Tips for Living on a Budget



Financial advice is never taken for granted in a single mom's life.

Budgeting and planning for unexpected expenses to include medical, pet, extra school costs and much more are discussed. Many articles are written about how to save money on party ideas, family fun and tips for around the house including recycling, green living and feeding the family on a budget.

Having a healthy recipe database on hand is a great beginning. Living within budget constraints can create tough choices especially with housing decisions. Real estate resources will help educate on mortgage, home buying, renting, moving, avoiding scams and making sound decisions.

To conclude, this section explores a variety of basic financial topics with information and advice geared specifically to the priorities of single-parent households.

Chicken Salad with Tarragon and Roasted Bacon

INGREDIENTS: 2 slices of bacon, roasted 3.5 oz fresh or frozen peas 1 large avocado, diced 3.5 oz baked chicken grilled, broken into pieces 1 stalk of Apio celery, sliced plus the leaves 2 teaspoons tarragon, chopped 5 green onions, thinly sliced FOR DRESSING 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar or white wine vinegar 1 tablespoon  Read More »

Health Uses of Baking Soda

Among the countless ways baking soda is used day to day, here are some health uses. – Use baking soda as a face or body scrub. Offer yourself an invigorating facial or body scrub. Prepare a paste by mixing 3 parts baking soda and 1 part water. Rub in a gentle circular motion to exfoliate the skin, then rinse clean.  Read More »

Banana Pancakes

Pancakes will definitely win some fans with this easy recipe, especially since there are only two ingredients needed: bananas and eggs. The rest is magic! This great recipe is tailored made for those who have culinary restrictions, are on diet, or simply for those who are not into complicated recipes! The ingredients are gluten free, diary free and low calories.  Read More »

Greek Chicken Pasta

If you are looking for a quick, easy to cook, delicious and flavorful dinner here it is: Ingredients: 2 crushed cloves of garlic 1 package (16 ounce) linguine pasta or any other pasta 1/2 cup chopped onion 1 large tomato, chopped 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast chopped into bite-size pieces 1 (14 ounce) can marinated artichoke hearts, chopped and  Read More »

Great Uses of Baking Soda

Baking soda is a chemical that looks like a fine powder. It creates bubbles of carbon dioxide when it comes in contact with an acid. It’s most commonly used in baking, where it acts as a leavening agent, but it has so many other uses aside from making bread fluffy and soft. We will show you today some in home  Read More »

Buttermilk Baked Chicken

The secret to any good fried chicken recipe is a buttermilk marinade. The acidity of buttermilk helps tenderize the chicken, and offers a pleasantly tangy flavor. Moist and crispy, the golden chicken is excellent right out of the oven, but it’s also delicious when it is cold. For best results, marinate the chicken for a couple of days, so get  Read More »

Home Uses of Essential Oils

Essential oils extracted from plants can be used at home to kill/remove mold and bacteria. These oils are really strong, so use sparingly: one drop of peppermint oil is as strong as 30 cups of peppermint tea. You can find essential oils at health-food stores. Essential oils can be used for: Cleaning windows: Mix 10 drops of lavender or lemongrass  Read More »

A Miracle Called Vinegar!

Vinegar – a miracle indeed. This acidic liquid can remove soap build up, wipe out tarnish, remove mineral deposits, and so much more. Among natural cleaners, it is by far one of the best, aside from very low cost! Distilled white vinegar provides an environment that prevents the growth of mildew, mold, and some bacteria, such as salmonella or E.  Read More »

Stuffed Cabbage Leaves

Sarmale

Ingredients: 1 lb ground pork, 1 lb ground beef, 1/2 lb smoked bacon, 2 onions, one cabbage (brined or fresh), 1 lb fresh tomatoes or tomato sauce, thyme, dill, bay leaves. Preparation Peel two onions, chop finely, and simmer in a tablespoon of oil in a covered saucepan until it becomes glassy. Add 2/3 cup of rice previously held a  Read More »

Free or Low Cost Methods to Remove or Degrease Stains – Part 1

Removing Stains

Money is definitely important to all of us, especially for us, single moms. When it comes to save it, we are very inventive. For cleaning, let’s use products we already have in the house! Hot water may be used on cleaning perspiration, coffee, wine, grease, juices and oil. Cold water helps with protein stains like milk, blood, eggs. For removing  Read More »