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Moving Smarter in the Money World

March 21st, 2018 at 09:04 am

I found a bonus offer for a checking acount that requires NO direct deposit of other funds to be bonus eligible. It's thru 5/3 and will pay $200 after a $500 balance is maintaind for 60 days. I can do that. I am doing the bare minimum since I already put some of the EF in a share certificate with a Christian credit union and given the uncertainty of our situation (though unemployment is certain and date certified).

I am also allotting $15 the week of the 19th and the 26th to begin for the April grocery challenge. There are some pretty good prices this week: 4# of sugar ($.97), canned beans ($.50), cake mix ($.80), and canned pineapple ($.80).

I'm also using a gift card to a more upscale grocery store for my ham. Spiral cut is $1.37/#. I got the gift card for transferring an Rx to their pharmacy. Not sure how many will be coming to Easter Brunch this year, so depending on what I have left over, I may go with a bottle of wine or Fannie May mint meltaways as a splurge.

I appreciate all of the suggestions for meal ideas for April. I've compiled an excel spreadsheet and have decided to keep it fun. I'm looking forward to trying some of these recipes. I think a good attitude will be key to the success of this experiment.

Spring Break is next week and since we don't want to break the bank, I'm coming up with some ideas. I have saved some money and have looked on Groupon. I think it might be fun to do a family outing to an escape room. There is one for 6 people for $58. That is what it would cost to bowl or roller skate. We also go to the Garfield Park Conservatory (a wonderful place under the Chicago Park District, and it is free!) and color eggs and go to the Easter Vigil. We also go to the Morton Arboretum with my parents and they take us out for lunch.

I've also started a list of movies for a Family Movie Night. The first is Angels and Demons (my older son really liked the Davinci Code - watched it with him on Monday when he was sick).

So here is what is happening at Easter Brunch:

Sprial cut ham; cornbread casserole; green bean casserole; crockpot mashed potatoes; jello salad. Dessert: Cake Pops and maybe Fannie May meltaways

What's on your menu for your Spring celebrations? (maybe there are Passover celebraters here?)

What traditions do you have?

Aside from the trip to the flower house, coloring eggs, attending Easter Vigil, we also watch "Easter Parade". Sometimes "Brigadoon"

9 Responses to “Moving Smarter in the Money World”

  1. CB in the City Says:

    I've never been to Garfield Park Conservatory, but I'd like to. I know it's in kind of a rough neighborhood. Do you drive there and park? Or do you take public transit?

  2. Laura Says:

    It’s free parking right on the property. We drive. I don’t mind Garfield Park -Lawndale in the middle of the day. My friend pastors a church there which used to be Catholic and is now Missionary Baptist.

  3. Carol Says:

    I think " keep it fun" is the right attitude. I bet you could make some kind of game out of trying new recipes and deciding which are worthy of regular rotation. You don't even have to mention that they are intended to be frugal.

  4. LuckyRobin Says:

    We don't do much in the way of celebrations anymore in the spring. We are Christians but we celebrate Passover, not Easter. Easter has too many pagan influences for us, rabbits and eggs being symbols of their fertility rites and Easter being named after the goddess Ishtar, a fertility goddess. So we removed our celebration to Passover, which includes the celebration of the actual Passover and the return from the dead of Jesus. We will have a lamb roast of some sort, I'll have to check what is in the freezer, probably baked potatoes, and green beans and have a nice family day. We'll read the stories and probably play board games for the rest of the day and go for a walk. We haven't done Spring Break in years, since we home school.

  5. Rose. Says:

    We loved trying the Escape Room. It was fun to work as a group and figure it out. Groupon is great for finding cheap outings.

    As for Easter, we do ham, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese and usually some other vegetable.

  6. Wife of the Deacon Says:


    @ Lucky Robin. I went and read about the Pagan origins of Easter and I have to thank you for your post. I've studied the Old Testament (the Minor Prophets) and learned all about Baal and Asherah. Never really looked into the origins of those, but definitely always wondered. Now I know: Nimrod was elevated to a demi-god status by his wife after his death and that was the origin of Baal. Wow!

  7. Jenn Says:

    LR, i share your view and not many Christians do! Our Protestant church used to have a Passover service during Holy Week but they aren't doing it this year unfortunately. I hope it's not a permanent decision.

    We do have an egg hunt with the kids, but we don't position it as a spiritual activity at all. It's just a seasonal game.

  8. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    My church will have something called "Journey to the Cross" and I'm helping out with costumes. Otherwise we're (dh and I ) aren't really doing anything.

    Growing up my mom and dad would do Easter egg hunts - as we got older it became more of a treasure hunt with written clues. Once I could drive, then my mom made it where clues were at various local businesses ... she really went all out.

  9. rob62521 Says:

    For Easter we normally do ham, cheesey potatoes, green beans, cornbread, cole slaw, and some pie or cheesecake.

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