Grocery Geek Presents: Shopping for OAMC

Since we spent far below our regular grocery budget last month, I’ve been encouraged that perhaps we could spend less all the time. Here’s hoping anyway. This week I did a big stock up. Since I’m leaving town for a few days next week, I wanted to make sure that the pantry is replenished for […]

Frugal Friday: How We Saved $15,000 on a Bigger Minivan

Car seats cramping your style — and your car? Thinking that another baby requires you to buy a bigger vehicle? If you have multiple young children, then you know what it can be like to pack several carseats into the backseat of a car or van. We upgraded from a car to a minivan when our […]

Birthday Cake Round-Up & A Dave Ramsey Cake

Ultimate Recipe Swap

Today is the day! Time to share what fun and creative cakes you’ve made for your family. Thank you to the ladies who sent me photos of their family birthday cakes. How fun! Many sent in more than one cake, but in the name of space, I’ve just been able to post one per person. […]

Family Feasts and Once a Month Cooking: A Guest Post

Mary Ostyn is my hero. Well, one of them anyway. I haven’t read her blog, Owlhaven, for long, but I’ve read both her books over the last year. Reading A Sane Woman’s Guide to Raising a Large Family came at a time when I was feeling quite overwhelmed by the immensities of my “life as […]

$5 Dinners and Freezer Cooking: A Guest Post

Photo Source: Barb McMahon Today’s post is brought to you by fellow mom and foodie, Erin Chase, also known as the $5 Dinner Mom. Erin recently wrote a book called The $5 Dinner Cookbook, a great complement to your arsenal of tools for crafting  good eats that fit the budget. Here Erin shares how her […]

Going My Way? Travel Tips for the Old and Young

Photo source: kthread I’m in the midst of planning my first trip without my family. Ever. Ever. Did I say ever? Oh, I was supposed to fly to see my sister after she had her first baby, but I got the Flu from Hell and stayed home, dying a slow painful death. And I have […]

Pantry Challenge: How We Did

This week marks the end of our “Eat from the Pantry” Challenge. On Friday, I’ll get back to filling the freezer. Here are some of the things I learned this month: Money Matters – I spent $365 out of my budgeted $400 for January. In months past I’ve been spending $600 or more, so this […]

Grocery Geek Presents: $35 Left!

{the camera went MIA yesterday afternoon while I was at the store. Pretend you see a photo of my groceries here.} I think we’re going to make it, folks. I’ve got $35 left in my grocery envelope and we’re set on milk, cheese, produce, etc until Wednesday when I make my OAMC Shopping trip. I’m […]