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Food Storage Friday: Pumpkin Coconut Curry

by heather
When I tell my friends that I spend about $250 each month on groceries for our family of five I get various skeptical responses. People assume that we live off of Top Ramen and potatoes, or that I spend all of my time gardening and baking. (My kids would actually eat Ramen noodles every day if I let them, but I generally trying to push things like sandwiches and produce. Also, our gardening attempts have all been epic failures and I only bake a few times each month.) We actually eat a variety of Read more [...]

What we’ve been up to.

by heather
Happy New Year Everyone! I hope that everyone had a great holiday season. Ours was good, but busy. (Except that part where my husband and I were sick and our kids were bouncing off the walls, that wasn't so cool.) Here's what I've been up to on my blogging break. While I was feeling sick I sat down and scrapbooked all of 2012, all 160 pages of it. (I didn't feel like I could do much more productive than sit at my computer at the time.) I used a program called Picaboo. I've been really happy with Read more [...]

Book Review: Queen of Common Cents: Over 1001 Tips & Facts To Save Time and Money

by heather
Queen of Common Cents: Over 1001 Tips and Facts to Save Time and Money by Michelle Snow RN, MSPH, MSHR, PhD When I saw this book I noticed that the author is a registered nurse and has a Master's degree in Public Health, plus several other letters after her name and thought 'She's a nurse, she's probably really know what she is talking about." I felt like I identified with her. We're both LDS moms, we're both nurses and we're both trying to help people save time and money. So I bought it. As Read more [...]

33 Practical Ways to Save Money: On Food

by heather
I know that there are plenty of lists out there of ways to save money.  But it seems like every list I have ever looked at has several items that I think are totally impractical for me, and I'm assuming for many other people out there. So I thought I would compile a list of things that I have found that actually save me money and don't make my life too much more difficult in the process.  I really use these things to spend $150-$250 per month to feed my family of five. Some of these things I have Read more [...]

Legoland Coupon Giveaway

by heather
Hey all you loyal readers! (and people who just discovered my blog) I recently came across some awesome coupons that I won't be using and seem to be just too good to go to waste. They are coupons for get a child's ticket for Legoland California or Legoland Florida free with the purchase of an adult ticket (which would save you around $70 per coupon if you planned on going).  I have four coupons and I plan on giving them away in pairs to two lucky winners. (That way two kids could get in free with Read more [...]

Should I spend money that I don’t have?

by heather
Recently we have had some unforeseen expenses. It seems like every month this year we have had unforeseen expenses. Car repairs, medical bills, you know the boring stuff that you have to spend money on. One afternoon last week I found myself analyzing the accounts and pondering 'Should I go out with my husband this evening? We would have to get a babysitter ($). Then we would have to pay for dinner ($$) and then if we did anything else it would have to be indoors because it's still 110 degrees at Read more [...]

Saving Money on Back to School Clothes

by heather
It's that time of year, everywhere there are reminders that school is about to start and it's time to spend a lot of money getting your kids outfitted for school. Well it doesn't have to be that way. You can get your kids ready for school without racking up the credit card bills. Here is what I do: At the beginning of the school year each child gets a couple outfits, socks and a new pair of shoes. That's it. I do most of my real school shopping in October when everything really goes on sale. Read more [...]

Food Storage as a Financial Investment

by heather
Recently I was reading in Food Storage for Clueless about the idea of food storage as an investment. I just loved the way that the authors, Clark & Kathryn Kidd, explained it and thought that it was an idea that was worth sharing. And just for the record, this is not just an investment plan for only those who are in love with food storage like myself and the Kidds. Investment guru, Andrew Tobias is quoted as saying "People who don't have time or interest to learn about investing can often make Read more [...]

A Few Tricks for Healthy & Delicious Waffles

by heather
We love waffles. It's one of the few things that everyone here eats and doesn't bother my breast-feeding infant with reflux, plus it's a quick, easy and low-cost meal. Here are a few tips that I have found to make them healthier and tastier.Add a heaping tablespoon of ground flax seed to the batter. It help you get your Omega-3's, some extra fiber and protein and you can't taste it. I also throw a tablespoon of wheat germ into the batter for extra Vitamin E and fiber and no one can taste that either.Substituting Read more [...]

Wedding Apparel for $10- No Sewing Skills Required

by heather
Last August I found myself in a predicament. My husband's little sister was getting married.  I needed to find something for myself and my newborn to wear to her wedding reception. When looking for dresses for my baby, I couldn't find the right colors. Everything that was white was  a) too big, b) covered in sequins c) cost a lot more money than I was willing to pay for something she would wear once or d) all of the above. I couldn't see myself spending $60 on something that she was Read more [...]

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