Homemade Stain Removers

stain removers

How many stains can you remember that caused you to either just resort to covering up the stain or throwing the item out? A few I'd bet! Maybe we can be better prepared the next time a favorite piece of clothing gets splattered or your carpet turns colors from orange soda by checking out these spot and stain removers. Homemade Oxiclean Recipe I LOVE the way Oxiclean works! Never imagined it could be duplicated with ordinary household products. You've probably already got washing soda on hand, if you're making the Mom Prepares liquid laundry soap blend, and who doesn't have hydrogen peroxide? Just combine 1 cup water,  1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide, 1/2 cup washing ... read more

Homemade Teething Biscuits for Baby

teething biscuit recipe

Cutting teeth can be hard work for a baby. I've found some recipes you can make at home for baby's teething biscuits. These will be far healthier than the store bought variety and you will find the process fairly simple. Tip: 6 Simple Ways To Boost Your Mental Health As A Mom Homemade Teething Biscuits from Living On Grace Amanda included great step by step pictures for this recipe that starts with infant oatmeal. I like how she made the biscuits star shaped. My kids used to find it easier to hold and chew on toys and food with different angles instead of just a flat rectangle. Homemade Teething Biscuit in 60 seconds from Green Lite Bites Ok. This recipe uses ... read more

Bartering Ideas: What Can You Trade With Friends and Neighbors?

Bartering Ideas: What Can You Trade With Friends and Neighbors?

Bartering is not a new concept - it’s been around for centuries. In the past, it was common to find neighbors bartering, to see ads in the paper offering skills in exchange for goods, or vice versa, but today, people are more wary of this beneficial way of living. Bartering is an excellent means of obtaining the goods and services you need without exchanging money, and is also a great way to meet the needs of your family in a time where money is tight, times are lean and people are frugal. Exchanging goods and services also helps you and your family develop a sense of community and togetherness as you barter with your neighbors. What? You don't think you have any barter-able skills? ... read more

How to Save Money on Groceries With Your Freezer

How to Save Money on Groceries With Your Freezer

Many of us are looking for ways to save money on groceries. We clip coupons, shop sales, and eat more beans and rice. One often-overlooked tool for saving is the freezer. The most obvious way to save money by freezing food is to purchase it on sale. You can buy discounted meats and day-old bread and pastries and freeze them for another day. Tip: Freezer Meals Made Easy Freeze Grassfed, Organic Meat Another way to save big on grassfed, organic meat is to purchase a quarter, half, or whole cow from a farmer. Often you can purchase beef this way and find another family or two who will be willing to split the quantity. Depending on the size of your family and how much meat you eat, ... read more

Grocery Budget Template: Free Download for Mom Prepares Readers!


    You read it right! Here at Mom Prepares, we’re offering a free grocery budget template so you can save go frugal in these tough economic times. So, let’s prepare to save money! How to Use Your Grocery Budget Template The Mom Prepares Grocery Budget Template consists of two parts: (1)    Meals/Snacks: this section includes areas for you to jot down breakfast foods items, lunch foods, snack foods, and dinner/supper foods. (2)    Coupons (3)    Sales In each section, there are four columns and four rows. Once you take a quick look, you'll have no trouble using this template. Let's start with the meal/snack sections. In each meal/snack section, there ... read more

Make Your Home More Energy-Efficient (No Carpentry Involved)

Energy-efficient bulbs use less energy and last longer than incandescent bulbs. Photo by Mattia Luigi Nappi

Whether you're trying to keep summer's heat or winter's chill outside, the energy-efficiency of your home is dependent on several different factors, not all of which you can easily control. You can improve your home's energy-efficiency by adding additional insulation or repairing the ductwork in your home, for example, but that takes tools and skills many homeowners don't have. (Quick quiz: what's the difference between a crescent wrench and a pair of pliers? Yeah, I don't know either.) On the other hand, there are also many easy steps you can take to make your home more energy-efficient and cut down on the cost of running your home without any real carpentry skills. Try these easy tips to ... read more