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Cheap and Easy Dinner Ideas February 1, 2014

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I am often asked what are some cheap dinners that I make for my family.

You don’t have to eat nothing but rice and beans and beans and rice to cut corners.  Don’t get me wrong that does help.  However, it gets old fast. So here is a short list of some of our favorites that will save you money.

1. Roasted Chicken

I can get a whole chicken on sale for under a dollar a pound. My family loves roasted chicken as well as chicken salad, quesadillas, chicken and rice, and chicken tacos from the leftovers.

2. Breakfast for Dinner

We generally make pancakes with a side of scrambled eggs or bacon if I can find it on sales and with coupon.

Some times we just have eggs and fruit with homemade bread.  Your choices are endless.

3. Hard-Boiled Eggs

This is a fast grab and eat meal that can be combined with a hunk of cheddar cheese, an apple or pear, and some saltine crackers or even a handful of nuts.  (This makes a great lunch for my girls more than dinner but it is an idea.)

4. Shredded chicken.

We love this because it can be made into many meals.  When I make shredded chicken I also make chicken broth at the same time.  This can then be used also for soups later .  Ideas for dinners out of shredded chicken:  Chicken soup, Tacos, Chopped chicken salad salad, Salad meat topping,  add it to fried rice.  The list is endless.  Have I even mentioned I love when the 10 lb bags of leg quarters go on sale.  I stock up to use for later.

5. Chicken-Fried Rice

I use leftover chicken, a bag of frozen veggies, rice and an egg and my own version of the soy sauce.

6.  Lentil Tacos

We make lentils with  beef broth and then serve them like I would ground meat with tacos.  When we started this I would add a small bit of lentils to my taco meat.  I have slowly removed all the beef and now just do all lentils.  This is a real budget stretcher, even if you don’t remove all the ground beef.

7.  Homemade Pizza

We make our own dough, use spaghetti sauce that we have purchased with coupons or make my own sauce with tomato sauce and spices and then cheese, which of course I got with coupon.

8. Red beans and rice

Rice and beans are very cheap and very yummy.  If you start with the dry version, you will have even more money.

9. Nachos with refried beans.

Again if you make your own refried beans you can save a lot of money.  Also you can make a big batch in the crock pot and freeze the rest.

10. Tuna Noodle salad

Tuna, noodles, bag of frozen veggies, sour cream and spices.  Quick, easy and cheap.

 

I hope this gives you some ideas on cutting cost but not quality.

Let me know what some of your favorite cheap meals are.  I would love to hear and maybe even find a new family favorite.

 

 

Fun with Pinterest on a Budget Class –Preparing for Spring January 27, 2014

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Fun with Pinterest on a Budget Class –Preparing for Spring
Cost: $30
Pinterest has many ideas for every season. How many times do you actually get around to doing those things that you “pin”? Here is your chance. We will be making and tasting several Spring Time Popular Pins. We will even give you tips and tricks to save money while doing this. Now is the time to grab your friends and come check some of your pins off your to do list.
Due to the nature of this class, you MUST RSVP. If 4 people don’t RSVP and pay in advance we will cancel the class.
Email for RSVP: info@thecouponjunkie.com or call 405-388-9457

 

Location: Holiday Inn Express In Bethany, OK

Down to Basic Coupon Class March3, 2014 January 27, 2014

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Down to Basic Coupon Class
We will cover the basics of coupon shopping: Why coupon shop, where to get coupons, how to maximize your time and coupons, coupon etiquette and much more.
Cost: $20
Email for RSVP: info@thecouponjunkie.com or call 405-388-9457

We will be at the Holiday Inn Express in Bethany, Ok

Menu Planning Class 2/24/2014 January 27, 2014

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Menu Planning Class with The Coupon Junkie

February 24, 2014 from 6-8 pm

Cost: $20
Menu planning class will cover different types and ways to plan a menu as well as different meal ideas. How to plan a grocery list and match up with coupons once we have the menu planned. We will also have different recipes or cards to take home in case someone shares a meal that works great for their family.

