and MAKE A LIST.  Avoiding impulse buying can help you not go crazy with your bill!

By taking these small steps hopefully riding out the storm with your family will be a much more frugal and fun experience!

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Kids Frugal Fun- Labor Day Puppets

Each week Mom on Dealz brings you a craft that is fun, educational, and frugal.

With Labor Day quickly approaching, I thought it’s a perfect time to teach your child about community workers and discuss that people work to make money (a Virginia Standard of Learning for kindergarten).

August 26th is also National Dog Day so I was sure to include a dalmation puppet to go along with the fireman!

Labor Day Puppets

Materials:
Paper bags
Construction Paper
Crayons
Glue
Any Other Desired Decorations

Directions:

1. Decide on the community workers you would like to create (fireman, teacher, police officer, nurse, etc).
2. Draw and cut out outfits for each worker. You can find many examples by doing a google search.
3. Color and decorate the uniforms/hats.

4. Glue your creations on paper bags and enjoy!

Educational Activities:
-Social Studies-

1. Discuss that Labor Day is to honor workers across the nation.

2. Dicuss that people have jobs in order to pay for things they need and want.

-Language Arts-

1. Create a list of wants with your child and brainstorm ways to earn money to buy them.

2. Sing nursery ryhmes about community workers (5 little firemen, etc).

3. Have your child create as many words as they can imagine out of the letters in community workers (men, women, row, mom, etc).

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Harris Teeter Coupon Meet & Class

Last month the Harris Teeter on Virginia Beach Blvd (in Virginia Beach, VA) hosted a coupon class taught by A Frugal Chick, Momondealz, and The Coupon Challenge. I have great news for you! We have teamed up with Harris Teeter to now offer this class again!

We also are changing things up a bit and adding a COUPON MEET to the class.

Our class will be September 14th at 5:30 p.m. We will swap coupons for the first 30 minutes so if you need to be a bit late because of work we will hold you a seat!  Then at 6 we will teach you valuable information about couponing and saving money, focusing on Harris Teeter and then we will finish by swapping more coupons before everyone leaves around 7:30!

During class we will cover important topics and rules of couponing, as well as provide you with tips on where to find coupons, how to stockpile, and menu planning. We will also offer you various door prizes!

If you are interested in attending this class, please sign up as soon as possible-it filled very quickly last time! There is a $5 charge to attendees. To get further details on the class, as well as to send payment, please send your name to HRcouponswap@gmail.com

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Locals: Frugal Fun Weekend Activities 8/19

Charlotte from My Active Child has provided another great list of local activities for this weekend!

Friday ~ August 19, 2011
 
10am-2pm- 5th Annual Field of Friends Community Day for Children ages 5-15 at 429 Thorncliff Drive Newport News VA (757) 369-3105
 
10:30am- Summer Friday Films for Children at Chrysler Museum of Art 245 West Olney Road Norfolk, Virginia 23510 (757) 333-6239
 
3-11pm- Beach FamFest 2011 Summer Series at 17th Street Park, Virginia Beach Oceanfront
 
6-7:30pm- Crabbing at First Landing State Park- Bay Store- 2500 Shore Drive Virginia Beach, VA 23451 (757) 412-2300
 
7pm-midnight-  Skywatch at Northwest River Park at Northwest River Park, Chesapeake    
 
 
8pm- Movie in the Park- Toy Story 3 at North Landing Park, Downtown Portsmouth VA (corner of Crawford Pkwy and Water St)  
 
8:30pm- Campfire Fun & Lakeside Hayride at Sandy Bottom Nature Park 1255 Big Bethel Road Hampton, VA 23666 (757) 825-4657
 
Saturday ~ August 20, 2011
 
9am-4pm- 8th Annual Duck Tape Regatta to benefit CHKD at Willoughby Harbor – A VMG Marina 1525 Bayville Street Norfolk, VA 23503  757-668-7098  
 
10am- Kids Fishing (ages 3-15) at Sandy Bottom Nature Park 1255 Big Bethel Rd Hampton, VA 23666 (757) 825-4657
 
