It’s Game Time! Get Ready at Walmart

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on January 29, 2010

I’ve never really been a fan of football, but I’ve always enjoyed a good party. Well, Walmart is making it easy and affordable to host a BIG GAME party next weekend. In fact, they would like help you put together some really yummy goodies for your guests. Check it out… You can purchase all of the following items for as little as $44!

  • One package of Oscar Meyer meat hot dogs (8 ct.)
  • One package of Johnsonville bratwursts (6 ct.)
  • Two packages of Great Value hot dog buns
  • Two bags of T.G.I. Friday’s frozen appetizers
  • One Hormel Supreme Party Tray
  • 12” Chocolate Chunk Cookie
  • Two boxes of Nabisco Wheat Thins or Triscuit Crackers (8-10 oz. box)

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Visit Walmart’s Game Time page for tons of great ideas on how to bring everything together for ultimate game time fun. You can even find some interactive games and party tips. You can even create your shopping list right there on the site!

Is YOUR team playing next Sunday? Who are YOU rooting for?

Let’s get ready for some footbaaaaaaall!!

Walmart provided me with two $50 Walmart gift cards for my participation in this program.

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Save Time and Money with Menu Planning

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on September 2, 2009

After a long day with the kiddos, the last thing I feel like doing is making a decision about what to eat.  I am drained, they are hungry and McDonald’s looks, and even sounds, very tempting.  But, we don’t do that quite as much now that I menu plan.

I started to menu plan to help avoid the overspending of either take-out or grocery shopping at the last minute.  It has helped us ensure we are saving our money and are eating healthier meals.  Quite honestly, I can plan better to ensure that the kids are getting items on the menu they also enjoy!  Although, they have never complained about Ronald and friends. :)

Menu Planning is simply creating a menu for your family meals.  If you are interested in 1) preventing headaches, 2) saving your money, and 3) saving your time you may want to give it a try.

Here are a few tips to help you if you are interested in Menu Planning:

What does your family eat?
What they *actually* eat.  I have a Menu Planning Recipe Box that includes the meals my family eats the most.  This is a great resource to utilize as you are creating the meal ideas for your family and will be helpful as you plan too.  Your list will help you focus energy on the meals your family enjoys.

What is on sale?
With the list of your family favorites, look at the grocery ads to find ingredients you can prepare on the cheap.  By doing this, you are getting these items at a discount.  You will probably have items in your pantry or freezer that you can use as well (stockpiling items at low, low prices is a good thing to consider).  Your menu plan will help to prevent last minute trips to the store.

How often will you Menu Plan?
I personally plan my menu by the week, but some menu plan by the month.  Just pick a frequency that works for you and start planning.  With your list of meal ideas and grocery list of menu ingredients, creating your actual menu plan will be an easy step.

Creating your Menu Plan
Keeping a written/printed menu plan is the easiest thing to do.  Each Sunday, I create and print off our Menu Plan for the upcoming week.  I pull or print required recipes.  I then clip all recipes together and hang on the fridge for quick access when I’m ready to cook.  This step helps to execute your plan.  I can quickly look at the menu plan and get meat thawing in the fridge or bring items up from our stockpile.  So, when it’s time to cook, the prep is done and I just prepare our feast!

Menu Planning helps tremendously, but sometimes life gets in the way and I don’t prepare each meal as planned.  But, at least I have a plan in place so I don’t overspend trying to pull something together on the fly.  I feel better about what I do accomplish because at least I took the time to prepare a plan.  And, knowing I saved time, money and a few headaches makes it worth it for me!

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This post was brought to you by @MommySnacks. She can be found at MommySnacks.net, where she brings you great tips on saving money and how you can have fun doing it!

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Homemade Play-Doh

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on February 18, 2009

Have you ever made Kooky Dough? This stuff will keep your kiddos occupied for quite some time on a cold winter’s day! It’s super easy to make, using only three ingredients:

* 1 cup flour
* 1/4 cup salt
* 1/2 cup water

My kiddos are able to mix it all on their own, and then they each choose a color to dye it… Fun!!

What isn’t so fun is the mess!! But hey, they have a great time and their imagination runs wild with this Kooky Dough!

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