How to Set a Fun-Money Budget

Budget Tip: If little splurges are derailing your frugal living goals, setting up a fun money budget can be just what you need to get your budget back on track. Here's how to set up – and stick to – a fun-money budget.

Let’s talk money – fun-money specifically! Setting a fun-money budget helps curb unplanned spending. It creates breathing room in even the tightest of budgets. And it ensures that you can splurge responsibly, while ensuring that your finances remain largely unaffected. Sounds great, right? But just how do you set up – and stick to – [...]

My Weekly Meal Prep

Frugal Living Secret: Weekly Meal Prepping. Doing a weekly meal prep helps me save money and time in the kitchen.

I’ve mentioned my weekly meal prep several times on the blog, but I realized that I’ve never actually shown you what I do during these cooking sessions. I managed to get some pictures in while I was halfway through the process, so I figured I’d give you a peek into what my weekly meal prepping [...]

Stretching a Whole Chicken through 5 Meals

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You know how much I like experimenting for the sake of frugality. So I went on a mission to stretch a whole chicken through five meals to create a relatively healthy and inexpensive meal plan. Note: I’m feeding a household of two adults. If you have a larger family, you’ll likely need to purchase an additional [...]

7 Old-Fashioned Skills that Save you Money

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There are many ways to pinch a penny. Some of the most practical are being phased out over the decades. Many of the economically-minded skills of our ancestors are slowly being forgotten and losing their place in our modern world. Here are a few practical old-fashioned skills that we can all learn to save money. [...]

Homemade Crockpot Chicken Stock

This is the easiest way ever to make homemade crockpot chicken stock. You'll never go back to store-bought! #crockpot

Store-bought chicken stock is expensive. So I’m going to teach you how to make your own in the easiest way possible: homemade crockpot chicken stock. Making your own chicken stock in the slow cooker allows you to save money, make boatloads of stock (okay, slight exaggeration there) and forgo the act of babysitting a boiling [...]

6 Frugal Things I Did Last Month – September

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September was a month filled with lots of frugal things. Unfortunately, I can’t tell you most of them. Why? I’m terrible at writing things down and can’t possibly chronicle every frugal thing I did in the last month by the power of sheer recollection alone. Also, some of the frugal things were for future content [...]

Budgeting for Beginners: Is your Budget a “Diet?”

Budgeting for Beginners: Treating your budget like a diet may be slowing down your financial progress.

Budgeting for beginners can be a frustrating, and overwhelming uphill battle filled with what I like to call “Fresh Start Mondays.” But here’s something that may help break it down into a more manageable chunk: budgeting is a lot like losing weight. Calories in vs. calories out is the basis behind losing one pound, and [...]