• How To Freeze Fresh Corn

    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.” Is there really anything better than fresh sweet corn?  I highly doubt it!  Every year I plant a large corn patch in my garden and wait in anticipation as the stalks grow and the cobs begin to develop.  Corn on the cob is probably one of my favorite foods, but garden freezer corn might be a close second.  It’s easy to freeze corn and having a freezer full of corn…

  • How To Cure And Store Your Garden Onions

    It’s officially harvest time at my house.  I love this time of year.  When the fields turn golden, the garden is producing, and I can finally enjoy the fruits of our labor.  I have been curing my onions the past couple of weeks and am excited to have them saved in my home to enjoy throughout the winter months. Onions are one of the easiest garden crops to grow.  They are very low maintenance and easy to harvest and store. Harvesting Onions You know your onions will be ready to harvest when the green stems begin falling over.  The onions should be large and sticking out of the ground. Pull…

  • The Ultimate Fall Frugal Bucket List for Families

    “Sweet Frugal Life is an Amazon Associate.  As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.” Ahhhh fall!  My favorite time of year.  A fresh start as school begins again, the crisp fall air, and a bountiful garden harvest.  There are so many fall activities making the season perfect in every way!  With fall just around the corner, we decided to make your fall bucket list of everything we wanted to do this season.  Here is what we came up with!  As always, everything is either free or frugal! 1.  Have a Bonfire Invite some friends over, or head up to the mountains, and have a bonfire.  Roast marshmallows, snuggle…

  • How to Organically Grow Your Instagram Following

    About a year and half ago, completely on a whim, I decided to start this blog and my instagram, Sweet Frugal Life.  I wanted to share my frugal life, but honestly didn’t know if anyone would even care and I had no idea how to organically grow an instagram account, but I wanted to try! Surprisngly, people did care, and my account grew quickly.  In fact it grew from 0-50K in one years time.  I was probably more shocked than anyone.  This was something I never expected to happen. I get messages weekly asking me what my “secrets” are for growing my account The fact is there is no secret. …

  • 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. The question always gets me thinking about those first few blog posts I made.  I really had no idea what I was getting myself into!  But, I kept pushing publish and kept studying and my blog has evolved and grown because of it. So…

  • 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…