Friday, October 5, 2012

Operation Save A Buck

I'm on a kick to save a little money. I realize that one of the easiest ways we can save money is food. I get lazy with meal planning and eat whatever sounds good and is convenient. When TJ works his side job at Richard's (his name for Dick's Sporting Goods), he sacrifices his lunch break to pick up he kids from school in the afternoon. I'm a nice wife, and I bring him deli or fast food that he can woof in down on a 10 minute break. It's not healthy, and it's EXPENSIVE! Well, duh!

Time for a new routine! I know myself enough to know that I will not get up early to pack anybody a lunch. I'm not even in the ballpark of being that motivated in the morning. So we need something easy. TJ got some frozen burritos that he can microwave at Richard's. And I ate sandwiches four days this week. Instead of making lunch ahead of time, I brought ingredients to work and assemble my sandwich in the break room. That way I only have to remember to bring ingredients about once a week. Here's a hint for you: "hint of lime" mayo doesn't have enough hint, but dill mayo is YUM.

Today I broke down and went to Subway because I had a bad experience at the doctor trying to remove my wart. I'll tell you about that soon. I'm not ready to joke about it yet.

I tried to make our evening meals at home this week, too, even if it was more sandwiches, salads, hot dogs or some other cheap, fast solution. Until last night. Because I suddenly realized what time of the year it is. It's my favorite time of the year. Sure, the leaves are pretty, and the weather has been lovely. But that's not what I'm talking about.

It's McDonald's Monopoly.

I dislike McDonald's food. And I don't gamble. I've never bought a lottery ticket and I don't spend a penny gambling when I go to Las Vegas for work. BUT, I believe in my naive, innocent heart that I have a shot at winning McDonald's Monopoly.

Last night I went through the drive through and carefully planned my order using the menu board that smartly lists which items have Monopoly plays. I maximized the plays per dollar with a #1 (on the drink and Big Mac), 3 medium pops (play, play, play) and a 20 piece McNugget (double plays, man. double plays.). I forgot to ask for a Monopoly board, so I stopped the car and made Alli run in and ask for one. After we matched up our plays, I made Alli slowly read each prize and how we were doing. We are one property away from $1 million. So it's looking good for us.

Oh, but then I crushed my own precious hope with my own curiosity. I asked Mr. Google which properties are rare. This also happens to be a list of properties that I am looking for. If you find one of these, please give it to me. I will appreciate your kindness.

Pennsylvania Ave
Ventor Ave
Kentucky Ave
Tennessee Ave
Verginia Ave
Vermont Ave
Meteranian Ave
Short Line RR


  1. Here is an easy, quick taco soup recipe:
    1 lb ground round
    1 chopped onion
    1 pkg Hidden Valley dry ranch dressing mix
    1 pkg taco seasoning mix
    1 can pinto beans & 1 can chili beans
    1 can whole kernel corn (I don't drain)
    1 can stewed & 1 can Mexican tomatoes
    Brown meat and onion, add all other ingredients and simmer for one hour or in crock pot for several hours. Good with a little cheese on top or with corn chips or corn bread. I am making it today and house smells wonderful. PSST: This is Weight Watchers recipe but don't tell anyone!

  2. forgot to tell you that I usually use 1.5 lbs of ground beef.

  3. That sounds really great, Aunt B! I'm putting it on the menu!

  4. Totally with you on the Monopoly game - already won a braekfast sandwich (which doesn't include McMuffins....what?).
    And Grandpa H would be proud of you for not gambling! :)