A Week in the Life: Day Two (stretching a meal and make-ahead snacks)

by Melody on February 19, 2013

Welcome to Day Two 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.

IMG_2046Make Ahead Snacks

My husband and I follow a mostly Paleo-ish lifestyle, which means the majority of our meals are made from whole foods, no grains, very little sugar and dairy.  If he had to eat out for lunch everyday when he went to work or had to throw something together in the morning, he would quickly get derailed (not to mention he would spend a fortune!).

At the beginning of the week, I put together his snacks for each day.  This week, I made a big batch of hard-boiled eggs, added two to each container along with 2-3 ounces of smoked turkey.  He also takes a few small pieces of fruit each day, but these are easy to grab and go.  This saves me time, saves his diet and saves us money because he doesn’t have to snag something from the vending machine.


I also made a batch of Pumpkin Amazeballs (with my taste tester).  These are such a fantastic post-workout snack, as they are full of protein and healthy carbs with very little sugar.  For my dry ingredients, I use protein powder, unsweetened coconut and walnuts.  Having these on hand is so much better than reaching for the chocolate chips when I get home from working out.

This is one of the most important ways that I save money on a daily basis, by making snacks and meals ahead of time. No last minute take-out and saves a ton of time throughout the week.

IMG_2049Stretching and stretching a meal

We LOVE roast chicken and I’m so grateful I figured out how easy they are to make at home.  We use this Simple Roast Chicken recipe, which does make a mess of your oven but is so tasty.  We had it for dinner tonight and will be able to stretch two lunches out of the leftover meat tomorrow.  Plus, I added the bones and extras to a bag I had in my fridge from last week and will make homemade chicken stock in the crockpot.

I got a few chickens on markdown last week at Fred Meyer, less than $5 for a 5-pound chicken.  Two full meals AND stock for the freezer.  Talk about stretching a buck.

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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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Melissa February 20, 2013 at 9:13 am

What kind of protein powder do you reccomended and why? Looking for health and cost pro/con, thanks.


Melody February 20, 2013 at 9:18 am

I wish I had a good answer for you. The one we are using right now has good flavor but is dairy-based, which we are trying to avoid. I’m just using it up since it is so spendy. We are looking at a straight dried egg white powder right now. Whole Foods sells it or I’ve found it on Amazon.


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