The Best Crock Pot Shredded Beef Tacos

Crock Pot Shredded Beef TacosThis is an easy crock pot shredded beef tacos recipe that has a delicious flavor. Put it in the crock pot in about 5 minutes in the morning and you don’t have to worry about it until it’s time for dinner.


This past summer, we had a family reunion in Washington. All of the families were assigned to make dinner on one of the nights while we were up there. My sister-in-law made these crock pot shredded beef tacos, and they were absolutely flavorful and delicious!

Everyone kept going back for seconds and thirds because they were so good. I’ve made these a few times now for my family, and we just love them.

I’m all about easy dinners, and this is a quick shredded beef tacos recipe that doesn’t take very long to combine the sauce to pour over the roast in the crock pot. It took me about 5 minutes mix the ingredients for the sauce and pour it over the roast.

I love to add lots of toppings to these tacos. Some of my favorites are fresh tomatoes, diced onions, and a lime that you squeeze the juice on top of the shredded beef. Another one of the many toppings we put on the tacos is this Herdez Guacamole Salsa. It’s a favorite topping that adds flavor and little bit of heat to the crock pot shredded beef tacos.

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20 Easy Weeknight Dinners for the Family

20 Easy Weeknight Dinners for the FamilyThese recipes are easy weeknight dinners for the family that will save you time and money.


With school coming up quickly, that also means our busy schedules will begin again. Soon our nights will be filled with running kids back and forth between extracurricular activities and helping them complete homework assignments, while keeping all the household duties running smoothly.

With all of that going on, deciding what to make for dinner might be the last thing on our mind, and finding time to do it can be challenging. That is why I want to share with you 20 cheap and quick family meals on a budget. These recipes are easy weeknight dinners for the family that will save you time and money.

All these recipes are delicious and easy meals for busy moms and don’t take a lot of time. My family also loves these meals. And they are recipes I regularly add to my weekly meal plans. I hope you enjoy these family dinner menu ideas.


One Pan Garlic Parmesan Pasta

One Pan Garlic Parmesan Pasta – This has a delicious creamy sauce and it’s an easy recipe. Just place all the ingredients into a pot after you saute the garlic, and then let it simmer for 20 minutes until done.




Crock Pot Ranch Chicken Tacos

Slow Cooker Ranch Chicken Tacos – The slow cooker ranch chicken tacos are an easy meal to make on a busy night. It only takes about 5 minutes to put the ingredients in the crock pot for dinner.

Time-Saving Tip: Take frozen chicken out of the freezer and place it directly into the crock pot. No need to thaw the chicken beforehand.




Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli

Slow Cooker Beef & Broccoli – It takes about 10 minutes to cut the meat, combine the ingredients for the sauce and put it all in the crock pot. After it’s cooked all day and you are ready to eat dinner, just thicken the sauce with cornstarch, quickly steam the broccoli and cook the rice.

Time-Saving Tip: Something I invested in is a rice cooker. It makes cooking rice so convenient. Once you add the rice and water to the cooker and push the cook button, you don’t have to watch it or worry about it. And it will keep the rice warm until you are ready for dinner.




Three-Bean Chili

Three-Bean Chili – This is one of my favorite chili recipes to throw together at the last minute. Place Fritos or tortilla chips crumbled on the top to add to the delicious taste of the chili.

Time-Saving Tip: Keep cooked ground beef in the freezer that you can pull out, thaw, and use for this recipe.




Crock Pot Chicken and Gravy

Crock Pot Chicken and Gravy – Place all the ingredients in your crock pot in the morning. Right before dinner all that’s left to do is quickly shred the chicken and stir in sour cream. It’s then ready to serve over rice, potatoes or noodles.

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How to Save 70%-90% on Kids Clothes

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Best place to buy kids clothes

Can you believe it? It’s already time to start thinking about and shopping for back-to-school clothing for your kids!

I don’t know about you, but I feel that my children grow so fast. I’m constantly needing to purchase clothes for them as they outgrow their old clothes. But the cost to purchase a new wardrobe for my three children really adds up.

So I was happy to hear about Kids on 45th, an online children’s clothing site that sells nearly-new and used kids clothes online in sizes newborn to preteen/teen (14/16). This company definitely helps you save money on children’s clothing. And it’s one of the best kids secondhand clothing stores online.

Since it’s time to shop for back-to-school clothes, right now if you want to try out Kids on 45th, you can get $10 off your first order when you use the code SAVING at checkout.

Cheap Kids Clothes OnlineMy kids were all smiles opening the box from Kids on 45th and trying on the used kids clothes we purchased online.

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Strawberry Banana Fluff Salad

Strawberry Banana Fluff Salad

This Strawberry Banana Fluff Salad is a perfect side dish for summer parties or a family get together. It’s an easy side dish to make that only takes a few minutes to cook on the stove before placing it in the fridge to set up. You do have to plan ahead and make the Jell-O the night before to allow it to set up because it needs about 6 hours in the fridge. But once that is complete, it only takes 10-15 minutes to mix all the ingredients together.


