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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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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 →

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Copycat Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana – Quick and Easy Dinner

What do you think about having an insanely delicious meal tonight for dinner that doesn’t cost you more than a few bucks, and takes you less than 20 minutes in the kitchen?

Hot, creamy, hearty, and not too heavy. It’s the perfect combination to create a flawless bowl of soup.

One of my favorite things about a copycat recipe is that you can easily enjoy the taste of a restaurant meal but at a fraction of the cost.

A quick meal that also is a cheap meal but still tastes just like the restaurant but for a quarter of the price! This Zuppa Toscana recipe will surprise you how spot on it tastes just like the real thing at Olive Garden. Continue Reading →

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January 2017 FREE Meal Plan & $150 Monthly Grocery Haul Breakdown

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What does it look like when a family of five eats on only $400 a month? That’s exactly what our family does! A lot of times, we don’t even use the entire months budget!

You might imagine that we eat the same boring meals month after month. Top-ramen, chicken, and grilled cheese are what you might think are our staples.

If that is what you believe it takes to make a $400 monthly grocery budget work, then you are wrong! (Not to be rude! Sorry if that’s how that came across in writing. Xoxo)

This is why I love to share our monthly meal plan and grocery haul with you. To prove that eating delicious food on a super tight budget is 100% doable!

Only $250 monthly grocery budget for a family of five! Here is a look at exactly what this family spent on groceries for an entire month, plus, how they did their meal planning on a budget. AND she shows you how to meal plan on a budget yourself using a FREE Meal Planning on a Budget Toolkit Printables! Continue Reading →

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December 2016 Free Monthly Meal Plan and Grocery Haul

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The big question every mom dreads, it’s repeated ever day starting around 5:00pm. “What’s for dinner? I am starving!”

You got this mama! YOU are super mom. Because you already have your meal plan filled out and displayed up on your fridge, the stress immediately dissolves!

Meal planning is a mom’s saving grace for dinnertime and the fastest way to cut thousands of dollars a year from your spending! 

A month of meals on a budget! FREE PRINTABLES! Meal planning is the fastest way for you to save money and drastically cut your budget today! Take a look at exactly how our family of five come in under budget, all thanks to meal planning. Continue Reading →

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Perfectly Chewy Gingersnap Molasses Cookie Recipe

There isn’t a sweet treat I prefer more than a warm chewy cookie fresh from the oven.

Do you like them chewy or crisp? Though I do partake in a crispy cookie every once in a while, my heart belongs to the chewy cookie family.

This recipe is a spin on gingersnaps. The difference is this chewy cookie recipe is, yes chewy, but also a little more flavorful due to the molasses.

If you like those “spice” type cookies, you know the ones like gingersnaps or pumpkin flavored, then you are going to LOVE this recipe!

This is one of the most flavorful, thick and perfectly chewy cookie recipes I have ever tasted! It takes the flavor of homemade gingersnaps up a notch. These soft and chewy cookies will turn out perfect the first time you make them! Continue Reading →