• 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,…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…