Five Tips to Save Time and Money This Thanksgiving

Baking Goods, Budgeting
This is the time of year that you can stock up and save big on a lot of your baking ingredients. We are super excited to share a post from our friend Shandra who we actually learned our BEST wheat bread recipe from. She is an expert at saving money on groceries and has some amazing tools to make it even easier for all of us. Today we invited her to post on our blog with her best tips for saving time and money on Thanksgiving. Thanks for sharing Shandra! 1. HAVE A PLAN The holidays are in full swing and all of us are looking for ways to save a little money and keep from pulling our hair out from unwanted stress. I am excited to share a few…
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Food Storage Do-Over Week 2: Financial Preps

Budgeting, Emergency Binders, Food Storage Do-Over 2015
We are excited to be starting week 2 of our food storage do-over! Last week we saw a lot of great progress from all those participating and we are excited to keep going. If you didn't catch last week's post you can see it here. Remember this is a 17 week process that we will be going through together. If you want to join in with the group on Facebook click here. If you'd like to receive email notifications of each week's do-over assignment you can join our mailing list here. Or you can always post in the blog comments with your progress as well! It is so much more fun and motivating doing it as a group so find a way to connect! In the Emergency Prep Basics section…
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What’s Your Threat:  A Personal Job Loss Situation

What’s Your Threat: A Personal Job Loss Situation

Budgeting
Today's post is something we've never done before. It's a group blog hop where a bunch of Preparedness Bloggers each post about the same theme and you ca hop around and check them all out. Our topic is "What's Your Threat?"We posted that question on our Facebook page recently and it was amazing to see all the different reasons why everyone prepares. (Click here to check out some of the responses or add your own). This post is dedicated to one of the main reasons why WE choose to prepare, and is a personal story from Jodi. I'm going to get a little personal in today's blog post so please bare with me as I share how I came to a believer in the idea that if you think you…
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Homemade Household Cleaning Supplies

Budgeting
Do you ever have days where you just look around your house and feel discouraged? Yesterday I was having one of those days. It seems like no matter how hard I work at cleaning, my little munchkins manage to make it look like I didn't clean it at all (within minutes I tell ya). I had done a deep kitchen clean just a few days ago and already had tons of smudges on our appliances, a dirty floor, dishes everywhere, and to top it off a carton of strawberries had leaked all over my granite countertops and made a huge bright pink stain. I wanted to cry. I did what all good women do when they are overwhelmed and I sat down to check Facebook on my phone before I…
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Saving Money On Groceries – WITHOUT COUPONS

Budgeting
I've been meaning to do a follow up post to a post I did about using Deals to Meals to save on my groceries. Something that takes me 3 minutes to do, without clipping a single coupon, or browsing store ads, and SAVES ME tons of money is definitely worth sharing. When the topic of "grocery savings" or "couponing" comes up, the main concern we hear is that you can't buy healthy food with coupons or by using money saving websites. Well sorry - but that's WRONG! I use deals to meals, mainly for my produce and save a ton by price matching. I love it. Today I was without my kids at the grocery store (yes - I know some of you just did a big jealous gasp) and…
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We Heart Pinterest Day 10: Make Your Own

Budgeting, Pinterest
Since we LOVE Food Storage, and LOVE Pinterest (see post here), each day until February 14th, we'll be showing you some of our favorite Pinterest boards and neat things we have found and have pinned there! It's so great to see and share what others have done. Today we are highlighting the Make Your Own board. There are so many household cleaners, body cleaners, and food mixes you can make your own, rather than buying them pre-made. Not only are making them yourselves cheaper, but you can make a variety of things with basic ingredients, allowing you to store less. Pinterest is a gold mind for finding make-your own recipes. We haven't tried many of them yet, but look forward to trying them out! PIN 1: Who remembers to, or…
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We Heart Pinterest Day 7: Meal Planning/Organizing and Saving on Groceries

Budgeting, Organization, Pinterest, Recipes, Three Month Supply
Since we LOVE Food Storage, and LOVE Pinterest (see post here), each day until February 14th, we'll be showing you some of our favorite Pinterest boards and neat things we have found and have pinned there! It's so great to see and share what others have done. Today we are highlighting two fun boards, the Meal Planning/Organizing board and the Saving on Groceries board. On our Meal Planning/Organizing board we are gathering great ideas for helping you to organize your recipes and plan out your meals. This can be very helpful for day to day cooking as well as for planning your three month supply. The Saving on Groceries board is full of tips on how to reduce your grocery spending so you can have more money left to buy…
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Vacations and Food Storage

Budgeting, Just For Fun
I recently took a trip with my family to Disneyland after a lot of planning, saving, and working. We had so much fun. Was it relaxing? Not even close- we were too busy having fun. Big thanks to Jodi for manning the blog and email while I was gone. I have to confess a little something though- I was so busy with the April surprises, and other things that I really didn't plan our food options very well. I had such good intentions, but the day before we left Jodi and I were teaching food storage classes at an expo, and the day I came home we were doing our powerless cooking class so I was a little distracted! While we were there I had a lot of time to…
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Saving Money: How To Make Baby Food

Saving Money: How To Make Baby Food

Budgeting, Cooking From Scratch, Freezing, Fruits and Vegetables, Self Reliance, Videos
In our Why Food Storage Series, one of the main reasons to have a good Food Storage is for times of Economic Crisis. This could be in your own family or a more widespread situation. It's wise to store food, know how to use it, and save money at the same time. A few months ago when Julie's baby started on baby food, she had a "WELL DUH!" moment in the grocery check out line as the cashier was ringing up jar after jar of expensive baby food. She realized it was ridiculous to pay so much for squash and bananas filled with tons of water. She asked some of our facebook readers how they made their own baby foods and got TONS of suggestions. Now that Jodi has a…
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Meal Planning Made Easy

Budgeting, Jodi's Progress
Exactly one month ago I gave birth to my third baby. Crazy I have three kids now! I knew with having a busy husband who wasn't able to get any time off work, and two "big" kids at home who like Mommy's cooking, that I needed to do some planning ahead in the meal department. I made tons of freezer meals and shared the process in depth with our Facebook Friends. I wanted to show you guys how EASY it is to plan ahead either for a big event, for a three month supply shop, or just for regular monthly meal plans using the Deals to Meals service. 1. Go through your recipe books, favorite recipes websites, etc. and write down all the meals you are planning for (I looked…
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