The Frugal Family Home Podcast https://frugalfamilyhome.com/blog This is the podcast for Frugal Family Home by Shelly Olson Fri, 15 Nov 2019 11:30:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.4 https://frugalfamilyhome.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Frugal-Family-Home-Favicon.png The Frugal Family Home Podcast https://frugalfamilyhome.com/blog 32 32 Shelly Olson from the Frugal Family Home blog, shares encouragement for homemakers who work in the home and outside the home. Homemaking is a tough job and often a thankless one and we can all use a little encouragement along this journey. This podcast is meant to inspire and encourage those who are tackling this huge job of homemaking and motherhood. Let’s go on this journey together to become more intentional with our money, our time and our lives. Shelly Olson: Mom, Homemaker, Homeschooler, Blogger clean Shelly Olson: Mom, Homemaker, Homeschooler, Blogger shelly@frugalfamilyhome.com shelly@frugalfamilyhome.com (Shelly Olson: Mom, Homemaker, Homeschooler, Blogger) Copyright &#xA9: Frugal Family Home LLC The Frugal Family Home Podcast: Intentional Living | Homemaker Encouragement | Frugal Lifestyle The Frugal Family Home Podcast https://frugalfamilyhome.com/wp-content/uploads/powerpress/Dollar_Sign_Podcast_Artwork.jpg https://frugalfamilyhome.com/blog TV-G Bi-Weekly FFH047: 7 Tips for Getting Dinner Done, Even if... https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/47 Wed, 13 Nov 2019 12:50:06 +0000 https://frugalfamilyhome.com/?p=56466 https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/47#respond https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/47/feed 0 <p>Figuring out what’s for dinner can be hard. You want …</p> <p class="read-more"> <a class="" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/47"> <span class="screen-reader-text">7 Easy Ways to Get Dinner Done, Even If…</span> Read More »</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/47">7 Easy Ways to Get Dinner Done, Even If…</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com">Frugal Family Home</a>.</p> If you struggle with preparing dinner every night and want to change that, these 7 tips in this podcast can help. In this podcast you’ll find tips for having meal plan ideas at your fingertips, prep ahead and freezer cook without stress, Figuring out what’s for dinner can be hard. You want to feed your family good food, but you’re tired and worn out at the end of the day. But with thee 7 easy way to get dinner done, you can make a great meal for your family. 



Even if you are frazzled, worn out, tired or …







Making dinner each night can be difficult.  There the thinking of what to make for dinner every night.



I saw this quote on Facebook this week…







And thought why is getting dinner done so hard? 



Is it thinking about what to eat? Or making the food? Or does a long day get the best of us and we just don’t feel like cooking?



Or is it a combination of these things and more?



As I pondered this more, I thought this would be a great subject for a podcast. And so here it is. 



In this episode of the Frugal Family Home podcast, I’m sharing easy tips to get dinner done. These tips can help you make dinner each night. 



Even if…



You’ve had a long day and are so tired but your family is so hungry too. 



Cooking dinner is a struggle for you. 



You have a hard time thinking of things to make for dinner. 



Listen to the podcast and read the show notes too. 





Are you subscribed to our podcast? If not, find it on your favorite podcast app or use the links above. 



7 Tips for Getting Dinner Done Every Night



If getting dinner prepared every night is a struggle for you, these tips below can help. Whether you are a frazzle stay at home mom that never has a free minute, not even in the bathroom. 



Or a mom who works outside the home and gets home and needs to make dinner but is so exhausted it’s hard to cook. 



Or a work at home mom that has a mix of both worlds colliding into one another all day long. 



These tips can help you get organized and get dinner done. Even if you are frazzled, busy, tired, or …



1. Let’s tackle what’s for dinner?



If you don’t know what you are cooking, you can’t make dinner. And not having a plan is bad for getting dinner done each night. 



Now I’m not saying you have to have everything planned out. I’m saying you need to know what you’ll be eating each night. 



You might find planning for a week or a couple of days works best for your family. But you need to have some kind of plan.



It doesn’t have to be elaborate either. Oh, no it can be a few dinner ideas scribbled on the back of an envelope of the junk mail you can’t seem to stop coming to your house. 



But you might say, coming up with ideas for dinner is the hardest part. 



I understand. I have times when I have dinner block too. I try to think of something to add to our meal plan but can’t think of anything. 



The harder you try to think the worse it gets. 



Here are a few tips to help you always have ideas for dinner at your fingertips.



Plan Your Dinner with Themed Days



Monday, meatless meals



Tuesday, taco night



Wednesday, breakfast night



Thursday, soup and salad night



Friday, Pizza night



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FFH046: 4 Tips to Eating Better Even If... https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/46 Thu, 12 Sep 2019 11:53:56 +0000 https://frugalfamilyhome.com/?p=56146 https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/46#respond https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/46/feed 0 <p>You’d like to eat better. You really would but making …</p> <p class="read-more"> <a class="" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/46"> <span class="screen-reader-text">How to Eat Better in 4 Easy Steps Even If…</span> Read More »</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/46">How to Eat Better in 4 Easy Steps Even If…</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com">Frugal Family Home</a>.</p> In this episode of the Frugal Family Home Podcast, were talking about 4 easy steps to eating better. Small changes you can make to start eliminating processed foods from your diet without dramatically increasing your food budget or the time to make meals. You’d like to eat better. You really would but making changes is hard. It takes a lot of effort, or does it? You can use these easy steps to learn how to eat better with the time and money you have. 







Your not a health fanatic, you just know you could eat better. Less processed foods and more real foods. Not only for yourself but for your family. 



But between your already packed schedule, the kids complaining about anything new that looks different, and the fact you have a limited budget for food, it’s easier to stay the course and not make a change. 



Because you don’t want to buy a bunch of new food to find out your family won’t eat it, you don’t have time to prepare it, and you end up wasting money, you don’t really have to spare.



But it doesn’t have to be like that. You can make changes, eat better, and have your family enjoy it too. All without dramatically changing your food budget or spending all day in the kitchen. These 4 steps can help you do all of that.  



Better Eating Tips in This Podcast



In this episode of the Frugal Family Home Podcast, I’m sharing 4 easy steps to eating better. Small changes you can make to start eliminating processed foods from your diet without dramatically increasing your food budget or the time to make meals. 



If this sounds good to you have a listen to the podcast. You can also read the show notes below. It’s kinda like the cliff notes version.





4 Steps to Eating Better



Eating better can be challenging. It’s easy to get stuck in a rut and eat the same things over and over. Even if you have a desire to make better food choice. 



Things that are familiar often win out when we are short on time or don’t have a detailed plan to make a change. 



But change can happen if you…



1. Make Small Changes and Build on Them



Make a plan for making small changes over time.



Plan for what changes will be the easiest to get you started on eating a little better. Don’t make big changes right away, it almost always leads to failure. 



Instead, let’s set you up to succeed from the beginning. I want you to find one thing you can change with your eating or your whole family’s eating that is doable. Then practice it for a few weeks to a month. Get used to it when it seems just natural to you then add something else. 



Making those small changes one on top of another makes it so much easier to make big changes just one little bite at a time. 







2. Plan for Meals



When you are hungry isn’t the time to think about what you’ll make to eat. It’s probably the worst time if you are trying to make changes and eat better.



Because your hungry brain will only think about things, you already have established as habits and if you want to eat better, it’s better to have a plan. 



With a plan you have more control. You can sit down and think it through when you’re not hungry. When you can put your goals into the planning process. 



Pick your meals for that week. Be sure to include any new food you are switching out to eat less processed foods. Make your list and go shopping. It’s really that simple and easy.



 But what if you have picky eaters or kids who don’t want change?



3. Make Substitutions for An Easier Transition



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FFH045: How to Save Money on a Road Trip https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/45 Tue, 09 Jul 2019 11:41:57 +0000 https://frugalfamilyhome.com/?p=55540 https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/45#respond https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/45/feed 0 <p>Traveling can be great or it can be a nightmare …</p> <p class="read-more"> <a class="" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/45"> <span class="screen-reader-text">How to Save Money on a Road Trip</span> Read More »</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/45">How to Save Money on a Road Trip</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com">Frugal Family Home</a>.</p> In this podcast, I’m sharing 9 tips for saving money while on a road trip. From setting a budget, getting your car ready, saving on gas and food along the way. These tips can help you have fun and stay on budget. Plus a few tips to help you get your car ready.

In this episode of the Frugal Family Home podcast, I’m sharing road trip tips to help you save money and avoid problems with your car while you are traveling.
If you take the time to plan ahead and do a few things before you leave it can help you enjoy your road trip and stay on budget too.
Save Money on Your Next Road Trip with these 9 Tips
1. Set a Budget
Sure it’s great to hit the open road without a care in the world, but doing so can put a dent in your budget.
It’s a given you’ll need to plan your route but what about planning for your expenses?
Be sure to take into account how much you’ll be spending. You’ll need to have your car checked out before you leave. You’ll need gas money, money for food, and lodging.
As you are planning your route look into the costs of each of these on your stops along the way. You might be able to stay in a smaller town and save money. Or find a great deal on gas just a few miles away from your destination.

2. Plan Your Route
Now that you know you need to budget for your trip, it’s time to plan your route. What destinations would you like to go to? Where will you stop at along the way?
Use Google Maps or MapQuest or even AAATripTik. To help you plan your route and make the most of where you’ll be traveling.
Be sure to have maps for where you’ll be traveling, AAA is a great place to get these, because you never know when your GPS might stop working.
3. Get Your Car Serviced Before Your Road Trip
Before you leave for your trip get your car service by a mechanic. Have them do a general checkout and check fluids and tires. If something need servicing get it done.
Be sure to have all repairs completed a few weeks to a month before your road trip. This can help to make sure the repair is good and there isn’t something more that needs to be done.
Be sure to check your tire pressure, lights, and fluid in your car the day before leaving.
If you don’t know how to do this, take it to your mechanic, check your owner’s manual of your car, or check YouTube for a tutorial to learn how.
Taking a little time to service your car before you leave on your road trip can save you lots of money on car repairs on the road.
4. Save On Gas
Find the cheapest fuel prices along your route. Use GasBuddy or the GasBuddy App to find the best prices to where you’ll be traveling.
GasBuddy has a trip cost calculator to estimate how much it will cost for gas from one place to the next. And they also have a gas price map so you can see the average price of fuel across the United States. Making it easier to plan your gas budget.
AAATripTik is also great for finding construction along your route and finding the best gas prices and estimated gas costs too.
And checking these items on your car can help you save on gas too.
Properly inflate your tires. If your tires are low, it can decrease your gas mileage.
Don’t over pack, if your car is loaded down with more things than you need it will decrease your gas mileage.
Keep a consistent speed, when you can. Use your cruise control to keep your speed consistent can save you money when you are on the highway or freeway.
Drive the speed limit. Speeding up and slowing down with traffic might make you feel like you are getting there faster.]]>
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FFH044: 5 Tips to Change Your Life for the Better https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/44 Tue, 04 Jun 2019 12:04:30 +0000 https://frugalfamilyhome.com/?p=54996 https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/44#respond https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/44/feed 0 <p>If you want things to change, then you have to …</p> <p class="read-more"> <a class="" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/44"> <span class="screen-reader-text">5 Tips to Change Your Life for the Better</span> Read More »</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/44">5 Tips to Change Your Life for the Better</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com">Frugal Family Home</a>.</p> In this Frugal Family Home podcast, we are talking about making a change. And it’s up to you to be intentional with your life and make it what you want. Here are a few tips to help you do just that.
Stop Dreaming and Start Doing
It’s easy to get caught up in the everyday things. To drift from one thing to another. Hoping tomorrow will be different.
But no one is coming to your house to help. You have to want to change. You have to take action to change. And you have to be committed to change.
Be intentional with your life and make the change you want to happen, happen.
In today’s podcast, I’m talking about the process I’ve gone through to start and keep making changes. I’m still not there but I haven’t given up.
And really most successes are more about persistence than being the best. That is my aim to be persistent until I reach my goal.
I hope this podcast can help you make a change you’ve been dreaming about but for whatever reason you haven’t been able to take the action and make the change you want.
Have a listen below…

5 Tips to Change Your Life for the Better
Today’s podcast is a little different. And today we will talk about being more intentional with your life.
It’s easy to keep going with the status quo. Each day has its own things to do, places to go and meals to make. But all those days can blur together. You look up and a year or more has passed.
You wonder what has happened. You lived through that year but it was more like existing rather than living.
Sure there were highlights of wonderful things and not so wonderful things but it was blah, same old, same old days all strung together.
And it makes you wonder if you want something different, something more.
And the thing is you can, but not where you are now. You need to make a change.
If you keep doing the same things you will get more of the same. Not something different.
Here are a few steps to help you make the change you want.
Discover your Goal or Dream…
The first thing you need to do is to set a goal or decided what you really want.
Is it to lose weight?
Is it to get control of your money?
Is it to go on a dream vacation?
Is it to buy a house for your family?
If you don’t have a goal in mind, you can’t reach it.
You need a goal or dream to get started on making a change.

Make a Plan
Once you know what you are working towards, it’s time to plan the steps to make it happen.
It doesn’t have to be a complete plan, just the first few steps, you can figure out the rest as you go along.
Be sure to make it as detailed as you can with as many steps as you know you’ll need. You can always revise it as needed.
Take Action
You can have a dream or a goal. And a plan but if you don’t take any action, you’ll never reach it.
Now is the time to plan what you’ll do, how you’ll do it, and what help you might need.
If you need help to make a plan or to keep you motivated find help. It could be a professional or maybe a friend or relative that could help.
There is one more thing you need to do to make sure your change can be lasting. This is something that may be the hardest to do too.
Know Your Why
I really hate that saying know your why. It doesn’t even encompass how important this step is.
When you know why the change you are making is important to you, that can make the biggest difference in you truly changing or not.
It has to be something you really care about, something internal, something big, or it won’t be enough for you to keep going.
Because there will be times when you want to give up and be done with this goal or dream. You have to know concretely why you need to accomplish it and what the benefits will be once you achieve it.
That is your why.
When you have a strong compelling reason to make a change, something deep in the core of your life.]]>
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FFH043: How to Spring Clean Your Finances
 https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/43 Wed, 01 May 2019 11:45:42 +0000 https://frugalfamilyhome.com/?p=54789 https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/43#respond https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/43/feed 0 <p>Got a budget but haven’t look at it in a …</p> <p class="read-more"> <a class="" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/43"> <span class="screen-reader-text">Personal Finance Basics, How to Spring Cleaning Your Finances</span> Read More »</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/43">Personal Finance Basics, How to Spring Cleaning Your Finances</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com">Frugal Family Home</a>.</p> 
In this episode of the Frugal Family Home podcast, I'm sharing 6 steps to spring clean your finances. Even if you've fallen off the budgeting wagon since the beginning of the year spring is a great time to restart and these 6 steps can help you do jus... Spring is the perfect time to look over your finances. And making adjustments to your budget is one of the person finance basics you need to do. Let’s see how to spring clean your finances.

