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… [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… [read more]

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Serious Budgeting: the Final Spending Verdict is IN!

A tight $100 budget!! Image by hoboton

Dear Friends, readers of the Serious Budgeting series, and fellow “preppers,” the final verdict is in. BUT – before we draw back the veil, let’s first take a look into last week’s success menu-wise, and then we WILL reveal whether or not we made our $100 grocery budget.  Finally, we’ll talk about some of the… [read more]

Final Week of Serious Budgeting: How Much Will We Save?

Mmm.... jalapenos! Perfect for making Mexican casserole! - Image by Spiders

To our Serious Budgeting Series readers: we are at the final week of our goal! We have battled through temptation, restricted our frivolous grocery-buying, and stood firm in our thrifty determination of only spending $100 this month on groceries! I’m here to tell you how last week and this week went. (Tune in next week… [read more]

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Serious Budgeting and Changing Goals: Being a Cheerful Giver

Go ahead, Wal Mart, take my money.. I really needed that new tire! Image by sufinawaz

To the readers who may have been following our Serious Budgeting series on MomPrepares: our goal has changed. Instead of saving the $300 out of our budget for Disneyland, we have decided to donate the money to a more “worthy” cause. Due to a few small calamities (blown out tire? Hello!) we’ve also decided to… [read more]

Saving Money on Groceries: Taking it One Week at a Time

Beautiful avocado

Last week, we talked about our goal to only use $100 to pay for all of our grocery expenses for the month of July, 2012. We’re staying on track so far, but it’s been tough! Last Week’s Expenses During the first week of July, we spent only $15 on groceries, actually staying below our $20… [read more]

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