You all know that I clip coupons and shop sales. I don’t consider myself to be crazy about couponing or sale shopping, although I love to save money on groceries. I freeze meat and produce, and I get creative with repurposing leftovers. Again, I don’t find those things particularly crazy. There is one thing that I do to save money on groceries, that could be considered a little nuts. Okay, maybe crazy. [Read more…]
I have to give credit to a college friend and reader, Alyssa, who suggested that I share this info about renting textbooks on my blog. Thanks Alyssa! This post also contains an affiliate link for those of you interested in buying off A
If you’ve ever been a college student, you are familiar with the lack of cash-flow that we experience. I am a first year grad student, so I am starting my 5th year of college. Wow. 5 years. Someday, I will finish…maybe. So far, I’m still loving it. However, when you spend somewhere between 15 and 30 hours in class, studying, or practicing, it’s hard to keep a full-time job. Really, it’s hard to even keep a part-time job. So how are we supposed to have any money? [Read more…]
Have you ever faced with something new, and instead of trying it, you back down? For me growing up, it was swimming. I didn’t really want to try to learn to swim because I knew that I would fail. I was tall anyway, so I could “touch.” This resulted in me not learning to swim until I was 16 and still basically a lost cause if my cruise ship ever goes down.
Maybe it’s not swimming for you. Maybe it was trying new food or riding a bike. Maybe you were afraid to speak in front of people or to run for class president in high school. Now, as an adult, the scary things get bigger. Now we’re faced with pressures like job interviews, relationships, children, and financial decisions. [Read more…]
This post is the final post in my “A Day in the Life of My Grocery Budget” series. Once again, the concept here is very simple. I’m sharing every grocery purchase I make in a month so you can really see where my money goes and how we spend only $210 a month on groceries for two people. Here is “A Day in the Life of My Grocery Budget: Part 4.” [Read more…]
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This Taste Test recipe is “Traditional Hungarian Goulash” and it is from Kimberly at daringgourmet.com. I had the opportunity to spend a week in Hungary this past May, and of course I had to try the goulash. While almost everything seems to taste better in another country, this recipe tasted pretty stinkin’ close to what I had over there. [Read more…]
Friends, I’m pleased to introduce you to Casey of www.walletwhisperer.com. Casey and I connected over a the common bond of being money-saving bloggers. She is the author of this fabulous post about great stockpile hacks for small spaces. If you’d like to connect with Casey check out her website or her facebook page. And now, I give you Casey…
Stockpile Hacks for Small Spaces by Casey Lyn
Last week I only spent $18 on groceries, and still cooked delicious meals (no ramen or peanut butter involved). How did I do it? By utilizing my stockpile! Overall, the actual cost was slightly higher since I used items I had previously purchased. However, it felt really amazing to be able to only have to go to the grocery store once, and barely spend any money! [Read more…]
This post follows “A Day in the Life of My Grocery Budget” and “A Day in the Life of My Grocery Budget Pt. 2.” The concept here is very simple. I’m sharing every grocery purchase I make in a month so you can really see where my money goes and how we spend only $210 a month on groceries. So here is “A Day in the Life of My Grocery Budget: Part 3.”
First of all, let me remind you that I want you to be inspired to find deals and customize your own grocery budget to maximize savings while meeting your family’s needs. As a reminder, my first week of grocery purchases totaled $57.77, and you can read about all the lovely details here. My second week’s total was $67.28, so that means my monthly total for the first two weeks of the month was $125.05. [Read more…]
Warning, the recipe I’m about to share is not very nutritious, and it may be best to eat on a cheat day because eating a little bit is out of the question. This recipe is called “Easy Pull Apart Pizza Bread” and it is from Jennifer at Sweetandsimpleliving.com. This taste test went extremely well.
First off, I will share that Ryan picked out this recipe for the meal plan this month. We both love pizza, but I was very skeptical about using canned pizza crust in a recipe. The concept here is basically deconstructed pizza. If you’ve ever had monkey bread, it’s the savory pizza version. How could that be bad? [Read more…]
Do you ever get annoyed with those success stories of people who have paid off thousands of dollars in debt in a small time frame or became a millionaire at age 30? Do you feel like they have some magic secret that you can’t get your hands on? They might just have learned what expenses are “worth it” and what expenses are a waste of money. Educating yourself about simple lifestyle changes can save you hundreds, even thousands of dollars in a year. Here are 10 ways that you may be wasting your money. [Read more…]
The other night I was sitting on the couch watching a movie, tired from a long day of work. Ryan and I had done a bunch of housework after we got home from work, and I just felt exhausted. I don’t know if it’s my hormones or what, but sometimes I just feel as though I NEED chocolate. It is an emergency. This was one of those times. I decided to make a mug cake. When I hunted for a recipe, I found one claiming to be the “moistest chocolate mug cake.” [Read more…]