Adjusting Your Budget, A Person Finance Basic
At the first of the year, it’s easy to get excited about making changes. About saving money and getting out of debt.
To make a plan and have so much energy to put towards following it.
But then a few months later the excitement wears off. What you were so excited about has become one more task to do.
And you haven’t been staying on top of your finances like you should.
But that’s ok.
That’s why spring is the perfect time to revisit your financial goals. To make adjustments and review how things have gone so far.
No need to beat yourself up about what didn’t happen. Make a plan to make it happen.
And spring is the time to take on that task.
Think about spring cleaning your finances as a time to start a new. Leave any mistakes in the past. Learn from them and move on.
Dwelling on them doesn’t help you at all. Give yourself permission to let it go.
And then start your spring cleaning.
In this Frugal Family Home podcast, I’m sharing how to spring clean your finances so you can make a clean break and start new.
Have a listen and be sure to subscribe too.
 

Show Notes
Here’s a quick rundown of the tasks to do when spring cleaning your finances. Just in case you don’t have time to listen to the podcast right now. Although it’s a quick listen at only 12 minutes.
Budgeting Money Tip, Spring Clean Your Finances
The steps to take to make a fresh start and break away from any bad money habits that might have formed since the beginning of the year.
1. Revisit Your Budget
Adjust spending as needed from your original budget. It’s time to take a hard look at how much you are spending in each category. Make adjustments as needed.
Don’t have a budget start one, it’s important. Follow these steps to establish your first or new budget.
Is your budget realistic, if it isn’t here’s how to set a realistic budget once and for all.
2. Clean Out the Clutter
Yes, those wallets and purses can get overrun with receipts and notes. Do a huge purge. Keep what you need to keep and recycle or throw away things that aren’t needed anymore.
3. Look Over Automatic Payments
Don’t keep paying for things you aren’t using. If you subscribe to a service but aren’t using it. Maybe a gym. Cancel it and keep the cash for yourself for something you’ll actually use.
4. Review or Establish Money Goals
Don’t have goals for your money, now is the time to decide on those goals. You can set goals to save towards a big purchase or towards a much-needed vacation.
If you have trouble putting money into savings make a separate savings account for what you are saving for. And set up automatic transfers from your checking to savings each time you get paid. You’ll put your savings on autopilot.
5. Get Organized
Get your financial papers in order. Set up a way to track your bills so you know when they are due so they get paid on time. A one sheet budget page can work or even a budget spreadsheet.
Also track your cash or debit card spending so you know where you money is going each month.
Finally, establish a way to track your bills that are paid. Especially those you can write off on your taxes. If you file them away, each month come tax time you’ll have all your papers in one spot.
You can set up a filing cabinet drawer with folders for this. Or use an accordion binder. Either will work well. The filling cabinet drawer works better if you have more to file. The accordion binder is better for smaller households.
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FFH042: Don't Budget Like You Diet, Do This Instead https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/42 Wed, 13 Mar 2019 11:15:01 +0000 https://frugalfamilyhome.com/?p=54394 https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/42#respond https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/42/feed 0 <p>If you budget like most people diet it won’t help …</p> <p class="read-more"> <a class="" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/42"> <span class="screen-reader-text">Don’t Budget Like You Diet, Do This Instead</span> Read More »</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/42">Don’t Budget Like You Diet, Do This Instead</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com">Frugal Family Home</a>.</p> In this episode I’m sharing how I see people budget like they would normally diet and how it sets them up for failure from the start. And about the two perspectives you can have and which one can help you succeed with sticking to your budget and the st...
How Most People Diet and How it Applies to Budgeting
If you’ve been on a diet, you know what it’s like. It’s exciting to start something new. You get to talk to all of your friends about it. You make big changes and swear to yourself, this time you will stick with it.
And you do you stick with it long enough for friends and co-workers to see a change. They might comment that you look so good. And might ask what you are doing. You love the attention and it makes you feel like, you’ve really done well.
Then it happens.
You slip up. You have a cookie because well one little cookie won’t hurt.
That turns into a piece of cake, chocolate, or candy. You feel you’ve blown it so you might as well eat what you want and start again on Monday. Monday rolls around and your resolve just isn’t as good as the first time you started.
And finally, you give up and go back to your old ways. You want to change but it all seems so hard.
Well, that is how most people budget too.
They realize, I’m in way too much debt. I have to do something. They make radical changes to their spending.
They stop going out; they stop eating out. They stop spending all together. And by sheer willpower they hold it together to dig themselves a little out of debt. Maybe even get a small emergency fund set up.
But then it becomes hard. They long to go shop, to go out to eat. To do something fun, because they are so tired of this boring hard life the budget has put them into.
They slip back into their old ways and finally they are back right where they started.
But it doesn’t have to be like that at all.
You don’t have to budget like most people diet, there is a better way to go about it.
Listen to the Podcast to find out what to do instead. Don’t have time to listen? Subscribe to our podcast so you can listen later and check out the show notes below…
Show Notes

There are Two Perspectives for Dieting and Budgeting
Perspective One,
It’s all or nothing. I need to change everything all at once. I need to stop shopping, stop eating junk food, etc. I have to stick to this diet or this budget and I can’t slip up at all. Because once I slip up that’s it I’ve ruined it and I might as well give up at least for now.
Perspective Two,
I’m in this for the long run. I want to change because it will be good for me and for my family. I will stop eating junk food because I want to be healthy. I will stop overspending each month because I want financial security.
I know I need to make changes and those changes will take a while. I need to change the way I think as much as I need to change what I do. It’s a process.
A new thing to learn, and I will slip up and it’s ok. I’ll learn and move on. No need to dwell on it.
Which perspective do you think works the best?
If you said the second one you’d be right. Now let’s talk about how you can set yourself up for success with budgeting.
How to Budget for Long Term Success and Financial Freedom
Start by Making a Reasonable Budget
It might feel great to make a bare-bones budget and try to squeak by on as little as you can but that is a recipe for disaster.
Instead, you want to cut your spending a little at a time.
First determine what you are spending right now. Try to cut back on non-essentials, like eating out and entertainment first.
Stop Shopping
Next stop shopping. Shop only for food and things you absolutely need. If you don’t go shopping, you won’t spend money. If you are an online shopper, stay off sites like Amazon and Target you usually shop at.
Tell yourself you are going on a shopping fast and stick with it for a while.
Conserve as Much as You Can
Try to conserve money around the house.]]>
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FFH 041: Frugal vs Cheap, Does it Really Matter? https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/41 Wed, 13 Feb 2019 12:59:37 +0000 https://frugalfamilyhome.com/?p=54229 https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/41#respond https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/41/feed 0 <p>Frugal vs cheap, does it really matter which you are? …</p> <p class="read-more"> <a class="" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/41"> <span class="screen-reader-text">Frugal vs Cheap, Does it Really Matter?</span> Read More »</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/41">Frugal vs Cheap, Does it Really Matter?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com">Frugal Family Home</a>.</p> In this episode of the Frugal Family Home podcast, we are talking about being frugal vs being cheap. Which is the best way to go to save the most money? And when each one can work out best. Are you frugal or are you cheap? It’s sometimes hard to know and maybe you’re a little of both. You want to save money but is it costing you more? Let’s talk about it and see when is the right time to be frugal and when it might be good to be cheap.

Frugal vs Cheap
Being careful with money is a good trait to have. But can it be taken too far and end up costing you more in the long run? That’s what I’m chatting about in this podcast. Have a listen and see when it’s best to be frugal and when to be cheap.
Show Notes and body of podcast…
These are the cliff notes version of the podcast If you want to hear of a few examples where cheapness bit me and when being frugal paid off be sure to listen to the podcast. If you want the basic concept of the podcast keep on reading…
Let’s start out by defining what frugal, thrifty and cheap really are…
What’s Frugal or Thrifty?
When you are thrifty or frugal, you try to use your money and other resources carefully. You are careful not to waste them.
Most people would say using the word thrifty or frugal to describe themselves is a good thing.
Frugal can also mean simple or plain, nothing fancy just the basics to make it function.
What’s Cheap?
We often associate cheap with negative emotions. I envision someone is stingy with their money. Always wanting to get something for less than it’s actually worth.
Or cheap can be an inexpensive product because it’s not as good of quality.

Are you Cheap or Frugal? Does it Really Matter?
I think many people use cheap or frugal interchangeably. But I see them differently.
You can be a frugal person and buy an expensive appliance because you know it will last 3 times as long and in the long run it will cost you less money.
You can be a cheap person and buy items at their cheapest lowest price to save money and most of the time this will work out great. But if it’s an item you need to last, being cheap could be problems.
The Problem with Being Cheap All the Time
There is nothing wrong with being cheap on items that need not last. I buy cheap paper plates. Why, because we will use them once and throw them out. They might bend a little or leak a little but they get the job done.
The same goes for many paper products or other one time use products. If they will be used and thrown out, then saving money on these items usually works out well.
But when you cheap out on products you need to last it could cost you more.
When Being Frugal but Not Cheap Can Pay Off
You can be frugal when buying expensive or big-ticket items. Taking a little time to ask around, read reviews can help you get a high-quality product and get the best price too.
First, you need to do research.
Ask others about the product you’ll be buying and see why they use or brand they like. How well it’s preformed and any problems they’ve had. Most people will share if you ask.
Look Over Reviews
Read reviews and see what others are saying about the product you are buying. People are always more apt to leave a bad review than a good one but it will give you an idea of how well the product is built and the quality too.
Read an Unbiased Review Publication
On big-ticket items like appliances I almost always pay for a month’s access to consumer reports and check the review.
But you might access Consumer Reports through your library for free be sure to check for the issue you need first.

Have the Best of Both Worlds
You can be a cheap and a frugal person, in fact I recommend it.
I say cheap out on one time use items when you need them. Get less expensive or thrift store clothes when you can. And use your cheapness on items you don’t need to last all that long.
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FFH 040: How to Save Money Even if You're a Spender https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/40 Sat, 19 Jan 2019 13:30:45 +0000 https://frugalfamilyhome.com/?p=54148 https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/40#respond https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/40/feed 0 <p>You get the credit card bill and your stomach immediately …</p> <p class="read-more"> <a class="" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/40"> <span class="screen-reader-text">How to Save Money Even if You’re a Spender</span> Read More »</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/40">How to Save Money Even if You’re a Spender</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com">Frugal Family Home</a>.</p> In this episode of the Frugal Family Home podcast, I’m sharing ideas to help you save money, even if you are a spender. Use one or all of these tips to help you transition from a spender to a saver and save more money.
How to Save Money Tips
You really want to save money so you can have security but you sabotage yourself so often. You set out to save but you end up overspending each month.
You wonder why is it so hard to save?
You wonder if you will ever have a nice saving account to fall back on, instead of relying on credit cards to get by.
You can, you can save even if you are a spender. How do I know, I’m a reformed spender myself and if I can change I know you can too. Listen to this week’s podcast to get a few tips for how to save even when you are a spender.
Show Notes for Episode 40 How to Save Money Even If You’re A Spender
Links Mentioned…
How to Set Up a Cash Envelope System with Printable Cash Envelopes
Tips: How to Save Money Even When You are a Spender
If you want help in getting started with your transition from spender to saver these tips can help.
1. Cut Back on Spending
I know it seems so simple but hard to do. To get started pick, something this week you normally buy and don’t purchase it, save the money instead.
Maybe it’s coffee out, maybe it’s eating out, maybe it’s… whatever. Pick one thing you will not buy this week and stick to it.
2. Look for Less Expensive Options
If stopping spending is too hard. Try to find a less expensive alternative.
If you eat out often, try finding a less expensive way to eat out or make meals.
That could switch from a more expensive restaurant to a less expensive one. Or maybe instead of eating out stop by the deli counter at the grocery store and pick up ready-made food or even buy a frozen meal instead.
It can help you save a little money without a huge change at first.
3. Take a Hard Look at How You Spend
How do you pay for the things you buy? Do you use a debit or credit card?
Try using cash instead. It may seem like a hassle at first but you can’t overspend when you use cash.
You can easily set up a cash envelope system in a few minutes. This blog post can help. Be sure to grab the free printable cash envelopes too.

4. Pay your Savings Account First
If cutting back is harder for you, then consider paying yourself first.
Take out the amount you want to save each month and move it right away to your savings account or set up an automatic transfer happen when you get paid.
If the money isn’t there to spend, it can take away the temptation to spend it. That might be all you need to make a change.
5. Change Your Thinking
This last tip I believe is the hardest but is important to tackle even if you are using one or all of the other 4 tips above. Because once we change our thinking about spending and saving the more lasting the change can be.
The best way to change your thinking is to be more mindful of why you spend.
When you get the automatic urge to spend money, stop and think about how you feel.
Are you stressed, are you anxious, are you trying to avoid something by shopping?
Taking a moment to discover why you want to spend money can help. You can find the true reason you are spending when you don’t want to.
Which gets you deeper in debt. The next time you have an impulse to spend money, stop and think about what is happening to cause this response.
Bonus Tip, Become What you Believe
Stop calling yourself a spender, tell yourself you are really a frugal person who values your financial future too much to keep mindlessly spending money.
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FFH 039: New Year Goals, Setting Yourself Up for Success https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/39 Wed, 19 Dec 2018 12:44:33 +0000 https://frugalfamilyhome.com/?p=53407 https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/39#respond https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/39/feed 0 <p>Don’t make resolutions this year, make goals instead.When making your …</p> <p class="read-more"> <a class="" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/39"> <span class="screen-reader-text">New Year Goals, Setting Yourself Up for Success</span> Read More »</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/39">New Year Goals, Setting Yourself Up for Success</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com">Frugal Family Home</a>.</p> Learn how to make good goals so you can set yourself up for success with your new year goals or goals you set at any time of the year.
New Year Goals
In today’s Podcast I’m talking about new year goals and setting yourself up for success. So this year you can achieve those goals. I hope these tips I share today can help you make good progress on your new year goals.
Have a listen…
Show Notes…
The notes below are the cliff notes version of the podcast just in case listening to podcast just isn’t for thing.
Planning New Year Goals for Success
This year instead of resolutions let’s set new year goals and set yourself up for achieving and making progress on your goals.
What’s wrong with resolutions…
When we resolve to not do something, it always seems to backfire. When making resolutions we are telling ourselves we want to make changes but the word resolve seems so rigid. So final and without grace.
The word resolve can make you think you are going to have to fight and uphill battle to win. And while new year goals can be hard to achieve, let’s make it easier by forgetting the word resolve.
Because if you think you don’t have much resolve then you’ll be defeating yourself from the beginning.
Resolutions tend to fade away quickly…
When we make resolutions we work on them very hard for the first few weeks. But then we slip up and lose our resolve. Then by February you’ve almost forgotten what you set out this year to achieve.
But it doesn’t have to be that way…
The right goals can help to motivate you to achieve them.

