Big Christmas, Small Pricetag

Our un-orthodox Christmas is on the 12th day of Christmas because we have so much extended family in the area. After many years of having three celebrations in 24 hours, we started celebrating ours on, or near, January 6. There are many reasons we liked it, so we are keeping it there. You’ve probably already…

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Hello, parents

You’ve got a friend in me. I understand. Here we are at “the family tree”. Just my mom and my family which now includes 4 sons in law and 4 grandchildren. Parenting: immense love, followed shortly by overwhelming uncertainty. Overflowing joy, extreme frustration. I’ve felt them all. I welcome you to this no judgement zone…

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Granola: cheap to make, expensive to buy

Let’s make granola! Tastes like oatmeal cookie dough as it warms and snitching a little each time you stir is a treat.

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Free Clothes, Part 2

I look at my current outfit and realize I spent $1 on the new cashmere blend socks, maybe $12 on the shoes, and about $15 on the bra & panties. Microfiber blazer-zero, courduroys-zero, long sleeved tee #1-zero, longsleeved tee #2-zero. Some days the socks, shoes and undies are also free and my entire outfit cost…

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Grocery Saving 101

How do I feed 10 people for under $500 a month? What I don’t do is stroll through the grocery store dropping everybody’s favorite foods into my cart. I also never run to the store for a missing ingredient for a recipe. If I’m out of something, I change plans or improvise. I use sales at the grocery store.…

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