Attempting Another Meal Planning n’ Prep May 14, 2017

Attempting Another Meal Planning n’ Prep May 14, 2017

Attempting Another Meal Planning n’ Prep May 14, 2017

Here I am, still at it. I’m working my butt off over here trying to think of ways to bore you to pieces with my meal planning woes and attempt to drive down my time spent cooking and shopping!!!  Did I ever tell you I actually despise shopping. I mean, I truly do NOT like shopping.  Crazy, right?!!! I mean I’m always talking about ways to save when you shop.  I just don’t like spending money, period, the end.  Although the dawn of internet shopping has it’s temptations for me!

If you’ve been following me on Facebook for the past two years you know I was out of work for a year. Well, technically I was under employed, I was fortunate enough to get back part time hours a few months after being laid off. That lasted for a year until I could find full time employment almost exactly one year later.  NO, I didn’t collect unemployment either. Those are my personal reasons, however it motivated me to keep on track that year.  It’s actually been harder staying on a budget while working than when I wasn’t full time.  Less time and energy can mean BIG TROUBLE in the grocery store. I am living proof!

First up on the Meal Planning mini lecture…..

O.K., here are my reasons. (I know, I’m starting to babble)
  • You will save money if you have a plan, I promise, it almost mysteriously happens.
  • You will save hours of cooking or rifling through your freezer or making last minute stops to the market.
  • You will STOP wasting money in spoiled foods or items in the waaaaaaaaaaaaay back of your freezer/cupboards/shelves.
  • You will have more time to spend reading my blog!!!  Or spending with your family and friends. Or reading my blog!

There are lots of tips n tricks you’ll learn along the way, but I like to just start with what I like, what my husband likes, and make it.  I prepare some ahead of time on weekends.  Trust me, I’m no cook and this is easy stuff!

Here’s my week 3 meal planning post  I’m sharing with you below.

Go ahead, look at my pretty meal plan below and you can finally get off this post!!

I love you all, you know that, right?!

Meal Planning, my way week of May 14th, 2017

may 14, 2017 meal planning and preparation attempt

For the preparation…

Keep in mind like I said above, I am NOT a COOK!  I’m also out of the house more than 60hrs a week, so this is pretty danged simple!  As I’m unpacking my groceries I’m doing this. For REAL! No sense putting it away to take it out again and again. I’m cheap with my time too!

  • 3lb ground beef, fry up.  Add 3 cans of Mexican flavored tomatoes.  Half in freezer, Half in Fridge (for chili).
  • did the above last week x 2 so i’m good.  the extra fried meat with Mexican tom’s will be mixed with rice and going into the stuffed peppers this week.  SCORE for me on saving time!! 
  • This week we’re having meatloaf so i’ll defrost enough, fry up the extra hamburg. We’ll be having a Mexican rice dish this week. I can fry meat, add Mexican tomatoes, and freeze.  .
  • This week we’ll work off of a Whole Chicken, I’ll put in oven Sunday early afternoon.  I’ll still have the 2nd container of marinated boneless chicken for a future meal plan. Didn’t happen last week! we had boneless chicken cooked on our George Foreman grill.  I did cook a whole chicken today, froze broth/drippings. put chicken in fridge for this week.
  • Large Red Onion, cut in half.  Half slice for sandwiches, half dice up. (I use this handy little thing I’ve had for about 8yrs now to help with dicing onions YUK!).  Off to plastic bags or containers they go in fridge. I like to do this once a week.
  • Lg Green Peppers (already froze some cut up from last week!) Time Saver!!!
  • We are expecting ANOTHER cool and rainy couple of days so I’ll use one of those to bake something I didn’t put on the meal plan (cause it’s for a blog recipe and I didn’t want to ruin the surprise)
  • We got extra rolls for meatloaf sandwiches, chicken salad sandwiches
  • I’ll chop up the lettuce and put in my lettuce keeper for salads and sandwiches throughout the week. Same with a couple of tomatoes I picked up. Can I tell you how much I miss having our own back yard tomatoes!!!

Other than the warm days, all meals are prepared with enough for Andy to have for lunch. Sometimes for me to have also.  I am not a huge lunchtime leftover fan. I like making salads, pasta salads, and my old standby is to have a loaf of bread and jars of peanut butter and jelly at work (umm, for breakfast at work too.. shhhhh).