How to Plan Good Goals
Brainstorm
Brainstorm what you want to achieve this year. Write down everything. You won’t try to attempt all of these ideas just get them down on paper.
Walk away from your brainstormed goals list and let it sit a few days. Think about that list before you go to bed. Let you brain work on it while you are asleep. Yes this is really a thing.
Let those thoughts percolate in your brain and on your heart for a few days.
Then pick up your brainstormed sheet and look and see which goals are most important to you.
Circle them, highlight them. But keep your brainstorming list for later.
Pick Your Goals
Make a list of 3-10 goals you want to achieve this year. Limit them to these 3-10 for now.
As you achieve your goals you can look over your brainstormed list of goals again and add a new one. Better to start out with a few goals and add more as those goals are achieved.
Now it’s time to make our goal, good goals…
Be Specific with your Goals
Don’t say something like I want to lose weight and get healthy. A more specific way to state that goal would be I’m going to eat vegetables 3 times a day and cut out sweets except for one time a week. So I can get healthy and lose weight.
Set a Due Date
This might be harder but set a due date for when you will achieve this goals. Take our example of eating more vegetables and reducing sweets. Set a time when you’d like to be consistent with this goal at 80% of the time by.
Be realistic and give yourself at least 12 weeks.
Break Your Goals Into Steps
Continuing with our example, the first week you might eat vegetables one time a day. And eat sweets 5 times that week. The following week you’d increase vegetables to twice a day and reduce sweets to 3 times that week. If that week went well you’d adjust again.
Little progress and little steps over time makes for lasting changes.
Make a way to Track Your Goals
Write down your goals on paper. Having goals written down makes them more likely to be achieved, than ones you have in your brain or on your computer.
Make a sheet with your goals. Then write down your goal broken down by weekly tasks and even daily tasks if needed to help you achieve them.
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FFH38: How to Change Your Thinking and Reach Your Money Goals https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/38 Wed, 14 Nov 2018 13:04:05 +0000 https://frugalfamilyhome.com/?p=53241 https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/38#respond https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/38/feed 0 <p>Want to be financially free? Want to reach your money …</p> <p class="read-more"> <a class="" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/38"> <span class="screen-reader-text">How to Change Your Thinking and Reach Your Money Goals</span> Read More »</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/38">How to Change Your Thinking and Reach Your Money Goals</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com">Frugal Family Home</a>.</p> In this episode of the Frugal Family Home podcast, you’ll learn tips to help you change your thinking and habits to help you meet your money goals. Don’t let poor spending habits keep you from reaching your money goals.
Reaching your money goals doesn’t mean giving up everything you love. It means changing the way you think and spending more intentionally.
In this podcast, I’m sharing about making shifts in your thinking to help you achieve your money goals. How to practice intentional spending and a story of my journey from spender to saver.
Show Notes:
How to Reach Your Money Goals
Welcome to episode 38 of the Frugal Family Home podcast. And today I want to encourage those of you who are trying to reach money goals and being more intentional with your money.
Now one of your money goals may be to save enough money so you can stay at home with your kids instead of having to work outside the house.
Or maybe you want to save up enough money to buy a house.
Or whatever goal you are trying to reach.
And today I just wanted to share a little bit about how you might change your thinking to help you reach those goals.
Because let’s face it if you don’t work towards those goals it’s not going to magically happen.
So being able to stay at home with your kids is something that doesn’t happen by chance or just because you got lucky.
Being able to save up for a house doesn’t happen by chance or just because you’re lucky.
And being able to reach your money goals doesn’t happen by chance its something you have to work at. You just don’t get lucky.
All of these things take work, planning, and sacrifice. They just don’t happen by chance or just because you got lucky.
You’re not likely to win the lottery or have someone come and hand you some money to achieve your dreams.
It’s up to you.
Change Your Thinking to Meet Your Money Goals
And doing the things you are doing right now isn’t likely to get you there. You need to change.
I know these things because I wanted to be a stay at home mom. I didn’t want to have to work anymore. But I knew the lifestyle we living was not going to afford me to do that.
And so I needed to change. And if I can do I know you can too.
Now it’s easy to look at others and what they have achieved and think that they are so lucky. That they have it all already. But you don’t see what they went through, what they sacrificed, or changes they had to make to get there.
So while you might think they are lucky. Luck really had nothing to do with it. It was more about the hard work and changes they made. And really it all just comes down to choices.
And I’m not talking about the big choices about oh buying a used car instead of a new car. I’m talking about the little choices you make every day.
Like making your coffee at home instead of buying it out. Making a lunch and taking it to work instead of purchasing it out.
The money you can save those little bits don’t seem like much but they snowball into a bunch.
And those little changes in thinking help you make more changes, and more changes, and build.
Making Changes Can Be Scary
When my husband and myself decided I would quit my job and stay at home, it was scary. We didn’t feel lucky at all. We felt sick.
We wondered would we be able to make it? Could we live on half of our income? It makes my stomach ache just thinking about it today. Remembering the worry and concern we were going through.
We planned and lived on half of our income for two months. To see if we could really do it. And I’m not going to say those two months were easy, they were hard. I was working, and I was doing a lot of things to save money.
But I knew I would have more time to do those things to save even more once I was home. So it was a good trial run, and we finally made the plunge and I quit my job.
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Is Eating Healthy Really More Expensive? See What I Discovered https://frugalfamilyhome.com/budget/eating-healthy-expensive Wed, 03 Oct 2018 12:02:22 +0000 https://frugalfamilyhome.com/?p=53028 <p>Do you think it’s really cost more to eat healthy? …</p> <p class="read-more"> <a class="" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/budget/eating-healthy-expensive"> <span class="screen-reader-text">Is Eating a Healthy Breakfast More Expensive? See What I Found</span> Read More »</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/budget/eating-healthy-expensive">Is Eating a Healthy Breakfast More Expensive? See What I Found</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com">Frugal Family Home</a>.</p> You always here eating healthy is more expensive. But is it really? That's what I'm talking about in this episode. I'm comparing breakfast ideas with healthy version to see which is less expensive. Listen to this week’s podcast to find out if it’s really is more expensive to eat healthy at breakfast.

I think most people really believe it’s more expensive to eat healthily. Because healthy food appears to cost more when you are purchasing it at the store.
But I wondered if it was really true. Would healthy food, real food, really cost more than the average food most people eat?
I started with breakfast. It’s supposed to be the most important meal of the day. At least that what they taught me in school.
If it’s that important, it should be healthy too, shouldn’t it? So I set out to compare a few breakfast items most of us eat. Things like cereal. Baked items like donuts and biscuits you might make for quick breakfast.
Egg dishes too, to see if it would really cost more to eat a healthier version and this is what I found. I’m dishing it all out in this week’s podcast. Listen below and see what you think.
Want just the highlights, for now, scroll down to read the cliff notes version below. It hits the high points of the podcast.
Show Notes…
What I found when I checked to see if it’s really is more expensive to eat healthy like everyone says. These are the items I compared and the recipes I make for our own family to save money and to eat healthier versions than store bought ones.
See if you agree with what I found.
But first, let’s clear the air about what is healthy.
Healthy is subjective. Some people would say wheat flour is unhealthy. Others say fat is unhealthy and low fat is the way to go. While more people would say no sugar and high fat is where it’s at.
While I’m not entering that debate in this podcast.
I am comparing common breakfast items you might buy at the store to a more healthy homemade version. Let’s see what I discovered.

Cereal…
Cold cereal on sale is about $3-$5 a box depending on what you purchase. If you get the cereal on sale or if you have coupons. It might be closer to $2. If you pay full price, it might be closer to $5 a box.
Most cold cereal boxes contain about 8 servings. Making it cost $1.50 for 4 servings to $2.50 for 4 servings depending on the price you purchase the cereal at. And that’s not including the milk to put on it which adds another $.64 per 4 servings.
Bringing the cost of a bowl of cereal with milk to $.54 to $.78 for each serving. Which is close to the cost of 4 servings cost of the healthier cereal versions below.
Homemade granola, oatmeal, or rice cereal is a good alternative and much less expensive at only $.62 to $.88 for 4 servings and that’s with the milk included. It can really save you money at breakfast and be healthier for you too.
Rice cereal and oatmeal are about the same in price. You can make rice cereal for $.62 for 4 servings. Oatmeal with raisins and milk will come in at $.71 for 4 servings and homemade granola with milk ends up costing $.88 for 4 servings.
Eating a healthier version of cereal is about 1/4 the cost per serving. Now let’s see how baked good price out.
Baked Goods

Donuts
Let’s see how baked donuts price out compared to donuts at the bakery of the store or at the donut shop
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FFH036: Why and How to Make Homemaking Goals https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/36 Wed, 18 Jul 2018 11:58:38 +0000 https://frugalfamilyhome.com/?p=52520 <p>As a homemaker, you can become a little isolated. You …</p> <p class="read-more"> <a class="" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/36"> <span class="screen-reader-text">Why and How to Set Homemaking Goals</span> Read More »</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/36">Why and How to Set Homemaking Goals</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com">Frugal Family Home</a>.</p> In this episode of the Frugal Family Home podcast we are talking about why you should be setting homemaking goals and how to set them. Whether you are a full time, part time or anytime homemaker setting goals can help you serve your family better. Do you set goals for yourself and your family as a homemaker?

In today’s podcast, I’m talking about goals setting for the homemaker. Before you decide you’re not a homemaker, hear me out.
If you care for your family, make the meals, do the shopping, wash the clothes, take care of the house and the list goes on, you are a homemaker.
Homemaking Goals
You might have another job outside the home or work from home but you are still a homemaker. Or the CEO of your house.
You’re the one that keeps things running smoothly, gets people where they need to go and keep them fed too.
As a homemaker, it’s easy to go from one task to another. Getting things done that need to are right there in front of you. But those things may take most of your time instead of the things that are really important.
This is where having homemaking goals come in. When you have a goal to work towards, you become more intentional about the things you do and let the less important things fall by the wayside.
Have a listen to the podcast below and I’ll walk you through how I set my homemaking goals and how you can too.
 
Show Notes…
The notes below are not a word-for-word transcript but more like the cliff notes version of the podcast.

Why Set Homemaking Goals?
Let’s talk about setting homemaking goals. First, if you work outside the home and take care of your family, you know you have set tasks your boss wants you to do. It’s what makes up your job outside of the home.
You might even have goals or measurements set for your job outside the home. This is how your boss or company measures how well you are doing your job. They may set these tasks for you or you might be the one to set the goals.
Either way, you have a guide to keep you on track for what your purpose is in that company.
Our job as homemakers is to make a safe, comfortable haven for our families to come home to.
We might share it with our spouse, or we might take on most of the work. But if there is no intention in building and taking care of the home, it will become stagnant.
Having set homemaking goals helps you see where you want your family to be in 6 months, a year, five years and beyond.
It helps you to see beyond that pile of dishes in the sink or the mountain of laundry in front of the washer. It gives you direction.
What is a Homemaking Goal?
A homemaking goal can be anything you or your family wants to achieve in making your house a home. To make it more enjoyable for the whole family, more comfortable, more manageable.
One example of a homemaking goal might be to eat at home as a family two nights a week.
Or maybe to keep the sink free of dirty dishes every night before bed so you wake up to a clean sink and kitchen each morning.
Or it could make changes to how your family spends money each month so you can save up for a once in a lifetime vacation before the kids are grown up and move out of the house.
Each family and each homemaker will have different goals for the stages of life they are in.
If your kids are little, getting them to do one chore each day to help around the house might be your main homemaking goal.
If you are deep in debt, your goal might be to reduce your debt by 50% in the next year and a half.
It might be to set up systems so everyone in the household can help with the basic chores and keep the house running smoothly instead of it all falling to one person.
All of these would be great homemaking goals.
Now you have a homemaking goal or two in mind let’s talk about how to make those goa...]]>
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FFH 035: Old Fashion Frugal Living Tips, Grandma Used Every Day to Save https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/35 Tue, 06 Mar 2018 12:55:03 +0000 https://frugalfamilyhome.com/?p=51951 <p>It’s easy to get caught up with needing new things. …</p> <p class="read-more"> <a class="" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/35"> <span class="screen-reader-text">Old Fashioned Frugal Living Tips, Grandma Used Every Day to Save</span> Read More »</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/35">Old Fashioned Frugal Living Tips, Grandma Used Every Day to Save</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com">Frugal Family Home</a>.</p> In this episode of the Frugal Family Home podcast, I’m sharing 15 old fashioned frugal living tips from grandma. These tips might be old fashioned but they are still relevant today and can help you save money and live a more frugal life. Generations of the past had to get by with little. They knew how to make things last, wear them out, and use it up. Because they had no other option.
Those frugal living tips can help us today too. We can live a happier, simpler and more frugal life when we use these old-fashioned frugal living tips grandma used every day.

Wanting to be intentional with our money, made me look more to the past. I notice now more than ever more people going back to old-fashioned ways to get by and live a better life on less.
That’s what my husband and myself have strived to do. We want to make the most of all we have and looking to our grandparents and great grandparent’s generations have helped.
In today’s Frugal Family Home podcast, I’m sharing frugal living tips I learned from my grandma and great grandma. Listen below…
If listening isn’t your thing you can read the tips below in the show notes. The show notes don’t contain the podcast word for word but it will give you the general tips shared.
Old Fashioned Frugal Living Tips
My great grandma raised 12 kids on a farm and had to get by with what they had. It was hard work be everyone helped and did their jobs.
Now I never got to visit my great grandma’s farm when I was growing up, it was long gone and the family had moved away.
But I still learned a great deal of how to live frugally from her. Even though she lived at the time in a small apartment with a small garden area.
She still did many of the things she did on the farm even in that small apartment. So even today even if you live in an apartment you can make these frugal living tips work for you too.
15 Old Fashioned Frugal Living Tips
1. Make Do
So many times we look at a recipe or something we want to make but we don’t have what we need. That wasn’t a problem for my grandma she knew how to make do with what they had. Substitutions can be made, other items can be added or subtracted to use what you have on hand and make do.
2. Use it Up
Often it seems like that bit left in the bottle isn’t worth digging out. My grandma never would waste even a small amount of a product or food item. She would use it up. Because if you don’t use what you have you might have to go without.
3. Reuse
Reusing items is old fashioned recycling. My grandma would reuse mayonnaise jars to fill them with food she was canning. She would use empty jars to store buttons off of worn out shirts. Or as storage for bulk food purchases and more.
Old shirts and other clothing items were saved. The buttons were removed, the good pieces of fabric were fashioned into new items, like quilts. And worn out pieces of fabric we used for rags.
Reusing was a way of life and can help you save too.
To get you started…
Try making a pillow out of a T-shirt
Make yarn from a T-shirt

4. Grow Your Own
Even though my great grandma lived in an apartment when I was growing up that didn’t stop her from growing her own food in her small garden outside her apartment.
Even if your space is limited, you can grow some of your own food. Things like lettuce, radishes, carrots, tomatoes, zucchini, and even berries can be grown in small spaces.
Growing your own food, even part of it can help you save on your food cost.
Most fruits and vegetables have compact varieties that can be grown in containers if your space is limited or you can’t plant in the ground.
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FFH 034: How to Keep Up with Laundry https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/34 Tue, 13 Feb 2018 12:38:17 +0000 https://frugalfamilyhome.com/?p=51749 <p>Today, I’m sharing how to keep up with laundry. These …</p> <p class="read-more"> <a class="" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/34"> <span class="screen-reader-text">How to Keep Up with Laundry, 5 Tips that Can Help</span> Read More »</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/34">How to Keep Up with Laundry, 5 Tips that Can Help</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com">Frugal Family Home</a>.</p> In this episode of the Frugal Family Home Podcast, I'm sharing how to be more intentional about getting your laundry done. These 5 tips can help you tackle your mountain of laundry and keep it away. Laundry its one task that is never-ending. As soon as you get all the clothes done, there’s more to do the very next day.
It’s easy for the laundry to pile up quickly and become overwhelming. But the tips in this podcast can help you keep up with laundry, so you never have to stare down a mountain of laundry again.

