October 1, 2014

Scrapbook Paper Fall Wreath & Moving Update

Hi everyone! I wanted to show you a scrapbook paper wreath I made for a little neighbor get together before I pack it up!

DIY scrapbook paper wreath

Michael’s had scrapbook paper on sale for 7 for $1.00! I always stock up when the price is low! Buying at the lowest possible price for future use works with not just food! :)

fall decor

We had a few neighbors over to say goodbye before my house got piled high with boxes. So I broke out a bin of fall stuff since it’s easy to put back.

Fall scrapbook paper wreath

This wreath cost me less than $2 to make since the scrapbook paper was on sale and I had the other materials!

Moving Update

color coded packing boxes

Our lease at our new house starts October 15th and our closing on this house is the 22nd. So we’ll start to take a few things over every day (it’s in another town about 20-30 minutes from here). But the mover’s aren’t coming until the day before closing.

Yes, we will be renting! The last time we rented was over 20 years ago. So I’m sure it will be an interesting adjustment (especially since I’m not allowed to paint) :) . But we are looking forward to having a smaller house and yard and paying waaay less than our mortgage here. Plus if something stops working – it’s not us that has to fix it. Did I tell you that our water heater gave out Labor Day Weekend and our inspection was Labor Day! Let’s just say I will be very happy when everything is over!

We signed a one year lease so we’ve got the next year to decide what we want to do and where we want to go!

Any moving tips you’d like to share?  I am color coding the boxes so I hopefully won’t have to tell the movers where to place the boxes when they unload.

The No Stess Way To Build A Stockpile

Having a well stocked pantry is so important! You never know what’s going to happen financially or even weather wise that might prevent you from being able to buy groceries. A well stocked pantry gives me a sense of security because I know I’ll be able to feed my family should something unfortunate happen. How long depends on how well stocked your pantry is (but something is better than nothing).

The No Stress Way To Build A Stockpile

The concept of stockpiling can be daunting (especially if you’re thinking of Extreme Couponing Stockpiling :) ). But it’s really not complicated at all to get started!  Mine is a more realistic approach to stockpiling.  Just take it nice and slow in the beginning and follow these steps. Remember everything new requires a learning period so give yourself some time to get the hang of building your stockpile.

1. What’s a stockpile?

To begin building a stockpile, you should probably understand what a stockpile is. A great way to explain stockpiling is that you’re building up a supply of items that your family normally eats or uses when you find those items extremely cheap. You may not need everything at the moment, but you’re prepping for the long haul.

2. Know What You Need

When it comes to stockpiling, you should know what you need product and food wise.  Take an inventory of your pantry and make a list of what you’d like to stockpile and go from there. That way you’ll know that you already have 10 cans of tomatoes and maybe you’ve determined that’s enough. Or maybe you’ve decided that 10 cans is not enough and you need 10 more! Figure out a quantity that will work for your family (and your budget).

3. Get Space Ready

You are going to need a place to put your stockpile. Find a place in your kitchen, basement, under the bed or in the garage that will house the extra items you’ll be buying.  Repurpose a linen closet or a utility closet like I did (My New Pantry & How I Organized It). Get creative!  It’s best to keep this area as organized as possible from the get go.

door to the pantry

4. Watch for Sales To Get Items for Your Stockpile

Here comes the most exciting part of stockpiling! The actual grocery store trips to get the items you have on your list. Here are some ideas to keep in mind when preparing for your trip.

1. Sales – Get your items at rock bottom prices! You’ll want to have an idea of when  sales happen in your area (usually every 6-12 weeks) and what your best price is. A price book is a great way to track that! Here’s my post on how to set up a price book. Or  to keep it super easy, you can just take advantage of  advertised weekly deals.

