Sweet Frugal Life

Learn how to love your life through frugal living!

  • How to Save Money on Back to School Supplies

    Summer goes by way to fast!  Back to school supply season always sneaks up on us and I kind of hate it.  Sending my three kids back to school makes me a little sad as they keep growing, even though I tell them to stop! I’m going to be completely honest with you…. Buying back to school supplies has always been a spending trigger for me.  I just love all of the fresh pencils, crayons, and new binders.  When I see all the great deals I just want to grab a few extra here and a few extra there….anyone else know what I’m talking about??? I have been working harder…

  • Weekly Meal Plans: Small Peek Into What We Eat Each Day!

    Does anyone else dislike meal planning as much as I do???  I honestly dread it every.single.week. But, I know that we spend less and eat better if I meal plan….so every Sunday evening you will find me planning for the upcoming week. Here’s a little peek into what my weekly meal plans look like.  Hopefully they will be helpful to you as you!  I usually only meal plan dinners, and I choose breakfasts and dinners day by day. Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 What’s cooking at your house this week?????  Let me know in the comments!  I’m always needing more ideas!

  • 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…

  • Everything You Need to Know About Emergency Funds

    What is an Emergency Fund…..And Why you need one in your budget today.

    I strongly encourage every single person to have a fully funded Emergency Fund. I know, I know….it’s not fun to plan for financial emergencies, it’s much more fun to dream of buying the new and flashy. But, I have never heard anyone regret having an emergency fund…..and I have heard many people regret NOT having one. Do you have an emergency fund?  If you don’t, I suggest you begin contributing to one immediately.  I know this can feel overwhelming, so don’t worry!  This article answers the most asked emergency fund questions and explains all of the nitty gritty. What is an Emergency Fund? An emergency fund is money you have…

  • My Honest Review of the 2019 Ultimate Homemaking Bundle

    I am an affiliate with Ultimate Bundles.  At no extra cost to you, I will receive a commission from purchases made from links in this post.  I am sharing my very honest opinions. I recently purchased the 2019 Ultimate Homemaking Bundle and wanted to answer a few questions I have been getting about this awesome product. What is it? The 2019 Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is a collection of 28 eBooks, 30 eCourses, videos & audios, 41 printables & workbooks, 3 summits, and 2 membership sites.  They cover all Homemaking Topics including; decor, home management, parenting, meal planning, working at home and more.  Inside the bundle you will find recipes, chore…

  • New York City in a Weekend

    I have always dreamed of visiting New York City.  There is just something about the lights, the buildings, and the hustle and bustle that appealed to me. I’ve talked about this dream with my sister for years and one day she stopped me and said, “Let’s do it! Let’s go visit New York City this year.”  And I said, “Ok!”  We decided to try to keep the budget low and to only visit for 3 nights, one weekend.  We made our list of “must stops” and started planning. Day 1:  Thursday We arrived in NYC at around 6 pm and after checking into our hotel we hit the streets! *Money…

  • How we visited San Diego on a Budget

    I am a Get Away Today partner and may receive commissions for Get Away Today vacations booked through links on my site (THANKS).  I was not compensated for this post and all opinions are my own.  I was recommending Get Away Today to all my friends BEFORE becoming a partner, because they are that amazing.  ? A couple of weeks ago I blogged all about our trip to Southern California.  We spent a couple of days in Anaheim and a couple days in San Diego.  You can find the blog detailing the Anaheim portion of the trip here: Our Disney Savings Plan: How we paid for our Disney Vacation while on a…

  • 10 Valentines gifts for him under $10!

    “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.” Do you have Valentines Day plans?  You don’t need to spend a lot of money to make the day feel special.  Check out my post about 20 FREE Valentine Date Ideas for some inspiration on planning a fun and romantic valentines date while on a budget. I LOVE Valentines Day.  It is so fun to spend a day showing the people I love most how much I care for them. …