• Overcoming the Fear of Starting a Blog

    Truthfully, I use to be terrified of starting a blog.  Here’s my story of how I came from terrified to confident within a matter of minutes. I have been a stay at home mom for the past 14 years.  This is my dream job and I wouldn’t trade this time with my kids for anything. But, the past few years I’ve been getting this itch.  An itch telling me that maybe it’s time to start spreading my wings a little. I thought about many different options; I knew I wanted to continue being home with my kids, but I also wanted to start contributing to the finances and pursuing a…

  • 10 Things I Wish I Had Known When I Started Blogging

    I have officially been blogging for 1 1/2 years now (yay!), but honestly I still feel like a beginner! One of my most asked question on instagram is “How do you start a blog?”  This question always surprises me.  Probably because I’m still so far from being a “pro blogger.”  I’m just little ol Melanie, doing my best to navigate this blogging world day by day. One of the best places to begin is through learning.  One of the best decisions I made for my blog was buying the Genius Bloggers Toolkit last year.  It was packed full of resources that taught me How to Design My Blog, Make Money…

  • How to Blanche and Freeze Your Garden Peas

    “Sweet Frugal Life is an Amazon Associate.  As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.”  I have been spending a lot of time in my garden this week, and it just makes me so happy!  It takes a lot of work and effort to get those little seeds to grow; but harvesting brings the greatest reward.  I’ve learned if I freeze my garden peas I get this reward year round! Peas are one of my favorite vegetable to grow.  There is just something about shelling peas that warms my heart and brings some old fashioned nostalgia.  Plus, you will never taste a pea as delicious as one straight from…

  • My Honest Review of Kids on 45th

    This is a sponsored post written by me in behalf of Kids on 45th.  I may be compensated for purchases made through links in this post.  All opinions are my own. It’s no secret that I am always looking for ways to save both time and money!  I’m a busy mom of three on a small budget; so if I find something that helps make my life easier I get excited about it! That’s exactly why I was so excited to find Kids on 5th! Kids on 45th is the new, convenient way to buy gently used kids clothing.  They will ship high quality kids clothes straight to your doorstep,…

  • When Not to Feel Guilty About Spending Money…

    When it comes to spending money I usually have the motto, “Just don’t buy it.” This motto has served me well.  It has helped our family survive a crushing job loss, save for retirement and our kids college funds, build up sinking funds, and allow me to continue my favorite job as stay at home mom. However, when you live very frugally and are tight with money, it’s fairly common to develop some spending guilt.  Have you ever experienced this???? Spending guilt is actually a very good thing, even necessary in some cases.  It can give us the extra kick we need to stop overspending and to start working towards…

  • The 2019 Master Your Money Super Bundle Might Be For You If….

    I am an affiliate with Ultimate Bundles.  I will receive compensation from purchases made through links in this post.  All opinions are my own. I purchased the Master Your Money Super Bundle back in April and have been so happy that I did.  This bundle has taught me a lot about saving money, living frugally, and budgeting, and I already knew a lot, so that is saying something. The Master Your Money Super Bundle is a collaboration of a few favorite frugal/budgeting bloggers.  Each of these bloggers submitted their highly sought after eCourses, workbooks, printables, and more into ONE LARGE bundle.  And because these products are all being bundled together…

  • Work From Home with EF Education First

    This is a sponsored post.  All opinions are my own. We all know how important a side hustle can be.  Side hustles can help you to pay off debt, save extra cash, contribute to your sinking funds or emergency fund, and meet your financial goals. A good side hustle is an excellent way for a stay at home mom to contribute to the household finances, or a working professional to earn extra money during their spare time, all while working from home. One of the most popular (for good reason) side hustles is to teach English online to kids in China.  This is an opportunity that allows you to work…

  • 10 Free Ways to Honor Your Dad

    10 Ways to Show Dad You Care, Without Spending a Dime

    I am a member of online affiliate programs.  I will receive compensation from purchases made through links in this post.  All opinions are my own. Do you ever want to gift your Dad something extra special…..but constantly draw a blank???   This is how I feel every.single.holiday. I am constantly racking my brain for that perfect “knock your socks off” gift…..but, I am also on a tight budget and don’t want to spend a lot of money on this gift. This makes it so difficult! You know what I have learned though???  My dad doesn’t want me to spend a lot of money on him!  Sure, he wants to be loved…

  • 10 Quick Ways to Lower your Grocery Bill

    I am a member of online affiliate programs.  I may be compensated by purchases made through links in this post.  All opinions are my own. Groceries is one of the biggest monthly expenses.  And, unfortunately food prices continue to rise every day. The good news is that you CAN use a few tricks to lower these costs, and still eat well. 10 Quick Ways To Lower Your Grocery Bill 1.  Meal Plan Make a meal plan for all of your weekly meals and snacks.  Browse through pinterest boards, and recipe books to give you fresh ideas of what to cook each week.  As you meal plan, make a list of  groceries…

  • The Best Tips for Budget Travel

    Over 20 Tricks for Travel on a Budget

    I am a member of online affiliate programs.  I will be compensated for purchases made from links in this post.  All opinions are my own. Do you long to to see the world, but finances are always holding you back?  I get it, I have this inner struggle almost daily.  But guess what I have finally learned……you CAN travel while on a budget! We have successfully traveled to Disneyland, Kauai,  New York City, and more, all without spending a fortune.  You can do it too!  You can travel, make memories, and see new places….no matter your budget! Today I’m sharing 17 of my Favorite Budget Travel Hacks!  I also asked…