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 […]

Preserving the Harvest: Sweet Fruit Chutney

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by Meg Dickey, Contributing Writer Summer, and the fruit it brings, has a way of overwhelming many of us. If you’ve got a pile of peaches, plums, nectarines, apricots or any other kind of fruit sitting in the middle of your table, you need to figure out a way to deal with it!  One of the reasons I love this recipe is that it not only lets me preserve a little taste of ripe fruit for a few months, but it adds great probiotics to […]

Affording Cloth Diapers on a Low Income

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Guest Post Written by Erin Odom After Keeper of the Home’s recent series on cloth diapers, you may finally be thinking: Hey, I CAN do this! She makes cloth diapering seem so EASY! But have the upfront costs of modern cloth diapers frustrated you? I’ve been there. And I found a solution. Image by chahad My Story It wasn’t long after the birth of my second daughter when I realized my family would barely be able to afford diapers for both our children, since our […]

Planning What to Preserve

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Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer Are you new to preserving food – or maybe just curious about it?  Maybe you’d like to give it a shot, but don’t really know where to start. I was in your shoes last year!  It was my very first year preserving food for my family.  I had no idea what we would realistically eat in a year, given availability, and definitely didn’t plan it as well as I could have!  Many things ran out with months yet before the […]

Meal Plans from “100 Days of Real Food”

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Written by Lisa Leake, Guest Writer At the beginning of last year our eating habits were just like those of any other average family. We thought we were making fairly healthy food choices, although we certainly didn’t mind the occasional fast food meal or bag of chips. Then came a series of events, including an Oprah show, a book by Michael Pollan, and the documentary Food Inc., which forever changed the way we looked at food. As it turned out, a lot of what we […]

Saving Money by Using Cloth

Cloth.  Such a simple word.  Only five letters.  But, oh, what a money saver! Think about all the paper products you use during the day.  How many of them do you throw away once they’ve been used? Now think about how many of those products could be converted to cloth, washed and reused. Here’s my list: paper towels napkins paper plates baby wipes baby diapers baby bibs baby changing mats toilet paper feminine napkins Making the Switch Out of this list, several things we already […]

Frugality as a Means of Giving (and Meet Keeper of the Home’s New Sponsor Child!)

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Why do you practice frugality? It’s such a hot topic these days, how to save money and do more with less. We read about it, talk to our friends about it, put great amounts of effort into living it. What’s less common, though, is to examine exactly why we do it. Perhaps it’s because money is tight, especially as a single-income family in a dual-income world, and we want to make staying at home with our children a priority. Or maybe it’s because of the […]

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 […]