5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week #156

I hate starting any post by saying that I’m sorry for not posting for such a long time.

Because I figure that most people are so busy that they don’t even notice how often I post on this blog. And because sometimes my life is so busy that I could start several posts in a row with those words.

But it has been an especially long time since I posted, or have even been active in the Facebook group.  And for that, I am sorry!

The funny thing about all that extra time the shut in brought us is that it just made me realize how many things I always want to do around the house and barn but never have time to do.

Well…I found the time for that!

But unfortunately, all those projects have taken away my blogging time.

Finding balance in life between family, projects, life, and work is tough for everybody, I think.  I know it’s hard for me!

But I am still passionate about blogging and saving money. 

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Why Eating Leftovers ISN’T Gross (Because Who Wants More Food Waste?)

Having trouble getting your family to eat leftovers? Eating leftovers doesn’t have to be a punishment. Save money and lower food waste with a few tips.

One of the first struggles my husband and I had when we got married was something a little weird.

It was leftovers.

I grew up in a house where eating leftovers for supper was a regular occurrence.

(My dad still wonders how my Mom was able to cook only once a week and serve leftovers the other 6 nights.  Mom still puts up with him.  haha)

The Hubby…did not.

Leftovers were gross, and you didn’t have them unless you absolutely had to.

(Obviously, something totally delicious was an exception.)

So we ended up with a lot of wasted food and money going down the drain.

As we slowly collected kids (we’re up to 6 now), eating leftovers became less of an option and more of a requirement.

It took some time, but I was finally able to convince the entire family that leftovers are actually a good thing.

And I think I can convince you, too.

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Simple Way To Reduce Food Waste At Home: Use It Up!

We all hate to waste food, but we still find ourselves throwing out more every week. Use these simple tips and reduce food waste at home in no time!

Americans waste (on average) a pound of food per person per day.

That sounds incredible…until you think about the last time you cleaned out your fridge.

(How many nasty science experiments went straight into the trash?  Sometimes you throw the whole container away ’cause you’d rather buy more Rubbermaids than look at or smell whatever was in there.)

We’ve all had the occasional fruit fly take up residence in the kitchen because we missed a bad piece of fruit.

(Or a whole bowl of fruit has gone bad.  No judging here.)

Not only is it gross, but it also makes you feel horribly guilty about the amount of money you’re wasting.

But what can you do about it?

Well, here are a few ideas…

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From Toys to Clothes: 25 Ways to a Less Stressed Mess

From Toys to Clothes: 25 Ways to a Less Stressed Mess

“Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing up is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing.” 

If you haven’t heard that quote before, I’ll bet you’ve lived it!

When it comes to kids room organization, the trick is to keep it simple, sweetie.  So let’s talk about simple solutions to problems like the kids room being a constant mess. 

(And wouldn’t it be nice to get out the door without searching for last minute items for once?)

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Creative Ways To Save Money When You’re On A Tight Budget

These creative ways to save money are exactly what you need to boost your savings. Get money saving tips you can use in real life, every day.

That stupid kitchen faucet was leaking again.

And because we don’t have city water (we have tanks in our basement and water here is very expensive because of that), it was more than an inconvenience.

It was literally money going down the drain.

So I asked a few super handy friends what faucet they recommend.  We had bought that thing not so long ago, and I didn’t love the idea of having to buy another one so soon.

Turns out, all I needed to do was replace a cartridge inside the faucet.

(Who knew?  Well…not me.)

And that right there shows you two of my favorite ways to save money.

See, saving money isn’t all about not buying expensive coffee.  There are things you can do all the time to save big.

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White Chicken Chili: So Easy, So Good!

This easy white chicken chili recipe is a frugal meal you can serve in no time. (With almost no effort!)

Looking for a delicious soup recipe?

How about one that lets you use up all that leftover chicken in the fridge?

Once you try this White Chicken Chili, you’ll serve it all the time.

Because it’s so good.  And unbelievably easy.

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What To Do About Your Totally Stressed Out Family

We’ve reached the point in this stay home order where even introverts are starting to feel a little stressed out.

Right?

Because at first, it was actually kind of nice to have your schedule cleared for you.

I enjoyed having a chance to just be home with the family.  Nightly suppers around the table have been easier to pull off.

But with so many things closed now, it’s become stressful for a lot of us.

Maybe you’ve lost your income and are having trouble getting through the maddening unemployment phone line.

Your teens are so stressed over trying to keep up with school work while missing their friends that they are making you crazy.

(Yes, of course you love them.  And sympathize.  And kinda want to lock them in their room for just a little while.)

The younger kids don’t really understand what’s happening, but they know that everyone seems worried.  And they show that they are worried by whining every minute of the day and clinging to you constantly.

Poor kids…and poor Mama (who is pulling out her hair).

Extroverts are ready to see people again!  And introverts are ready to have the house back to themselves, even for just a little bit, again.

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Large Family Games That 5 Or More Can Play (And Are FUN!)

Your family will never be bored with these large family games on hand. Not only are they a ton of fun, but all of these options allow at least five to play!

That rare moment that you find a board game that everyone in the family can play together is almost magical, isn’t it?

Especially something that everyone actually wants to play…and doesn’t end in tears.

Are we asking too much?

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