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How to Do a Spending Freeze

I do my best to be frugal most of the time. Especially right now with our super-restricted budget, watching every penny is a necessity. But everyone’s life goes through seasons where things change, and your usual habits start to fade away. Having a baby. Moving. Losing a job. Retiring. Becoming a stay-at-home mom. Becoming a working mom. Kids starting school. All of these life events throw a wrench in your schedule and your wallets. So every once in a while, my family combats these “wrenches” by instituting a spending freeze. A spending freeze will look different in every family, but the goal is the same: to Read More

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DIY Tator Tots

I love tator tots! Who doesn’t? They are crispy and delicious! But one thing I don’t like is the price. Even a small bag costs $3-$4 at the supermarket. They can be made from scratch much cheaper, and I’m here to tell you how! Ingredients: 5 potatoes 2 tsp. corn starch 1 tsp garlic powder oil for frying Directions: 1. Boil your potatoes whole for 20-25 minutes, to make sure they are cooked through. {My photos will show a much larger quantity, because I was tripling the recipe when I made it.} 2. When they are cooked, pull them out to cool completely. (If you can refrigerate Read More

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Save Money By Learning

I can’t count how many times I’ve heard people tell me, “I wish I could _______, but I don’t know how!” People rarely consider actually learning these skills, which is unfortunate. There’s no need to write yourself off as already knowing everything you will know! Multiple studies actually show that your intelligence increases as you get older {peaking as late as your 70’s or 80’s} if you develop it. Like anything else, if you don’t use your brain, it won’t work as well. Learning new things, reading, and exercising your brain will help you live longer, increase your overall happiness, and other benefits. But as you can 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