Tips for Staying Motivated to Cook

If I don't plan my meals, I am often tempted to go out to eat. Thankfully I live in an area that requires a bit of a drive to restaurants! The drive is deterrent for me and forces me to cook. I have found that writing out a strict menu plan does not work for me. I like a flexible plan! Determine what works best for your family- a flexible plan, a written out weekly menu or even a monthly menu. Motivating Yourself to Cook At Home By: Mrs. Not Made of Money Cooking at home always seems like a ...

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Planning a Wedding on a Budget

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It's wedding season! Some of you may be planning weddings yourself or have friends that are planning weddings. Did you know that you don't have to break the bank to plan a wedding? With some planning and doing some work yourself, you can have a nice wedding on a budget. My husband and I had an evening wedding with approximately 150 guests on a very tight budget. For the next few weeks I would like to share a few tips on how to plan a frugal wedding. Now if you are not planning a wedding, I hope ...

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Preserving Fresh Strawberries & Cherries

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This weekend we picked strawberries and cherries at  local orchards. I always pick enough fresh fruit to preserve some for the off season months. Some of the fruit will be frozen and some will be canned. Of course we eat a good amount of fresh fruit too! To make your fresh fruit last longer, do not wash it until you are ready to eat it. For cherries, pick them with the stem on to make them last longer. Always pick ripe yet firm berries and cherries. If you don't own a cherry pitter, try ...

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Ask a Lawyer: How do you address over eaters and under spenders?

I have a friend from high school who has a very funny blog- solving dilemmas with a legal edge. I thought I would share some of her sage advice. I would also encourage you to help her achieve her dream of winning a show on TV of her own via Oprah. Miranda is just like us! She is a working mom who is trying to get it all done while maintaining her sense of humor. Click Here to HELP Dining Disaster Dear Counselor, I have an issue with the dining etiquette with one of my friends. The last two ...

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Affordable Wedding Gift Ideas

Affordable Wedding Gift Ideas

Affordable Wedding Gift Ideas As wedding season rolls around, you may find yourself scrambling for an affordable wedding gift. I have been to several weddings in my life, and I always make sure to bring some type of gift, no matter where I am money wise. There are plenty of thoughtful gifts that won't break the bank. We wanted to put a list together of some ideas for you to find the perfect gift for the new Mr. and Mrs. that you can afford, and they will love!  Below you will find some ...

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Safety Tips for Shopping Online

Shopping online has become so convenient and a great way to find great deals. Unfortunately the virtual world can be detrimental to your banking account. Earlier this year, I made a purchase online. Months down the road, my card had unauthorized charges on it. Thankfully my bank was on top of it! Not Made of Money has six tips to share with us to make shopping online safe. Six Ways to Make Internet Shopping Safe Stories abound warning consumers about the perils of shopping on the internet. ...

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Building Creative Raised Garden Beds

Raised Garden Beds are a perfect solution for poor soil, lack of space , or minimal areas of sunlight. Also easy to care for.

It's time to get your garden ready! Or at least the soil and the early and more hardy plants. I love having a garden and I cannot wait until we have fresh fruit and vegetables. Our strawberries are already blooming and the blackberry bush has buds. The peach tree is also looking hopeful this year! We have been debating to do a traditional in the ground garden or to go back to raised garden beds this year. We went back to raised garden beds this year since last years crop was a bust (for ...

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Corned Beef: Point Cut or Flat Cut?

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Corned Beef Cuts   My mother-in-law was visiting this weekend and I decided to make our St. Patrick's day feast a bit early. She is Irish and I thought it would be fun to have the traditional Corned Beef, potatoes, carrots and cabbage while she was here. While shopping for the corned beef it became apparent that I had not done my research. There are two cuts of corned beef;  point and flat cut. The point cut is cheaper. Not knowing what to get, I purchased both! We needed two ...

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Spring Break Budget Saving Tips

This week on Money Saving Monday, the theme is saving money during Spring Break. 1). Instead of taking an expensive vacation to a faraway land, plan a staycation! Become a tourist in your local area. There are bound to be places you have not taken time to explore right in your own backyard. 2). Visit your local library. The library is full of free resources. Many libraries have story time or toddler time. Some even offer movies and video games to checkout. My library rents video games for $2 ...

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Homemade Cleaning Products

 This post is from our partners at Studio One Networks. Ideas That Spark: Home Style Be a Clean Freak … for Less From the Editors of Ideas That Spark By Sarah Mahoney It took a bout of unemployment to jolt Joyce Wilden of Melbourne, Fla., out of the cleaning products aisle. “We were out of window cleaner and looking for every possible way to save money,” she says. So she went online, searched for a recipe for a homemade version and has never looked back. “I discovered it works exactly ...

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