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20 Leftover Ham Recipes

Are you baking a ham for Easter dinnr? My mother typically makes the ham and I contribute a side dish or dessert, but I'll probably take advantage of the low holiday prices and buy a ham for my family. It's a great time of year to stock up. If you love whole boneless smoked hams, here's … [Read More...]

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Save Money: 10 Paper Products to Avoid

In an effort over the years, to save money at the grocery store and reduce our waste, we've found reusable alternatives to many paper products, such as paper towels, paper napkins, storage containers and bags. With those items not on my grocery list, I've made more room in my grocery budget for actual food. It's not hard to make the switch to … [Read More...]

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Homemade Stromboli

I made Stromboli for the first time recently and honestly I don't know why it took me so long. I love Stromboli and order it occasionally at our favorite local sub shop, but I never considered making it at home. I thought it would be a lot of work, but in fact, it is quite easy! The idea came to me when I was reading a post from Andrea … [Read More...]

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How I Spent $425 on Groceries in March

I have been diligently challenging myself to spend less at the grocery store this year. I'm trying to find that balance of staying within a set budget while still eating well. My husband and kids won't tolerate a bare kitchen and bad, boring food--they would seriously revolt. But we have some serious financial goals to hit and the grocery budget is … [Read More...]

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The #1 Way I Save Money on Meat

Meat tends to be one of the priciest items on my grocery list and I've found a way to control the costs: I buy marked down meat. Yep, I've been buying it for well over 10 years and I've never had a problem. I discovered this money-saving tip years ago when I stumbled onto a case full of Perdue whole roasting chickens marked down to $2  in … [Read More...]

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Chicken & Waffles

I LOVE roasted chicken. It is a good old-fashioned family dinner and my favorite part about roasting a chicken is all of the delicious leftovers. One of my favorite dinners to make with leftover roasted chicken is Chicken & Waffles. It's super easy to pull together. 1. Roast a whole chicken. 2. Make chicken gravy from the roasted … [Read More...]

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Grocery Budget Challenge | March Meeting

The Goal of the Grocery Budget Challenge is to be creative with our meal planning and grocery shopping so that we do not over-spend. We don't want to make our families miserable with bland meals, boring snacks, and not enough food in the house, but we must stay on budget. Lately when I see my bill at the check out, I'm shocked at how few groceries … [Read More...]

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What Makes Me the Most ANGRY About Our Debt!

Sometimes it takes pure anger to motivate a person to make a change. I'm a numbers gal  and I love to play around with numbers, so this week as I was preparing our April budget I decided to calculate how much interest we are paying each month with our debt payments. I quickly pulled together a spreadsheet: Column 1 = name of … [Read More...]

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Thrifty Finds: Spring & Summer Clothes

The first day of spring was last week and warmer weather is right around the corner. Although it was 25 degrees in PA just this morning...so could someone please let Mother Nature know about the change in seasons??!! Anyway, I started going through our spring and summer clothes recently to see what our needs are. I figured if I started to … [Read More...]

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Tortellini & Spinach Soup

At a holiday family gathering, an aunt served this delicious Tortellini & Spinach Soup. My oldest daughter just about dove into the soup pot, she liked it so much. I wasn't sure she was going to allow others to enjoy it along with her. I slowed her down and told her I would make it for her and she nagged me for weeks until I gave in. This … [Read More...]

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Grocery Savings Tip: Stock Up on Loss Leaders

Over the past year, I've noticed two grocery store chains in my area, Giant of PA and Weis Markets, consistently offering loss leaders each week. What is a loss leader? It is a rock bottom price that stores promote to lure you into the store. They're hoping once you're in the store that you'll buy more than just those loss leaders. I've … [Read More...]

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Our Debt Freedom Plan | Marriage & Money

Last year, my husband and I took Dave Ramsey's online Financial Peace University course. Prior to FPU, we thought we were doing well financially and never considered that we had too much debt. We didn't have credit card debt, we paid off our car notes early, and the interest rate on the student loan was at a low 2.75%, so we thought we were doing … [Read More...]

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How to Make Buttermilk

No buttermilk for that recipe you've been wanting to try? No worries. It's easy to make a substitute without having to purchase a quart of buttermilk, which is the only size I can find in my area. A quart is fine if you'll use it up, but when a recipe calls for a smaller amount, it's quite possible the rest will go to waste. This quick … [Read More...]

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How We Watch Great TV Without Cable

A year ago, my family gave up our beloved cable TV.  I said good-bye to the real housewives of Bravo TV and my husband said adios to ESPN. When our bill spiked up unexpectedly last March, we called the cable company hoping for some relief. Instead we were told that there was nothing they could do about the price, so we walked away from cable … [Read More...]

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Buttermilk Waffles

My mom gave me my grandmother's waffle recipe recently, so I dusted off my waffle maker that has rarely seen the light of day since we received it as a wedding gift over 13 years ago. I forgot how much I love waffles and these Buttermilk Waffles are fairly easy to make and are yummy for breakfast drizzled with your favorite syrup. Make a … [Read More...]

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Easy Lasagna Recipe

Lasagna is one of my favorite dinners. My family enjoys it too, so I make it once a month in the fall and winter. There is usually a crazy debate on who gets to eat the leftovers. Because I'm always looking to save time & money in the kitchen, I've learned a few tips over the years: 1. I use oven-ready lasagna, so pre-cooking the … [Read More...]

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Grocery Budget Challenge | February Meeting

The Goal of the Grocery Budget Challenge is to be creative with our meal planning and grocery shopping so that we do not over-spend. We don't want to make our families miserable with bland meals, boring snacks, and not enough food in the house, but we must stay on budget. Lately when I see my bill at the check out, I'm shocked at how few groceries … [Read More...]

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March 1 & 2 | Bank of America Museums on Us

  Are you a Bank of America cardholder?  This weekend, March 1 and 2, Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders can get free access to 150 participating museums in 88 cities. The Details: Saturday & Sunday, March 1 & 2 | Each Bank of America or Merrill Lynch cardholder gets FREE general admission to 150 museums … [Read More...]

Declutter Your Kitchen | Weekly Decluttering Challenge

I don't know about you, but my kitchen gets out of control quickly. It tends to become the dumping ground for school papers, newspapers, work papers, mail, art projects, etc. Recently, we've reorganized the pantry. We've cleaned out our refrigerator and freezer and now, let's take a few minutes each day over the next week to declutter other … [Read More...]