How am I doing ? (i’ll save you the time, I’ve got a long way to go!)

This week at the grocery store I spent $150! YIKES!!  Although I’ve been in the meal plan doghouse, I’m o.k. with the total for starters.  I’ll get 2 1/2 – 3 weeks of meals including breakfasts, lunches and snacks from what I bought with only having to buy fruit.  I’ll survive on frozen veggies until the garden comes back except for lettuce, tomatoes n onions.  (april 30, 2017)

O.K. so last week I spent a LOT!!  However, I’m giving myself a little slack here.  This week I’ll spend approximately $25.  So total will be up to $175 for 2 weeks at this point.  This includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. (may 7, 2017)

Well, last week I somehow managed to avoid the grocery store altogether, score more points for me!! I went today, exhausted and not even wanting to be there and well, hungry.  I was horrified and delighted when I got caught red handed without coupons!  The horrified part is well, self explanatory, right?! One of my dear friends and someone I was so delighted to help learn about couponing a few years back was there. She was the one who caught me!! I mean I had to beg her not to take a pic to ‘out me’!!  TRUE story!!!  O.K., I was filled with joy to see how well she was doing and still couponing and still saving. She was off to get a few deals and well, lucky me… shared some coupons with me!!  (was I sooo embarrassed!!) Again, TRUE STORY!

Oh, Yeah.  I spent $140 this week. I am anticipating this to last two weeks or more.  However, my overall goal is to spend no more than $50/wk on groceries. I’ve got a way to go to get back on track!! Quite a ways.

Total so far is $315 for the month (yes, I swear much of this will last much longer)

I’m curious to see what my total will be End of Month, so these meal plans here will help keep me accountable.

One more ‘full disclosure’ kinda fyi.  We do have our own backyard poultry, so eggs are free!

Hope I didn’t bore the heck out of you or well, freak you out with my novice meal skills.

BONUS:  Because my cooking skills are sub par, we seldom if ever have anyone stopping over for dinner!!

I’m still working on some warm weather meal prep in Mason Jars, I hope that’ll help cut expenses too and well, keep it interesting and fun!

I have to confess while I am not a kitchen guru or even enjoy cooking very much, I had a ton of fun doing this post for y’all and I’m getting pumped to get back on track all around with budgeting my expenses, time and maybe even healthier eating habits.

 

So, tell me, did you like even one part of this meal planning and mini preparation

post

or

will you beg me in the comments to stop? I dare ya!

Don’t Quit Your Day Job Honey!  1st Blog Traffic and Income Report Jan ~ April 2017

Don’t Quit Your Day Job Honey! 1st Blog Traffic and Income Report Jan ~ April 2017

Go Ahead Say it!  ‘Don’t Quit Your Day Job Honey!’

 

blogging traffic income goals report

I Made How Much? My 1st Blog Traffic and Income Report Jan ~ April 2017.

O.K., so don’t laugh me off the blogosphere.  I’ve spent the past year learning LOTS about blogging, social media and made a TON of mistakes along the way and annoyed the  &%&@  out of quite a few people.  Keep in mind, I’m working 40+ hours at my 9-5 day job (nope, nada, not gonna give you that income haha) as well as you know, LIFE gets crazy.  I’m not making excuses, just being honest about my limitations.

You want to start a blog?  I’m keeping it real here.

I am NOT a full time blogger ‘yet’ ! Baby Just Watch Me, Cause this Shit is about to get real!

Why? Why on earth would I share with you my income and traffic reports?

 

  • Well, first for myself.  This a way to keep track, mostly so I’m accountable to my own goals.  We’ve all got em’, right?
  • Second, I share so my readers can see it’s not all the fluff and freebies but hard work.
  • Hard work, but sooooooooooooo real and really possible for all of us!

If you’re reading this, we’re on this ride together.  Most people today are looking for ways to save and earn.  It feels good knowing I’m never alone.  After all, the huge majority (99%) of my blog posts are all about ways to save and earn and how to get there (together of course!).  I’m here to tell you it’s not that hard, but it’s not overnight get rich or save 100% shopping either.  Anyone selling you that line is selling you only that, a line of good old fashioned horse hockey!

