Cut Your Grocery Budget – Without Coupons

cut your grocery budget

One of the biggest things my fellow Mamas I complain to each other about is … grocery shopping.  No one likes doing it, and everyone feels like they spend way too much money when they do.  Almost all of us feel stressed, overwhelmed, and unprepared when we head into the grocery store, and the result is too often a cart full of stuff we don’t need – and a huge bill at the register.  Sound Continue Reading

Using A Menu Planner

Here’s an update on how using a menu planner is working out … I decided to test a customizable, two-week menu planner, first – I found it here.  I thought it would be a good way to begin, two-weeks at a time, and with a plan that I could customize before printing. (Do you LOVE that I had to Google how to take a screenshot of this to show y’all??  I swear I’m trying to learn some new tricks!  lol) Continue Reading

5 Summer ‘Can’t Live Without’ Items

It occurred to me the other day that there are a few items I just can’t seem to get along without, especially in the summer.  I know everyone has a favorite ‘stuff’ list:  A lipstick shade that always makes your smile look fabulous, for example; or a pair of sandals that go with absolutely everything and never, ever make your feet hurt no matter how many laps walked around the fairgrounds.  I thought it might be fun to share with all Continue Reading

Home Remedies, Essential Oils and the Occult

Okay, I don’t have much interest in the occult. But I am totally into home remedies and essential oils. Especially the ones that work. They could very well be the only reason I’m still alive to write this post today. Really. The past couple weeks have been a little rough around the Keep. One child got sick, then the hubby got sick and it has just slowly overtaken each of the remaining members of the Continue Reading

Cooking Without Cash

Over the course of our 16+ year marriage, there have been many challenges of various sorts.  There have been health issues, growing pains as we adjusted to sharing space, bruised feelings … and periods of financial stress.  Sometimes the lack of funds came because of an unexpected repair or emergency.  Sometimes, unemployment or slow periods of business made it hard to make two ends meet.  And sometimes, someone simply forgot to write one (or ten) Continue Reading