Strawberry Jell-O Fluff Salad

To make the Strawberry Banana Fluff Salad, in a medium pot, combine the Strawberry Jell-O and Cook and Serve Vanilla Pudding. Add the water and cook on stove until it boils. Remove from the heat and pour into a large mixing bowl. Allow to cool. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 6 hours.

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70 Foods You Can Freeze or That Don’t Freeze Well

70 foods you can freeze or that don't freeze wellThere are many good reasons to freeze foods. First, freezing food can save you money. After you grocery shop and purchase items in bulk or stock up on extra food items, freeze the items you won’t use right away so it doesn’t go to waste and you have to throw it away.

Second, it’s convenient to have a freezer full of food that you can grab for meals. Plus, it saves you from making unnecessary trips to the grocery store where you would probably spend more money.

And third, it saves you time. If you cook and prepare food in advance, you can freeze meals and snacks to pull out on busy days.


freeze raspberries

Before listing all of the foods you can freeze or the foods that don’t freeze well, here are food tips on how to flash freeze foods, how to prevent freezer burn and labeling food before you place it in the freezer.



With a bunch of food items below that you can freeze, I suggest flash freezing the food first if you don’t want pieces to clump together during the freezing process. Before flash freezing fruits or vegetables, first wash them and pat them dry. Then flash freeze foods by placing individual pieces of food separately on a baking sheet or tray and putting the tray in the freezer for 1-3 hours until the pieces are frozen. Once this is done, you’ll remove the frozen pieces from the tray and place them in resealable freezer bags, then label and put the bags in the freezer. If food will be in the freezer for a longer period of time, then wrap it with aluminum foil or plastic wrap and put it in the freezer bags.



To prevent freezer burn, you’ll want to minimize the food’s exposure to air by using freezer bags or containers. Make sure to push out any excess air from the freezer bags before sealing them. If you are freezing baked goods or meats, wrap them in aluminum foil twice and then place them in freezer bags. To freeze casseroles, read this tip here so you don’t have to put your good casserole dishes in the freezer for months or use aluminum baking tins. Wrapping and storing food correctly will prevent freezer burn.



Be sure to label any freezer bag or container you place in the freezer with the name of the item, the date, quantity of food if applicable (for example, 2 cups of shredded chicken), and any cooking instructions. You might think you’ll remember what’s in the bag or container, but once it’s frozen it looks different and it is hard to tell what it is. Trust me, just label everything.


how to freeze strawberries

Here are 70 foods you can freeze or that don’t freeze well:



Bacon Bits — Freeze homemade bacon bits that you can later use to sprinkle on top of baked potatoes or in soups.

Bananas — When bananas become overly ripe don’t throw them out. Peel and put them into a freezer bag, then label and freeze. You can use them for banana bread, muffins or smoothies.

Berries — Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries can make delicious smoothies or can be used in baked goods like muffins. Flash freeze the berries first so they don’t clump together during the freezing process (see above how to flash freeze food).

Bread – Buy extra loaves of bread on sale and freeze them. If you make homemade bread, slice it first before freezing.

Sweet Breads — Freeze loafs of sweet breads such as banana bread or zucchini bread. To freeze sweet breads, wrap them in plastic wrap and then a heavy tinfoil and put them in a freezer bag.

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Creamy Tuscan Garlic Chicken

Creamy Tuscan Garlic ChickenThis Tuscan Garlic Chicken is my new favorite chicken recipe. It has a creamy garlic sauce with spinach and dried tomatoes that is absolutely delicious. And when you place the chicken and sauce over pasta it tastes like something you would eat from a restaurant. Yum!

This dish takes about 30 minutes to make. And to make it even better, my family loved it and wanted second helpings. This is definitely a recipe you’ll want to add to your recipe collection.

Creamy Tuscan Garlic Chicken

Here is how to make the Creamy Tuscan Garlic Chicken. In a large sauce pan, heat olive oil. Then cook the sliced chicken on medium-high heat for 3-5 minutes on each side until the center is no longer pink. Remove chicken from pan and set it aside on a dish. Using the same sauce pan, add the heavy cream, chicken broth, garlic powder, Italian seasoning and Parmesan cheese. Whisk the ingredients together until it begins to thicken.


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How to Save Money Purchasing Meat in Bulk

How to Save Money Purchasing Meat in BulkOne way to save money on meat is to purchase it in bulk when it’s on sale. Savory Butcher sells fresh, high-quality meats by the case in bulk at affordable prices, and they deliver the meat straight to where you live. The meat comes directly from the farm in refrigerated trailers and into the trunk of your vehicle. By buying meat in bulk, it brings the prices down 30-50% less than the price of meat at the grocery store.

For those of you who want to try Savory Butcher, you can get $5 off your first order by clicking the link here.

You can reserve a case of meat from Savory Butcher for just $10, which is then applied to your full balance. Choose from chicken breasts, organic chicken, chicken thighs, bacon, ground beef, beef box, steak box, smoked ham and more. All of these come in bulk cases, which saves us money because we are buying in bulk.

