Are you and your wallet ready for the big day? -Turkey day that is. Hosting Thanksgiving is expensive and stressful. Coming up with your Thanksgiving menu takes time, especially if you are on a budget. However, with anything in life, a solid plan will help you nail your Thanksgiving dinner on the big day. We already know the main course, but what about your Thanksgiving side dishes?
You want something that will wow your guests, but also Thanksgiving side dishes that are affordable and yummy.
Hosting Thanksgiving is not an easy task. Trust me, I’ve done it three times and we have a big family. – Like 8 brothers and sisters on my husband’s side big! Planning out the meal, grocery list, and devising a cooking timeline for the turkey saved my sanity!
Another thing that helped was sticking to a budget when buying the food. No one needs more money stress around the Holidays. Furthermore, it is great to check your local flyers and find the best price per pound on your turkey which is easy because most grocery stores have sales just to stay in the grocery game that week. But let’s face it, hosting any holiday including Thanksgiving is expensive and the Thanksgiving side dishes need to be taken into account within your budget.
So if you are on a budget, like me, you will want to find good deals on side dishes too while still awe-ing your guests with your cooking abilities and unique recipe ideas.
With that in mind, I’ve created a roundup post with the help of my fellow food blogger’s including 50 plus side dishes that are delicious and still budget-friendly. Just pick a few and plan them out on your shopping list to keep track of your cooking expenses.
Pro tip: Find a few recipes that share the same spices or ingredients to help cut your costs even more. For example. two recipes may use sage. You can save by only buying one spice pack.
Thanksgiving is usually stressful for the host, so don’t make it even more stressful by going over budget on food. Try some of these amazing recipes and enjoy your time with your family! You deserve it!
Are you ready for Halloween? Are you looking for unique DIY Halloweens Costume for your child? If you are like me, we participate in Halloween dress up activities in early October so we start looking for costumes in September.
Yet, if you are trying to save money this year you may want to save the sticker price at your local Halloween store and make your own.
My mom is a talented seamstress. She made ALL of our Halloween costumes when we were kids. She was super creative and designed Jeanie costumes, ghosts, clowns, and much more. With four kids, I often wonder when she found the time. Yet, these are now costumes I will never forget.
We had very few pictures back then, but the memories remain. I often forget my parents didn’t have cell phones to annoy their offspring by taking 50 pictures of everything they never want to forget – or post on social media – Sorry Kids! Back then we only remembered the things that made a BIG impact and these homemade costumes my mother created are something I will hold dear.
So this year, consider making your own costume instead of paying a HUGE sticker price. You will save money and it will be a special costume for your little one to remember long into adulthood. Also, the costumes listed below are budget-friendly and easy to make. Check them out and let your kids take a peek. My son already has his eyes on the cardboard boxtume! Also, a few of the costumes can be used for a child or an adult, so you can match your little one, which is my favorite thing to do!
13 Things Only A Complete Frugal Living Weirdo Will Understand
Are you new to frugal living or are you a frugal living weirdo like me? Either way, you are bound to understand and share my joys in the list below.
I decided to live a frugal life at a young age. Well, as a child it wasn’t really a choice. We were not rich and my parents taught me how to bargain shop and coupon. I used to LOVE grocery shopping with my mom and totaling up the items as she put them in the cart. Those experiences made me who I am today. My parents taught me the importance of budgeting your money and striving to pay less for items to keep money in your wallet and save more.
Living frugally has taught me patience, self-discipline, and how to handle my money. I value that fact that I am ready for an emergency and I don’t have to worry if my car breaks down or I end up in the hospital (happened last month but that is another story) because I have the money to pay the bills. Why? I live frugally in many aspects of my life – hey, no one is perfect – and I try to save as much as possible so I can spend my hard-earned money on the things that really matter to me and my family.
You see, we all have different relationships with money that are influenced by other factors in our lives and how we grew up. We all have priorities and we all spend money on something or another. What is important to you may not be important to me. For example, my family likes to travel. We save our money for these life experiences instead of buying the latest iPhone on the exact day of release.
Yet, maybe you are one of those super techy people and you need that phone. That is okay, as long as you have the money to pay for it.
How do you get a surplus of money? It is simple, live a frugal life and save for what matters.
