02.27.15

What We Ate This Week on a Budget 02.27.15

This Week's Dinners: Saturday: My husband and I had a date night. We received a gift card for Bone Fish Grill for Christmas from my parents and they watched the girls overnight too. woo hoo! Sunday: Chicken Burrito Bowls with leftover Costco rotisserie chicken. Monday: Cajun Red … [Read More...]

Choose Thrift First Challenge

Choose Thrift First | February Meeting

In 2015 I'm challenging myself to rethink purchases by taking advantage of more cost effective solutions like borrowing, buying second hand, or just making do with what we already have. We have some hefty financial goals this year and this is just one more way for me to squeeze more from our budget. February Update I can honestly say that I did … [Read More...]

where I found $370 debt snowball money in january

Where I Found $370 Debt Snowball Money in January

Our main financial goal in 2015 is to pay down our non-mortgage debt. My hope is to have it all paid off by the end of 2016 and to do so we need to get creative and resourceful. Where can we find extra money? I have scrutinized our budget tirelessly and I really feel like there's nothing more to cut, so my focus is turning to finding money to … [Read More...]

02.20.15

What We Ate this Week on a Budget 02.19.2015

This Week's Dinners: Saturday:  Valentine's Day - Baked Salmon Packets, baked sweet potatoes, and brussel sprouts for me and my husband. It was too cold to grill so I made foil packets instead. I made Parmesan chicken tenders, boxed mac & cheese and peas for the kids. I try to limit the boxed stuff, but they requested it for V-day. I also … [Read More...]

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Jen & Her Husband Paid off $212,000 in Debt & Medical Expenses in 48 Months

Today's Debt Free Story is from Jen. She is a speaker, author, and volunteer firefighter. Her website is The Iron Jen. 1. Tell us about you and your family. Where are you from? What do you and your spouse do for a living? What are your hobbies? Include anything that you'd like to add to give the reader an idea about your personality. In my roles … [Read More...]

Marked Down Italian loaf

Cheap (but Tasty) Homemade Croutons & Garlic Bread

My family LOVES bread. I know that too many carbs are not a good thing, but we love bread with soups, pasta dishes, roasted chicken, sandwiches and well, just about every dish that I make. I especially love marked down bread. It saves us so much money. I check the marked down bakery section at the grocery store every visit and I regularly find … [Read More...]

02.12.15

What We Ate this Week on a Budget 02.12.15

This Week's Dinners Saturday: I made a double batch of Ham & Bean Soup using Ham Hocks. If you've never heard of ham hocks, neither did I until my mom bought them for me at a farmer's market. They make the BEST soup. Sunday: Leftover ham & bean soup, homemade applesauce. There was about 2 quarts of soup left over that I froze for … [Read More...]

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“We’re Going to Hawaii when…”

Over the weekend, my oldest daughter had a swim meet. These meets are long and my youngest daughter, who does not swim competitively, ususually handles it fairly well. It can get a bit boring for her considering her sister swims less than 5 minutes during the 4 hour meet. That's not to say that she doesn't whine and complain. I have even whined … [Read More...]

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New England Clam Chowder

Every weekend, I plan our menu for the week ahead and my oldest daughter has taken an interest in helping me. She's always been my little foodie and I enjoy the help. She requested New England Clam Chowder and I thought that was a fabulous idea! New England Clam Chowder   Print Author: Kristia Ludwick Ingredients 2 tablespoons … [Read More...]

02.06.15

What We Ate This Week on a Budget 02.06.15

Are you enjoying these "what we ate on a budget" posts? My intent is twofold: to hold me accountable with our grocery spending and to give some ideas and insight into how we eat on a budget. Our budget is currently $500 for my family of four. Although my kids are young (9 & 6), they truly eat like adults, truly. Let me know your thoughts in the … [Read More...]

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Shannon & Her Husband Paid off $22,000 in 9 Months

Today's Debt Free Story is from Shannon. She writes at Growing Slower. 1. Tell us about you and your family. Where are you from? What do you and your spouse do for a living? What are your hobbies? Include anything that you'd like to add to give the reader an idea about your personality. Hi all! I'm Shannon Brown, and I'm a crunchy Christian mama … [Read More...]

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Clean Your Windows for Just Pennies

Washing windows is not high on my list of favorite things to do. But this tip is so stinkin' easy and CHEAP! I don't buy window cleaner and haven't for years. Instead my window solution costs pennies and does just as well as store bought sprays. No streaks, just crystal clear, clean windows. A friend who owns a window cleaning business gave … [Read More...]

01.30.15

What We Ate this Week on a Budget 01.30.15

This Week's Dinners: Saturday: Ham loaf, cheesy broccoli rice baked potatoes, homemade sugar-free applesauce. Have you heard of ham loaf? It might be a central PA thing, but we LOVE it. I buy the loaf at a farmer's market. It is already prepared, but I need to bake it. Sunday: My oldest daughter had a swim meet all afternoon, so my husband … [Read More...]

Choose Thrift First Challenge

Choose Thrift First Challenge – January Meeting

In 2015 I'm challenging  myself to rethink purchases by taking advantage of more cost effective solutions like borrowing, buying second hand, or just making do with what we already have.  We have some hefty financial goals this year and this is just one more way for me to squeeze more from our budget. In January, I only ventured into Target … [Read More...]

why we want to be debt free

WHY We Want to Be Debt Free

A few weeks ago, my husband and I had an intense discussion about finances. By the time it was over, we were both exhausted and probably a little bit frustrated each other. We're in a place that will take us several years to come out of. It's frustrating to work hard and see only slight improvements and achievements. Frustration makes you … [Read More...]

Benefits of Swimming lessons for kids & parents

The Benefits of Swimming Lessons for Kids & Parents

Today's guest post is from Kaitlin Gardner, who owns the blog, An Apple Per Day. When my kids are at the pool, I want them to be well prepared to enjoy themselves and be safe at the same time. So I have made a commitment to enroll them in swim lessons when they are old enough. While the lessons teach my kids to swim, there are benefits to me … [Read More...]

01.22.15

What We Ate This Week on a Budget 01.22.2015

This Week's Dinners: Saturday: We spent the afternoon at the PA Farm Show in Harrisburg and dined at the show. We're not farmers, but the Farm Show is a yearly attraction that we do NOT miss. It is the largest indoor agricultural show in the nation that features 6000 animals, competitions, exhibits, vendors, and a 1000 pound, life-sized butter … [Read More...]

Aja

Meet Aja. She & her husband Paid Off $110,000 in Debt

Today's debt free story is from Aja. She writes about family, finances and faith at her blog, Principles of Increase. 1. Tell us about you and your family. Where are you from? What do you and your spouse do for a living? What are your hobbies? Include anything that you'd like to add to give the reader an idea about your personality. Kelvin and … [Read More...]

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Cheesy Broccoli Twice Baked Potatoes

These Cheesy Broccoli Twice Baked Potatoes couldn't be any easier to prepare. I don't typically buy russet potatoes, but I couldn't resist when they were on sale for 99 cents for a 5 pound bag. Enjoy with your favorite burger or barbecue. Cheesy Broccoli Twice Baked Potatoes   Print Ingredients 4 large potatoes 2 cups … [Read More...]