Frugal Eats Crockpot Chicken Breast


This meal is based on the Harris Teeter sales ad HERE and is an incredibly simple but delicious meal that definitely won’t break your budget!  Thanks to Mom on Dealz for sharing (we don’t have HT near us but the recipe still sounds delish!)
Ingredients:
**HT Chicken Breast $0.97/lb X4=$3.88
**Biltmore Italian Herb Vinaigrette Dressing $1.99
-$0.75 coupon from SS 4/17
Final=$0.49
**Birds Eye Steamfresh Brown and Wild Rice With Broccoli and Carrots
-$0.50/2 coupon from SS 3/20
Final=$1.79 each (we use 1 for the meal)
Final Cost=$6.16
Directions:
1. Lay chicken in crockpot and pour entire bottle of dressing over the chicken.
2. Cook on low for 6 hours or high 3-4 until chicken is cooked through.
3. Prepare Steamfresh veggies as directed. Enjoy!

Kids Frugal Fun- Mother’s Day

Thanks to Mom on Dealz for sharing!
Each week I bring you a craft you can create with your child that is both frugal and educational. This week I want to focus on Mother’s Day crafts. You may be thinking, “I don’t want to create my own gift!”. If this is how you feel, pass the directions onto your husband or another adult. I personally think it makes the gift even more special if you help your child create it because now you not only have a gift, but every time you look at you will remember the experience of helping them make the gift.
There are so many gifts for Mother’s Day on the internet and in books; I have tried to pick a couple of the most frugal ones that allow you to use materials around the house.
Recipe Card Holder
Materials:
Small envelope box
Wrapping paper, brown paper bag, or construction paper
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Frugal Eats- Ham

Thanks to Mom on Dealz for this recipe (even if I don’t have Harris Teeter anywhere near CT!!)

I thought with Easter this weekend, it made the most sense to make a dinner in honor of this special holiday. These prices are based on this week’s ad at Harris Teeter. I am assuming you have brown sugar, honey, and mustard on hand so they are not included in the price. This meal should feed a family of 4.

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Kids Frugal Fun – Earth Day edition

Thanks once again to Mom on Dealz for bringing us Kids Frugal Fun each week!

Each week I bring you crafts to do with your child that are both frugal and educational. With Earth Day this week, I thought it would be appropriate to have that as a theme.

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Kids Frugal Fun

Here’s this week’s Kids Frugal Fun from Mom on Dealz!

Each week I bring you a craft or activity to do with your child that is educational and frugal! This week’s idea was submitted by Madame Deals do directions will be given for her particular project.

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Ask an Accountant


As we all know, it’s that dreaded time of the year-Tax time! In honor of tax season, I have a new series called “Ask An Accountant”. Send in your tax questions each week to momondeals@yahoo.com and I will post the question and give an answer from an experienced accountant
Question:
How do I determine the amount of office space to use for a write off?
Answer:
A home office is defined by IRS guidelines as “any area of your home used exclusively for business”. This means, it cannot serve any other purpose other than business use. If an area of you home qualifies, the easiest way to determine the area is to estimate the suare footage of the business area of the home as a percentage of the entire square footage of the home.
This is reported on Form 8829, then you are able to apply that percentage to mortgage interest, real estate taxes, hazard insurance, repairs, and utilities and get a better deduction than you would normally get from those items on schedule A. The remaining percentage of the mortgage interest & real estate tax then goes on the appropriate line on Schedule A.
Here is an example: Your home is 1,000 sqaure feet and your home office is 100 square feet. Therefore your business percentage is 10%. You would then apply the 10% to your mortgage interest, real estate taxes, hazard insurance, repairs, and utilities. Your remaining percentage of mortgage interest and real estate tax would be 90% and would go on your scedule A.
*Please keep in mind this post is for informational purposes only and answers given are very general. Many things depend on individual circumstances. Please contact your personal accountant or financial advisor for your particular situation.

photo credit: austinpost.org

Thanks, Mom on Dealz

Frugal Eats- Crockpot Rosemary Chicken

This recipe is based on Harris Teeter’s sales ad this week.
Ingredients:
3 lbs Harris Teeter Chicken Leg Quarters $1.41
Green Giant Green Beans $0.60
1 cup of Harris Teeter Chicken broth $0.95
Rosemary (assume spice on hand)
2 teaspoons Balsamic Vinegar (assume you have on hand)
Garlic and pepper to taste (assume you have on hand)
Total for meal: $2.96
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Kids Frugal Fun- Play Store


Each week I bring you a craft/activity that is both educational and frugal. Last week’s focus was on making change and I received some requests for more money crafts. Enjoy!
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Ask an Accountant


As we all know, it’s that dreaded time of the year-Tax time! In honor of tax season, I have a new series called “Ask An Accountant”. Send in your tax questions each week to momondeals@yahoo.com and I will post the question and give an answer from an experienced accountant.
Question:
How I want to handle my rollover..In 2010 I rolled over all the money from my IRA (which started out as a 401K )to a Roth IRA. Do I want to split the taxable amount between 2011 & 2012 or do I want put in the whole taxable amount this year & take the tax hit all this year?
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Kids Frugal Fun

If you’re the parent of a school-aged child, you know that a major skill most children struggle with is learning how to make change. This is also a challenge for some teachers to teach. When I was teaching 2nd grade I came up with a game that really helped my children understand a little better.
Children love to engage in dramatic play/games and I tried my hardest to allow them to do this during center time in the classroom. Games and role playing are huge learning tools! When I first began teaching I also waited tables at night at our local Applebee’s (further evidence that teachers are not paid enough). My students were aware of my second job and were always very interested about it. I thought I would take advantage of this interest and use it to grab their attention, hence my Dining Out game was invented.
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