Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Frugal Recipe of the Week-Homemade Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup

I really enjoy Cream of Chicken added to my dishes. I am aware they are a can of mystery and unhealthiness. Oh my...my...I love casseroles and crockpot meals with it. I found this great recipe and I am so excited.  I really love Tammy Recipes.  I don't like making people have to do a chase for a recipe but since she is the creator of this Master Goodness I felt it only right to lead you to her great site.

Check the recipe here

Is there a recipe that you have converted to scratch to save money, to make healthier, or out of need?  Share it!


Sunday, March 29, 2015

Week 1 Frugal Goals

 I do some frugal things but I plan to be more intentional. I want to set simple and realistic goals to accomplish this. I plan to set 2-3 goals on Monday to put the wheels in motion.

This week

1. Unplug all items that aren't in use (vampire use can add up)
2. Make a menu for Easter Dinner with what I already have in pantry and freezer
3. Start my $5.00 Pantry Stock plan

I am customizing an idea by this super neat list of Pantry Stockpile for $5 a week by Little House Living.

What is your plans to save this week?


Start Living Frugal..Big or Small...Just Start

Even if you have a money and can afford more than most I believe it is wise to be a good steward of the money you have been blessed with. 

I can recall countless times I said I just wished I had money to help someone or means to assist and be holding my daily Dr. Pepper in my hand or my Egg McMuffin as I was convicted of my haphazard spending.

I could afford a coat or a small need if I didn't spend on such frivolous things. I am not saying you aren't a good steward if you buy these things. I believe in the occasional treat. But when my priority isn't right it is time to make it right.

                                             Creation Museum Gardens

Here are some simple things I have done to cut some cost...

1. Made a budget
2. Make my own laundry detergent (LOVE it)
3. Make my own fabric softener
4. Try to repurpose small things
5. Cut open containers to get the most out of it (lotion bottles, toothpaste, etc)
6. Shop at a discount grocery stores
7.  Combine errands to save gas
8. Try to refrain from shopping malls and places I could be persuaded to BUYYY!
9. Using leftovers
10. Started researching ways to cut cost and put them in practice
11. fixed leaky faucets
12. replace bulbs to energy efficient in the home
13. use wind blockers for the doors to stop that blast of cold air
14. we learned to fix things on our own besides paying others from plumbing, oil changes, and home repairs
15. stopped using credit cards and paid them all off

What are some ways you save?  Please share!!!!


Saturday, March 28, 2015

Learning to be Frugal

Excited to write my first new post here on frugalality. Frugal can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people. I believe it's simply making wise, thrifty, economical choices that create good stewardship and habits! Not to mention save you some dollars!

I have lived with different budgets over the years and have learned to be content in all levels. My husband is a full time Pastor but drives a school bus in the School year to pay taxes for our ministry income. We live on a budget which can range from 35,000 to 45,000 yearly with a family of 5. We also are mainly debt free. We have no mortgage or car payments. We do rent due to ministry because of lack of sales of decent home when we moved to the area 3 years ago for my hubs to Pastor.

A couple things I'd suggest when deciding to tighten the pocket book is to pray, read, research, make a budget, know your expenses and learn to be thrifty to pay off debt and build a savings. There umpteen million sites,pinterest, books, shows, and such with so many tips. I'm just another boring mama sharing my ideas that I learn or create!

After researching about becoming more thrifty I realize I lack some skills that can come in handy to cut more expenses.

Knowing some of things below I believe can really contribute to having a success in Prudent Living.

Food Preservation
Bulk shopping
Crafting with things you own
Thrift shopping (good wills, yard sales, consignments)
Knowing local farmers
Learning a talent to trade or barter
Building stock piles (with or without coupons) I do not COUPON
Knowing your stores and sales to get bang for your buck
Learn to do without and be creative with items you have on hand
Menu planning
Knowing how to cut utility costs
Cooking from scratch
Making homemade and reusable daily items

I could go on and on. I plan to learn, and expand on these things above to better our finances and home life.

Please share your thoughts....


Friday, March 27, 2015

New Change

As you can tell I am changing the blog name and hope to actually get my own domain but until now I'm staying here. I hope to do a facelift. I am changing gears because once again my life season has changed and I'm focusing on managing our home, becoming frugal and thrifty, and learning prudent living. I am leaving my job at the Christian school and will be able to stay home and keep home as well as help my husband in the ministry as he needs me. My husband is a Pastor in a rural area and he needs help and for 9 years I have homeschooled, then we went to a Christian school this past year, and now I am heading back home. To be able to stay at home I will have to pull some major budget adjustments so henceforth I'm creating a spot to journal, share, and encourage this here at Keeping Home!

Older post will stay but the direction will change here.