A 2-Week Aldi Meal Plan

A 2-Week Aldi Meal Plan Keeper of the Home

By Erin Odom, Contributing Writer I don’t keep it a secret: I love Aldi. My love affair with the discount grocery chain began during my newlywed days. My husband and I were struggling to figure out how to make our budget work, and a friend tipped me off on how much she saved by shopping at Aldi. Aldi? “Get real”, I thought. “Is it dirty inside? Is the food really…good?” But I was delighted when I discovered that the food did indeed exceed our expectations […]

Flash Weekend Giveaway! (#4: Menu Planning Membership)

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Welcome back to the awesome Flash Giveaway Event here at Keeper of the Home! So far we’ve got giveaways going for: A Year-Long Premium Membership + 30-Minute Private “Getting Started” Consultation from Stay-At-Home-Yoga Over $100 of Young Living Essential Oil Products from The Encouraging Home Organization Tools from ListPlanIt Eco-Friendly, Non-Toxic Kitchen Gear from MightyNest Propur Water Filtration Prize Bundle from United Environmental Solutions Two $50 Gift Certificates from Essential Lotions This is our last giveaway post, and instead of featuring two awesome companies – it […]

Winter Giveaway Week: Win 1 of 2 Year-Long Memberships to Plan to Eat

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Meal planning is such a must for busy moms and homemakers. Even as we’re spending a year traveling around the world (yes, really- you can read about it here), I’m still realizing the need for it. Just this afternoon, I drew up a list of the foods I’ve managed to stock up in our small, temporary pantry and kitchen. I took that list and went straight to my Plan to Eat account. Last spring, I mentioned that I had been finding my Plan to Eat […]

Getting Back in the Swing of Meal Planning (and My Two-Week Plan)

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Do you ever wonder what the writers on Keeper of the Home really eat? Wonder no longer. This is the first of many posts to come, where one writer each month will take a turn to share an actual two-week menu plan. Natalie, a busy wife and mom of 9 is the first to share, and I love her honesty. And I want her rice cooker. Read on… I snickered when Stephanie asked us to write up a two week menu plan.  Ten years and […]

Resources and Recipes to Make Your Meal Planning Successful

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With the Plan It- Don’t Panic meal planning challenge beginning this Monday morning, now seemed like the perfect time to share some really helpful resources to help you succeed with your menus. Learn more about how to make meal planning work (and some different methods for doing it), find tons of my favorite online recipes and cookbooks, and score some great resources for planning and tracking all of your meal planning efforts. The How-To of Meal Planning: Healthy and frugal meal planning help Part 1 […]

You Asked For It: Plan It- Don’t Panic! {A 6-Week Meal Planning Challenge}

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All those who know that meal planning is a good idea, but struggle to actually do it, put up their hands! (Is yours raised?) I definitely relate. I have been meal planning on and off (more on than off) for about 6 years. I know the benefits. I write about them. My budget and our family’s nutritional status can attest to the fact that meal planning most certainly works. Still, it isn’t always easy. We go through different seasons of life and routines changes. We […]

Frugal Living with Food Sensitivities

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Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer One major area that women attempt to be frugal is in the kitchen. I know I do; it’s probably “my” main area!  (In others my husband and I work together.)  But when you have food sensitivities or have to be on a special diet, sometimes being frugal in the kitchen isn’t so easy.  However, it is possible!  We’ve recently lowered our grocery budget quite a bit, despite attempting to be low-grain, so I have some experience in food limitations […]

Creating A Dinner Time Routine

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Written by Emily McClements, Contributing Writer It’s been a long day.  You’re tired, the kids are cranky, or needy, or fighting, or all three at once, the house looks like a tornado just passed through, and you look at the clock and it’s 5:00 pm and you think, “Oh NO! What are we going to have for dinner?” What usually happens then, is something gets thrown together haphazardly, while the kids whine and cling to your leg. The stuff that’s covering the dinner table gets […]