Let’s start with my goals for the first few months of the year.

 

  • Grow Page Views right here on this blog.
  • Grow Facebook (both page and group) following.
  • Grow Pinterest following.
  • Grow Twitter following.
  • Grow YouTube Following.
  • Earn Money through affiliate income.
  • Start and set up an email capture and offer (aka opt in)

Here are my stats for April.

 

I have a long way to go to reach my overall goals. For now I’m happy with how far I’ve come and will work on monthly goals.  I know I know, Don’t quit your day job honey!

YTD Earnings:

 

note: as a frugal shopper I also receive cash back and gift cards from places like SavingStar, Ebates, Swagbucks.  I consider those personal savings, not actual earnings. I know some bloggers count these as earnings. I am not counting as blogger income. These were part of my every day lifestyle prior to blogging.  maybe………….. maybe baby… i’ll do a separate post on my monthly savings/earnings from those alone.  Right now I have $66.40 sitting in my SavingStar account. I leave that there for Christmas budget.  I also keep my Swagbucks gift cards until the holidays.  I also have over $50 in my Plenti Points rewards, and $22.20 in Ibotta money. Oh, there’s TopCash Back too haha.  I honestly don’t look too often at the totals on those. I consider them holiday bonuses, money I don’t have to stress about at the end of the year. Let’s just say if I were to guess, I have about $150 sitting in various cash back and rebate sites from personal shopping.

So, How am I going to plot n plan the Honey, it’s time to quit your day job’ part of my goals?  This lady’s got a plan!

  • Yeah, first is a plan!  and friends and goals!
  • Grow all social media using what else, social media.
  • Get that email options together for you so you’re not missing anything great!!
  • Continue to work on kick ass posts that others are wanting to see. (most read post and this video)
  • Complete and introduce my first two webinars (I promise you can afford it)
  • A whole lot more!! Add more videos, more posts you’re needing and wanting, add more valuable products at rock’n prices! and then some!

My Biggest not so secret weapon to learn how to monetize the heck out of all of this is the ever updating and evolving course I enrolled in. We’ll be turning this into The Money Making Blog!   We are going to kick this Day Job thing in the royal rear together!  I’m loving everything I learn here and well, the instructor, Taylor rocks.  She’s got energy, enthusiasm and gets right in there, down and dirty with us to help us succeed!

blog traffic income and goals report

So, those earnings numbers you just read above, kiss them good bye!

ps… the best part is I’m only doing better if I’m helping YOU do better with your savings and earnings goals.

Got questions?  contact me here or in the comments below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meal Planning! What the Heck? Still talking about it!  5/7/17

Meal Planning! What the Heck? Still talking about it! 5/7/17

What the Heck?!  She’s Talking About Meal Planning Again!

I bet that’s just what my regular readers are saying. Oh here we go again, Barefoot Budgeting is on a Meal Planning Kick yet AGAIN!  Oh heck yeah, I STILL AM!!  Here are the top reasons why I’m back to meal planning and I believe if you want to save money, time, sanity, even eat healthier (oops) you should too!

STOP DON’T CLICK AWAY PLEASE……………. Hear me out!  Then throw pies n eggs if you must!

If you’ve been following me on Facebook for the past two years you know I was out of work for a year. Well, technically I was under employed, I was fortunate enough to get back part time hours a few months after being laid off. That lasted for a year until I could find full time employment almost exactly one year later.  NO, I didn’t collect unemployment either. Those are my personal reasons, however it motivated me to keep on track that year.

Here we are today and well, I fell off the bandwagon in a big way when I started back to work full time.  I’m working longer days and my life filled up with extra commitments.  My grocery bill has been an all time embarrassment!!!  Yeah, ME!!  PLEASE STILL STICK WITH ME, I PROMISE…. i’ll get back on track.

O.K., here are my reasons. (I know, I’m starting to babble)
  • You will save money if you have a plan, I promise, it almost mysteriously happens.
  • You will save hours of cooking or rifling through your freezer or making last minute stops to the market.
  • You will STOP wasting money in spoiled foods or items in the waaaaaaaaaaaaay back of your freezer/cupboards/shelves.
  • You will have more time to spend reading my blog!!!  Or spending with your family and friends. Or reading my blog!

