*This is the 6th day of the One Month Spending Freeze Challenge. Please click here to see all of the posts in this series.* On the first day of the spending freeze challenge, I wrote out a menu plan through this coming Friday. Everything on my plan was based around food we already have asContinue Reading..
16 Quick Ways to Lower Your Grocery Budget
*This is the 5th day of the One Month Spending Freeze Challenge. Please click here to see all of the posts in this series.* Before we started our spending freeze last year, I was spending about $100 a week on groceries. Each week when I would get to the checkout and hear the cashier say howContinue Reading..
Journal Day: Surviving a Spending Freeze
*This is the 4th day of the One Month Spending Freeze Challenge. Please click here to see all of the posts in this series.* From the outside looking in, a spending freeze looks like something terrible you just want to avoid. It doesn’t sound enjoyable, and people who have to be on a constant spendingContinue Reading..
Setting Goals for the Spending Freeze Challenge
*This is the 3rd day of the One Month Spending Freeze Challenge. Please click here to see all of the posts in this series.* Is this spending freeze challenge easier or more painful than you thought it would be? © petarpaunchev / Dollar Photo Club A spending freeze is truly no easy feat. The path seems long, winding,Continue Reading..
Putting the Ix-Nay on Online Shopping
*This is the 2nd day of the One Month Spending Freeze Challenge. Please click here to see all of the posts in this series.* Yesterday for the first day of our month long spending freeze challenge, I helped you go through your expenses and filter out all the wants you might have. You know, a vacationContinue Reading..
The One Month Spending Freeze Challenge
*This is the 1st day of the One Month Spending Freeze Challenge. Please click here to see all of the posts in this series.* Welcome to the One Month Spending Freeze Challenge! This month will be a time to slow down and realize just how blessed you really are. You will have many opportunities to sacrificeContinue Reading..
The Absolute BEST Way to Freeze Soup
One busy day, when I didn’t have time to make dinner, I decided to reheat some soup we had in the freezer. I had let the bag of soup thaw overnight in the fridge. When I went to dump the contents into a saucepan, a good amount of soup stayed in the bag, stuck to theContinue Reading..
Family Halloween Costume Idea – Robbing the Bank
I am not one to enjoy a scary movie, a haunted house, or a creepy gorilla man chasing after me with a chainsaw in a spooky corn maze. These things cause me to shake uncontrollably and give me recurring nightmares that last for years. Not even kidding. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (I’ve putContinue Reading..
8 Reasons You Hate Grocery Shopping (with solutions)
Grocery shopping is a necessary chore for any household. Where there are people, people must be fed. Unless you have a thriving garden on your property, you most likely have to make a choice about how you get food in those people’s bellies: from restaurants and the like or from the grocery store. © Kaspars GrinvaldsContinue Reading..
Garbanzo Bean and Tomato Soup
Towards the end of last winter, I had soup on the menu for dinner one weeknight. I went to the pantry to get out the ingredients, and we didn’t have a few of the more important ingredients. Normally when something like this happens, I either change plans for dinner or I make substitutions. I wantedContinue Reading..
How to Save Your Sanity with Baby #2
Our lives turned into a chaotic mess the moment baby #2 entered the picture. The toddler had just turned 18 months a few days before, we were all sick when the baby came home from the hospital, breastfeeding issues left me frazzled and in pain, and I just wasn’t ready to care for two small kids.Continue Reading..
How to Get 9 Meals from Two Whole Chickens
We are a chicken kind-of-family all.the.way. Maybe it’s because chicken is one of the cheapest meats, or maybe it’s because we just genuinely like it. We eat it about 60% of the time – the other 40% of the time we eat beans and eggs and small amounts of pork, beef, and fish. We eatContinue Reading..
Kids and Food: Let the Food Rules Guide, Not Rule
Over two years ago, I read the best book I could have to help prevent my children from becoming picky eaters: French Kids Eat Everything. It wasn’t exactly an area I was struggling with since my oldest was just 9 months old at the time. But it really made me think about the importance ofContinue Reading..
8 Brilliant Ways to Spend Discretionary Income
Perhaps you are one of those lucky ducks who actually has leftover money to spend each month. You’ve paid your essential bills, put money into your savings, paid taxes and insurance, and even invested into your IRA. I’m totally jealous. But are you putting that leftover money to good use? Do you really ponder whereContinue Reading..
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