Freezer Breakfast Ideas to Simplify Your Mornings

Mornings are tough, but they can become much easier thanks to freezer breakfast ideas.

It can be hard to get everyone moving in the same direction, even with the best family schedule. One way my family stays ahead of the chaos is by creating make-ahead breakfasts.

There are many fun breakfast recipes which are a great way to start your day. Once you have the recipe, make it, freeze it, and pull it out when you need it.

You won’t need to scour the internet looking for your own recipes. I’ve got them right here in one convenient location.

Here are freezer breakfast ideas sure to make your mornings easier:

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1. Freezer Bagel Breakfast Sandwiches

Do you enjoy a good breakfast sandwich to start your day? Check out this recipe for bagel breakfast sandwiches. It’s a bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich on a bagel.

Unfamiliar with freezer cooking? Check out this video to find out how you can begin freezer cooking.

2. Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches

It shouldn’t be surprising how many people want a breakfast sandwich to start their day. They’re easy-to-make, filling, versatile, and great for eating on the run. This tutorial shows you how to make a variety of breakfast sandwiches to get your morning started on the right foot.

Use this recipe binder to organize your favorite recipes! 

3. Freezer Ready French Toast Sticks

When you buy French toast sticks from the store, they’re expensive for the quantities you get. Instead, make these French toast sticks which are ready for the freezer and much more cost-effective.

4. Freezer Breakfast Quesadillas

This tutorial walks you through how to make (and freeze) breakfast quesadillas in four different ways. You won’t get bored with this many options.

5. Freezer Fruit and Yogurt Smoothie Bags

If your mornings are like mine, I don’t have time to cut up fruit to make smoothies. This is where these bags come into play. The fruit is cut, frozen, and proportioned into a bag.

Yogurt is frozen in ice cube trays and proportioned into the bags too. On busy mornings, dump the bags into a blender, and you’ve got smoothies!

6. Sausage and Cheese Biscuits

These biscuits remind me of sausage balls, only bigger. They’re made from shredded hash browns, cheese, sausage, and a few other basic ingredients. You can have an entire breakfast in one bite.

7. Freezer Pancakes

Freezer pancakes are one of my go-to breakfast ideas for my kids. They’re easy-to-make, frugal, and the kids love them!

8. Veggie Packed Freezer Ready Breakfast Sandwiches

This breakfast sandwich is made from English muffins and a scrambled egg mixture. The mixture contains eggs, spinach, and roasted red peppers. Once the concoction is piled on the muffin, it’s topped with cheese.

9. Freezer Breakfast Bowls

Breakfast bowls are a great way to cook in bulk, freeze, and save money. They consist of potatoes, veggies, cheese, and eggs. Cook it all together, and you’ve got an amazing breakfast when you’re in a hurry.

10. Scrambled Egg Bites

These egg bites have as much variety as you do imagination. Scramble eggs, add salt and pepper, and top them off with any meat, vegetable, or cheese you desire.

Keep up with all your freezer meals with this helpful freezer inventory list. 

11. Make and Freeze Waffles

When my kids get bored with pancakes, we switch to waffles. I love making and freezing waffles because they’re another frugal and easy breakfast recipe my kids will devour any morning of the week.

Need a waffle maker? Check this one out! 

12. Freezer Friendly Banana Bread Muffins

Do you love the scrumptious taste of banana bread? It’s one of my favorites and easy to make, too! Make these freezer friendly banana bread muffins to enjoy even on the busiest of mornings.

13. 15-Minute Make Ahead Breakfast Pizza

If you enjoy pizza, even for breakfast, you’re going to love this freezer breakfast idea. It’s a breakfast pizza which contains bagels, eggs, bacon, and cheese. They freeze beautifully and are great for your busy mornings.

14. Freezer Breakfast Pastries

When I was growing up, one of my favorite breakfasts was a Toaster Strudel. This is what this recipe reminds me of. It’s a puff pastry filled with your choice of jam. How easy and delicious!

15. A Quiche to Build a Dream On

This quiche is a pie crust filled with eggs, meats, cheeses, and veggies. It’s great for dinner or a freezer breakfast. The best thing about this quiche is you can pull it straight from the freezer and bake. No thawing necessary!

16. Freezer Breakfast Cupcakes

Don’t get too excited by the name. These “cupcakes” are actually a savory breakfast muffin. They consist of toast, sausage, eggs, cheese, and seasonings. Though they aren’t a sweet cupcake, it’s still an awesome way to start your day.

17. Freezer Baked Oatmeal

Oatmeal is a fan-favorite around my house. If your family enjoys baked oatmeal, you must try this freezer friendly breakfast idea. It’s great for a quick breakfast and healthy too!

18. Easy Parfait Breakfast Popsicles

Do you enjoy a good popsicle from time to time? Why not have popsicles for breakfast? Thanks to this parfait recipe, you can enjoy popsicles any time of the day.

19. Freezer Cinnamon Rolls

When I first began freezer cooking, cinnamon rolls were one of the first items I made. My family loved them. If your family loves cinnamon rolls, too, you must check out these homemade cinnamon rolls which freeze beautifully.

20. Freezer French Toast Casserole

Do you love French toast but don’t have time to make it regularly? You can now have the flavors you love in this delicious (and freezer-friendly) French toast casserole.

21.  Low Carb Freezer Breakfast Burritos

If you love the taste of a breakfast burrito, but need it to be healthy and convenient, this is your recipe. These burritos are filled with veggies, cheese, and meat. Even better, they can be made with a low-carb tortilla for fewer carbs.

You now have over 20 different freezer-friendly breakfast ideas. Hopefully this will help you and your family to eat healthier and save money by skipping the drive-thru on busy mornings.

Since you have these delicious recipes, pick your favorites, buy the ingredients, and start cooking. Bona-petite!

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32 Cheap Foods to Add to Your Grocery List Today

Are you trying to save money on groceries?

If you buy certain types of foods, you may be able to shrink your budget easier than you once thought. I’m going to bring you a list of cheap foods you can buy at the grocery store.

Fill your meal plan using the cheap foods from this list, and you might be surprised how much money you can save by eating differently.

Here are the cheapest foods at most grocery stores:

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1. Eggs

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Eggs are a great source of protein and inexpensive to boot. Some eggs can come with a higher price tag if you purchase the organic or cage free options.

Take this into account when purchasing eggs. If you desire cage free or organic eggs it might be less expensive to buy them from a local farmer.

2. Bananas

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Bananas are full of potassium and most people love their sweet flavor. If you’re working on a budget, don’t pass up the bananas in the produce section.

They can make a great snack or used to make a variety of delicious desserts.

3. Rice

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Rice makes a great side dish or can be used as part of a main course. Either way, it’s a cheap food perfect for your grocery list.

If you purchase white rice, it’s generally less expensive than brown rice. Keep in mind, white rice isn’t as sturdy as brown rice which can cause blood sugar spikes.

4. Oatmeal

We love oatmeal around our house. The kids and I eat it for breakfast at least three times per week. You can add fruit to the hot cereal for a healthy treat.

However, oatmeal is also great to bake with. If you need a versatile and inexpensive item for your grocery list, go with oatmeal.

5. Frozen Vegetables

Fresh vegetables can add up quickly when grocery shopping. This is why frozen vegetables are recommended.

