Bulk buying and supporting local business

We have a local honey farm (Hummer and Sons) that produces the most delicious honey. We support local and home based businesses whenever possible, but this really is the best honey ever.  In the grocery store, local honey is about $4.00 per pound, but it can be gotten for a lot cheaper directly from the […]

Low budget vacations and road trips

We just returned from a trip to Memphis, TN for a national youth fencing tournament.   My son has fenced in several national tournaments, which means travel and hotel stays, and everything else that goes with it.  They say the role of a fencing parent is “Chauffeur, Go-fer, and Credit-Card Holder”, and they are right up to a […]

Stock up when things are on sale

I’m embarrassed to say what we paid for a spiral ham at Thanksgiving.  I’m usually better at not overspending but I hadn’t planned far enough ahead and we had to buy it when the prices were the highest. Live and learn. A few weeks ago, my grocery store had the same spiral hams for 70 […]

Cheap and healthy snacks: Popcorn

For the same price of a 6-count box of microwave popcorn, you can buy a big bag of popcorn kernels that will last you a month.  It is so easy to make popcorn the old fashioned way and it tastes so much better than microwaved popcorn. These instructions were written by my 15 year old […]

Patch it, glue it, make it last.

Small repairs help extend the life of the things we already have and keep household expenses down.  I have a stash of buttons to replace any that get lost, and I have sewn up tears in everything from shirts to purses, and bedding.   Replacing a broken zipper isn’t too difficult, especially if you have access […]

Track your spending

If you are having trouble making ends meet, it helps a lot to know where your money is being spent so you can make good decisions about where to cut back. You might be surprised at what you learn about your spending habits. There are a lot of ways to track spending, just use trial […]

Preparing for uncertain times

If you lost your job, wouldn’t you want to have a supply of food on hand for your family while you find another job?   Gathering an extra supply of food can be done without straining your budget. Try the “one to use and one to store” method of slowly building up your food supply.  Stock […]

Fun birthday cakes for cheap

I have had plenty of grocery store and bakery cakes, but I really prefer to make one at home. However, I’m not going to make one from scratch if I’m busy planning a party. I use box cake mixes and they always get rave reviews because I do something creative with them each time.Add some […]

My super cheap and low-fat secret!

I found a great secret to low-fat, satisfying meals and snacks – beans! If I hadn’t told them, my family would never know. I made delicious chocolate chip pecan cookies at Christmas this year as gifts for family. They were a HUGE hit, and they are healthy and low-fat. Instead of white flour, I used […]