Mom’ing on a Budget

Homemade Stock–Delicious and a Money Saver!

Homemade Stock–Delicious and a Money Saver!

The next time you go to throw out your meat bones or vegetable scraps, go ahead and slap yourself. Then throw them in a gallon freezer bag and save them! When the bag is full, dump it into a slow cooker and cook it all night on low. Or, bring it to a boil in […]

Feed your family on the cheap!

I just found a way to buy 8 entrees, 2 salads, 2 soups, and 8 bread sticks from Olive Garden for $43.69. Since they’re so over-sized, I can feed my family with 2 of the entrees. I’ll be freezing 6 entrees, making a total of 4 dinners for my family of 5. In fairness, two […]

Make Your Own Magic Diaper Rash Cream!

Make Your Own Magic Diaper Rash Cream!

We mostly cloth diaper, but from time to time we use disposable diapers. For one, they’re much easier when we’re out and about. Two, I’m lazy and it’s easier. Three, you can’t use most diaper rash creams with cloth diapers. Thankfully, we don’t actually get many rashes while using cloth diapers, but they do happen […]

Lesson 82: There ain’t no flies on us

Lesson 82: There ain’t no flies on us

Those of you who know me, know that I haven’t drank the essential oil Kool-Aid, but I do believe there’s a proper place for them. Aromatherapy? I absolutely buy into that for stress relief, headaches, and possibly even helping colds and allergies, among other things. I love to use different scents in my lotions. But […]

Vegetable-Packed, Yummy Tomato Sauce!

Vegetable-Packed, Yummy Tomato Sauce!

I love to make my own tomato sauce for several reasons: It’s incredibly healthy. I know exactly what’s in it (and what’s not in it!) and that makes me feel really good about what I’m feeding my family. Even the pickiest eaters love spaghetti! They don’t have to know just how many vegetables the sauce […]

Homemade Baby Wipes (Lesson 71: Make your own stuff and save money)

Homemade Baby Wipes (Lesson 71: Make your own stuff and save money)

I use my own diaper spray and cloth wipes most of the time, but I also like to have disposable wipes available for wiping little hands and for poop clean-ups (less poop in the cloth diaper bin is a real bonus for me!). J has really sensitive skin and when we realized that the disposable […]

Lesson 58: Tips on storing your homemade baby food

Lesson 58: Tips on storing your homemade baby food

When I first started making baby food, I purchased a bunch of little storage bowls like these and these. And I thought I was being clever because they were so much cheaper than the ones I found in my local stores. What I soon discovered was, not only were they an unnecessary expense, but they […]

Lesson 55: Make your own first foods

Lesson 55: Make your own first foods

Making your own baby food may sound daunting, but it’s really easy and not that time-consuming. I’ve found that I love making J’s food for him! Not only do I know exactly what goes in the food, but it saves me money. As he’s grown older, I’ve found that I really look forward to experimenting […]

Lesson 50: The benefits of cloth diapering (cloth diaper tutorial, part 1)

Lesson 50: The benefits of cloth diapering (cloth diaper tutorial, part 1)

Cloth diapering was something I definitely considered while I was pregnant, but I eventually decided I wasn’t going to do it. I was already so overwhelmed with all the other new stuff – and I had no idea what it was going to be like to have a newborn – so I chose to go […]

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