There are lots of tips n tricks you’ll learn along the way, but I like to just start with what I like, what my husband likes, and make it.  I prepare some ahead of time on weekends.  Trust me, I’m no cook and this is easy stuff!

Here’s my week 2 meal planning post (re-introduced) I’m sharing with you below.  We’ll get more into prep and planning at the end. I double dare you to stick around!!

Go ahead, look at my pretty meal plan below and you can finally get off this post!! I love you, you know that, right?!

Meal Planning, my way week of May 7th, 2017

meal planning and preparation 05/17/17

So for Prep, keep in mind like I said above, I am NOT a COOK!  I’m also out of the house more than 60hrs a week, so this is pretty danged simple!  As I’m unpacking my groceries I’m doing this. For REAL! No sense putting it away to take it out again and again. I’m cheap with my time too!

  • 3lb ground beef, fry up.  Add 3 cans of Mexican flavored tomatoes.  Half in freezer, Half in Fridge (for chili).
  • did the above last week x 2 so i’m good.  the extra fried meat with Mexican tom’s will be mixed with rice and going into the stuffed peppers this week.  SCORE for me on saving time!!
  • Large pkg of boneless chicken (6 pieces).  Two plastic containers, top with marinade of choice. I happened to get Lawry’s Garlic on sale, so half in each container it goes.  One in freezer, one in fridge.
  • This week we’ll work off of a Whole Chicken, I’ll put in oven Sunday early afternoon.  I’ll still have the 2nd container of marinated boneless chicken for a future meal plan.
  • Boil a box of Tri Color Pasta while Hamburg is cooking.  I got this done Saturday night while I was putting together this post.
  • Large Red Onion, cut in half.  Half slice for sandwiches, half dice up. (I use this handy little thing I’ve had for about 8yrs now to help with dicing onions YUK!).  Off to plastic bags or containers they go in fridge. I like to do this once a week.  I’ll pick up another onion at market this week, last week’s were fresh enough looking to buy 2.
  • Lg Green Peppers x 4 or more.  I’ll cook up to 6. 2 for dinner, 2 for lunches, 2 for when I’m in a jam and need to defrost for lunch another time.
  • Pasta is done cooking, strain (don’t rinse) add some veggies while it’s cooling then make a large batch of pasta salad for the week!
  • We are expecting another cool and rainy couple of days so I’ll use one of those to bake some cupcakes and brownies (in cupcake tins) and freeze for when we have a sweet tooth (like every day!) I find brownies freeze better for me when I cook them this way.  OMG.. It’s been raining here forever!! This week I’ll do the brownie cupcakes and freeze.  If I get creative I’ll add clearance candy (yes, there’s still clearance Easter candy) to bottom of cupcake liners to have some fun surprise brownies in the freezer.

I also buy lunchmeat in the warmer months for my husband’s lunches. I try to freeze it in half pound portions for only a week or two.  He works outside and a hot lunch isn’t always as delicious as it sounds.  Other than the warm days, all meals are prepared with enough for him to have for lunch. Sometimes for me to have also.  I am not a huge lunchtime leftover fan. I like making salads, pasta salads, and my old standby is to have a loaf of bread and jars of peanut butter and jelly at work (umm, for breakfast at work too.. shhhhh).    UPDATE:  Yup, my husband has been on the road more often lately and sandwiches have been great for him to have on hand when he’s too busy to stop and eat a hot lunch.

This week at the grocery store I spent $150! YIKES!!  Although I’ve been in the meal plan doghouse, I’m o.k. with the total for starters.  I’ll get 2 1/2 – 3 weeks of meals including breakfasts, lunches and snacks from what I bought with only having to buy fruit.  I’ll survive on frozen veggies until the garden comes back except for lettuce, tomatoes n onions.

O.K. so last week I spent a LOT!!  However, I’m giving myself a little slack here.  This week I’ll spend approximately $25.  So total will be up to $175 for 2 weeks at this point.  This includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.

I’m curious to see what my total will be End of Month, so these meal plans here will help keep me accountable.

One more ‘full disclosure’ kinda fyi.  We do have our own backyard poultry, so eggs are free!