They’re less expensive and in many cases, fresher than the unfrozen produce. If you need vegetables, hit the frozen food aisle.

6. Dry beans

I’m not a huge fan of dried beans, but my husband loves them. Nothing makes him happier than a crock pot of pinto beans, fried potatoes, and cornbread.

If you need a frugal protein source which is shelf-stable and healthy, consider buying dried beans.

7. Spinach

Spinach is considered one of the superfoods of the world. It’s excellent for you and is jam packed with vitamins.

If you need a healthy food but are working on a tight budget, reach for fresh or frozen spinach. It’s delicious too!

8. Carrots

I know what it is to work with a tight budget. At one point, I fed six people per week on around $50. It took lots of creativity on my part.

Carrots were used around my house a great deal during this time because they were fresh, healthy, they stored for longer periods, and were affordable.

9. Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is another frugal and shelf-stable form of protein. Whether you enjoy a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, celery and peanut butter, or peanut butter in your smoothie, it’s a great choice.

You can purchase different brands and sizes to make peanut butter fit into your budget, but it’s a necessity around my household.

10. Garlic

Garlic is a great way to add flavor to your dishes without adding a ton of calories. You can purchase fresh garlic or minced.

I prefer to purchase the minced garlic because it’s easier to store and use whenever needed.

11. Cabbage

Cabbage is a vegetable which should land on every frugal grocery list. It’s inexpensive and able to be utilized in many ways.

You can fry it, boil it, and even ferment it for a healthy condiment. Plus, cabbage lasts for months when stored properly in your refrigerator.

12. Chicken Thighs

I’ll be honest, I’m not a huge fan of chicken thighs because I don’t like dark meat. If you do like it, you’re in luck because chicken thighs are an affordable cut.

If you need protein but are working on a tight grocery budget, be sure to add chicken thighs to your list. Keep an eye out for Manager’s Specials. This is a great time to buy chicken thighs to freeze and an inexpensive way to stockpile them.

13. All-Purpose Flour

Flour is a great staple to keep around because it can be used for a variety of things in the kitchen. All-purpose flour can be used for baking in desserts or breads.

However, you can also use it when cooking because it’s great for frying or using in a thickener. When shopping on a budget, it’s vital to buy items which are versatile.

14. Canned Fish

Buying enough protein when working on a budget can be the hardest part because many items high in protein are also expensive.

If you need protein, don’t miss the canned fish. You can purchase canned tuna fish or salmon. They’re an affordable protein option and can be put on your salad at lunch or fried into patties.

15. Canned Chicken

Canned chicken is a great way to enjoy white meat chicken without breaking the bank. You can use it in gumbo style recipes.

But it’s also great for making chicken salad. The best thing about canned chicken is it comes fully cooked which cuts down on your prep time.

16. White Potatoes

When we were living on an extremely tight budget, potatoes were one of my go-to options at the grocery store.

The reason being, I could purchase them in large quantities for little money. Plus, potatoes are a versatile vegetable.

17. Pasta

It’s important to say at this point, if you’re buying cheap foods from this list, you should purchase a variety.

If you live strictly off pasta, you won’t be healthy. Pasta is versatile and inexpensive but be sure to pair it with other items on this list.

18. Apples

When we need healthy fresh foods, it can be expensive. This is why apples are an amazing food. They’re fresh (and when purchased in-season) they aren’t expensive.

You can slice them up for a snack. They can also be used in desserts or fried to become a favorite side dish.

19. Onions

You don’t realize how seasonings add up until you’re working on a meager grocery budget. Suddenly, you don’t have much room for the items which add flavor to a dish.

This is where onions come into play. They’re inexpensive, last for long periods of time when stored properly, and add a ton of flavor.

20. Lettuce

Lettuce doesn’t have a ton of nutritional value, but it’s inexpensive and can help you choose healthier eating habits.

It’s great for salads, toppings on a taco, or used in the place of sandwich bread. There are different lettuce varieties. Be sure to choose the one which will best fit your needs.

21. Green Bell Peppers

Green bell peppers make a great snack with ranch dressing, a wonderful topping on a salad, or go well cooked in a dish.

However, notice I pointed out the bell peppers should be green. When you start adding colors to the bell peppers, they become more expensive.

22. Hot Dogs

I’ve tried to make this list as healthy as possible, but we’re going to move into the less healthy options because many convenience foods are cheap.

One convenience food which is affordable is hot dogs. You can grill them, boil them, fry them, or bake them to have a quick bite of protein in your meal.

23. Boxed Mac and Cheese

Not all boxed mac and cheese is inexpensive. If you want a quick side dish to go with your hot dogs, be sure to look for the less expensive options.

In most cases, it’s the store brand which uses the powdered cheese. You may have to buy a few extra ingredients to make it, but it’s cheap and shelf-stable.

24. Ramen Noodles

I didn’t eat Ramen noodles until I was married and moved to a different state. It was the first time in my life when money was extremely tight, and I was desperate to feed my family cheaply.

This is when I discovered how ramen noodles could be morphed into great dinners. Add a few inexpensive veggies to the mix, and it’s a quick and delicious meal.

25. Milk

There was a time when milk was getting expensive. Over the past few years, the prices of milk in my area have dropped.

Milk is needed for cooking, drinking, and even baking. Plus, you can drink a glass of milk in the place of a snack to get healthy nutrients and a few calories to fuel your body until the next meal.

26. Sliced Cheese

Some sliced cheese is expensive, but if you buy the processed sliced cheese it’s more affordable. You should check your brands to get the best deal.

Sliced cheese is great as a snack on crackers, or it can be used to make grilled cheese. Either way, it’s affordable and versatile.

27. Saltine Crackers

When you need something to snack on but don’t have a ton of room in the budget for snack-food, where should you turn?

The cracker aisle of course. Saltine crackers are affordable and go well with peanut butter or cheese for an easy snack.

28. Chips

Chips are an easy snack and also go well as a side dish to hot dogs or other sandwiches. They also aren’t expensive anymore.

If you shop the store brand, you might be surprised to find how inexpensive potato chips can be.

29. Polish Sausage

It’s obvious there’s plenty of side items and snack foods which are affordable. Protein has always been the biggest hurdle for me when grocery shopping on the cheap.

This is why (even now during my quarterly grocery shopping trips) I still stock up on cheap proteins. Polish sausage is a less expensive protein, which is great for gumbo recipes, cooked with cabbage, or used as a breakfast food.

30. Pork Sausage

Pork sausage is another inexpensive protein. You’ll need to shop brands to make sure you’re buying the least expensive option.

However, pork sausage can be used in rice with seasonings and a sautéed bell pepper for a delicious dinner. You can also use it as a traditional breakfast food or to make sausage balls for a snack.

31. Sandwich Meat

Some sandwich meat can be expensive, but when I needed to pack my husband less expensive lunches, I turned to bologna.

I found a large package of bologna at one of my local grocery stores. I asked the butcher to slice it, brought it home to package in freezer bags, and for approximately $6, I had enough sandwich meat to last for a month or more.

32. Specific Types of Cereal

Many cereals are expensive, so again, you’ll need to shop brands when adding cereal to your list. Yet, cereal is a quick breakfast or a good snack.