2. Coupons – You might want to use coupons when items are on sale to get the best price. For example: if you have a $1 coupon for a box of Macaroni & Cheese and the item goes on sale for $1, this is a great item to stock up on. I don’t use a lot of coupons but the ones I do use are organized in such a way that it’s easy for me to use them.  Here is my post on How I Organize My Coupons. Even if you don’t eat products that you usually find coupons for, most people still buy toilet paper, toothpaste, deodorant etc. So use your coupons to stockpile these things.

3. Obtaining Coupons – There are several ways you can obtain coupons. Printing off coupons, downloading coupons onto frequent shopper cards and purchasing your local newspaper are the most common ways to get coupons. Of course, you can also ask family and friends if they are going to use the coupons they have. Collect as many coupons as you can for the things your family normally eats.

4. Price match in stores that have this policy.

5. Determine Your Budget for Stocking Up

Since you are still going to be doing your normal grocery shopping,  you’ll have to decide how much of your grocery budget you can set aside for the purpose of stocking up if you can’t add additional money.

Can you use $5-10 of your regular grocery budget just for stocking up? Or perhaps you can only buy 1 or 2 extra things each time you shop.

Maybe your grocery budget is already really tight – then you need to think about ways to make some wiggle room. Maybe you need to plan for more vegetarian meals  in order to squeeze some extra money out of the grocery budget for stocking up.  Perhaps do a no spend weekend or cut back in other areas.  Maybe you need to sell something to get a bit of extra stock up money.

Some people allocate a portion of their tax return or bonus for stocking up. However you decide to handle this, do set yourself a limit for stockpiling and don’t go over budget.

6. Maintaining Your Stockpile

1. Mark the expiration date on your item with a marker if you can’t easily see the expiration date stamped on the item.

2. Keep like items together

3.  Rotate your stock.  Since you will be buying several items of the same type, you’ll want to have a good rotation practice in place. Keep the oldest items towards the front and the newest items in the back. Part of rotating is paying attention to the expiration dates.

Having a stockpile of food and other products on hand will give you peace of mind!

Do you keep a stockpile of food and other items? 

The No Stress Way To Build A Stockpile

LINKING TO: Thrifty Thursday

Colorful DIY Wooden Porch Pumpkins

Today I have a fun fall DIY project contributed by Jody Smith

Fun DIY Wooden Porch Pumpkins

4×4’s make a lovely rustic decoration for your porch, or inside on a table! You can leave them plain but a little bit of color really makes them pop and adds interest. Simply use painters tape and spray paint to create stripes for a pretty pattern, I varied the stripes on all 3 for a just a little bit more funky style. If you happen to have 4×4’s laying around and spray paint in the garage this project will be totally free!

Otherwise you can still get it done for under $10, not bad for porch decor that can be used year after year and customized to match your indoor or outdoor style.

Supplies Needed:

4×4’s
orange spray paint
teal spray paint
painters tape
1-2” diameter limbs
sisal rope
newspaper
saw (or ask Home Depot to cut for you)
hot glue gun/glue sticks

Directions:

1. Cut 4×4’s to desired size, a good scale is 4”, 6”, and 8” or have Home Depot do it for you if you don’t have a saw.

2.Tape off your pattern- simple stripes or criss cross your tape all for a checker board pattern. Be sure to press the painters tape firmly into wood to get a crisp paint line.

3. Spray paint a light tack coat on wood with your accent color choice, top and sides. Allow to dry 5 minutes, add 1-2 more coats until your desired shade is reached. Dry paint for 1 hour.

4. Cover painted areas with painters tape again, pressing down firmly and paint primary color- using 2-3 coats until you are happy with coverage.

5. After final coat let paint dry for 3-4 hours before adding accents.

6. For a more rustic touch break limbs by hand into pieces approximately 3” long.

7. Hot glue “stems” to the top center of wood. hold in place for a minute until glue is hardened.

8. Wrap sisal string around stem and let it coil down the side, trim to desired length or add your favorite fall ribbon and faux leaves.