Email for RSVP: info@thecouponjunkie.com or call 405-388-9457

DIY Cleaners Class 1/28/2014 January 27, 2014

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DIY Cleaners CLass

January 28, 2014  from 6:00pm until 7:30pm

DIY CLEANERS/Common Uses Class
Cost: $25
We will cover why make your own cleaners. You will leave with recipes that have been tried and tested.
We will also go over common uses for everyday items to make your hard earned dollars go further. You will also leave with cleaners to use at home. Some cleaners will be made up ahead of time and some we will make together so you will see how easy it is.

We will be at the
Holiday Inn Express and Suites
7840 NW 39th Expressway
Bethany, Ok 73008

Getting so excited about this class. Please let me know if you are coming so I can have enough supplies on hand.

Also need to know if you like liquid or powdered detergent.

 

Upcoming Coupon Class — There is still space January 15, 2014

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The Coupon Junkie is at it again.

We have several classes coming up with in the next two weeks.  There is still spots left in each class.

UPCOMING CLASSES:

January 21, 2014 6:30 pm
Menu Planing 101

Cost: $20
Menu planning class will cover different types and ways to plan a menu as well as different meal ideas.
How to plan a grocery list and match up with coupons once we have the menu planned.
We will also have different recipes or cards to take home in case someone shares a meal that works great for their family.

Email us to RSVP at info@thecouponjunkie.com

Location:

Holiday Inn Express in Bethany –7840 NW 39th Expressway Bethany, Ok 73008

January 24th  6:00
Down to Basic Coupon Class
6:00 – 7:30
We will cover the basics of coupon shopping:
Why coupon shop, where to get coupons, how to maximize your time and coupons, coupon etiquette.
Cost: $ 15
Location: Holiday Inn Express in Bethany –7840 NW 39th Expressway Bethany, Ok 73008
Email me for tickets: info@thecouponjunkie.com

January 28th  6:00
DIY CLEANERS/Common Uses Class
Cost: $25
We will cover why make your own cleaners. You will leave with recipes that have been tried and tested.
We will also go over common uses for everyday items to make your hard earned dollars go further. You will also leave with cleaners to use at home. Some cleaners will be made up ahead of time and some we will make together so you will see how easy it is.
Location:  Holiday Inn Express in Bethany –7840 NW 39th Expressway Bethany, Ok 73008
email me for RSVP: info@thecouponjunkie.com

RSVP through email, you and a friend for any of the above classes within a week of the class and we will take 10% off the cost for both of you.  RSVP 4 or more people and the person who emails me with everyone’s names will get their class cost for 50% off.

email is info@thecouponjunkie.com

Hope to see you soon and as always Happy Savings

 

Fall off the couponing wagon? January 6, 2014

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I meet a lot of people, mostly while I am shopping, and nine times out of ten they will say “oh, I fell off the wagon of couponing.”   I am here to tell you today that it is okay to take a season to NOT coupon.  That is right, I said it is okay not to coupon.  Everyone goes through seasons in their lives where life is just busy and if you add one more thing, something is going to give and you will lose control of everything that you are juggling.

Even I, The Coupon Junkie, have times where I don’t coupon as much.  Here is a list of some of things that I do to save money, while not necessarily using coupons.

1. Make a menu.  Planning your meals will help save time and extra trips to the store, which will save money on those impulse buys.

2. Buy what is on sale.  Instead of buying the watermelon that is out of season, consider buying what is in season.

3.  Freeze left overs to be used later.  So NO WASTE.

4. Use money saving apps on my smart phone, the use of coupons without the work of coupons.

5. Buy in bulk.

6. Buy quick reduced meats and freeze for later use or quick reduced fruits and veggies and plan to use them soon.

7.  Use what you have on hand and make some creative meals. Sometimes the best way to save is to use what you already have.  The good news is that you will not waste the money you already spent and you are not buying extra and spending more than your should.

