Meal Plan Monday: 3 Tips on Saving Money Using Up Fresh Herbs

how-to-save-money-using-fresh-herbsAnswer this question quickly:

Do you use up all of your fresh herbs?

I’m thinking the answer is probably no.

Whether you grow them at home or purchase them, if they end up in the garbage, then your money is wasted.

According to, it costs the United States a billion dollars a year to dispose of food waste. Not to mention the methane that it creates in the landfills.

If time and time again you end up with a half-used container of fresh herbs, don’t miss how to maximize your food budget savings.


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Free Things to Do (or Low-Cost Options) ~ Free-kin’ Weekend Series

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No, I don’t spend every weekend this way.

There. I said it.

To get to go away or do something I’ve always wanted to do, I have many low-cost or free weekends in between to allow myself to do that.

Most people won’t say that. . .

But I will.

If you’re not sure how to do this, I’ll show you one of my shortcuts to kick start your low-cost weekend fun.

But first. . .

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Indirect Ways to Review Money Skills Plus Cool Math Games for Kids

Indirect Ways to Review Money SkillsYou only have so much time and you want to enrich your kids a bit.

To do that, you realize you have to make time.

But how?

People will tell you they’ll learn everything at school or you should stick them in a program.

But I’ll be honest with you. . .

The parent’s role is an integral part of in their child’s success.

There’s a simple and enjoyable ways to enrich your child and even infuse sneak in money skills along the way and I’ll explain.

But first. . .

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Free Things to Do (or Low-Cost Options) ~ Free-kin’ Weekend Series

how-to-save-moneyI’ve said it before, and this is worth repeating. . .

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to have an enjoyable weekend.

And if you don’t give this idea the chance it deserves. . .

You are most likely throwing money away.

A little over the top, I know, but . . .

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Grocery Tips: Stock Up on Staples to Spend Less

grocery-tipsDon’t you even think about writing another grocery list until you check in on your cupboards.

With a well-stocked kitchen, you can quickly put a delicious meal together.

You won’t even have to buy too many new ingredients.

As food costs go up, it can be hard to stay on budget.

Here are some handy tips to reclaim your cash and help you spend less at the grocery store.

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Kids and Money: How to Save and Own Like a Ten Year Old Should


Is your child on a hamster wheel when it comes to spending? Buying little purchase after little purchase with nothing to show for it? Read this post to find out how to graduate from the cycle.

Is your child a tchotchke addict?

Here’s an example.

Whenever you run errands on the weekend. . .

They will bring their hard earned allowance to spend it right away.

They manage to pick up whatever random item catches their eye.

It’s whatever makes them happy in the moment and actually stays within the dollar amount that they have on hand from their “paycheck”.

It’s hard to say no to that because they earned the money and they aren’t overspending.

And after all, they worked for it and it’s their decision.

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4 Grocery Tips to Reclaim Your Benjamins and Get Cheap Dinner Ideas

grocery-tipsHas your grocery budget taken a nose dive?
Yoy know. . .
A sudden swift drop or plunge.
As you may know, groceries can eat up a big part of your household budget.
If we aren’t mindful, we can go throw an awful lot of food without realizing it, forcing us to go buy more groceries and mess up our spending.
A recent NFCC news release encourages people to know where our money does to put your in control.
Follow these ideas to reduce what you spend and stay on budget at the supermarket.

Meal Plan Monday: How to Plan Your Meals and Save When Your Week is Erratic


One email subscriber wrote to me with this question:

I struggle with eating decent meals because my schedule is erratic. How can I ensure that I will eat well when I don’t always know what my week will be like in advance. I spend too much money eating out and want to cut back. What should I do?

I’m devoting a post to answering this.

So what can you do?

Let’s face it. It’s not always easy putting together decent meals for the week. Balancing the right mix of protein, carbs, etc. can make your head spin. Just choosing what brand to buy at the grocery store is a feat in itself.

But don’t get too overwhelmed.

People get hung up on planning everything perfectly. If one curve ball comes there way, they tend to give up. They may over think the whole process. It really doesn’t have to be complicated.

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How to Save Money on Low Calorie Meals for a Hectic Work Week

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I’m turning myself in.

We all have to make quick stops at restaurants at times whether we want to or not.

Sometimes that’s just how are schedules work. . .

. . .some unexpected occurrence throws a monkey wrench into our weekly schedule and we find ourselves pulling up to the closest drive thru.

We may think, “Huh, never again.”

Don’t beat yourself up too much.

It happens.

Expect meal plan hiccups to occur so you can have a plan of attack and protect your wallet.

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Free Math Games, Deals, Posts, Bargain Books for Kids and More


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Hey Enthusiasts! As America celebrates Pi Day today, I realize as a parent and teacher that I have to step up the math practice at home. Novelty can always make things more exciting in the math department. These sites make it easy to do so because many of the games are enjoyable. If a child needs extra help or enjoys learning on the computer, consider checking out some of these sites.

Free recommendations from a teacher. That’s me. ; )

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