Category Archives: Saving money

Composting Trash Can Tutorial

My brother-in-law gave us the idea for this simple DIY compost bin in a trash can. Since we had just put our house on the market, and since the compost pile out back was less than desirable, this contained option seemed like a good solution. The trash can keeps the compost contained and “neighbor friendly”. …

4 Moms Make Time for Managing the Budget

Menu planning and cooking for a large family, keeping up with the laundry and housework, homeschooling and being a wife and mother, when does a busy mom of many find time to balance the budget? In our house the answer is simple, I don’t. For the first several years of our marriage I was responsible…

Feed Your Family for $0.50 a Person: 4 Moms

Feeding a large family on one income certainly adds interest to menu planning. This week the 4 Moms are challenging ourselves (and you) to feed your family for $.50 per person. Our normal budget for the evening meal is $1 per person, but we have several meal options that are less than this (and lots…

7 Simple Money Saving Tips

I’m answering another question from Facebook today. Amanda wanted to know some of my frugal tips. Buy used. Furniture, clothing, dishes, towels, sheets, home decor, etc. can all be found used.  We shop mostly yard sales, but second hand shops can be useful for harder to find items (like boys blue jeans sans holes in…

Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

We enjoy hot chocolate, especially during the winter months. Every Sunday morning we get up and gather in the family room to read our Bibles while sipping a cup of hot cocoa. {Bella (1) does not sip, she gulps and beware the person who tries to help her hold her cup when she pauses for…

Weekend Links: Christmas Decorating and More

The children and I have been scouring Pinterest for ideas to decorate using items that we already have. We paired these simple mason jar, Epsom salt candle holders with fresh greenery from our back yard, gold organza fabric (left over from a previous project), sparkly red and gold ball ornaments and the old classic string-of-lights-in-mason-jars…

Tips for Feeding a Large Family on a Budget {4 Moms Linky}

Rising food prices hit every family hard, but for large families with a single income, food can be a significant percentage of their budget and it is a particular concern.   Today the 4 Moms of many are sharing some tips to stay within the food budget even with rising costs. Eat whole foods I know that many…

Gap Kids, babyGap and Frugality {Giveaway}

As a mom of many living on one income, you generally won’t find me shopping in the mall for children’s clothing. I generally shop second-hand at thrift stores or yard sales. However, one thing that I learned very early in my quest to clothe our children on less is that if I purchase something new,…

Make Your Own Healthy Baby Food

We don’t buy baby food. Well, I did buy a couple jars when Bella (our 10th) was about 8 months old, but other than that we don’t buy baby food. We buy real food and prepare it for our baby. Cheaper, healthier and simpler well not more simple, but still fairly simple. I don’t have…

Favorite Black Bean Soup Recipe

This black bean soup is inexpensive, simple, spicy and scrumptious. It’s also a great vegetarian option. 4 lbs black beans 1 1/2 diced red onion 1/4 cup  chopped pickled jalapeno slices 2 TBL sugar 2 TBL red wine vinegar 12 cloves garlic, minced 1 1/4 tsp salt 1 1/2 tsp cyenne pepper 1 TBL chili…

Feed Kids while Traveling without Breaking the Bank: 4 Moms

Welcome to this weeks edition of 4 Moms, 35 Kids: How Moms of Many Manage.  This week Connie, KimC and The Headmistress and myself are sharing our tips for feeding the troops while traveling without going bankrupt. Traveling with a large family can be expensive. Gas, lodging, activities and food can all add up. One…

Free Shorts for Summer

The sun is shining. The flowers are blooming. The grass is growing. It’s that time of year. Time to say goodbye to cold. Goodbye to snow. Goodbye to winter and goodbye to these: Even if it earns me the bad mother of the year award, I’m compelled to admit that by the end of the…