A Week in the Life: Day Three (Oreo cookies, failure into success and meal planning)

by Melody on February 20, 2013

Welcome to Day Three of my new mini-series: A Week in the Life.

Each day I will give you a brief rundown of how I spend my time related to saving money. This could be grocery shopping, banking, using our time efficiently and effectively, stocking the freezer and so much more. I want to give you an idea of what an average week for me looks like and hopefully realize that saving money does not have to be a full time job.

Ever have one of those days when you know you were busy all day, but can’t for the life of you remember what you did or what in the world you got done?  I know I did some stuff and went some places, but barely remember getting there and doing them.  Not only did I barely think about shopping, money, budgeting or anything of the sort, I’m pretty sure I didn’t even know my name for most of the day.  Thank goodness I wasn’t on carpool duty today.  I did manage to feed my family enough to keep them happy.

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I did somehow manage to make time for these Oreo-Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies from Bakerella.  Just make them.  Eat half of one (they are giant) and then give away the rest to your brother and his basketball team, masqueraded as “Good Luck” cookies.

Here are a few things I did that could be considered time or money savers:

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Turning a failure into a happy surprise

I tried some sort of strawberry, banana and almond milk concoction and put it in the freezer.  My boys were so excited to have “ice cream”, but it was more just an icy slush.  I thawed the whole thing in the fridge until I could decide what to do with it.  It tasted amazing, so I decided to throw it in our Popsicle molds and let the boys have ice pops!  It could have easily been something I tossed because it didn’t turn out perfect, but we just repurposed and were all happy.

I use these Kinderville Little Bites Ice Pop Molds.  They are BPA-free, made of silicone and dishwasher safe!

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Planning ahead

Meal planning is a HUGE part of our week.  We are so darn busy throughout the week and are gone most afternoons, that having something planned (or ready) for dinner is a great time saver.  I also believe it saves us money as we aren’t stopping for take out or throwing something together that isn’t as healthy as we’d like.

Looking at my tentative meal plan and calendar, I knew tomorrow was going to be super busy.  We will be in and out all day, with late trips to the gym tomorrow afternoon.  I chose a recipe from my weekly plan (Jalapeno Roast) that will work in the crock pot.  This way I can start it in the morning before we get crazy and will come home to a ready-made meal at the end of the day.  I’ll just need to throw a few side dishes together and we’re good to go.  Since our roast is pretty good size, I pulled it out of the freezer a day in advance.  Hooray for planning!

Welcome to a week in the life.

Please share your favorite money-saving tips with us!  How did you save money or time today?

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