End of the Month Routine!

 

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Happy LAST DAY OF SCHOOL to many kiddos and teachers here in Bakersfield!!! I can’t believe another month has past and May is almost over!!! Here is a great routine to start at the end of each month. It’ll keep you organized and ready for the new month, June here we come!

 

1.  Now is a good time to go through all your coupons and pull out all the ones that are expired or will expire soon.  Many expire at the end of the month and especially the end of the year!

 

2.  Today is the last day to print many coupons. The first of the month is when many sites release new coupons, so you will want to check them all at the beginning of each month to see what new ones they roll out or refresh from last month. 

 

3.  Make sure all your Single Check Rebate receipts for Rite Aid are entered so you can request your check.

 

4.  Get all your receipts in order so that you can add up all your spending and saving for month and tweak your budget for next month if need be. 

 

5.  Make sure you have ordered all the Swagbucks prizes you wanted.  They have limits on how many of each one that you can order in a day or month.

 

Also, check today’s post Print Your Coupons Before They Disappear for all the coupons that will most likely be gone by tomorrow and take a look at the the Save At Home Mommy Coupon Database for all your coupon needs!

Save Money, Time And AC With Your Slow Cooker


Here is a great guest post about how to keep your house cool by using your slow cooker:


“Ah…the dreaded slow cooker. I say that because when I first got married – anytime I would mention a crockpot meal I would get that “look” from my husband who is expecting a dried up hunk of meat and vegetables that no longer resemble anything you should be putting into your body.


But it doesn’t have to be like that!! Using a slow cooker can save you time and money AND be DELICIOUS.


Slow Cooking tips to help save you time and money:

Plan Ahead. Yes, you can just throw a hunk of frozen meat and a jar of your favorite gravy in the pot and call it a day. But planning ahead is essential to saving you time, money and getting a great end product. Generally, you will need several hours – hence the name “slow cooker”. Frozen meat should be thawed – at least partially, so think ahead the night before and plan accordingly. You also want to make sure you have all the ingredients ahead of time.


Do Your Prep Work
. I like to prepare any meat, veggies and other ingredients the night before and have it in the slow cooker waiting in the refrigerator for the next morning. That way, in the morning all I have to do is take it out and plug her in! A few of my recipes call for me to sear my meat on all sides on the stove to seal in the juices before I place it in the slow cooker. That could take several minutes, so it’s a great do-ahead. Some recipes call for you to add in some ingredients (such as potatoes or carrots) later in the day. Have those ready in a separate baggy waiting for you.


Buy Cheaper Ingredients
. Many slow cooker recipes call for cheaper cuts of meat. The slow cooking process and cooking liquid helps break down the toughness of the meat, leaving you with moist meat at a fraction of the cost. Additionally, because you’re getting more juices from the meat to make your ”broth”, you end up with a more flavorful end product when just using water. No need to add stocks or soups.


Repurpose Your Meals
. Consider making one meal in the beginning of the week and “morphing” it into something else later on in the week. A great example would be to cook a whole chicken on Monday for a “roast” chicken dinner, then later in the week use some of the leftover meat to make chicken tacos or even chicken noodle soup. Beef can be a stew one day, stroganoff the next. This saves you time and uses up leftovers efficiently. I’ve also been known to just eat the same thing for 3 or 4 days in a row.

Think Outside of the Box. Did you know that you could make homemade yogurt in your slow cooker? Or playdough? Or recycle broken crayon pieces into new ones? Try making breakfast instead of dinner! Have fun with it! There are several resources that offer slow cooker recipes. Don’t be afraid to try something new!


If you have an awesome slow cooker recipe or tip, please share by leaving a comment below!”

Thanks for the great guest post from CouponKatarina!