It's back to school for some kids and when they get home, they are usually hungry for a snack before starting on any homework or play. I enjoyed this snack over the weekend and thought I would share it with my blog readers especially those with kids. It's really very simple.
Here you go: Spread peanut butter and a slice of banana on top of a saltine cracker. Prepare several for munching and it's a better snack than chips or candy. This snack is filled with protein and potassium which are good nutrients kids need in their day. If dinner is a few hours away, this is the perfect snack that will tie them over. I'm sure the kids will love it!
Here's a easy and quick salad for the weekend that's cool for the hot days of summer.
Place romaine or green leaf lettuce in a bowl and top with these favorites ->tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions and sliced fruit like peaches or mango. The fruit will give the salad a sweet kick. Also, pick up a rotisserie chicken from the deli and chop some on top. To finish, pour on your favorite salad dressing along with slices of buttered french bread on the side.
This salad can be enjoyed the entire weekend and doesn't require using the oven and heating up the house. Talk about yummy, cool!
1. Before walking through the house in the shoes you've worn all day and tracking in dirt, switch into some slippers or flip-flops to help keep your carpet and floors clean. Place these shoes at the door you enter daily for quick change.
2. Wash your hands after returning home before putting away the shopping and touching objects inside the home.
3. When cleaning the toilet bowl, don't forget to wipe off the flusher handle where germs can remain. Also, clean around the soap dispenser too.
My trip to the grocery store yesterday inspired this blog post because I was shocked at the higher prices on all my favorites. It was like the store had my buying habits pegged and decided enough bargain shopping for her. I'm kidding of course, but grocery prices are rising and will continue.
So my Frugal Tip of the Day is to always make a shopping list when heading to the grocery store and stick to the list. This will help keep you from overspending. It's easy to wander down aisles and browse. Before you know it, your cart is full of items you had no intention of buying at least not on this shopping trip.
I enjoy the weekend and especially one that's free of housework. To make that happen, I always do bits of household chores during the week so I can have fun with family and friends. Here are some ideas you might consider:
-->Meet gal pals for shopping, coffee chat -->Visit and patronize local businesses in the community -->Scout out garage sales for deals and interesting buys -->Catch movie at matinee prices -->Date night with your sweetie. Don't forget the dinner coupons
I am always looking for ways to sneak in exercise throughout the day. While out running errands today, I parked my car a distance away from the store for extra walking. I also got a good dose of Vitamin D from the sun. The health experts report that the sun is a good way to get it.
So, park your car a safe distance from your shopping or business appointments to get a good dose of exercise and Vitamin D.
I want to share the most simplest way to organize your paperwork that requires only three things: manila folders, accordion file, and Sharpie pen. That's right! Use the folders to place any important documents or paperwork inside and write on the folder flap what the contents contain. You don't need to go all out with printing fancy labels. Instead write clearly on the folder flap and you're done. Place the manila folders inside the accordion file for easy access when needed.
I wrote about this several monthso in the context of another blog, but wanted to make it a blog all it's own because I think it's such an easy way to organize your paperwork. We tend to put off working on organization thinking it will take a lot of time and supplies. To me, this is as simple as you can get. When you get any new information that you want to keep, follow these steps and you will be good to go!
I recently received my updated car insurance policy and after looking it over, it took me less than a minute to file it away in the manila folder which was already made for this document. Keeping You Organized!
To beat the sizzling heat of the day, wake up early and run your errands during the cooler part of the day. You still may have other around town things to do later, but at least you have gotten several of your errands out of the way before the day really heats up. Remember to keep a bottle of water with you to stay hydrated. Enjoy your Sizzling Saturday :-)
The dog days of summer are on and the sun can do a lot of damage to your skin. A day at the beach or park can dry out your skin big time. There are plenty of products on the market to keep your skin moisturized, but they can be pricey. Check out this budget-savvy product to use on your skin ->Petroleum Jelly.
The uses for petroleum jelly are endless. Apply it all over your body especially on your face, lips, elbows, knees, and feet. No need to spend lots of money when a simple jar of petroleum jelly will work just fine and won't cost you much either.
I can't believe some school districts around the country will be starting school next month. It seems like summer vacations are getting shorter. Growing up in the Midwest, we did not start school until after Labor Day. I remember going to a family cookout on the holiday and starting school the next day. I loved the first day of school, reconnecting with friends and teachers. Mostly, picking out the outfit I would wear on that day. It had to be something for all eyes to see. The memories live on!
In the last few weeks, I have seen sale fliers from practically every store with great sales on school supplies. Right now, Wal-Mart has crayons, Elmer's glue, composition books, and glue sticks for $.25 cents. Now that's a bargain! This got me thinking about the tough economy and families who may be struggling to buy school supplies this year for their children and teens.
A great way to help others in need would be to buy some school supplies to help out your neighbor who has school-age children. Also, check within your community for school supplies drives to find out when one will be held. Even if you can't spend a lot of money, every little bit helps in these efforts.
I plan to send my nieces a box of school supplies and I am having so much fun picking out their favorite themes like Disney, Hannah Montana, Camp Rock, etc. Times are tough for everyone and this gesture will show someone that you want to make their child's school experience an enjoyable one.
Another great TGIF on tap. It's hot today, but I feel a breeze coming in through the open windows or is it my imagination. Just kidding! I do open the windows to save on my electric bill. I thought for my blog post today, I would give you a look into my week of frugality and organization. Here you go:
-->Organized my weekly to-do list w/few things left to finish -->Spent no money on Tuesday, Chaching! -->Prepared dinners at home with some lasting two days -->Saved BIG bucks by getting my hair done at Cosmetology School -->Read and organized paperwork: Shredded junk mail, offers -->Performed some household chores to shore up time this weekend -->Organized errands to save on gas and time
I share these with you to help incorporate them into your own lives and hope they are helpful. Have a fun day and weekend!
A visit to the hair salon can really put a dent in your wallet. While it's a nice experience and you get the finest treatment for your hair, the price for each service can start to add up. Think perms, color, cuts, trims, etc.
I have discovered a frugal way for hair care by going to a Technical College that has a Cosmetology School. The students are able to get the experience they will need as they go through the program and it readies the students for their future work in a professional salon.
The prices at the Cosmetology Schools are much cheaper than a regular salon. If you don't mind having students do your hair, I say give it a try. I have been going to my local Cosmetology School for quite some time with no problems. The instructor walks around and checks on the students work and with the clients.
I enjoy the experience and chatting with the students about their future plans as a hairstylist. The other thing I enjoy are the bargain prices. Frugal Rocks!
When you are buying fruits for yourself or family, be careful not too overbuy on certain fruits where the shelf life is short such as bananas. You don't want to waste money by having to throw out fruits that have gone bad and uneaten.