Meal planning is necessary if you want to maximize your grocery savings. Successful meal planning uses many of the same ingredients in dishes throughout the week so that any perishables don’t go to waste. You’re also less likely to pick up the phone for take-out if you already have an idea of what to make for dinner. Having a template makes the process much easier, so I made this cute printable meal planner. This is what I use every week for my family and it definitely helps!
I love hot sauce. Yum, yum, yum. And Cajun seasoning. And fries. I’m sure you can see where I’m going with this…
Hot Cajun Fries are amazeballs. Spicy, salty, and starchy; they have all three S words. I can eat a whole plate of them all by myself! If you think I’m joking, I’ll have you know that it’s four am and I have no intention of sharing these with anyone.
Most people skulk about the kitchen at four am sneaking chocolate or ice cream, but not me–I’m wincing every time the fryer hisses hoping Mr. Sublime doesn’t wake up to see me gorging on french fries without him. Admittedly, he doesn’t have much interest in them once they’re tossed in hot sauce. But I digress. He clearly doesn’t know what is good for him.
With enough commitment and planning, coupons can save you a ton of money, but I will be the first to admit that I don’t have the patience for extreme couponing. It’s honestly a little intimidating, but while I’m not the most dedicated couponer, I’ve still found a few places to rack up savings that others often overlook.
Autumn is here, and while I absolutely love this time of year, my feet definitely do not. Colder weather means swapping out flip-flops for confining sneakers and boots. If you are prone to sweaty feet, fall and winter can get stinky really quickly; on the other hand, if you have dry skin, your feet may crack and chap in the colder weather. Or if you’re really unlucky (like me), your feet may chap and smell up your shoes. It’s a no-win situation all around.
Thankfully, I’ve come up with a solution: a foot scrub that is strong enough to cleanse and deodorize sweaty feet while being gentle enough to not aggravate cracked, dry heels. Even better, it’s super easy to make. So let’s get started!
Whether you have found yourself temporarily tight on money until payday, are living from paycheck to paycheck in general, or have decided to embrace the frugal life, entertaining your kids when have no money to spare can be challenging and disheartening. Being a parent isn’t all about glam family vacations or paid fun all day every day, of course, but when your gas tank is almost on E and you’ve the last of your couch change for a gallon of milk, you may feel like your only option is to hide away in your house rationing pennies until your next paycheck hits your bank account. Luckily, there are lots of things for you (and your family) to do for free!
Halloween is almost here! Fall is my favorite time of year, and I’ve always loved Halloween. The candy, the costumes, the horror movie marathons… what’s not to love about October?
Now that it’s nearing the middle of the month, Mr. Sublime and I are furiously prepping for Mini Sublime’s second Halloween. Just shy of six-months-old, she wasn’t aware of much last year, but now that she’s a year and a half, I’m sure she is going to be much more involved this year.
The activity I’m most excited about is a surprising one: pumpkin carving. I hardly ever got to carve pumpkins as a kid. My parents were strictly uninvolved in all things Halloween-related, so all relevant activities were delegated to my middle sister who was such a perfectionist that she usually confiscated my pumpkin and finished it herself if my carving skills weren’t up to her standards. So, I don’t have many memories of this rather typical childhood event, but I’m excited to start making some with my own little family.
I have a feeling Mini Sublime is going to be more interested in swishing around the pumpkin innards than anything else, but that’s okay! It is great sensory play for her and will keep her occupied while Mom and Dad work with the sharp objects.
So, in preparation of our evening of messy fun, I designed a few templates for our pumpkins that I thought I’d share with all of you! Just click the images to view them full-size, right-click, and select “save image as” to save them to your computer for your printing pleasure.
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Hulu is awesome. We don’t have cable or satellite, so Hulu is how we watch TV without actually having tv. It’s great! Unfortunately, it’s also one of the first things to go when we have to start cutting back on our budget. Even though it’s a reasonable price ($7.99 a month plus taxes for the regular subscription,) it isn’t a necessity. So imagine my excitement when I realized I could get a year of Hulu for free! Even better, it’s super easy to do!