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Becoming a minimalist #couponer makes sense if you don't like wasting time clipping tons of #coupons, stockpiling #deals, and collecting lots of paper clutter.

Becoming a Minimalist Couponer


Couponing can be like a second job. Clipping coupons, finding more coupons from different sources, organizing them, planning out the deals, matching up the coupons with different stores, buying way too many things you don’t actually need, and then having to figure out how to store all that extra stuff. Couponing helps us reach the goal of spending less, but…

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DIY Rustic Wood Drawer Pulls


*This post contains affiliate links.  Have you ever noticed how crazy expensive drawer pulls are? For a super-simple concept, they can get really pricey. Before E was born, I found a $40 dresser on a buy/sell/trade Facebook group. It definitely needed some updating! We decided on a coat of paint, and new drawer pulls. Nate went to some relatively inexpensive…

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When Quality is More Important Than Saving Money


When Miss H was three, she started taking swim lessons at a local rec center. The lessons were cheap, maybe not the best quality, but we thought it would be okay. She took these lessons off and on for a year and a half. Last May, she took two lessons a week. At the end of the month, she was…

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Mango fruit leather

Two-Ingredient Mango Fruit Leather


If it has been awhile since we’ve been to the grocery store, our snack options start running low. My kids LOVE snacks! When our food options are limited, I make them healthy snacks with what we have on hand. One of our favorites is this two ingredient mango fruit leather. We don’t have dehydrator, so we just make it in…

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DIY Foaming Hand Soap

DIY Foaming Hand Soap: The Cheapest Version


Some of my money-saving DIY attempts over the years have been near-catastrophic. First, there was the lumpy liquid laundry detergent that I had to scoop out of Tupperware with a measuring cup. I gave up on that one. And there was the dishwasher detergent that involved multiple steps before actually running the dishwasher. I was the only one who could…

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Save money on coffee

Save Money on Coffee: 10 Realistic Ways


The older I get, the more I appreciate that first cup of morning coffee. The comforting drink that’s rich and delicious, AND gives me energy. When we went from two incomes to one, I realized that coffee was a BIG expense in our monthly budget. Between our daily brews that we made at home, and our weekly coffee shop visit,…

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What To Do With All Of Those Garden Herbs


Growing fresh herbs in our garden is one of my favorite things about the summer. During the colder months, I often skip them in recipes because they’re so very expensive! But in the summer, when the basil plants are growing quickly and we often receive green, fragrant bunches of herbs in our CSA, I try to make the most of…

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Joining a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)

What You Need to Know Before Joining a CSA


I didn’t know what a CSA was until last year, when my husband the former farmer expressed interest in joining one. In fact, I’m pretty positive that I called it a Crop Share Association until doing research for this post 🙂 But CSA actually stands for Community Supported Agriculture; and that is exactly why Nate wanted to join one. He…

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DIY Pallet Shelves Wall Organizer


If there’s one quality I never knew I needed in a husband, it’s handiness. I am blessed with an extremely handy husband. Not only can he fix stuff, but he can create stuff. Really amazing, creative, custom-designed pieces for our home. He grew up on a farm, so repurposing old materials was important when he learned his handy skills. When…

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