#47 Meal Plan Monday 2017

Last week was a difficult one. Sadly we lost my husbands step-mother, Marilyn. My husband has been up in Brisbane over the weekend with his Dad, and it’s been tough on all of us. I’ve put together this meal plan but to be honest I don’t know what this week holds for us and it might all go to custard.

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Monday – Beef Ravioli
Tuesday – Mexican Lasagna
Wednesday – Teriyaki Chicken
Thursday – Curried Sausages
Friday – Pizza Party Friday Night
Saturday – Red wine and garlic beef
Sunday – Honey Soy Chicken

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#46 Meal Plan Monday 2017

So our first go at Porkchop cooking dinner last week didn’t get off to a great start. He had school swimming last week and came home pretty wrecked so asked if I could help him, which was totally fine. He’s keen to give it another go this week though and has decided to try cooking nachos. Yum!

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Monday – Nachos
Tuesday – Chicken Rissoles
Wednesday – Corned Beef with White Sauce
Thursday – Meat Piklets
Friday – Pizza Party Friday Night
Saturday – Lamb chops
Sunday – Chicken Schnitzel

What’s on your menu this week? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.

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How to Use Swagbucks

I wrote about using Swagbucks to make a little money before Christmas a few weeks ago but sometimes it can be difficult to know where to start with these types of things, so this week I thought I would share how to use Swagbucks to get the most out of it.

How to use swagbucksWhat is Swagbucks?
Swagbucks is an awesome site that offers rewards for doing simple activities online, some of which you probably already do. In exchange for doing these activities, you receive “points” that are referred to as Swagbucks (SB). You can then exchange these SBs for your choice of reward.

How to Sign Up

Signing up to Swagbucks is super easy. Just pop over to the their website and enter your details. If you join using that link we will both receive a bonus 500 Swagbucks, which equals $5 in rewards.

Ways to Earn Swagbucks

  1. Complete your TO DO LIST daily.
  2. Answer the DAILY POLL.
  3. SEARCH – There are usually 4 opportunities throughout the day to earn SB. Don’t search too quickly though, you will get a message to slowdown and you won’t earn any SB through searching again for the day.swagbucks-share-1470-v2
  4. WATCH videos from a variety of playlists each day.
  5. DISCOVER offers a number of ways to earn Swagbucks. Radium offer videos are my favourite.
  6. ANSWER questions and complete surveys.
  7. DEAL OF THE DAY, is super easy, just simply click the link!
  8. Keep your eye out for the daily SWAGCODE posted on the Swagbucks Facebook page.
  9. iSPY Search offers 4 chances to find a Swagbucks code on Twitter every Wednesday.
  10. PLAY can earn you up to 10SB per day by playing a number of fun games.
  11. WATCH videos on the Swagbucks app. Again this is limited to 10SB per day.
  12. Install the SWAG BUTTON to be notified of any bonuses and cashbacks on offer when shopping online.
  13. If you meet your DAILY GOAL for 7 days straight, you will earn 25SB. If you reach it for 14 days, 100SB, 21 days, 200 SB. If you achieve your daily goal every How to Swagbucksday of the month you will receive 300 SB. These bonuses are paid at the start of the following month.
  14. REFER a friend to Swagbucks and receive a bonus 300SB.

 Cash Out your Swagbucks for Rewards. 

Turning your Swagbucks into rewards is super easy. Click on “Redeem your SB” on the Swagbucks homepage and then choose your preferred gift card. My favourite option is the PayPal gift cards because I can spend it anywhere. Once you’ve selected your reward, verify your account and details, and that’s it. Your reward will be on its way. It is that simple.

If you’re not already signed up, click here to join and start putting cash back in your wallet with Swagbucks.

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# 45 Meal Plan Monday 2017

This week we are starting something new in our house. Porkchop has asked if he can be start cooking dinner one night a week. I’m all for delegating dinner duties, so we’re going to try him being in charge of dinner on Monday nights.
This week he has chosen sausages, and I can’t wait to see how he goes. I am sure he will do fine with the actual cooking, but I can see it becoming a chore sooner rather than later. If that’s the case, we may have to cut back to once a fortnight, or even once a month. At the moment he loves cooking and helps me with dinner most nights, but as he’s only 10 I don’t expect him to be cooking dinner for the family regularly, so I’m okay with it if he doesn’t want to keep up with it.  I will keep you updated. Do your kids cook dinner?

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Monday – Sausages
Tuesday – Chicken Enchiladas
Wednesday – Spaghetti
Thursday – Satay Chicken
Friday – Pizza Party Friday Night
Saturday – Fish and Chips
Sunday – Chicken Kiev

What’s on your menu this week? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.

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5 Ways to Save on your Wedding

Weddings can be expensive. Ridiculously expensive.  This weekend my husband and I are celebrating our first wedding anniversary, so I thought it would be a great time to share some suggestions for how to save money on your big day.

  1. Wedding Dress 5 Ways to Save on your Wedding (2)We all know the biggest choice to make when it comes to a wedding is the dress (well maybe your partner, but the dress is a close second!). My advice is don’t feel you have to wear a proper wedding dress. Instead of a dress, I actually wore a beautiful tutu and lace top on my wedding day. I felt like a Princess, no-one knew I wasn’t wearing a “wedding dress” and it actually cost less than my husbands suit!
  2. Groom’s suit  –  Shop around and buy on sale if you can. My husband wanted to wear a simple black suit so we looked online at all his options (I say we but I really mean me, he only saw my top choices), until he found one he liked. Then we (again mostly me) weighed up renting versus buying. Renting seemed like the more affordable option, until the suit came on sale for 40% off. In the end, we purchased it for about the same price hiring it would have cost, and  my husband now has a black suit for any future formal occasionsHow to save money on your weddinging.
  3. Flowers  – Buy fake and DIY. We actually saved on our wedding flowers in two ways. The first was I bought beautiful fake roses online for mine and my bridesmaids bouquets which saved as quite a bit.  Secondly, we grew and decorated our centre pieces ourselves, well with some help from my Pop. The few days I was left in charge of them I actually almost killed them. But thankfully on the day, we had beautiful pots of white and purple flowers everywhere. Thanks Pop.
  4. Transport  Is it something you need? We had our ceremony and reception at the same venue so transport was something we decided to skip. I had my Dad drive me to the Church in his car which was lovely, as it gave us some time alone before he walked me down the aisle. Then at the end of the day, my husband and I drove away in our car. It seemed fitting really.
  5. ReceptionSaving on your wedding Think outside the box. I knew pretty early on in our wedding planning I didn’t want a traditional sit down dinner for our reception, although my husband did take some convincing. In the end, we decided to have afternoon tea in the Church Hall, which worked out a lot cheaper and was much more our style. Instead of just going with what you think a wedding reception should be, think about what you and your partner would enjoy. Maybe a buffet, or a pig on a spit. Perhaps just simple canapes, or a picnic. The ideas are endless, so choose something that will make you happy.

I know weddings are an exciting time but I think it’s important to keep in mind that it’s just one day. So long as by the end of it you and your partner are married, the day is a success, no matter what else happens.

Are you engaged at the moment and have any more suggestions? Or if you are already married, how did you save money on your big day? I’d love to hear about your plans and weddings in the comments below.

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