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One of my key savings strategies is eating at home and cooking from scratch. We spent far too much on eating out last year, a trend that must be nipped in the bud! Having a menu plan will help me to stay on track, limit wasteful spending, and keep me from letting perfectly good food go bad before we have a chance to eat it. I also need to work on preparing just what we’re going to eat and not planning so many leftovers; too much is wasted with leftovers that never get eaten.

This week’s healthy, frugal menu plan is based on what we have on hand, and I think I’ve got enough in the fridge, freezer, and pantry that I won’t need to shop this week for anything but milk, eggs, and fresh fruit.

Monday: Lentil soup, crusty bread, and broccoli slaw

Tuesday: Chicken, broccoli, and brown rice casserole

Wednesday: Tofu and noodles with cabbage and carrots in  peanut sauce

Thursday: Chicken pot pie, green beans

Friday: Crockpot Baked beans, spinach, and corn bread

Saturday: Frittata with bacon, zucchini, tomato, and onion (frozen mix), whole wheat toast, orange juice

Sunday: Tuna cakes, brown rice, mixed veggies

See more menu plans at Menu Plan Monday, hosted by orgjunkie.com.

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Putting away $6,000 is a lofty goal for me. I’ve never been able to save that much, and it will take diligence and creativity to stretch each quarter as far as it will stretch and bring in extras to supplement the savings. I’ll be testing as many ideas for finding and earning extra money as I can, and documenting it along the way.  Here are a few of the ways I’m planning on saving, and what you can expect to find on the blog:

Scratch vs. Store Bought

In this weekly article, I’ll be determining whether it is more cost effective to make from scratch such items as condiments and convenience foods, household cleaners, and bath and beauty products, testing recipes and reporting the results.

Dialing for Dollars

Our service providers will be receiving a phone call to reduce rates for regular expenses, like auto insurance, phone service, and even the water company. I’ll post the outcomes of my negotiations, hopefully finding significant savings!

Menu Planning

Wasted food wastes money, and having a plan is the most effective way I have found to reduce food waste. I’ll be posting my low-cost menu plans each week.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Use it up, wear it out, make do, do without

Finding creative uses to keep things out of the landfill, keeping spending on new products mindful and to a minimum, and keeping our things in good working order will certainly keep money in our pockets. As I try new ways to use items up and do without, I’ll be sharing them with you.

No-Spend Days

Clearly eliminating all spending for a set period of time will save me money, but it may also help me to redefine and focus in on needs vs. wants, hopefully helping me to spend more mindfully when I do shop. My goal to start is 7 No-Spend Days each month.

Money Making from home

I’ll be exploring a number of options for making money at home, with a more detailed list of ideas tomorrow. Your suggestions for legitimate, legal ways to make money from home without upfront costs are welcome!

You’ll also find a monthly wrap-up to see what’s working and how well I’m doing at reaching my goal, tips for frugal home making, crafty goodness, and inexpensive activities, projects and products for the family.

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