Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Day's 9, 10, 11

Day 9 Plant a garden.
Gardening takes a lot of work, especially when you can't keep your dog out of the peas, but it's so worth it in the end. And the veggies, they taste wonderful. This year we planted pea's, kale, zucchini, peppers, and tomatoes. I love garden food. Can't wait to post pictures and recipes from my bounty.


Day 10, Get rid of your cell phone plan. 
I am crazy, I know. I am most likely the only person in their 20's that doesn't have a cell phone, but I simply just can't afford on right now. I am not really the type of person that has to be glued to their phone and I'm not much of a talker. It's really annoying at times when I can't just pick up my phone and be like, what kind of  cereal do you want me to buy? But... one day when I can afford a $100 phone bill I will have an Iphone and instagram my little heart out. I heard straight talk is good and pretty inexpensive and I think that's the route I will take when I make a little more money. But seriously I have so much more money since I got rid of my phone, it's crazy!

Day 11, Cancel Unnecessary Memberships.
Don't pay for the gym if you don't go! I am going to do a whole series on how to save money on working out and eating healthy. So I am not going to say much except calculate how much your membership is and see if it's cheaper to buy out of it. I hate paying for gyms!


Monday, July 29, 2013

DAY 8 TIP 8 Save Dollars With Your Change

I am always really good at saving my change I cashed it in the other day and it had $56.00 in it. YAY for being able to buy gas for my car. Anyway, I read an article and it was like why not save dollars instead of change. I thought why not save both. I can't wait to see how much I have saved at the end of the month.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Day 7 Tip 7 Plan For Your Meals

I have one word for meal planning... YUCK! Grocery shopping sucks and so does cooking. Plus I never have anytime to do it. I go out to eat way more than I should. Hummm, this sounds like it would be great for next months challenge. To get back on track here. Since we all have to take care of ourselves I would rather save money then spend.

1. Plan meals ahead of time. Use Pinterest, cookbooks, and online to find recipes for the foods you like to eat. Make a big collection, really big, since we have to eat 5-6 times per day 30 days in a month.

2. Plan your meals around weekly sales and use coupons. 

3. Commit to yourself to making those meals. If you don't you will throw out a lot of food and  end up wasting money.

4. Have fun and treat yourself.  Make sure you always have dessert! If you like to go out for cookie dough ice cream like I do, buy yourself a huge tub of it and indulge.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Day 6 Tip 6 Date Night In

The Challenge: Create a gourmet dinner using store brand items. 

What I love about the idea of staying home for dinner is you can make everything just the way you want it. I am not by any means a chef, but I can bake, and I totally enjoy it. At my house my hubby does the cooking and I do the baking. I have gotten really good at setting the table, LOL. 

To get started determine the kind of dinner you want and create your environment.

 We wanted a relaxing ambiance and a healthy summer meal. 
To create this environment I put a 3 drops of lavender oil into my humidifier and put on music by AYKANNA . I went to their concert a few weeks ago and totally fell in love with their music. I decided to go with an elegant casual look and got out my punch bowl. I was so excited to have the opportunity to wash the dust off and put it to good use. 


 Our menu consisted of:
 Kroger Brand Pork Chops with

PRIVATE SELECTION PANKO BREAD CRUMB and

PRIVATE SELECTION RUB


PRIVATE SELECTION ARTISAN BREAD

Cheese bread to be exact
Broccoli
Carrot Cake for Desert

Since I am a Bzzagent I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to try most of the indigents free.

Kevin putting the seasoning on our bread

Bread before the oven

Pork Chops
Roll in panko bread crumbs


Look how pretty my table is. 

Look how pretty the table is
Mmmmm, lets eat!


The desert, simply delish. This plate matches my punch bowl


Dinner times are the perfect time to have discussions about what the call on The View, hot topics. Don't talk about anything that will upset the two of you because you want to have a fun night, not a fight night. Dinner time is a good time to plan your week or talk about your goals and aspirations. Since technically you are on a date you can have mushy kissey talk. This is why I am Pro Dinner time, it's a great bonding experience any couple.

My vote, using store brands makes no difference then using name brand items. In fact I think the rub I used tasted better. Since it has been raining so much lately I think you all should have a wonderful date night in and see how much you can save. I know I probably should not write this, but the best part about dining in, the bedroom is right down the hallway. haha. Enjoy your day and remember to tell all your friends and family to follow my blogey blogg.



Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Day 5, Tip 5, Try mint.com

I know I owe you 6 days worth of posts, they will be here I promise. Last week I was having some problems with blogger and everything kept being posted on the wrong day. I think I have finally fixed it, hopefully.

I like to think that I am do quite well at keeping my own budget, but it's so time consuming. While sitting in one of my accounting classes, we were learning about Quickbooks and my professor told us about Mint.com. The site is made by the same company as Quickbooks so they are similar in style, it just on a personal level.

