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How Saving Money Can Transform Your Life

 

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Make your path intentional

How Efficient Is Your Life?

I mean in terms of how you use food, electricity, water, clothing, and all the other necessary resources for living in the modern world. It’s so easy to be sloppy in these areas because life is busy and we all get distracted moving a mile a minute.  If you’re like me, you have clothing hanging in your closet with the tags still on. 

18 Smart Ways To Save Money On Groceries

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This week, I’m starting a series on meal planning and how I save money on groceries.  I thought it would be helpful to provide some tips on how to do this. Really being strategic about planning out a weekly menu, shopping with a list and managing leftovers can seriously save money on groceries.  When you consider that the big 3 household expenditures are housing, transportation and food, learning how to better manage your kitchen is a great money saving opportunity.  Of course, it’s not all about money.  Just think of how much healthier food you prepare at home can be for your family.  For much less than going out to eat, you can put whole, nutritious foods on your table that will be a benefit to everyone.

Veggie Hummus Wraps: Smart Ways To Transform Leftovers

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 The  Leftovers Dilemma

Using all your food is the most budget friendly option, but coming up with creative ideas for how to do that can be challenging.  I don’t think anyone likes eating the same thing for days; I certainly don’t.  One way to avoid this is to freeze individual portions for later meals.  Another way is to recreate your leftovers into something tasty and appealing you can eat right away. That’s exactly what I did to transform our hummus and veggies into a satisfying veggie hummus wrap.

Save Time And Money With Crockpot Cooking

Meatless Meals Save Money

Vegetarian Burrito Bowl

Vegetarian Burrito Bowl

Adding a few vegetarian dinners into your weekly meal plan is a great way to reduce food costs.  I’ve found many delicious meatless options that are healthy and cheap.  Bonus – they are excellent to eat the next day for lunch.  Today, I’m making vegetarian burrito bowls and, with a little planning ahead, they are so easy to make. Crockpot, you are my favorite kitchen appliance! I use this little one, a real bargain at $9.  It’s much more energy-efficient than my gas range and I don’t have to babysit the pot!

Weekly Meal Plan And Warming Winter Soups

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A hearty bowl of homemade soup is perfect for cold weather

Meal Planning And Soup Making

It just so happens that I’m checking my pantry and freezer while making  a grocery list today. I’ve found quite a few great meals, including a yummy soup for today.This is yet another proclamation for my love of soup on wintery days. Today, Boulder is expecting 10inches of snow and I find myself lucky enough to have the day off.  That means I can look out the window and exclaim, “oh how pretty the snow is,” without having to deal with driving in it.  It also means I’m craving a warm bowl of homemade soupy goodness.  

Save Money On Groceries By Cooking At Home

Pack those leftovers!

Pack those leftovers!

Well-Used Leftovers

One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to save more money (and pay off debt). For us, this pursuit began in August rather than January.  Calculating how much you spend in a give month on eating out is a really beneficial exercise if this is a goal for you as well.  That’s exactly what we did when we made the decision to get serious about our finances.