• How a Pantry Challenge will save you money on groceries budgeting | Frugal living | frugal tips | frugal recipes | cheap foods #savingmoney #groceryhacks #spendlessonfood

    How a Pantry Challenge Will Save You Money

    The past few years I have been enjoying participating in pantry challenges.  A pantry challenge is when you spend a specific number of days (in my case it’s usually a month) focusing on eating the food you already have in your home, rather than buying food at the grocery store.  This food might come from your pantry, your fridge, your freezer, the back of your cupboard, the basement storage room, under your bed (I hope not here)…in short wherever you keep your food! During the pantry challenge it’s important to limit the amount of money you spend at the grocery store.  I always choose to give myself a $50 weekly…

  • Save Money on Groceries With this one simple grocery hack! #savingmoney #groceryhack #grocerytip #foodtip #preservingfood #savingfood #frugaltips

    8 Foods You Should Freeze in an Ice Cube Tray

    Do you want to know one of my very favorite kitchen secrets?  The one secret that I use multiple times each month to help me save money and prevent food waste???  It has everything to do with an ice cube tray!  Instead of tossing excess foods, freeze those foods in an ice cube tray to extend the life and use at a future time.  There are many different foods you can freeze in an ice cube tray, truly the skies the limit! “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…

  • 7 Quick Tricks to Get Your Spouse to Budget #budgeting #savingmoney #marriage #budgetingtips

    How to Get Your Spouse to Budget

    So, about 10 years ago I read the book that changed my life, Dave Ramseys Total Money Makeover and I knew it was time to start looking at our finances differently. I approached this thought to my husband and he didn’t understand.  He felt like we didn’t over spend (which is mostly true), he told me that we are already saving each month (which we did), and making a budget just felt like a lot of extra work (which it is). It took me a few months of talking to him about it before I finally asked, “Can we just try it?  Let’s just try it for one month and…

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    7 Easy Ways to Save For Christmas

    Christmas comes every 12 months.  We know that every 52 weeks Christmas will come again.  It’s never a surprise, and is a fact of life.  I absolutely love the Christmas season.  I love the traditions, the lights, the love shown to others.  What I don’t love is the cost (anyone with me on this??).  When you include holiday parties, gifts, travel, etc. the expenses add up fast.  One of the best things I have learned is to plan for this holiday well in advanced (like a year in advance).  Today I want to share with you  7 Ways to Save for Christmas so that you can enjoy a stress free…

  • Cheap Gift Ideas for Neighbors, Friends and Teachers

    Cheap Gift Ideas for Neighbors, Teachers, and Friends

    Christmas is coming, and with that comes added expenses.  With gifts and parties and food (oh how I love the food) the costs can add up quick.  One of my biggest passions is to help people see that gifts do not have to cost a lot of money.  A gift should come from the heart, not from a credit card.  I would much rather have a friend give me a nice note than have them feel stressed about money but felt they needed to buy me something expensive.  Here are 15 Cheap Gift Ideas for Neighbors, Friends and Teachers. “We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program,…

  • How to get name brand clothing for super cheap by shopping at thredup

    Save Money on Name Brand Clothing by Shopping At ThredUP

    This is a sponsored post written by me for ThredUP.  All Opinions are my own.  I may be compensated for purchases made through links in this post. One of my absolute favorite ways to save money is to buy used.  Used clothing, used furniture, used sports equipment, etc.  There is nothing better than finding that perfect used item at a fraction of the cost of buying new.  This is one of the reasons that I love shopping at thredUP. ThredUP is an online thrift store featuring over 35,000 (yes, I wrote that right!) different name brand used clothing for women and children. They offer literally thousands of high quality gently…

  • 10 Secrets to Spend Less at Target

    10 Secrets to Spending Less at Target

    Is there really a secret to spending less at Target???   The clothes are darling; the jewelry is affordable; the home decor is always on point.  Oh, and don’t even get me started on the dollar section!  No matter how hard I try to avoid that dollar section, there’s no going to Target without a stop at the dollar section (amiright?!?).  There is only one downside to Target……I always leave spending to much money!  So today, I want to share with you my 10 Secrets to Spend Less at Target. This article contains affiliate links.  I may receive compensation for purchases made through links in this post. Secret #1:  Just Stay…

  • How to begin saving today for your future

    3 Steps to a Long Term Savings Goal

    Did you know that half of all Americans do not have any money saved for retirement?  I read this statistic the other day and it made me so sad.  Long term savings is so important, but also one of those things that is easy to put off until “next year.”  The future often looks so far away, it’s hard to remember to plan for it immediately. The truth is though, that the earlier you you begin to save for the long term, the more money you will have and the less stress you will feel.  If this is something you haven’t been making a priority yet, I encourage you to…

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    8 Ways to Save Money on Utilities This Winter

    It’s time to prepare for the cold winter months (I’m seriously not excited about this!).  This is a time when sadly many households see a rise in utility costs.  Fortunately, There are ways to save money on utilities during these harsh winter months. I live in a cold cold place and it is common for the temperature to dip below zero and the highs during winter are rarely over 30.  It’s cold and it’s cold for a long time!  I am determined to not allow these freezing temperatures to put a strain on our finances. 1.  Wear Layers Stay comfortable in a cooler home by bundling up and wearing layers. …

  • 25 Items You Must Have In A Frugal Pantry

    A well stocked Frugal Pantry will help you keep your grocery expenses down.  When you have a pantry stocked with Frugal Foods you will have the needs and means to “shop your pantry first” instead of heading to the grocery store or out to a restaurant. Today, I’m sharing the absolute best staples you need stocked in your own Frugal Pantry. This article contain affiliate links.  I will be compensated for purchases made through links in this post. For Baking Watch the grocery stores for sales on baking items.  These usually come in October/November.  Stock up on baking supplies so they will last you until the next sale. 1. Flour…