How We Frugal-ed through April 2020

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April 2020 might go down as the most frugal month of my lifetime. With the global pandemic and the decline of our small business, I have flexed frugal muscles that I didn’t know I have. Operation Frugal Living is in full swing at my house. More frugal shenanigans!

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How We Frugal-ed in February 2020

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Frugal living is NOT about feeling deprived. Frugal living is being intentional with our money and creative with our resources, so we have more to put towards the things that are important to us. I cannot stress enough how much this has saved me time and I really think money too.

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It’s Frugal Friday: 10/28/16

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It’s Frugal Friday: A recap of how we frugal-ed our way through the week so that we have more money to put towards our financial goals. Simply mix a small jar of pesto and one Hidden Valley ranch packet and pour off chicken in a slow cooker. Leftovers from the top 3 meals. Turned 5 over-ripe bananas into Banana Walnut Baked Oatmeal , and one loaf of banana bread. I chopped them up and put them in a freezer bag. Frugal Friday

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How to Keep Your House Clean Without Spending a Lot of Green

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Buying cleaning supplies for your house can be expensive, and you have to buy different products to clean different things. In addition to cost, many people are concerned about the chemicals in cleaning products, and whether they are really safe. Use Rags – You can either buy a cheap pack of rags and reuse them or you can cut up old towels and t-shirts rather than throwing them away. It can be used on glass and some counter tops. Going Green on a Budget.

Our Green & Money Savvy Path

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My hubby and I are a dual income family living in a suburban home, but we are not your typical family. We are on a mission to live a more sustainable, frugal, and financially savvy life. Heating and cooling changes we’ve made : Turned our thermostat down by 2 degrees in the winter. Keep our bedroom temperature at 17 degrees Celsius in the winter and use an extra blanket on the bed. Buy as many organic and local foods as we can. Go Green

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Simple Things You Can Do to Be Environmentally Friendly and Save Money

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So often, being environmentally friendly and saving money go hand in hand. That’s good for the Earth and for personal finances. The truth is, there are plenty of things our grandparents and great grandparents did that were eco-friendly and frugal that we can easily do today. Here are some simple things our family does to be more environmentally friendly and to save money: 1. My husband and I cook a lot and often have leftovers.

Ways to Make Do With What You Have

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I grew up with this, in theory and in practice. We were poor, Mom and Dad lived every day showing us what it meant to ‘make it do’ and we often ‘did without’ Here are my thoughts on frugal ways to make things do. Take care of your wardrobe to keep it looking work and wear worthy. Get some shoe polish and shine up those old shoes, take them to a shoe repair shop to have the re-heeled or soled if they are worn down.

Make Your Own Beauty Products

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You can make some quick and easy beauty treats using ingredients that you’ve already got at home. Here are just a few of the everyday food items that work well in beauty treatments, and their main benefits. Plain yogurt : This can be used as a quick and easy face mask for all skin types. It can also be used as a hair mask for dry and damaged hair along with egg and mayonnaise. Just add some oil of your choice and you’re good to go! Go Frugal Go Green

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Slow Cooker Potato and Ham Soup Recipe

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Slow Cooker Potato and Ham Soup Recipe. This is one of my favorite soups – probably because it is just so simple, but everyone loves it and it is a perfect “fix it and forget it” recipe. I’ve been making it for years and it is a great meal, even in the summer, because you use the slow cooker, so it doesn’t heat up your kitchen. I usually make this with bacon, but after all the leftover ham from Easter , I wanted to try it with ham, and you know what?

Reader Question: How Single People Can Limit Waste and Save Money at the Supermarket

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Here is Emily’s question: I would like to know if you have any advice or tips for being frugal with food when living alone. I often find myself opening a jar of spaghetti sauce, using only part of it, and putting the rest in the fridge with the intention of using it up in the next few days. More often that not, what happens is I either forget about the sauce or don’t get around to using it, and eventually I have to throw it out because it’s unusable.

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What We Ate this Week on a Budget 11.13.15

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How I Saved this Week: I bought 4 participating products and saved $4 off meat (no min. I bought some pasta sauce and salad dressing to get the meat discount and I was delighted to find 2 packs of chicken thighs marked down. I added cash rewards to my ibotta and SavingStar accounts this week from grocery staples purchases. This Week’s Dinners: Saturday: We went to a Hibachi restaurant and used a coupon. Not very frugal of me.

Easy Plant Food Recipes with Three Ingredients or Less

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Could your plants and flowers use a little pick me up? Are their colors looking a little drab, their leaves looking a tad wilted, and their blooms lacking that robust beauty you love? If so, it sounds like your plants are hungry for a snack, and the perfect plant food can do the trick. Giving your plants and flowers nutrient rich plant food can really help them look their best and bloom to their fullest potential. Easy Plant Brew: Coffee, water, and egg shells.

5 Ways to Lower Your Monthly Bills

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I have been able to save on things like food, gas, and clothing. Instead, have your pals over for some tasty treats and a visit. My husband and I have stocked our kitchen this way in the past. Instead, do a bit of planning and bring a lunch to work. And don’t worry, lunches don’t need to be complicated. Leftovers from last night’s dinner and some fruit work just fine. Rather, buy groceries when they are on sale and have coupons.

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Simple Ways to Save on Family Dinner

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Here are a few tips and meal ideas that will help you save at the checkout counter: 1. How many times have you come home from the supermarket and spent more than you intended? Depending on the size of your family and what people eat, you can divide packaged products (like chicken or ground meat) into portions and put them in freezer bags. Fresh herbs can be pricey and their shelf life is often pretty short. Frugal saving tips

Four Easy Ways to Save on Basic Necessities

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People across the country are reining in their spending and pinching pennies in a concerted effort to save more money. The American culture is wrought with excessive spending so it is no surprise that the typical household overspends on necessities such as food, gas, utilities, and phone usage. Paying for prepared meals is convenient and tasty, but it’s also more expensive and usually less healthy. And, be sure to eat your leftovers!

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Friday Links – Still Swamped Edition

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I have not had my full reserves the last few days and it is getting me down. I don’t like the feeling of not being able to keep up and/or not having the energy to do the things I like, like working out. And then there is the blog. I am behind on commenting, posting, and responding to emails. I hope you are doing ok and that your life is feeling a bit more balanced than mine these days. Will a “green” car really save you money?

P.E.P. for Week of January 10-14/11-Seeking Balance Edition

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Well, I don’t know about you but this week has felt very long and tiring. Both my husband and I have been feeling quite tired this week. If the dusting and vacuuming gets pushed one day, that’s ok. We have a lot going on the next couple months so I am striving to keep this calm approach and find balance the next while. My husband and I did when we got married and it works well for us. Going Frugal. Going Green.

The Art of Frugality.Recent Practices

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"Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship." --Benjamin Franklin ~~~ Here are some of the ways I've recently exercised the art of frugality. Over time it has grown finding us currently bursting at the seams and looking for storage solutions. (I We inherited it from Mike's mom and kept it for sentimental reasons. Once it was filled with vintage linens (neatly rolled and tucked inside of cotton pillow cases) I had to find a place to put it.

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