Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Saving Money

I have a feeling most everyone is a little worried about the economy right now, so I thought maybe we could share some cost-saving tips. The most ingenious people with money has got to be women (one example: Ben thinking a Wii was a necessity, whilst I had the nerve to believe it was a want), and there are lots of women who read my blog, so if you have any tips, share on!!!

To start us off, I thought I would post the recipe at the bottom. It is a delicious pasta recipe that fed Ben and I for two dinners and then made 4-5 lunches for Ben (one of the best ways we have saved money is to try not to buy the Marie Callendar's or whatever for lunch, but instead that I would make him frozen meals that he could take to work. It has worked out pretty well so far, and saves us $10-20 a week. Instead of making 1 casserole for dinner, I will make 2, and then divide the second one into small tupperware containers and stick in the freezer for his lunches. With this reciepe, I didn't double it and it still made the 4-5 lunches just with the leftovers). So, here is our cheap and delicious recipe:

Easy Pasta Bake

1 lb ground beef
1 (30 oz) can or jar spaghetti sauce
1/2 c Parmesan cheese
5 c cooked pasta (I use a full box of penne pasta)
8 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese

Brown beef, drain. Add sauce, Parmesan cheese, and pasta. Place in a 13x9 inch baking dish and top with mozzarella cheese. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Makes 8 large servings.


  1. I found a couple blogs that have some good ideas:


  2. My hubby and I always split a meal if we eat out. And we try to eat where kids eat free if our progeny comes along!

  3. Great sites- I love the chief "family" officer. I am trying to decide if for my occupation I want to say CEO of my household, or Trophy Wife.

    I like the idea of splitting a meal- they definitely have large enough portions to do that. Ben and I started buying one large blizzard and splitting it rather than two smalls. (We like DQ a lot)