If you absolutely NEED a credit card for emergency purposes ONLY... Take a smaller size Tupperware container, fill it with water, put your credit card in it and FREEZE IT! Keep it in the freezer and when you absolutely need it you can thaw it out (or chip it out)! Believe me, by the time you work your way to the numbers, you will have reexamined the purpose for the spending!
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Head down to your local farmer's market for great deals on fresh food- fruits, veggies, meats, spices, breads, eggs, etc...I got a TON of stuff yesterday and spent only about $35 (best deal of the day- a case of blueberries for $5!) I am now spending the day cleaning, cutting up and freezing extras- that way fresh fruit is ready to go as a health snack. I try to make it down to the farmer's market every 2 weeks or so- and it's a lot of fun for my son to pick out his own stuff :)
I'm all about "Fast" food! Every Sunday I shop, and then spend about 2 hours preparing foods for the week. From BBQing chicken tenders and petit sirloins (freeze in portions and label so I don't have to weigh anything) to hardboiling a dozen eggs for snacks and quick protein, cutting broccoli and cauliflour in meal size portions, cooking/freezing portions of barley, brown rice, making my lunches for the week in ziploc "to go" paks - make possible nutritious "fast" food build your own meals!!!
Great Family Meal ideas: 1. Build Your Own (BYO) salads, use the sliced chicken or eggs for protein 2. BYO Stir fry - PAM in skillet with one of your whole grains with some soy sauce, fresh peppers and onions or other veggies, and some sliced steak or chicken 3. BYO "Rice Bowl" with leftovers
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