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Costco Membership Benefits: Buy Real Food for Lessby  

By Andrea Green, Contributing Writer Do you belong to Costco? If not, have you wondered if the Costco membership benefits are worth it? With 90% of all Costco members renewing their membership each year, it's easy to make a case that... Read More

What’s Helping Me Conquer Our Runaway Grocery Budgetby  

I bet you'd never guess the tools I find most useful when it comes to sticking with and maximizing our grocery budget. You might think it has to do with meal planning. Or perhaps a kitchen appliance like a grain... Read More

8 Eco-Friendly Gift Wrap Ideasby  

By Beth Ricci, Contributing Writer  Disposable wrapping paper is a multi-billion dollar industry that sells a product designed to be used and then immediately torn up and thrown in the trash. Not the most eco-friendly practice, obviously. However, we cannot deny... Read More

Curbing Consumption with a Clothing Fastby  

Ever considered a clothing fast? You won't want to miss Hilary's story! Guest Post by Hilary Kimes Bernstein Until New Year’s Day 2013, retail therapy was one of my favorite pastimes. If I was bored, I loved to window shop.... Read More

Food Is Not Cheap: 4 Steps to Budgeting in Real Foodby  

By Diana, Contributing Writer Are you working to ditch processed foods and put more real food on the table? This month we're running a series called Real Food Made Simple: A Beginner's Guide to Eating Better. Our goal is to... Read More

Keeping Costs Down in a Real Food Kitchenby  

By Stacy Myers, Contributing Writer Are you working to ditch processed foods and put more real food on the table? This month we're running a series called Real Food Made Simple: A Beginner's Guide to Eating Better. Our goal is to... Read More

How to Be Debt-Free in 2013by  

By Stacy Myers, Contributing Writer Some of you clicked on this post out of sheer curiosity…you want to see what this kook has to say. After all, it’s not something you really believe. You don’t REALLY think it’s possible to... Read More

What Our Children Are Teaching Us About Being Giversby  

By Crystal Paine, Contributing Writer Ten years ago, when my husband and I were first married, frugality was a must. If we didn't pinch pennies, we couldn't survive -- or at least not without racking up a serious amount of... Read More

A Day in the Life: Diana (Real Food Mama Shopping for the Healthiest Food at the Lowest Prices)by  

Written by Diana, Contributing Writer I don't know about you, but these past few years have been the most challenging, economically, for my family. When my husband and I had our first child six years ago, we made the decision... Read More

The Eating from the Pantry and Freezer Challenge Beginsby  

It's time to begin the Eating From the Pantry and Freezer Challenge. I'm excited to get going and I hope you are, too! I promised to share my own plan and goals with you, so here's what I'm planning to... Read More

Moving to a More Natural Lifestyle: Ramblings of a Former Coupon Queenby  

Guest Post written by Stacy Myers. Hello – My name is Stacy and I used to be a coupon addict. No…really. I would take my coupon binder camping – in the woods – with all of nature – and no electricity.... Read More

Increase Your Wardrobe — Without Spending Any Money {Developing a Women’s Clothing Exchange}by  

Written by Erin Odom, Contributing Writer My family operates on a tight budget. And since having children, there hasn't been much--if any--room in that budget for adding to mine or my husband's wardrobe. But just over a year ago I discovered... Read More

How I Would Improve my $250 Grocery Budget Even Moreby  

If you haven't yet read my initial post, What I Would Feed my Family on a Monthly Budget of $250, I would suggest going there first, and then coming back to this post. First, Some Answers to Your Questions 1.... Read More

What I Would Feed my Family on a Monthly Budget of $250by  

Note: This post was written several years ago, and so the food prices are not current. I would guesstimate than in the almost three years since I wrote it, prices have gone up enough that I would need to spend... Read More

Yes, You Can Stop Using Credit Cards!by  

Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer In the new year, one of the major resolutions a lot of people make (after losing weight) is getting out of debt.  A lot of families are reeling from their Christmas expenses -- I... Read More

Can Coupons Be Used Responsibly?by  

Written by Courtney, Contributing Writer As mothers raising families in a tough economy, we are always looking for ways to save money and make our dollars stretch a little further. Since the beginning of time, mothers have learned to be... Read More

My New eBook- Plan It, Don’t Panic: Everything You Need to Successfully Create and Use a Meal Planby  

Announcing my newest eBook... Plan It, Don't Panic: How to Successfully Create and Use a Meal Plan! What if you could learn to meal plan in a way that helped you to eat better, while saving you money, time and... Read More

Book Review: The Money Saving Mom’s Budget (5 Copies to Win!)by  

If you want to learn something, one of the best ways is to learn from someone who has actually done it. Do you want to learn to get your budget under control, cut your expenses drastically, simplify your life, and live both... Read More

5 Frugal Real Food Meal Ideasby  

Written by Mindy, Contributing Writer Without proper planning, a whole foods diet can be more draining on your wallet than you might expect!  However, by menu planning and incorporating meals with lower cost ingredients into my meal plans, I actually... Read More

11 Ways to Save on Your Grocery Billby  

  As 2011 comes to an end, we’re sharing helpful lists to help you save money, stay healthy, get organized, creatively repurpose, frugally gift-give, intentionally celebrate and more in our “11 Things for 2011” series throughout these holiday months. By... Read More

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