How Smoggy Skies in China Changed the Way Our Family Shops

Three seemingly inconsequential words. Made in China. They’ve meant different things to me over the years. At first, those silver stickers on the bottom of inexpensive products reminded us of that rapidly growing nation across the Pacific and its manufacturing boom. At some point, “Made in China” began to mean lower-quality, cheap items that were likely to break. More recently, I became wary of toxins, like mercury, in my little one’s toys, and I became a more vigilant, worried mother, doing my best to keep […]

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

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 closer to $350 a month to make this same bare-bones grocery budget and meal plan work. The meal ideas and especially the money-saving tips in the second post are all still completely relevant, but just keep in mind that prices are not as accurate as […]

Affording Cloth Diapers on a Low Income

Guest Post Written by Erin Odom After Keeper of the Home’s recent series on cloth diapers, you may finally be thinking: Hey, I CAN do this! She makes cloth diapering seem so EASY! But have the upfront costs of modern cloth diapers frustrated you? I’ve been there. And I found a solution. Image by chahad My Story It wasn’t long after the birth of my second daughter when I realized my family would barely be able to afford diapers for both our children, since our […]

How to Save Money and Score Big At Garage Sales

I love garage sales and our house is full of garage sale finds, bought for a song (sorry, no dance). Frugality is the topic of the month, and I happen to think that buying used is one of the most important strategies for saving money on a regular basis. Not only that, but you can’t get much greener than reusing something, saving it from the dump, and not needing to purchase a new item made with valuable resources (and complete with excess packaging). These are […]

The Nitty-Gritty on The Real Food I Buy and Where I Buy It, Part 2

Yesterday I began by sharing about where I buy our meat, fish, eggs, dairy and fats. Today I’ll continue on, sharing the particulars of what I buy where. The goal isn’t to tell you that you should buy your foods just as I do, but rather to give you a detailed, inside look at how it works for one family, and to help inspire you as you seek out affordable sources of real food for your own family! Organic Grains and Flours At this point, […]

The Nitty-Gritty on The Real Food I Buy and Where I Buy It

Today and tomorrow, I simply want to share where I buy what, the best prices I’ve found, and some of the excellent deals that help our family to be able to eat plenty of wholesome, real foods on a tight budget. This isn’t a “how-to” post necessarily, because most of you don’t live where I live or even eat all of the same things that we eat. Rather, I thought that by sharing some of the details of where and how I shop, it may […]

Saving Big Money On Your Little Ones

By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer Most people believe that welcoming a little bundle of joy into their life means parting with a big bundle of cash to get everything that little baby will need.  From diapers and wipes, to clothes, car seats, bedding and feeding supplies, it is true that there’s a lot of stuff that babies need. But, we really don’t have to bust our budgets just because we have little ones at home. There are many ways to practice frugality and reduce expenses […]

Grass-Fed Meats

Written by Beth Corcoran, Contributing Writer Buying meat at the store can be quite confusing.  On top of having to choose a proper cut of meat to suit your needs, there are many grade labels that may add to the confusion: organic, prime, choice, select, etc.  However, there is one term I would like to highly encourage you to pay attention to when buying meat: grass-fed. What is Grass-Fed Meat? Grass-fed meat is actually a traditional food, and it is exactly what it sounds like.  […]