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Brittany Cooper

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$3 Priceless Pallet Picture Holder

Did you see my post a few days ago about me taking apart 20 pallets? That was a lot of work!

Luckily it paid off big time! Not only was I able to make six large raised planter beds but I have had a nice supply a beautiful wood to feed a few projects over the last year.

This easy project I am going to be sharing today has been something I have had in my mind for a while now and decided to put into action a few weeks ago!

When decorating my home I am finding that I love the look of distressed wood. I also love using family photos to add a little love. Cheesy but true! Put the two ideas together and here you have my new priceless pallet picture holder.

This is a super easy DIY pallet wood project that wont cost you more than a couple dollars and less than an hour of time! Using any pallet wood scraps you have, follow this pallet wood tutorial to create a new piece of frugal and fabulous decor for your home!
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11 Dollar Store HEALTHY Snacks Worth Buying – Family Taste Tested

There is some truth to the rumor that eating healthy can be so expensive. The truth comes when you don’t take a few minutes to search out the sales and coupons.

Or maybe you just don’t know the right places to look…

As I was wondering around the dollar store in search of some last minute party supplies (I throw awesome parties on only a $50 budget!), I started to notice that there were quiet a few options when it comes healthy snacks at the dollar store!

Our family tested out 9 of HEALTHY snacks from the Dollar Store and are here to let you know which dollar store snacks passed our family taste test. This dollar store taste test will show you which HEALTHY snacks are actually worth a buck and most importantly, taste good! See which snacks we picked out for our dollar store grocery haul pass our picky eater taste test! Continue Reading →

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March 2017 Monthly Meal Plan & Grocery Haul

How much money do you think meal planning could save your family each month? If you have no idea, use my example of a gauge. 

After our family started meal planning, we were able to lower our food spending by over $300 a month. BUT we were already living pretty frugally! We didn’t eat out that much and we didn’t buy extravagant ingredients to cook at home. Also, we have never drank alcohol or coffee. 

If your family falls into any of those habits, think of how much MORE money you could be savings. Even if you save a minimum of $300 each month, that will save you $3,600 a year! That is huge!

A Healthy Meal Plan that includes FREE PRINTABLES with every recipe you need for an entire month! Not only is this meal plan full of healthy and easy recipes, all these healthy recipes can be made on a $400 monthly grocery budget. Continue Reading →

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February 2017 Family Budget Update

You know what was the one thing I always wished someone would say to me as I was trying to decipher the personal finance world? As we were trying to figure out how to get our family budget under control so we could get out of debt and work towards buying our first home!

“Come on in and take a look at our bank account!” Don’t you think that would be nice?

I always felt like if I could see the real numbers of a family in similar situations, it would be super helpful in setting our own family budget.

Real life numbers of a one income family budget! FREE PRINTABLES and VIDEO breakdown of what this one income family does to set a budget while living in one of the most expensive cities in the US. Continue Reading →

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$2 Thrift Store Bulletin Board Makeover

Completely blank sits a white wall in my kitchen, just begging for a bulletin board.

I first thought, “Cool, I’ll just go buy a piece of cork board and put fabric over it, call it good.” Well, turns out cork board is not that cheap.

Plan B, keep my eyes open for an old bulletin board to refinish. Turns out, it didn’t take me long to find one at a local thrift store.

Best part, I bought it for only $2! After purchasing the board, fabric, and tacks, I spent total about $8. Not bad at all for a completely custom bulletin board!

Learn how to makeover an old bulletin board in less than 20 minutes and for just a couple bucks! This is the perfect DIY makeover for an old thrift store bulletin board find. Step-by-step directions with tips on where to get the cheapest supplies! Continue Reading →

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5 Tips for Feeding Friends Frugally

Isn’t it such a disappointment when your budget holds you back from doing fun things with your friends and family? Have you ever hesitated inviting your friends or family to stay at your house because there wasn’t any room in your budget to feed the extra mouths?

Well, there really isn’t any reason that this should happen! After you read these five tips for feeding friends frugally you won’t ever pause again when inviting guests over!

This super quick and healthy taco dinner is the perfect recipe to feed a crowd. You don’t want leave out the lite chipotle taco sauce to give your taco recipe the spice it needs to temp all your friends! Continue Reading →

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February 2017 Meal Plan & Grocery Haul

If you are stuck wondering how in the world can you cut spending, I can almost guarantee that you find some major savings when you take a good look at your food spending.

That includes your eating out but also your grocery spending! Are you making multiple trips to the grocery store each week?

Every time you forget an ingredient or decide on dinner last minute, every time you make an extra trip to the grocery store, you are going to be spending more money than you would have if you made a meal plan.

You can choose to either download the FREE PRINTABLE meal plan full of recipes to last you an entire month for less than $300 OR print off a free printable meal planning on a budget toolkit. The free template will help you plan your meals and stay on budget! Continue Reading →