Links Worth Sharing: Week of July 15, 2017

Well guys, if I shared about my week this week, you would all be bored to tears. It was just a regular ol’ week around here. I’m perfectly fine with that! My daughter did finish up her swimming lessons yesterday, so now we really have a clear schedule! I anticipate some beach days!

I’d love to know what you guys have been up to this summer so far. Please let me know in the comments!

Here are the interesting links I came across on my travels around the web this week!  Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Here’s what you may have missed form Simply Frugal:

Healthy Breakfast Ideas for Under $5

As the saying goes, ‘Breakfast is the most important meal of the day’.  So while this is true, it can also be the least expensive and easiest meal to make of the day. With using items like sausage, veggies, eggs, and other ingredients that are easily accessible, you can easily make breakfast for the whole family for under $5.

9 Healthy breakfast ideas for under $5

Here are my favourite Healthy Breakfast Ideas for under $5:

  1. Greek Yogurt and Fruit – You can usually pick up a tub of Greek Yogurt for under $4. Use some frozen fruit and maple syrup for a topping and you have a delicious breakfast.
  2. French Toast – One of my family’s favorite meals is French toast… for breakfast or dinner ;). For some reason, we can’t get enough of it. I don’t mind because using whole wheat, I can make the French toast semi-healthy! We add fruit topping or peanut butter instead of real maple syrup sometimes.
  3. Banana with Peanut Butter – Is there anything more delicious than bananas and peanut butter? I think not! It also makes for a very filling breakfast for little ones. If your child doesn’t like bananas, try cutting up an apple for them. Delicious, healthy, and simple!
  4. Breakfast burritos – Using low carb or whole wheat tortillas, mix up eggs, salsa, and cheese to make a yummy breakfast concoction.
  5. Oatmeal – The lovely thing about oatmeal is that you can make it simple and healthy. Oatmeal is cheap and can feed a lot of people at one time. I’ve got three great recipes for oatmeal: Overnight Refrigerator Oatmeal, Chunky Monkey Oatmeal or Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packets.
  6. Fruit salad – One of my favorite healthy meals for under $5 is taking all the leftover fruit in the fridge and mixing it together to create a fruit salad. Sometimes I add a bit of yogurt on top. Yum!
  7. Veggie omelet – A dozen eggs can be bought for a little over $2. Make a yummy veggie omelet to feed your family a healthy meal for under $5.
  8. Sausage and Eggs – Keep breakfast simple by making sausage and eggs for your breakfast of choice. My family never complains about this meal.
  9. Homemade banana muffins – If you have old bananas in your possession, make some muffins out of them. A simple breakfast that will save you money! These are my most favourite Banana Chocolate Chip muffins.

These 9 healthy breakfast ideas for under $5 will help you stay on budget and keep you feeling great all day long. It’s easy to swing through the drive thru and get caught up in a $20 breakfast for the family. But instead, it’s just as easy to make your own breakfast at home for $5 (and stay in your pajamas!).

What healthy breakfast ideas do you have for under $5?

Amazon.ca: Instant Pot 7 in 1 Cooking Pot only $99.99!! (Prime Day Deal)

instant pot

Now here’s a deal on the Instant Pot!  Get the Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Programmable Cooking Pot for just $99.99 from Amazon.ca! (reg. $179.99). Here are some details:

  • 8 Qt/ 1200W, 7-In-1 multi-functional cooker: pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, sauté/browning pan, yogurt maker, steamer & warmer
  • Large control panel with 14 built-in smart programs (Soup, Meat/Stew, Bean/Chili, Poultry, Sauté, Steam, Rice, Porridge, Multigrain, Slow Cook, Keep-Warm, Yogurt, Pasteurize and Fermented Rice (Jiu Niang)), dual pressure, auto keep-warm, and 3 temperatures for sauté and slow cook
  • Delay cooking time up to 24-hours; manual setting up to 240 minutes of cook time
  • UL and ULC certified with 10 proven safety mechanisms; Highly energy efficient and kitchen friendly
  • 3-ply bottom stainless steel inner cooking pot, steam rack with handle; Manual, recipes and cooking time table in English, Spanish, Chinese and French

Shop online at Amazon.ca now.

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Links Worth Sharing: Week of July 8, 2017

Well hello everyone!

It’s hard to believe that it’s already been one week since my summer ‘break’ from Simply Frugal has started! It’s been a busy week of course and I’m actually wondering how I had time to post so regularly in the first place. 🙂 We started out the week by getting over summer colds (ugh) and starting swimming lessons for my oldest. During the summer months, our local pool offers two weeks of lessons daily Monday – Friday. I have a love hate relationship with this. It’s great because my daughter grows so much with having daily lessons, but I don’t like that most of our day revolves around being at the pool. Oh well!

On Tuesday after lessons, we took a two hour drive out to a campground some friends were staying at. We spent the day cooling off in the lake, eating great food, playing with friends and learning to fish. It was a great day!

I’m trying to get healthy high fat foods into my youngest so I was intrigued with the idea of Chocolate Hummus that I found on Pinterest. I whipped up a batch in my food processor and it was a hit! The girls loved it and so did I!

