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

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  *After you read this post, be sure to read the second post in this series, with thoughts on how I would improve upon this budget.* I had way too much fun writing this post. I hinted on Facebook last week that I was working on a post detailing what I would buy if I could only spend $250 a month for our family of 5 (we currently spend $450, although that does include some household goods/toiletries, which my $250 budget doesn’t). My goal? To […]

5 Tips for Saving Money on Natural Skincare

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Written by Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer As we learn more about how our skin absorbs the products we slather on, it’s only natural that we desire to use safe alternatives as part of our regular skin care routine. If you’ve taken a peek at some of the organic/natural skin care products on the market, you already know how expensive they can be. When we are seeking to do what is best for our health and the health of our family, this can be really frustrating. […]

5 Frugal Real Food Meal Ideas

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  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 spend the same amount on groceries now as I did before we made the switch to whole foods. Here are five of my favorite meal ideas for keeping our grocery budget under control.  We usually have at least two of these meals every week, […]

11 Ways to Save on Your Grocery Bill

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  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 Contributing Writer Brandy Ferguson As a busy wife and mother of almost eight boys, it’s been necessary through the years, to find more and more ways to save on our growing family’s grocery bill. The list could be endless, of course, including practical tips like […]

11 Alternative Uses For a Coffee Grinder

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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. As I’ve been learning that less is more and working hard to purge and pare down the things that we own, I’ve been reminded of the beauty of having multi-purpose appliances. Today’s post is a feature of the handy, inexpensive little gadget that we know as a […]

10 DIY Christmas Gifts Your Friends and Family Will Cherish

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Written by Jaime G, Guest Writer Whether you’re on a strict budget, have a large family and many friends, or simply enjoy creating meaningful Christmas gifts, I hope you’ll find a few Christmas gift ideas you’ll enjoy making – and giving – on my list. It’s wonderful to create lasting memories, especially during the Christmas season. Merry Christmas to you and your family! 1. For the tea lover in your life, a homemade chai tea kit would make an ideal gift. Using an assortment of […]

9 Homemade Gift Ideas: Frugal and Fast

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  Written by Mindy, Contributing Writer I have always loved making, giving, and receiving handmade gifts.  There is just something very special about a gift that somebody takes the time to make themselves! As much as I’ve always loved making gifts to give others, I do…ahem…have a history of not completing all of my handmade gifts on time.  I always have such grand dreams of crocheting everyone in my family huge blankets for Christmas, or making everyone a pair of matching pajamas. If I would […]

21 Ideas for Celebrating a Simple, Natural Thanksgiving: Eats, Decor, Gratitude

I have to confess something… I will not be celebrating Thanksgiving this week. That’s because as a Canadian, that day came and went back in October! But I know that for most of you, Thanksgiving is your focus this week and so I wanted to share some ideas and inspiration with you. I had far too much fun putting together this selection of tasty-looking real food holiday recipes, frugal and nature-inspired decor ideas, and gratitude printables and activities for you. This is only a small […]