Why I don’t post every coupon out there

Two years ago, wow has it been that long already, I had made the decision to stay at home with my then 1 year old son and my daughter who was in 3rd grade. Part of our monthly income had decreased and if I wanted to stay at home I needed to change a few things about how the money was leaving the house. I saw a show on Nate Burkus where several ladies purchased carts full of food that was around $1,000 for about $20.00 bucks. This was before that show Extreme Couponing came out on TLC. So I did a little homework to see […]

Mission Organization

Command Center

My mission for this year is the organization of my home and to get rid of clutter. I am not a hoarder, but at times I feel I might be a bit borderline. But it is probably more like laziness than hoarder. I have come up with a couple of awesome home organization ideas that have made my life easier. I hope these help  you too! I would really like a clean organized home, but sometimes if I am cleaning up I can’t make a decision right then I will create a pile of stuff. Well then that pile gets bigger, and who wants to […]

Start Saving for College

School is starting up soon and we will be sending our little ones off to learn as much as they can in those hallowed halls. Have you started thinking about saving for college for when they leave those school halls? Do you have a saving plan in place? Whether you already have something in place or not, you can sign up for a Upromise account. This is one of the easiest ways to start saving for college. Get started now right in time for back to school. I signed up for Upromise when my daughter was just a baby. After you sign up you can […]

Higher Beef & Pork Prices – How you can save during this drought

Cows

I know we have heard the hype on the news lately. So I want to inform you a little about what is or will be happening at the grocery stores soon and ways to save right now to avoid higher costs in the future. Why does corn have to do with beef prices and milk? The corn that is grown to feed livestock is more susceptible to drought conditions than the corn grown for human consumption. Therefore, it will be more expensive to feed cattle and pigs due to the drought in the Midwest corn growing area. The Agriculture department expects groceries prices, including beef […]

Back to School Shopping

Back to School

Back to School Shopping With Maximum Savings It is July and it is also time to start your back to school shopping. Yes that is right; it is time to start back to school shopping. This is when Staples, Target, Kroger and office stores start the back to school sales. Don’t just think back to school, this is a great time to stock up on office supplies for your home for the entire year. Instead of buying just one box of crayons buy several to use throughout the year or you can donate them. Back to School at Staples Staples will have just about the […]

Planning a Vacation on a Budget

Summer is almost here and we all want to go on a vacation somewhere to just get away and unplug.  However, most people think a vacation is not in their budget. Gas, food and lodging need to be considered when traveling not to mention money on the fun things you want to do. Since there are five of us we typically drive to where we are going instead of flying. Gas is way cheaper than five airplane tickets. Today I am going to share with you how we cut costs on our food bill by planning our vacation on a budget. This is great if […]

Stop Throwing Money Away

I hate buying things that I have to throw away. It is like just taking your money and throwing it in the trash can. The only thing that I don’t mind and will not reuse is toilet paper. I am sure you have my back on this one. However there are some alternatives when it comes to other products around your home you use every day.  Frugal Money Saving Ideas One thing is paper napkins. Yes, it is important to be tidy at the table. But we don’t need to create waste in doing so. The best solution I have it using cloth napkins. Buy […]

Reuse Ideas

In keeping with the theme for this month of Earth Day today’s topic for Money Saving Monday is REUSE IDEAS. One of the best things you can do to save money is to reuse items instead of tossing them after one use. REUSE IDEAS One item that I reuse a bunch is plastic zip baggies. Most of the time I put things like muffins to freeze or snacks in these. I simply wash them out and let them dry and use them again. I will do this several times before being tossed. This helps reduce waste in the landfill and also helps my budget by […]

How I Save Money by NOT Eating Cereal for Breakfast

I rarely buy cereal any more. There are some great cereal deals out there right now and I just don’t feel the need to buy cereal when I have great items I can make for breakfast ahead of time and freeze. Here are a few items I like to make pancakes, muffins, french toast and hard boiled eggs and sausage. I make extra on the weekends and freeze these to eat throughout the week. Just simply pop them in the microwave for a minute or two and you have a quick and easy breakfast.  Cinnamon Swirl French Toast – $1.44 for a family of Five […]