Laundry was easy to keep up with when my husband and I were first married. We both had uniforms to wear for work, so the only laundry we had were clothes we wore after work. I only had to do laundry once or twice a week.
Considering I had to go to the laundry room to do our laundry in the mobile home court we lived in, I was glad to only have that task, twice a week.
Once we had our own home and our own washing machine and dryer, I thought keeping up with the laundry would be easy. And it was until our first child was born.
With the baby came lots of laundry, much more than I expected. With projectile vomiting (sorry for the graphic image that might have brought up) we both had to change clothes more than once a day. Just keeping up was hard.
Then we switched to cloth diapers, and the laundry seemed to be never-ending. Between the diaper and the clothes changes to keep from stinking all day, one to two loads a day was a minimum to keep up.
I won’t lie, I struggled for a while but found a groove in getting the laundry done. It has served us well over the years, even after the diaper and vomit clothes had passed.
In this podcast, I’m sharing tips that help me keep on top of our laundry each week.
Does that mean I never get behind? No, but when I work my laundry system, we keep on top of it and never have over two loads to do at a time.
 
Show Notes…
This is the cliff notes version of the podcast above just in case you’d rather get your tips in written form.

Tips for How to Keep up with Laundry
1. Get the Dirty Clothes to the Washer
Having convenient places to deposit dirty clothing helps to keep them from building up on the floors in the kid’s rooms, on chairs or the floors in the bathroom.
2. Have Set Laundry Days or Do a Load Everyday
Set a day of the week or days of the week to do your laundry and stick to them. If it’s laundry day throw a load into the washer right away. If you have a schedule and do the laundry on those days, the laundry won’t get out of hand.
If you find it’s hard to stick to a schedule for laundry, do a small load every day instead.
3. Set a Timer
Set a timer to go off when the washer is done. This will help remind you to put the laundry into the dryer. Then if you don’t have time to fold at least there will be laundry clean and dry waiting in the dryer.
4. Fold While you Do Something Else
Fold laundry while you are watching tv, earning Swagbucks by watching videos, or listening to a podcast. Doing another task that doesn’t take your full attention while folding laundry can help make the folding the laundry easier.
5. Let Everyone Put Away their Own Laundry
If you do the laundry let everyone put their own laundry away. I’ve found by age 5 kids can put their own laundry away. I will sometimes take my kid’s folded laundry to their rooms for them to put it away. It gives them the responsibility to help with the laundry even if they are at school when laundry is being done.

What tip could you add to this list that has helped you keep up with laundry and avoid the dreaded mountain for laundry at your house?
More Intentional Homemaking Tips…
Being More Intentional in Everyday Things
Meal Planning for a Month in an Hour
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FFH033: How to Organize Your Kitchen for Cooking and Baking without Stress https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/33 Tue, 16 Jan 2018 13:10:57 +0000 https://frugalfamilyhome.com/?p=51577 <p>When you have an organized kitchen, it’s easier to work …</p> <p class="read-more"> <a class="" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/33"> <span class="screen-reader-text">How to Organize Your Kitchen for Cooking and Baking without Stress</span> Read More »</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/33">How to Organize Your Kitchen for Cooking and Baking without Stress</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com">Frugal Family Home</a>.</p> In this episode of the Frugal Family Home podcast, I’m talking about organizing your kitchen to make cooking and baking less stressful. These 5 things can make a big difference now matter how big or small your kitchen is.
Do you struggle with cooking? Do you notice a little twinge of dread when you think about having to cook dinner? Does it seem like you have to struggle to get anything done in your kitchen?
You might think, you need to remodel your kitchen. Or maybe you are thinking you don’t like cooking. But it might the setup of your kitchen that is the problem.
When you are trying to work in the kitchen to cook or bake but your kitchen is working against you, it makes your tasks so much harder. And less enjoyable.
When you organize your kitchen to the best of its ability, cooking can be easier and dare I say more enjoyable. There can be less struggle and more relaxation.
How to Organize your Kitchen
In this episode of the Frugal Family Home podcast, I’m sharing how to organize your kitchen to make it easier to cook and bake in. Just a few little changes can make a difference. Have a listen…

Kitchen Organizing Tips
Below are the main tips I shared in the podcast above. Listen to the podcast for more on each tip.
1. Everything Needs a Place
When there is clutter on your countertops and there is nowhere to work, cooking and baking will be a struggle. Clear your countertops first.
Look at your countertops and clean out the clutter and make sure everything has its own place
2. Make Stations in the Kitchen
Whether you are cleaning up, cooking dinner, or baking a cake having areas organized to do those tasks can make them so much easier.
The less time you spend going back and forth across the kitchen the easier and the more enjoyable it will be.
Taking a slight amount of time to organize can help make it easier to work in the kitchen.
3. Keep Your Most Used Items Accessible
Hiding away tools you need to use in the cupboard way in the back will deter you from taking the time to get them out. It will be a mental block and can keep you from working in the kitchen. Keep your most used items accessible.
The easier an item is to get to when you need it the less mess and stress you’ll have while cooking.
4. Layout your Kitchen for the Best Workflow
When you organize your kitchen for like tasks, it can be easier to work. If you only have to take one step or two when doing a task in the kitchen it will be easier. Especially if you are working with others in the kitchen.
Even if your kitchen isn’t ideally set up. Look around and see what you might change to make it even easier to work in the kitchen. Make the best of what you have to make cooking easier for you.
5. Put Things Away and Keep them Tidy
When putting items away, be sure to put them back in their place for the next time. Stack them neatly or nestle them to keep them organized.
It’s easy to swiftly put items in their proper place and neatly stacked or nestled. It can help you maximize your space and keep your stress down the next time you go to cook.
When you have an organized kitchen cooking and baking can be so much easier and less stressful. I hope these kitchen organizing tips were helpful to you.
If you enjoyed the podcast, I would love to have you share this post on Facebook with your friends.
Thanks and be sure to subscribe!
Other Helpful Organizing Tips for the Kitchen and Elsewhere in the Home
Keep Your Counters Clear
10 Minute Organizing and Decluttering Sessions
Getting Organized to Save Money
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FFH032: 10 Easy Ways to Save Money Each Month https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/32 Tue, 12 Sep 2017 11:22:31 +0000 https://frugalfamilyhome.com/?p=51048 <p>If you are looking to save money, these 10 easy …</p> <p class="read-more"> <a class="" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/32"> <span class="screen-reader-text">10 Easy Ways to Save Money Each Month</span> Read More »</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/32">10 Easy Ways to Save Money Each Month</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com">Frugal Family Home</a>.</p> In this Frugal Family Home Podcast, you'll find 10 tips to help you save money each month. Plus each tip doesn't take that much time to implement so you’ll save money and time. If you are looking to save money, these 10 easy ways to save money each month can help.



Do one or two of these items a month or at least when they come up and you can really save money in the long run.







When you are intentional about finding little ways to save it can snowball into a large amount of money, often with very little effort on your part too.



In today’s podcast, I’m sharing easy ways to save money each month. While a lot of these items only have to be done once a year, they can still help you save every month of the year.



Other tips in this list are things you want to do over and over each month or week to maximize the savings you can see. Click the play button below to listen to the podcast or scroll down to read all ten tips. Don’t forget to subscribe!









Want the tips in an easy to print format?



Click here to get the 10 tips in a printable pdf. 



10 Easy Ways to Save Money Each Month



Some of the links below are my referral links. When you purchase through them I can make a little money at no extra cost to you. Thanks for your support in this way. 



1. Know the Cost Per Unit on Items You Purchase



You might have been taught to buy the big package they are always cheaper. But that isn’t always true.



2. Swap Books



If you are not a fan of using the library or you don’t have one close by. Try swapping books and cd’s through book exchanges like paperback swap. You can trade your used books for books you want.



3. Cut Your Cell Phone Cost



If you are a heavy user of data, texting, and or calling an unlimited plan might be the best bet for you. Be sure to shop around for a less expensive plan through a different carrier. Often you can get the same cell service but save $10 or more a month by switching to a different carrier.



If you don’t use your phone much then looking for a pay as you go plan or a company like Ting where you only pay for what you use. These two options might really save you money.



4. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask.



If you have a bill that is bigger than expected or has suddenly gone up in price don’t be afraid to call and ask for a discount. To get a discount all you often have to do is be polite and ask.



5. Buy Refurbished



If you want to save on electronics and appliances choose factory refurbished models. These are items that have been returned and then repairs have been made, making them good as new but at a much less expensive price. If you purchase directly from the manufacturer you might also get a warranty too.



6. Buy Used Cars



It’s nice to get a brand new car with that brand new car smell. But when you drive it off the lot you lose value right away. It’s often better to find a good reliable used car to purchase. Most used cars will need a repair or two but most of the time those costs are far less than the price of a new car.



If you want a late model car, try shopping for a lease return, instead of new. You can find a great deal on a low mile car with a great discount in price. Some even come with a warranty or a warranty you can purchase.



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FFH31: 5 Tips to Help You Revise Your Routine for each New Season https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/31 Tue, 15 Aug 2017 12:05:14 +0000 http://www.frugalfamilyhome.com/?p=50915 <p>These tips can help you organize and revise your routines …</p> <p class="read-more"> <a class="" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/31"> <span class="screen-reader-text">5 Tips to Help You Revise Your Routines for each New Season</span> Read More »</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/31">5 Tips to Help You Revise Your Routines for each New Season</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com">Frugal Family Home</a>.</p> In this Frugal Family Home podcast, you’ll find 5 tips to help you evaluate and revamp your routines and schedule for a new season. Doing small tweaks to your routines and schedules can make your day go so much better and help you be more intentional. These tips can help you organize and revise your routines so you can make the most out of the new season.



Season change, life circumstances change, during these times of change is a great time to evaluate your routines.







A change in season is a great time to evaluate your routines. You can look ahead with the excitement of the new season to come and be intentional with what you want to spend your time on.



In this episode of the Frugal Family Home podcast, I’m sharing how to evaluate your routines or your schedule to make it work the best for the season you are in.



Little changes to how you are doing things and reevaluating your priorities can make a difference in how well your day flows and how much you can get done.



After you listen to the podcast be sure to scroll down for the free printable.





Show Notes and Links,



Some of the links below are my referral links. Which means when you purchase through them I can make a little money at no extra cost to you. Thanks for your support in this way.







5 Tips to Help You Revise Your Routines for Each New Season



1. Make a list of your priorities for this season.



Decide what’s most important to you to get done this season and add it to your list. It’s kinda like a seasonal bucket list for the next 3 months.



2. Look over the Seasonal Bucket List and prioritize your items.



Re-order your seasonal bucket list to move the most important items to the very top and then move the less important items to the bottom.



3. Make Time the Time



Make an appointment with yourself to get the most important items on your list done. Schedule it ahead so you’ll know you’ll have time for the things you really want to do.



4. Re-vamp your Plan for your Morning and Evening Routines.



When routines are in place, I get more done and more importantly I get the most important things done. But with each season the tasks that need to be done during my morning and evening routines can change. Take a look at your routines and revise them as needed.



If you need help setting up a morning or evening routine the resource links below can help. I own and have used both of these courses each course is just 14 days and they are reasonably priced too.



Make the Most of Your MorningsMake the Most of Your Evenings



5. Keep Wiggle Room in Your Daily, Monthly, and Seasonal RoutinesHaving a plan is great but if it’s too rigid or full you’re less likely to stick to it or be able to stick to it. Make sure to include some wiggle room or margin time in each day’s plan for those times with a task runs over the time allowed.



Bonus Tip



Make sure to plan fun activities as well as things you need to get done on your bucket list for this season. Having a fun activity scheduled to look forward to can really help you stick to those mundane tasks that need to get done.



Grab the Seasons Bucket List Printable



Use this link to download the Seasons Bucket List printable!



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FFH 30: Back to School Shopping Tips to Save You More Money https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/30 Tue, 18 Jul 2017 12:02:14 +0000 http://www.frugalfamilyhome.com/?p=50798 <p>Inside: Stretch your Back to School Supplies dollars with these …</p> <p class="read-more"> <a class="" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/30"> <span class="screen-reader-text">7 Back to School Shopping Tips to Save You More Money</span> Read More »</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/30">7 Back to School Shopping Tips to Save You More Money</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com">Frugal Family Home</a>.</p> In this episode I’m sharing 7 tips to help you stretch your back to school dollar. Use these tips to get the best deals on back to school items and save money not only for back to school but for the whole year long. Can you believe that it’s almost back to school sales time already?
It seems like it gets earlier each year. But when you take advantage of the sales, even if they are in the middle of the summer you can really save a bunch on back to school supplies.

In this episode of the Frugal Family Home podcast, I want to help you get intentional about saving money on back to school items.
To make the most of your back to school dollars I have 7 tips to help you stretch your money, to stay focused on what you need, and to stay on budget.
Listen to the podcast below, or if listening isn’t your thing, scroll down to see the 7 tips below.
Resources Mentioned in this Episode
Free Printable Back to School Price List
Get Organized for Back to School
 

7 Tips for Back to School Sales
1. Take Inventory Before You Shop
Take a moment to see what you need and make a list before you set out to do your shopping.
2. Don’t Shop One Store for Everything
Be sure to shop around to get the best deals on office supplies and back to school items. Don’t limit yourself to Target and Walmart. The office supplies stores have great deals for back to school too. Also, drug stores like Walgreens, CVS, and Rite Aid have great deals on school supplies too.
3. Don’t Do All Your Shopping at Once
Each week retailers will have rock bottom prices on some items. If you plan to shop each week to pick up those rock-bottom deals you can save the most money.
4. Clip Coupons
During back to school sales, you’re sure to find coupons to match many items. Be sure to check for printable coupons and Sunday paper coupons. Print or clip the coupons for items you know you’ll want to purchase. Keep them in an envelope in your purse so you’ll have them on hand when you go shopping.
5. Shop the Dollar Store
The dollar store has lots of school supplies and more at really good prices. If you don’t want to bother shopping the sales shopping a dollar store is a good option for inexpensive school supplies.
6. Stock Up
Don’t purchase just what you’ll need for the beginning of the school year, really stock up. The best prices of the year are during the back to school sales, so be sure to purchase enough to last all year long until the next big sales season.
7. Use Cash
With so many great deals to be had it’s easy to get carried away and overspend your budget. Make a budget now and use cash when you shop so you can avoid overspending.
I hope these 7 tips help you to stretch your money during the back to school sales.
What tip do you use that we could add to the list? I would love to have you leave it in the comments below.Inside: Stretch your Back to School Supplies dollars with these 7 money saving ideas. Get organized now and save with all the back to school sales.
Can you believe that it’s almost back to school sales time already?
It seems like it gets earlier each year. But when you take advantage of the sales, even if they are in the middle of the summer you can really save a bunch on back to school supplies.

