90-Day Budget Boot Camp – Challenge #8 Wrap-Up & Winner

by Beth Montgomery on August 25, 2010 · 1 comment

in Contests, Tips & Basics

This is Challenge #8 sponsored by Staples, in the 90-Day Budget Boot Camp. If you’re new, find out how you can join to kick your own budget’s butt!

Our 8th challenge was to make an extra meal and freeze it!

Personally, this is one of my favorite tricks, since knowing I have a back-up meal in the freezer stops me from calling my husband and begging him to pick-up food on the way home or heading to a restaurant on long days when I don’t feel like cooking.   However, it also saves money on my budget, since I can use those meals to cut down on what I need for the week.

But, how did our challengers do? Read on to find out and check out their sites for full details! And don’t forget to link-up your own wrap-ups!

- – Alli ‘n Son – -

Alli has been making meals and freezing them already, so she was relieved to get an easier challenge this week.   Does it take extra time? Alli says it depends on what you’re making.

Quote from Alli ‘n Son -
“Freezing works for me for a few reasons. Some days, I just don’t want to cook. We arrived home later than planned, and there’s no time to get the nights meal ready. Or maybe we need to cut back on groceries one week, eating from the freezer is a great way to do this.

Read more about what Alli likes to freeze and her tips!

- – Better in Bulk – -

Laura is feeling proud that she used over $30 in coupons this week and got back a $10 certificate for a FREE gift card!   She feels couponing is getting easier for her.   She taught a class on freezer cooking, so for her, this week’s challenge was a cinch.

Quote from Better in Bulk –
“There are several ways to tackle freezer meals, but the concept is the same: Prepare your food when you have the time so that you will have the food ready when you don’t have the time. Brilliant, isn’t it?

Find out about Laura’s great shopping trip and see the picture of her bounty!   Plus see what she made and get her tips for freezer cooking.

- – The Good-Son Family Journey – -

Mitzi’s coupon collection is growing, so she hopes to   accomplish something she can brag about when she sees prices dropping in her Grocery Price Book.   She loves having frozen home cooked meals on hand, so enjoyed this challenge.

Quote from The Good Son Family Journey –
“I always said that I was going to start doing that again so thanks to this challenge I am finally doing it.   This is not only going to help make sure that Brayden, Lance & I all get a home cooked meal but it is also going to help cut back on  buying Brayden “filler” meals as I like to call them!

Find out what Mitzi made this week to freeze!

- – Rudy Family Rukus – -

Brandi accomplished this week’s challenge and went a step further!   She did make a large batch of one dinner and froze half of it, but she also formed a neighborhood freezer meal group.   Personally, I’m jealous.   I can’t seem to find others who are crazy enough to freezer cook like me and want to swap!

Quote from Rudy Family Rukus –
“I took this challenge one step further and joined a with a group of women in my neighborhood and formed a freezer meal group.  We are having a meeting this week and we will start doing freezer meals the first of September.  I can’t wait to see the $$$$$ (savings).

Find out everything Brandie made and see how her Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting turned out!

- – Giveaway Winner – -

And the winner, chosen randomly through Random.org, of the $50 Staples Gift Card is –

Debbie (twoofakind12@…)

- – Wrap-Up Link-Up – -

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