9. To make your pumpkins last longer, you can spray them with an additional 2 coats of clear polyurethane spray.

Rustic & fun painted wooden pumpkins

These are easy to make and easy to dress up for fall, Halloween and Thanksgiving!

Jody Smith blogs at Moms With A Blog.  She loves to garden, scrapbook and scour thrift stores for projects she can upcycle. 

Chunky Apple Cheddar Muffins

If you love the flavor of apples and cheddar cheese together for a snack you will love this recipe! These sweet and savory Apple Cheddar Muffins make a great after school snack, lunchbox addition, dinner side, or even a yummy breakfast on the run. Made with fresh apples and a hint of cinnamon they not only deliver flavor but a boost of fiber.

If you love the flavor of apples and cheddar cheese together for a snack you will love this recipe! Delicious chunky apple cheddar muffins

You can use shredded cheese in place of the cubed cheese but the large chunks of cheese and apple add texture and bursts of flavor and moistness to each bite. So I recommend at least trying them this way at least once to get the full effect of my recipe.

Ingredients:

2 cups of your favorite apples, roughly chopped
6 oz. cubed cheese
1 tsp. cinnamon
⅓ cup brown sugar
½ cup apple juice
½ cup milk
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400

Makes 12 muffins

1. Cube cheese and apples and set aside

Apple Cheddar Muffins - chop apples and cube cheddar
2. Sift to combine flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl, if you dont have a sifter then just stir with a whisk-this helps incorporate dry ingredients more evenly and “fluff” them up.
3. Stir in milk and apple juice to mix well.
4. Fold in cheese and apples until just combined.

Chunky Apple Cheddar Muffin Recipe
5. Scoop batter into greased muffin tin or papers to ⅔ of the way full.
Bake for 18-20 minutes until tops are golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into center

Sweet chunky apple cheddar muffins

Kids and adults will love these muffins!

5.0 from 2 reviews
Chunky Apple Cheddar Muffins
 
Cook time
Total time
 
Author:
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 2 cups of your favorite apples, rough chopped
  • 6 oz. cubed cheese
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup apple juice
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 Makes 12 muffins
  2. Cube cheese & chop apples - set aside
  3. Sift to combine flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl, if you don't have a sifter then just stir with a whisk-this helps incorporate dry ingredients more evenly and “fluff” them up.
  4. Stir in milk and apple juice to mix well.
  5. Fold in cheese and apples until just combined.
  6. Scoop batter into greased muffin tin or papers to ⅔ of the way full.
  7. Bake for 18-20 minutes until tops are golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into center

 

 

Ideas for Maximizing A Small Kitchen

We will be moving into a kitchen that’s  smaller than the one we currently have if we go with the house I showed you ( which I’m 99% sure about). I’m not quite sure how I’m going to set things up and where I’ll put everything but I thought I’d share some ideas for the making the most of a small kitchen  I’ve found.

Great ideas for maximizing  your small kitchen

Moving is such a great opportunity to not only get rid of stuff but to start out more organized! I’m really looking forward to that!

Small kitchen organization ideas like this one from SAS Interiors

Use the inside of doors via SAS Interioris

DIY burner covers that double as more countertop space via The Kitchnn

Find ways to give yourself more workable surfaces like this project. Here’s how to build burner covers that extend your countertop space via The Kitchnn

Small kitchen organization ideas  like this one

Using your backsplash area is a great way to keep your counters free via No. 29 Design

small kitchen organization ideas

This is a great idea if you don’t have many drawers via Food Network

Small kitchen solutions like this one from Sweet Verbena

Get a cutting board that goes over part of your sink for more counter space via Sweet Verbena .  I know Ikea sells one but I’ve seen some at TJMaxx as well

Maximizing a small kitchen - Shower caddy produce rack

Use the space at the end of  a cabinet like this idea from Domestic Diva. She  hung a shower caddy up and used it to store some vegetables

small kitchen solutions like this pegboard pot rack

If you have the wall space a pegboard pot rack like this one from Rice Designs is a great way to free up cabinet space

Maximize your small kitchen by using the side of your refrigerator

Utilize the side of your refrigerator via Instructables

double your cabinet space with under the shelf baskets

Double your cabinet space by using under the shelf racks via HGTV

I hope you got some ideas for making the most of your small kitchen!

