Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Twofer Tuesday

Twofer Tuesday is where I post two thoughts for the day.

Like many people, I have been making a real effort to save money this year. That is a big part of why I made two of my New Year's Resolutions. One was to use my slow cooker at least once a week and the other is to take my lunch to work at least three times a week. I am doing really well on both of these resolutions and I am amazed at how much money I have "left over" at the end of the week. With my slow cooker meals, I usually have leftovers that allow me to take something yummy for my lunch. Tonight, I put the fixings for Spicy Black Bean Chili together so it can cook tomorrow while we are all out of the house. It is a vegetarian recipe that my son picked out. Later this week, I have a chicken curry dish my husband requested and a roast with onion gravy planned. Keep your fingers crossed as the veggie chili and curry dish are both new recipes. We sat down and planned our menus for this week and made a shopping list this weekend. I know, I know. I should have been doing that. Anyway, I was stunned at the checkout. My weekly grocery bill was significantly cheaper than usual since I basically just bought what was on list and cut out a lot of impulse purchases. I didn't realize this would happen but it certainly put a smile on my face!

I love reality tv and I also love HGTV so the design competition shows are my cup of tea! I have watched each season of Design Star and I caught the first two episodes of Design Intern. However, when I tuned in for the third episode, it wasn't on. Hmmmm. I went onto the HGTV website a few days later and checked the time. It is supposed to be on Saturday nights at 10:00 pm according to their site. However, this past Saturday, it was House Hunters at 10:00 pm. What is up with that? If they start a reality show, they need to finish it! Seriously. It is so not fair to leave people wondering who won and who got cut.

That is it for today! Have a great Tuesday.

Here's to quick posts.


  1. All the networks have had a very fractured season - reruns during the weeks around the holidays...days when folks are spending less and staying home more, and it's reruns.

    Bigger minds than mine...

    My husband is the family bargain shopper. He clips coupons, and circles all the items from the grocery sale ads. And he buys stuff in bulk when the price is right - yeah, at one point, we had 17 boxes of cake mix and/or brownie mix on the kitchen counter.

  2. There's not a bargain hunter in this house. Just a lot of spenders and money-complainers. But we seem to be happy. I think.

  3. I like that you have trimmed your grocery bill with the crockpot and taking lunches. And lists really do work, if you take them with you! Mine is usually sitting on the desk after I make it and go to the store!
    It's encouraging to know that what you are doing works!
    Love me some HGTV, but I never remember what is on and when!

  4. i would be lost without my crockpot! LOST!

  5. Crockpot is on my list of things to get ... black bean chili sounds awesome!