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 […]

What’s Helping Me Conquer Our Runaway Grocery Budget

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 grinder or crockpot. Maybe it’s planting a garden or using my farmer’s market. Or finding ways to get great bulk prices. Actually, it’s so much simpler than that. Almost too simple and it barely seems worth sharing EXCEPT that I so often forget to do […]

How I Would Improve my $250 Grocery Budget Even More

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. No, this isn’t how we regularly eat. I did mention that in the other post, but I want to say it again for clarity. This is make-believe. Our usual grocery budget (which includes about $30-40 of household and toiletries) is $450, NOT $250. The point […]

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 […]

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

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 stress? After the huge success of the Plan It, Don’t Panic Meal Planning Challenge that I ran on my blog this past fall, I realized that there was a definite desire for women to learn how to meal plan more effectively and to start doing […]

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

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 frugally and generously? My dear friend, Crystal Paine, is just the person to ask. Her story speaks for itself. She and her husband began their marriage on a penny-pinching, rice and beans budget of as little as $650-900 (total!) some months, while he went through law school, […]

11 Ways to Save on Your Grocery Bill

  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 […]

3 Tips That Will Truly Help You to Manage Your Grocery Budget Better

Once upon a time, there was this girl who was very careful with her budget. So careful that her husband trusted her implicitly, and she carefully maintained her grocery budget with cash each month, so as not to overspend. She was so insistent that this method worked, she even wrote profusely on the topic. This worked well for several years. Then this girl discovered that upon returning home from an overseas trip, she was pregnant with her 4th child. Then two homestay students arrived, fatigue and nausea […]