August 19, 2017

Give Every Dollar a Job: Budgeting

Apr3

Friends, for this Type Z (yes, as opposed to Type A) personality, this next topis is one of the hardest lessons that I had to learn. I’m a free spirit and never did I think I could do this. But […]

Family Finances: Cut Up Your Credit Cards

Mar17

Pay Cash: the Building Block of Financial Security Since I’m often asked asked for advise and tips on dealing with the  family budget, my biggest concern hands down is the use of credit cards. I am about cause controversy, and […]

Free On-Line Budgeting Tool

Oct21

As much as I tried to complete my budgeting posts before I went out of town, I didn’t accomplish it.  I’m speaking at a blogging Conference this weekend, and knew that filling the fridge with some food for my family […]

The Dreaded “B” Word: Where Do I Start? (31 Days to More with Less)

Oct20

For me, creating a budget is pretty similar to fingers on a chalkboard, my daughter “serenading” me over and over in my ear, spending money on underwear (what a waste), committing to workout with the “30 Day Shred” for….30 days […]

Surviviving Unemployment – God Watch Financial Update

Apr30

I watch. I wait. I wonder. Some call it courage. Some call it foolish. I call it faith. It’s been a LONG year. No, honestly, it’s been a long 17 months. The unknown is difficult. On December 29, 2008, I […]

Grocery Shopping on a Budget

Mar11

As we begin dissecting our personal finances, we’ve thought about our needs vs. wants, realized that tracking grocery expenses are the best way to understand where all the food money is disappearing, and now for what you’ve all asked – […]

Financial Update – Needs vs. Wants

Mar7

Last week, we celebrated the one year anniversary of our God Watch – a time of watching and waiting expectantly. One year of transition, one year of unemployment, one year of unknowns, and one year later…we have grown, changed, cried, […]

Feeding a Large Family for $500 a Month

Mar2

I get so many questions on how I can possibly feed our family of seven (with three teen age boys) and still stay under $500/month. Well, it’s here! 31 days of sharing how meals work (and don’t work) in our […]

Groceries for $25/week

Jan3

My Meal Plan Monday includes our first week of the Pantry Challenge where I went $1 over budget..gasp.

Even though the Pantry Challenge officially started January 1st, I am already one week into it. After I posted our family’s outlandish intentions to only spend $100 on groceries for our family of seven, I honestly decided to just begin…that day.

Why go shopping one last time and stock up? The goal is to use up what’s in my freezer, pantry and fridge, thus saving money, being creative and appreciating the abundance that is there (even when kids claim…”there’s nothing to eat.”)