Passive Savings Plan

Passive Savings Plan

I figured with the new year starting, I'd share some of my Passive Savings Plans ... it's not rocket science, trust me, BUT I do have a hard time saving money, intentionally and then leaving it alone.  These 4 things work for me and I hope you are able to find something that works for YOU!

Yes, they are all referral links and I will receive a small compensation IF you opt to sign up through one of these programs.  If you prefer not to go through my link, simply google the name of the program and click directly through 😉

Are ANY of you setting goals for the new year? I'm on the fence. I do it every year and then before you know it, it's already August and you are like WTF? The year is more than half over with no hope of achieving some of those goals now!

1.Digit.Digit is a cool little program that sweeps a few pennies to a few dollars per day from your bank account. You will need text messaging for this as they send you a daily text message with your account balances f…

BBQ Beef & Bacon - Paleo Style

Beef?  Check!

BBQ Sauce? Check!

Bacon? Check!

Paleo? You bet! Whole30? Maybe not so much, however, Jessica DOES share a recipe with sauce sweetened with dates, not sugar or honey or anything else like that ... so maybe ...

But ... I'm not aiming for Whole30 with this meal. IF I was, I would just use this bottle of Tessemae's Barbeque Sauce for simplicity. Psst ... I did use Tessemae's sauce anyway!

Anyways ... I've had this recipe saved for a little while from Jays Baking Me Crazy (go check it out!) and figured, what the heck, it's Saturday *God Bless Saturdays!* (bonus point if you can tell me who sings that?), I've got 2 pounds of ground beef in the fridge that needs cooked, 1 pound of low sodium bacon (aka, sugar free from Aldi), onions and that there BBQ Sauce, so why NOT?!

This cost $2.99 after the markdown ... scooped up 4 packages and tossed them in the freezer a few months ago. 
What I really wanted to do was make the Sweet Potato Rounds, top them with t…

Menu Plan

Whee ... I'm entering in to WEEK 2 of single girl status!

Ok, again, not really. I'm still married to Hubby but he's up in Indiana indefinitely taking care of some business.  Oh, yeah, and the Boy and the cats are still here too ... so single girl status is far from accurate!

What I do mean though is that I get to cook the way I want to ... the Boy is vegetarian and eats odd stuff at even odder times so it's just me!

Normally that would mean an abundance of avocados, mangos and steak salad ... but not this time around.  This time, I'm trying to be very mindful and keep a clean meal plan ... not quite Whole30 or Paleo but pretty close ;-)

I bought a LOT of stuff last week so I should be good to go without any side trips ... although I am sad that I'm out of the Chameleon Vanilla Cold Brewed Coffee Concentrate ... may make the Boy but it this time since he drinks quite a bit of it as well ... otherwise, I have no intention of stepping foot in a store this week ..…

Grocery Shops in Review

Well, I survived my first week with single girl status. It was fine!

Ok, maybe I wasn't totally single ... I'm still married to Hubby, he's just in Indiana ... the Boy is still here and the cats too.  It's kind of nice in that the Boy and I did a few things, such as watched Suicide Squad (!!??) and then did a few grocery shops together ... how nice!

First stop:

Aldi June13, 2017
Total Spent - $82.72
Purpose of shop was for some veggies and protein to get me through the week.  Guess which things were for the Boy? He offered to pay for his own stuff and I just gave him that look. Just buy me a margarita kid!

2 dozen large eggs $.99 each
3 8 oz pkgs of mushrooms $1.29 each
2 pkgs zucchini $1.69 each
2 containers of butter lettuce $1.69 each
Pineapple Slicer $3.99 *kinda cheesy but the boy wanted it. Even at 24 he can still give me that look and make me cave in
2 bags of shredded hash browns $1.99 each
Cilantro $.99
Organic grape tomatoes $1.99
2 pkgs of skinny stalks of fr…

Menu Plan

Hubby heads out of town today for a week or so. Probably 2 weeks or so.

I'm actually looking forward to a little quiet time! Whee!!!  My first thought was to have a girls night but then I thought NO because I really want to just ditch the booze while he's out of town. I won't drink alone so I might as well embrace the time, right? Right!

Strawberry Margaritas
This is actually good for my eating habits in that I can make WHAT I want, the way I want! And if I should happen to eat something that makes me not so very happy (in other words, a bad food choice!) then it's no one's fault but mine.

Stop playing the blame game!
I anticipate that IF I cook as much as I'd like to be doing, I'll be able to meal prep and freeze some future meals in the process which would make me a very happy camper!

I'm hoping to hit up Costco at some point this week for a few things such as chicken thighs, chicken breast and a small amount of veggies but I might just hold out til nex…

Grocery Stops in Review

About 2 weeks ago, I implemented another No Spend Week and it went fairly well. So well, actually that we were kind of "out of food".

Ok, not really.

I mean, heck, have you seen my freezers lately? They still have a mish-mash of meats and stuff ... there just wasn't anything that jumped out at us OR that wasn't frozen solid still.

This is what the main kitchen freezer looks like:
red solo cup: pina colada from TWO weeks ago ... a LOT of cans of bacardi mix ... a bottle of moonshine, 3 bags of arrowroot powder and then a mish-mash on the shelves! QUESTION: does anyone know how to get the handle 'white' again? It's yellowed and it may be from trying to clean it with softscrub years ago
And the guest freezer: Do you see all the empty space?? The bag of walnuts or pecans is going to have to go soon as they've been there for awhile.
Lots of food ... but nothing ready to go. That, my friends, is what happens when you don't Meal Plan!

So here's how the p…

Simple Asparagus

For years, and years, like every other veggie out there, I wouldn't go near asparagus ... that's like, a tree stalk, right?  It's right up there with the green tree shrubs (broccoli) and that funky white stuff (cauliflower)!

And then, I tried these little skinny stalks with garlic and olive oil and since then, I've been addicted to asparagus ... I'm the one in the produce section tossing the fat things aside, looking for the wimpy, skinny things.

Yup. That's ME!! 
Hi! Sorry if I held you up!  If nothing else, Whole30 has made me branch out and try all kinds of different veggies ... that in itself is a NSV, you know?

So a few weeks ago, Aldi's had asparagus. Imagine that!? $2.99 for a one pound bag. Now, mind you've I've seen asparagus there before, but it was either, you guessed it, fat and woody OR the tips were all mush which is a no-no in the asparagus world. *I've since seen it for around $1.69 a package ... wish there was a way to st…

Whole30 - Shallot Chicken

This recipe comes from Paleo Girl 99 who I found on Instagram a while ago ... doing the Whole30 had introduced me to a whole new class of bloggers!

So. The first time I made this, I didn't have the dehydrated shallots, but had dehydrated onions, so I improvised and used the onions.

Yeah. Hubby was in love.  Asked me for 3 days if this was really the only thing that I did to make it taste so good. Was I sure it was just the dehydrated onions and not the "fried onions"  and on and on.

Good grief. He just can't accept that something so simple would be so tasty. I did NOT share that this was Whole30 approved as some things just don't need to be said out loud.

Then I put this on the menu again and said, hmmm, let me just order some shallots from Amazon. Well. The first thing that popped up was $1xx.00 to buy. No thank you ... so I kept shopping and finally came across a $12 bottle. Thank you one click ordering! *I still have the bottle all this time later as it's …