If you shop store brands, I’ve found rice cereal is usually the most affordable. Check your grocery store sales and look for coupons to make purchasing cereal even more affordable.

This concludes our list of cheap foods to add to your grocery list. Hopefully these 32 foods will help you to slash your grocery bill without a ton of extra effort.

Now that you have these cheap foods, check out recipes where they can be used, and start saving money on your grocery budget. 

Looking for more ways to save on your groceries? Check out these 40 tips!

You can also learn more about saving time and money with quarterly grocery shopping in these two posts:

8 Reasons to Begin Preserving Your Own Food Now

Do you have a friend who’s in their kitchen constantly during the summer months?

Are they preserving their own food?

I understand because I’m this friend to my friends. During the summer months I disappear because I’m busy in my garden and kitchen.

It’s vital I preserve enough food to sustain my family throughout the year. This helps us save money and makes it easier to quarterly grocery shop.

If you’ve ever wondered why people preserve their own food, you’re in luck! I’m going to share a few insights with you on why people put in the work to preserve their own food and why you should get started now:

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1. Less Dough

When you preserve your own food, you save a ton of money. You can grow a large garden or purchase produce in bulk.

Either way, it makes the food less expensive than buying it as needed from your local grocery store. By preserving a great deal of my family’s own food, I’m able to have enough of a stockpile where I can grocery shop only once per quarter.

When I grocery shop at these times, I still only spend approximately what most do in a month because I’ve produced and preserved the majority of what we need.

Check out how my family saves approximately $500 per month on groceries with quarterly grocery shopping.

2. Healthier

Preserving your own food is much healthier than what you buy at the store. You know exactly what’s going into the food you eat, and in many cases, you’ve raised the food from a seed.

There’s no hidden surprises.

Plus, the food is stored in glass jars, no preservatives are used (besides natural canning salt), and the lids are BPA free.

If you’re concerned about the quality of food your family is consuming and their health, preserving your own food is the way to go.

3. It’s Delicious!

I tell my husband all the time, when my kids are grown, the first thing I’m going to do is take our tractor and run straight through our two large gardens.

Why? Because they’re a ton of work! When it’s only my husband and I, we won’t need such large plots to raise our own food.

However, I won’t quit gardening all together (until I’m too old to safely do it anymore.) We’ll switch to a nice raised bed garden, have a few containers, and I’ll keep my perennial crops. I’ll still raise enough food to preserve for us.

After canning my own green beans and tomatoes for almost a decade, I can’t go back to the store for these items.

They don’t taste as good from the store (in my humble opinion.) These crops don’t require much effort to grow, canning them isn’t difficult, and they taste amazing!

4. Preparedness

Whether it be a storm or a world crisis (such as this pandemic) my family and I don’t have to worry. The reason being is we preserve most of our own food and stockpile the rest with quarterly grocery shopping.

When you preserve most of your own food, you’re ready. You shouldn’t worry when trouble hits because your family has enough food to sustain them.

Plus, if you can start a fire, you can eat. This goes for canned and frozen foods. Preserving your own food always makes sure you’re ready for whatever may happen in life.

5. Easier on the Earth

If you’re environmentally mindful, you’ll be glad to know preserving your own food is much easier on the earth.

When you purchase goods from the grocery store, there’s a ton of packaging which comes with it. Even if you recycle the cans, plastic, or other packaging, it doesn’t answer for the packaging the product ships in.

As you preserve your own food, you’ll find you’re able to reuse the containers you store your food in. I’ve had the same canning jars for almost ten years.

We recently purchased the reusable Tattler lids which should last us another couple of decades.

Plus, when you store foods in the freezer or by dehydrating you can use reusable containers or minimal amounts of plastic bags which can later be recycled.

Need food preservation equipment? Check out this dehydrator! 

6. The Original Convenience Foods

Are you constantly frustrated because you feel as though you don’t have enough time to prepare your family home cooked meals?

Therefore, your bank account keeps dropping, the health of your family is concerning, and the food you eat doesn’t make you feel good?

Preserving your own food can help with this. Canning is the original way our ancestors had convenience foods.

You can produce quality meals in less than 30 minutes by opening a few jars of precooked foods. These foods are healthy because you know what’s in them and how they were preserved.

There’s no guilt in this style of convenience food.

Need a healthy meal plan? Check out my carb-friendly meal plan with FREE printable! 

7. It’s a Skillset

Preserving your own food takes time, and it takes the patience of learning a new skill set. Here’s the amazing thing: none of it is hard.

Once you learn how to operate a dehydrator and canner, you’ve gained the skills you need to store food for yourself and your family for the year to come.

It does take an investment when purchasing the necessary materials. Plus, it takes the investment of time.

Deciding whether to invest the time and money to learn to preserve food is up to you, but it certainly can provide a great return on your investment. 

8. Do It Now!

If you’re interested in learning to preserve your own food, the time is now. I say this with a sense of urgency.

As this pandemic rolls through, you begin to see a side of people you didn’t know was there. People are panicked and looking out for themselves.

You don’t want to be at your local store’s mercy when trouble hits. We’ve already seen this isn’t an efficient plan.

The same people who are panicked in the stores have headed online and started stocking up on the equipment necessary to preserve their own food.

It’s nearly impossible to find a good deal on canning jars, canners, or canning lids right now because of the panic many are still feeling.

However, if you’re going to begin preserving food, I encourage you to get your supplies sooner rather than later.

Start learning the skills because unfortunately, the chaos of this world is going to keep happening. You should be prepared for the next round of it.

The best way to be prepared is to practice becoming more self-sufficient and learn to preserve your own food.

Hopefully this sheds some light on why many people go the extra mile to preserve their own food each year.

It’s a great skill to have when being prepared, but it can also help you to save money and lead a healthier lifestyle.

Now that you know the perks of preserving your own food, what are you waiting for? Figure out how to garden on the cheap and start preserving your own foods. 

Create Frugal Window Boxes and Gorgeous Outdoor Decor with These 4 Tips

Do you want to add character to your home without spending a ton of money?

Start with frugal window boxes. You can buy or build your own, and you don’t have to spend a fortune planting in them.

I love window boxes and have had them at most of my homes. The only downside was how much money I spent on flowers each year to make them look good.

This year, we set different goals where I needed to save as much money as possible. One of my husband’s friends told me how to have gorgeous frugal window boxes without spending a fortune.

Here’s how you can have fantastic window boxes without breaking the bank:

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1. Pick Your Window Boxes

Finding window boxes is easy. You can buy them online or purchase them from most big box stores. If you’d rather build your own window boxes, you can.

Decide how many window boxes you want, where they’ll be placed, and note the amount of sunlight the boxes will get throughout the day.

Once you have your flower containers and decide on placement, you’re ready to start creating your frugal window boxes.

2. What Will You Grow?

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You can use window boxes as gardening space for herbs and vegetables.

I use my window boxes to grow flowers because I have plenty of inground gardening space around my house for fresh veggies and herbs.

What you will grow in your window boxes is up to you. If you choose to go with herbs or vegetables, don’t overcrowd your boxes. You can grow:

·       Patio tomatoes

·       Peppers

·       Basil

·       Cilantro

·       Parsley

·       Strawberries

·       Squash

·       Pickling cucumbers

·       Chives

·       Lavender

·       Mint

If you prefer to go with flowers, you can choose to plant a variety in each box. You can also grow wildflower mixtures or plants which flow like wave petunias. There are a variety of flowers which can work well in your frugal window boxes.