Here’s how I made Chocolate Hummus:

– one can of rinsed chick peas
– about 4 TBSP of real maple syrup
– 4 TBSP of cocoa powder
– 1/2 tsp vanilla
– 1/4 tsp salt (because my chick peas had no added salt)
– 3 TBSP water (use more or less to achieve the consistency that you like)

Then I blended it all together in a food processor. Easy peasy! We ate it with sliced apples.

Now, on with the links! Here are the interesting links I came across on my travels around the web this week!  Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Here’s what you may have missed from Simply Frugal:

How to Make an Inexpensive Healthy Meal Plan

Are you trying to ensure your family is eating healthy? A meal plan is the best way to plan your meals and keep everything as healthy as possible. Many people can attest to the fact that healthy meals can seem way more expensive to make than regular meals. Today, I’d love to show you how to make an inexpensive healthy meal plan.

How to Make an Inexpensive Healthy Meal Plan

How to make a healthy meal plan

 

Buy or make a cheap calendar

First of all, the best plan of action is to write your meal plan down. It’s nearly impossible to stick with a plan unless it’s written down. I like to use a traditional calendar to write out what we will have for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Once you have a place to write down what you will make, you can move on to the next step.

Make a list of healthy foods your family likes

I have learned (by trial and error :)) that you will save money by buying what you know your family will eat. If your family loves bananas, apples and carrots, then spend your money buying those delicious fruits and vegetables. You can always try adding one new fruit or vegetable a week in small quantities.

Create a list of healthy meals that are inexpensive

The only way to create an inexpensive healthy meal plan is to make a list. Make a list of all the healthy meals you can think of that keep you on a budget. You may want to put google or Pinterest to use helping you find ideas. I also really like Budget Bytes for recipes! In my household, we try to stick to a main dish, veggie side, and rice/potato side. This helps keep things on budget and simple. For example, barbecued chicken with a side of mixed veggies and baked potato.

Make a shopping list

When you are meal planning healthy meals, you need a shopping list. You don’t want to forget what you need to buy and it helps keep you accountable to eat the healthy meals that you’re planning. A shopping list will help you save your sanity. Write a note in your phone or jot it down on a piece of paper. Depending on the store you shop at, you can even make a shopping list in the store app.

Stay on budget

When you’re planning an inexpensive healthy meal, try to stay on budget. You can do the math of what a meal will cost before you even head to the store. This will help you know how much you need to spend before you even spend it. For example, chicken is $3.99 a pound and you need 3 pounds to make this week’s meals. That’s rounded to $12, which can make about 2 meals for a family of 4.

There you have it, the steps to making an inexpensive healthy meal plan for your family. Take your time, create a budget, and plan each meal out. The most important part is sticking to the meal plan that you took the time to create.

If you really struggle with the idea of creating a meal plan, try out $5 Meal Plan. It happens to be my favorite meal planning service. It’s just $5 a month (the first two weeks are free!), and you get menu plans sent straight to your email along with the exact shopping list you need in order to create the meals. Each meal costs around $2 per person or less. This service allows you to save time because you won’t have to meal plan anymore, and it will save you money as well! If you are interested in joining for free, click here.

Do you have any tips to add? Let me know all your inexpensive meal plan secrets in the comments below!

Links Worth Sharing: Week of July 1, 2017

Happy Canada Day! How/where will you be celebrating?

Well, I’m about to embark on my two month hiatus. I’m not quite sure how I’m feeling. Excited for all the time I’ll spend with my family and all the projects I will be able to finish. Yet, daily posting has been such a huge part of my life for the last 8 years that I’m not quite sure if I’ll know what to do with myself! It’s silly really. 🙂

Anyways, here are the interesting links I came across on my travels around the web this week!  Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Here are some things you may have missed from Simply Frugal this week:

Old Navy: Tees for the Family only $4 (Today Only)

Today only, tees for the family are only $4.00 from Old Navy Canada! They’ve got a great selection for everyone!

Shop online at Old Navy Canada here.

Offer valid June 30, 2017 only.

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New Printable Oka Cheese Coupon

To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, Oka Cheese has a printable coupon for 150¢ off the purchase of any OKA Cheese!

Print your Oka Cheese coupon here.

Coupon expires October 1, 2017.

Crocs Canada: Save 35% Off Sitewide

Currently, Crocs.ca is offering 25% off sitewide, but I’ve got a coupon code that will save you 35% off sitewide!

Use coupon code: 35OFF
Expires: July 6, 2017

Shop online at Crocs Canada now.

Shipping is free on orders of $49.99 or more.

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The Home Depot Kids Workshop: Build a Bug House

In July, kids can build a Bug House during The Home Depot’s free kids workshop! Here are the details:

  • Saturday, July 8, 2017 – 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Kids will learn how to build a bug house with easy to follow step-by-step instructions.
  • Once the project is complete, your child can personalize their bug house with paint.
  • All kids get to keep their project and receive a FREE certificate of achievement and a commemorative pin while supplies last.
  • Hands-on Workshops designed for children ages 5 – 12

Find the details here.