The $5 Savings Plan

Photo courtesy photo.elsobar.com

Photo courtesy photo.elsobar.com

With the new baby coming and other changes on the horizon, I’ve been obsessed with finding ways to save money, like reallly saving money. When you search for this kind of thing online you find the same suggestions over and over again – cut expenses, get rid of cable, stop going out to eat, and so on. What happens when you’ve already done 99% of the suggestions and you’re still looking to save money? In my search for even more savings, I came upon this article: The $5 Savings Plan. There was something different about this way of saving that actually made more sense to me than other more popular alternative savings plans, such as the 52-week challenge, for example.

After a couple of days I’ve already saved $20. Of course this isn’t the only way we’ve saving money; it’s more like an experimental rainy day fund, but the money seems to add up quickly! My husband is even going to join in on the fun. It’ll be interesting to see just how much we can save using this simple method. I’ll be sharing more alternative savings options in the very near future.

What’s your tried-and-true way to save money? Share in the comments!

Vegetarian Breakfast Bake and Homemade Pizza Sauce

I’m making a real effort to save money on groceries by shopping my kitchen, cooking from scratch, meal planning, and eventually monthly batch cooking, so finding recipes that allow me to test those frugal practices out is a must. With so many changes on the horizon, I have to get my grocery game together to save time and money for my family. Yesterday, I made a vegetarian breakfast bake and some pizza sauce (they were not eaten together :-) ). These two recipes were on my meal plan for the week and since I already had everything I needed,  I didn’t spend any extra money on making them. That’s what I’m talking ’bout!

Unfortunately, the kids weren’t feeling the breakfast bake, but I’m not surprised because they’re not egg lovers. However my husband and I were in heaven. I had no issues with the pizza sauce though; everyone ate it up! I want to start making pizza dough eventually, so finding a yummy and easy to make pizza sauce was a must. I’ll definitely be making both of these recipes for years to come!

Note: I eyeball most of the ingredients, so please adjust to fit your tastes.

Vegetarian Breakfast Bake

Ingredients

Breakfast Bake

  • 5 eggs
  • 1/2  white onion, sliced
  • 1/2  organic red pepper, sliced
  • 1/2  organic green pepper, sliced
  • 4 small organic potatoes, diced (I used white potatoes.)
  • 1/2 cup lactose-free cheddar cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Add all ingredients (except the cheese) to a bowl and mix thoroughly
  3. Pour mixture into greased pan. (I used a square cake pan.)
  4. Sprinkle cheese on top.
  5. Bake for 45-60 minutes.
  6. Cut in squares and serve.

Homemade Pizza Sauce

IngredientsPizza sauce

  • 1 10 oz. can of diced diced tomatoes with green chiles
  • 1/2 6 oz. can of organic tomato paste
  • 1/3 15 oz. can of organic tomato sauce
  • 1/3 cup of organic Italian seasoning
  • 3 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  1. Mix all ingredients in sauce pan.
  2. Heat mixture on stove, stirring frequently
  3. Let simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Add to pizza dough, English muffins, or wherever as desired.

Fun Times at the Orchard & Cider Mill!

We finally made it to the Plymouth Orchard and Cider Mill. I’d been trying to make it there for about a month, but things keep getting in the way. The day we were able to go was perfect — perfect weather, not many people, and plenty of room for the boys to run around. I was so glad to find an orchard that wasn’t too far away from home (it’s about 25 minutes away); it even had a few farm animals, which the boys loved. There was a children’s musical group performing in the store where we bought our cider and donuts, and areas where private parties could be held. In fact, a little girl was having her first birthday party while we were there. How fun is that? All in all, we really enjoyed ourselves and will definitely be back. Next time, daddy and the new baby will join us!

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