3. Place and Sow

Once you know what you’ll be growing in your window boxes, it’s time to fill them with quality soil and sow the seed.

You can save a ton of money by growing the plants yourself instead of purchasing seedlings.

If you want vegetables, herbs, or a variety of plants, start the seeds indoors until they’re big enough to transplant outdoors in your window boxes.

However, I chose to go with a wildflower mixture this year. It made things a ton easier. I sprinkled the seeds over the dirt and waited.

If you live in a colder climate, you may want to move your window boxes into your garage, greenhouse, or inside your home to give them enough warmth to germinate.

Otherwise, sprinkle the seeds in the boxes outdoors, water regularly, and wait. If you go with a wildflower mixture, they’ll look like weeds for the first month of growing.

After this stage, they’re gorgeous!

4. Watch Them Grow

It’s important to continue to water and fertilize your flowers over the grow season. If you’d like to have frugal window boxes to decorate your home for other seasons, build or buy a few extra boxes.

This will allow you to start the next season’s flowers without cutting your current décor short. Be sure to choose flowers which will flourish in your planting zone and growing conditions.

In my case, my front porch receives mostly shade. Therefore, a wildflower mixture which prefers shade is an optimal choice. Your situation may be different.

Let’s review:

·       Shop the seed section at your local store or buy seeds online

·       Start the seeds indoors or in the window boxes

·       Water and fertilize as needed

·       Choose flowers which work well for your planting zone and growing conditions

By growing your window boxes from seed, you can save yourself a great deal of money and still have gorgeous natural décor around your home.

I hope this helps you to have gorgeous frugal window boxes without busting your budget. Happy growing! 

Be sure to check out these 7 frugal gardening methods to grow vegetables and flowers on the cheap!

5 Effortless Steps to Use Old Tires in Your Garden

Do you need grow-space but are short on time and money?

I’ve been there. Gardening is a necessity for some, when you’re trying to live within your means or save money each month.

It’s important to use what you have available, educate yourself about the frugal gardening methods, and learn which crops are easiest to grow.

One way I made gardening affordable was to use what I already had available. I’m sure you’ve seen people garden in old chairs, toilets, or even buckets.

Have you tried to use old tires to create a garden?

There are many ways to go about it. Here’s how I use tires as raised beds in my garden:

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1. Locate Old Tires

I use old tires as part of my herb garden. It allows me to separate some of the herbs which have a reputation for taking over their grow space.

Therefore, I plant them in the tires to make sure they don’t take over whole raised beds. I’m able to do this because I located old tires.

You may be able to find them at a junkyard, through social media, or around your own property. If you live on a farm, you may be surprised what’s been left there.

I was fortunate to have an entire stack of old tires on a part of our farm that hadn’t been used in years. We hauled them up to the front of the property with a tractor, and I put them to work.

If you don’t live on a farm, don’t lose hope. Old tires aren’t difficult to come by in most places.  

2. Become an Architect

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When gardening with old tires, you may still want them to appear nicely in your garden or yard. You should figure out where you’re going to place them and how they should look.

In my case, I placed them alongside larger raised beds. They work well for us, and it gives our farm a uniform look.

This part is completely up to you. Decide if you want to stack them, line them up, make them into a neat design, or place them sporadically around your property.

3. Channel Your Inner Artist

Once you have the tires placed where you’re going to use them, you may want to decorate them. I’ll be honest, our farm keeps me pretty busy.

Therefore, I didn’t take the time to paint them. If you want your tires to look better, you could apply a layer of paint.

This is a great way to add some color to your gardening area.

4. Play in the Dirt

After your tires are placed and decorated, it’s time to add the dirt. Use any quality soil you have and pour it in the center of the tire.

 I should mention here, you’re growing only in the rubber portion. The wheel should be removed. This provides more grow-space.

After the tire is filled with quality dirt, it’s time to plant your seeds or seedlings. Care for them as you would in any container garden.

Check out this germination mat to help get your garden started!

5. Uses

You may be wondering what you can grow inside a tire. Here are a few suggestions to help you use old tires you have on hand:

·       Mint

·       Lavender

·       Basil

·       Cilantro

·       Chives

·       Parsley

·       Tomatoes

·       Peppers

·       Squash

·       Cucumbers

·       Green beans

·       Small flowers

Hopefully, these tips help you use old tires which are available to you. They’re great for growing vertically or sporadically around your property.

By using what you have on hand and planting a few easy crops, you could be gardening on a budget in no time flat.

Good luck to you and your gardening efforts.

13 Pointers to Help You Live Within Your Means

Are you struggling to live within your means?

Do you even truly understand what this saying involves?

If you haven’t been taught, it isn’t an ability that most are naturally born with. It takes time, study, and understanding to learn how to keep your lifestyle within the confines of your budget.

Don’t become overwhelmed by this idea. I’m going to share some tips I’ve learned through my own life lessons.

Disclaimer: I’m not a financial professional. These are simply lessons and tips I’ve learned through the school of life! This is not meant to be professional advice. Please seek out a professional for any financial assistance you may need.

Here’s what you must know when embracing the concept of living within your means:

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1. How Much is Coming In?

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To be able to live within your means, you first must know what your means are. Basically, you need to know how much money is coming into your home on a regular basis.

This is going to look different for everyone. Some people get paid like clockwork and make the same amount each pay period.

Others work on commission, piecework, or work for themselves. This means that income is sporadic, and the amounts vary.

I’ve been on both sides of this equation. If you’re part of the latter group, try to average how much income comes into your home on a weekly, monthly, or even yearly basis.

This will help you have a ballpark figure as to what you’re working with.

Need ideas to make more money from home? Check out my post on flexible jobs!

2. Make the Budget

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Once you know how much money you have, it’s vital to create a budget. This will help you organize your finances.

You can create a budget via Google Docs, write it down on a piece of paper, or create a spreadsheet.

Check out this budget planner to help you keep your finances organized. 

I’ve done all three methods. I’m more old-fashioned and prefer to keep a financial folder where I can store my budget (on paper) inside the folder.

However, I keep a copy on my computer as a back-up. Your budget is where you’ll document how much money you make and also all of your expenditures.

This will show you where you stand financially, where you need to make changes, and how much money you have allotted for different necessities in your life.

3. Embrace Frugality

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Once you know where you stand financially, it’s time to make the necessary changes to ensure you live within your means no matter what life throws your way.

Life is funny. You can be up on a mountain, doing well one moment. The next, you’re in a valley and flat broke.

You can avoid such drastic dips by living below your means on a regular basis.

Again, this will look different for everyone. Don’t base your frugal lifestyle by what you see around you. This is not a one-size-fits-all concept.

I need to insert a disclaimer here: Even if you live below your means your entire life, it doesn’t guarantee that you won’t feel financial hurts along the way. You could still end up busted broke.

However, it’s a good idea to embrace frugality by choice instead of by necessity. If you live below your means, it should make the financial hiccups (you may or may not face in your lifetime) a little easier to deal with.   