Hope I didn’t bore the heck out of you or well, freak you out with my novice meal skills.

BONUS:  Because my cooking skills are sub par, we seldom if ever have anyone stopping over for dinner!!

I’m still working on some warm weather meal prep in Mason Jars, I hope that’ll help cut expenses too and well, keep it interesting and fun!

I have to confess while I am not a kitchen guru or even enjoy cooking very much, I had a ton of fun doing this post for y’all and I’m getting pumped to get back on track all around with budgeting my expenses, time and maybe even healthier eating habits.

 

So, tell me, did you like even one part of this meal planning and mini preparation

post

or

will you beg me in the comments to stop? I dare ya!

Good Heavens She’s Talking About Meal Planning Again!

Good Heavens She’s Talking About Meal Planning Again!

Good Heavens She’s Talking About Meal Planning Again!

I bet that’s just what my regular readers are saying. Oh here we go again, Barefoot Budgeting is on a Meal Plan Kick yet AGAIN!  Oh heck yeah, I am!!  Here are the top reason why ‘I’ meal plan and I believe if you want to save money, time, sanity, even eat healthier (oops) you should too!

STOP DON’T CLICK AWAY PLEASE……………. Hear me out!  Then throw pies n eggs if you must!

If you’ve been following me on Facebook for the past two years you know I was out of work for a year. Well, technically I was under employed, I was fortunate enough to get back part time hours a few months after being laid off. That lasted for a year until I could find full time employment almost exactly one year later.  NO, I didn’t collect unemployment either. Those are my personal reasons, however it motivated me to keep on track that year.

Here we are today and well, I fell off the bandwagon in a big way when I started back to work full time.  I’m working longer days and my life filled up with extra commitments.  My grocery bill has been an all time embarrassment!!!  Yeah, ME!!  PLEASE STILL STICK WITH ME, I PROMISE…. i’ll get back on track.

O.K., here are my reasons. (I know, I’m starting to babble)

  • You will save money if you have a plan, I promise, it almost mysteriously happens.
  • You will save hours of cooking or rifling through your freezer or making last minute stops to the market.
  • You will waste much less in spoiled foods or items in the waaaaaaaaaaaaay back of your freezer/cupboards/shelves.
  • You will have more time to spend reading my blog!!!  Or spending with your family and friends. Or reading my blog!

There are lots of tips n tricks you’ll learn along the way, but I like to just start with what I like, what my husband likes, and make it.  I prepare some ahead of time on weekends.  Trust me, I’m no cook and this is easy stuff!

Here’s the first meal plan (re-introduced) I’m sharing with you below.  We’ll get more into prep and planning at the end. I dare you to stick around!!

Go ahead, look at my pretty meal plan below and you can finally get off this post!! I love you, you know that, right?!

meal planning and prep april 30, 2017

So for Prep, keep in mind like I said above, I am NOT a COOK!  I’m also out of the house more than 60hrs a week, so this is pretty danged simple!  As I’m unpacking my groceries I’m doing this. For REAL! No sense putting it away to take it out again and again. I’m cheap with my time too!

  • 3lb ground beef, fry up.  Add 3 cans of Mexican flavored tomatoes.  Half in freezer, Half in Fridge (for chili).
  • Large pkg of boneless chicken (6 pieces).  Two plastic containers, top with marinade of choice. I happened to get Lawry’s Garlic on sale, so half in each container it goes.  One in freezer, one in fridge.
  • Boil a box of Tri Color Pasta while Hamburg is cooking.
  • Large Red Onion, cut in half.  Half slice for sandwiches, half dice up. (I use this handy little thing I’ve had for about 8yrs now to help with dicing onions YUK!).  Off to plastic bags or containers they go in fridge.
  • Lg Green Peppers (2 from the bruised veggie section cost less). Later this summer we’ll grow more and i’ll freeze as much as we grow.  Cut up or put in that handy gadget of mine. Half in freezer bag, half in fridge.
  • Pasta is done cooking, strain (don’t rinse) add some veggies while it’s cooling then make a large batch of pasta salad for the week!
  • We are expecting another cool and rainy couple of days so I’ll use one of those to bake some cupcakes and brownies (in cupcake tins) and freeze for when we have a sweet tooth (like every day!) I find brownies freeze better for me when I cook them this way.

