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    Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats

    October 18th, 2017

    Looking for a frugal, healthy, high-protein breakfast? These Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats are simple and delicious!

    What’s the easiest way to enjoy a high-protein, filling, delicious breakfast? Prepare it the night before! Overnight oats are becoming a highly-popular breakfast option, because there are so many different combinations- you can add all sorts of fruit, or chocolate, or peanut butter, or all of the above! I get on an overnight oats kick every so often, and my favorite combination is chocolate and peanut butter. These Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats are easy to make and there’s one ingredient that really lowers the calories: Powdered peanut butter.

    Have you ever heard of peanut butter powder? PB2 is the most popular and can be found in most stores; I just happened to buy a huge tub of PBFit at Sam’s Club for ten dollars. I like it better than regular peanut butter at times because of the calorie difference. Here’s how it compares:

    • Peanut butter: 190 calories per 2 tablespoons
    • Peanut butter powder: 50 calories per 2 tablespoons

    And the peanut butter powder still has a good amount of protein, so it’s great for adding to smoothies, yogurt, or oatmeal! You could still use regular peanut butter, of course, but I like that I save 140 calories on this and still get a good peanut butter flavor.

    Looking for a frugal, healthy, high-protein breakfast? These Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats are simple and delicious!

    Did I mention overnight oats are easy to make? Just add all the ingredients to a Mason jar or container and stir, then put in the fridge to sit overnight and enjoy the next morning! I put in a little maple syrup for some sweetness, but you could add honey or any other sweetener. This would be really good topped with a banana or apple to make your breakfast complete!

    What’s your favorite combination of overnight oats? Post in the comments and give us ideas!

    Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats

    Serving Size: 1

    Ingredients

    • 1/3 cup rolled oats
    • 1/3 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
    • 1/3 cup skim milk (or milk of choice)
    • 2 tablespoons peanut butter powder
    • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
    • 1 tablespoon maple syrup

    Instructions

    1. Combine all ingredients in a Mason jar or lidded container and place in the fridge overnight. Enjoy the next morning with fresh fruit of choice.
    https://www.nogettingoffthistrain.com/recipes/chocolate-peanut-butter-overnight-oats/

    Looking for a frugal, healthy, high-protein breakfast? These Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats are simple and delicious!

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    $75 Weekly Shopping and Menu 10-16-17

    October 16th, 2017

    Meal plan, grocery list, and coupon deals for 10-16-17. Want to know what a family of 3 eats for $75 a week? Check back every Monday!

    This week was awesome! I was running low on coffee and just happened to see that my favorite brand, Starbucks, was on sale for $4.99 at Kroger (And it still should be until Tuesday!). Of course, I had to buy a bunch. Then John told me he found a hidden bag in the back of the pantry, so I now have bonus coffee, too!

    Allison’s birthday party is this weekend *Sob*, so later this week I’ll be purchasing things for her party. It won’t be part of the grocery budget, but I’ll take some pictures anyway. Hint: It’s Paw  Patrol themed and it’s going to be amazing. I’ll put a post out in a couple weeks on how to do one on a abudget, but for now, just know that it’s super easyto do dog-related food items.

    I’m kind of stuck in a loop of buying lots of bulk items to stock us up again. This week it was baking soda and maple syrup; next week will probably be string cheese and honey. And toilet paper’s running low again. Thankfully, I’ve got another Swagbucks gift card coming in soon, so that’ll help a lot, just like this week! Here’s everything I bought and what we’ll be eating:


    Meal plan, grocery list, and coupon deals for 10-16-17. Want to know what a family of 3 eats for $75 a week? Check back every Monday!

    Kroger

    3 bags Starbucks coffee: $4.99 each after Buy 4, Save $4.00 Event
    1 box Starbucks K Cups: $4.99 after Buy 4, Save $4.00 Event
    Orange juice: $.99
    Noosa yogurt: Free after Free Friday Download
    Trident gum: Free after Free Friday Download
    Pumpkin Spice Kitkats: $2.99
    2 boxes Starbucks Cold Brew: $1.79 each, marked down

    Total: $28.77


    Meal plan, grocery list, and coupon deals for 10-16-17. Want to know what a family of 3 eats for $75 a week? Check back every Monday!