Read my tips on saving money each month to help you get started with a frugal lifestyle.

4. Try to Avoid Debt

It’s important to try and avoid debt. This can be difficult because in our current society much of what we do is based upon our credit history.  

Therefore, you might deem it a good idea to keep some type of credit rolling on a regular basis.

However, you must be responsible. My husband and I maintain credit through a car payment, house payment, and we put as many of our monthly bills on credit cards as possible.

This ensures the balances get paid every month, but it also keeps our credit scores in a healthy range.

If you carry debt, you should be intentional about it and make sure it doesn’t grow out of control.

5. Have a Plan

There are some cases when going into debt may actually be the smarter move. A few examples are purchasing a home or purchasing certain items with 0% interest.

When buying a home, you should make sure you have plenty of equity in the purchase from the start. This will make sure you’re never upside down in your purchase.

If something happens that throws your finances through a loop, where you need to get rid of the house, you should be able to. It could also help rectify your financial problem because of the positive equity you hold.

0% interest is another way of ensuring you save for an item. We’ve used 0% interest loans to purchase a tractor and when installing a DIY pool. This made sure that the items we needed or wanted were added into the budget and couldn’t be pushed off if life threw us a curve ball.

However, if you purchase an item for 0% interest, make sure you have a decent down payment, or you have the cash to backup the loan in case life gets tough.

6. Develop the Mindset

Living within your means is a mindset. It doesn’t have to be hard, but it does include financial maturity. You shouldn’t run around racking up debt for things and not have a plan on how you’re going to pay them off quickly.

If you’re basing your whole financial security around affording minimum payments, you’re racing towards a problem.

Therefore, get in the mindset of saving, spending less, paying down debt quickly, and putting away your credit cards.

Operate on cash as much as possible and be determined to not spend more money than you’re making. The goal is to actually spend much less than what you make.

Let this cash envelope system help you!

Get in this mindset, and you’re well on your way to living comfortably within your means.

7. Saving is Important

If you aren’t saving, you aren’t living within your means. It took me years to learn how to save money when raising a family.

In our early years of marriage, it was easy. There were only two of us, we were healthy, and we had two incomes.

When you add kids in the mix, there’s always expenses. It’s worth it, but it can still be hard to learn how to juggle all the added financial responsibility.

Don’t get some percentage or figure in your head. Instead, see what you can realistically save from your budget.

If it’s $5 per week, be thankful. If you can do more, that’s great too.

The idea is to make sure you’re saving something every time you get paid and developing the habit of saving.

You can use this savings account as an emergency fund, a new car fund, a house fund, part of your clothing budget, or as a nest egg for the future.

8. Cars

Cars are such a difficult thing to deal with in life. You need a reliable car, but you don’t want to be strapped to some massive car payment for ten years.

You can use the Dave Ramsey method where you pay cash for cars and keep trading up until you get the car you want and avoid a car payment.

This may not work for you, though. Only you know your financial situation.

To stay within your means when purchasing a car, make sure you provide enough of a down payment that you’ll have positive equity in the vehicle.

Many people get in trouble with cars because they make choices that put them upside down. Try to have a dependable car, with either no payment or an affordable loan you can pay off quickly, and don’t owe more than the car is worth.

9. Vacations

There are a variety of ways to take vacations on a budget. If you can afford to vacation while sticking within your means, you should take the opportunities available to you to get some enjoyment out of life.

Make sure you don’t overextend yourself. Vacations are meant to be enjoyable, not wreak havoc on your finances.

Do your research to ensure that you can take vacations without blowing your budget.

Living within your means is all about balance. You can’t be so busy working to build a life that you forget to actually build a life.

But you can’t be so careless with everything you work for to throw it away because you want to live the high life a few weeks out of the year.

Again, only you know your finances. Strike a balance on vacations to ensure you stay within your means.

10. Clothing

Clothing is another item that can throw people through a loop when they’re trying to live within their means.

Clothes are a necessity, but they don’t have to destroy your budget.

Be sure to incorporate clothing into your budget. Once you know what you have to spend, be sure to shop sales, use coupons, or purchase second hand.

Budgeting for clothes was always difficult for me once I had a growing family. I made sure to save all of my kids’ clothing to pass down.

I also stopped trying to buy full wardrobes at the start of each season. Now, I budget $50 per week for clothing.

At the start of each season I make a list of what my kids need. As sales come around, I pull the money from savings and buy what they need.

I usually save more money than I spend on clothing, but it ensures I always have money on hand to purchase clothes for our family.

11. Food

Groceries are one of the biggest budget busters. There are a variety of ways to save money when grocery shopping.

Shopping sales is important, not going to the store hungry, and figuring out how to grow a few beginner crops are all great ways to save money when grocery shopping.

We started quarterly grocery shopping a while ago, and it has saved us a ton of money. Figure out what methods of grocery shopping work for you.

Whatever works for your life and keeps you living within your means is what you should do. There’s no one-size-fits-all.

12. Your Home

Where we live is another important expense that can either keep us living within our means, below our means, or above them.

We’ve always lived below our means when it comes to our homes. The reason being is my husband is extremely gifted with carpentry skills, and I enjoy designing things myself.

Looking back, we could’ve built a house, but our dreams have shifted as we’ve gotten older. We started life in the suburbs.

Next, we moved to a fixer upper home in the country. It was a gorgeous home by the time we sold it.

Our last (and hopefully final) move was to a small farm. The house wasn’t in disrepair (per say), but it wasn’t glamorous either.

We’ve spent the past three years transforming this home.

Why do all of this work? Because I’d rather pay cash for my upgrades and not be stuck with a huge mortgage for the next 20-30 years for a turnkey property.

You must decide what works for you and your budget. Renting could be a solid option until you save enough money for a down payment and figure out what type of house would work best for you and your family long-term.

Moral of the story: Don’t be afraid of a little bit of work when it comes to purchasing a home. It may not be within your means to buy the glamorous house your heart desires.

Yet, there’s nothing that says you can’t purchase a less expensive home and pour into it over the next decade to make it what you want.

This method may make it easier for you to live within (or below) your means and own a home sooner.

13. Think About Your Future

Our last stop on the “Live Within Your Means Tour” is to consider your future. It’s important to save for a rainy day.

You should invest in your home to help build equity. There are other things you should invest in as well.

Consider life insurance and retirement. If something unexpectedly happens to you, your family needs to be covered.

If you’re fortunate enough to live to an older age, you’re going to want to retire at some point. Make sure you’re making wise choices now to ensure these areas are covered.

These items should be included in your budget, but you should make sure that when you’re working towards living within your means that you don’t ditch these items in an effort to save money.

Your future matters.

I hope these 13 tips help you wrap your head around what it means to live within your means. There are great programs out there to help you dive deeper into wrapping your head around your finances.

Living within your means ultimately comes down to your situation, your goals, gaining wisdom, and utilizing discernment.

Remember, these are only tips. If you need help budgeting or financial planning, seek out a professional.

Good luck as you embrace living within your means!

Are you striving to save money, live within your means, and become more self-sufficient in the process? Check out these helpful tips!

How to Save Money Each Month: 30 Tips to Help You Save

Are you looking for ways to save money each month?

We all go through times when our budgets get a little tight. What can you do about it to make sure this is a season and not a lifestyle?

