How to get nail polish, snacks, and other brand name products for FREE

My honest review of PINCHme, a service allowing you to test name-brand products for FREE. No joining fee, no shipping fee, no credit card details whatsoever

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How to get nail polish, snacks, and other brand name products for FREE 

Today I am reviewing PINCHme, a sample service that allows you to choose exactly which samples you receive. This service is entirely free and they only ask that you fill out a quick review for the items that you receive after you’ve used them.

Again, Entirely free. No joining fee, no shipping fee, no credit card details whatsoever.

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5 EASY ways to save on groceries (that don’t involve coupons)

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5 ways save on groceriesGroceries and other food expenses are often a large portion of a family’s budget.. This is pretty unavoidable. Food is necessary to survive and unless you’re living a self-sustainable lifestyle in the countryside, your food doesn’t grow on trees (AKA it costs money!).

While it is absolutely important to include groceries as a part of the budget, there are quite a few ways to cut down on this expense. And in a pinch, … Read more

7 Tips for Successful Meal Planning

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7 tips meal planning headerMeal planning is the #1 way our family saves on groceries. There are a lot of things that we do to keep our grocery bill to around $60 per week (for a family of 3), but I’m convinced that without meal planning, this would be absolutely impossible.

This is actually an unplanned post; this post was originally supposed to be about different ways to save money on groceries (sans coupons) because I have … Read more

3 ways to satisfy your sweet tooth on a budget

Just because you're on a budget doesn't mean you can't treat yourself from time to time! Here are some ideas for keeping costs low for my dessert-loving friends

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Today on the blog I’m talking about one of my favorite things– dessert!! (On a budget.)

I’ll admit, as I was writing this post, I was wondering if this would actually interest anyone or if I was more so writing the post for myself. Hah! My husband and I both have a big sweet tooth (for better or for worse). While we do eat pretty healthy most of the time, we certainly are … Read more

The digital “piggy bank” THAT SAVES FOR YOU

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DIGIT. When I first signed up for Digit, I didn’t even entirely understand what it was.

I know, I know—it’s not the smartest to sign up for something you know little about, especially when it involves your personal information. But I signed up under recommendation of a fellow entrepreneur, so it wasn’t a complete lack of judgment. 🙂

A day after I signed up, I received the following text:

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To be … Read more

Master Mix Cornbread

This homemade cornbread recipe is for sure tastebud pleaser and can be whipped up in less than 5 minutes! Enjoy warm with butter and honey. YUM!

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A few weeks ago I wrote a post entitled “The Beauty of Master Mix” that included a recipe for this amazing master baking mix that we always keep on hand as well as a recipe for very yummy muffins made from this mix.

In case you missed that post, in review, Master Mix can be made ahead of time and stored for months on end, which makes it a major time saverRead more

3 Ideas For Saving Money While Working Remotely

Having the freedom to work from wherever you want is wonderful, but can get expensive. Here are 3 ideas for saving money while working remotely.

save money working remotely headerA perk of being a blogger (and also having a part-time job that allows me to work remotely) is that I have the freedom to work from wherever I want. I really enjoy this freedom. However, for me, working out of our home isn’t an option because of our rambunctious toddler (who is loads of fun and I love to pieces).

It became pretty clear early on in my “newly working” days that … Read more

4 Tips for Being Hospitable on a Budget

Don't let limited money keep you from being a good host. Here are 4 tips for being hospitable on a budget that will save you money, time, and stress!

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Anyone who attempts to keep to a budget knows that so much of being successful at this takes planning. This spills into almost every aspect of life, including hospitality. If you are prepared for having guests over, you will be less inclined to making last minute purchases, such as sending your husband to CVS Pharmacy down the road for overpriced eggs (<cough cough>… of which I’m guilty for as of yesterday).

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The Art of Repurposing Leftovers

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Today “leftovers” are the subject of the blog.  Boring… you may be thinking. Well, they don’t have to be!

I’ve written a few posts now talking about how meal planning saves our family quite a bit of money when it comes to groceries. I also have blogged about how we have a great system where we double recipes when cooking and freeze for future meals (which saves money AND time).  [you can Read more

$99/year for Amazon Prime- Is it worth it?

$99/year for Amazon Prime- Is it worth it? Check out an honest opinion from a budget-conscious person

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I remember first signing up for Amazon Prime when I was a freshman in college. If my memory is serving me correctly, it was FREE to students, so I didn’t pay a dime. I can’t remember if this was a promo for a year or the entire time that I was a student, but either way, what. a. steal. I was able to order many of my textbooks at the time with … Read more