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.
If you plan road-travel adventures, it is very important to pack an
emergency survival kit in your vehicle. Such kits can be purchased
pre-assembled or you can make your own with a little help from the
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Although fall is my favorite time of year, it seems so busy with my
kids’ many activities (football, soccer and dance). Dinnertime can be
quite a challenge, but not when I have recipes that take only 30 minutes
to prepare from start to finish. This recipe for Beef and Broccoli is
one of my favorite quick and easy main dishes...
As the leaves begin to change and the crisp, fall air arrives, it’s time
to say goodbye to summer and welcome the autumn weather! Try one of my
inexpensive fall fun ideas and celebrate the changing of the season with
your family or friends...
Thursday, October 4, 2012
...My three kids and I have been craving pumpkin bread this fall and this
recipe for Mini-Pumpkin Bread with Greek Yogurt has been a staple. These
mini loaves are so good, incredibly simple and they also make the
perfect fall or holiday gift...
When you set out to create a new color scheme...you no longer have to rely on swatches and color
palettes created by other designers. With online color generators, you
can now create your own custom, color swatches from images found on the
internet, or sourced from your own digital photographs....
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 7, 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 5, 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