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Budget Saving Tips

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Tips for saving $$$

Make a monthly menu plan.  This is huge, make a list of all ingredients needed, check and see what you have in your home already.  Make a list of the items you do need.  It will blow you mind how much this cuts down on the grocery bill
 
Shop loss leader items
 
Stock up on sales
 
Make your own laundry soap and cleaning products (super easy and cheap!!!)
 
Cook and debone your own chicken breasts in a crock pot.  Add onion, garlic, carrots, celery and whatever herbs you like and make great health stock at the same time
 
Prepare your own mixes: spices, biscuit/Bisquick, muffins, cookie dough, marinara sauce
 
Parboil potatoes, peel and shred then freeze for hash browns
 
Blanch/freeze diced vegetables once a month for economical, fast and healthier options when cooking
 
Buy meats on last sale date, big savings
 
Buy cheese in bulk store, grate in food processor and freeze (much cheaper and healthier than buying pre-shredded)
 
Share a membership to a warehouse store with a friend.  Every membership has two access cards.  Split the cost and reap the savings
Make it a practice to double your recipes and put 1/2 of each in the freezer for another day
 
Get together with some friends and each of you make a few of the same recipe and then swap them out so everyone takes home a few new dishes to try
 
Shred zucchini in the summer and fall months, bag and freeze for making breads, muffins and cakes with in the winter and spring.  Do the same for bananas as the start to brown for same purpose
 
Got picky eaters, cook vegetables and them puree them with the some of the liquid cooked with and pour into ice cube trays. 
 
 
Once froze, place in freezer storage bag.  Add to recipes and your loved ones will be none the wiser but will receive the nutritional value
 
Take chicken broth from cooking chicken in crock pot and place in ice cube trays.  Once froze place in storage bag/container.  You will always have broth at the ready that is health and very low in sodium but high in flavor
 
Make your own baby food, cook fruits, veggies, meals and desserts.  Puree in blender then freezer in ice cube trays.  Store in plastic bags.  Defrost as needed.  Not only is this a cheaper option, your child is developing a taste for the foods your family eats
 
Cook big batches of rice and place in containers and freeze.  You can pull it out and thaw before usage.  A great time saver.  DOES NOT WORK WELL FOR PASTA
 
Precook hamburger with onions, garlic and peppers, then freeze in serving size baggies/containers for quick usage
 
Grow your own vegetables/herbs either in a garden or in containers
 
Turn the heat down when not at home or at night
 
Sign-up for daily updates on free or reduced e-books (if you are a Kindle app reader)
 
Use a crock pot, microwave or grill to cook as much as possible
 
Dry clothes outside on a clothes line whenever weather permits 
 
Your oven and dryer are your two largest electricity consumers  as far as appliances go

 Websites that I frequent or follow, many cover multiple areas listed below:

Recipes/Cooking

http://www.budget101.com

http://www.grocery101.com

http://www.sixsistersstuff.com

wwwfavfamilyrecipes.com

http://www.chocolatechocolateandmore.com

http://www.myrecipemagic.com

 

Frugal Living/Make Your Own

http://www.budget101.com

http://www.theprariehomestead.com

http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com

http://www.thethriftycouple.com

http://www.thehumbledhomemaker.com

http://www.staceymakescents.com

http://www.passionatepennypincher.com

 

Christian Living/Wife/Mom Stuff

http://www.timewarpwife.com

http://www.thehumbledhomemaker.com

http://www.unveiledwife.com

http://www.club31women.com

http://www.homewiththeboys.net

http://www.mobsociety.com

http://www.thebettermom.com

 

Free Educational/Homeschool Stuff

http://www.freehomeschooldeals.com

http://www.smartappsforkids.com

 

Christian E-books

http://www.gospelbooks.com

http://www.vesselproject.com

http://www.christianbook.com/page/ebooks/free-ebooks?view_all=1

 

My contact info  

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Feel free to contact me if you have any questions I can address or research for you 🙂

Blessings, Marilyn

Food for Thought on Marriage

This morning, after getting the kids off to school, running a couple of errands and a brief meeting I came home and opened up my email.  In it was this blog entry from Lisa Jacobson at Club 31 Women.  It is geared to younger brides than I but it spoke to me as well.

Just like Scripture, there are always new truths to be revealed and times of reflection and evaluation are needed.

It both encouraged me and convicted me in my relationship with my husband.  I never want to settle for the status quo.  I want our relationship to continue to grow and thrive.

Do you have someone who will pray over your marriage with you?  A friend who will hold you accountable for how you pursue not only your husband but your walk with Christ?  I pray you do.  If not, start asking the Lord to send you that someone.

Here are Lisa’s words:

25 Tips I Want to Share with Younger Wives
1.    Hold hands whenever you can. We do and always have. We’ll clasp hands when sitting next to each other on the couch, while we’re driving along in the car, and when we’re out walking. A simple connecting that goes a long way.
2.    Pray for him every day. Faithfully. What better gift than to offer up a prayer for him? Ask God to bless him, protect him, and work in his life.
3.    Look for the many ways to love on him. Small gifts and thoughtful gestures. Those little things that say, I love you and I’m thinking of you.
4.    Make friends with people who’ll encourage your marriage. Surround yourself with those who will support and pray for you both as you grow together.
5.    And avoid those who pull against you. If they were friends, I’d ditch them altogether. It’s harder with extended family members, but I’d dodge those as much as possible too.
6.    Go to the Word of God for the best marriage counseling. You can get good advice from others, but there’s no replacing the loving, powerful Truth to be found in Scripture.
7.    Cultivate your friendship. Marriage isn’t merely a business deal.
8.    Never give up on each other. People go through difficult seasons and we get to persevere through them. Don’t let go.
9.    Confess your sins to one another. Doesn’t help to smooth it over; instead repent and ask forgiveness. (Jas. 5:16)
10.   And then forgive freely. (Col. 3:13)
11.    Be patient with him. Love is long-suffering, remember? (I Cor. 13:4)
12.   Show him respect. It’s in the Bible. And it’s what he needs (Col. 3:18).
13.   Leave off with the complaining. It only drags the both of you down (Phil. 2:14).
14.   Focus on those things which are true, pure, and lovely. (Phil. 4:8)
15.   Speak kindly to him. Gracious words are sweet to the soul (Prov. 16:24).
16.   Let the little irritations go. Is it really worth bothering about? Probably not.
17.   Keep the home fires burning. Intimacy is still important. Yes, even long after the honeymoon.
18.   Stand by your man. You’ll probably find loyalty toward the top of his list.
19.   Make loving him your priority. Over your job, your friends, your extended family. Even over your children.
20.   Give him – and yourself – room to grow. I know that we’re not done growing yet and I’m guessing you two aren’t either.
21.   Express appreciation for the man that he is. Be an encouraging voice in that otherwise thankless world he lives in.
22.   Protect your marriage. Value your relationship for the treasure that it really is.
23.   Never leave off with kissing. No matter how old you grow. My husband’s 80-year-old parents still kiss each other goodbye – on the lips!
24.   Decide you’re going to stick together. With God’s help, you’re going to stay together throughout the years. (Mark 10:9)
25.   Put on love. Above all things. (Col. 3:14)
May you be blessed with a truly beautiful marriage!
In His grace,
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