Monday, February 24, 2014

Delly's Deals

If you want to learn how to extreme coupon.... Delly's Deals Coupon Class Saturday, April 12, 2014 1:30pm until 4:00pm Cape Fear Alliance Church Cost - $10, must register and pay by March 28th. You will be eligible for some door prizes, as well as, receive $50 worth of coupons from Delly. We encourage you to invite friends and family as we have a minimum number of attendees required.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Fitness 101

Move your body! It's that simple. Fitness doesn't have to be intimidating, just start moving and the rest will fall into place. I know, not everyone loves to work out like I do, but I also know that almost everyone would like to change something about their body. It doesn't have to be expensive, it just has to be consistent. Wheater you walk, lift weights, enjoy a cardio class or swim. It all leads to a healthier body.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Seasonal fruits & vegteables

Don't give up on fresh fruits and veggies just because you think they are too expensive. Instead, make your choices based on the season. In the winter, tomatoes, grapes and berries are quite expensive, but you can substitute for squash, zucchini, kiwi and pears. Also, Carrots, potatoes and many others are fairly inexpensive year round. So make your grocery list and don't forget to add in your fruits and veggies!

Saturday, February 8, 2014


                                          In aqua Santias, in water there is health! 

Water, it does a body good. It's cost effective and far outweighs soda, juice, and power drinks when it comes to your health. A few of the benefits of water are: it helps maintain the bodies fluid balance, helps with bowel regularity, reduces calorie consumption, and some research suggests it helps skin stay hydrated and reduces wrinkles.  So while your maximizing your budget with food and fitness don't forget to drink water and reduce your consumption of all those sugary beverages.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Dr. Oz

I personally think Dr. Oz is brilliant, don't you? After reading several of his books, I have to admit he gives some great tips on fitness and nutrition, and most are practical and inexpensive. He has definitely raised the bar on "bedside manner", something many doctors lack. A heart surgeon turned celebrity, only in America. But, I am thrilled that he is passionate about being healthy and living your best life. So check out one of my favorite books of his: An Insider's Guide to the Body That Will Make You Healthier and Younger. It's really good stuff! If it's not in your budget to order a copy, remember to check it out at your local library.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

All Things Sautéed: One-Week Meal Plan

The theme for this week is "all things sautéed". After all the baking and cooking I've been doing, I noticed an increase in our utility bill. After discovering that the oven is one of the largest utility expenses, I decided to challenge myself to turn off the oven and cook everything in a skillet on the burner, thus my menu for sautéed meals began. And of course, I have to look at the sales and coupons for the week and make my menu so I get the "double discount"...:)

This Week's Sales:
Lowe's Foods has BOGO Philly Steaks
Dollar Tree has broccoli-cheese-rice and chicken-fried-rice for $1 box
Walmart has good deals on bagged cole slaw, .99 garbonzo beans and bags of shrimp for $5 (makes two meals) and Roll-Backs on veggies this week
I do like to occasionally splurge on the Xtreme Wellness tortillas, especially since we will be having them 3 nights this week. Going shopping tomorrow. Stay tuned for my total!!

Plan for this week's dinners:
1: Veggie soft tacos with toss salad
2: Fish soft tacos with cole slaw
3: Shrimp soft tacos with blue chips and Avocado salsa
4: Chicken Philly wraps with sautéed potatoes
5: Steak Philly wraps with Caesar salad
6: Chicken fried rice with broccoli
7: Stir fried garbonzo beans with broccoli rice and cheese

In case you feel compelled to join me in this money saving challenge, please share what things you decide to cook and the deals get!


Monday, February 3, 2014

Super Bowl 2014

Well, the game is over, and the Broncos lost, but we had a great party nonetheless. As an UTK alumni, I am a Peyton fan, so of course I wanted the Broncos to win, but maybe next year. As for the Super Bowl food, it was delicious and inexpensive. I bought just enough food for the recipes and to my surprise I only spent $12 and had plenty of leftovers. Now, our "party" was only the four of us. We started a tradition years ago to stay home and celebrate as a family. The game, commercials, half-time performances and the food preparation are always great fun, especially when Peyton is on the field. So we ate, watched in disbelief, danced during the Bruno Mars performance and discussed all the great and not so great Super Bowl ads...:) 
If you watched, I hope you made the best of it, and I hope you enjoyed all the Super Bowl food without spending a fortune or losing your "portion control"! 

Saturday, February 1, 2014

One step at a time...

"Follow me one step at a time. That is all I require of you." I read this today in Sarah Youngs'
Jesus Calling. Wow! It felt so personal.

I've had many friends and family members ask questions about fitness and nutrition, but many suggest it is too EXPENSIVE to eat healthy and join a gym and/or higher a trainer. True, it can be, but you can learn how to eat on a budget and stay fit w/o paying high membership/training fees. I'm not suggesting you drop your trainer or gym membership if you can afford it, but shop around and make sure you get a good deal.

Start learning how to eat well and stay fit on what YOU can afford. Also, remember that your budget can change! You might start off couponing and save 50/week on groceries and before you know it, you're hiring that trainer with the money you're saving. It's all about balance.  Those on a tight budget and those with a more flexible budget-- whatever you can afford, you want to maximize you $$, don't you?

Remember bodies on a budget is one step at a time.