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Cute DIY Fall Placemat Pumpkin Craft

Katie Femia is back with a really easy and frugal fall craft! This would make a great project to do with the kids and it’s a cute and inexpensive fall decoration!

Here's a easy family friendly, DIY fall craft that's cute and frugal! A placemat pumpkin!

If you want to create a fall pumpkin without all of the mess of dealing with a real one, take a peek below at what you can do with a simple placemat. This round orange placemat comes from my local dollar store, and in just minutes turned into the cutest pumpkin around.

Want to make your own placemat pumpkin? Here is what you will need!

Materials:

1 orange, round placemat
Black scrap paper
Brown ribbon
Assorted faux leaves
Scissors
Craft glue

supplies needed for placemat pumpkin

I used supplies I already had on hand, such as scrap paper and the fake leaves from another project. This is a great way to cut down your costs and use items that may otherwise be headed for the trash.

Directions:

1. Begin by cutting the face of your pumpkin out of the scrap paper. Choose whichever shapes you wish. For this one, I did triangle eyes, a square nose, and semi circle mouth.

shapes cut out for placemat pumpkin
2. Apply some glue to the back of the shapes and press them to the placemat. You will see the face of your pumpkin take shape!
3. You now want to create a stem, which will also act as the hanger for the pumpkin. Make a bow out of brown ribbon and glue it to the top of our pumpkin placemat. The knot of the bow is also perfect for running a pin through for hanging.
4. Embellish the pumpkin further by gluing on a few leaves. Just add a generous amount of glue and press the leaves to the front or back of the placemat.

Once your glue is dry, your pumpkin placemat is ready to be hung. You can simply slip the knot over a hook or nail or add another piece of long ribbon to back and hang it from that.

A fun and frugal fall craft - placemat pumpkin

This is a cute and family friendly project that brings the fun of fall into your home! Gather your supplies and give this placemat pumpkin a try!

Katie Femia took a leap of faith several years ago and left her career as an elementary school teacher to pursue her dream of becoming a writer. She now enjoys the day-to-day musings of writing for a variety of websites as a regular contributor. She covers topics such as frugal living, craft projects, DIY projects, money saving strategies, and everything in between!

Delicious Turkey Bacon Cinnamon Rolls!

We’re a little crazy about those canned cinnamon rolls you can buy in the refrigerated section of grocery stores! I know, I know…not the healthiest things to eat. But they’re a quick dessert/snack and we like that we can all frost them with as much or little (in our case) frosting as we like.  Here’s a easy breakfast recipe using these rolls – Turkey Bacon Cinnamon Rolls!

delicious turkey bacon cinnamon roll recipe!

At least adding a protein will slow down the sugar :)  Of course you can make this recipe with homemade cinnamon rolls if you prefer (I’ve never tried to make them).

Turkey Bacon Cinnamon Rolls

1-2 package of Grands! Cinnamon Rolls
1 package of turkey bacon, any brand

Directions –

#1. Preheat the oven according to the cinnamon rolls package directions.

#2. Open the can of cinnamon rolls and unroll each cinnamon roll one at a time.

#3. Open the package of turkey bacon and take 1 slice at a time and lay on top of the unrolled cinnamon roll. Roll the cinnamon roll back up and place on your baking sheet.

#4. Repeat with all the cinnamon rolls.

#5. Bake according to the package directions.

#6. Remove from the oven and allow to cool and few minutes prior to frosting.

*If using 1 can of cinnamon rolls you will have turkey bacon leftover. I only used one can and had ½ a package left over so buy an extra can if you want to use it all. Regular bacon is too fatty for this recipe. You have to par bake it first.