In this episode of the Frugal Family Home podcast, I want to help you get intentional about saving money on back to school items.
To make the most of your back to school dollars I have 7 tips to help you stretch your money, to stay focused on what you need, and to stay on budget.
Listen to the podcast below, or if listening isn’t your thing, scroll down to see the 7 tips below.
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5 Tips for Successful Money Management https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/29 Tue, 20 Jun 2017 11:55:10 +0000 http://www.frugalfamilyhome.com/?p=50690 <p>5 simple money management tips to help you get control …</p> <p class="read-more"> <a class="" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/29"> <span class="screen-reader-text">5 Tips for Successful Money Management</span> Read More »</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/29">5 Tips for Successful Money Management</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com">Frugal Family Home</a>.</p> In this episode, you'll learn 5 tips to set yourself up for money management success. Being more intentional with your money can help you meet your financial goals and help you to have a more secure future. Money some people can do very well on a little money, others don’t do well with lots of money coming in. What makes the difference? It’s all in how well you manage your money.
If you struggle to have enough money to last until the end of the month, these money management tips can help.

Tips for Money Management Success
In this Frugal Family Home podcast, I’m talking about getting intentional with your money. There are a few things you can do to set yourself up for money management success. These tips are ones we use in our home when setting up our budget and they work.
If you need help setting up a budget be sure to check out the budgeting series. It’s a step by step plan to help you make a realistic budget you can stick to.
Show Notes

5 Tips for Setting Yourself Up for Money Management Success
1. You Can’t Manage What You Don’t Measure
If you don’t track your where your money is going it will just go. By having a budget you can track where you are spending too much and where you have extra money. When you manage your money you can have enough money for the really important items and know where your money is really going.
2. Don’t Let Perfection Stop You from Managing Your Money
It’s easy to not set up a budget until you have the perfect budget. Don’t let perfection keep you from making and implementing your budget today. You can always adjust as you need to.
3. Write Your Budget and Start Using It
The first step in money management is writing down where your money will go with a budget. Then start to use your budget and do your best to stick to it.
4. Review your Budget Regularly
Review your budget regularly. You don’t want to make a budget and file it away in the drawer, that won’t help you manage your money. But when you make a budget and refer to it through the month you can see where you are overspending and correct it as you go along.
5. Adjust Your Spending as Needed
When you review your budget you might find you need to adjust your budget to fit what you are actually spending each month. When you are reviewing your budget regularly, you’ll see where your budgeted amount is working well and where it isn’t so you can adjust as needed.
Managing your money doesn’t have to be stressful at all. You can keep your money under control so you can reach your financial goals.
When you put these 5 tips for successful money management to work for you with a realistic budget you can make your money work for you, instead of you constantly working for your money.
You have two choices, you can tell your money where it will go, or it will just go to whatever you want at the time. Be intentional with your money and choose to manage it.
What do you think? What could you add to these 5 tips for successful money management? Let me know in the comments below.
Links Mentioned in this Podcast
Free Printable Budget Sheet
Excel Budget Sheet File
How to Set Up a Budget Series5 simple money management tips to help you get control of your money. With these tips, you can take control of your money instead of letting it control you.
Money some people can do very well on a little money, others don’t do well with lots of money coming in. What makes the difference? It’s all in how well you manage your money.
If you struggle to have enough money to last until the end of the month, these money management tips can help.

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FFH028: How to Plan a Month's Worth of Meals in about an Hour https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/28 Thu, 04 May 2017 11:53:46 +0000 http://www.frugalfamilyhome.com/?p=50338 <p>A 6 step plan for how to plan a month’s …</p> <p class="read-more"> <a class="" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/28"> <span class="screen-reader-text">How to Plan a Month’s Worth of Meals in about an Hour</span> Read More »</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/28">How to Plan a Month’s Worth of Meals in about an Hour</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com">Frugal Family Home</a>.</p> A 6 step plan for how to plan a month's worth of meals in about an hour. It's the plan I use to quickly plan a month's worth of meals at our house and I hope it can help you too. How many times has dinner time rolled around and you go to the cupboard to see what you’ll make? As you search your refrigerator and cupboards you see lots of ingredients but it’s hard to put them together into a meal.


The kids are whining, they want to know when dinner will be ready. Your hubby arrives home and is hungry too. You have a choice, throw something together or grab something out.
Out of frustration, you grab a frozen meal out of the freezer you purchased just in case. Or you head out the door to grab something to eat to get everyone fed after a long day. You know there has to be a better way to get your family fed.
Or maybe you do meal plan but it’s hard to get meals planned each week. Sometimes you forget to put your meal plan together. Or you just don’t have the time to meal plan each week. I understand.
In the past, I would meal plan each week, but sometimes I wouldn’t get it done and then we would end up eating out because I didn’t know what to make for dinner.
That’s why I switched to planning my meals by the month instead of by the week.
In this week’s, podcast I’m sharing my system for how to plan a month’s worth of meal in about an hour. The first few times you give this type of meal planning a try, it may take you a little longer. But once you get everything organized, your meal planning time will short and only once a month too.
Show Notes

How to Plan a Month’s Worth of Meal in about an Hour
Step One,
Grab a calendar or print a month on one-page sheet. This will be where you are going to plan your dinners of the month. I only put dinners on here.
Step Two,
Make a list of your favorite dinners. I use one of my printable sheets with section heading for each type of meat. One section for beef, one from ground beef, chicken, vegetarian meals, pork, and fish.
Step Three,
On the back of the favorite meals sheet, I add a list of a few meals about 5 that we love to have each month. Pizza is a very popular meal at our house so I make sure to put it on our meal plan at least twice a month.
Step Four,
Add your absolute favorite meals to your calendar that are on the back of the page. I’ll add them to our meal plan at least once or twice during the month. I like to add our must have meals first so I don’t forget to add them.
Step Five,
Search your pantry and freezer. See what you have stocked up and make a list. Try to coordinate what you have on hand with meals on your favorites sheet.
Step Six,
Make your meal plan. Add the meals to your monthly meal plan sheet. I like to make sure to keep our protein sources spread out over the month. Nobody at our house wants to each chicken, even if it’s a different kind for 5-6 days in a row. I’m sure that’s true for your family too.

Get the Homemaking Planner
The homemaking planner has all the sheets you need to plan a week or a month’s worth of meals. Plus lots of other helpful sheets to keep your day organized one page at a time.
Extra Tips to Keep Your Meal Plan from Getting Stale

Vary your Meals by Season
I like to make a favorite meals list for each season of the year.
We have a different list of favorite meals for summer, winter, spring and fall. Using these 4 different lists helps us to keep our meals varied and we stay out of the same dinner rut.
Add New Recipes Each Month
I’m always on the lookout for new recipes on http://www.frugalfamilyhome.com/?p=50174 <p>Help cut your food cost by stopping food waste with …</p> <p class="read-more"> <a class="" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/5-ways-stop-food-waste-save-money"> <span class="screen-reader-text">5 Ways to Prevent Food Waste and Save Money</span> Read More »</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/5-ways-stop-food-waste-save-money">5 Ways to Prevent Food Waste and Save Money</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com">Frugal Family Home</a>.</p> In this episode you'll learn how to save money by reducing your food waste. These 5 tips can help you eliminate or reduce your food waste. When you are trying to cut your spending and bring your money under control cutting your food budget is a good way to start.

You can adjust what you buy, buy more items that are on sale, eat less expensive food and so on. But what about food waste?
When you work hard to make the most of the food you have, it can really help you to save more money, without having to change your eating too much.
Before you cut your food budget to save more money, try a few of these tips I’m sharing in this week’s Frugal Family Home podcast to make the most of the food you have and to waste less food.
Links Mentioned in the Podcast,
Some of the links below are my affiliate links. Which means when you purchase through them I can make a little money at no extra cost to you. Thanks for the support.
One Way to Stop Food Waste
Salad Spinner
Compost Bin
Show Notes
5 Ways to Stop Food Waste
1. Have a plan for the Fresh Fruits and Vegetables you Purchase
Fruits and vegetables can be expensive and often they don’t last long. When you purchase them be sure to have a plan to use them up before they go bad.
2. Plan for Leftovers
Have a plan in mind for any leftovers you might have. Either plan for them to be lunch or have a leftover dinner each week to keep them from sitting in the fridge and going bad.
3. It’s Not a Great Deal if It Goes to Waste
Only buy items that are a great deal if you know you’ll use them. A great deal isn’t that great if most of what you bought ends up in the garbage. Only buy what you’ll use or have a plan to can, freeze or preserve the extra in some way.

4. Plan a Crisper Clean Out Meal Each Week
Plan a meal each week to use up any vegetables or fruit that might be getting close to going bad. Making a pot of soup, a stir fry dinner or even a big salad dinner can help to use up those odds and ends of fresh produce before it goes bad.
5. Too Late, Compost It
Sometimes even our best efforts fall short and items go bad. Don’t dwell on it, compost it instead. When we have fruits and vegetables go bad we will compost those items in our compost bin. Then we use that compost in our garden. It recycles the bad food into something good we can use.
What else could you add to these 5 ways to stop food waste? I would love to hear your ideas in the comments below.
More Ways to Save on Food
Make Your Own Breadcrumb
How to Keep Ginger Longer
How to Make Minced Garlic CubesHelp cut your food cost by stopping food waste with these 5 simple tips. We’ve found they work great to cut our food waste down.
When you are trying to cut your spending and bring your money under control cutting your food budget is a good way to start.

You can adjust what you buy, buy more items that are on sale, eat less expensive food and so on. But what about food waste?
When you work hard to make the most of the food you have, it can really help you to save more money, without having to change your eating too much.
Before you cut your food budget to save more money, try a few of these tips I’m sharing in this week’s Frugal Family Home podcast to make the most of the food you have and to waste less food.
Links Mentioned in the Podcast,
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Frugal Pantry, 25 Items to Stock to Save Money https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/26 Tue, 14 Feb 2017 12:23:47 +0000 http://www.frugalfamilyhome.com/?p=49910 <p>Inside: 25 frugal pantry items to stock in your pantry …</p> <p class="read-more"> <a class="" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/26"> <span class="screen-reader-text">Frugal Pantry, 25 Items to Stock to Save Money</span> Read More »</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/26">Frugal Pantry, 25 Items to Stock to Save Money</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com">Frugal Family Home</a>.</p> Info on Podcast, In this episode, I'm sharing the 25 items that I always stock in my frugal pantry. If you are working on building your pantry with frugal items this podcast can help you decided what to include in your own frugal pantry. Stocking your pantry with frugal staples is one way to keep your grocery cost down. I’m sharing my top 25 frugal pantry staples to stock.

Having a good supply of frugal staples on hand to make meals from can keep your grocery cost lower. If you make your own items at home, you can really save quite a bit over the ready package items at the store.
In this week’s podcast I’m sharing 25 staples I stock in my frugal pantry. When the ingredients you use to cook with are low cost your whole meal cost less to make.
Show Notes,
25 Frugal Pantry Staples
Scroll down and fill out the form below to get the printable version of these 25 frugal pantry staples.
Oats

Oats are really versatile. I like to keep rolled oats on hand and oat groats. Rolled oats can be used to make oatmeal packets, as filler in meatloaf, or leftover oatmeal can be added to muffins or other baked good. The oat groats are a nice variation from the regular oatmeal for breakfast.
Rice
Rice is really inexpensive. So easy to make and can be used in many dishes. Mix rice with beans for a yummy vegetarian burritos bowls. Serve it with stir fry using up the leftover vegetables in the crisper before they go bad. Or use leftover rice to make a bowl of rice cereal in the morning.
Dry Beans. Peas, and Lentils
Dry beans are a great frugal pantry item. After cooking a pound of beans you have the equivalent of about 4 cans of canned beans for a fraction of the cost. You can use them in soups, along with rice for vegetarian meals or add to a salad. I try to keep a variety of dried beans, split peas, and lentils on hand.
Pasta
Pasta may not be as cheap as rice or oats but it’s still a great frugal pantry item. We use all kinds of pasta in our dinners. It’s easy to store and great to include in casseroles.
Eggs

Eggs are so great for a frugal meal. You can eat them for breakfast, boil them and make deviled eggs for a snack. Or use the boiled eggs in an egg salad sandwich. Or make breakfast for dinner for a cheap and easy meal the whole family will love. I usually pay about $.10 an egg so it’s a great frugal protein source to have in your kitchen.
Yeast
Yeast is something I always have in my kitchen. I use it in my frugal bread recipe, for making homemade cinnamon rolls or dinner rolls. Baking your own bread and other items at home is so much less expensive than purchasing those items at the store.
Purchase yeast in bulk to save the most money. I purchase a 2 pound package at Costco but you can also find a one pound package at Winco Foods. Skip the small packages as that is the most expensive way to purchase yeast.
I store a small amount of yeast in my refrigerator in a sealed container. I vacuum seal the rest of the yeast to keep it fresh until I need it. It keeps a very long time this way.
Baking Soda and Baking Powder
If you are not using yeast in baking, then you will more than likely need baking soda or baking powder. This is another item I purchase at Costco.
These items save me the most when I use them to make my own baked items instead of purchasing them ready made. I use baking powder in my muffins, quick bread,]]>
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FFH025: How to Save Money on Groceries, Tips You Need to Know https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/25 Thu, 19 Jan 2017 13:34:24 +0000 http://www.frugalfamilyhome.com/?p=49826 <p>Inside: Find 5 tips for how to save money on …</p> <p class="read-more"> <a class="" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/25"> <span class="screen-reader-text">How to Save Money on Groceries, Tips You Need to Know</span> Read More »</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/25">How to Save Money on Groceries, Tips You Need to Know</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com">Frugal Family Home</a>.</p> In this episode, I’m sharing 5 tips to help you cut your food spending. All of these have worked to keep our family’s food cost low. If I can go from a spender to a frugal food shopper you can too. Changing your food habits is hard to do. You know what food you and your family like to eat. You know how to cook it, so making changes can be hard.

