10+ Homemade Gifts for {Almost} Everyone on Your List

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By Erin, Contributing Writer With just a few weeks until Christmas, the shopping season is in full swing, and the stores are jam-packed with people vying for the latest gadget for their loved ones. But what if you’re like me–and don’t like shopping, especially with so many crowds? No need to despair! You can take care of your Christmas list with one of these homemade gifts from the comfort of your own home. Here are my top 10 homemade gift ideas for almost everyone on […]

The 3-Gift Christmas

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Written by Stacy Myers, Contributing Writer When our first daughter was born, we gave great thought to how we would celebrate Christmas. It was our desire to make sure she knew the REASON for the Christmas season. We didn’t want her growing up thinking Christmas was about Dora and Diego toys or stuffing yourself full of candy until you couldn’t zip up your pants. Because of that, we set out to make sure we fill our Christmas with family traditions that make Christ the main focus. We […]

DIY Hall Tree

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Written by Stacy Myers, Contributing Writer When we bought our new home, it didn’t come with a coat closet. Bummer. We did have the Jesus closet, but alas, He’s gone somewhere else (thank you, yard sale!). But a girl just has to have somewhere to hang her coat and purse. Laying a purse on the floor is just begging a toddler to reach in and play with your dental floss…or make “notes” on your checks. Being a HUGE advocate of all things Pinterest, I set off […]

Homemade Cocoa Body Scrub and Body Butter

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Written by Brandy, Contributing Writer It’s getting to be that time of year again when I sometimes like to smell a little bit festive.  Ya know…aside from the ordinary scent of oatmeal, honey, and whatever my toddler ate for lunch.  As the gift-giving season approaches, too, I’m glad to have these two fantastic recipes for making the most delicious-smelling body scrub and body butter ever! I’ve already made my own batch, of course, and I need to go get some more half-pint mason jars so […]

5 Frugal Ways to Stock Up on Chemical Free Fruits and Vegetables to Preserve

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Written by Diana, Contributing Writer Just like clockwork, late summer comes knocking with an explosion of fresh vegetables. This is a typical late summer harvest at my urban homestead.  I do my best to use as much as I can in dishes and the rest I try to put up for the winter. Jars of salsa, enchilada sauce, peppers, and relish line my pantries while I wait to soon be inundated by apples, pears, and grapes. I’m blessed to have most of what I preserve […]

The Benefits of Eating Down the Pantry

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Written by guest writer Jessica Fisher of Life as Mom and Good, Cheap Eats. When I was a young newlywed, I cooked almost every day.  I planned meals once a week. I shopped regularly, if not daily. I also spent enough to feed a small country. In fact, in 1994 I spent more on groceries for two people and occasional guests as I did in 2006 to feed a family with five children! One of the causes of my overspending was that I bought whatever […]

Eating From the Pantry and Freezer Challenge: Week 4

To those who’ve been doing this challenge all along, way to go! You’ve reached week 4 and your family hasn’t starved yet. Your creativity has been stretched to the max, no doubt, but I hope that you have some excellent savings to show for your hard work. To those who have joined us at some point during this month or have done any variation on the challenge, thank you for joining us! I’m sure that you’ve seen that even just a week or two of […]

How to Take Advantage of Clearance Produce

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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 further if you check out the marked-down, overripe fruits and veggies! I actually map out my grocery trips to stop at the clearance shelves and bins first. […]