10am-6pm- Nansemond Indian Tribe Pow Wow at  Lone Star Lakes, Suffolk VA (757) 514-7250
 
11am-4pm- Museum Scavenger Hunt! (Free Event) at MacArthur Memorial 198 Bank Street Norfolk VA, 23510  757.441.2965
 
11am- Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads presents- Bucket of Monkeys at Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts 110 West Finney Avenue, Suffolk, VA 23434 (757) 923-0003
 
11am- Kids Club Luau Party at Pembroke Mall  Food Court 4554 Virginia Beach Boulevard, Virginia Beach VA 
 
7pm- Family Films by the Fountain- How To Train Your Dragon at Fountain Plaza at City Center Oyster Point, 701 Town Center Dr, Newport News, VA 23606 (757) 873-2020
Sunday ~ August 21, 2011
 
10am-6pm- Nansemond Indian Tribe Pow Wow at Lone Star Lakes, Suffolk VA (757) 514-7250
 
11am-1pm-  Artist Trading Cards Event – Free Make It, Take It – ages 3+ at All participating Michael’s Store locations  1-800-642-4235
 
11am-4pm- Museum Scavenger Hunt! (Free Event) at MacArthur Memorial 198 Bank Street Norfolk VA, 23510 757.441.2965
 
1-4pm- H&M presents Baby Loves Disco at Lord & Taylor Court, Lynnhaven Mall  701 Lynnhaven Parkway, Virginia Beach, VA 23452  (757) 340-9340   
 
Check out all the events to find some fun things to do this weekend! 
 
1-4pm- Dog Days of Summer Event at Ridgeway Bark Park, 85 E. Mercury Blvd Hampton VA
 
10pm- Fireworks on the Beach at 20th Street on the Oceanfront, Virginia Beach VA  
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Kids Frugal Fun- National Aviation Day

Each week Mom on Dealz brings you a kids craft that is fun, frugal, and educational! I know we just did a rocket craft a couple of weeks ago, but since National Aviation Day is the 19th, I couldn’t let the day pass without doing a craft related to it!

Paper Towel Roll Airplane

Materials:
2 Paper Towel Rolls
Craft Knife or Scissors (adult use)
Markers, Stickers, Paint (whatever you would like to decorate with)

Directions:

1. Cut one paper towel roll all the way down the side. This will open the roll up.
2. Cut out a small rounded back wing and a larger rounded front wing.

3. Cut 4 slits on the other paper towel roll-2 on the sides at the top and 2 at the sides of the bottom.

4. Slide the smaller back wing into 2 of the slits and then the larger front wing in the other set of slits.

5. Decorate the plane the way your child would like.

Educational Activities:
1. Language Arts:
a. Airplane Nursery Rhyme-Reciting nursery rhymes and recognizing ryhming words are major kindergarten skills! You can make up your own to any tune you enjoy. The one we created is below.
b. ID alphabet letters while doing activity (P for plane, A for airplane, S for sky, etc). We did W for Will and for the Wright Brothers.
c. Have your child create a journal entry about the craft, writing or drawing steps in the process of creating it.

2. History: Discuss the concepts of past, present, and future. Identify that the Wright Brothers flew the first plane in the past, you created this craft in the present, and brainstorm about air travel in the future.

3. Math:
a. Have fun throwing the plane so that it can fly. Measure the distance it flies with rulers, tape measures, or using non-standard measurement using items like paper clips, crayons, etc.
b. Create patterns on your child’s plane. Will wanted windows on his plane for “the people to see out” so we added red and white circles. I had him alternate the colors and we discussed it was a pattern (called an AB pattern, red being “A” and white being “B”).

4. Science:
a. Remind your child that we need to take care of our planet and one way to do this is to reuse and recycle products. Discuss how you reused the paper towel rolls in this project.
b. Talk about the position to hold the plane when “flying” it and discuss the speed it flies and how hard your child throws it and where they throw it (up, down, right, left). Directional words is another big kindergarten skill.

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