    Sam’s Club

    Animal crackers: $8.58
    Baking soda: $6.98
    Maple syrup: $9.98
    Honest Kids juice boxes: $10.98

    Total: $12.32 OOP thanks to a gift card from Swagbucks! The animal crackers and juice boxes are for Allison’s birthday snack at school.


    Meal plan, grocery list, and coupon deals for 10-16-17. Want to know what a family of 3 eats for $75 a week? Check back every Monday!

    Aldi

    Zucchini $1.49
    2 blocks cheddar cheese: $1.79 each
    5 cups yogurt: $.35 each
    Deli meat: $2.39
    Green bell peppers: $1.69
    2 packages baby wipes: $1.29 each
    Dryer sheets: $1.89
    Italian dressing mix: $.49
    Pepperoni: $2.19
    Greek yogurt: $3.49
    Onions: $1.49
    2 cans diced tomatoes: $.45 each
    Balsamic dressing: $.89
    Sliced cheddar: $1.89
    Cream cheese: $.79
    Baking powder: $.99
    Grapes: $1.98
    Milk: $1.06
    Apples: $1.99
    Broccoli: $1.59
    Spinach: $1.49
    Tortillas: $1.39
    Eggs: $.46
    Butternut squash: $.99
    Pretzel sticks: $.79
    Beef jerky: $3.29

    Total: $43.84


    Meal plan, grocery list, and coupon deals for 10-16-17. Want to know what a family of 3 eats for $75 a week? Check back every Monday!

    Meijer

    Vaseline: $1.75
    Lentils: $1.69
    Jennie-o turkey sausage: $3.29

    Total: $6.86
    Weekly Total: $91.79. We used the rest of the overage we had from last week.


    Menu

    Lunch is always leftovers. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were purchased in previous weeks.

    Dinner
    Annie’s mac and cheese* with hot dogs*, frozen peas*
    Slow Cooker Italian Chicken, roasted broccoli
    Quesadillas using ground beef from freezer*, roasted butternut squash
    Italian Lentil Soup, homemade dinner rolls
    Spinach Mozzarella Bake (adding turkey sausage), grapes
    Church party
    Leftovers

    Breakfast
    Cereal*
    Sausage patties* with English muffins* (in freezer)
    Waffles* (Left over from last week)
    Yogurt and frozen fruit*

    What’s on your menu this week? Share below in the comments!

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    Can You Save Money Buying K Cups?

    October 13th, 2017

    Can you save money buying K Cups? If you love coffee, read this to find out what type of coffee is cheapest and how to save money!

    If you have a Keurig, you know how easy it is to just toss in a K Cup and get a quick cup of coffee. When I got mine for Christmas, K Cups were all I bought for the longest time. Then I realized how much money I was spending on so few cups; and when John bought me an insert for ground coffee, I immediately stopped buying K Cups.

    But what I’ve noticed is that the price of K Cups is going down slowly, and more stores have their own store brand of K Cups. Can you save money by buying K Cups? Let’s take a look at the prices of both ground coffee and K Cups, and ideas on where to go to get the most out of your money!

    What brand should you buy?

    Like with most items you buy, what brand you like determines how much you pay. The store brand version of K Cups or ground coffee will be much cheaper than, say, Starbucks. So you have two options:

    • Simply look for the cheapest price-per-cup, no matter the brand
    • Pick your favorite brand and focus on finding sales and coupons for the cheapest price

    My advice is to choose your favorite brand. There are SO many different brands of coffee that you may get overwhelmed trying to find the better deal. I’m a huge Starbucks fan (In case you couldn’t tell), so I always hold out for the good sales.

    Can you save money buying K Cups? If you love coffee, read this to find out what type of coffee is cheapest and how to save money!

    The Price of K Cups Vs. Ground Coffee

    For simplicity’s sake, I’m going to compare two different brands: Starbucks and Kroger’s store brand. I found both the K Cups and ground coffee and did the math for you, and here’s what I found:

    • Kroger K Cups 12-count: $4.99 – $.41 per K Cup
    • Starbucks K Cups 10-count: $6.99 – $.69 per K Cup

    And here’s what I found on bags of ground coffee:

    • Starbucks: $5.99 per 12-ounce bag. The bag makes enough for 34 cups, which equals $.17 per cup.
    • Kroger ground coffee: $2.99 per 11.5-ounce can. It comes out to $.08 per cup.