I also buy lunchmeat in the warmer months for my husband’s lunches. I try to freeze it in half pound portions for only a week or two.  He works outside and a hot lunch isn’t always as delicious as it sounds.  Other than the warm days, all meals are prepared with enough for him to have for lunch. Sometimes for me to have also.  I am not a huge lunchtime leftover fan. I like making salads, pasta salads, and my old standby is to have a loaf of bread and jars of peanut butter and jelly at work (umm, for breakfast at work too.. shhhhh).

This week at the grocery store I spent $150! YIKES!!  Although I’ve been in the meal plan doghouse, I’m o.k. with the total for starters.  I’ll get 2 1/2 – 3 weeks of meals including breakfasts, lunches and snacks from what I bought with only having to buy fruit.  I’ll survive on frozen veggies until the garden comes back except for lettuce, tomatoes n onions.

One more ‘full disclosure’ kinda fyi.  We do have our own backyard poultry, so eggs are free!

Hope I didn’t bore the heck out of you or well, freak you out with my novice meal skills.

I’m working on some warm weather meal prep in Mason Jars, I hope that’ll help cut expenses too and well, keep it interesting and fun!

I have to confess while I am not a kitchen guru or even enjoy cooking very much, I had a ton of fun doing this post for y’all and I’m getting pumped to get back on track all around with budgeting my expenses, time and maybe even healthier eating habits.

So, tell me, did you like even one part of this post or

will you beg me in the comments to stop? I dare ya!

 

 

 

Easy DIY Canvas Art ~ Heart ~ Thumbprint

Easy DIY Canvas Art ~ Heart ~ Thumbprint

Heart Art Thumbprint Canvas

 

I bet you had no idea I have an inner craft side! I have a secret art side too!  I can’t help myself sometimes and well, I’m trying to curb my ‘craft budget’ habit (it’s been known to get out of control).  This is a super affordable craft and looks like a professional custom piece! Well, because it is! It’s Art with Heart !

First, I have a confession to make! This was going to be a Valentines Day post, but really… life just gets away from me too danged fast lately. I have ideas just buzzing through my head like these:

Wedding Gift, Shower Gift, Write an inspirational word or phrase inside, even a personal love note inside blank area.  I love it blank, but well, I could really feel inspired to add some calligraphy text in there too! O.K., i’d have to stencil that in.

 

I’m so excited, my first craft post!!!  Ready?

thumbprint, finger print art

Materials:

● 1 8×10 canvas  (oh, practice with kids on paper/ cardstock !!)
● 1 piece of cardstock (or a few if you want to do with kids directly on cardstock instead of canvas)
Tape (easy peel/ painters tape works great!)
● 3 or more colors of craft paint (be sure age appropriate for kids)
● Paper plate
Scissors ( I know… you know.. right? child safe scissors and/or adult supervision if doing with kiddos)

Instructions:

1.Begin by cutting your cardstock to the same length as your canvas. This way you can
ensure that the heart you cut out will not be longer than the canvas itself.
2.Fold the cardstock in half and cut out a heart by freehand. You can also print out a
template if you prefer, but the original look you get from making a freehand heart gives a
nice touch to the craft.
3.Tape down the heart to the center of your canvas. You can use any tape to do this.
4.Place each color of paint in a different portion of a paper plate. You will be dipping your
thumb into the paint, so make sure to spread the colors far enough apart so they don’t
mix.
5.Begin by dipping your thumb in one color of paint and place painted thumbprint marks all
over the canvas outside of the heart shape at various intervals.
6.Repeat step 5 with the remaining two colors of paint until the canvas is full of color
outside of your heart shape.
7.At the end, you can slowly peel up the tape pieces surrounding your heart shape and
place a painted thumbprint down so that there will not be a break in the heart shape
where the tape was.
8.Let your canvas dry and display as decor in your home or give it as a gift to a friend or
loved one.
thumbprint finger print art suppliesthumbprint finger print art supplies

What do you think?

easy diy canvas heart art thumbprint finger print affordable
What Color Thumb print/ Finger Prints will you do? Soooooo much Fun!