There is a time for everything in our lives and if you fell off the “coupon wagon” it is okay.  Know that you are missed and that you can easy join us back when life slows down for you again.  It doesn’t mean the end of savings, it just slows the savings down.  It is okay to miss a deal, just don’t miss them all.

Happy Savings

The Coupon Junkie

January Class Dates January 6, 2014

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We are so excited for the new year and all the great things to come.

UPCOMING CLASSES for January:

January 21, 2014 6:30 pm
Menu Planing 101

Cost: $20
Menu planning class will cover different types and ways to plan a menu as well as different meal ideas.
How to plan a grocery list and match up with coupons once we have the menu planned.
We will also have different recipes or cards to take home in case someone shares a meal that works great for their family.

Email us to RSVP at info@thecouponjunkie.com

Location:

johnn’s Charcoal Broiler    6629 NW Expressway  lahoma City

January 24th  6:00
Down to Basic Coupon Class
6:00 – 7:30
We will cover the basics of coupon shopping:
Why coupon shop, where to get coupons, how to maximize your time and coupons, coupon etiquette.
Cost: $ 15
Location: NW OKC
Email me for tickets: info@thecouponjunkie.com

January 28th  6:00
DIY CLEANERS/Common Uses Class
Cost: $25
We will cover why make your own cleaners. You will leave with recipes that have been tried and tested.
We will also go over common uses for everyday items to make your hard earned dollars go further. You will also leave with cleaners to use at home. Some cleaners will be made up ahead of time and some we will make together so you will see how easy it is.
Location:  NW OKC

email me for RSVP: info@thecouponjunkie.com

RSVP through email, you and a friend for any of the above classes within a week of the class and we will take 10% off the cost for both of you.

RSVP 4 or more people and the person who emails me with everyone’s names will get their class cost for 50% off.

2014 Promises to be a Great Year for Savings December 31, 2013

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With 2014 just around the corner, now is the time to start thinking of improvements you can make in your life today.  Many people with look at the New Year as a New start.

With that being said, we have new and some old classes scheduled for 2014. We are doing a few in home classes this year, dates are very limited.   If you would like to schedule us to come and speech to your group just let me know and we will send out information.  You can reach us at info@thecouponjunkie.com.

New Classes that we are offering are:

Menu Planning 101

Cost: $20
Menu planning class will cover different types and ways to plan a menu as well as different meal ideas.
How to plan a grocery list and match up with coupons once we have the menu planned.
We will also have different recipes or cards to take home in case someone shares a meal that works great for their family.

Scheduled:  January 21

 

DIY CLEANERS/Common Uses Class
Cost: $25
We will cover why make your own cleaners. You will leave with recipes that have been tried and tested.
We will also go over common uses for everyday items to make your hard earned dollars go further. You will also leave with cleaners to use at home.  Some cleaners will be made up ahead of time and some we will make together so you will see how easy it is.

Scheduled:  January  28

FREEZER MEALS 101

We will go over the basic of doing freezer meals, ways to save, how long things can freeze and tips and tricks that we have learned by doing.  We will have a handout of websites and books that are great place/resources for finding recipes.

Cost: TBA

The Oldies but goodies:

The Back to Basics Coupon Classes

We will cover the basics of coupon shopping:
Why coupon shop, where to get coupons, how to maximize your time and coupons, coupon etiquette and Much more.

Cost: $15

Scheduled: January 24th

We are looking forward to a great year.  Watch for dates to be posted on our Facebook page for upcoming classes.

https://www.facebook.com/TheCouponJunkie

And The Savings Continues November 18, 2013

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New and Upcoming Classes will soon be posted.  We are currently scheduling a coupon class and a new menu class for December.   We are also gearing up for the NEW YEAR.  Watch for things to come.  Oh, and tell a friend.  :)

 

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