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  • Menu Plan Monday: Week of November 7, 2016


    Menu Plan Monday | Chief Family Officer

    Did I mention I actually planned out my menu for the whole month of November? I did, during the last week of October, and it makes the weekly menu so much easier to do. I can tweak it a little bit to adjust for any new plans that have come up, but I really like knowing that I’m making my way through the meals and ingredients in the freezer and pantry.

    It turns out that I really enjoy the actual process of making freezer meals. My in-laws live super close, so I’ve started providing them with meals because honestly, I can easily make more than my family of four can possibly eat by itself! So even though we are eating through the meals in our house, I am making a few new meals to put up that will end up on my menu plan next month.

    Here’s my plan for this week:

    Monday – Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken {I made this into a freezer meal a few weeks ago}, snap peas

    Tuesday – Spinach & Artichoke Dip, Pita Crackers {I use frozen spinach and artichokes, without defrosting, and just cook it longer}

    Wednesday – Poke Bowl {maybe I will finally get around to posting the recipe!}

    Thursday – Brown Sugar Meatloaf {I make this with turkey, and incorporate the sauce that’s supposed to go on top into the meat mixture – makes it incredibly moist and sweet}, roasted squash

    Friday – Eggplant Rollatini {from the freezer}, some kind of green veggie

    Saturday – Rice, spam, eggs, fruit {Hawaiian-style breakfast!}

    Sunday – Corn Chowder {I plan to use frozen corn and possibly the slow cooker}

    See more weekly menus at I’m an Organizing Junkie.

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    Popular Printing Myths – Busted


    This is a collaborative post with Amy (who you might be able to tell from context is from the UK). Thank you for supporting CFO!

    There are literally hundreds of myths and old wives’ tales about printers and printing; some have been proven beyond doubt to be false, but still they persist. In an effort to break them down further, take a look at five particularly stubborn misconceptions, then erase them from your memory!

    Busting Popular Printing Myths|ChiefFamilyOfficer.com

    You have to stop printing as soon as you see the “low ink” message

    Almost all printers like to send out a low ink message way ahead of time, and it’s not to help you, either! According to the manufacturer, you should immediately swap cartridges, but the truth is you will still have a decent amount of ink in the reservoir, so carry on printing until you see the quality start to fall. Only then bring in the new cartridge that you had waiting in the wings.

    Only use original cartridges from the manufacturer

    Most manufacturers will tell you to use only their ink cartridges and other consumables in your printer. Using compatibles will break your printer, result in poor quality prints that will mean your CV instantly gets tossed in the bin and so on. This just isn’t so. Of course, some compatibles are rubbish, but many retailers like Cartridge People specialise in proven, trusted compatibles that also come with a warranty. You can’t get much better than that, and they’re also significantly cheaper.

    Originals give higher page yields

    This myth really does need to be blown out of the water. If you use third-party cartridges, you’ll get the same page yield as you would with an original. In fact, you’ll probably get a higher yield because the big printer makers have been steadily (and stealthily) reducing their reservoirs in recent years. Compatible makers don’t tend to do this, so as well as paying less for each cartridge, you’ll find you’re getting more ink. Double-win!

    Third-party ink cartridges will void your warranty

    Many people think that using compatible ink cartridges will make their printer warranty void – the printer manufacturer can simply refuse to help them if a non-original cartridge causes a problem. This isn’t the case because the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Improvement Act (UK) means that your printer manufacturer can’t refuse a refund or help that would have been available otherwise just because you used a compatible.

    Low print quality is always down to a dodgy or defective ink cartridge

    Very often, people will just assume that faint or faded print-outs, as well as smears, blotches or streaks on the paper come from a broken or defective ink cartridge. They may also assume that fading or blank patches are the result of the cartridge running out of ink.

    This is a bit of a rush to judgement, though, as sometimes using the cartridge cleaning function on the printer can sort things out. This function can help to shift out ink that’s clogged up and is blocking the cartridge from operating as it should. This can also be the case with toner cartridges if you’re using a laser printer. Gently tilting the cartridge from side to side can move the powder around so it can come out easily.

    Of course, if you’re still having problems, you can always call your printer manufacturer or your ink supplier for help.

    Deal Roundup: CVS, Target


    A roundup of the hottest deals and scenarios at popular stores like Target – perfect for beginner and expert bargain hunters alike. Thank you for printing through the affiliate coupon links below, which helps support this site at no additional cost to you! As with all deals, availability and prices can vary so be sure to verify them before making your purchase. You can read CFO’s full disclosure here.

    Deal Roundup - Sept 30, 2016 | Chief Family Officer

    CVS: Pampers Swaddlers and Pantene for $1.50 each
    Buy: 2 Pampers Swaddlers at $9.99 each
    And buy: 2 Pantene Shampoo at $4 each
    And buy: 1 Pantene Conditioner at $4
    Use: (2) $2/1 Pampers Swaddlers Diapers coupons
    And use: $5/3 Pantene Products from 9/25 P&G
    And use: $2/3 Pantene CVS coupon from the in-store CVS coupon center
    Pay: $20.98
    Receive: $10 Extrabucks
    Submit for: $1/1 Pantene Shampoo Checkout 51 rebate
    And submit for: $1/1 Pantene Conditioner Checkout 51 rebate
    And submit for: $1.50/1 Pampers Swaddlers Checkout 51 rebate
    Final price: $1.50 each
    Ends 10/1. Via For the Mommas.

    CVS: Dawn Dish Soap for $0.49
    This deal runs next week – print your coupon while it’s available!
    Buy: 1 Dawn Dish Soap 9oz at $0.99
    Use: $0.25/1 Dawn Product coupon
    And use: $0.25/1 CVS Mobile App coupon {available Sunday}
    Final Price: $0.49
    Valid 10/2-10/8. Via For the Mommas.