Nonetheless, if you are a frugal person by nature, you will totally understand the list below and laugh out loud at some of the items. If you do not live frugally you will laugh too, but probably in a different way. Just consider living frugally if you want to save more money and spend intentionally on things that matter.
You may be asking yourself how to live frugally, especially if you are new to frugal living. If you are trying to be more accountable with your money, frugal living is certainly the way to go. Did you know many millionaires live a frugal life?
In this post, I will cover my top frugal living tips for beginners. Even if you are new to frugal living, this post is sure to help you find practical ways to save more money.
Why Live Frugally?
There are many reasons to live a frugal life; however, saving money would be at the top of my list. I do not believe in paying full price unless I absolutely have to. This way of living has helped my husband and I pay off our student loans, our car, and we are on track to paying off our mortgage too. We are also able to live a comfortable life and take a few vacations per year because we are willing to do the work it takes to live frugally. Reasons to live frugally:
pay down debt
save up for an emergency fund
save up for a vacation
less money stress
save for retirement
Choose Frugal Over Cheap:
Many times frugal living is often confused with being cheap. I beg to differ. Frugal living means being intentional with your money and finding the best deals. That’ right, I stopped paying full price for items long ago. However, I do not consider myself to be cheap. I will buy my friends and family nice gifts (at a discount if I can – hehe), I will treat myself when I can, and I buy quality over quantity or cheap items. I love living my life this way even though I could spend more money if I needed to because I have learned to save and always have a surplus of money. There is not much money stress in my life because I choose to live frugally.
Do you like to save money on coffee by making your own coffee at home, but it never seems to have that same gourmet coffee taste?
If there are two things I absolutely LOVE I would have to say the Fall season and a great cup of hot gourmet coffee! Fall is, by far, my favorite seasons!
Here in Michigan, we still get warmer weather until the end of October sprinkled with a little rain and sunshine! Things cool down a tad so we do not have 95 degree days with humidity – you should seriously see my hair on those days! Not to mention all the fun Fall activities, food, and – what this post is about – drinks!
One way to warm yourself up on those “Oh so chilly” mornings, is to pour yourself a nice, hot cup of coffee. It is like getting a warm hug on those chilly fall mornings. And let’s face it, if you have kids like me, you probably can’t function until you have finished cup two or three. (I swear I am trying to cut back.)
Yet, I am always looking for ways to save you money and I know I like to treat myself to a Starbucks or McCafe every now and then. However, if I kept up that spending habit my budget would go downhill, like a pumpkin rolling out of the patch.
So with you in mind, I have found some of the best copycat recipes on the web! Try them out this fall and keep your mornings full of love, peace, and hot coffee – we will save the iced coffee for summer.
When I saw my first “school supply” list I was in awe. I did not realize I would need to run all over town shopping sales to buy these 20 items the teacher requested.
The following year, I had two kids in school and the list and spending grew!
I realized, just like everything else in my life, I was not going to pay full price for this super list of school supplies.
Boy, times have changed! When I was a kid, I absolutely LOVED back to school time! I’ve always been a bit of an office supply geek! – I once got mad at my hubby for using my new large post-it notes for his daily “To Do” list! Haha! But I don’t remember teachers sending home lists of supplies we needed except for higher grades. The schools provided all the learning tools we needed and we were left to pick out a cool trapper keeper and some paper…Maybe a few pencils.
But picking out all of that paper mania was SO much fun and still IS if you know how to shop.
Truth be told, many schools are in dire need of supplies. I know this first hand because I was a teacher for 13 years before starting this blog. Maybe it was the age group – I taught middle school for 10 years – but my kids didn’t seem to have the basic supplies and often came to class without a writing utensil. (This is probably no surprise to any parents of middle school students.) Many kids were left to fend for the “borrow cup” on my desk, a swirled mess of cropped sticks – some with just barely enough lead to make a scratch.
I demanded collateral for each and every one of those pencils. Why? Because I knew I wasn’t getting another set until the second semester and if I ran out, I would be spending my own money to buy more! (Bless you ALL teachers that spend their hard-earned money to promote learning. I Love ya’!)
Unfortunately, when I sent home a supply list, most of the time I never saw a single item brought in except for the rare box of kleenex.
Therefore, when my kids started school I wanted to make sure they had everything they needed for the best learning experience possible. But spending a fortune was not an option, so this momma found some ways to find cheap school supplies and save on back to school!