Bonesless Skinless Chicken Breasts Savory Butcher

Savory Butcher Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts

One of the products I order regularly is the chicken. Savory Butcher has fresh boneless chicken breasts that are untrimmed for $1.79 lb. That’s a great deal! Recently, I ordered the fresh trimmed boneless chicken breasts for $2.19 lb because the chicken comes fully trimmed and ready for me to place into freezer bags or to make meals. This saves me time because I’m not trimming the fat off the chicken. However, if you want to save money, then definitely order the untrimmed chicken breasts. Both are high-quality meats.

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Green Chili Pulled Pork Enchiladas

Green Chili Pulled Pork EnchiladasThese Green Chili Pork Enchiladas are so creamy and delicious, and the pork is so tender from cooking all day. You’ll need to plan ahead to put the pork in the slow cooker early in the day, or plan a day or two prior to when you want the enchiladas to cook the pork. Then put the shredded pork in the fridge or freezer until the day you are ready to make the enchiladas.

To cook the pork, use cooking spray to grease the inside of a slow cooker. Add the pork tenderloin. Then in a small bowl, whisk together garlic cloves, chicken broth, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper. Pour over the pork tenderloin. Cover and cook it on low for 5-7 hours. Remove the pork from slow cooker and take out 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid to use for the green chili sauce. Shred the pork using two forks, and season with additional salt and pepper if desired.

Since you are already cooking one pork, think about cooking an extra pork tenderloin, shredding it and freezing it so you have it on hand to make these enchiladas the next month too.  You’ll also want to take an extra 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid and freeze that too in a re-sealable freezer bag. This will save you some meal prep time, which makes dinnertime easier.


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How to Use a Cash Envelope System & How Our Family Budgets

Cash Envelopes


Holding cash in an envelope

Using cash is an important part of controlling your spending. It’s not only a system for people trying to get out of debt, but it’s also for everyone because it really makes you think more about your spending.

A cash budget never lets you overspend because once the money is gone, it’s gone. In order to make this work, stop using credit cards and stash the credit cards where it’s hard to get to them. You could also place your credit cards in a Ziploc bag and freeze them in water.


envelopes with cash


The cash envelope system divides your spending into small categories or budgets. And each category has its own envelope to help you manage your money better and help you intentionally think about how you’re spending your money. Having to hand cash to a cashier really does make you think twice about impulse buys. And setting aside money in an envelope for larger expenses helps relieve the burden when the bill comes due.

To begin using a cash envelope system, start by making a list of all your expenses and then decide which categories to make cash only. With your monthly bills, you can continue to have those deducted from your bank account. Here is a list of cash only categories you could have:

  • Groceries
  • Clothing
  • Eating Out
  • Entertainment
  • Hair Cuts/ Beauty
  • Doctor and Dentist Visits/Medicine
  • Miscellaneous Spending
  • Home Repairs
  • Vacations
  • Christmas
  • Car Insurance/Other Insurance


cash envelopes


In order to determine how much cash you need to take out of each paycheck, take the total monthly amount for each category and divide it by two if you get paid every two weeks or divide it by four weeks if you get paid weekly. For instance, we have a monthly grocery budget of $400, and we get paid twice a month. If I divide $400 by two that’s $200 that we take out per pay check to use on groceries.

Additionally, break the cash down into weekly spending. For instance, if I pull $200 from each paycheck for two weeks of groceries and if I were to go to the store weekly, then I would only allot myself $100 per week to spend at the grocery store. That way I still have money to spend on groceries each week and I won’t come up short.

Here is another example. If your car insurance is $700 per year and you only receive the bill once a year, then in order to determine how much money to take out each paycheck, divide $700 by 12 months, which comes out to be about $58 per month. If you get paid twice a month, then you divide the $58 by two, which means you need to take out $29 per paycheck and set it aside in an envelope or bank account so you have the money to pay for car insurance when it comes due.

Once you decide the categories and determine how much cash will go into each envelope, then go to the bank and withdraw the cash each time you deposit your paycheck. Then place the cash in each category envelope. I don’t use anything fancy, just some blank envelopes that are located by my desk, and I write the category on the outside of the envelope.

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Cranberry Scones

Cranberry SconesThese Cranberry Scones are light and flaky and packed with dried cranberries. My family loves it when I make these for breakfast or as a snack. I also like to make these as a Valentine’s breakfast. On Valentine’s, instead of cutting them into triangles, I turn them into heart scones using a heart cookie cutter.

To make the Cranberry Scones, start by preheating oven to to 400 degrees. In a mixing bowl, mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Grate frozen butter into flour mixture using the large holes of a grater. Then use the mixer to mix in the butter. Add in cranberries. In a small bowl, combine sour cream and an egg until smooth. Stir sour cream mixture into flour mixture and mix until dough forms.


Cranberry Scones Dough Rolled Out

Gather the dough into a ball and place on a lightly floured surface. Use a rolling pin to flatten the dough into a 7- to 8-inch circle about ¾-inch thick. Sprinkle the top with 1 teaspoon of sugar.

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