This post is from contributing writer Bethany Wright.
My Budget Secrets
When people find out that we like to eat whole foods, organic cuisine, local produce, or farm-fresh meat, they often gasp in astonishment. I can pretty much predict what the next question will be: how can you afford it??
Over time, I’ve compiled a list of budget-saving tips that doesn’t involve food. Many of these tips are just small suggestions that save a few dollars here or there. But when you add up a bunch of little items, it can lead to a big budget difference! Freeing up money in this part of the budget allows me to allocate more resources to our food budget.
And the best part about each of these tips? Not only will it help you save money, it will also help you in your journey of stewardship. Budget-friendly AND earth-friendly? Yes, please!
TIP 1: Replace your kitchen paper products with cloth alternatives
This is a well known tip – but still worth mentioning!
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Tags: antibacterial soap·DIY·handwashing·microfiber cloths·natural body products·natural cleaners·soap·vinegar
November 17th, 2014 · Frugality
The following is a post from Georganne Schuch of Mom To Many Girls.
Feeding a family, especially a large family, requires the financial savvy of an accountant, the gourmet finesse of a chef crossed with the flexibility of a short-order cook, and the organizational skills of a project manager. And that’s just for starters. Once you stray into the territory of healthy eating or real food foraging or whatever the vogue phrase-of–the-day is, you need to mix all of the above with the tenacity of an inventor. Thomas Edison just thinks he had it hard when it took him 2,000 tries to invent the light bulb. He obviously wasn’t in the same ballpark as today’s field of allergy-free bakers.
So, how does a larger than average size family keep their grocery budget below the GDP while trying to eat as healthily as possible? First, you do the best you can. Let’s get real. Barring a life-threatening allergy, no one can be expected to get it right all the time. We moms are juggling a lot of balls. Meal planning and prep are just two of many things we do to serve our families on a daily basis. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you pick up a package of pre-sliced cheese or throw in a bag of frozen stir-fry veggies. Sometimes, just a few minutes saved keeps your sanity intact.
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Tags: budget·family·farmer's market·Frugality·gardening·kids·meal planning
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Head on over to Life Your Way today to read a little bit about Gabriel’s birth story (I’m still motivated to write out the whole thing sometime soon, but man, do the days fly by!) along with a recipe for homemade ice packs for postpartum soreness – they’re splendid for stitches and perineal support.
Here’s the post with instructions for how to make postpartum ice packs…
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Any questions about how Plan to Eat works, just ask in the comments – I’ve used it off an on over the years, when I’m meal planning well.
The following is a guest post from Emilie from The Toups Address.
Down for the Count
That is me during the entire 1st trimester of my pregnancies, and this one was no exception.
Nausea, vomiting, dizziness and total general fog! It’s no fun and any momma that has experienced these horrible symptoms knows exactly what I’m talking about.
I mean how am I going to take care of these two toddlers daily with 24/7 stomach virus symptoms with no end in sight? [Read more →]
Tags: health·healthy pregnancy·magnesium·morning sickness·natural health·nausea·pregnancy·supplements