20 Excellent Resources for Budgeting Newbies

I’ve got 6 words for you. Budget. Budget. Budget. Budget. Budget. Budget. © wandee007 – stock.adobe.com   Does that word tend to make you anxious? Just think of it as a synonym for “spending plan,” which gets a better rap and helps you understand its purpose right away. If you have entered the world of… Keep reading →

Eating in Season: Spring Edition

I’ll tell you what. I have been looking forward to spring for one reason, and one reason only: all the fresh, springy produce available to eat! © zoryanchik / Dollar Photo Club It seems as though winter is left with far fewer delicious fruits and veggies than any other season, and spring is a great… Keep reading →

The 10 Pantry Staples that Keep Our Grocery Budget below $300 a month

The first few years of our marriage, I was all over the place with our meal plans. There were a few meals I would make over and over again because my husband loved them, but I loved exploring the kitchen and learning how to cook. So most nights, I was cooking something we had never had before…. Keep reading →

Road Trippin’ with a 1 Year Old

Traveling – especially road trippin’ – with a 1 year old can be tons of fun, but it can also take a turn for the worst if you don’t prepare for it properly. We took our first family road trip with our oldest daughter when she was one and we had one baby on the… Keep reading →

The Best Fool-Proof Garlic & Oregano Pizza Dough

Here’s what happens when you marry the man of your dreams…with a mother who cooks like an Italian chef. First, you try, try, try again. Every meal you make is silently compared to the mother-in-law’s, and you know you likely will never win. Until you make something that mother-in-law doesn’t specialize in. Then, you’re golden…. Keep reading →

How We Lived on Less than $1,500 a Month for Over a Year

2015 was the year of survival for us. My husband’s business had barely started at the beginning of the year, and my blog was making pennies per hour that I put into it. Our income potential was slimmer than ever before in our marriage, but we were blessed to be able to cut back on… Keep reading →

Premium Ingredients You Should Be Buying to Make Your Meals Taste AWESOME

When we cut back on how much we were spending on groceries, there were just some foods I was not willing to stop buying. I make pretty much every meal from scratch, and that means I need to use several different foods to add more flavor and help the dish out a bit. I am… Keep reading →

6 Ways to Help Your Kids Nap at the Same Time

If there’s one thing I crave as an introverted mom of two girls, it’s a little peace and quiet now and then. With my husband running his own business, I’m often the one to get the girls ready in the morning, feed them all their meals, put them down for naps, and put them to… Keep reading →

You Need Extras of These 7 Baby Products

When you start a family and know that your financial burden will naturally increase, it’s easy to wish that you were in a better situation and could afford just about everything under the sun for that little bun in your oven. I am grateful we didn’t have a lot of money when starting our family,… Keep reading →

Irregular Expenses You Forgot to Put in Your Monthly Budget

You’re going along great in the month and then BAM! You get hit with a big car insurance bill due in a few weeks that you totally forgot about. Is it already time to renew? © Kaspars Grinvalds / Dollar Photo Club Does this happen to you a lot with car insurance and other non-monthly expenses throughout… Keep reading →

How to Make a Mosaic of Your Favorite Picture

The agonizing part of being a photo fanatic is that you have thousands of pictures and they are ALL your favorite. You can’t pick just one to hang on the wall. And, that, my friends, is why I am in love with making photo mosaics. Right before we moved into our house, we celebrated our 5 year… Keep reading →

10 Fun Movement Songs for Toddlers on YouTube

Being cooped up indoors most of the winter means my girls are itching to run around and jump on everything from the couch to my bed! But with so many fun movement songs for toddlers on YouTube, it can be easy to keep the energy contained to just the living room (or at least the vicinity). It… Keep reading →

The Ideal Amount to Save in Your Emergency Fund

The events of last year wiped out our emergency fund. We started the year with a decent amount of money in our savings account, but then we had to use most of it to pay for our basic needs throughout the year. © ZIQUIU / Dollar Photo Club I will be forever grateful that we had… Keep reading →

Eating in Season: Winter Edition

Now that I have two toddlers in the house, I really want to get more variety into our diets. Like most families, we have certain foods that we tend to buy over and over. That really is great for keeping the grocery bill down, but it’s not so great for little growing bodies and keeping… Keep reading →

Think You’re Terrible with Money? Think Again.

I’ve mentioned before that my dad taught me how to budget after I got my first real part-time job in high school. Budgeting seemed easy enough, especially because my expenses were fairly low and I had two goals in mind: to pay off my adorable new-to-me VW Cabrio and save as much money as possible… Keep reading →