5 Sneaky Ways to Build a $,1000 Emergency Fund – STAT!

I think we can agree that having an emergency fund is necessary. While none of us like to think about the unthinkable happening, the truth is, is can happen. Layoffs, job cuts, pay cuts. You just never really know. There can also be unexpected expenses that can appear without warning, and without an … [Read more...]

10 Surefire Ways to Eliminate Credit Card Debt One Step At a Time

Are you facing a growing amount of credit card debt? Are you longing to finally get control over your credit card debt but feel lost as to how to DO it? According to 2014 statistics, the average American household is carrying over $15,000 in credit card debt. This can be an overwhelming feeling … [Read more...]

Have a Green Kitchen With Little to No Extra Effort

The kitchen is a great place to start when focusing on being more friendly to the environment because it is an area of our homes that generates lots of waste. With so many foods, dishes, and products of all kinds coming and going, the kitchen is an important place to focus on making smart decisions. … [Read more...]

Secrets to Feeding a Family of 10 on $350 a Month

With one of my most popular posts being one that teaches others how I feed my family of eight for $250, it is time I update how I save money at the grocery store these days as that post is more than a year old. I find that the price of groceries had remained relatively the same, but with kids who … [Read more...]

Freezer Staples For Stress Free Meals (are these things in YOUR freezer?)

Freezer staples are so essential to maintaining a frugal lifestyle in the kitchen. Without simple foods on hand to use in a pinch both in the freezer and in the pantry, grabbing some sort of convenience meal or just heading out for dinner is often the result. Like freezer meals, freezer staples are … [Read more...]

The Insider Secrets to Creating a Meal Plan That Actually Works!

Making a meal plan has become an invaluable tool to me in many ways. It saves me time, it saves me money, it saves me stress. In full disclosure, it took me some time to see the value. At first I just felt I was wasting too much time I didn’t have. But now, it has become a learned skill, and it has … [Read more...]

Are You Really Ready to Buy a Home? Here Are 7 Things To Know

This post was sponsored, and paid for, by SunTrust. All opinions are my own. Buying a home, whether for the first time or the 34th time, is a huge step. I would argue that aside from anything related to family, it is second only to choosing a career path. I have done this twice, and right now … [Read more...]

Creating a Master Bedroom That Is a Relaxing Haven

Having a master bedroom feels like a relaxing haven is like a dream to me. This could be because I live with so many people and have only one space to call my own. This could also be because it's where I go when I just need to "have a moment." While the other areas of my home are important to me, … [Read more...]

8 Reasons You Need a Budget That’s Not Written On a Napkin!

So, I've already shared 8 Tips For Creating a Budget That Works, but why do you need a budget anyway? Why should you put forth the time and effort in creating one? Why do you really need a budget that's not written on the back of a napkin, anyway? A budget is just one of the many things you can … [Read more...]

How to Clean Your Glass Top Stove the Frugal & Non-Toxic Way

Do you know the frugal way to clean your glass top stove like magic? And, it uses only two things you probably already have. I love a shiny stove, but I always hated spending $5 or more for the glass top stove cleaner. There had to be an easier and money saving way. So, I set about looking for … [Read more...]

15 Frugal Tips for Feeding a Large Family: UPDATE

Feeding a large family certainly means you will need more food, but it does not mean it needs to break the bank.  I have implemented some great money saving tips around my house. I am able to feed my family of 8 (the baby doesn't count at this point) on $250 a month on average. I have lived a frugal … [Read more...]

5 Simple Family Meals Your Kids Will Love (and so will your budget!)

Feeding a family can get so draining day after day. Then, it only gets more complicated when you are trying to just make something that everyone loves without breaking the bank. It is so helpful to have some favoite family meals on hand. There are a handful of my family's favorite recipes. They … [Read more...]

Loaded Potato Wedges (Without the Restaurant Price Tag!)

Do you love a nice plate of loaded potato wedges from your local restaurant but are looking for a money-saving option? Potatoes are such a frugal and simple way to feed a family on a dime. Perhaps this is the reason I’ve created so many different ways to prepare them. These are crisp on the … [Read more...]

25 Homemade Gifts For Mom

I think as moms we can all agree that gifts of the homemade variety are so special. I love to give (and receive) homemade gifts because they really speak love to the person who is receiving the gift. Many of the ideas I have listed here take time and effort on the part of the giver, and to me, … [Read more...]

Super Cheap Summer Bucket List For the Young Family

Summer is the perfect time for longer days, a lazier schedule, and hopefully some extra fun as well. If your summer is like mine, it can seem to go by in a flash. If you’re not careful, the summer can slip right through your fingers. The next thing you know, you realize you’ve done little to no … [Read more...]