 On the site you link your bank accounts and it keeps track of all your spending. The site is a lot like your online banking, but it lets you keep track of multiple bank accounts, if you have them. You make your budget and it categorizes all your spending. You can make saving goals and keeps you on the right track with your spending. You get email alerts if you overspend in one of your budget categories.

What I don't like about the site is they try to sell you into getting credit cards you don't need. So completely ignore that feature of the site. Also, I don't like how you can't add cash you spent on there. So you could totally cheat and still buy your guilty pleasure items and not have them tracked. You literally have to use your debit card for every transaction you make.

Anyway, go check it out and check back often for more saving tips.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Day 4 Tip 4 Happy 4th of July




Somedays we need to indulge a little and just have fun. Enjoy the fireworks, bbq's, and potato salad but spend within reason, and enjoy your day. Happy Independence Day.  You can like my page on Facebook, email, or follow the page with google +. I will be sad if you miss out on any of my fun tips.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Day 3, Tip3 Make Pancakes



I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE pancakes. They are on my list of top favorite foods. I am not really sure why I like them so much, maybe it's all of the butter and syrup I spread on top of them. I guess I kind of have an emotional attachment to them as well. When I was a kid any time I was not feeling well or having a bad day my grandpa would make me pancakes. There were numerous occasions I can think when his breakfasts would make me feel better. His pancakes would come out perfect everytime. I remember him telling me the key to making  a good pancake, is to not make them too big.

I found this Old Fashion Pancake recipe online and I totally love it. I can't believe how cheap it is to make them from scratch. I will never buy pancake mix again.

1 1/2 cup Flour
3 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon white sugar
1 1/4 c milk
1 egg
3 Tablespoon melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla

Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Make a well in the center and pour in the milk, egg, and melted butter and vanilla. Mix until smooth.

Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. Brown on both sides and serve hot.

These pancakes will make the perfect breakfast before you go enjoy the 4th of July Parade and festivities.
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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Day 2, Tip 2, Keep Cool



Want to know  a great way to stay cool and not break the bank?

What's the need to go out for frozen yogurt when you can have one of these?

I have found store brand ice cream bars, especially Kroger, are super tasty and usually cost less than the name brands. With NEW Yogurt Smoothie Bars from Kroger you no longer have to think twice about indulging in a tasty reward. Reach for Strawberry Banana or Triple Berry for a guilt-free frozen treat that’s sure to satisfy. If you're not feeling like a smoothie bar then be sure to taste something from the rest of the low fat and sugar free line that includes Ice Cream Sandwiches, Fudge Bars and Fruit Bars as well! Unless I have a coupon I totally skip the the other ice creams and go straight for the Kroger Brand. I am so happy that I am a Bzzagent and was given these delicious treats to try because now I am hooked.  This will forsure be my new guilt free summer treat. So see you in the frozen food isle. 


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XOXO

Day 1, Tip 1 Be Safe

With the 4th of July coming up in a few days and the summer heat make people, including myself, go crazy for some reason. The feeling I get during summer months is unexplainable. I just want to have a good time everyday. What most people think having a good time is can be very reckless and irresponsible. Although, not all accidents are caused by human negligence, like the wildfire in Arizona, most accidents happen because we forget to be safe. 


  • So this week during all the craziness remember to breath and stay focused. 
  • Plan ahead of time pack lots of water and food if you are going out and about.
  • Wear your seatbelt. 
  • Don't light fireworks in a bad area.
  • Be responsible when you drink, be sure to plan your night ahead of time and always keep extra cash to call a cab. Don't drink and drive! Cab fare is much cheaper than a DUI or the expense of taking somebody's life. If you don't have enough money to pay the cab fare, you don't have enough money to drink.
  • Take care of your pets. Make sure they have adequate shelter, food, and water. 
  • If you have a bad feeling about something, don't do it. 

I personally will be following the above list to have a safe, fun holiday. Unexpected injuries cost a lot of money! Being smart when you are going out to all of your fun activities and you will save a lot of money in the long run.

I want to give a few words to the firefighters that died this past week. My hubby and I personally knew one of them and he was a great guy. Remember to keep their families in your prayers, and chant akal for their souls, this will reach their soul's energy with the power of 108 suns and assist their souls to ascend. 

Now that I sound like all of your mothers I am ready to write some fun posts. Be sure to like No More Ramen Noodles on Facebook, yep there is finally an easier way to follow my posts. 


Monday, July 1, 2013

31 Ways in 31 Days to Save $$$

The month of July is going to be so much fun. I was told by one of my readers that I don't post enough so I decided I am going to get on it. Check back DAILY for all the fun summer savings you can have. 

Have fun and enjoy the heat.


 
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