I like to keep things simple. The second anything in my life gets complicated my anxiety starts to flare up and I abandon ship. So, when it came to finding a grocery shopping strategy that would help us save money and have enough food to sustain us all week I had to come up with something that was easy, efficient and produced results. With a little experimentation and tweaking I’ve come up with a 5 part system that allows us to keep our grocery bill under 100$ each week with enough food to feed our family of three, 3 meals per day with snacks for an entire week with no take out or last minute pizza deliveries thrown in! Before approaching our grocery shopping this way, we were totally the family that spent over 200$ a week and still ended up ordering take out because there appeared to be no food in the fridge.  I can’t even begin to tell you how many times we had to order emergency takeout despite having a stocked fridge and pantry full of food. Wasteful right? Build meals around what you already have.  The first thing I do is look through my fridge and…

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One huge misconception about frugal living is that by taking a frugal approach to grocery shopping you consequently cannot eat well. Food is expensive with fresh produce and meat likely the most costly of the items that make their way into your cart. At the outset of our journey, I vowed that I wouldn’t compromise the quality of the food we eat because what you eat is so important for living a healthy lifestyle. Not surprisingly, we had to get creative when it came to preparing meals because our grocery budget had to last us all week including, breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. No exceptions. On average, we’re currently spending under 100$ per week to feed our family of 3. Below are 20 of our  frugal family favorites. We’ve made each of these recipes and really enjoy them and I hope you do too if you decide to try them! [1] World’s Best Taco Soup from I heart Naptime Savory Bacon Zucchini Frittata from The Nourishing Gourmet [2] Lentil & Sweet Potato Shepards Pie from One Ingredient Chef Cobb salad with Blue Cheese Dressing from 100 Days of Real Food Sausage, Potato & Pepper Skillet from 5$ Dinners [3] Coconut…

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Aaaand another week starts. Happy Monday folks! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! When I started this blog just over 2 months ago I wasn’t really sure if it would be something I’d stick to long-term. I know that I felt like I needed a place to write and that I wanted to connect with other like-minded individuals but above and beyond that I had no idea where my blogging journey would take me and whether it would even be something I’d enjoy doing. There was fear because I’m really an open book (too much so sometimes) and I worried about oversharing. There was apprehension because I’m really just a run of the mill stay at home mom with nothing extraordinary or exciting to share since most days are fairly predictable and mundane. Yet, every time I open my dashboard to write a new post I feel myself drawn to writing about our debt-repayment journey, our struggles to bring Margs into the world, saving money and how living a simple and minimalist life continues to bring me happiness and reduce my anxiety. If you’re subscribed to my blog – thank you. If you take the time to comment,…

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