Let's face it: Times are tight and budgets are shrinking. But there are ways to stretch, and even (gasp!) have fun doing it! This blog is about finding ways to get more from every household dollar, and enjoy every precious minute.
Friday, September 28, 2012
Depending on many factors in your life, including your budget and
schedule, meal planning can be a good or bad thing. To this end, I
wanted to share a few resources to help make meal planning a little
easier. All of the tools and ideas provided are FREE so you can try them
and see which works best for you and your family...
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
It is rumored that there are nearly 14,000 alternate uses for everyday
table salt, including skincare and health remedies. Below are my
favorite, top ten uses for salt...
Monday, September 24, 2012
The concept of “paying it forward” is nothing new, but in recent years
it has become even more popular. The notion behind “paying it forward”
is that a good deed not be reciprocated to the originator, but instead
repaid in good faith to another unsuspecting person....
Friday, September 21, 2012
There comes a point in everyone’s week when they just want to go out
to dinner instead of preparing one... So
now the trick is finding a restaurant to feed your family without
spending a fortune. Below are a few mobile restaurant apps that will
help you feed your family without breaking the bank...
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Getting organized doesn’t have to mean spending hundreds of dollars.
You can easily use many of the tools you have at home or purchase a few
inexpensive items. Some of my favorite must-have tools to get and stay organized include...
Monday, September 17, 2012
Small objects can become darling decorative statements by using
something as simple as a glass jar. The same effect a glass dome or
cloché has on any item, so too, can an item you might easily find in
your household, even in your recycling bin...
Friday, September 14, 2012
As autumn approaches, the prices of fall fruits and vegetables plummet.
At our house, we do our best to take advantage of these savings by
bringing more variety to our diet and eating seasonally....
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
...Are you ready to begin filling your box full of freebies? With the use
of technology today, you can collect freebies without having to clip
coupons or mail away for free offers. You can easily sign-up for
multiple websites that will inform you of daily freebie offers
Monday, September 10, 2012
One of the earliest crafts I remember making when I was a kid is a fun
yarn-and-fork pompom. The tiny puffs are only about 1-inch in diameter,
but have a multitude of crafty applications...
Friday, September 07, 2012
I love all things that can simplify and ease tasks in my daily life,
such as the one-dish dinner. In fact, I love it so much that I started a
sister website to my blog “$5 Dinners,” called “One Dish Dinners”
where I share my favorite simple, easy one-dish dinners. Below is a
little taste of one of the recipes...
Wednesday, September 05, 2012
...If you’re like me, getting your children’s clothes organized can feel a
bit daunting. To help me stay organized, I’ve created a hand-me-down
system. Here are tips to help you begin organizing and storing your
Monday, September 03, 2012
...Since most students will be moving into small dorm rooms that offer few
of the comforts of home, help ease their stress by putting together a
special gift basket just for them. If you don’t have a basket prepared
for the initial journey, consider filling a basket with lightweight
The end of summer means leaving our leisurely summer days behind and
shifting to our busy school schedules. Getting ahead in the kitchen by
creating meals and then freezing them is a quick, easy and mess-free way
of making a dinner that leaves me feeling less frazzled come
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
...To help me stay organized, I’ve created a “life file” to safely organize
and store all of those important documents. This not only helps me to
easily find a document when needed, but it will also be helpful should
there be an emergency...
In my opinion, there is nothing quite as embarrassing as forgetting the
name of someone you just met. Though there are a lot of techniques and
exercises for remembering the names of people you meet at a function,
many of us still have a great deal of trouble. Luckily...
This recipe includes so many wonderful flavors, it is worth turning your
oven on in this heat for 20 short minutes. The zucchini is perfectly
soft. The herbs are powerful and the perfect addition to this otherwise