Our Simple Summer Meal Plan {Free Printable}

I enjoy meal planning, but it could take me several hours each week if I let it. And with two and a half kids, that’s just not an option. So I have to simplify. I also really love to cook, but I have zero desire to spend more time in the kitchen than I need… Keep reading →

How to Endure Difficult Financial Trials in Any Season of Life

We’ve had lots of rocky financial moments in our marriage. From the time we got married until now, nearly 8 years later, I can’t think of any year that was perfectly financially sound, if you will. We have learned so much from these difficult periods. If I could go back in time, I wouldn’t change a thing…. Keep reading →

How to Create Your Own Birth Announcements to Save Money

Just as you bring your tiny bundle of joy home from the hospital, you might remember that you still have to get newborn pictures taken as well as find the perfect birth announcement to share the wonderful news with everyone. And neither of those expenses are cheap. Even with a coupon from one of the big… Keep reading →

17 Meaningful and Affordable Gifts for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is so much more special to me now that I have two kids and one on the way. It’s a little sad that I didn’t pay much attention to it before then, but I think that’s the way it goes unless you are incredibly close with your mom. © rockvillephoto – stock.adobe.com My… Keep reading →

The Ultimate Pizza Sauce Taste Test

About 7 weeks ago, I gave you the recipe for the most delicious pizza dough you will ever make. For reals. But I left you hanging, because I didn’t offer a nice pizza sauce to compliment it, now did I? I’m going to rectify that today and give you some delicious options for homemade pizza… Keep reading →

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 →

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 →