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 […]

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

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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 […]

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 […]

Plan It- Don’t Panic: Last Week of the Meal Planning Challenge

We’re on week 6 of the meal planning challenge (well, 7 for some of us). So many of you have participated so faithfully and consistently, and I have loved doing this alongside of you! It has challenged and spurred me on to get back on track with my planning. This may be the last week of the challenge, but I truly hope and pray that it has become a habitual effort. That’s the whole point. As we keep doing this, week after week, and reap […]

Plan It- Don’t Panic Meal Planning Challenge (and Simplifying Menu Planning for Busy Times)

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Snow is lovely. Except when it delays my flight home from Pennsylvania by 24 hours, keeping me from my family. These things just happen, though, and so here I sit in the Harrisburg Sheraton hotel, attempting to come up with a suitable meal plan filled with simple meals for a week of transitioning back to regular life and coming home to an empty fridge! Unexpected circumstances and hectic times don’t have to mean that we can’t still meal plan effectively. By definition, the whole purpose […]

Plan It- Don’t Panic Meal Planning Challenge Week 5 (And 7 Ways to Use Those Leftovers)

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Can you believe we’ve been consistently meal planning together for over an entire month now? I don’t know about you, but after a summer of inconsistency, in both my planning and in the meals I was serving, it feels good. Really good. We’re eating better, saving money, and there are certainly less panicked dinner hours because I have a plan and I use it. It also enables me to take advantage more often of one of my favorite meal-making techniques… leftovers! Leftovers are a busy […]

Plan It- Don’t Panic Meal Planning Challenge Week 4 (And What to Do If You Mess Up Your Meal Plan)

The other night, I went to make dinner after a very busy afternoon out, and realized that most dreaded of mistakes. The meal plan on the fridge said “Roast beef”. The large roast was sitting downstairs. In the freezer. Frozen solid. Did I mention it was 5pm? Despite my best intentions (like planning for meal prep and trying to look regularly at my meal plan throughout the week), mistakes still happen. Meat doesn’t come out of the freezer. We forgot to buy pasta at the […]

Plan It- Don’t Panic Meal Planning Challenge (And Recipe for Okonomiyaki)

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Welcome to the 3rd week of the Plan It- Don’t Panic Meal Planning Challenge! How are your meal plans coming along? Is it getting easier to put them together? Do you find that you are saving money? Time? Dinnertime sanity? I’d love to hear how the challenge is going for you! Our Favorite Japanese Recipe: Okonomiyaki (As-You-Like-It Savory Pancakes) Although I promised more grocery budget tips, I found that I had so much to say on the topic (yes, that’s why I wrote the book- […]