Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Our Weekly (not quite) Paleo Menu {March 30}

Our Weekly Meal Plan

Sunday -  Driving home...Mr. Harvey and Miss Coco on their own

Dinner @ HOME Group

Monday - Leftovers

Tuesday Almond Crusted Paleo Chicken Strips with Sweet Potato Fries and Salad

Wednesday - Ground Beef Paleo Stroganoff with Spaghetti Squash and Salad

Thursday - Paleo Bacon & BBQ Burger Salad (making this ahead because I'll be a business reception)

Friday - Leftovers (since I'll be at a business dinner)

Saturday - Leftovers

Salmon, Collards, & Fruit for Dinner

Sunday - Eating Out for Easter Lunch

Chicken Salad with Spinach Salad, Tomatoes, and Cottage Cheese

I also want to check out these Paleo cookbooks: Against All Grain by Danielle Walker and Make Ahead Paleo by Tammy Credicott!

Find previous meal plans here.
**Linking up at I'm an Organizing Junkie for Meal Plan Monday**

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

A Credit Card I Use Despite our Cash Budgeting Plan

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As you know, we've been trying to follow the Dave Ramsey cash budgeting plan.  Despite understanding the good reasons not to use credit cards as our primary method of payment, I still pull a few credit cards out once in awhile.

One of those cards is the Target REDcard because it truly saves me money on the items I regularly purchase from Target, plus things like wedding gifts and baby gifts and other purchases that I simply like making at Target.  For a long time, I avoided applying for a REDcard because I did not want to have too many credit cards, but I am SO glad that I finally decided to do so.  I've had my REDcard for about 3 years now, and I can't believe that I didn't sign up sooner.

Target REDcard

My favorite feature (by far) is the 5% of every purchase!  5% may not seem like a lot, but it definitely adds up.  Each time you check out, your receipt will tell you how much you have saved throughout the year with your REDcard.  Plus, you can still use the discount with manufacturer coupons, Target coupons, text offers from Target, AND Target Cartwheel.  You can save tons when you stack and combine all of these methods!

Beyond the discount on every purchase, I love the benefit of free shipping from!  This comes in handy around Christmas each year.  Last year, the Target store location didn't have the toy we wanted to Baby Prez for Christmas, so while I was in line to check out with my other purchases, I ordered the gift from using my cell phone.

There are so many more benefits like an extra 30 days to return purchases, easy online card management, an immediate approval process, and the choice between a debit card and a credit card.  And through the Take Charge of Education program, you can choose a school and Target will donate up to 1% of your purchases to the school of your choice!  (I'm excited about implementing this part once we move to South Carolina this summer.)  Target has donated over $400 million to schools around the country since 1997!

5% off and Free shipping with Target REDcard

To sign up for your REDcard, CLICK HERE.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Our Weekly Menu {March 22nd}

Our Weekly Meal Plan

Sunday -  Driving home...Mr. Harvey and Miss Coco on their own

Dinner @ HOME Group

Monday - Homemade Cauliflower Crust Pizza with Salad

Tuesday - Pork Roast Paleo Sandwiches with Salad and Fruit

Wednesday - Zoodles and Marinara with Sauteed Mushrooms

Thursday - Leftovers

Friday - Italian Mushroom Casserole with Veggies

Saturday - Leftovers for Lunch

Pork Roast, Veggies, and Salad for Dinner

Sunday - Leftovers for Lunch

Dinner @ HOME Group

Monday - Almond Crusted Chicken Strips with Carrots and Fruit

Tuesday - Chicken Salad with Spinach Salad, Tomatoes, and Cottage Cheese

I also want to check out these Paleo cookbooks: Against All Grain by Danielle Walker and Make Ahead Paleo by Tammy Credicott!

Find previous meal plans here.
**Linking up at I'm an Organizing Junkie for Meal Plan Monday**

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Our Weekly Paleo-ish Menu {March 15th}

Our Weekly Meal Plan

Sunday - Bacon and Eggs for Lunch

Dinner @ HOME Group

Monday - Almond Crusted Chicken Strips with Carrots and Strawberries

Tuesday Chicken Pad Sew Ew

Wednesday - Collard Wrapped Turkey Burgers with Cucumber Salad

Thursday - Leftovers

Friday - Homemade Paleo Pizza with Cauliflower Crust and Salad

Saturday - Baked Salmon, Collards, & Fruit

Sunday - Leftovers for Lunch

Dinner @ HOME Group

Lunch Boxes for Miss Coco: Egg salad, Leftover turkey burger, Boiled eggs & turkey bacon, 2 lunchables

Find previous meal plans here.
**Linking up at I'm an Organizing Junkie for Meal Plan Monday**

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Mission to Financial Freedom: March Financial Goals

March Financial Goals

For March, we have three major financial goals toward our Mission to Financial Freedom.  One is debt-related, one is savings-related, and one is budget-related.