You may have noticed that the price of food is going up. I was looking over my price book the other day. I couldn’t believe how the price of apples has risen.
In 2011, I usually paid $.40 a pound for apples. Now the prices of apples are regularly $.99 a pound or more. That’s $.60 a pound more than a few years ago. I can find apples for $.39 a pound at my local discount grocery store but the regular store, there is no way I can get even close that price.
But as you can see by my apple example, I still can find a good price on apples I just had to search for a different place to buy them.
How to Save Money on Groceries, Tips You Need Know
In today’s podcast, I’m sharing how to save money on groceries. I hope if you have a goal of getting your food costs in line these tips can help you keep your food spending lower. I use all of them and they do help.
Show Notes,

1. Change the Way You Think About Food Shopping
Make a conscious effort to change in how you shop for food. Be willing to try a new way of shopping and try new foods. Changes in your spending habits have to start with your thinking first. Change the way you think about grocery spending and you can change your food shopping habits.
2. Stockpile
Stockpiling is purchasing more than you need of an item at its rock bottom price. By stockpiling items you use regularly, you can have a nice stockpile of food that’s been purchased at great prices to feed your family from. Instead of having to purchase all of your food each week, you can eat as much as you can from your stockpile and then purchase other sale items for later weeks to use.
3. Purchase Meat in Bulk When on Sale
Set your buy price for cuts of meat your family likes to eat and then only purchase meat when you see it at that price. Purchase meat not only from the grocery store, but check prices at Costco, Zaycon Fresh, and meat markets.
4. Be Coupon Wise
Coupons don’t always save you money, you can actually spend more money on items with coupons. Only use coupons when it will actually save you money.
5. Be Willing To Try New Things
Branch out and try new dishes, new ways of eating and new foods. You might find a new favorite meal or find a new way to save that is effortless.
Links to Resources mentioned in the Podcast
Purchase chicken and other meat in bulk at Zaycon Fresh (my referral link)
How to Cut Up a Pork Loin, YouTube Video
USDA Food Cost Report, take a look and see how your food cost compare to their plans
4 Weeks of Frugal Recipes
Rock Bottom Price Sheet
Herb Rubbed Whole Chicken
How to Make Chicken Broth
Find More Frugal Family Home Podcast
 

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FFH 024: How to Stick to Your Goals to Achieve Them https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/24 Thu, 22 Dec 2016 13:00:12 +0000 http://www.frugalfamilyhome.com/?p=49724 <p>Inside: 7 tips that can help you stick to your …</p> <p class="read-more"> <a class="" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/24"> <span class="screen-reader-text">How to Stick to Your Goals to Achieve Them</span> Read More »</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/24">How to Stick to Your Goals to Achieve Them</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com">Frugal Family Home</a>.</p> In this episode, I'm sharing 7 tips that can help you stick with your goals and achieve them. These tips worked for me and I'm sure they can help you too. I've found #7 to help me the most after I used tip #1 to show me I needed tip #7. It easy to set goals and it’s easy to stick with them when things are going well. But what if the progress is slow? These tips can show you how to stick with your goals so you can achieve them.

Do you set goals each year? I started setting goals about 4 years ago. But at times I still struggled to achieve them. I really didn’t know what I was doing wrong. I would start out strong and then my enthusiasm would start to go. Then the goals would fall by the wayside.
If that sounds like what happens to you, you are not alone. I want to help. I’m sharing a few tips that have helped me over the past year to stick to my goals and achieve many of them. I’m sure they can help you too.
7 Tips to Help You Stick to Your Goals and Achieve Them
1. Find your personality. Take the test and see what personality you are and find your strengths and weakness. I know it was a really helped me.
2. Write Your Goals Down. Putting them down in black and white can help you cement your promise to follow through on your goals. Don’t just keep them in your head, write them down.
3. Look at Your Goals Every Day. Take a look at your goal list each day. It only takes a moment or two but can help keep them in the front of your mind and keep you focused on them.
4. Make Your Plan. Goals can seem so big and feel impossible to achieve. But when you break them down into easily achievable steps you can achieve those big goals one tiny step at a time.

5. Start. Don’t let planning keep you from doing. Once you have your first step planned out, take it. Then figure out your next step and keep on going towards your goal.
6. Know Why Your Goal is Important. Your enthusiasm is going to lessen and that is when it’s easy to give up on a goal. Don’t let that happen. Know why you want to achieve this goal and cling to that when times get hard or tough and you want to give up.
7. Find Accountability. For some people, like myself, having someone to be accountable to other than myself has made a world of difference in how much I’ve been able to achieve. If you know you often don’t keep your promises to yourself, find someone to help keep you going and accountable to the steps you need to take to achieve your goal.
Show Notes:
Personality Test
Habits Test 
Make the Most of Your Year (my referral link)
Homemaking Planner,  a few different goal planning sheet and more to help you get organized for the new year.
If you have trouble reaching your goals, what has been your biggest obstacle? Do you think these tips might help?
[signoff]
Listen to More Frugal Family Home Podcasts here!Inside: 7 tips that can help you stick to your goals and achieve them. These tips worked for me and I’m sure they can help you too.
It easy to set goals and it’s easy to stick with them when things are going well. But what if the progress is slow? These tips can show you how to stick with your goals so you can achieve them.

Do you set goals each year? I started setting goals about 4 years ago. But at times I still struggled to achieve them. I really didn’t know what I was doing wrong. I would start out strong and then my enthusiasm would start to go. Then the goals would fall by the wayside.
If that sounds like what happens to you, you are not alone. I want to help.]]>
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Time, Are You Using Your Time Effectively? https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/19 Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:21:03 +0000 http://www.frugalfamilyhome.com/?p=49324 <p>Inside: a few time management tips for busy women who …</p> <p class="read-more"> <a class="" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/19"> <span class="screen-reader-text">FFH 019: Time, Are You Using Your Time Effectively?</span> Read More »</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/19">FFH 019: Time, Are You Using Your Time Effectively?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com">Frugal Family Home</a>.</p> In this episode, I’m sharing 4 tips I’ve used to organize my time more effectively. You might not believe it but using your priorities or goals can help you organize your time better and live more intentionally. Time, we all have a limited amount of time each day. We can’t bargain to get more or save up a few minutes to add to the next day. We need to make the most of the minutes we have each day.
Do you think you are making the most of the limited time you have every day?

I’ve used my referral links where appropriate. When you purchase through them I can make a little money at no extra cost to you. Thanks for the support in this way.
If you feel like your days are running you and you just can’t get ahead, I’ve been there.
There were so many days I would be running from the time my feet hit the floor in the morning to the time I went to bed. There was so much to do, but limited time to do it. I always felt like I was pushing things I really wanted to do, out to get the things I felt I had to do done.
It started to feel like I was drifting from one day to another. Not really having any direction except for what was right in front of me.
It was frustrating to go to bed each night knowing some important things had to get pushed to another day. I knew it had to change but how.
I think the first step in my change in thinking was reading about others who had taken back their time. What changes they had made and how to do the same myself.
I also read the book, Living Forward, which helps you make a life plan. It made me really stop and think about what in my day was really important.
In today’s Frugal Family Home podcast, I’m sharing a few time management tips to help you use your day more effectively. These are a few things I do to make sure I’m running my day instead of my day running me.

It’s hard when you have so many roles to fulfill, mom, wife, home manager, and if you work you might be a boss or worker.
All of those roles can pull you in so many directions but once you know what your priorities are you can give each area of your life just the time it needs for how important that area is to you.
More Time Management Related Posts
Time Management Finding the Perfect Balance
5 Must Do’s to Save Time
5 Tips for Getting More DoneInside: a few time management tips for busy women who are trying to organize their day to use their time more effectively.
Time, we all have a limited amount of time each day. We can’t bargain to get more or save up a few minutes to add to the next day. We need to make the most of the minutes we have each day.
Do you think you are making the most of the limited time you have every day?

I’ve used my referral links where appropriate. When you purchase through them I can make a little money at no extra cost to you. Thanks for the support in this way.
If you feel like your days are running you and you just can’t get ahead, I’ve been there.
There were so many days I would be running from the time my feet hit the floor in the morning to the time I went to bed. There was so much to do, but limited time to do it. I always felt like I was pushing things I really wanted to do, out to get the things I felt I had to do done.
It started to feel like I was drifting from one day to another. Not really having any direction except for what was right in front of me.
It was frustrating to go to bed each night knowing some important things had to get pushed to another day. I knew it had to change but how.
I think the first step in my change in thinking was reading about others who had taken back their time. What changes they had made and how to do the same myself.]]>
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5 Ways to Save Money https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/5-ways-save-money Wed, 14 Sep 2016 11:50:58 +0000 http://www.frugalfamilyhome.com/?p=49265 <p>Inside: Find a few ways to save you money. It’s …</p> <p class="read-more"> <a class="" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/5-ways-save-money"> <span class="screen-reader-text">FFH 018: 5 Ways to Save Money</span> Read More »</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/5-ways-save-money">FFH 018: 5 Ways to Save Money</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com">Frugal Family Home</a>.</p> In this week’s podcast, I’m sharing 5 ways we save money each month and giving suggestions for how you can make small changes that can eventually snowball into big savings. If you’re an average American you probably spend more than you make. You carry some sort of debt and you have little to no savings. Who wants to be average? Being different can be hard, making changes can be hard, ask anyone who has tried to diet. It’s hard.

But you know things need to change. You can improve your bottom line and start to save money. Luckily, you can learn to save money and spend less with changing how you do things one thing at a time.
It’s the little things that can add up to big savings over the year. When you combine 10 little changes that save you $10, that really can add up over time.
In this week’s Frugal Family Home podcast, I’m sharing 5 things we do regularly that help us to save money.
With the money, you save you can put it towards an emergency fund, pay off debt, or build up a splurge fund to do something fun every once in a while. It can all start with one little thing you change and snowball from there.
 

Just so you know some of the links in this post are my referral links. When you use them I might make a little money at no extra cost to you. Thanks for your support in this way. You can read my disclosure policy for more information.
Show Notes
Does Where You Shop Really Matter?
Rock Bottom Price List
Learn to Save Money with Coupons and Grocery University
Nest Smart Thermostat
Honeywell Programable Thermostat
What is one thing could you can change today to help you save money?
[signoff]Inside: Find a few ways to save you money. It’s all the little things that really add up to save you a bundle.
If you’re an average American you probably spend more than you make. You carry some sort of debt and you have little to no savings. Who wants to be average? Being different can be hard, making changes can be hard, ask anyone who has tried to diet. It’s hard.

But you know things need to change. You can improve your bottom line and start to save money. Luckily, you can learn to save money and spend less with changing how you do things one thing at a time.
It’s the little things that can add up to big savings over the year. When you combine 10 little changes that save you $10, that really can add up over time.
In this week’s Frugal Family Home podcast, I’m sharing 5 things we do regularly that help us to save money.
With the money, you save you can put it towards an emergency fund, pay off debt, or build up a splurge fund to do something fun every once in a while. It can all start with one little thing you change and snowball from there.
 

Just so you know some of the links in this post are my referral links. When you use them I might make a little money at no extra cost to you. Thanks for your support in this way. You can read my disclosure policy for more information.
Show Notes
Does Where You Shop Really Matter?
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5 Reasons Why Budgeting is Important https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/17 Wed, 24 Aug 2016 12:12:13 +0000 http://www.frugalfamilyhome.com/?p=49179 <p>Budgets, I’ve found that most people either love budgeting and …</p> <p class="read-more"> <a class="" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/17"> <span class="screen-reader-text">5 Reason Why a Budget Is Important</span> Read More »</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/17">5 Reason Why a Budget Is Important</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com">Frugal Family Home</a>.</p> In this episode of the Frugal Family Home podcast I’m talking about budgeting and sharing 5 reasons why budgeting is important.
When I was in college I wasn’t making much money and didn’t think I really needed a budget. I wasn’t making much but my expenses were low and I always had the money for the things I needed so why did I need to budget.
Then after I was married, my husband and I made good money. We had enough to pay our bills and have extra. But then we found ourselves in debt. To get out of that debt we started budgeting, telling our money where to go each month, so our money wouldn’t go to things we didn’t really need or think were important.
I’m hoping if you are on the fence about budgeting these 5 reasons will help to show why a budget is important. It changed our financial lives for the better and we were able to still include fun things even while we were digging out of debt.
Links I Talked about in the Podcast
Budgeting Series

I would love to hear why you do or don’t budget in the comments below. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast too.
[signoff]Budgets, I’ve found that most people either love budgeting and see the value in having one or they don’t. I was one in the group of “I don’t see the value in budgeting” early in my life. But I’ve changed my mind. I see the importance of a budget and I’m sharing why a budget is important in today’s podcast.

When I was in college I wasn’t making much money and didn’t think I really needed a budget. I wasn’t making much but my expenses were low and I always had the money for the things I needed so why did I need to budget.
Then after I was married, my husband and I made good money. We had enough to pay our bills and have extra. But then we found ourselves in debt. To get out of that debt we started budgeting, telling our money where to go each month, so our money wouldn’t go to things we didn’t really need or think were important.
I’m hoping if you are on the fence about budgeting these 5 reasons will help to show why a budget is important. It changed our financial lives for the better and we were able to still include fun things even while we were digging out of debt.
Links I Talked about in the Podcast
Budgeting Series

I would love to hear why you do or don’t budget in the comments below. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast too.
[signoff]
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6 Ways to Automate Your Meal Plan https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/ffh-015-6-ways-to-automate-your-meal-plan Wed, 27 Jul 2016 12:07:14 +0000 http://www.frugalfamilyhome.com/?p=49044 <p>Earlier this week I shared my summer oven free meal …</p> <p class="read-more"> <a class="" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/ffh-015-6-ways-to-automate-your-meal-plan"> <span class="screen-reader-text">FFH 015: 6 Ways to Automate Your Meal Plan</span> Read More »</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/ffh-015-6-ways-to-automate-your-meal-plan">FFH 015: 6 Ways to Automate Your Meal Plan</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com">Frugal Family Home</a>.</p> I’m sharing 6 tips for automating your meal planning. These 6 tips can make your meal planning more automated without your family having to eat the same meals over and over.
When I mention automating your menu plan you might think, that will just get me stuck in the same dinner rut. Which it could but in this week’s podcast I’m talking about how to automate your meal plan without them getting boring at the same time. These 6 tips can help you have a plan so you won’t run out of dinner ideas.
6 Ways to Automate Your Meal Plan

Resources Mentioned in the Podcast
Chicken Freezer Ebook
Pork Freezer Ebook
Free Printable Meal Planner
The links below are my affiliate links. When you use them I might make a little money at no extra cost to you. Thanks for your support in this way.
If you have a hard time making your own menu plan you might want to try a meal planning service. You can try out the $5 Meal Plan for free for 14 days to see how you like it.
Earlier this week I shared my summer oven free meal plan. I mentioned that I like to make seasonal meals. It’s one way I keep from getting stuck in the dinner rut making the same dinners every week. While rotating what we eat by season helps to keep us from getting bored. Sometimes it’s hard to decide what to cook. That’s why I like the idea of automating your meal plan.

When I mention automating your menu plan you might think, that will just get me stuck in the same dinner rut. Which it could but in this week’s podcast I’m talking about how to automate your meal plan without them getting boring at the same time. These 6 tips can help you have a plan so you won’t run out of dinner ideas.
6 Ways to Automate Your Meal Plan

Resources Mentioned in the Podcast
Chicken Freezer Ebook
Pork Freezer Ebook
Free Printable Meal Planner
The links below are my affiliate links. When you use them I might make a little money at no extra cost to you. Thanks for your support in this way.
If you have a hard time making your own menu plan you might want to try a meal planning service. You can try out the $5 Meal Plan for free for 14 days to see how you like it.

