Giveaway: Family Feasts for $75 a Week

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I’m on a roll with giveaways!  Mary Ostyn (Owlhaven), has written a great book, Family Feasts for $75 a Week and you’re going to love it.  The first four chapters are packed with ideas, worksheets, and great advice on how to plan, shop, and cook frugally, while still feeding your family delicious meals.  The following nine chapters are loaded with family-friendly recipes.

Family Feasts is a great refresher for more “mature” mothers, and would also be a wonderful help to younger women just starting out. It would make a great Christmas gift for anyone who shops, cooks, and eats.

Try a few of her recipes and see what you think.  A few great ones are Hearty Meatloaf, Mary’s Homemade Granola, and DIY Taco Seasoning Mix.

If you (sadly) don’t win, you can buy her book for $12.21 on Amazon and I’m quite certain you’ll make your money back in savings from what  you learn from Mary.  The complete title of the book is,  Family Feasts for $75 a Week: a Penny-wise mom shares her recipe for cutting hundreds from your monthly food bill.  It’s a mouthful, but the book is just what is says.

You can enter in any of the following four ways, just be sure that you leave a separate comment for each entry.

1. Like the Owlhaven Facebook page.

2. Follow Mary on Pinterest (I do).

3. Follow me on Pinterest (or like my Facebook page if you haven’t already) .

4. Share one way that you save money as you shop and cook for your family.

I’ll announce a winner early next week.

Tomorrow I’ll tell you about another giveaway that a friend is running on her blog – don’t miss it!

Have a fantastic weekend, friends.

Lisa

This post may contain Amazon Affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.

66 Comments

  1. Louise Brodecky Hudson
    December 14, 2012

    I follow Mary on Pinterest.

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  2. Louise Brodecky Hudson
    December 14, 2012

    I follow you on Pinterest.

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  3. Louise Brodecky Hudson
    December 14, 2012

    I save money as I shop and cook for my family by making menu plans for 4 weeks at a time. Fewer trips to the store mean I spend less for the month. I shop locally for my produce and dairy as needed.

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  4. Louise Hudson
    December 14, 2012

    I like Owlhaven on Facebook.

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  5. Sara Edwards
    December 14, 2012

    Followed you Owlhaven on facebook, and followed you on pinterest.

    Here's one way I save money feeding my family of seven: Lentils. That's it. Just lentils. 🙂 They're filling, they're versatile (soups, sides, main dish – I can use them for anything), they're nutritious, and the best part is they cost PENNIES!

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  6. Lindsey
    December 14, 2012

    I liked owlhaven on fb and I save money by going shopping alone. I am less frustrated with kids and so less likely to just rush and get out!

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  7. HeatherH
    December 14, 2012

    I followed you on Pinterest

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  8. HeatherH
    December 14, 2012

    I followed Mary on Pinterest.

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  9. HeatherH
    December 14, 2012

    I struggle with saving money when I shop! In the past I've been better – planning our meals around the loss leaders in our local supermarkets. My biggest tip now is to make a menu, using what I already have on hand, and stick with it!

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  10. Captain Murdock
    December 14, 2012

    I follow Mary on Pinterest

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  11. Captain Murdock
    December 14, 2012

    I follow you on Pinterest

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  12. Captain Murdock
    December 14, 2012

    I save money at the grocery store by shopping the sale ads, buying lots of meat (particularly chicken) when it's on sale and then planning my weekly menu accordingly. Furthermore, kid's lunches are almost always leftovers from dinner the night(s) before.

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  13. suzanne
    December 14, 2012

    I follow you on Pinterest.

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  14. suzanne
    December 14, 2012

    I follow Mary on pinterest.

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  15. suzanne
    December 14, 2012

    We plan our meals based on what's on sale that week at the store, shopping with coupons, eating meatless two or more days a week. I'm excited to read this book to get some new ideas!

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  16. Amanda
    December 14, 2012

    Frugally shop by scouring the 50% off bins, pricematching and stocking up on essentials!

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  17. Christine
    December 14, 2012

    I liked Owlhaven on facebook!

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  18. Christine
    December 14, 2012

    I am now following Mary on Pintrest.

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  19. Christine
    December 14, 2012

    I already followed you on pintrest and liked on facebook.

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  20. Christine
    December 14, 2012

    When saving money for our family I ewally like to do once a month cooking. It means less trips to the store which less buying things we do not need. This saves us on gas too becasue the store is 30 min away.

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  21. Hannah Jasmine Tucker
    December 14, 2012

    Liked the Owlhaven page on Facebook!

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  22. Hannah Jasmine Tucker
    December 14, 2012

    Liked you on Facebook!

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  23. Tyra
    December 14, 2012

    I've been wanting this book forever! 🙂
    I like you on facebook, and I know I would like you in real life too. 🙂

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  24. tyra
    December 14, 2012

    I follow Mary on pinterest.

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  25. Tyra
    December 14, 2012

    I found your blog and Mary's blog at the same time when we started our adoption with AAI several years ago. Both of you have been such a tremendous help to me as a mom. I always say to myself, "I only have four! I can do this." : ) Meal planning has probably been the most significant savings for our family and cutting out cereal!

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  26. Emily Wells
    December 14, 2012

    How fun! I liked owlhaven on facebook (I was already following you, so I don't know if that counts!). Love reading your blog. Shopping for two weeks at a time (not quite there to one month:-) even helps more than one week at a time – I should start doing it again. 😉

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  27. Kate Harvey
    December 14, 2012

    As a military wife, I'm lucky enough to be able to shop at the commissary (grocery store on post), where the prices are lower and there is no sales tax! It's a great way to save on food costs.