You’ve come to the right place. I’ve got 30 tips to help you learn how to save money each month. You may embrace these tips, adapt and choose a lifelong frugal lifestyle.

Or they could be enough to get you over the financial hump you’re facing.

Either way, check out this list, and see which tips might work to help you save money:

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1. Budget, Budget, Budget

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It’s nearly impossible to save money without having a functional budget. I know I harp on this a good bit, but you must know how much money is coming in and how much is going out.

Create a budget so you know what you’re working with. From here, you can develop a game plan to get your financial life back on solid footing.

2. Dine In

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Most families waste a ton of money by eating out. I know it’s easier, but at the same time, it’s expensive and less healthy.

If you’re short on time, buy a crockpot.

A crock pot is one of my kitchen essentials!

 If you love the social aspect of dining out, start hosting get-togethers at your home or even at a local park. There are many ways to eat better, save money, and not miss out on seeing those you love.

3. Turn Off the Lights

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Your electric bill is a bill that will fluctuate. Make this work for you. Be sure to turn off all the lights when they aren’t in use.

Be mindful of energy suckers and do what you can to cut down on the amount of electricity you use each month. Consider line drying your clothes or unplugging items not in use. Many electric companies have an app to show you your daily usage. Take advantage of it.

4. Start Streaming

There once was a time that everyone had to have cable. You had few choices and were stuck paying what these companies wanted to charge.

Those days are long gone. Cut your cable and go with streaming services because they’re less expensive. You could skip streaming all together by casting YouTube to your TV for free.

 Some cell phone companies are even offering DisneyPlus FREE for one year. You could stream it on your phone, TV, tablet, or other devices. Check around and see what options you have available to you.

5. Drop the Plan

Some cell phone plans are better than others. Shop around for your cell service. You might be able to get unlimited calls, texts, and data for much cheaper than what you pay for limited services.

Plus, if you have unlimited data/ hotspot use, you may be able to skip your internet bill by using your phone as a hotspot. Don’t forget to check for prepay packages too. Many times, they’re much more affordable than contracts.

6. Catch the Rain

If you live where you have a water bill, it can eat into your budget. Start finding ways to save on your water usage.

Take shorter showers, don’t leave the water running, and if you garden, start collecting rainwater. It’s great for watering your plants. Be mindful of HOAs and county regulations on harvesting rainwater.

7. DIY Laundry Detergent

I’m a laundry detergent snob. I’ll be the first to admit it. In my early days of marriage, I bought the cheap brands until I realized it truly didn’t work as well as the more expensive brands.

However, if you’re trying to save money each month, you may have to bite the bullet and use the cheaper detergents. You could also make your own laundry detergent and save even more money.

8. DIY Cleaning Products

A portion of your grocery bill probably goes to cleaning supplies. It can eat into your grocery budget quickly.

Either shop the dollar stores for your cleaning supplies, buy them in bulk, or make your own cleaning products. It’s easy and much less expensive.

9. DIY Beauty Products

While we’re on the DIY train, let’s talk about beauty products. Some products are expensive and can eat into your budget.

Start making some of your own products at home. You can make DIY deodorant, DIY toothpaste, and even DIY soaps.

10. Grocery Shop Mindfully

Groceries can be one of the biggest budget-busters in any given household. The reason is because we all eat, we all love delicious food, and we all get carried away.

Make sure you grocery shop mindfully to avoid busting your budget. You can still eat well on a budget. It just takes a little more planning.

Check out my tips for grocery shopping on a budget.

11. Think Before You Buy

If you have a tendency to buy things on a whim, you’re overspending. When you make purchases without truly thinking about them, it rarely ends well for your financial situation.

Stop doing this. Instead, put a note in your phone of the item you want to buy. Think about it for 48 hours.

 If you still want it, still think you have a use for it, have shopped around for the best price, and have figured out how to responsibly pay for it, go get it.

12. Grow It Yourself

As stated above, the grocery store can get a large chunk of your money if you aren’t careful. This is why I recommend growing as much of your own groceries as possible when you’re trying to figure out how to save money each month.

This doesn’t have to be hard. You can start a small garden, grow easier vegetables, and even get a few chickens for eggs. Even if you live in the city, some people container garden and raise chickens on rooftops. Yes, city chickens exist, my friends! 😉

13. Shop Secondhand

You don’t have to buy everything brand new. Thanks to social media, buying items secondhand is a ton easier than it once was.

You can now buy clothing secondhand without ever leaving your home. You can also buy used appliances and even cars online. Be sure to do your homework to make sure you’re buying a quality item.

14. Get Creative

Creativity is a necessity when trying to figure out how to save money each month. You may have to think outside of the box.

One instance in my own life is when we began homeschooling. I had to learn how to homeschool on a budget. I came up with some ideas, found many useful resources, and was able to homeschool my children without breaking the bank.

15. Shop Sales

I’ll be real, my husband is the king at finding good deals on used items. I’m not quite as good at it. Therefore, I use my talents for finding good sales.

If you’ll take the time to do some research online, you may find lots of good deals on items you need. Don’t be afraid to use coupons either. I use SouthernSavers.com to help me match sales and coupons.

Check out my post on the major deal I hit when buying homeschool curriculum this year. We’re homeschooling the whole family for under $200!

16. Open the Windows

This takes us back to saving on electricity, but if you have a few cool days in your area, don’t turn on your air conditioner.

Instead, open your doors and windows. The breeze could keep your house cool without using any electricity.

17. Heat Naturally

Six years ago, money was super tight in our household. We lived in a bigger home, and it was killing us to heat it.

My husband installed a wood stove. It kept our home warm, and it cut our electric bill drastically.

We moved to a larger farm a few years ago, and we installed another wood stove because they heat well and save us money. Look for natural and alternative heating sources to shave money from your electric bill.

18. Stay Home

We’ve all had our fill of staying home this year, but it can save you a lot of money. Staying home doesn’t have to be boring.

Instead, get creative and find fun ways to entertain the whole family while staying in. By staying home, you’re spending less on entertainment and less on gas too!

19. Ditch What You Don’t Need

This goes along with budgeting. When you create a budget, you may be shocked to see how little money you have left over each month.

Don’t panic. Instead, start slashing bills. If you don’t need something, get rid of it. For instance, a monthly gym membership may be optional during a financial crisis. You may have to work out at home or via YouTube.

20. Shop for Better Prices

When we had a new baby in the household, my husband and I were interested in making sure we didn’t have money being wasted. Having a new life to take care of will certainly make you mindful of your finances.

I started shopping around for home and car insurance. I was amazed to see how much we were overpaying.

We ended up getting more coverage for less money. It never hurts to shop around and even change insurance companies from time to time.

21. Utilize Acorns

Sometimes saving money each month is more about tricking your mind than anything. My husband had a hard time learning how to manage finances. If he saw money piling up in a savings account, he’d want to spend it.

Instead, we got an account with Acorns. It rounds up each dollar you spend and puts it into a separate account. My husband was able to train himself to save money this way.

 I’m happy to report, he can now stand seeing money in our savings account and not want to spend it! Woot!!

22. Grocery Shop Less

One way to spend less money at the grocery store is to not go as frequently. You can do this by exploring quarterly grocery shopping.

