Top Tips for Back-to-School Shopping with a Picky Teen

shopping with a picky teen

You know how it is - you need to do the back-to-school shopping, but your teen is so picky you don't know how you'll get through it. Teens certainly can be picky; peer expectations and their own personal tastes can combine to make them hard to please. Here are some tips for back-to-school shopping with your picky teen. Let Them Shop This doesn't mean you should give your teen you credit card and … [Read more...]

How to Cut Back Your Utility Bills

Cut back on electric

Your utility bills are one of those grin and bear it types of monthly payments. They’re expected, sometimes anticipated and rarely appreciated. Well, rather than suffer in silence, there are real steps you can take to cut back on those utility bills. And you can do it without living in the dark and suffering uncomfortable home temperatures. Here's how: Turn down the temperature No, not the … [Read more...]

Upcycle boxes into beautiful storage totes

Diaper 2

Photo Credit Positively Splendid Everyone has cardboard boxes, they are easily found and if for some reason you don't happen to have any, you can get them...for free, just by asking stores for their extras. I found these great tutorials on how to upcycle cardboard boxes into beautiful storage totes, and I needed to share them with you. Positively Splendid created the tutorial for the … [Read more...]

Different ways to be blessed with free food.

Food Blessings

As part of my 2015 Grocery Challenge, you may see me talking about "food blessings", which simply means, food that I got free in one way or another. There are many ways that you can be blessed with free food for your family, here are a few of those ways. Volunteer at a Food Pantry Often times, food pantries will offer up any leftover perishables to those who are helping out. Once the day ends, … [Read more...]

Dollar Tree Garden Wreath


Have you seen the wreaths on Pinterest made from a pool noodle? I decided it was time to try my hand at one myself. I also wanted one that went from spring to summer for maximum use. I made a trip to my favorite high end craft supply boutique - Dollar Tree. I was able to grab a pool noodle, 2 bunches of silk flowers, ribbon, burlap roll, and a watering can from there - Making it $8 total out of … [Read more...]

DIY Rose Bud Bubbling Bath Salts

DIY Bath Salts

  Print Author: Jodi Stevens Ingredients 6 Cups Kosher or Epsom Salt ¾ Cup Rose Scented Body Wash 1 tbsp Carrier Oil (Coconut, Sweet Almond, Olive) Red Food Coloring (Optional) Instructions In a large bowl, combine salt and body wash, and mix until well combined. Add in your essential oil, carrier oil and food coloring and mix until the color is uniform throughout. On a lined … [Read more...]

How to start a blog


I am a full time blogger, and I support my family of 8 on the income from it. Now, don't get me wrong, I am not at the point yet that we are fully self-sufficient. We do receive Food Stamps, and I am not shy about that. I run a group on facebook called "Couponing with Food Stamps", where over 17,000 members, talk about and teach each other to stretch their Food Stamps. With that being said, you … [Read more...]

How to make your own All Natural Household Cleaner

All Natural Cleaner

Making your own cleaner is extremely simple! It smells great, and works wonders! A plus to this is that you can by all of the ingredients on Food Stamps! I run a group called, "Couponing with Food Stamps" and I have been trying to come up with different ways to help all of the group members stretch their food budget. The ingredients in this cleaner are orange peels, white vinegar and water. I … [Read more...]

Stretch 2 roasting chickens into 10 meals!

2 chickens 10 meals

Whole roasting chickens are always a great deal. You get a ton of usable parts, and they're usually pretty dang cheap. My store had them on sale for .77 a pound last week, so I grabbed two. I like to roast two at a time - twice the meat for half the energy bill. This is the recipe I use "Roast Sticky Rotisserie Chicken" and it's a family favorite. I pretty much follow the recipe exactly, but … [Read more...]

Save on Feminine Care Products


Feminine care products are required, but they are NOT cheap! During the year, a woman can spend roughly $83.64on pads and tampons, and that is if they are buying cheap and being conservative in the number they use during the course of their cycle. With women starting at an average age of 12 and ending at an average age of 51, the "average" woman spends roughly $3,261.96 over the course of her … [Read more...]