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Meal Boredom Busting

Do you ever get into a rut and find yourself making the same thing for dinner almost every week? Tacos. ...

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Goals for 2017: Save Money and Get Healthy

The end of the year is just a few days away and many of us are pondering New Year’s resolutions, ...

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Curb Side Grocery Pick Up. Is it worth it?

If you haven’t heard of it yet, you will soon. Many of the larger grocery stores are now offering this ...

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Free Budget Friendly Menu

We hear it all the time. Families are looking for a way to keep grocery expenses down, but schedules are ...

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Super Simple Snickerdoodles

Not only are these Super Simple Snickerdoodles yummy, but they are, well, super simple.  These can be whipped up with ...

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Celebrate Spring with Pasta Primavera

Posted on March 21, 2017 by Marla Schultz

Yesterday was the first day of primavera—spring—according to our calendars. I’m sure many of you are a bit skeptical as you shovel mountains of snow around your home from that recent blizzard. Warm weather seems somewhere in the distant future. You know it will arrive someday, but you can’t quite imagine spring at the moment. For others 70-plus degree weather, short sleeve shirts, and shorts is right around the corner, or already a reality. As the first warm breeze gusts through, you begin envisioning the curls of green in your vegetable garden, or the plump produce at your local farmers’ market. [&hellip

Looking for Green on St. Patrick’s Day

Posted on March 14, 2017 by Marla Schultz

Do you remember St. Patrick’s Day as a child and the apprehension that overwhelmed you as you realized, after your mother pulled out of the driveway to take you to school, that you weren’t wearing anything remotely green? Visions of the pinch marks that would ornament your body—“gifts” from overenthusiastic classmates—causes drops of perspiration to form on your forehead. A frantic visual search of the backseat for something—anything—green produces nothing. Not even a lint-covered, lime lollipop or a forgotten shamrock sticker. Your mother pulls into the elementary school parking lot. Anxiously you scan the floor of the car once more [&hellip

Cooking With Your Kids

Posted on March 7, 2017 by Marla Schultz

Busy. That sums up most Americans’ lives. Constantly running to work. To the next obligation. Sports events. Church. Where does it end? Often downtime—our family time—is spent in front of the television catching our breath, instead of spending quality time with our children. Most of us realize the importance of quality time, but it seems like many of us have a difficult time scheduling it. But it doesn’t have to be like that. And it doesn’t need to take a lot of time or money either. Cooking With Kids One answer can be an activity that is as close as [&hellip

How to Feed a Family of 8 on $800 a Month

Posted on February 21, 2017 by Marla Schultz

Did you know, according to the USDA, a family of eight on the thrifty plan spends an average of $269 a week? * Using the moderate plan, they could spend approximately $369 a week.* That’s, approximately, $38 to $53 a day. $1140 to $1593 a month–wow! Despite the word “thrifty” being used for the lowest amount listed, it’s possible to spend less and still be eating filling, delicious food. In fact, $800 a month—that’s just $30 a day—isn’t an impossibility. It’s actually quite do-able! So how do you perform this amazing feat and feed a family of 8 on $800 month? [&hellip

Meal Planning for Couples

Posted on February 14, 2017 by Marla Schultz

Meal planning and budgeting as a couple? “Why?” You ask. “It’s much easier to grab fast food, dine out, or just buy a day’s worth of food at the local grocery store. After all, there are only two of us right?” That’s one way to look at it and, perhaps, you’re content with the amount of money you’re currently spending on food. After all, dining out is nice. Meal Planning for Couples But maybe you’re wanting to stash some money away in savings. Or you’re wanting to buy a new car…or house…or maybe you’d like to finally get that student [&hellip