Meals @ Home This Month Update
- Created on 17 November 2014
We’re half way through November and I’m curious…how has the challenge been so far? Have you noticed anything about your food purchasing patterns? Have you tried any interesting recipes? Have you thrown in the towel completely?
Challenges are good because they allow for focused effort over a limited time period. I love to use challenges to break up the monotony of budgeting, frugal living, and dumping debt. They add a little sparkle. Let’s face it, if dumping debt was super sexy – everyone would do it.
Financially Savvy Saturdays #64
- Created on 14 November 2014
If it ties into personal finance, we want to read it!
10 Tips to Fend Off Frugal Fatigue
- Created on 14 November 2014
Argh. Winter is coming. You might say it’s already here. Hello outerwear. Hello frigid temps. Hello cabin fever – for some of us. Prolonged behavior change in any area can result in rebellion. Especially change that is drastically different from the norm.
I generally rebel after months of being cooped up by taking long, ill-advised walks outside. Sometimes I just need to be outdoors and breathe in fresh air - even if breathing through nose-sickles.
Frugal Fatigue can impact even the most enthusiastic debt dumper. After months or years of cutbacks, belt tightening, and practical decisions you may rebel financially. Just like my long winter walks, adopting a progress-friendly way to fend off the onset of frugal fatigue is vital.
Healthy Meals in a Hurry
- Created on 11 November 2014
TwoHealthyKitchens.com was created by mom friends, Shelley and Gretchen (no last names required – like Madonna). These self-proclaimed foodies and nutrition specialists love a delicious, nutritious meal, but they know how to get it done in a hurry. That’s why we sought their expertise for help during our 30-day Meals @ Home Challenge.
The challenge encourages us to look within – our homes – for meal time relief and conserve cash. I attempt to convince you with a Grocery Shopping vs Eating Out Smack Down why meals at home is the better budget option.
No worries if you are new to the Debt Free Divas or this month’s challenge, jump right in. November is a great month because the last week will be holiday meals, left overs, and hopefully a little time off to think!
How to Score Designer Baby Clothes for $0
- Created on 10 November 2014
I have a standing approach for clothing my young children – I rarely buy clothes. There are too many options available for saving in this arena. They grow WAY too fast to invest much money (if at all) in clothing these little blessed bundles of joy. I’m not cheap, I’m just choosey about how I spend my hard earned dollars. Besides, there are plenty of other expenses required to satisfy that “Am I a good parent” question looping in your head.
Do You Really Need That?
- Created on 07 November 2014
Struggling to put your finances on a firm foundation? Who’s in charge of spending your money? Have you taken an honest assessment of what you pay attention to financially?
Why all the questions? We need take ownership of our behavior and admit that everything we do, have done, or will do in the future helps or hinders our ability to dump debt. One doesn’t magically end up at the mall with looming debts to unload. That restaurant did not set up shop in your living room three or four times this week. The latest gadget will live if you decide against taking it home. Who’s in charge here?
How to Menu Plan to Save Money
- Created on 05 November 2014
When in doubt, lean on the experts. Today's fantastic tips were contributed by guest blogger, Missy Rakes. You can find more tips on meal planning and budget meals from Missy at the Graceful Little Honey Bee.
If you aren’t menu planning, please start right away. Planning your meals based on what you already have and the weekly sales is an extremely effective way to cut grocery costs. Everyone has a different system for menu planning. I print a blank calendar every month and keep it on my fridge so I can fill in the meals each week before I go to the store.