My family and I had many reasons to start this journey, and we save money every month by quarterly grocery shopping. You should check into it and see if it’ll work for your family.

23. Eat Cheaper

Let’s say you don’t cook, or you’ve tried saving money at the grocery store in the past, but it never seems to work.

An easy solution is to simply eat cheaper. If you must eat out, find the best deals. If you head to the grocery store, check out the cheapest foods to buy, and make them fill the bulk of your grocery list.

24. Edible Landscape

Edible landscaping is a great way to save money each month. You plant it once, and as long as it lives, you have food continually.

It doesn’t have to be fancy. You could plant fruit bushes in the place of ornamental. Instead of an ornamental tree, plant fruit trees. Hide asparagus behind some shrubs. You could also use your window boxes to grow herbs or vegetables.

25. Brew It at Home

People spend so much money on buying coffee. I get it. Coffee is amazing, but do you realize how much time and money you waste buying it at a restaurant?

Instead, get a coffee pot and start making your coffee at home. My favorite coffee beverage is a bulletproof coffee. It’s filling and much less expensive than some of the coffee beverages at restaurants.

26. Buy in Bulk

Buying in bulk isn’t cheaper every time. You can do the math, find out the unit price, and if it’s cheaper you should try to buy the item in bulk.

This is convenient because you’ll have to shop less, and it saves you money. Anything that saves you both time and money is a winner in my book.

27. Shop Online

I love shopping online. It’s more relaxed and convenient. Plus, I save money! I get special online sales, coupon codes, and I don’t have as many impulse buys.

Not to mention, you can take time to look at your budget while shopping. If you know you’ve gone overboard, one click, and the items can be removed from your cart. Online shopping makes my life a ton easier.

28. Stay Ahead of the Game

Staying ahead of the game is essential when trying to save money on a monthly basis. Be sure to plan ahead for emergencies because they’re going to happen. Acorns is great for this!

Another example is vacations. If you want to take vacations, plan ahead, and figure out how to take them on a budget. The bottom line, the more organized you are, the less likely you are to use credit cards. This will save you interest and another monthly payment.

29. DIY Your Fun

Even if you aren’t a carpenter, take on some small projects to grow your skills. You can DIY lots of fun things to do around your home.

For instance, build a DIY fire pit. We’re actually DIYing a swimming pond this summer. (Tutorial to come soon!) 

You can even have fun and frugal family nights that don’t have to cost you a ton of money. Doing things yourself can save you money each month and still allow room for lots of fun in your life.

30. Invest Wisely

I’m not talking about investing in stocks and bonds. I’m not a financial professional, so you don’t want advice from me on this subject.

However, I have learned it’s a good idea to invest in some items upfront to save money in the long run. For our fun family nights, we purchased a projector and a tent to have outdoor movie nights and camp outs at home.

Though I spent money upfront, we will get many fun family nights from these purchases.

Know what items to invest in that will give you many fun times with your family without costing an arm and a leg every time you want to do something fun. Those are usually wise investments.

Hopefully these 30 tips will show you how to save money each month. Every idea may not work for every situation.

It’s my hope that they’ll at least inspire you and give you ideas on how you can save money.

Good luck to you in your money saving efforts. Remember, hard seasons come and go. Learn from the hard times but know that brighter days are coming! 

Interested in learning how to become more self-sufficient? Check out my post!

Create a Frugal, Fun Family Night in Only 6 Steps

Are you searching for ways to have fun family nights without spending a fortune or even leaving the house?

I get it. This year’s pandemic has made it tough for my husband and I to keep our kids entertained. Let alone doing it while sticking to our yearly goals (which include sticking to our budget.)

However, we’ve gotten creative and designed fun family nights at home that our kids are totally loving. They’re asking for fun family nights every weekend.

Here’s what we do to have a frugal and fun family night in:

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1. Cook Outside

I’ll tell you upfront, our ideas did require a little bit of investment. However, we thought it wise to make these initial investments because we can use them time and again.

To begin our fun family night, we cook outside. We do this over our DIY fire pit.

If you aren’t super crafty, you can purchase a fire pit. But if you’re good with your hands, you can use our tutorial to build one.

Either way, it’s a wonderful investment that has given us fun times. During our fun family nights, we cook hot dogs over the fire and make s’mores.

We’ve also discovered some fun camping recipes. It’s a fun night and our kids love all the delicious food!

2. Camping in Our Yard

The next step to our fun and frugal family night is camping. We purchased a tent, some sleeping bags, and an air mattress (because my husband and I aren’t as spry as we once were.) 😉

Once we get our tent all set-up, the kids bring games outside and play in and around the tent.

Camping at home is great because even our family pet can be included. It’s a fun night for everyone and is exciting because it’s something different. Yet, it doesn’t cost much money after the initial investment in camping equipment.

3. Outdoor Movie

This part is simple but so fun! We bought a projector (which I use when teaching my co-op classes, too!), hooked it up to our laptop, found a movie on Netflix, we purchased a Bluetooth speaker, and projected the movie on a DIY screen we made.

Check out this bluetooth speaker and projector combo!

The screen is constructed from PVC pipes, zip ties, and a shower curtain. It works great, and the kids pull up their camping chairs to watch the movie outdoors.

For an added bit of fun, we pop popcorn over the fire. It’s a super fun night and costs us virtually nothing.

4. Making Homemade Ice Cream

My kids love homemade ice cream! Our family fun night usually starts in the late afternoon. Ice cream is one of the things we do while it’s still hot outside.

I make ice cream while the kids play. We usually eat dinner later, on these nights, so I let the kids have ice cream early enough that it won’t mess with their dinner.

We choose a delicious ice cream recipe, and they love this special treat on our fun family night!

5. Water Fun

If you have a pool, incorporate it into your family fun nights. We don’t have a pool…yet. We’ve been looking for one, but they seem to be sold out everywhere we look.

This is why my husband has decided to build an inexpensive DIY pool. (Yes, a tutorial will come as soon as we get it built.)

In the meantime, we’ve hooked up sprinklers around our trampoline. It’s a fun way for the kids to stay cool.

If you don’t have a trampoline, hook up the sprinklers and let your kids run through them. You could order a slip and slide as well.

You could even make a slip and slide with a tarp, the water hose, and some dish liquid. Water balloons are another fun way to let your kids have fun outside while staying cool.

6. Outdoor Games

The last thing we do on our fun family night is play outdoor games. This can be as simple as bringing board games or a game of Twister outside.

Or you can fancy things up a bit and create fun DIY outdoor games such as horseshoes, cornhole, or even play with bubbles.

I’ll give you a heads up, you’re going to be tired by the end of this night, but it’s worth it to see your kids have a great time at home with the family.

Even better, you don’t have to spend a fortune to make it happen. I hope you all enjoy this fun and frugal family night idea as much as we do.

Now, start planning your own frugal fun family night and enjoy spending time with your family. 

Need more family fun ideas to do at home? Check out these 32 fun summer activities!

Or if you simply must get away, learn how to take a family vacation without busting your budget!

37 Tasty Popsicle Recipes for Kids and Adults Too

Do your kids enjoy popsicles to cool off during the summer?

Popsicles are an easy (and frugal) treat. Plus, there are popsicle recipes for adults now! How fun is that?

