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Why I’m Choosing NOT to Shop Black Friday

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For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved catching a great deal and saving 50%, 75%, 90% or more on items during Black Friday shopping extravaganza. I would get up at 4 am, willingly, and start my eight hour shopping frenzy.  I would go into battle armed with my reusable bags, detailed shopping lists Continue Reading...


Getting Rid of the Clutter – My New Mission

After reading The Money Saving Mom's Budget book (clutter negatively impacts your finances) and watching a few episodes of Hoarders, I knew the time had come for me to de-clutter. To visitors, my house appears clean and picked up (at least as much as it can be three kids under 6), but the drawers and Continue Reading...


Frugal Fun on a cold snowy day

It's bitter cold here in Omaha, -2 degrees, and the kids have been stuck in the house all week with colds. Now that my oldest is better she really wants to go outside and play in some snow but I can't let her since it's so ridiculously cold and windy. So, I decided to let Continue Reading...


Make your own baby food

I have a 5 month old son who is just starting out on solid foods and I don't want to buy the expensive jars of baby food. At his age, he only eats a small amount from the jar and then the rest is wasted. Yesterday, my doctor told me a great way to make Continue Reading...


Goal Setting Tips!

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Happy New Year's! This is a popular time of year to set goals or make resolutions. Some people make resolutions and some don't, but I think setting goals is important any time of year and wanted to focus on goal setting today. I recently asked readers what goals they have for the year, and many Continue Reading...


Meal Planning 1 Bag=5 Dinners

UPDATE - Also, check out the monthly meal plans we create every month with a full month of easy, family friendly recipes and printable calendars. I am loving the new Kraft 1 bag, 5 dinners meal planner. Each bag includes the recipes and shopping list for a week of home cooked meals for a family Continue Reading...