How I Shop The Ads

I have 3 main goals when I look through the ads. Find ingredients that I need for the meals I came up with from my inventory sheet. Check for staples we always have around the house that may be on sale. Things like salsa, bread, certain produce my kids love, etc. Look for great deals... Continue Reading →

Dollar Tree Halloween Finds

Can you believe it's October already! My kids have been itching to decorate for Halloween since Walmart put out their costumes.  We have collected some decorations over the years, but I like to add a couple things each year.  Without breaking the bank or dipping into other areas of our budget. So where does a... Continue Reading →

Mid-Month Meal & Grocery Planning

My goal going into part-time work was to cut our grocery bill in half. On You Need A Budget, I noticed it was the 3rd highest spending category so I changed the way I shopped for groceries.  At the beginning of September, I detailed how I only spent $151 for two weeks.  Here, I will... Continue Reading →

2 weeks + Family of 5 Eaters = $151 Grocery Bill

When I switched to working part-time, I revisited our budget several times to see where we could cut back. One category that was always extremely high was the grocery bill. At an average of $800/month, groceries was the third highest spending category - just after mortgage and daycare. I've always wanted to use the ads, compare prices, and... Continue Reading →

How You Need A Budget Changed My Life

"I'm on a budget." How many times have I said that and not ACTUALLY been on a budget?  Countless. I didn't even really know what a budget was. What I meant was "I know I shouldn't spend this money because I have other things I should be paying for." Until You Need A Budget came into... Continue Reading →

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