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.

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 »

I Spend Too Much Money on Food

I spend too much money on food

We eat a healthy non-GMO diet, mostly organic, so I don’t expect our food to be cheap.  I’d really like to lower my food budget, but I’m not sure how to.  I recently read a food article buy a woman who feeds her family of 6 (5 of whom are boys with double-digit ages!) on $600 a month.  Sadly, that  Read More »

I’m Tired of Budgeting

I'm Tired of Budgeting

I know I should be getting ready to close out December’s budget, figure out January’s budget with my new goal of putting more money into investments every month, and getting various financial records ready for income tax season, but I just don’t want to. I’m tired of finances. I’m tired of record-keeping. I’m just plain tired. I’ve been budgeting for  Read More »

All Dollar Stores Are Not The Same

Gold coins

I always assumed that I was saving money and getting the best possible price on nearly all of the items that I purchased at my local Dollar General store.  After all, a dollar store is a place for absolute rock-bottom prices, right?  Surely the prices I was paying had to be the lowest… or not. With my oldest daughter’s upcoming  Read More »