I know a lot of people like to serve cinnamon rolls for special breakfasts like Christmas morning – these would be perfect for that!

Easy and delicious breakfast recipe using refrigerator cinnamon rolls

Delicious Turkey Bacon Cinnamon Rolls!
 
Easy breakfast recipe using canned cinnamon rolls
Author:
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Ingredients
  • 1-2 package of Grands! Cinnamon Rolls
  • 1 package of turkey bacon, any brand
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven according to the cinnamon rolls package directions.
  2. Open the can of cinnamon rolls and unroll each cinnamon roll one at a time.
  3. Open the package of turkey bacon and take 1 slice at a time and lay on top of the unrolled cinnamon roll. Roll the cinnamon roll back up and place on your baking sheet.
  4. Repeat with all the cinnamon rolls.
  5. Bake according to the package directions.
  6. Remove from the oven and allow to cool and few minutes prior to frosting.
  7. *If using 1 can of cinnamon rolls you will have turkey bacon leftover. I only used one can and had ½ a package left over so buy an extra can if you want to use it all or freeze your leftover bacon.

 

 

15 Dollar Store Pumpkin Crafts

Foam pumpkins from the dollar store are the perfect fall accessory to makeover on a budget! Here are 15 dollar store pumpkin crafts to get you inspired.

15 Dollar Store Pumpkin Crafts

15 Dollar Store Pumpkin Makeovers

1. Studded Dollar Store Pumpkin – Lucy Designs

2. Blue Crackled Pumpkins – Home Stories A to Z

3. Mod Podged Pumpkins – The 36th Avenue

4. White Trick Or Treat Pumpkin Topiaries – The Kim Six Fix

5. Tissue Paper Pumpkins – Poofy Cheeks

6. Make Your Own Burlap Pumpkin – Country Chic Cottage

7. Glam Pumpkin Topiary – Tiaras and Bowties

8. Dollar Store “Thanks” Pumpkin – A Diamond in the Stuff

9. Sharpie Pumpkins - The Happy Housie

10. Vintage Style Dollar Tree Pumpkins – Fox Hollow Cottage

11. Funny Mummy Pumpkin – Consumer Queen

12.  Corn Husk Wrapped Dollar Store Pumpkin - Craftiments

13. Chalkboard Dollar Store Pumpkin – Home Hinges

14. Spooky Spray Painted Pumpkins – Clever Pink Pirate

15.Welcome Sign Dollar Store Pumpkins – Sister See Sister Do

 

Linking to: Thrifty Thursday

Some Different Things That I Collect

I  wanted to share some photos of different things that I collect that are part of my decor before I pack them up. I have 4 bookcases in the living room from Ikea that have extenders on the top where I house some of my collectibles.

Decorating with collections

Fortunately I’ll be able to take the bookcases with me. I’m just not sure I’m actually going to be putting some of these collections back though (not sure I’ll use the extenders). Quite a bit will be sold in the garage sale we’ll be having before we move.

vintage rooster collection

This is my collection of roosters. A few are vintage. The big ones were all found at thrift stores and I think I’m going to sell those.

teapot collection

This is my collection of tea pots.  I’m only keeping 3.

Vintage Mackenzie Childs Courtly  Checks teapot

I’m keeping this blue and white transferware teapot, the Mackenzie-Childs teapot (which is over 20 years old and I can’t remember the pattern – Courtly Check?) and the cherry pot-for-one in the first photo.

white pitcher collection

I’m only going to take  2 or 3 white pitchers. I do use a couple of them frequently. Although,  I rarely use the big wide one or the small one. So those and a few others are destined for the garage sale for sure.

mercury glass collection

Lastly some of my mercury glass collection (I have more in the garage).  I like to use mercury glass in the winter so I’ll keep my favorite pieces. But the ones that I’m not so attached to, like the mercury glass decanter in the back of the shelf, will be sold.  Not sure about the globes just yet. 3 are vintage – I may keep those.

