Saving Money


Educating Your Children on Good Financial Habits Before They Leave Home

This is a guest post from Patty over at Working Mother Life. We have just a short amount of time to prepare our children to be productive members of society. From a very early age, our children watch everything that we do and learn from us. They soak everything up like a sponge. If you haven’t already been doing so, it is time to teach them some good financial habits before they grow up and leave home. The best thing that you can do is model good financial habits and behaviors, but on top of this, you need to teach them […]


5 Back to School Tips and Tricks

Back to school where I live is not until labor day (for now), but I have noticed that many others have already started back to school! August/September is similar to January in that a lot of people kind of start a “new year” and make plans to get organized, start new activities or hobbies, and set up new systems and routines. This is a great time to do this as it is about halfway through the year and allows you to reflect on any goals or resolutions you made in January.  And also add new ones. If you did not […]


12 Items Not to Buy at the Grocery Store

Do you dread grocery shopping?  I have a love/hate relationship with grocery shopping. I still hate meal planning, which is the first step when it comes to getting ready to grocery shop.  But that is probably more because I have not set up a working meal planning system. I hate the amount of time out of my day grocery shopping takes, but I actually like being in the grocery store (half the reason why I shop at Wegmans!). I love when I have a perfectly organized grocery list that allows me to minimize my time actually shopping, but I dread […]


6 Areas to Save Money During Wedding Season

As an almost-thirty-year-old (not quite yet!), I feel like half my Facebook newsfeed either gets married or attends a wedding every weekend.  I am sure you are thinking it is hard to save money during wedding season! If you are in that mid-twenty to mid-thirty age range, you know exactly what I am talking about. And you have your fair share of weddings to attend each year between April and October. It can get EXPENSIVE.   Sometimes you might even feel like you don’t want to RSVP ‘yes’ to another wedding in fear of what it will do to your […]


4 Ways to Save Money Without Coupons

Do you know how to save money without coupons? I used to be a moderate couponer when we first got married.  I had just quit my job and we were new to the whole strict budgeting and living on one income thing. I eventually stopped couponing once I got my teaching job about a year later because it was just too much work and it was not really “necessary” anymore. Since I have been staying home with our kids, couponing still is not the best use of time in my mind, but I have found a few other ways to […]


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 […]