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Our One Income Family Budget Update | June 2016

What in the world happened to our family budget updates? Remember I used to be sharing these things every month? Yeah, sorry about that!

The complete honest truth is that I just forgot. Going forward, I don’t plan to share these every single month, but you are more likely to see a scenario of me sharing maybe every other month. Unless something important comes along, then I will share more frequent.

I'll show you how we make our one income family budget work to help you find ways to start budgeting on one income! Motivation to start living on one income. Tips we learned when we had a major financial set back with our family income and family budget.
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3 Ways to Refashion Your Wardrobe for Summer

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The feeling you get when the warm sunrays shine down on your face trickles through your entire body. Summer is almost here and you might be wondering where you are going to find the money to replenish the sad remains of a winter wardrobe lingering in your closet.

Not all of us can afford to go out and buy brand new clothes with each season. Or maybe you can? If that’s not you, then you are in the right place!

My mind is telling me that I really need an entire new closet full of clothes but my wallet is telling me that I am only allowed to go pick out one item from the clearance rack.

With these three ideas on how to refashion your winter wardrobe into summer, I think we will be able to satisfy both our minds and wallets!

3 Easy and cheap ways to refashion for $0! FREE refashion ideas. Summer Refashion Tips to transform your winter wardrobe into summers favorite outfits. Continue Reading →

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$5 DIY Photo Canvas

One of my very favorite things to do is find something in a store that I really really want but there is no way I could afford it. Well, I guess that’s not the fun part. The fun part comes when I go home and figure out a way to make that same thing for way less!

This was such an easy and cheap DIY photo canvas tutorial!  I've been wanting a big canvas of my family but they are so pricey.  This was such a simple DIY photo canvas and I love fun picture crafts!

That’s the case here with creating your own DIY photo canvas. This project is super straight forward and simple. I was able to make this entire project for only $5!

DIY Photo Canvas using cheap engineer prints. Quick and cheap diy to get an expensive Photo Canvas look for less. How to make a photo canvas using engineer prints and mod podge.  Continue Reading →

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How to Organize Your Pantry – Dollar Tree Organization

I have always wanted to be one of those people who have a specific spot for every little trinket that finds its way into my home. Those people know exactly how to organize everything and anything!

Are you one of those people? Can we please be friends? I need you to teach me your ways!

In the mean time, I am slowly conquering one small corner of my house at a time. With Dollar Tree near by, there is no excuse! They have SO many options when it comes to affordable organization supplies.

How to Organize Your Pantry for under $10! Tips on how to organize your pantry and how to keep it organized. Love Dollar Tree organizers! How to organize on a budget. Continue Reading →

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10 Things You Should ONLY Buy With Coupons

Yes, you can still save a lot of money with coupons! I know there are coupon haters out there who have a million excuses why couponing doesn’t work for them. Here is the bottom line, if you are looking for ways to cut spending, couponing is one way to SAVE HUNDREDS each month!

You can check out my article on Casual Couponing 101 to see how it only takes 15-30 minutes each week to literally save hundreds of dollars each month with couponing.

With that said, I don’t buy everything with coupons. Nope. But when I do use coupons, I save big time!

DO NOT buy any of these 10 items ever again unless you have a coupon to go with it! If you want to save money, this is a super easy way to cut spending on your grocery budget! Easy casual couponing tips! Continue Reading →

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Perfectly Gooey Rice Krispie Treats

There is one dessert that is sure to win over the hearts of all consumers no matter their age. The answer, rice krispie treats! The reasoning might be a little nostalgic but there is no denying that it is almost impossible to limit yourself to one treat!

As soon as I find Rice Krispies on sale at the grocery store, I match them up with a coupon (Casual Couponing 101), and stock up! I never pay more than $1.50 per box and that might be higher than you could find it in other parts of the country.

So watch for the sales, stock up, and make everyone happy with this recipe for the most perfect gooey rice krispie treats!

Rice Krispie Treats Recipe - Not too gooey but perfectly ooey, easy, and cheap dessert recipe for rice krispie treats!

Almost every time I need a last minute dessert or treat to bring to an event or friends house, these are what I make!

There are three qualifications to earn the title of Best Rice Krispie Treats Ever.

  1. Plenty of marshmallow goodness!
  2. Can not be dry!
  3. Perfect crispy to gooey ratio!

Rice Krispie Treats Recipe - Not too gooey but perfectly ooey, easy, and cheap dessert recipe for rice krispie treats!

This rice krispie treats recipe is extremely qualified in all three categories! There are two levels of marshmallow, melted and halfway melted, leaving no room for abrasively dry rice krispie treats! Also leaving these delicious treats perfectly gooey but aren’t falling apart all over your hands. Oh. Yum!

The trick to leaving pockets of gooey marshmallow is to put a few extra cups of mallows later on in the recipe. Make sure to read to directions bellow for more detail!

Rice Krispie Treats Recipe - Not too gooey but perfectly ooey, easy, and cheap dessert recipe for rice krispie treats!

Having a recipe where the end result is extremely indulgent but easy to make is a huge win! Bonus, they are cheap to make!

Rice Krispie Treats Recipe - Not too gooey but perfectly ooey, easy, and cheap dessert recipe for rice krispie treats!

Rice Krispie Treats Recipe - Not too gooey but perfectly ooey, easy, and cheap dessert recipe for rice krispie treats!

Make sure to save this recipe on Pinterest because it is now going to be your very favorite rice krispie treats recipe! This one is a keeper for sure! And by you sharing my recipes and articles not only shows your love but it is a huge help in growing this website!

You are the best!

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Perfectly Gooey Rice Krispie Treats

Rice Krispie Treats Recipe - Not too gooey but perfectly ooey, easy, and cheap dessert recipe for rice krispie treats!

4 Tbs butter
1 ½ packages of mini marshmallows (10oz + 5oz)
5 cups rice krispies cereal

  1. Start by greasing an 8”x8” deep sided pan with butter or baking nonstick spray.
  2. Next, in a large pot melt the butter over medium heat.
  3. Add in just one package of marshmallows, stir until almost completely melted. You should still be able to slightly see small lumps of unmelted marshmallows floating around.
  4. Remove from heat and let cool for 2 minutes.
  5. Next, mix in the cereal and the remaining ½ package of mini marshmallows.
  6. Poor into your prepared pan, get your hand slightly damp with water and press down the treats into the pan.
  7. Let cool for at least 30 minutes then they are ready to be sliced and served.
  8. Enjoy!
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Where to Get Free Pallets

You can never have enough free pallet wood, in my opinion. If I could have an entire garage or some sort of storage area where I could just fill it with pallets, that would be amazing!

When I very first started working with pallet wood I ran into a question that I think a few of you might be wondering yourself, “where to get free pallets?”

Useful tips on Where to Get Free Pallets. Plus, three rules on what to do when you find free pallets. Where to find free pallets. Continue Reading →

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How to Make Pie Crust

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This is the deal. The other day I was searching through the weekly grocery ads looking for some smoking deals and I came across a deal for ready to fill pie crusts. Normally almost $3 each, but on sale, and with a coupon you could get them for only $1 each. I was like, “Yes! That’s a great deal!” But then it hit me. This is crazy. I could make a pie crust for probably $0.10. Or could I?

How to Make Pie Crust. Great step by step pictures on how to make pie crust. No fail way to making a perfect flakey pie crust. Continue Reading →