I’m packing up the easy stuff first since we’re still waiting on underwriting to approve the buyers loan (don’t want to have to unpack a ton if their loan doesn’t go through). We should know by the end of the week if everything is ok on that front :)

The House We Think We’re Moving To

Hi everyone! I wanted to update you all on the house progress. After some drama, the closing has been set for the middle of October. We didn’t think the house would sell so quickly so we really didn’t have a house we wanted to move into already picked out. So we’ve been out looking every day! So far this is our favorite (but we’re going to see 2 others later today so who knows…). Lots of photos!

Farmhouse style home exterior

I know it looks huge but it’s actually more wide than deep and the house we have now is actually bigger (or at least it feels bigger with our layout). But we wanted to downsize in both yard and house.

black porch swing

Porch swing!!! I’ve always wanted a house with a big front porch and a porch swing :)

brick fireplace with white mantel

The living room. It doesn’t have a family room so I suppose we’d have to do the TV mount over the fireplace. The floors are parquet and it’s a gas starter fireplace. I’m excited about the fireplace. I’ve never had a real one.

living room windows

There are two long windows on each end of the living room. This is facing the front. The doorway on the left is coming in from the foyer.

tiled breakfast room

Off the living room next to the kitchen is a small tiled breakfast room that I don’t know what to do with. There’s a formal dining room which I’ll show you in a minute. So I don’t also need a breakfast room. Every wall in that room as a dooryway, door or window! One wall has the patio door to the backyard and those long windows.

hallway from foyer

The other wall has this entry from the foyer. Then there’s the pantry door and a small utility/coat closet door on this wall.

breakfast room french doors

These are the french doors from the breakfast room into the kitchen. The door on the right is the pantry door. The tile goes from the foyer into the breakfast room into the kitchen. I guess the only thing you can do is something right in the center of this room? Leave me some suggestions if you have any ideas. I thought of maybe blocking the doorway from the living room to make a solid wall?  I might have to re-think the dining room (below) and actually use the breakfast room. But my dining room table wouldn’t fit so I’d have to get a new round one for this space.

dining room chandelier

Love the dining room (even though I’m not a fan of carpet in dining rooms)!  So I could remove the chandelier in this room and use it for something else and use the breakfast room for dining.

kitchen

The kitchen. All the appliances are new and there are granite counters. I’ve never had solid surface counters. Or a window over the sink!

kitchen with stove

It’s smaller than the kitchen I have now.

laundry room

The laundry room is off the kitchen with a door to the garage. The washer is on one end and the dryer is opposite it on the other end.  I like that I’d be able to come in from the garage with groceries right into the kitchen. Right now we have to go up two flights of stairs.

master bathroom

There are 3 bedrooms upstairs. The master is a a nice size and the master bath is wonderful. Our master in this house has a small bathroom with a shower. This one has a deep tub and separate shower, and more counter space!

upstairs hall bathroom

There’s a hall bathroom upstairs.

powder room

A powder room downstairs off the foyer.

backyard

The backyard is fenced but has some kind of weird Alice in Wonderland thing going on with random bushes every where!

So far this is our first choice. There’s another home in this neighborhood that’s available that’s our second choice but it’s not fenced. But we’re still looking!

 

10 Ways You Can Save $100 This Month

No matter what your income level, everyone can benefit by saving a few extra dollars this month. With the cost of living constantly growing and the holidays coming up, having enough money is a major concern for most people. Here are 10 Ways To Save $100 This Month (without a whole lot of sacrifice).

10 Ways you can save $100 in a month

While some of these may already be implemented in your life or may not work for you, a few may be new to you or reminders. Remember to think outside the box with your budget and financial needs.

