This is a completely unplanned, unexpected post. Why? Because this blog has been collecting cobwebs for a few years. I am amazed at how much traffic this blog has gotten even while being 100% unattended.
The good news is: I'm considering dusting it off & jumping back in to helping people live large on a tiny budget.
So! It's time for you to call the shots! Tell me whatcha want!
What types of questions do you have about saving money? What do you want to learn how to do? Are you looking for free printables to help keep your progress on track?
Holler at me! :) I'll see what I can do to help equip you to achieve your wildest dreams.
For any of you who may be interested...the photo shares a glimpse of what I've been up to for the past 5 years. We moved from Las Vegas, NV to central Alabama to build a farm & learn to grow our own food. We love empowering & educating folks about the healing properties of healthy foods. And, YES, we did all this while still followi…
Congratulations! You've decided to take control of your grocery budget and your food waste! Now what?
Step 1: Gird Your Loins
I know that's something only Barney Fife on "The Andy Griffith Show" would say, but we need to do it. In other words, you need to prepare yourself mentally and emotionally for what this upcoming month will be like. Embrace the fact that this will be worth it! But, in the meantime, we will not have access to convenience, laziness, or constantly feeding every craving that comes our way. And it's OK. It will just take some getting used to and some planning. The pile of cash at the end of the month is gonna be sah-WEET!
Step 2: Rally The Troops
If you have a family, do this however and whenever you think is best. Find a time when your husband is in a good mood...OR when he's really frustrated with not having enough money. This could be the answer he's been looking for.
When approaching this subject with my kids, I framed it as a fun challen…
Welp...here we go again. Maybe. I can't commit. Eek!
Have you ever done a pantry challenge (a.k.a. a freezer challenge)? It's where you commit to using only the foods you have on-hand for the month with the exception of a modest weekly stipend for fresh produce, milk and other perishables.
We did one 2 years ago and then another one a year and a half ago. They helped us in 3 major ways.
1) We saved a ridiculous amount of money. For example, our monthly grocery budget is $500 and we spent under $80. Yep. For real. I chose to allot myself $20 per week and I didn't use it all. How much fun could you have with an extra $420? How nice would it feel to pay off some debt?
2) We got out of our usual dinner rut. We started eating some new, creative (read: weird) dishes and it really shook things up. It was refreshing to get out of our normal routine and the kids were always so excited to see what adventurous dish was next. Now, some of them might be staples in your home, but they were n…