Saving Money


How to Get Started Gardening

Do you have a garden?  Have you ever thought of trying out gardening? Gardens can be an excellent source of food in the summer and can save you money as well!  I tried out gardening for the first time in the spring of 2013.  We lived in a townhouse with an extremely sunny backyard and I had lots of time on my hands so I decided to try creating a small garden. My husband helped me build a small raised bed (although it was not technically “raised”).  I think it was 6×4? We just used simple pressure-treated wood to build […]

How to Get Started Gardening

13 Freezer Meals to Make Your Dinners Easier

Do you know what feels really amazing?  Knowing that you have a month’s worth of meals prepped and ready to go in the freezer!  Freezer meals or freezer cooking is seriously awesome.  If you have not tried it, I highly recommend doing so!  There are so many situations where freezer meals can come in handy. I made freezer meals when I started teaching, knowing that I would be too exhausted to cook dinner every night when I got home – especially in the first few months.  I made freezer meals before my first daughter was born and thought it was a […]

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Setting a Gift Budget for All Occasions

One area of our budget that has a tendency to get out of hand is our gift budget category. In the past, I have not been very good at anticipating all of the social events that will require a gift purchase.  In turn, this usually means that we end up spending too much on a gift or just not budgeting properly for the month. There is also the pressure of being invited to a birthday party (especially a kid’s party!) last minute and needing to get a gift but knowing it is not in the budget or someone purchasing a […]


Once-a-Week Laundry Routine

It is no secret in my house that I love figuring out the most effective and productive way to get things done.  I am always trying to determine the path of least resistance that will get me the most bang for my buck. Time is money after all! As a stay-at-home-mom, one of my weekly tasks is laundry.  Everyone has their preferred laundry routine, and if you have one that works for you, that is great. I would venture to guess that most laundry routines, especially those of people who work out of the home, involve doing laundry over multiple […]


Baby Products You Will Use the Longest

Baby Products You Will Use the Longest Baby products are high on my shopping list right now as we prepare for our second baby girl.  We are lucky in that she is due the same month, actually the same week, as my daughter was born.  We already have tons of clothes in the right size as well as other baby products that we saved.  There are a few things, of course, that I would like to purchase for the new baby.  I have determined a few baby items that we need duplicates of because we are still using them for […]


$1000 Emergency Fund – Why It Works for Us

Ever since graduating college, I had been obsessed with having at least $10,000 in the bank.  I figured it was a good enough of an emergency fund to cover any “emergencies” that were not long-term job loss.  The problem was that I (and then we, once we were married) would either hesitate to dip into this money for “emergencies” and instead put it on a credit card or we would use the cash for something that we deemed important.  But looking back, none of those items were really that important, let alone emergencies.  Saving money is important, but make sure […]


How Your Morning Routine Can Change Your Life

Before I had kids, I prided myself on being super organized…in my head.  I definitely did not have a morning routine. What this means is that I could remember everything without having to use a calendar or write it down.  I had appointments, social engagements, the conversation I had with my husband about who’s turn it was to do what chore, and where I last left my wallet, keys, and phone all stored in my brain for easy access. My house, on the other hand, was not so organized.  We usually had piles of laundry (clean, dirty, and the in-between […]


What to Pack When Traveling with a Baby

What to Pack When Traveling with a Baby Everyone who has traveled with a baby knows that you basically triple the amount of stuff you used to take with you when traveling with a baby.  We went on approximately 5 out of town trips with E before she was 6 months old and I felt like I basically had to pack up everything and anything I might possibly need, because you never know, right?  The first time I think I packed too much but I had made a list so the next time I was able to look at the list and […]


Homemade Macaroni and Cheese | Tex-Mex Style

Homemade Macaroni and Cheese | Tex-Mex Style   Who doesn’t love good old fashioned homemade macaroni and cheese?  It is delicious, cheesy, and comforting.  During the holidays I feel like I am always preparing something for a party, get together, cookie exchange, or big meal so during the other days during that week I like to try and keep our dinners simple and cheap.  Not to mention, it seems to be super gloomy and rainy in December here in Virginia (but of course no snow!) so I am always craving some comfort food. Sometimes I like to put a little […]


Amazon Prime – Is It Worth It?

Amazon Prime – Is It Worth It? Do you have Amazon Prime?  Is it something you have been considering, but you’re not sure it is worth it?  As a previous skeptic, I am here to tell you that it is! Not only is the annual cost really low compared to how much you would otherwise spend on shipping, but there are so many great features to be found once you sign up.  Plus, you have nothing to lose if you sign up for a free 30-day trial!  That is how I started out.  I signed up for a free trial […]