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Let’s Plan Some Meals (+ A Whole Slew of Meal Planning Templates!)

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meal planning templates If you follow me on Instagram you know that I’ve been having a major sweet-tooth lately. There’s something about cold weather and baking that I just love! While I would eat brownies for breakfast everyday I try to resist the urge and instead I’ve been making this amazing blueberry, banana, cinnamon, and walnut baked oatmeal. Also, while I am definitely not even close to being a “foodie” I have been trying to get more into cooking actual meals and not resorting to my go-to’s: eggs and toast, a bowl of cereal, or just eating the other random foods I find in my cupboards.

I’ve found that if I actually make plans on what to eat I not only save money at the grocery store but I make way more creative and healthy meals. I’ve acquired a nice collection of cookbooks (most of which have been given to me as gifts) so a couple of days ago I pulled them all out went through them with a pad of little sticky notes and marked which ones look both tasty and like I might be able to pull off.

I looked for recipes that had common, everyday ingredients. If a recipe called for something exotic (to me) like: farro, pepitas, tarragon or harissa then they were no longer an option. I hate buying uncommon ingredients for recipes and then only using them once, twice, or never again. It just bugs me too much to waste food and money like that. Read More »

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in Food & Recipes, How To
My Master Plan to be Dubbed ‘Best Valentine Ever’ Without Spending a Cent!

anna newell jones

anna newell jones

Aaron, if you’re reading this then close the window because, well, Spoiler Alert.

Every year I try to think up something thoughtful and loving to give my husband for Valentine’s Day, and this year is no different. Last month, a friend was telling me about what she was going to do for her and her husband’s anniversary, and this is what she did: she wrote out what she loved about her husband and then she posted it to Facebook for all to see. I think that’s pretty much the perfect gift, because, really, who doesn’t love hearing what’s great about themselves? What makes this even better is that it doesn’t cost anything!

So, that’s what I’m going to do. I’ve been thinking about all the things I love about my husband… like how he waters the plants every Saturday, how he calls his parents every Sunday, how he wakes up to give the baby his late night feeding on the weekends, how he is really into cleaning and I’m not, how he loves how I fry eggs, how he’s become a very handy man, and how we get hooked on shows and then binge watch them all together. These are the types of things I’m going to write out. I’ll write a long list, we’ll order a pizza from our favorite place and then, I’ll read every last thing that I love about him, to him.

Then, I’ll earn the title of Best Valentine Ever and that will be that. Do you have any master plans up your sleeve? xo, Anna

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in How To, Personal, Practical Solutions
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    Hi, I'm Anna! I paid off close to 24k in debt in only 15 months & it completely changed my life! I want you to have a debt-free life too so here you'll be able to read all about: How to do a Spending Fast®, saving & making more money, DIY's, & a lot about living awesomely with less. Let's do this!

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