Stretchin' Them Doll Hairz

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

So everyone knows it ain't easy being a single parent. The struggle is real! Especially when you have a deadbeat ex and you don't make a zillion dollars or anything even close. I am constantly looking for ways to make every dollar I earn go as far as humanly possible. And I am going to be the first to admit I am not that good at it on the one hand... cause I have Champs taste on a PBR budget. And it's really fucking hard to never ever have enough money when you used to always have more than enough. Or at least  large amounts of credit like everyone else to make it look like we had more than enough. Sorry... it's the sad truth of a lot of the middle class at least where I live in suburban Atlanta.

Any who I have lots of ways now that I have figured out how to save money and cut corners. And maybe it's a little dorky but I get a huge cheapskate boner when I can actually make some dinero go a little farther than typical. My favorite way to do that is with food. Specifically home made food that is pretty, healthy and delicious. We don't eat out a lot because I like to cook and I'm damn good at it. So last night I made a super yummy and completely home made meal based on an idea I stole from my BFF. I just tweaked it a little to make it a little more fancy pants cause I'm a foodie and I eat with my eyes first.

Mini Chicken Sliders with Sauteed Mushrooms & Feta

So to start I bought 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts cause they were on sale and split them so I had 6 breast halves. Slice those chicky boobies up into little medallions so you end up with about 4 pieces out of each breast half. BOOM... that's 24 cute little pieces of meat for about $7.00.  Here's about how it all shakes out...

  • Marinate those little chicken medallions in whatever you like, I did Cavender's cause I'm an addict and  Kraft Zesty Italian dressing cause who doesn't like that?
  • Saute your shrooms in whatever strikes your fancy or use onions or veggies if you are not a mushroom fan. I like mushrooms in EVOO, Worcestershire, Garlic powder and Kitchen Bouquet (my favorite secret weapon for browning things up and making them purrrrdy and if you don't know what this is look it up and you can thank me later)
  • Get some slider rolls  and slice them up
  • Crumble a little Feta... again any/ALL cheese is good cheese... blue  with a little Frank's Red Hot would be the bomb as well 
  • Put it all together and add a pickle... I always like to add a pickle... a biggin... kidding kidding kidding, not really. I have a neighbor that gives me bunches of home made pickles every year... the best. 
  • We had some strawberries with it cause one of the pluses of having no mans around is no one gives two and a half shits what we have on the side. Might be a veggie, might be a rice krispie treat. We just don't care.  
  • I froze half the chicken for later and we still have plenty of leftovers for lunch or another whole dinner tomorrow for at least a couple of us! Win.. win

So that is pretty much where all my money saving talents lie, in the kitchen and the grocery store. I know without a doubt that I can save decent amounts of money just by cooking and preparing our food and not eating out as a family. Sure....we order the occasional pizza or splurge on cheap breakfast out but that's about it.

How do you save money? Cause I am really not good at this stuff. Those extreme couponer people are like from another planet. I don't know how they do that shit. And what do they do with 50 boxes of rice a roni? Or a hundred bottles of ketchup? But seriously....  Give me all of your tips and tricks and favorite ways to cheat the man and/or work the system if ya got em... ethically of course!



  1. oh, i posted about this"

    -kathy | Vodka and Soda

  2. I need to bring lunch to work more often- I know that is where a bulk of my money goes each week :(

  3. We do the same. I am always looking for a sale. I also find it cheeper to by the chicken bottoms on the bone and split the leg from the thigh. We then have the legs one night and the thighs the next. We have been halving everything lately. I find it makes more and lasts longer. Perfect for this economy.

    1. That's a good tip. I know bone in is cheaper. I am going to give that a try too! Thanks!

  4. Oh lord. I attempted couponing... and it did not go well. As in, I can't stand to have 10 bottles of shampoo cluttering up my space. We've gone with the minimalistic approach since and it's going awesome. I don't shop at stores like Sams Club or Cosco anymore and only buy what we need. I started doing a lot of green/diy alternatives. Like using baking soda for shampoo and apple cider vinegar for conditioner or brown sugar and honey as body wash. It's a lot to get use to a first, but I'd never go back. Setting your thermostat lower, lights off when your not using them, and just things like that. Saving a little here and there adds up!

    1. Brown sugar and honey body wash??? Sign me up!! Thanks Tina, I wasn't thinking going more Green... I love that!

  5. That looks so good!

    We always check for discounted meat first, Food Lion marks their's at about 8 AM and again when the meat dept closes. We buy cheap and freeze it for later.

  6. I am all about saving money and cooking at home is seriously one the best ways to do that. I always joke with Mark when we makes a nice dinner at home and drink some wine he'll go to me "alright so how much would this meal cost us out because I know you were already thinking it". I am such a big fan of Costco....I do get a little weird out at times about bulk frozen chicken breasts but when you buy them at the grocery store holy heart attack how much money per pound they are! As you know I am all about freezing anything and everything! :-)

  7. I'm not great at saving money. Making meals at home is HUGE though, that's for sure!

  8. I made this for dinner tonight. Yummy! And so easy. Thanks for a great recipe!
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