Last week I decided to share a weeks worth of meals including breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks for our family of 4 for under 100$. I had no idea how popular that post would be so I decided to write another one this week to share our food choices for the upcoming week! Here we go! A few things to keep in mind I’ve made the basic assumption that most people have things like seasonings, sugar, oil and flour stocked in their pantry. If you’re missing these items add them to the list. The prices reflected below are from our local Walmart. The prices may vary depending on your geographic location. We don’t buy milk as part of our weekly grocery haul. This is the one item that we buy on a per-need basis because we’ve got a milk guzzling toddler in our house. Most if not all of these…

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Did I ever tell you folks that I was a teacher? I’ve taught everything from first grade through 11th and every summer when I drafted my school supply list I struggled with trying to keep costs down for parents and including everything kiddos would need for the entire school year. In my last three years of teaching I actually came up with a system where I’d call each and every kiddo’s family on my class list and arrange for parents to give me money so that I would buy all the school supplies for my entire classroom for the entire year. I’d essentially create a school supply fund that I’d use to purchase everything from pencils to Kleenex boxes so that every kiddo in my room had exactly what they would need. In order to do this I’d shop deals and scour for the best prices so I could come…

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Meal planning isn’t necessarily something I’ve always loved doing. It’s tedious, can get overwhelming and it takes a good chunk of your time if you’re cross referencing with local sales and grocery deals. Having said that, I force myself to do it week after week because it truly is a phenomenal and fool proof way to save money on grocery and stick to a very specific food budget. I attribute our ability to stick to a 100$ weekly budget to feed a family of four ( 3 adults and a toddler) 100% to meal planning and savvy shopping. I know I’ve mentioned our budget before but I’ve never gotten into the nitty gritty of what we’re specifically eating and buying on a week to week basis to feed our family and stay within our budget. Today I’m going to share a weeks worth of breakfasts, lunches and dinners from This…

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One of the most important ways we save cash in our house is by using what we already have on hand and getting creative. One of the most important skills we’ve learned as a frugal family is that by getting innovative and using what we already have stocked in our home we can solve common household problems we encounter on a daily basis without forking over a ton of cash. One of our biggest money savers and all around awesome products is stocking Dawn dish soap in our house. Yup, seriously. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times we’ve saved ourselves a trip to the store to buy some expensive product because we were able to create an effective substitute using Dawn. Seriously guys, this stuff is awesome. Did you know that beyond being amazing for cleaning your dishes, Dawn original blue dish soap can be used…

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Raise your hand if you’d like to incorporate some frugal hacks into your lifestyle but don’t know where to start? I frequently get asked about money saving hacks from friends, family and more recently readers who desperately want to start living more frugally but don’t know how or where to start scaling back. It can be intimidating right? Frugal living isn’t all or nothing folks. There’s really no set benchmark about “making it” in the frugal world. Frugality is more a question of wise financial choices and even the smallest of changes to your day-to-day life can reap incredible payoffs money wise. A few small changes that you make today can save you a heap of money in the long run. If you’re not convinced have a look at my post about brown bagging lunches – those figures should hopefully convince you. Whether your interested in adopting  frugality as a…

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This post is sponsored by Andy Pandy. As always all opinions are my own. Raise your hand if you’ve ever had to deal with an unfortunate case of diaper rash? Awful stuff right? If your kiddo is anything like my Margs, diaper rashes just seem to pop up out of nowhere and they cause a ton of discomfort and fussiness. In the early weeks and months when she was just a wee infant we struggled with redness and chaffing and other uncomfortable diaper rash related issues. We were totally new to the whole parenting thing and despite thinking we were on top of her diaper changes we somehow were clearly missing the boat because no matter how well we cleaned her, how much diaper cream we applied and which diaper brand we used baby girl seemed to be constantly dealing with irritation on some level. And, as most of you…

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Summer is all about creating fun and lasting memories for our kiddos am I right? Have you read Just 18 Summers by Michelle Cox & Rene Gutteridge? If not, I highly suggest you do because it really does an incredible job of dealing with this idea that we should focus on memory building  when it comes to our kiddos because quantitatively we’ve technically only got 18 summers with them. The novel uses the perspective of four families to drive home the idea that the time we’ve got with our littles is seriously fleeting. I’ve got to say that I lost my breath a few times when I realized that this is our second summer with our little girl – I’ve got only 16 left! Seriously folks, why do they grow so so fast? Margsy is still very young and by consequence very much satisfied by splashing around in her tiny…

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