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I’m sharing 6 tips for automating your meal planning. These 6 tips can make your meal planning more automated without your family having to eat the same meals over and over. clean 11:01
How to Use Routines to Organize Your Time https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/14 Wed, 13 Jul 2016 11:44:07 +0000 http://www.frugalfamilyhome.com/?p=48945 <p>Time is Precious! Each day you are credited with 86,400 …</p> <p class="read-more"> <a class="" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/14"> <span class="screen-reader-text">How to Use Routines to Organize Your Time</span> Read More »</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/14">How to Use Routines to Organize Your Time</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com">Frugal Family Home</a>.</p> In this episode of the Frugal Family Home podcast, I’m sharing how I organize my time. If you’ve been struggling, trying to stick to a time-based schedule I have a solution for you. Try using routines to keep your time organized. Don’t drift from one thing to the next instead live intentionally. I’ve found I can make the most of my 86,400 seconds each day with routines.

How do you use to organize your day? I know for years I tried to stick to a schedule but it just didn’t work very well for me.
In today’s Frugal Family Home podcast, I’m sharing about why a time based scheduled didn’t work for me and how when I switched to routines to organize my day it worked so much better.
I’m sharing what I include in my routines and the basics for getting started with your own routines. Plus I also have a word of caution when using routines for some of you who might tend to add too much to your schedules each day.
I know I mentioned Crystal Paine’s courses had helped me to set up my morning and evening routine. If you are struggling to set up your own routine or don’t even know where to start, you should consider Crystal’s courses. They are inexpensive and so very helpful.
Grab Crystal’s courses for less now through August 15, 2016. The Make Over Your Mornings and Make Over Your Evenings courses are just $10 that’s almost half off the regular price of $17. Which they are so worth the $17.
Plus if you purchase one course you’ll be able to purchase the other course for just $7. It’s a great deal that doesn’t come around too often. Be sure to take advantage of the sale before it ends!

Just so you know, some of the links below are also my referral links, which means when you purchase through them I can make a little money at no extra cost to you. But the products I recommend are ones I also use or have used myself.
Links mentioned in the Podcast,
Download the Printable Sheet for Your Routines Schedule
Learn more about Crystal’s Make Over Your Morning 14 Day Course 
Learn More about Crystal’s Make Over Your Evening 14 Day CourseTime is Precious! Each day you are credited with 86,400 seconds, there’s no go backs, no repeats, you must live in the present and make the most of your day.
Don’t drift from one thing to the next instead live intentionally. I’ve found I can make the most of my 86,400 seconds each day with routines.

How do you use to organize your day? I know for years I tried to stick to a schedule but it just didn’t work very well for me.
In today’s Frugal Family Home podcast, I’m sharing about why a time based scheduled didn’t work for me and how when I switched to routines to organize my day it worked so much better.
I’m sharing what I include in my routines and the basics for getting started with your own routines. Plus I also have a word of caution when using routines for some of you who might tend to add too much to your schedules each day.
I know I mentioned Crystal Paine’s courses had helped me to set up my morning and evening routine. If you are struggling to set up your own routine or don’t even know where to start, you should consider Crystal’s courses. They are inexpensive and so very helpful.
Grab Crystal’s courses for less now through August 15, 2016. The Make Over Your Mornings and http://www.frugalfamilyhome.com/?p=48847 <p>We all need a little time off now and then. …</p> <p class="read-more"> <a class="" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/13"> <span class="screen-reader-text">FFH 013: 10 Tips for Staying on Budget While Vacationing</span> Read More »</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/13">FFH 013: 10 Tips for Staying on Budget While Vacationing</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com">Frugal Family Home</a>.</p> In today’s podcast I’m sharing 10 tips that can help you stay on budget while vacationing. It doesn’t take much but a little planning to make sure you stay on budget and not come home from vacation with debt.
In this week’s Frugal Family Home’s podcast, I’m sharing 10 tips for how you can stay on budget while vacationing. It takes a little planning, but you can have a great vacation and come home with money still in hand.

A Quick Recap of the 10 Tips for Staying on Budget While on Vacation
Make a Budget, you can’t stay on budget without writing your budget first.
Track Your Spending, if you won’t be using cash or can’t use cash be sure to track what you are spending on your phone or write it down so you can stay on budget and not overspend.
Search for Cheaper Ways to Travel, be sure to keep your options open for traveling to your destination. Often a slower way of reaching your destination can be cheaper. Also, plan in advance and watch for the best prices on airfare.
Be Flexible with Your Lodging, Look for alternatives to high priced hotels. Consider staying with friends or family or consider a hotel in a nearby smaller town. If traveling with a group of people vacation rentals might be a better way to go.
Go Grocery Shopping, Once you arrive look for a grocery store to get snacks and food you can prepare in the room. Even convenience foods are cheaper than eating out.
Eat Out Sensibly, avoid the high cost of meals at the hotel and ask locals where are the best places to eat nearby. You’ll be likely to find some great recommendations and get a good meal for less money.
Bundle your Vacation or Travel with a Group, when you buy a vacation package you can get deals on the lodging, entertainment, and travel, be sure to check into this option. Also, ask for group discounts when booking if you are traveling with a group.
Go During the Off Season, if your destination has a busy tourist season go during their off season. It will be less crowded and you can save more.
If Your Budget is Limited, if your budget is limited consider shortening your vacation from a full week to a long weekend to save. Or consider a staycation instead, I know we have lots of fun day trips we could take close to home and I’m sure you do too.
Plan Time for Rest, during your vacation, be sure to plan time to just sit by the pool or hang out in the room. You can save money on entertainment and have time to rest and relax too. Instead of coming home from vacation feeling like you need a vacation.
What other tips could you add to my ten tips for staying on budget while vacationing? I would love to have you share them in the notes below.
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 We all need a little time off now and then. Time to just relax and have a break from work or everyday life tasks. But it’s so easy to get carried away while on vacation and spend too much. If you do a little planning you can stay on budget while vacationing.

In this week’s Frugal Family Home’s podcast, I’m sharing 10 tips for how you can stay on budget while vacationing. It takes a little planning, but you can have a great vacation and come home with money still in hand.

A Quick Recap of the 10 Tips for Staying on Budget While on Vacation
Make a Budget, you can’t stay on budget without writing your budget first.
Track Your Spending, if you won’t be using cash or can’t use cash be sure to track what you are spending on your phone or write it down so you can stay on budget and not overspend.
Search for Cheaper Ways to Travel, be sure to keep your options open for traveling to your destination. Often a slower way of reaching your destination can be cheaper. Also, plan in advance and watch for the best prices on airfare.
Be Flexible with Your Lodging, Look for alternatives to high priced hotels.]]>
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5 Tips to Keep Your Home Clean with Less Effort https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/12 Wed, 15 Jun 2016 11:51:34 +0000 http://www.frugalfamilyhome.com/?p=48756 <p>Summer is here and you are probably already having fun …</p> <p class="read-more"> <a class="" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/12"> <span class="screen-reader-text">FFH 012: 5 Tips to Keep Your Home Clean with Less Effort</span> Read More »</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/12">FFH 012: 5 Tips to Keep Your Home Clean with Less Effort</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com">Frugal Family Home</a>.</p> In this episode of the Frugal Family Podcast, I'm sharing 5 tips to help you keep your home clean without too much effort. We all go through busy seasons in life and instead of trying to stuff everything in make adjustments instead. And the house can really start to look unkept after a few weeks of summer fun. That’s why adjusting your cleaning schedule to fit your season is so important. In today’s podcast, I’m sharing 5 tips to help you keep your home clean with less effort.
 

In today’s Frugal Family Home podcast, I’m sharing the different ways I keep the house clean when I would rather be outside having fun. After all, who wants to be cooped up inside when there is so much summer fun to be had.
5 Tips to Keep your Home Clean with Less Effort

What tips do you have to add that you use to keep your home clean when you are in a busy season of life?
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5 Quick Cleaning TipsSummer is here and you are probably already having fun with all the great weather and fun summer activities. But if you are like me, your summer gets busy and the regular cleaning schedule can go right out the window.
And the house can really start to look unkept after a few weeks of summer fun. That’s why adjusting your cleaning schedule to fit your season is so important. In today’s podcast, I’m sharing 5 tips to help you keep your home clean with less effort.
 

In today’s Frugal Family Home podcast, I’m sharing the different ways I keep the house clean when I would rather be outside having fun. After all, who wants to be cooped up inside when there is so much summer fun to be had.
5 Tips to Keep your Home Clean with Less Effort

What tips do you have to add that you use to keep your home clean when you are in a busy season of life?
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But it can also be a hectic time with lots of activities. Every day can be filled with lots to do and places to go and the time can just slip away. Don’t let your summer slip away this year. Make a plan so you and your family can do the most important fun things this summer and keep summer overwhelm away.
Make a Plan for Summer Fun
In this week’s podcast, I’m sharing a few tips of how we plan our summer to keep it from getting too hectic and overwhelming. Plus when you make a plan you’re sure to have time for all the important things and your summer won’t slip away from you.
Link Mentioned in the Podcast,
100 Summer Fun Ideas with a Free Printable Summer Bucket List

What’s one activity do you look forward to doing each summer?
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Summer is going to be here soon. It is a time of fun things to do, great weather, and lots of yummy fresh farm produce. It’s about getting together with others and taking time to take time off from school and work.

But it can also be a hectic time with lots of activities. Every day can be filled with lots to do and places to go and the time can just slip away. Don’t let your summer slip away this year. Make a plan so you and your family can do the most important fun things this summer and keep summer overwhelm away.
Make a Plan for Summer Fun
In this week’s podcast, I’m sharing a few tips of how we plan our summer to keep it from getting too hectic and overwhelming. Plus when you make a plan you’re sure to have time for all the important things and your summer won’t slip away from you.
Link Mentioned in the Podcast,
100 Summer Fun Ideas with a Free Printable Summer Bucket List

What’s one activity do you look forward to doing each summer?
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5 Tips to Energize Your Resolve to Stick to a Budget https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/10 Wed, 18 May 2016 12:07:41 +0000 http://www.frugalfamilyhome.com/?p=48581 <p>Sticking to a budget can be hard. If you have …</p> <p class="read-more"> <a class="" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/10"> <span class="screen-reader-text">How to Energize Your Resolve to Stick to Your Budget</span> Read More »</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/10">How to Energize Your Resolve to Stick to Your Budget</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com">Frugal Family Home</a>.</p> In this episode of the Frugal Family Home podcast I'm sharing 5 tips to help you re-energize your efforts to stick to your budget and reach your financial goals.
I know at the beginning of the year it’s easy to get excited about all you can accomplish financially through the year but when you hit about mid year all the excitement has worn off.
This is when you need to find a way to re-energize your resolve to stick to your budget.
If your resolve to stick to your budget is wearing thin these 5 tips in today Frugal Family Home Podcast can help.
5 Tips to Energize Your Resolve to Stick to a Budget

1. Plan for splurges, put away a little money each month to have a little splurge with cash.
2. Concentrate on your goals. Post your goals where you can see them every day to help you stick to your budgeting plan.
3 Go on a spending freeze. Make it a fun challenge to see how little you can spend for a month or a week. You might be surprised at how fun this can be.
4. Get everyone on board with the budget, so you are not the no person to everything when the kids or your spouse asks. Make sure they are involved in the budgeting process too, so they are investing in reaching the financial goals too.
5. Re-evaluate when it become hard to stick to your budget and back off on your debt pay down or your savings for a month or two to make a little wiggle room.
Let me know what tips you could add to the 5 I shared in the podcast in the comments below.
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Do you need to set up a budget? Follow along with the budget series.Sticking to a budget can be hard. If you have quite a bit of debt and it will take a while to pay it off. You will have times when it’s harder to stick to your budget, you might even consider giving up on budgeting.

I know at the beginning of the year it’s easy to get excited about all you can accomplish financially through the year but when you hit about mid year all the excitement has worn off.
This is when you need to find a way to re-energize your resolve to stick to your budget.
If your resolve to stick to your budget is wearing thin these 5 tips in today Frugal Family Home Podcast can help.
5 Tips to Energize Your Resolve to Stick to a Budget

1. Plan for splurges, put away a little money each month to have a little splurge with cash.
2. Concentrate on your goals. Post your goals where you can see them every day to help you stick to your budgeting plan.
3 Go on a spending freeze. Make it a fun challenge to see how little you can spend for a month or a week. You might be surprised at how fun this can be.
4. Get everyone on board with the budget, so you are not the no person to everything when the kids or your spouse asks. Make sure they are involved in the budgeting process too, so they are investing in reaching the financial goals too.
5. Re-evaluate when it become hard to stick to your budget and back off on your debt pay down or your savings for a month or two to make a little wiggle room.
Let me know what tips you could add to the 5 I shared in the podcast in the comments below.
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Stock Your Freezer with Easy Freezer Cooking https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/9 Thu, 05 May 2016 12:21:48 +0000 http://www.frugalfamilyhome.com/?p=48507 <p>Stocking your freezer with ready to make meal packages can …</p> <p class="read-more"> <a class="" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/9"> <span class="screen-reader-text">FFH 009: Stock Your Freezer with Easy Freezer Cooking</span> Read More »</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/9">FFH 009: Stock Your Freezer with Easy Freezer Cooking</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com">Frugal Family Home</a>.</p> In this episode of the Frugal Family Home podcast I’m sharing about how to stock your freezer with easy to make freezer meals. When I mean freezer cooking, I don’t mean a long day of cooking a bunch of meals. This freezer cooking is so much easier.
If you’ve tried once a month freezer cooking you might be thinking, no thank you. I don’t have a whole weekend to prepare a bunch of meals for the month. I hear you. I didn’t like once a month cooking at all. I always ended up spending more money than I usually would and I would just be so tired on cooking day. I knew I needed to find a better way.
That’s when I turned to making my freezer meals in batches when I found the meat on sale. It made the process so much more manageable. I always have some sort of meal starts in the freezer for our meals. Plus I save money by stocking up when I find the meat on sale.

Stock Your Freezer with Easy Freezer Recipes for Summer
In today’s Frugal Family Home podcast, I’m sharing how I stock the freezer for summer. Making it so much easier to get dinner done during the busy summer months. After listening to the podcast if you’re inspired to try your own freezer cooking you can find the links to the recipes below.
Here’re links to a few of the freezer cooking recipes that our family loves. They are all easy to make and are summer heat friendly, but we enjoy all year round.
8 Chicken Freezer Meals in an Hour
8 Pork Freezer Meals in an Hour
Teriyaki Chicken
Brown Sugar Steaks
Herb Rubbed Steaks
Slow Cooker Roast Beef
French Dip Sandwiches
Cheeseburger Skillet
Macaroni Skillet
Slow Cooker Beef and Bean Enchiladas
Easy Hamburger Slow Cooker Dish
Do you freezer cook? What is your favorite meal or meal start to make when you cook for the freezer?
[signoff]Stocking your freezer with ready to make meal packages can be a real life saver during a busy time of year. I know in the summer I would much rather be enjoying the great weather instead of being stuck in the house in a hot kitchen cooking. To help save time and money, not only in the summer but all year round, I stock up my freezer with easy freezer cooking items.

