• 20 FREE or FRUGAL Family Christmas Traditions

    “We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.” Christmas is just my very very favorite season.  I love the lights, the snow, planning that perfect gift for a loved one, and the joy I feel from everyone around me.  It truly is the most magical time of the year! December is the perfect month for establishing family traditions.  My hope is that one day my little family will look back on their childhood and remember the sweet memories…

  • The Easiest Halloween Pumpkin Tutorial

    I pulled out all of our fall decorations the other day and had fun getting the house looking a little more festive.  I decided I wanted a few more small decor items, but didn’t want to spend very much money. My friend showed me how to make these toilet paper pumpkins a few years ago, and I knew they would be the perfect addition to my house this fall.  The best part about these pumpkins is they cost less than $1 to make!  Yep, you read that right! The only item I bought for these pumpkins was the fabric for 97 cents each.  If that’s not frugal, I don’t know…

  • Debt Snowball Vs. Debt Avalanche

    Two of the most common methods for paying off debt is the Debt Snowball and the Debt Avalanche.  Neither of these methods are superior to the other.  They both have great qualities and offer excellent motivation for getting rid of debt. Debt Snowball The Debt Snowball is the method Dave Ramsey recommends. When using the Debt Snowball you will list your debts in order from the smallest debt to the largest. While continuing to make minimum payments on all debts, begin actively trying to pay off your SMALLEST debt FIRST. This will mean that you will use ANY extra money that comes your way to paying off this one debt.…

  • Grocery Haul 10/08

    This week I spent $100 on groceries and a few other needs.  I have included my weekly dinner meal plan for the week as well! Other Needs I bought shampoo and dog food (not pictured). Produce My produce this week was cuties, two oranges, potatoes, spinach, carrots, apples, and lettuce. Dairy/Meats In the dairy department this week I bought whipping cream, greek yogurt, blueberry yogurt, string cheese, cheddar cheese, cream cheese, butter and italian sausage. Bakery This week I bought two loaves of wheat bread, blueberry bagels and a can of yeast. Cereal I bought two boxes of cheerios, a box of rice krispies, and a bag of malt-o-meal frosted…

  • The Easiest No Sew Halloween Trick or Treat Bag

    Disclosure:  “We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.” Halloween is just around the corner!  I love this time of year!  I love the pumpkins, the crisp cool air, the changing leaves, and the excitement in my children.  My kids love to dress up as anything they want and run around the neighborhood trick or treating. I got the urge to craft the other day and decided it would be so fun to make my kids new bags for…

  • The life lessons that taught me to budget for JOY while living in the present!

    I’ve been asked a few times my opinion about spending money on life experiences right now, or if it’s best to keep saving and wait for the future. The obvious answer from a frugal, budget loving blogger, who loves to encourage everyone to spend conservatively and plan for their future, would be to advise everyone to wait until later and build your wealth now….. However…….. I actually feel very strongly about the importance of budgeting money to experience JOYFUL experiences right now.  In THIS moment….because, you know what, those golden years you are anxiously waiting for, they just might not come….. My sweet mother was a huge saver.  I have…

  • Budgeting for Beginners: FAQ

    Disclosure:  “We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.” I receive so many messages on a daily basis from people wanting to start managing their money and living frugally, but they don’t know how to take that first step.  I admire everyone who wants to improve on their life and financial situation, it can be scary trying to make such a big change into the unknown.  I decided it was time for a FAQ article for all you brave…

  • 10 Ideas for Date Night at Home

    Date nights are so important to all relationships.  I’ve been married 14 years and life has HAPPENED.  Right now the majority of our time is spent taking care of our three kids, working our jobs, and maintaining our home (with our slightly to big yard!). It’s been so easy to get consumed with all of these “to dos” and leave less time for my spouse.  We have learned that we MUST make date night a priority, or else it probably won’t happen. I get it!  Dating can be expensive!  Just dinner and a movie could easily cost you a quick $50.  PLUS, when you have to hire a babysitter….those dates…

  • How to Make the Perfect Zoodles

    Sweet Frugal Life is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.  As an amazon associate I earn from qualifying purchases. My zucchini plants have been generous this year, and I have loved cooking with this delicious vegetable!  Zucchini is one of my favorite veggies because, it’s the vegetable that just keeeeeps on giving, and it is also so versatile!  We have been enjoying zucchini in bread, cookies, on the grill, fried, etc. One of my very favorite ways to cook zucchini is to turn it into zoodles! …

  • What I Learned From the July Pantry Challenge

    I am a member of online affiliate programs.  I may receive compensation for purchases made through links in this post.  All opinions are my own and I only recommend things I truly use and love! I just finished my month long pantry challenge!!  If you’re not aware of the term, a pantry challenge is meant to encourage you to use up items you already have in your home, (pantry, fridge, freezer, shelves, etc.), instead of spending money at the store on groceries. My goal was to save a little extra money during the month by spending less on groceries.  To do this I decided to cut my regular grocery budget…