Monday, February 7, 2011

The Saved Quarter Challenge Update #5,Saved $0

The Saved Quarter Challenge Update #5 ,Saved $0. Sadly I was not been able to save any money this week. What we did not spend on groceries we spent taking my oldest step son and his family out to dinner to celebrate his birthday. Costly but sometimes you need to share what you have with family even when things are tight.

I did sell one book this week on eBay for $6.99 but after costs there is not much profit. Was an error to buy it and I am happy to have sold it first time out. Money will stay where it is so I can use it to buy something to sell.

Will need to share some of my experience of selling on eBay in the future. In the past we have made some good extra cash but slow right now. With spring coming and being able to garage sale I know things will get better.

On Super Bowl Sunday we went to one of my son's house for a party. I spent the time at the dining room table listing Manga books for one my granddaughters. I am not really into football but I love being with my sons and grandchildren.

.. update.. hubby says we have a bid on one of the Manga auctions.. great!!! I asked her what she was going to do with any money she got from her books. Save some and buy some clothes was her answer.

Hope this week will be better with grocery shopping and on eBay.

I will be sharing this over at Saved Quarter Challenge .. stop to see what others are doing.
Thanks for stopping by... Grace

Menu Plan Monday 2/7/11

Want to make your week easier ... plan your menu plan for the week...
this week we are moving 2 items from last week that did not get made. We were invited to my son's for Super Bowl Sunday so did not have to cook one night. Great food and fun times. Time spent with sons and grandchildren ... PRICELESS...

What I have planned for the week

Hubby's Beef Stroganoff ( using up left over roast beef in the freezer rather than buying beef)

chicken Vegetable noodle soup using left over chicken from chicken Parmesan that I put in the freezer last week.

Meat balls with gravy, potatoes and a vegetable ( moved from last week)
Chili Corn Bake ( using chili from the freezer) ( moved from last week)

Grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup

left overs

to be decided still
We will have an easy menu plan this week. I do hope to do some freezer cooking later in the week. Freezer is low on chili and spaghetti sauce.
I am sharing this over at organizing junkie you can see what others are cooking by going here
Thanks for stopping by.. hope that you will stop by real soon.. Grace

Friday, February 4, 2011

Thrift Store Hunting Today Found 2 Vintage Cookbooks

Today hubby and went to one of two thrift stores in our town. We were out on an adventure looking for items to sell either on eBay or Amazon.

Pickings were slim today. All I came up with were two vintage cookbooks, one being a church spiral which are popular on eBay.

We passed on some items because they were to pricey or condition not good enough.
Secret is to keep our eyes open at all times, we never know what we will find.
We normally specialize in books but I am always on the out look for anything that I think I can sell.

When selling books it is important to watch for condition, price or rarity. This is the only way to have any success with sales on eBay and Amazon.

I love our cell phones they allow us to get on the Internet while out shopping. Gives us a head up on whether the item is a good buy.

When we are looking at books all we need to do is go to amazon and put the ISBN number in the search engine. One click and we know whether to buy or not.

Do you sell on eBay to earn extra income? Do you want to sell on the Internet?

Start by looking on eBay with things you may have in your home that you no longer want or need.

Do you have any old Barney VHS, if so check out the titles some are worth some money while others are not.

How about Weight Watchers Slow cooker cookbook. That is a popular item.

Tonight I will send up some vintage patterns that I picked up at an estate sale. A couple years ago I found an old pattern and ended up selling it for over $80.00. I have to admit it was a Ceil Chapman, but when I picked it up at an estate sale I had no idea. Boy was I in for a surprise.
If you have any stories that you want to share I would love to hear them. By sharing we can only help each other in our search to bring in more income selling on the Internet.
Want to find thrift stores in your area go here. Today I went there for the first time since we moved back to Minnesota and found there are thrift stores over in Wisconsin. No far for us to drive. Will be checking them out soon.

Thanks for stopping by... lets keep saving together... Grace

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Grocery Shopping Challenge Roundup 2/3/11

Grocery shopping this week was pretty normal. Sure makes life easy when I make a menu plan before shopping.
As I walk through the store hubby will point out something like " oh look they have barbecue chicken " my response is " not on this weeks menu or we can change the menu if you like sweetie"

this week we went to Cub foods for our main shopping trip
1 box of Betty Crocker scalloped potatoes $1.69 ( need to make my own instead)
basil $2.36
store brand chili powder $1.59
bag of peas $$1.19
vegetable oil $2.29
store brand mustard 98 cents
2 cans of corn 50 cents each
2 cans of peas 50 cents each
1 ham steak $2.42
baby carrots on sale 77 cents
eggs $1.49

total spent after store coupons $16.78

Walgreens trip

6 boxes of Kleenex 89 cents each
1 Kraft miracle whip $2.99
4 bottles of coke free with coke coupons from registering my rewards
6 Reese's candy bars 49 cents each

total spent after coupons $11.39 received $1.50 register reward
Milk $2.69 (30 cents cheaper than cub and near cub will buy at Walgreens from now on as long as they stay at this price)
2 Advil ( walgreens register reward deal)

total spent after coupons and register reward from previous week $9.17
Received $5.00 register reward to use next week.

