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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 Dollar Tree Halloween Finds

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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 Mid-Month Meal & Grocery Planning

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

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Using A Price Sheet To Save Money On Your Next Grocery Trip

If you're like me, grocery shopping looks like this: Plan the meals. Make the grocery list. Go to the store. Most likely with 1-4 children. Throw the groceries in the cart like a contestant on Supermarket Sweep. Pick the shortest checkout line, which ends up being the longest wait. (Every. Time.) Load the groceries in… Continue reading Using A Price Sheet To Save Money On Your Next Grocery Trip

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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 How You Need A Budget Changed My Life