Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Saving with Chicken

Ok, just a quick money saving/time saving tip for you!
Yesterday our local grocery store had whole chickens on sale for $1.19 a pound..I don't know about your neck of the woods, but that's a great price for around here! So there were only 2 left and I snatched them right up! Brought them home and boiled one last night quickly and plan to pull the other one out of the fridge today and boil it. Then I simply fill containers with the broth and freeze those. The broth is a great addition to soups and other meals. I have also started making homemade cream of chicken soup, which needs chicken broth. It's really easy and we like the taste of foods made with it better than the store bought stuff! Here is where I found the recipe, if you'd like to try it. 
I then de-bone the cooled chicken and I used to have to cut it up by hand, which really seemed to take forever. Then one day I stumbled across this tip on pinterest and it may very well be one of the best tips I've ever found!
If you have a Kitchen Aid mixer, place the cooked chicken pieces in you're mixer bowl and use the paddle attachment and "mix"! It shreds your chicken meat and is WAAAY easier than cutting all of it by hand. Easier and FASTER! Gotta love that!!! Then I just put it in containers and freeze it also.
So it takes a little time up front, but you can stock up on chicken when it's on sale and then if you cook it up right away, you will have precooked chicken ready to go into whatever recipe you want (you just have to defrost it) and I like boiled chicken a lot better than the canned chicken (we've tried the canned before) and it's cheaper than the canned stuff too!
So some of these tips are easy to find on a lot of blogs, but I've honestly only seen to put chicken into the mixer ONE time, so maybe that's a new one to you (I don't even think I pinned that pin, so I can't tell you where that idea originated from, but it wasn't me!). Either way, hopefully something in this post will be helpful to you!
Happy Tuesday!!!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Checkin' In

Sorry for being absent for a while, we had snow this week and the week before that I started my "part time job"...as in a few hours, twice a week. You all know when we get rain/snow and my husband is home, that throws my schedule WAAAY off...so yes, there you have it.
Anyway, I have one more tip/recipe for saving money on cleaning products and I plan on posting that later this week. So be sure to look for that!
Happy Sunday!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Respecting our Children

This morning, I sent my happy little three year old out the door with a mug of hot chocolate (like Daddy's mug of coffee), his water bottle and a bag of snacks/toys so that he could go ride with his Daddy in the truck for part of the day. The look on his little face was one of pride, importance and absolute joy. As he walked out to meet Daddy at the truck and I watched all of this play out on his face, it struck me; just how important it is that we SHOW our children that they are loved and SHOW them that they are important.
He doesn't get to go with Daddy everyday, but when he can we let him because we know that he loves it and it makes him feel special.
Sadly there are many children in our country and around the world, who don't get to feel special very often, if ever! That's a sad reality, but we have to realize that we need to be sure every single day that we show our children just how special they are.
They may be our children and we may be in authority over them, but that in no way means that we don't owe them some respect. Even a small child's attitude can make a huge change with just a small amount of respect from his parents.

  "All your children shall be taught by the LORD, and great shall be the peace of your children." Isaiah 54:13
 "Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged." Colossians 3:21

Friday, February 8, 2013

Saving money on Cleaning Products:Laundry Stain Remover

Another thing that I got tired of throwing money into, was stain remover for our clothes. With a 3 year old boy stain remover is a necessity around our house and not having had a lot of use for it in the past, having to buy it ALL the time showed me how expensive it was. I think I could get it for around $1.75 with coupons (which isn't all that bad, but needing it constantly still got expensive), but on pinterest one day I saw a recipe for DIY Laundry Stain Remover and decided to try it.
It really is quite simple. Just three basic ingredients.
DIY Laundry Stain Remover
1 cup vinegar
1/2 cup liquid laundry soap (I've substituted dish soap and it worked fine)
1/2 cup water
 Mix together and put in spray bottle!
I'll admit I was sure that this stuff wouldn't work, but I've been pleasantly surprised! There are a few stains that haven't come out all the way and if I would pre-treat them or treat them right away before they get dried in, they probably would come out just fine. Even though, for me I've been happy with it. I'd say it's worth a try!

Friday, February 1, 2013

Saving Money on Cleaning Products:Bathroom Cleaners

Continuing on my saving on cleaning products series, today I'm talking about bathroom cleaners. A few months ago, I ran out of tub/shower cleaner and decided that my dingy shower floor needed tackled with some bleach. I was so happy with how clean everything looked that I decided to start using a bleach/water mixture every week. (I know this does not fall under the "green" cleaner list, but I'm not a "green" bandwagon kind of girl...so if you want "green" cleaners, this isn't for you) It does seem to be keeping my bathrooms brighter!
The thing that kept me from doing this sooner was that I thought getting the bucket, the bleach and adding water every week would be "time consuming" ? But obviously that only takes a couple of minutes and I grab my rubber gloves as I'm grabbing my cleaning rag and then I'm ready to go.
Last week, I ran out of toilet bowl cleaner (I generally write down something on my list when it is almost gone or is gone and then get it the next time I go to the store) apparently I forgot to write it down, so I had to figure something out to clean my toilets. I pulled my bottle of bleach out and guess what right on the back it said to use with toilet bowls!!! So I tried it and did it again this week and yet again, my toilet bowls are shining white!!! (not to mention that I know that all the yucky stuff is getting killed in there!)
So instead of spending big bucks on ready made bathroom cleaners, I'm using a little bit of bleach (that I can get for around a dollar) every week. Not sure how long this will last me, but it's got to be cheaper than using the ready made cleaners. Again, even with coupons, they were still often 2 dollars or so. Plus I often used cleaners with bleach in them already and I always got toilet bowl cleaners with bleach, because they were the only ones that seemed to work for me.
Happy Cleaning!