Dollars & Sense, Tip #10: Halloween Costumes on a Budget


It’s been awhile since my last Dollars & Sense post, so I figured it was about time! With Halloween coming up in just a few weeks, I thought I would share with you how we save money on costumes. Halloween costumes really don’t have to cost a fortune. When I was growing up, we mostly made our costumes from items around the house. We hardly ever got to go out a buy a brand new costume! Dressing up for Halloween can totally be done without spending a ton of money. We already have to buy candy, so we shouldn’t have to stress over paying for costumes as well right?

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Dollars & Sense, Tip #9: How I Save Money on Books


Anyone who knows me knows that one thing I am passionate about is books. I LOVE BOOKS!!! I have always loved to read and have always enjoyed reading to my children, probably more than they enjoy it! Especially with homeschooling, books are essential.

Over the years I have learned a little about how to find books for less money. I hardly ever pay full retail price for a book and if I do, you know it must be an extra special book!

I thought that for Dollars & Sense Tip #9 I would share with you my tips on how I find books for less money.

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How to Freeze Blueberries the Easy Way

We are incredibly blessed that one of our neighbors has an organic blueberry farm in their backyard! They open up in June and July for people to pick your own. We went the other week and picked an entire gallon. In our family, only a few of us enjoy blueberries and so I decided to freeze most of them so I can use them later for muffins and pancakes.

I thought I would share with you how I freeze blueberries. It is so much easier than you may think!


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Dollars & Sense, Tip #8: Ways to save money on buying clothes


Hi everyone! It has been about a month since my last Dollars & Sense post, so I figured it was time for another one! I thought I would share with you ways that our family saves money on buying clothes. It can become a very overwhelming task to clothe 6 people, but it can be done without spending a fortune.

Here are some ways that our family saves money on clothes shopping:

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June Monthly Dinner Menu Plan


It’s hard to believe it’s summer already! Last night I worked on our dinner menu plan for the month of June and I thought I’d share it with you. I talked a little about menu planning in my Dollars & Sense post on Saving Money at the Grocery Store if you want to check it out HERE. You can also check out my post about How I Do Menu Planning HERE.

So here is my dinner menu plan for our family for the month of June:

Keep in mind we’re very flexible and our plans change a lot! Also, you will see that I do plan for leftovers as well as on days when I know we’re going to be busy (like weekends) I do plan for frozen dinner type of meals. I know that some people prefer to have everything fresh, but this works best for our family right now and planning ahead at least helps us not to spend more on fast food! Also please note that I have linked any recipes that I’m using that are on the blog so all you have to do is click on them and you can see my recipe.

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Dollars & Sense, Tip #7: Mother’s Day…Inexpensive ideas to celebrate Mom


Hi everyone! Since Mother’s Day is coming up soon, I thought I would share some ideas for celebrating our moms without spending a fortune. I love Mother’s Day and the whole idea of having a special day for mothers. They are such important people in our lives. If not for the love of our mothers, where would we be? I know I’m tremendously thankful for my own mother. She has been a constant rock in my life and as I’ve become an adult and had children of my own, I finally truly realize all that she has done for  me. I would not be where I am today without her love and care. I’m sure all of you feel the same way about your own mothers.

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Dollars & Sense, Tip #6: Easter Baskets don’t have to cost a fortune!


Growing up, we looked forward to Easter morning all year long. My mom always went all out for our baskets and it was so exciting to wake up and find them on the kitchen table over flowing with goodies! Now that I’m a mom, I LOVE filling Easter Baskets for my kids! It is so much fun and I love seeing their faces when they open all the surprises! As with Christmas, we always try to keep the main focus of the holiday on the true meaning, Jesus, but I love having this time that my kids look forward to each year the same as I did when I was young.

I know that Easter is getting pretty close and a lot of people already have their kids’ Easter Baskets ready, but I wanted to share with you how we pack our kids’ baskets. When you are filling up 4 Easter Baskets, it can really get expensive! But it doesn’t have to be.

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20 Inexpensive & Fun Family Time Ideas


Hi everyone! It is so important for us to spend time together as a family these days. I wanted to remind you that family time doesn’t have to cost a lot of money, but it is so important. Your kids will never forget these times, you are making memories with your kids every single day. We need to choose to make those memories great for our kids!

I think that every family should have a special “Family Time” set aside and it can be whenever works best for your family. It doesn’t have to be every week, it could maybe even be once or twice a month. What would be super fun for the kids is to have them involved in deciding what your going to do for family time. You could come up with a Bucket List of things that you want to do together and check them off as you go or have it be a different child’s turn to choose each time. Whatever works for your family!

To get you started, I have come up with a list of 20 fun and inexpensive ideas:

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