This month we will finish the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University course at church and we'll be on our own.  Yikes!  I've loved the class because it's like a little support group for people who want to be financially free.  Hopefully, I can stay connected with some of the other couples we've met in the group and stay inspired.

Without further ado, here are our March Financial Goals:
  1. Put at least $2,000 in savings.
  2. Pay off one student loan bill @ ~$4,300.
  3. Be on or under budget for the month.
  4. Finish and submit our taxes early.

Overall, we are focused on savings right now instead of debt pay down, but we had one outstanding student bill that we wanted to get paid off right away.  The rest of the student loan balance will wait until this summer or early fall to start the debt snowball on it.

You can read more about our Mission to Financial Freedom HERE.

What are your financial goals for the month of March?

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

3 Crazy Ways to Make Extra Money

3 Crazy Ways to Make More Money

1. Sell your Hair

Seriously.  You can sell your hair online at HairSellon for upwards of $400!

Ideally, buyers are looking for virgin (i.e. not chemically treated) hair of at least 10 inches.  Even so, you can list your hair for sale even if you do not meet these criteria.

My hair (which has been dyed, but could have 10-12 inches cut off easily) is worth $108 according to their Hair Price Calculator.

And a friend of mine recently sold 14 inches of her virgin blonde hair for $400!  Wow!

You find out more information or post an ad to sell your hair HERE.

2. Sell Plasma

I know this one sounds gross, and that's why it is a crazy way to make extra money.  If you live in a reasonably-sized city or a college town, you can likely find a local plasma center.

This is a pretty common way for college students to make extra money, but why not us adults?

The pay for selling plasma varies, but at the local Biotest facility, you earn approximately $40 for the first donation and $50 for each subsequent donation.  You can donate twice per week, which means that you could be making $100/week or over $5,000/year if you were really consistent!

3. Rent out a room or your car

If you have an extra bedroom in your house, consider renting it out to make extra money.  You could go for a regular boarder, but if you just want to make some extra income at various intervals, consider listing the space on AirBnb.  Before we had our first child, I considered renting out our basement bedroom for football game weekends because all of the hotels are sold out far in advance.  One of the great parts about Airbnb is that you have complete control over when your room is available and you have the control to approve or reject people who are interested in renting.  We've also used Airbnb to book vacation rentals and have had great experiences!

Check out the statistics in your area with AirDnA HERE.  
Create your Airbnb listing HERE.

There's also a new service out there similar to Airbnb called RelayRides, but instead of peer renting rooms, you can list your car for rent to make extra money!  Again, you have control over who rents your car and when it can be rented.  What a cool way to make extra money if you have two cars, but could deal with using one car over a busy weekend in town.

These crazy methods to make extra money are definitely going to be out of some people's comfort zones, and that's okay, but if you are willing to go the extra mile, you could earn extra cash painlessly (unless you hate needles)!

What crazy ways have you used to make extra money?

Monday, March 9, 2015

Our Weekly Paleo-ish Menu {March 8th}

Our Weekly Meal Plan

Sunday - Leftover Chicken Salad

Dinner @ HOME Group

Monday - Egg Salad and Fruit for Lunch

Italian Mushroom Bake with Salad for Dinner

Tuesday - BLTs and Fruit for Lunch

Naked Breakfast Burritos for Dinner

Wednesday - Curried Cream of Broccoli Soup for Lunch

Leftovers for Dinner

Thursday - Tuna Salad Sandwiches for Lunch

Nacho Pot Pie for Dinner

Friday - Zoodles with Marinara and Meatballs

Leftovers for Lunch

Saturday - PB&J for Lunch

Chicken Pad Sew Ew for Dinner

Sunday - Leftovers for Lunch

Dinner @ HOME Group

Find previous meal plans here.
**Linking up at I'm an Organizing Junkie for Meal Plan Monday**

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American Girl is 30% Off at zulily! Rare sale!

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When I was a little girl, I adored American Girl dolls.  I got the catalog in the mail every month and looked through that catalog constantly.  My favorite doll was always Felicity, but I loved ALL of them!  I still remember the Christmas when I received my Kirsten doll!  And I still have her to this day!

I will always remember my mom and grandma making clothes for Kirsten and playing with her for hours on end.

Well, right now, you can get an American Girl doll for your daughter or granddaughter at a 30% discount.  (Which never ever happened when I was a child.)

Here are my favorites from the discounted options at zulily

American Girl Doll Medium Skin, Layered Brown Hair, Brown Eyes + 2 Outfits $104.99 at zulily
This is the American Girl doll I would get for Baby Girl (assuming she looks at all like Baby Prez).  She even comes with an extra outfit!  So cute!  Check her out HERE.

Soccer Doll Outfit $27.99 at zulily
I also love this soccer outfit!  Not that I was ever a soccer player, but it reminds my of my younger sister, who was a rock-star soccer player back in high school!  
Check it out HERE.

Don't wait to check out these discounted American Girl products
There are already a few that are sold out and 
the sale ends on March 12th!

Find them on zulily HERE.

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