5 Things I Have Learned From Using a Budget

  We began using a virtual cash-style envelope system at the beginning of this month (June 2012) and have been doing fairly well with it. This month has not been kind to our budget, causing me to shuffle money between envelopes like mad. There have been way too many large dollar purchases like Katie’s birthday […]

Rotation Diet Menu Plan Week of 6/25-7/1/2012

The menu plan was so hard to do this week. I had to put the whole project down yesterday and come back to it after a night’s sleep. It took me hours to wring out the meals and snacks from the kitchen inventory list, look through recipes, and then make a grocery list that squeezed every […]

The Training Wheels Have Been Raised! {Budget}

Do you remember when you were learning to ride a bike, and your parents would raise the training wheels little by little until you were ready to ride without them? That’s me learning to use an envelope system.

Rotation Diet Menu Plan Week of 6/18-6/24/2012

This week’s menu plan is brought to you by zombie mama. I am TIRED. With 3 days of birthday celebrations and all of the prep work that preceded it, I could use a bit of a spa day. Yeah, that’ll happen. I tried to squeeze our food budget tight, tight, tight this week due to extra […]

Carpet Cleaning (non-toxic, allergy-friendly, and frugal)

My carpet needed a serious deep clean. With a 4 year old, a husband, and a cat, it gets its fair share of wear and tear. It is also old and secretly wants to be laid to rest, but hardwood floors aren’t anywhere near the top of the to-do list. I make do…grudgingly. We used […]

Rotation Diet Menu Plan Wk of 6/9-6/15 (includes grocery receipts)

This week returns to full 7 day menu plans and follows Primal/Paleo/GAPS + starch. The grains have been ousted yet again, and we are feeling better already. ::happy dance:: Hubby is not ready to give up dairy, so you will see some dairy items listed. They are never part of the main meals. Our grocery […]

Natural and Organic Coupon Sources

There are 3 resources I use for coupons right now. Since I just started this journey, I am starting small. Baby Steps. Money Saving Mom is where it all started for me. More ideas to stretch my budget, the budgeting envelope system, and sources for coupons I can actually use are plucked from what I […]