    CVS: Scott Bath Tissue for $0.32 per Double Roll
    This deal also runs next week – print your coupon while it’s available!
    Buy: 1 Scott Tube-Free Bath Tissue 9 Double Rolls at $4.88
    Use: $1/1 Scott Bath Tissue coupon
    Pay: $3.88
    Receive: $1 Extrabucks
    Final Price: $2.88 or $0.32 per Double Roll
    Valid 10/2-10/8. Via Hip2Save.

    Target: Moneymaker on Glade Plugins
    Buy: 5 Glade Plugins Oil Warmers 1ct at $1.47 each {price may vary}
    Use: (2) $1/2 Glade Plugins Oil Warmers coupon
    And use: $0.55/1 Glade coupon
    And use: 5% off Glade Product Target Cartwheel {deducts $0.37}
    Pay: $4.43
    Receive: $5 Target GiftCard
    Submit for: $0.75/1 Glade PlugIns Scented Oil Warmer Ibotta rebate
    Ends 10/1. Via For the Mommas.

    Target: FREE Toothbrushes and Shave Gel
    This deal runs next week – print your coupons while they’re available!
    Buy: 2 Oral-B 3D White Toothbrush 4ct at $6.99 each {price may vary}
    And buy: 1 Gillette Shave Gel at $1.97 {price may vary}
    Use: FREE $5 Target GiftCard WYB $15 of Personal Care in-ad coupon {or text CARE to 827438}
    And use: (2) $2/2 Oral-B Adult Pro-Health or 3D White Manual Toothbrush Packs coupon
    And use: $2/1 Gillette, Venus or Satin Care Shave Gel from 9/25 P&G
    And use: 15% off Oral-B Manual Toothbrushes 4ct Packs Target Cartwheel {deducts $2.10}
    Pay: $9.85
    Receive: (2) $5 Target Gift Cards
    Final Price; $0.15 Moneymaker
    Valid 10/2-10/8. Via Hip2Save.

    Day Off!


    I can’t remember the last time I took a day off from our daily roundup! But (as you may have noticed) life has gotten a little crazy in the buildup to the start of school on Tuesday, and I need a mini break so I’ll be offline today. But I’ll be back tomorrow, with your hottest deals and coupons, and some of my best back to school tips!

    Don’t Let the Pound Rain on Your Holiday Parade


    This is a collaborative post with Amy (who is obviously from the UK!). Thank you for supporting CFO!

    Holiday season is upon us, and if you’re worried about how far your pound will (or won’t) go when you’re abroad, take heart – and these tips – to help you to make the most of your moolah this summer.

    Save Money When Traveling in Europe

    Look for cheaper fuel

    Head to the petrol stations at supermarkets, as the fuel there is often 10% cheaper than at the stations along the motorways. Petrol is around the same price in the UK as in France, but diesel is significantly cheaper, so opt for a diesel hire car.

    Mark your cards

    It often pays to watch the international money exchange scene for a few weeks before you go away, so you can buy your currency at a good time. Whatever you do, don’t use the kiosks at the airport, as you won’t get a good rate. Once on holiday, use your debit card to withdraw money, but try not to do it too often. You could also use your credit card to pay for things, but this only works if you pay your balance every month.

    Don’t go for the hotel breakfast…

    …unless it’s free, in which case fill your boots (and your face) and make up some ham or cheese rolls for your elevensies. You might find if you’re staying in a hotel that the breakfasts are really expensive – £40 or more. This isn’t your only option – scout out a decent place nearby and head there instead.

    Quaff the local wines

    Locally-grown wines are always much cheaper than the others on the list, and if you’re self-catering, make sure you ask for the local option at the supermarché.

    Stay by the bar

    If you’re on the continent, eating and drinking at the bar is always way cheaper than at a table. For example, a coffee in Rome may be €1, whereas if you head to a table it can be three or four times as much!

    Head off the beaten track

    If you’re in a tourist area, you can guarantee that the cafes, gift shops and restaurants will be much more expensive than the ones a little way back from the hustle and bustle. Go for a quick mooch round the back streets and see what you can find. You’ll probably get friendlier, more personal service too.

    Do your homework so you don’t get a traffic fine

    In most countries in continental Europe, the police will levy on-the-spot fines and there are nearly as many speed cameras as there are in the UK. Another thing to watch out for is the variable speed limits. When you enter a village, town or city, the limits drop to 50kmph or even lower, so do pay attention.

    In France, there’s the added complication (although it makes excellent sense) of speed limits dropping when it rains. On the motorway it falls from 130kmph to 110kmph; on dual carriageways it’s from 110kmph to 100kmph, and on open roads its 90kmph down to 80kmph.

    If you have any great money-saving tips for holidays, let us know in the comments!

    Swagbucks Infographic: Christmas in July


    According to Swagbucks, Christmas in July is a real thing. People are already saving up for the holidays (and 7% of people started shopping for Christmas the day after last Christmas!). Get more facts in the infographic below:

    Christmas in July | ChiefFamilyOfficer.com

    Swagbucks wants you to know that they are a fun rewards program that gives you free gift cards and cash for the everyday things you already do online. You can conveniently earn points (called SB) when you shop at your favorite retailers, watch entertaining videos, search the web, answer surveys and find great deals. Redeem your points for free gift cards to your favorite retailers like Amazon or Walmart, to name a few, or get cash back from PayPal!

    One of the best parts is that it costs you nothing to join and be a member! You decide how to earn, and you can do it at home or on the go (using their mobile apps). Join today and start earning for December – it’ll be around the corner before you know it!

    As always, thank you if you join(ed) Swagbucks using my referral link!