A Day in the Life: Diana (Real Food Mama Shopping for the Healthiest Food at the Lowest Prices)

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Written by Diana, Contributing Writer I don’t know about you, but these past few years have been the most challenging, economically, for my family. When my husband and I had our first child six years ago, we made the decision to sacrifice my career in favor of raising our children at home. Three children later, it’s been an up and down struggle, but through every situation God has provided for all of our needs. What’s been truly amazing is witnessing how our dependance on Him strengthens my […]

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. […]

Using Beans to Keep the Food Budget in Check

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I recently shared a very popular $250 sample grocery budget, and mentioned that one of the ways that I would stretch things out was with the use of vegetarian meals, most of which feature beans and legumes. Katie has written an incredible recipe ebook called The Everything Beans Book (keep reading for a coupon code!), which is chock full of recipes to help even bean-loathing families learn to happily eat more beans, up their nutrition, and keep costs down. And now, I’ll pass it over […]

Increase Your Wardrobe — Without Spending Any Money {Developing a Women’s Clothing Exchange}

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Written by Erin Odom, Contributing Writer My family operates on a tight budget. And since having children, there hasn’t been much–if any–room in that budget for adding to mine or my husband’s wardrobe. But just over a year ago I discovered a way to increase my wardrobe–without spending any money: a women’s clothing exchange.  Image by agador My Sister’s Closet A local church where I attend a weekly Bible study has hosted a women’s clothing exchange called My Sister’s Closet for several years. Although I never would have […]

How I Would Improve my $250 Grocery Budget Even More

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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

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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 […]

Can Coupons Be Used Responsibly?

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Written by Courtney, Contributing Writer As mothers raising families in a tough economy, we are always looking for ways to save money and make our dollars stretch a little further. Since the beginning of time, mothers have learned to be wise stewards of the limited resources available to them. More recently, many have turned to coupons to help make the most of their family’s hard earned dollars. Using coupons and taking advantage of sales and other promotions can be valuable tools to help us maximize […]

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 […]