Save Money with Perennials In Your Flower Garden

By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer I love flowers. But if I try to stick to a budget when gardening, I’d rather focus my spending on vegetables that will feed my family instead of flowers. To stretch my flower gardening budget, I choose perennials because they’ll come back year after year – and they’ll multiply. How to save money with perennials This is the perfect time of year to search for perennial sales at your local garden center. Greenhouses want to sell their merchandise before the […]

Ways to Use Clearance Produce

We originally published this post in June of 2012, but with an increase in food prices in recent years, the advice and tips that Erin offers here are still very useful! Written by Erin Odom, Contributing Writer Since this season is all about incorporating more veggies into our diets and eating from our pantries and freezers, I thought it would be a prime time to share one of my favorite frugal grocery shopping tips: how to take advantage of clearance produce. You can stretch your weekly produce allowance a lot […]

Costco Membership Benefits: Buy Real Food for Less

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 Costco has a lot of happy, loyal members who value their membership benefits. I happen to be one of those card carrying, annual membership renewing, Costco members. About once a month I grab a monstrous sized cart, flash my membership card at the door, and […]

Real Deals: Sales and Discounts on Natural Products You Really Use

 Did you miss last week’s announcement? Find out what these “real deals” are all about! This week’s top deals: Burt’s Bees Fabulously Fresh Peppermint & Rosemary Body Wash for $6.99 ($0.58/oz).  Save 5-15% with Subscribe & Save. Nutiva Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, 54-Ounce Containers (Pack of 2) for just 40.15 ($0.37/oz).  Save 5-15% with Subscribe & Save (get it as low as $38.75). Equal Exchange Bright Day Brew, Ground Coffee, Medium Roast, 12-Ounce Bags (Pack of 3) for $24.00 (or $22.80 with Subscribe & Save). At $8.00 […]

16 Ways to Encourage Children to Get Outdoors

By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer Remember the summers of your childhood? Did you spend long days outside? Were they spent riding bikes, climbing trees, playing hopscotch, or building sandcastles? Mine were. I can remember lying on my back on the grass, watching the clouds blow by, and thinking how absolutely bored I was. I was 7. My summer days stretched before me and were filled with plenty of free time. Now that I’m a mom, I want my own children to experience the same kind […]

Creative Ideas For Girls’ Night: How To Build Real Community Without Spending a Fortune

Looking for some creative ideas for girls’ night this New Year’s Eve? Jessica has you covered! By Jessica, Contributing Writer I used to feel like an introvert. I enjoyed (but didn’t really need) much of a social life. And then I was a mom. Somehow it’s taken long days spent with two adorable, exhausting toddlers to realize: You know, I really like grown-ups. I enjoy stimulating conversation. I crave it, actually. I’m really lonely without it! I remember the exact moment it hit me. I […]

8 Eco-Friendly Gift Wrap Ideas

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 that gift-giving is fun, partly due to the surprise element. So what’s an eco-conscious, naturally-minded gift-giving mama to do? I wrote a guest post at Simple Homemade last year on the 3R’s and how to prioritize them. In it, I talked about how I had learned the […]

Time Saving Tips for Natural Cleaning

By Stacy, Contributing Writer Do you want to clean your home naturally, but feel overwhelmed by the idea of making the cleaners yourself? If you are anything like me, you might get carried away and think you need a new cleaner for every task. Eventually this becomes a burden that is just too much to handle. It might seem a little silly to allow the desire to clean your home naturally drive you crazy, but when added to the mountain of tasks a wife and mom […]