Lessons Learned from Weekly Budget Meetings

In our nearly 23 years together, I had always handled the money in our marriage. I kept track of our budget in my head, and I kept us from spending more than we had, but my method wasn’t very good at keeping Nerdy in the loop, or at tracking every penny of money. Back in […]

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Debt Free Christmas – Make a Plan to Shop All Year

Ok, before you write me off as mental for broaching the topic of Christmas in April, give me a paragraph or two to explain! You see, if I want to have a truly debt free Christmas then I have to plan ahead. Like waaaay ahead. If I wait until November to start thinking about Christmas […]

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Preserving Potatoes

The thought of preserving potatoes used to scare me. I thought it would be far more complicated than it actually turned out to be. I like to buy potatoes in bulk when I find them on sale, but unless you have a root cellar, potatoes aren’t going to last much longer than 2-3 weeks without […]

Frugal Fitness for Busy Moms

I admit, I don’t exercise as I should. In fact, unless walking up and down our stairs twice a day is considered adequate exercise I’m way below the bar. I know that I need to exercise for my health. I want to be around to see my kids and grandkids grow up. However, I know […]

5 Reasons I Always Shop Aldi First

I pass three grocery stores and a Wal-Mart Supercenter on the 5 mile trip to shop my local Aldi. I’ve had people ask me why I wouldn’t just save myself the gas and time and shop at the nearest store. Here are my top 5 reasons.   #1 – Less Overwhelming Except for a few […]

Meal Plan 101: The Grocery List

The final step for our meal plan is making our grocery list that we’ll take to the store with us. The Grocery List I will preface this section by saying that my method is probably redundant to most people, but it absolutely works for me. I think the redundancy of it actually cements things in […]

Meal Plan 101: The Meal Planner

Making the Plan We now have our recipes and our master list. It’s time to plan our meals for the week. I generally plan one week of meals at a time usually the day before I intend to grocery shop. Planning any further out than one week usually spells disaster. All those once-a-month shopping people […]

Meal Plan 101: The Master List

The Master List Is Invaluable Our master list is the single most important piece of my meal planning arsenal. Before I started using a master list of recipes my meal planning was disorganized and rather chaotic (read: expensive and wasteful). Remember that big recipe binder we talked about yesterday? It had some amazing recipes in […]

Meal Plan 101: Recipes

Recipes Are The Heart Of Your Meal Plan Whether written or memorized, having the right recipes on hand will make or break your food budget. I learned a very valuable lesson when our income decreased by half… If we want to spend less money on food then we’re going to have to give up some […]

How A Meal Plan Saved Us Thousands

A meal plan literally saved us thousands. Yes, you read that correctly. Thousands! Nearly nine-thousand in fact! At the time, you absolutely could not have convinced me that having a meal plan would save us one dollar, much less nine-thousand. I was couponing, matching them with the sales, and stockpiling. In my mind, I was […]