    As you can see, buying ground coffee is a lot cheaper, especially if you drink more than one cup per day. And buying store brand is usually a lot cheaper than name brand;  but it’s okay if you’re brand-loyal! But if you like the convenience, or you’re hosting a party where K Cups would be more convenient, here are some places to look to find cheaper K Cups:

    • Discount stores: Places like Big Lots and Ollie’s sell K Cups at lower prices. It’s not always the big brands like Starbucks, but you can still get K Cups a little cheaper. Now by a little cheaper, I mean as low as $.30 per K Cup. Still not cheaper than ground coffee, but a pretty good deal.
    • Club stores: You have to be careful buying in bulk at places like Sam’s Club and Costco. Bulk does not equal cheaper! If you check their websites, you’ll see that most of the selections have already calculated the price-per-cup for you. And Sam’s constantly has Instant Savings events that include K Cups, so make sure you check their sales before buying something!
    • Coupon websites: Sites like Money Saving Mom, The Krazy Coupon Lady, Meijer Madness, and Kroger Krazy will let you know if there are any good coffee deals and will even provide you with coupons if there are any! Since they post a lot throughout the day, you can subscribe to their email newsletters where they’ll send you the whole day’s updates every night.

    Do I still love K Cups, even though they’re more expensive? Yes! They’re wonderful for parties because it means easier clean-up. I’m glad I have my insert for ground coffee, but K Cups are wonderfully convenient. Can you save money buying K Cups? It’s not cheaper than ground coffee, but when you check the above places, you’ll find at least one that will help you save money!

    What are your tips for saving money on K Cups? Leave a comment and let us know!

    Can you save money buying K Cups? If you love coffee, read this to find out what type of coffee is cheapest and how to save money!

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    Simple Sausage Gravy

    October 11th, 2017

    This simple sausage gravy recipe is the perfect comfort food for breakfast! Easy to make with only 4 ingredients and a family favorite!

    Biscuits and gravy. Is this not the perfect breakfast comfort food? You can have a hot breakfast in about 20 minutes with this simple sausage gravy recipe. I learned this from the actual Bob Evans recipe; and if you’re a Bob Evans fan, you know it’s good!

    This simple sausage gravy recipe is the perfect comfort food for breakfast! Easy to make with only 4 ingredients and a family favorite!

    I never thought sausage gravy would be easy to make, but it really is. After you cook the sausage, you add the flour right in and cook with the sausage for a minute before adding the milk; and it immediately begins to thicken as you slowly pour in the milk. Add some salt and pepper, and after a few minute it’s done!

    I used canned biscuits this time because it’s what I had on hand, and it’s so much faster that way. But if you have your own favorite homemade biscuit recipe, go for it! This recipe for Golden Oven-Baked Biscuits is one I use on occasion, too.

    The only thing I don’t like about gravy is reheating it. Once it cools, it congeals into a big blob and microwaving it just doesn’t give it the same texture. If you know of a way to get around that, let me know! This serves 6… technically. So you may not ever have leftovers. Do you have any secrets to your gravy? Post a comment and give us your recipe, too!

    Simple Sausage Gravy

    Yield: 6 servings

    Ingredients

    • 1 pound sausage (Pork or turkey)
    • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
    • 2 cups milk
    • Salt and pepper, to taste

    Instructions

    1. In a large pan, cook the sausage until fully browned, then drain.
    2. Add the flour and continue cooking until all of the white disappears.
    3. Pour in the milk, a little at a time, and stir constantly until the gravy thickens. Add salt and pepper.
    4. When the gravy has reached desired thickness, pour over prepared biscuits.
    https://www.nogettingoffthistrain.com/recipes/sausage-gravy-recipe/

    This simple sausage gravy recipe is the perfect comfort food for breakfast! Easy to make with only 4 ingredients and a family favorite!

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