All posts tagged budget-friendly

10 Unusual Ways to Pinch Pennies

By | August 28, 2013

Image by Melissa Hincha-Ownby By Matthew, Contributing Writer Back-to-school time is usually a spendy season what with new shoes, outfits, backpacks, notebooks…the list goes on. And it’s an expensive season every time I walk into the grocery store. Because our budget isn’t growing as quickly as prices are rising, my wife and I are trying a Read More

Is Buying “Cheap” Always Bad?

By | June 25, 2013

Last week, I read a post by The Healthy Home Economist about why buying coconut oil at Costco is bad.  It seems that someone had emailed her to ask if her coconut oil, which had an “off” smell, was truly bad and if so, why.  It just so happened that the woman had purchased Carrington Read More

A Frugal, Reusable Kindergarten Curriculum

By | May 17, 2013

My daughter turned 5 in January.  My oldest son turns 4 in July.  This year, they’re kindergarten and pre-K, respectively.  Even my almost 2-year-old might get in on the act this fall, or certainly later in the year, learning his colors, shapes, and basic numbers.  I’ve used a bunch of different random materials over the Read More

Tips for Grocery Shopping on a Budget During A Busy Season

By | December 14, 2012

 Image by KitAy via Compfight We are in the middle of a super busy December. I know, everyone is.  It’s the holidays and that means a lot of shopping (which I’ve barely done), planning, preparation, parties, events….  That’s why I thought that sharing our circumstances (which go above and beyond just the holiday craziness) might help Read More

5 Myths about Cloth Diapers

By | October 26, 2012

Imagine this, if you will:  You’re expecting your first child (or maybe it’s your fifth), and you boldly proclaim to your spouse, or a friend, or a relative, “I think for this child, I’m going to use cloth diapers.”  Immediately, the response you receive is one rife with confusion and a little bit of disgust. Read More

Reduce the Disposables In Your Home

By | September 7, 2012

Image by noego This month we’re going to be talking a bit about organizing your home! Now, this is not my strongest area.  If you could see how I keep my clothes, you would understand….  But in some areas I think I’m doing a decent job, so I’ll be sharing about those (and some of my Read More

Top 5 Ways to Keep Cool this Summer and not Break the Bank

By | June 23, 2012

Currently we live in a farm house originally built in 1882.  It has had many additions and no proper insulation.  Heating or cooling it is hard on our budget.  This is our fifth home in our almost eight years of marriage.  Over that time we have figured out some ways for the kids and I Read More

10 Tips for Saving Money on Real Food

By | June 22, 2012

TheeErin via Compfight This is a huge topic for many people.  Our budgets are cut down, and grocery prices are rising.  What’s a real food cook to do?  The answer is often to make it work…somehow.  But how? Quality Food Costs More Yes, it’s true: quality food costs more.  When we’ve discussed the issue of Read More

How to Save Money on Real Food (Without Going Hungry)

By | June 11, 2012

markyeg via Compfight My family eats a lot. We have five of us, all who eat now.  And the baby can sometimes out-eat both of the older kids!  (In addition to nursing several times a day.)  So, having a lot of food on hand is a necessity. Over the last year, prices have crept up, Read More

Recipe Collection: Quick Beef and Potatoes

By | March 15, 2012

I know.  If you’re on Facebook, I made noises about chocolate cake for today.  And I did bake one, and it was pretty good.  But it didn’t turn out quite how I thought it would, and I didn’t decorate it and fill it and make it all nice.  Actually, my family’s coming this weekend to celebrate Read More


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