Today's idea is a complete no brainer: stay home! How many times do you run to the store for a couple things and end up with a cartfull of items and a deep hole in your pocketbook? So for this week I challenge you to live off what is already in your cupboards. If you have your heart set on a particular food for dinner but find you're missing an ingredient, fix something else! Take stock of what you have on hand and make up a week's worth of meal ideas using those items only. In addition to unnecessary items you'd come home with from the store you'll also save $$ on gas.
If you look in those cupboards and find that they're bare and you just can't feed your family without purchasing a couple things, write down exactly what you need and then purchase ONLY those items.
Next on my list of favorite books is the "Fablehaven" duo. We're just reading the second book, Fablehaven, Rise of the Evening Star. We love, love, love it! The third book is due out next year.
My favorite children's series. Just finished reading the sixth in the Charlie Bone series to the girls. 'Charlie Bone and the Beast' is the title. We all loved the books, and are listening to them on tape in the van.