Category Archives: Saving money

She Brings Her Food From Afar (and makes toothpaste too): A 4 Moms Post

If you came here looking for a great system to shop and cook by using sale fliers, I’m sorry. I’ve got nothing for you for the simple reason that I don’t and never have done it. Instead I’m going to share several recipes and tips to help you consider how you can save time and…

Supporting a Large Family on One Income and Sonlight: 4 Moms Q & A

Some of our innumerable blessings.

Welcome to another 4 Moms Q & A.¬† I’m just tackling two questions today, one about being able to afford a large family on one income and the other about homeschooling and Sonlight. Lisa said, (I) came across a review you wrote in 2009 with mostly positive feedback on (Sonlight). I am curious if you…

Preserving Food: 4 Moms

Food, food, food, sometimes it seems that half of my life revolves around food. As we work toward eating more natural, whole foods, I’m learning more about food preservation. Note: We do not own a pressure canner and we so our food preservation has, until now, been limited to freezing, dehydrating, water-bath canning and bulk…

Large Family Gift Guide: 4 Moms

Today the 4 Moms are each sharing a large family gift guide. We prefer to have a few, nice quality, versatile toys and games that we use frequently rather than lots of ‘stuff’. So when it comes to Christmas gifts we try to be particular about what comes into our home. Generally grandparents and great-grandparents…

House Projects Or I’m Officially Crazy

On Monday (15 days before baby is scheduled to arrive) I looked around our living area and decided that I was tired of the wall color. I also decided that while we were at it, we should go ahead and paint all of the wood trim white. Oh, and I’ve dis-liked the popcorn covered soffet…

4 Moms Freezer Meal Recipe: Link-up

Keeping some meals stocked in the freezer can save time, money and energy. It is how I ensure that we have something to eat on those days when things just don’t go as planned or when I’ve procrastinated the grocery shopping. We also use our stock of freezer meals to be able to take dinner…

Simple Boy’s Haircut Tutorial

Simple boy's haircut hair cut nicholas

Cutting hair can save a family hundreds of dollars a year, not to mention the time it saves to not have to schedule and travel to appointments. I’ve been cutting my husband’s and boy’s (and girl’s) hair since God brought them into my life. I’m not an expert and I occasionally have a BIG OOOPS,…

Q & A: Haircuts, Bed Wetting, Sleeping, College, Chores and Menu Plans

No, it’s not Thursday, but here on RO the 4 Moms post is coming a day late because I goofed when I read the schedule and wrote on the wrong topic. So today I’m answering some reader questions: Monique, my real life friend, admitted feeling guilty when she asked, “How do you cut little boys…

Menu Planning with Real, Whole Foods

Our CSA shares for the week (plus an additional bushel of broccoli)

I’ve mentioned before that the GNOWFGLINS website has provided significant help in our family’s move to (almost) all real, whole foods, prepared traditionally (we still enjoy the occasional batch of scrumptious homemade donuts). One of my favorite aspects of the GNOWFGLINS site is the weekly menu plans. We routinely use GNOWFGLINS menu plans along with…

4 Moms Share Some Favorite Frugal Tips

Colby (5) and Nick (4) display their opposite personalities

One morning last week Mark said, “Hey, let’s go camping…….today.”. Five hours later we were packed and on our way Yes, we’re last minute like that and, trust me, 5 hours is pretty good for all the laundry, packing, shopping and food prep we had to get done, not to mention the fact that our…

How to Make Homemade Vanilla Extract

homemade vanilla extract

Vanilla extract is super simple to make at home and it’s more economical to make than to purchase at the store. This is all you need: Homemade Vanilla Extract Ingredients: 6-12 high quality vanilla beans (We purchased our from saffron.com) Bottle of vodka Simply split the vanilla beans in half length wise Place them in…

Tithing and Saving on One Income: 4 Moms

Many people in today’s society don’t believe that they can raise their family on one income, add to that a larger than average number of children and homeschooling and just surviving may seem impossible. This week 4 Moms who have lived this challenge are going to share our thoughts on saving, tithing and thriving with…