Morning friends & Happy Monday to you! My day is lining up to be a pretty busy one since I’m working on using up our latest pickings from our garden to prepare a dozen or so soups to make weeknight meals healthy, cost effective and a breeze. I’ve managed to put away dozens of bags of parboiled green beans, carrots, broccoli, asparagus, corn and greens but now plan to use whatever produce we’re blessed with to prepare soups for the upcoming fall months! Hearty soups are really our go to meals of choice starting in the autumn. Not only are they delicious and nutritious but they can generally be made ahead of time and frozen which makes weeknight meals a no brainer. Sure, it takes time to prepare large batches of soup but having them ready and waiting to eat for lunches or dinners is very much worth the effort.…

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Morning friends! Since Margsy started part time daycare I’m finding myself with plenty of free time to start considering alternate forms of income for our family. The blog is my main side hustle and although it does generate some income I’ve been exploring options to supplement my families income even further by exploring other online options. The internet is a tricky place and if you google things like “make money online” I can almost guarantee you that you’ll find yourself sucked down a rabbit hole of dead end links, shady business and other questionable activities that claim you will make you a fortune by simply putting in a few hours of computer work. I’ve done my research folks and I’ve clicked around enough that I can say with confidence that the sites and opportunities below are not only 100% legit but also offer up the potential to really supplement your…

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Morning friends! Can we talk about food today? Specifically, snacks? Margsy’s at an age now where she’s constantly eating. She’s an awesome eater which we are so incredibly grateful for. She’s really only shown a distaste for eggs and cheese but will gladly eat any veggie, fish or protein we give her. This kiddo isn’t picky and has a healthy appetite which makes cooking and preparing meals for her super fun! Now that she’s snacking more and asking for food (Momma eat!) when she’s hungry we’ve had to start incorporating more snack foods into our weekly shopping trip. Although she’ll gladly eat fruits or veggies for snacks I’ve challenged myself to try different snack combinations and recipes to keep things interesting. I’ve blogged about our 100$ weekly limit before and have had to tweak it a little to allow for some healthy snack ideas. I’ve been experimenting and found quite…

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Morning friends! It’s been just a little over a month since my last post hasn’t it? Life sorta got crazy and I took a major step back from the blog-o-sphere to keep up with all the changes going on around here. Margs suddenly became super curious, mobile and verbal and I’ve spent my days adjusting to this new phase of toddler-hood which is simply amazing. Her little personality is hilarious and I’ve really enjoyed being disconnected for the last stretch of summer and spending all my time running, playing and playing some more. We’ve also been pickling, preserving and harvesting our summer veggies which has been insanely time consuming. But, it feels so great to know that we’ve got a freezer stash of garden veggies ready to sustain us through the cold Canadian winter months. Look out for a post about preserving veggies in the coming weeks. Margs is also…

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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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