Time is Money: A History Lesson

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The fall weather here in the Midwest makes me want to grab a hot cocoa, curl up with a good book and not move from the couch for days. And while I am a big fan of rest and rejuvenation, I often find that I can easily waste my

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Simplicity and Patience

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Moving and putting down roots during this last year has made me realize that transition can be slow and expensive. Having values of simplicity and frugality have guided us to be slow and steady as we settle in.  The result of this focus has been a constant reminder

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Four Ways To Preserve Your Harvest

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Summer gardens and orchards are starting to overflow with produce! Which means that now is the time to start preserving some of our food. There are four methods that I like to use to preserve food: canning, freezing, lacto-fermentation, and dehydrating.

Which is

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5 Ways to Simple Natural Food

Guest Post by Nell of Whole Parenting Family

We are all trying to save money and feed our families as best we can on a budget. But when you reach for that packaged, boxed dinner that promises to taste great in less than five minutes, or you find yourself routinely

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A Fact-Finding Frenzy

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Post by Contributing Writer, Rachael

Without looking at your budget ledger, answer the following questions:

1. How much have you spent in the last 30 days on food?

2. What is the budget for fall 2012 education/school?

3. How many gifts will you give this summer?

How did you do? Have you audited your personal financial

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Six First Steps Toward Natural Living

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The amount of information on the natural living lifestyle can be overwhelming. It can be really difficult to sort through what to change, when to change it, and why. Here are a few first steps that I think are important, and will serve you well as you embark on the

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Feeling Summery

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Summer is my FAVORITE season! You can tell because in the last year I have written several articles about some ideas for summer fun and budgeting including:

Planning the Perfect Staycation
Summer Jobs for Kids
Basic (and Free) Summer Fun

This year our summer will be different. In the last year

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The Amazing Uses for Egg Shells {Part 2}

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Oh, egg shells, I just can’t get enough of them! They are so useful that I had to share some more tips on ways to use them. Not only are egg shells beneficial to your health but you can use them around the “homestead”, for

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Spring Change or Challenge?

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Here in the Midwest we have had the warmest end to winter and start to spring. We have already seen weather in the 80’s. All this nice weather has brought on spring fever in our house! I am ready to clean, garage sale, thrift

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Book Giveaway from Money Saving Mom!

Years ago, when we first started our journey of living frugally, I began reading Crystal’s blog at Money Saving Mom. After enjoying her helpful tips and encouragement for years, as well as getting to know her in person, I was thrilled when she published her new book!

The Money Saving Mom’s Budget compiles all of Crystals’ advice

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