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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One Sunday morning during Margsy’s  weekly swimming lesson a fellow swim mom (is that even a thing?) stopped to tell me how cute she thought my daughters bathing suit was and to find out where I bought it because she’d like to purchase a similar one for her kiddo. Now, I’m pretty open about my frugal lifestyle choices and will gladly tell you that x, y or z is used with great pride but that doesn’t mean that I don’t feel judgement from time to time.  You see the judgement I often face is not necessarily about our choice to live this way but more about the perception or maybe assumption that by living frugally we’re somehow parenting our kiddo incorrectly or depriving her in some way. I was met with a little- okay a lot – of judgement that day and to be frank, it sucked. It didn’t suck…

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Way back when Mer and I were ultra money wasters we never and I mean never brown bagged lunches. We sucked at organizing ourselves food wise and so it only made sense to pass by the food court or drive through to get something to eat at lunch hour. We seemed to never be prepared, never have enough food, never have enough energy and never be organized enough to actually pack anything to take for lunch. Apparently we never ran out of excuses too! The worst part? There were ALWAYS leftovers sitting in our fridge begging to be eaten. Worse even is that those leftovers often got thrown straight into the garbage because we’d forget about them and let them spoil. We were so incredibly lazy and really had no idea how much our bad  habit was costing us so we kept spending hundreds and hundreds of dollars each month…

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