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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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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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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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Crispy Homemade Chicken Nuggets

Why in the world is feeding kids so dang hard? You think you are making their very favorite meal in the world only to find out, today, today it’s the most repulsive meal on the planet!

Ugh! #TheStruggleIsReal

There is one meal thought that is almost a guarantee win in our house. That would be chicken nuggets. The problem is our family will go through those bags of store bought chicken nuggets so quick and they aren’t cheap! Not to mention I’m not exactly sure what they are made of…

Perfect recipe for Homemade Chicken Nuggets. They come out crispy and are exactly the chicken nuggets recipe that the kids have been asking for. Continue Reading →

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Fresh Avocado and Black Bean Salsa

This post was sponsored by ALDI as part of Influencer Activation for Influence Central.

Fresh!

Fresh breeze. Fresh garden vegetables. The fresh smell of the outdoors. When I think about summer, fresh is the first thing comes to mind.

After the sprinkles of spring, everything seems so fresh when summer finally arrives. I am a summer girl through and through!

One of my very favorite things about summer is all the fresh produce that comes into season here in California. You know what that means when everything tasty is in season. It’s also available at really great prices!

My favorite fresh homemade salsa recipe.Avocado and Black Beans Salsa dump and mix recipe. So quick and easy to make salsa recipe. Continue Reading →

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Chipotle Mexican Grill Copycat Recipe

Where is your favorite place to use your “fun budget” to go eat out? Our family budget allows us to eat out about 2-4 times a month, depending on if it’s a date night, quick stop for Mexican, or a full-on family date. But every once and a while, mama (that’s me!) gets to pick!

I’m not exactly sure why, but I just cannot get enough of Chipotle Mexican Grill! Their fresh and quality ingredients I am sure have something to do with their amazing flavors. The only problem is the price…

Easy and Cheap Chipotle Mexican Grill Copycat Recipe. This copycat recipe for Chipotle Mexican Grill Salad tastes exactly like you bought it from the restaurant. One of my all time favorite copycat recipes! Continue Reading →

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I’m So Glad You Are Here!

With it being a new year and there are a lot of new faces around here, I thought it was time to update my “about video”. I get a little excited when I start talking about living frugal AND fabulous!

I am super excited to meet you and I hope that you enjoy this video! If you are looking for fun and informative videos on how to live frugal and fabulous then you don’t want to forget and SUBSCRIBE HERE to my YouTube channel. 

While you are still here, take a look around the blog. Here are a few places you might want to start:

Casual Couponing 101
Cheap, Easy, and Beautiful DIY Tutorials
Gourmet Tastes on a Budget

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Happy New Year… 2016 Sneak Peek!

Isn’t the New Year so inspiring and motivating? There is something special about the beginning of a New Year and all the possibilities of change and improvement!

Have you set any goals for the New Year? Let me know in the comments bellow! Sharing goals makes them a little more real and keeps you a little more accountable. I personally love hearing other people’s goals because their goals motivate me to do better!

Are you feeling like this is the year you want to live frugal AND fabulous?!

This is my favorite website / blog for learning to live frugal and fabulous! Best tips for frugal living and having a fabulous life! Continue Reading →