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June Bulk Shop & Menu Totals

I’m a little late on the menu post this week, but I did eventually get my shopping done! I made two trips to the store this week: my usual weekly trip to Walmart and my regular monthly bulk shop at Gordon Food Service. I do most of my shopping at GFS, buying ingredients in bulk to save money (and increase our health by cooking from scratch!) I did not write an actual menu this week like I usually do. There are several reasons for this: my oldest kid is at camp and the ones left at home don’t eat much we are going out to dinner Read More

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Cheap Family Vacations!

Taking vacations with the family are awesome — you get to see new places, do new things, spend time together & make memories… but the expenses can add up FAST. Here are some ways to cut costs to the bone, so you can travel MORE and experience MORE with your money! TRAVEL OFF SEASON Like I mentioned in my post about all the ways homeschooling is cheaper than public school, homeschooling gives us the awesome benefit of traveling off season. We went to Spain in February (hello sunshine!). We did a 3 week tour of England, Scotland, and Ireland in September. We went to Italy Read More

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🎉 How to Throw a Frugal Birthday Party 🎈

Birthday season just ended in my house. Among my four kids, we have one birthday in January, two in April, and one in May. I love celebrating with them and making it special, but I don’t love the price tag that comes with many traditional birthday party options. If you look at the website of a company that hosts parties — places like bouncy gyms, roller skating rinks, playplaces, etc. — it’s not uncommon for parties to cost several hundred dollars, or even as much as a thousand. That’s a LOT to pay for a few hours of fun. So I wanted to tell you some of Read More

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Homemade Egg Noodles

You guys, we LOVE pasta. It’s so yummy & filling. But it’s NOT cheap. Even the cheapest kind at Walmart is $1/pound, and that’s more than I want to spend on carbs for a single meal. With my rice dinners, I’m spending something like 10¢ on the rice that all six of us eat for two dinners, under a penny a serving. So $1/pound for pasta is just too much for me. I’m not saying I don’t buy it — I do sometimes — but I’ve been looking for a cheaper alternative. Welcome to my homemade egg noodle recipe! After much tinkering with various recipes Read More

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Taco Casserole

This is a recipe that I made up one day because I was out of dinner ideas. I just started pulling things from the cabinet, and you know what? It worked. This isn’t usually the case with my concoctions — I’ve had many duds in my time. But this one has been loved by my family for years now, and I’m going to share the recipe with you! I love this recipe because it is easy, delicious, and CHEAP! I can make a whole 13×9 pan, which feeds our family for two dinners, for under $4. Not bad, eh? That’s $2 a dinner, or less than Read More

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Chicken Azteca {Crockpot Recipe!}

Chicken Azteca is one of my favorite recipes! Not only is it SO easy and SO delicious, it’s cheap, filling, & healthy too! It’s also gluten free and sugar free, and can be made grain free/dairy free simply by omitting a few of the extras!! Here’s how to make it! Ingredients: 1-2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (depending on size) 2 cans of black beans 1 can of corn 2 cups of enchilada sauce 2 cups of dry brown rice shredded cheddar cheese for topping Instructions: It’s really easy, get ready… 1. Put the chicken in the crockpot. 2. Dump the beans (drained/rinsed), corn (drained), and enchilada Read More

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Pepperoni Strata {frugal dinner!}

Pepperoni Strata is one of my favorite dinners to make for my family. They love it because it’s hot, gooey, and delicious. I love it because it’s filling, cheap, and packed with spinach! Now, I’ll be honest… the first time I read the recipe, I thought, “That sounds disgusting. Eggs and pepperoni and spinach and bread?!?” But I’m glad I gave it a shot, because it’s really, really good! Here’s the recipe! Ingredients: 8 eggs 1¾ cups milk ¼ tsp each garlic powder and salt 1 loaf crusty Italian bread (I get it from the day-old shelf at Walmart for 40-60¢) sliced pepperoni (about half Read More

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Cheeseburger Calzones

Cheeseburger Calzones is a family favorite recipe in our house! The kids love it because it’s delicious, and I love it because it’s SO much cheaper than regular cheeseburgers! Here’s the recipe so you can make some of your own! {This recipe makes 6 adult-sized servings, so feel free to halve or double it as needed. It also reheats really well and freezes well if you want to make extra for other meals!} Ingredients: Dough 3 cups of flour 1½ tsp salt 1½ tsp yeast 1½ cups warm water 1/3 cup oil Filling ½ pound ground beef salt, pepper, and onion powder sliced cheese your Read More