Thursday, March 4, 2010

Farming On Faith Gets Top 100~......



Farming On faith has been voted one of the top 100 Devotion Blogs at the Internet Cafe. There are 10 different categories ~mine was nominated for "All New Flavor Blog." I never knew about Internet Cafe but is really neat. You can visit it here.


In order to get this award some of my followers had to nominate me. So to you my friends~ I want to say thank you. I pray that God will use my little Farming On Faith to point others to My Saviour!

What a special blessing!



How Planning Your Meals Will Save You Money~


1 Corinthians 14:40~Let all things be done decently and in order.


On of my favorite quotes~ "Plan The Work & Work The Plan." I make list~do you? I mean I have a new list each day. It has become necessary now with this pre-menopause thing I am in right now~my mind some days just seems foggy~and I can't see to read anything without reading glasses now. But that is another post Like maybe Harmones, Hot flashes and Headaches!

Menu planning saves so much time and money. I don't want to decide at 5:00 PM what we will be eating. In the past I have made a monthly menu but with my new ~goal to make money by saving it ~I just make a weekly menu now. Why? Because I make our menu around the sales for that week. I truly believe by planning menus~ it saves you big money. I plan some more expensive meals and follow it by some very budget minded meals. I don't make what sounds good~I make what is on sale.

By making your menu before you go to the store you will not buy items you don't need and sometimes let go to waste.

I told you yesterday about Money Saving Mom.Com. Here is her post for today. Click here! I do have to tell you I signed up for her email list so each new post just comes to my inbox.



It helps me to have a form~Here is the one I used for this month from another wonderful blogger~The Project Girl. I like a nice pretty one ~it just inspires me more . Click here!


Here is my meal planning tutorial~

*Grab the weekly flyer from your favorite grocery store.. I don't take the paper so I pick it up Wednesday night after church.

* I check my pantry first to see what I have on hand to make a meal. Maybe I have most items on hand but just need one ingredient to make a meal. Those meals go on my menu first.

* Next I check coupons to the store sale flyer. I use my coupons stacked with sale items. I don't spend my coupons until items are on sale. This is where you will save big money~which makes couponing work. This week Cheerios were on sale for $1.75 a box. I had several coupons in which I got my cereal for an average of 75 cents a box. I have one store I like best but I move around according to who is having the best sales. I try to once a month Aldi shop at the first of the month and then I shop the weekly sales.

* Circle the items on sale that you like and can make a meal with. If ground chuck is on sale I will make tacos one night, meat loaf for Sunday dinner and I will buy several packages to put in the freezer for next week. Take advantage of what is on sale to make that weekly menu~this will save you money. St Patrick's Day is around the corner~I will take advantage of the brisket sales and even stock up on a few when it hits the rock bottom sale price.

* Write down seven meals from what is on sale~then begin to make your grocery list~easy as that. Making a shopping list of all the ingredients you will need for these meals! Being a homeschool Mom we are home for all all meals so I also jot down what we will have for breakfast and lunches.

I encourage you to give it a try. There are no last minute grocery runs to get needed items. These little last minute trips always end up costing far to much! I have been doing this for 25 years so it has become like clock work. It really does save you time and money!

Happy Menu Planning!





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