The BEST Black Friday Ever

I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving. We had a beautiful and delicious day. My oldest daughter and I started our morning with the Turkey Trot 5k. The weather on Thursday was perfect. It was sunny and in the low 60's. We spent the rest of the day with my extended family and after … [Read More...]

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9 Fun Family Indoor Activities

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of TruMoo Chocolate Milk for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Life has been go-go-go. We rush out the door to school and work. We rush home and rush back out for the evening activities. There are times at the end of the week that I realize our family has spent very little quality time … [Read More...]

What We Ate this Week on our Budget 11.20.15

How I Saved this Week: I picked up my free turkey that I earned at Giant. On top of getting the turkey for free, I also received $1 cash reward at Snap by Groupon app--my referral link. A neighbor gave me several green peppers back in September, so I chopped them all up and put them in a freezer bag. I used those chopped peppers in Monday … [Read More...]

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One Pan Roasted Chicken, Sweet Potatoes & Carrots

This recipe tastes like something you'd only make and serve for Sunday dinner, when you have more time to spend in the kitchen. But this dinner only takes a few minutes to prep and 45 minutes to roast and you will use only ONE PAN. During the roasting time, I have helped with homework, tidied up the house, and even flipped through a … [Read More...]

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What We Ate this Week on a Budget 11.13.15

This post contains affiliate links. How I Saved this Week: 1. I stumbled on a stellar meat deal this week. Giant of PA offered $4 off meat if you bought 4 participating products. (See below picture.) The best part was that there wasn't a minimum purchase on the meat.  I bought some pasta sauce and salad dressing to get the meat discount and I … [Read More...]


4 Reasons Why You Should Adopt Your Next Pet {This Weekend}

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of PetSmart Charities for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Long before my husband and I had children, we were the proud parents of an adorable dog named, Toby. Toby was a sweet boy who loved long walks, a warm lap, and chasing the squirrels out of our back yard. When he became a big brother, … [Read More...]

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Thanksgiving Turkey Tips: Answers to the Most Common Turkey Questions

Is it your turn to roast the Thanksgiving turkey this year? Does cooking a big bird for so many people intimidate you? It's going to be okay! Here are the answers to the most common turkey questions. And even if you are not roasting a turkey on Thanksgiving for guests, take advantage of the low turkey prices right now and buy one for your … [Read More...]


What We Ate this Week on a Budget 11.06.15

Every week I share what we ate on our budget. Currently I try to maintain a $500 monthly grocery budget for my family of 4. This Week's Dinners: Saturday: We went out for dinner to celebrate my oldest daughter's tenth birthday. Sunday: Dinner was "clean out the fridge so nothing goes bad" night Monday: Hectic night, so I pulled frozen … [Read More...]

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10 Smart Tips to Save Money on Meat

I'm on a mission to eat well and serve my family tasty food on our limited budget. Meat can be one of the largest grocery purchases, but with these ten smart tips you can have your meat and eat it too!   10 Smart Tips to Save Money on Meat 1. Know Your Prices and Stock Up when you find a Good Deal The 'buy' price is the price per … [Read More...]

What We Ate this Week on a Budget 10.30.15

This week, I pulled two recipes out of my box that I haven't cooked in a long time. For the past several months, I've been cooking the same thing over and over and over. That's one reason why I stopped the What We Ate series, because quite frankly it was getting boring. But I'm trying to mix it up a little at dinner time, but still keep dinner time … [Read More...]

What We Ate this Week on our Budget

What We Ate this Week on a Budget 10.23.15

I am pleased with this week's menu. I was getting into a rut and that is why I haven't been posting this series for the last several weeks. To save time, I was planning the same dinners over and over... and over and over. We were bored and my family was revolting. So I pulled out some recipes that I haven't made in ages and I found a new recipe on … [Read More...]

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Earn Cash Back with these Four Simple Grocery Apps

It took me awhile to jump on the grocery app bandwagon. They seemed more time consuming than they were worth. But I have found 4 grocery apps that I now use regularly and I have a system in place to use them efficiently. Every time I plan my grocery list, I also browse these 4 apps to see if anything on my list is a current reward. To save … [Read More...]

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A Simple & Healthy Halloween Party Treat Idea

Our oldest daughter has a birthday around Halloween and years ago I was searching for healthier ideas for her party. I don't know about your house, buy my kids are bombarded with candy at this time of year and I wanted to serve a treat that was fun, but not sugary junk food. The idea is really simple: Orange Pumpkins and Banana … [Read More...]

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3 Smart Steps to a Debt Free Christmas

Christmas is coming! That merry time of year that is filled with faith, family, food, and a little bit shopping. The average American will spend about $700 on holiday purchases* and unfortunately many people will get a little surprise in the mail in January when the credit card bills start rolling in. My mission is for all of us to sleep … [Read More...]

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How to Organize a Soup Swap

This post contains affiliate links. Dinner hour can be hectic. But what if I told you that there was a way to alleviate some of the chaos AND socialize with your friends. It's called a Soup Swap. When my kids were babies, the leader of my moms' group hosted a soup swap. At the get-together, everyone brought a treat to share at the party … [Read More...]

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Turn 1 Rotisserie Chicken into 3 Easy Meals

Rotisserie Chickens are one of my time savers. They are extremely convenient, inexpensive and my family thinks they're delicious. You could buy raw whole chickens for less per pound and roast yourself, but rotisserie chicken makes a very quick dinner when time is short. I buy them often in the warmer months when I want the taste of roasted chicken, … [Read More...]

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5 Lessons Learned When Our Finances Went Awry

August 2013 was a month that I'd like to wipe from my memory. Prior to that, we thought we were golden. We carried no credit card debt and we contributed to our retirement. Our small business was going well and we said so long to renting office space and purchased a commercial property. Yep, life was good. But in August 2013, our business softened, … [Read More...]

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How I Scored 16 lbs. of Meat for Just $17.20

I was never much of a cook before kids. My husband and I ate out quite a bit, and the meals we did eat at home were pretty limited and often from a box. Quite frankly, my meal of choice was cereal. But when I became a mother for the first time, I realized that I could not raise a family on cereal and I soon realized that I needed to manage our … [Read More...]


This Week: How I Saved Money on Groceries & What We Ate 09.11.15

How I Saved This Week on Groceries: 1. I bought Marked Down Meat. Do you buy marked down meat? I discovered this money saving gem about 10 years ago and I buy almost all of our meat at marked down prices. Stores will mark down meat by as much as 75% off when it gets close to the sell-by date. Because of the savings, I always swing by the meat … [Read More...]