Walmart ( went there to get windshield wipers and found Nabisco crackers on sale for $1.98 got my free glass cleaners
Total spent $1.98
Super One
loaf of bread $1.37
Total spent this week $40.69
Total spent this month $ $40.69

This weeks remaining money was used towards taking oldest step son and his family to lunch after church on Sunday. We were celebrating his birthday.
Old days would not of thought twice about the price would of just put it on credit card. Now paying cash makes me choke as I see the bill. Thank goodness we also had a gift card we received as a Christmas gift from one of my sons.
Oh well had a nice time, everyone brought home left overs and his birthday is once a year.
thanks for stopping by... lets keep saving together and please remember
Never under estimate the value of a small amount of money.. Grace

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Thursday Food Frugal

Deals and Dishes

Homemaking Mom

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Wallet Friendly Wednesday ... Sell Some Of This STRUFF

Wallet-Friendly Wednesday

This week we did not make it to the thrift stores to shop. Between cold weather and just not feeling well we missed shopping. Our thrift stores kind of suck any how so not much of a loss.

This last Sunday I did list some of the books I had found the week early at the thrift stores . I put them up for sale on eBay and one of them has a bid already. Check out what I have for sale if interested.

I had over paid for the book so am happy to just sell it for a small profit and get it out of here.

So what am I do? No new items to sell... decided to relist some of the items that had not sold.

27 zippers metal... most of them new

1 vintage bride doll I bought some years ago... need to rid myself of stuff..

2 vintage 1970's sweaters I bought while traveling to sell .. have not sold as of yet so will relist them to night and hope to get rid of them.

I have some vintage sewing patterns that need to be relisted tonight or tomorrow.
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Do you have stuff to sell? Have you tried eBay or Amazon. We sell books both places but for everything else we use eBay .. have been on ebay since 1998.

I am sharing this at Wallet Friendly Wednesday

Hope that you all have a great day... I am suffering from another cold .. sick of this stuff.. so off to take a nap for a bid... Grace

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Skillet Chicken Parmesan What's For Dinner

From Best of Betty Crocker 2010

Good morning everyone. I am attempting to cook at least one new recipe every week. Gives us a new meal on the table and something for me to share with everyone out there. If possible I choose Monday so that I can link up to all the recipe linkys during the week. You can see these weekly linkys by going to bottom of posting. As the week goes by I add the new linkys offered, so you want to come back during the week to see the new links.

Last night hubby and I made Skillet Chicken Parmesan. I have to admit I had never had this. If I have pasta out it is with white sauce with chicken or red sauce with beef. My girlfriend Alison lent me 3 cookbooks to try out.

Our meal turned out really good and will go into my recipe binder to cook again in the future.

Skillet Chicken parmesan Recipe
Prep time 25 minutes
Start to finish 25 minutes
servings 4

3/4 cup bisquick mix

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
1 egg

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (4 oz each)
3 Tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
2 cups of tomato pasta sauce ( next time I will put in whole jar of pasta sauce since we like extra pasta sauce

1 cup of shredded Italian Cheese blend ( I did not have this so used a mixture of colby and monterey cheese)

1. In shallow dish or pie plate, mix Bisquik mix, Italian seasoning and Parmesan cheese. In another shallow dish or pie plate beat egg. Coat chicken with Bisquick mixture, then dip in egg and coat again with Bisquick mixture.

2. In 12 nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add chicken; cook 4 to 6 minutes, turning once until golden brown. Cover; cook 8 to 10 minutes longer, turning once, until juice of chicken is clear when center of thickest part is cut (170 degrees). Remove skillet to plate.

3. Add pasta sauce to skillet. Place chicken on top of sauce. Sprinkle with Italian cheese blend. Cover; cook 2 to 3 minutes or until bubbly and cheese is melted.

While chicken is cooking, bring pasta water to a boil and cook spaghetti according to directions.

1 serving 580 calories ( before pasta)

serve over cooked pasta spooning extra pasta sauce on noodles.
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Dinner turned out really good. I am attempting to cut back on meat. My package of chicken only had three breasts and they were big. I ate less than half of a chicken breast with pasta and hot bread. There is only the two of us so we have another dinner to eat this week.
during the week I will be linking my recipe to
Thanks for stopping by... lets keep saving together ... Grace