Preparing Your Budget for Next Year

Having a well planned budget for the year will help you achieve your financial goals. Read on to find out how you can best prepare your budget for next year!

I know most people’s minds are on getting ready for Christmas but as the New Year approaches, it’s time to start thinking about how you want to do things differently next year.  For many people, reducing their spending and paying off debt is their number one New Year’s resolutions. Having a well planned budget for the year will help you achieve your financial goals. Read on to find out how you can best prepare your budget for next year! I’m sure many that read this would agree they would like more money in their savings account next year! How To Prepare… [Read More]

Tips For Saving Money On Thanksgiving Dinner

Hosting Thanksgiving dinner doesn't have to break the bank. Here are some tips for saving money on Thanksgiving dinner

Thanksgiving is a holiday where you are usually hosting a crowd and making many different types of dishes, so it’s really easy to go over your budget! You can still have a lovely Thanksgiving without breaking the bank. Here are some ways that you might be able to save on your Thanksgiving Dinner. 9 Tips For Saving Money On Thanksgiving Dinner 1.  Trim the Menu –  If you’re having a small gathering don’t feel like you have to buy a whole turkey and make all the trimmings. You could just get a turkey breast. Last year there was just the 3… [Read More]

Using A Home Management Binder To Stay Organized

Using a home management binder to stay organized

A home management binder is typically a 3 ring binder that stores information in it that you use to run your household (and what type of information is different for everybody). The first step to using a home management binder to help you stay organized is to create one, of course!  I did create one a few years ago that I shared on the blog. The tutorial is here if you’d like to see it. I really like organizing with binders and my home management binder stores everything I need for managing my home in one convenient place. I do have… [Read More]

10 Inexpensive Handmade Christmas Gifts

10 Inexpensive Handmade Christmas Gifts to Start Making Now.

I started the Frugal Christmas Gift Guide a few years ago and will be continuing it this year (the other posts are linked at the bottom). Over the next few weeks I’m going to share some ideas for homemade Christmas presents that are cute and easy (or fairly easy) to make that I’ve found on Pinterest. So let’s get started! Giving a handmade gift is a great way to celebrate Christmas.  It’s not too late to start making gifts! Frugal DIY Christmas Gift Guide – 10 Homemade Gifts 1. DIY Gift Card Snow Globe ~ The Creative Mama 2. Cinnamon Sugar… [Read More]

Nesting Skills: DIY Dry Ranch Seasoning

Nesting Skills Series | How To Make Dry Ranch Season Mix | Frugal Homemaking

The Nesting Skills Series is all about making your own versions for various store-bought products. Last week I shared a homemade brownie mix recipe and today I’m sharing a homemade dry ranch seasoning mix recipe! It’s really easy and inexpensive to make your own ranch dressing mix. Not to mention that you don’t have to deal with unknown ingredients or fillers! Plus these are ingredients that most people always have on hand! If you want to make ranch dip or ranch dressing you just had this dry mixture to sour cream or mayonnaise (instructions below). Dry Ranch Seasoning Mix 5 tbs. dried… [Read More]

Nesting Skills – Make Your Own Brownie Mix

Homemade Brownie Mix: Never buy boxed brownie mix again! So simple, so easy. Not just frugal but cuts out the unknown ingredients.

Here’s a really ridiculously easy brownie mix that you can make at home instead of buying a boxed brownie mix.  You can buy brownie mix really cheaply when it’s on sale but at least in a homemade version you know what’s in your mix and you can easily customize it to your taste! With the holidays right around the corner, this would also make a great gift that you can dress up with a cute tag/label & ribbon. Include some add-ins like chocolate chips, cinnamon chips, nuts, crushed peppermints or crushed cookies to really take it up a notch! Homemade Brownie… [Read More]

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