10 WAYS TO SAVE $100 THIS MONTH

1. This month make a no take out or no restaurant food ruleLearn to make your favorite take out/restaurant foods at home and don’t eat out or get take-out. There are tons of copycat recipes on the web for not only for dinner but also your favorite breakfast and lunch restaurants.  Try copykat.com and Pinterest for recipes.

2. Cancel your landline and just use your cell phone if you can (or try to switch to the lowest plan that will work for your needs)

3. Eat From Your Pantry: Put a hold on spending until you have dwindled what you already have in your freezer and pantry. Most of us have a rather large stock of items in our pantries, yet we continue to go shopping every week as if we have to do so or not eat. Take stock of what you have in your pantry and create your menu plan around it. Purchase only fresh fruits, veggies and milk as needed.Stick with it and work through your pantry foods or freezer meals to feed your family.

4. Go Vegetarian at least one day a week.  Skip the meat  and save money on your grocery budget. Substitute hearty bean, lentil and vegetable dishes that are satisfying and nutrient dense at a lower cost.

5. Join a local Freecycle group or Facebook barter/swap group and see if you can find some of your wants/needs for free.  Freecycle.org is a group where people in your area post things that they are willing to give a way if you come and pick up.

6. Turn Off Cable or Satellite: While many families already do without these luxuries, it may be time for you to evaluate if you truly need the services if you haven’t already done so. With Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Roku  and more out there for such a low monthly cost, many families are letting go of their  cable TV subscription. Some people even get tv stations with antennas! If you can’t let go completely, look at your plan and see if you can reduce the packages you currently subscribe to. Often they’ll give you a better deal if you threaten to cancel. It’s worth a try!

7. Take some water and easy to eat snacks with you when you’re out and about so you won’t be tempted to grab something to eat while out. These little trips to the fast food drive thru and gas station convenience stores add up! If you’re going to be out all day running errands or whatever, be prepared. You know you can’t go all day without eating or drinking something.

8. Do a No Spend Weekend at least once a month. Stay home, stay out of all the stores and find some free activities to do in your town or work on some projects around the house (as long as you already have the materials.

9. Make your own cleaning supplies instead of buying them. Check out my post on 15 Great DIY Household Cleaners

10. Re-think your entertainment/movie watching. If you’re going to the movies go to the show that’s discounted. In my area most shows are discounted before 6pm and there are a few theaters that have special days where the discount is even better and it’s all day anytime.

Better yet, rent a movie. We’ve found that paying to stream a movie on Amazon is way cheaper (and more convenient) than all of going to the movie theater. Also, rent from your library if you have one that has a good selection.

These simple ways to save $100 this month are easy to implement in any family. Between all of these you can save anywhere from $25-$100+ easily over the course of a month. If you combine them all there is potential to save quite a bit!

Don’t let the simple things add up and blow your paycheck. Look outside the box and work hard to bring your budget back where you need it to be.

What simple tips do you have for saving money?

 

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25 Festive DIY Fall Wreaths!

Are you all ready for fall? I know I’m looking forward to cooler weather! One of the easiest ways to welcome fall into our homes is to display a fall wreath at our front door or entryway. I’ve gathered some great DIY ideas for fall wreaths that will hopefully get your creative juices flowing!

25 Festive DIY Fall Wreaths that anyone can make!

One thing I love about this season besides the food, colors (well everything really) is fall decor! Here are 25 fall wreaths that you can make!

