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 me well enough to know that […]

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 OverwhelmingExcept for a few rare occasions that they get a good deal […]

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Frugal Summer Fun: Free Things to do With Your Kids

Summer fun with kids doesn’t have to be expensive. Kids are far more interested in who is with them than in what they’re doing, so the things you plan don’t have to be complicated.If you’re trying to save money this summer, but don’t want to sit around doing nothing for weeks, then I’ve got a great list of ideas to […]

Free Homeschool Math Curriculum

Math seems to be one of the subjects that most homeschool moms dread, with science running a close second. I actually love math, though I didn’t love teaching it for the longest time. It wasn’t until I came to realize that math is not some secret code that needs to be deciphered and unlocked that I began to enjoy math […]

Free Homeschool History Curriculum

Looking for free homeschool history curriculum? I’ve got a list of truly incredible options for you that won’t cost you a dime. Really!I really wasn’t a great fan of history during school. I guess I never understood the point of memorizing all of those names and dates (still don’t!) and the texts were always so.incredibly.dry.  Blech!!When I got to college, […]

Meal Plan 101: The Grocery List

This post contains referral links for your convenience. For more information, please see my disclosure page. Thanks!   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 […]

Meal Plan 101: The Meal Planner

Making the PlanWe 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 have my deepest respect. I cannot think […]

Meal Plan 101: The Master List

The Master List Is InvaluableOur 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 it (even if they were expensive to make).But….it […]

Meal Plan 101: Recipes

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 things we love to eat in favor of things that are cheaper to […]

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 doing all the right things! […]