Building a Grain-Free Pantry

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Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer If you’re grain-free, what to keep in the pantry may be somewhat of a mystery. Most pantry staples tend to be grain-based: crackers, chips, rice, wheat berries, different types of flour, and so on.  And what about snacks?  Those, too, are usually grain-based. Of course there are lots of options for grain-free pantries, but they can be more expensive.  And there are so many substitutes it can be hard to know what is really worth it to buy and […]

Saving Big Money On Your Little Ones

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By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer Most people believe that welcoming a little bundle of joy into their life means parting with a big bundle of cash to get everything that little baby will need.  From diapers and wipes, to clothes, car seats, bedding and feeding supplies, it is true that there’s a lot of stuff that babies need. But, we really don’t have to bust our budgets just because we have little ones at home. There are many ways to practice frugality and reduce expenses […]

Using Four Frugal Foods from the Produce Section Creatively

Written by Cara, Contributing Writer As we have been focusing on eating grain free meals to help with some health issues, I’ve had to learn how to shop for other foods besides grains that are filling, healthy, and easy on the budget! Since we aren’t using bread or rice as a ‘filler’ for meals, we’ve started using a lot more veggies. I think we all know that produce can really add up- I know I could easily spend hundred of dollars on fresh produce at […]

Green Tomatoes, Mincemeat and Ingenuity: Why I’m Grateful for the Women Who Have Gone Before Me

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This week I breathed a sigh of thankfulness that I have read the Little House on the Prairie series. That Caroline Ingalls was a wonder, as were so many of the inspiringly creative and brilliant pioneering women who came before us! Due to poor supports (a lack of foresight on my part), a heavy load of tomatoes and then a rainy downpour, 5 of my tomato plants collapsed the other week. I went outside to my garden after the storm to find them all alive, […]

Heirloom Seeds: A Frugal and Healthier Option for Gardening

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Today’s guest post from Phoebe of Getting Freedom is on a topic near and dear to my gardener’s heart. I am a huge advocate of heirloom seeds, for so many of the reasons that she talks about in this excellent post! ______________________________________ When we started our debt freedom journey, one thing I noticed rather quickly was our grocery budget was one of the only areas I had the freedom to cut. I didn’t want to sacrifice what we were eating, so I knew I had […]