1. My Fall Wreath – A Cultivated Nest

2. Frugal Fall Wreath – The Frugal Homemaker

3.  Pottery Barn Knock Off Faux Antler Fall Wreath – The Country Chic Cottage

4. Pretty Recycled Paper Bag Fall Wreath - Pop Sugar

5. Wrapped Burlap Fall Wreath – Making Home Base

6. Fabric Scrap Fall Wreath – Chase the Star

7. Apples & Pinecone Fall Wreath – Better Homes & Gardens

8. DIY Fall Monogram Wreath – Practically Functional

9. DIY Versatile Fall Wreath – Simply {Darr}ling

10. Burlap Monogrammed Fall Wreath – Second Chance to Dream

11. Easy Autumn Floral Wreath (under $6) – Songbirds and Buttons

12. Felt Flower Wreath – The Thinking Closet

13. Fall Yarn Wreath – Crafts n’ Coffee

14. Autumn Popcorn Wreath – Cherished Bliss

15. Welcome Fall Wreath (plus printable) – Fleece Fun

16. Flannel and Denim Fall Wreath – The 36th Avenue

17. Fall Mesh Wreath – The Nerd’s Wife

18. Painted Burlap Flower Fall Wreath – Busy Being Jennifer

19. Fall Rag Wreath - A Beautiful Mess

20. Shabby Burlap & Buttons Fall Wreath – Crafts n’ Coffee

21. Fabric & Felt Fall Wreath – Uncommon Designs

22. 5 Minute, $5 Fall Wreath – Organize & Decorate Everything

23.Who’s There Owl Wreath – About Family Crafts

24. Wood & Burlap Natural Fall Wreath – Finding Home

25. Rustic Acorn Fall Wreath – Crafts Unleashed

Hope you found some inspiration! You can find more fall inspiration on my Pinterest Board.

Melt In Your Mouth Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

My husband is the pancake maker in the family and apple cinnamon pancakes are my favorite! He always makes me apple cinnamon and reserves some batter for our daughter and puts chocolate chips in hers (she doesn’t like cooked apples). While these pancakes have a definite fall flavor they are delicious anytime of year. Soft with lightly crisped edges (the secret of the edges is to use butter to grease your hot pan) you will find they quickly disappear off the plate!

Melt in your mouth apple cinnamon pancakes made from scratch

Making pancakes from scratch is really easy (and a fraction of the price of boxed mix) but you could of course use a mix and just add the apples and cinnamon. :)

Melt In Your Mouth Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

Ingredients:

1 medium apple
1 tsp. apple pie spice
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 cup plus 2 Tbsp. All Purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
3 Tbsp. Brown Sugar
1 egg
1 cup milk
2 Tbsp. canola oil
pinch of salt

chopped apples for making apple pancakes

Directions:

1. Peel and dice apple finely.
2. Whisk milk, oil, and egg together well.
3. Stir in flour, baking powder, sugar, cinnamon, apple pie spice and salt until well combined.
4. Fold in diced apples.
5. Place butter in a large skillet or on a griddle over medium low heat.
6. Scoop about a  1/4 cup of batter into hot pan and cook until air bubbles are popping in the batter and edges are becoming lightly browned- this is roughly two minutes.
7. Flip and cook on the other side for 1-2 minutes.
8. If desired top with additional diced apples (fried or uncooked) and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Makes about 8-10 pancakes.

apple pancake recipe

Warm your syrup before serving for a special touch!

Melt In Your Mouth Apple Cinnamon Pancakes
 
Delicious apple cinnamon pancakes made from scratch
Author:
Recipe type: Breakfast
Ingredients
  • 1 medium apple
  • 1 tsp. apple pie spice
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 cup plus 2 Tbsp. All Purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 3 Tbsp. Brown Sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 Tbsp. canola oil
  • pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Peel and dice apple finely.
  2. Whisk milk, oil, and egg together well.
  3. Stir in flour, baking powder, sugar, cinnamon, apple pie spice and salt until well combined.
  4. Fold in diced apples.
  5. Place butter in a large skillet or on a griddle over medium low heat.
  6. Scoop ¼ cup of batter into hot pan and cook until air bubbles are popping in the batter and edges are becoming lightly browned- this is roughly two minutes.
  7. Flip and cook on the other side for 1-2 minutes.
  8. Heat syrup for a special topping.
  9. If desired top with additional diced apples and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
  10. Warm your syrup before serving for special touch!
Notes
Makes about 8-10 pancakes.

 

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