If you’ve tried once a month freezer cooking you might be thinking, no thank you. I don’t have a whole weekend to prepare a bunch of meals for the month. I hear you. I didn’t like once a month cooking at all. I always ended up spending more money than I usually would and I would just be so t...]]>
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Quick Clean Tasks to Keep Your Home Looking Great https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/8 Wed, 20 Apr 2016 12:14:09 +0000 http://www.frugalfamilyhome.com/?p=48389 <p>Sometimes it’s hard to keep up with everything you have …</p> <p class="read-more"> <a class="" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/8"> <span class="screen-reader-text">FFH 008: Quick Cleaning Tasks to Keep Your Home Looking Great</span> Read More »</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/8">FFH 008: Quick Cleaning Tasks to Keep Your Home Looking Great</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com">Frugal Family Home</a>.</p> In this episode of the Frugal Family Home podcast, I'm sharing 10 quick cleaning tasks to do when you don't have time to clean. I know when I have a busy week I like to do these quick cleaning tasks to help my house look great when I'm short on time. Sometimes it’s hard to keep up with everything you have to do around the house. There’re dinners to make, places to take the kids to, and oh yeah, cleaning of the house. When you are short on time you can do these quick cleaning tasks to keep your home looking great, even when you don’t have as much time to clean.







I love a clean house and usually spend around 30 minutes a day on weekdays to keep our home clean. But when we have to be out and about doing things during the week, I don’t have as much time to clean. When I have a busy week, I do these quick cleaning tasks to help keep my home looking good when I’m short on cleaning time.



These quick cleaning tasks are what I’m talking about in this week’s Frugal Family Home Podcast. I’m sharing the ten tasks I do even when I’m short on time to keep my home looking great.





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Sometimes it’s hard to keep up with everything you have to do around the house. There’re dinners to make, places to take the kids to, and oh yeah, cleaning of the house. When you are short on time you can do these quick cleaning tasks to keep your home looking great, even when you don’t have as much time to clean.







I love a clean house and usually spend around 30 minutes a day on weekdays to keep our home clean. But when we have to be out and about doing things during the week, I don’t have as much time to clean. When I have a busy week, I do these quick cleaning tasks to help keep my home looking good when I’m short on cleaning time.



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http://www.frugalfamilyhome.com/?p=48323 <p>I recently read the book Unstuffed it’s just been released …</p> <p class="read-more"> <a class="" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/7"> <span class="screen-reader-text">FFH 007: Decluttering Your Home to Gain Peace</span> Read More »</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/7">FFH 007: Decluttering Your Home to Gain Peace</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com">Frugal Family Home</a>.</p> In today's Frugal Family Home Podcast, I'm sharing a few tips to help you get your home declutter and free of all that extra stuff you no longer need or love. It amazing how much more peaceful your home can be once the extra clutter is gone.
You see when our homes are overstuffed with stuff we don’t really love or need it can make us feel weighed down. We can have a feeling of discontentment or even lose our sense of peace in our own home. But when you removed all the stuff that isn’t useful or loved, all that is left is those things you really need. Then the peace can return to your home after the weight of all that extra stuff is gone.
Decluttering Your Home to Gain Peace
In this episode, I’m sharing my process for removing clutter and sharing encouragement with you to help you on your own journey to a clutter free home.
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If you want more encouragement and tips be sure to grab a copy of Unstuffed. (affiliate link) It was just released yesterday. I received a copy to review and it has many wonderful helpful tips from someone who has lived in the home with too much stuff and traveled that road to becoming unstuffed herself. There are helpful tips and challenges throughout the book to help keep you motivated to get the extra stuff in your home out and bring balance to your life again.
What is the situation at your own home? Do you have a good balance of useful things and things you love? Or is your home overrun with things you keep out of guilt or the thought that you might need it someday? I would love to hear your own tips for working towards a more clutter free home, what worked for you and what didn’t.
I know since I did my big purge a few years ago our home feels so much more peaceful to me. It’s in no way perfect but so much more peaceful.
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This post contains affiliate links. When you use them I might make a little money at no extra cost to you. Thanks for your support in this way. You can read my disclosure policy for more information.I recently read the book Unstuffed it’s just been released and it really had me to thinking about decluttering and how to get the clutter out of the house. Which prompted me to share a few tips that I’ve found to be really helpful in my quest for a clutter-free home.

You see when our homes are overstuffed with stuff we don’t really love or need it can make us feel weighed down. We can have a feeling of discontentment or even lose our sense of peace in our own home. But when you removed all the stuff that isn’t useful or loved, all that is left is those things you really need. Then the peace can return to your home after the weight of all that extra stuff is gone.
Decluttering Your Home to Gain Peace
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FFH 006: 5 Tips for Getting More Done Every Day https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/6 Wed, 23 Mar 2016 11:49:36 +0000 http://www.frugalfamilyhome.com/?p=48264 <p>In today’s podcast, I am sharing a few tips that …</p> <p class="read-more"> <a class="" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/6"> <span class="screen-reader-text">FFH 006: 5 Tips for Getting More Done Every Day</span> Read More »</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/6">FFH 006: 5 Tips for Getting More Done Every Day</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com">Frugal Family Home</a>.</p> In this episode of the Frugal Family Home Podcast I'm sharing 5 tips for getting more done each and every day. These tips are things I do to keep myself focused and help to make my day run as smoothly as it possibly can. In today’s podcast, I am sharing a few tips that can help you get more done every single day. We can all have a bad day now and then but when you use these tips you’re more likely to have a better day and get more done.







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FFH 005: Getting Started Meal Planning https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/ffh-005-getting-started-meal-planning Wed, 09 Mar 2016 13:14:59 +0000 http://www.frugalfamilyhome.com/?p=48188 <p>This week’s podcast is about getting started with meal planning. …</p> <p class="read-more"> <a class="" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/ffh-005-getting-started-meal-planning"> <span class="screen-reader-text">FFH 005: Getting Started Meal Planning</span> Read More »</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/ffh-005-getting-started-meal-planning">FFH 005: Getting Started Meal Planning</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com">Frugal Family Home</a>.</p> This week’s podcast is about getting started with meal planning. … FFH 005: Getting Started Meal Planning Read More » This week’s podcast is about getting started with meal planning. Meal planning really helps to save money each month and it can do the same for you. If you’ve never really meal planned before you’ll want to listen to this week’s podcast. In the podcast, I share tips for getting started meal planning.
I like to menu plan once a month but if you are just getting started you might want to plan one week at a time. It’s easier to come up with a week’s worth of ideas instead of a whole month at a time. If you want to get started with once a month menu planning you can see my menu planning process in this post and in this post too.

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What other tips you could add to help others get started with meal planning?
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This week’s podcast is about getting started with meal planning. Meal planning really helps to save money each month and it can do the same for you. If you’ve never really meal planned before you’ll want to listen to this week’s podcast. In the podcast, I share tips for getting started meal planning.
I like to menu plan once a month but if you are just getting started you might want to plan one week at a time. It’s easier to come up with a week’s worth of ideas instead of a whole month at a time. If you want to get started with once a month menu planning you can see my menu planning process in this post and in this post too.

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Free Printable Menu Planner Plus More Menu Planning Tips
Dinner Ideas Pinterest Board
What other tips you could add to help others get started with meal planning?
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FFH 004: 6 Tips to Get You Back on Track with Your Goals https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/4 Wed, 17 Feb 2016 12:30:24 +0000 http://www.frugalfamilyhome.com/?p=48021 <p>Did you start the year off great working towards your …</p> <p class="read-more"> <a class="" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/4"> <span class="screen-reader-text">FFH 004: 6 Tips to Get You Back on Track with Your Goals</span> Read More »</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/4">FFH 004: 6 Tips to Get You Back on Track with Your Goals</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com">Frugal Family Home</a>.</p> In today's Frugal Family Home podcast I'm sharing a few tips to help you get back on track with your goals. If you started strong working on your goals but then the momentum fizzled out. These tips are sure to help you get back on track. Did you start the year off great working towards your goals but now that were half way into February you’re finding it’s harder to keep up with your goals? If that’s the case for you, you’ll want to listen to today’s podcast.







I’m sharing 6 tips to help you get back on track with your goals or to get started with your goals for this year if you just didn’t get off to a good start. There’s no reason to give up on them just because the first of the year has passed. Get motivated and put these tips to work to help you reach your goals for this year.





If you’d like to have a printable with all 6 tips from the podcast to refer back to, just click here to download the 6 tips. 







How have you been doing with your goals for this year? Are you struggling to keep up with them or are you doing a great job? I would love to hear from you, just leave me a comment below.

Did you start the year off great working towards your goals but now that were half way into February you’re finding it’s harder to keep up with your goals? If that’s the case for you, you’ll want to listen to today’s podcast.







I’m sharing 6 tips to help you get back on track with your goals or to get started with your goals for this year if you just didn’t get off to a good start. There’s no reason to give up on them just because the first of the year has passed. Get motivated and put these tips to work to help you reach your goals for this year.





If you’d like to have a printable with all 6 tips from the podcast to refer back to, just click here to download the 6 tips. 







How have you been doing with your goals for this year? Are you struggling to keep up with them or are you doing a great job? I would love to hear from you, just leave me a comment below.
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Cheap Date Ideas https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/3 Wed, 03 Feb 2016 12:49:26 +0000 http://www.frugalfamilyhome.com/?p=47959 <p>In today’s podcast I’m talking about cheap date night ideas …</p> <p class="read-more"> <a class="" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/3"> <span class="screen-reader-text">FFH 003, Cheap Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day or Any Day</span> Read More »</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/3">FFH 003, Cheap Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day or Any Day</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com">Frugal Family Home</a>.</p> In this episode of the Frugal Family Home podcast I'm sharing a few ideas for having a nice Valentine's Day without eating out. These ideas will work for other times of the year too when you want to have a cheap date night with your honey.
We don’t usually eat out on Valentine’s day for a few reasons which I’m sharing on the podcast along with some ideas of what to do instead. I have one idea for a couples dinner and one idea for a family night Valentine’s Day too.
Links to Recipes and More Mentioned in the Show
Brown Sugar Steak Recipe
Printable Valentine’s Day Cards
Pizza Dough Recipe

Dessert Ideas for Valentine’s Day
Conversation Heart Cookies
Mini Raspberry Heart Cakes
Peppermint Brownie Truffles
 
What do you do for Valentine’s Day?
[signoff]In today’s podcast I’m talking about cheap date night ideas for Valentine’s Day but of course, you could use these ideas at any time of the year.

We don’t usually eat out on Valentine’s day for a few reasons which I’m sharing on the podcast along with some ideas of what to do instead. I have one idea for a couples dinner and one idea for a family night Valentine’s Day too.
Links to Recipes and More Mentioned in the Show
Brown Sugar Steak Recipe
Printable Valentine’s Day Cards
Pizza Dough Recipe

Dessert Ideas for Valentine’s Day
Conversation Heart Cookies
Mini Raspberry Heart Cakes
Peppermint Brownie Truffles
 
What do you do for Valentine’s Day?
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Save Money at the Grocery Store with this One Tool https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/2 Wed, 20 Jan 2016 13:16:40 +0000 http://www.frugalfamilyhome.com/?p=47881 <p>I have one thing I do that helps me to …</p> <p class="read-more"> <a class="" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/2"> <span class="screen-reader-text">FFH 002: How I Save on Groceries and How You Can Too</span> Read More »</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/2">FFH 002: How I Save on Groceries and How You Can Too</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com">Frugal Family Home</a>.</p> Knowing a good price is half the battle when you are grocery shopping. In this podcast, I share why and how to set up a price book. I have one thing I do that helps me to save over $200 a month on groceries. It’s not using coupons, although I do use coupons some. I’m sharing what it is I do that saves me the most money in this week’s Frugal Family Home podcast.







How to Save More at the Grocery Store



Before you decide that making a price book isn’t for you please hear me out. When you know what the best price for an item is you will truly know if you are getting a good deal and not have to pay more unless you do it for the convenience of not having to shop another store.



Be sure to listen to the podcast to get all the details of how I use my price book, how and when I update it and how to get started with your own price book so you can save every day.





In this episode I mention,



The Price Book Printable Pages, you can download the price book printable pages by clicking here.  



Or purchase the Homemaking Planner and get these price book pages plus a whole lot more to organize your home and day.



Other Posts to Help you Save on Groceries



Rock Bottom Price ListMake Your Own Groceries 35+ Recipes7 day Frugal Menu Plan







What is one of the ways you save on groceries each time you shop?

I have one thing I do that helps me to save over $200 a month on groceries. It’s not using coupons, although I do use coupons some. I’m sharing what it is I do that saves me the most money in this week’s Frugal Family Home podcast.







How to Save More at the Grocery Store



Before you decide that making a price book isn’t for you please hear me out. When you know what the best price for an item is you will truly know if you are getting a good deal and not have to pay more unless you do it for the convenience of not having to shop another store.



Be sure to listen to the podcast to get all the details of how I use my price book, how and when I update it and how to get started with your own price book so you can save every day.





In this episode I mention,



The Price Book Printable Pages, you can download the price book printable pages by clicking here.  



Or purchase the Homemaking Planner and get these price book pages plus a whole lot more to organize your home and day.



Other Posts to Help you Save on Groceries



Rock Bottom Price ListMake Your Own Groceries 35+ Recipes7 day Frugal Menu Plan
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The Turning Point in our Financial Lives https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/1 Wed, 06 Jan 2016 12:50:17 +0000 http://www.frugalfamilyhome.com/?p=47770 <p>I’m branching out into the world of Podcasting. I wanted …</p> <p class="read-more"> <a class="" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/1"> <span class="screen-reader-text">FFH001: The Turning Point in our Financial Lives</span> Read More »</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com/podcast/1">FFH001: The Turning Point in our Financial Lives</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://frugalfamilyhome.com">Frugal Family Home</a>.</p> The first episode of the Frugal Family Home podcast and our journey to debt free.
My goal for the Frugal Family Home podcast to share encouragement for you the homemaker. Whether you are a stay at home mom, a work at home mom or a work outside the home mom we can all use a little encouragement in this job of homemaking. Which let’s be honest can be a little thankless at times.
In this first podcast, I’m sharing a little about our family. A little about how I was a spender and an intentional decision we made that helped to put us on the path to becoming debt free.

I hope you enjoy the first of the Frugal Family Home podcast. My goal is to publish one every other week.I’m branching out into the world of Podcasting. I wanted to make it easier to share intentional homemaking ideas with all of you in a form that wouldn’t have to be read. Something you could do while you are traveling from point A to point B or while you are folding the pile of laundry.

My goal for the Frugal Family Home podcast to share encouragement for you the homemaker. Whether you are a stay at home mom, a work at home mom or a work outside the home mom we can all use a little encouragement in this job of homemaking. Which let’s be honest can be a little thankless at times.
In this first podcast, I’m sharing a little about our family. A little about how I was a spender and an intentional decision we made that helped to put us on the path to becoming debt free.

I hope you enjoy the first of the Frugal Family Home podcast. My goal is to publish one every other week.
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