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  28. Jennifer Litz Seivert
    December 14, 2012

    I like you and Mary (Owlhaven) on facebook. Not into Pinterest yet though. I would love to be able to plan and prep meals ahead because afternoons are filled with melt downs. Bet I am not the only one who finds that time of day difficult with adopted sweethearts.

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  29. Alyssa
    December 14, 2012

    I Like you on FB

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  30. Alyssa
    December 14, 2012

    I like Owlhaven on FB

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  31. Alyssa
    December 14, 2012

    oops– My first comment should have been for you on Pinterest, I also follow Mary On pinterest

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  32. Alyssa
    December 14, 2012

    I get a CSA box and save on fresh organic local veggies in the summer, and we eat a lot of eggs and beans!

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  33. christi
    December 14, 2012

    I menu plan, and shop at alidi…and try to make everything I can from scratch including yogurt. I make yogurt at least once a week. And I read blogs…to help me save money on food…and I make my own freezer meals so that when I'm crazy busy I'm not buying take out I'm just throwing it in the microwave and presto! yummy healthy gluten free food!

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  34. lauradavisx2
    December 14, 2012

    I followed and liked 🙂 I just plan for meals to save money. Hopefully I get some more ideas from the free book …

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  35. [email protected]
    December 14, 2012

    I liked you on facebook 🙂

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  36. [email protected]
    December 14, 2012

    One way I save money for my family as I shop/cook is to plan simple lunches. Rather than create a whole separate meal menu for lunches, we eat leftovers or one of the following selection: tomato soup, grilled cheese, hot dogs, or peanut butter sandwhiches. By rotating these simple lunches, I save money by stocking up on these simple ingredietns and not spending extra trying to create something new at every lunch.

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  37. Elizabeth
    December 14, 2012

    1. Someone mentioned cutting out cereal – that helps us save money and lose weight!
    2. Leftovers go to work for lunch
    3. We stretch meat with lots of cheap veggies – potatoes, onions, lentils, canned tomatoes

    I wish I could figure out couponing, but the ones I see a all for stuff that is boxed or frozen.

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  38. Mandy
    December 15, 2012

    #1 – Just liked Owlhaven on Facebook! 🙂

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  39. Mandy
    December 15, 2012

    #2 – Follow Mary on Pinterest!

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  40. Mandy
    December 15, 2012

    #3 – LOVE your FB page, Lisa!! 🙂

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  41. Mandy
    December 15, 2012

    #4 – One way I save money for our family of 7 … is to meal plan. I plan a month at a time. It helps me stick to the shopping list, as well as be prepared for meals so we aren't eating out and wasting our money.

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  42. Lili
    December 15, 2012

    I liked owl haven on fb!

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  43. Lili
    December 15, 2012

    I'm following Mary on Pinterest!

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  44. Lili
    December 15, 2012

    I follow you on Pinterest, and I like you! 🙂

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  45. Lili
    December 15, 2012

    Sometimes we don't do well eating all of our leftovers. So, if a dish seems too big, like a big pot of soup, I go ahead and cook the whole thing. We eat what we want, and I freeze all the rest for another meal. Reduces waste and saves time for me in the kitchen the next time we eat it.

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  46. Mary
    December 15, 2012

    Someone has already said this, but lentils. And also oatmeal. Whenever Dad can't make it for dinner, its oatmeal. And we do beans/rice or beans/cornbread once a week.

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  47. Rebecca
    December 15, 2012

    I like Owlhaven on Facebook.

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  48. Kate
    December 16, 2012

    I have read her blog for years, I liked her on facebook

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  49. Kate
    December 16, 2012

    I liked you on facebook

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  50. Kate
    December 16, 2012

    I am following her pins on pinterest

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  51. Kate
    December 16, 2012

    getting our freezer was the best way for me to save money, we are a family of 6 and I stock up when things are on sale and load my freezer full.

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  52. Lauren H
    December 16, 2012

    I follow you on Facebook.

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  53. Sue
    December 16, 2012

    I cut out red meat almost completely and cook beans a lot.

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  54. Tricia
    December 16, 2012

    I save money by adding beans to most everything! =)

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  55. Sophie
    December 16, 2012

    We save money by eating very little meat. That is not why we do it though.

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  56. nancileamarie
    December 16, 2012

    I followed Mary on Pintrest.

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  57. nancileamarie
    December 16, 2012

    I followed you on Pintrest.

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  58. nancileamarie
    December 16, 2012

    I liked Mary on Facebook.

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  59. nancileamarie
    December 16, 2012

    Something I like to do to save money is shop at Wal Mart where 1. Things are cheaper. and 2. You can price compare if you bring competitor's ads.

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  60. Karmen
    December 16, 2012

    Followed Mary on pinterest

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  61. Karmen
    December 16, 2012

    Followed you on pinterest

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  62. Karmen
    December 16, 2012

    Liked Owlhaven on facebook

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  63. Karmen
    December 16, 2012

    Liked your page on facebook

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  64. Karmen
    December 16, 2012

    I save money by buying healthy foods in bulk from a buying coop and by splitting some of the bulk orders with friends if it's too much for us to use in a reasonable time.

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  65. Dannette
    December 16, 2012

    I am following you on pinterest.

    Reply
  66. Dannette
    December 16, 2012

    I also started following Mary on pinterest.

    Reply

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