If you’re searching for popsicle inspiration, you’ve come to the right place. I’ve found some of the internet’s best recipes and placed them in one convenient location.

Here are the recipes you should consider making this summer:

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1. 4 Ingredient Fruit and Yogurt Pops

You can have delicious yogurt pops with only four basic ingredients. If you have yogurt, honey, heavy cream, and fruit then you have DIY popsicles.

2. Strawberry Mango Popsicles

Do you enjoy the flavor combination of mangos and strawberries? If so, you’re going to love this popsicle recipe.

3. Dole Whip Popsicles

If you’ve ever been to DisneyLand or Disney World, you know they’re famous for their Dole Whips. You can now have it in popsicle form.

4. Root Beer Float Popsicles

This is so simple yet so delicious! You combine vanilla ice cream and root beer into popsicle molds. Once they freeze, you have a delicious root beer float in a popsicle.

5. Strawberry Cheesecake Pudding Pops

You can now have a delicious cheesecake in popsicle form, and it takes a ton less time to make. Place fresh strawberries and cheesecake pudding in a popsicle mold. Add finely crushed graham crackers to the top and let the ingredients freeze.

6. Lava Flow Popsicles

These are gorgeous popsicles with a delicious flavor to boot. The popsicles consist of pineapple, mango, coconut milk, strawberries, orange juice, and honey.

7. Nutella Cool Whip Popsicle

These popsicles are delicious and easy to make. Mix Nutella and Cool Whip together. Place the mixture in popsicle molds and freeze for a delicious treat!

8. Shirley Temple Popsicles

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Shirley Temple drinks are basically a cherry 7-Up. You can now have this flavor in a popsicle thanks to this recipe.

9. Gummy Bear Popsicles

Are gummy bears a favorite around your home? You can now have these delicious (and cute!) popsicles to share with your family thanks to this easy-to-follow recipe.

10. Strawberry Lemon Ice Pops

This recipe is easy to make. You blend strawberries, lemon juice, and sugar together. Pour the mixture into a popsicle mold and freeze.

11. Watermelon Raspberry Popsicles

The great thing about fresh popsicles is that they don’t require many ingredients. This recipe only calls for two ingredients to make a delicious homemade treat.

12. Homemade Peanut Butter Fudgesicle

Do you like fudgesicles? Then you’ll love this recipe for peanut butter fudgesicles that can be made in the comfort of your own home.

13. Strawberry Lemonade Vodka Pops

This one is for adults only, but if you’re having a pool party and want to have a special treat for adults, skip the mixed drinks. Instead, make an adult popsicle.

14. Orange Dreamsicles

Dreamsicles are a childhood favorite of mine. Consider making them at home with only three ingredients!

15. Funfetti Pudding Pops

Kids love treats that not only taste great but look cool. These popsicles have both of these qualities. They’re super easy to make because they consist of vanilla pudding, milk, and sprinkles.

16. 4- Ingredient Creamy Coconut Popsicles

Popsicles are a fun treat, they taste great, but they’re also super simple to make. This recipe is a prime example. You can have a coconut party in your mouth with only four basic ingredients.

17. 2- Ingredient Baby and Toddler Pops

We can’t leave the small kids out of this fun roundup! If you have little ones, make them healthy popsicles by blending yogurt and fruit together. Place in a popsicle mold, and you have a great treat!

18. Chocolate Dipped Mocha Iced Coffee Popsicles

Who says popsicles are only fruit and yogurt? You can have delicious non-alcoholic adult popsicles thanks to this recipe, and it’s so easy! Freeze store-bought iced coffee, and you’re halfway there!

19. Rainbow Popsicles

Do you want some beautiful yet retro looking popsicles? You’ve come to the right place. These are healthy popsicles made from fresh fruit and yogurt.

20. Strawberries and Cream Popsicles

Strawberries and cream are traditional flavors that most people love. If you want a traditional flavor in your homemade popsicles, give this recipe a try.

21. Chai Tea Latte Popsicles

Do you love the flavor of chai tea? Then you’ll love these delicious and easy-to-make homemade popsicles. They’re gorgeous too!

22. Lavender Moon Milk Popsicles

Moon milk? What is that exactly? This recipe consists of lavender, honey, vanilla bean, and coconut cream. It creates a dreamy treat you’ll want to make all summer long.

23. Healthy Peaches and Cream Smoothie Popsicles

The idea behind these popsicles is to make a healthy peach smoothie and freeze it in popsicle molds. This mixture consists of peaches, yogurt, and honey. It sounds delicious!

24. DIY Rosé Popsicles

If you enjoy a good bottle of Rosé from time to time, you’ll love these popsicles.

Check out this cute wine glass!

 They’re made with Rosé, lemonade, and gin.

Don’t forget your popsicle molds!

25. Creamy Avocado Fudge Popsicles

If you’re trying to avoid dairy, it can be hard to enjoy fudge popsicles. That is, until now. This recipe subs avocado in the place of milk. Add your chocolate, a few other ingredients, and freeze for a delicious (and cool) sweet treat.

26. Mimosa Popsicles (For Grown Ups)

Do you enjoy mimosas while sitting poolside and eating a late brunch? You can now enjoy mimosas in a different way. Freeze them and create adult popsicles perfect for any time of day.

27. Lemonade Popsicles

Most of us enjoy a glass of cold lemonade on a hot day. You may even enjoy frozen lemonades. Now, you can enjoy lemonade in popsicle form when the temperatures begin to rise.

28. 4- Ingredient Blueberry Yogurt Popsicles

These popsicles look like a great choice, especially if you grow your own blueberries. They consist of blueberries, yogurt, honey, and a splash of milk.

29. Cookies-n-Cream Popsicles

My kids love cookies-n-cream ice cream. If your kids like this flavor choice as well, consider making these popsicles. They’re filled with chocolate sandwich cookies, vanilla, whipped topping, and milk.

30. Jell-O Popsicles

Jell-O popsicles are super easy to make and affordable too! You mix the Jell-O packet with sugar and water. Finish the process by freezing in a popsicle mold.

31. Tiramisu Popsicles

If you’re looking for a decadent popsicle your whole family will love, give this popsicle recipe a try. It has a delicious coffee layer and a creamy mascarpone layer. As my step dad says, “It’ll make you wish your throat was a mile long!”

32. Mint Chocolate Yogurt Popsicles

Do you love mint chocolate chip ice cream? If so, you’ll want to check out these popsicles. It begins by making a mint chocolate chip base. The base gets dipped in chocolate before being frozen inside the popsicle mold.

33. Old-Fashioned Cherry Creamsicles

Creamsicles are usually thought to be an orange flavor. However, people used to make cherry creamsicles too. This recipe gives you a blast from the past with a delicious flavor!

34. Healthy and Creamy Key Lime Pie Popsicles

Are you a fan of key lime pie? Why not enjoy the same flavor in a popsicle? Thanks to this recipe, it can now be your favorite summertime treat!

35. Bahama Mama Rum Popsicles

We’re taking a trip by the bar one more time. Instead of going for the mixed drinks on a hot day, make an adult popsicle instead. If you like Bahama Mamas, you should try this recipe.

36. Banana Cream Pie Popsicles

Banana cream pie is probably one of my favorite desserts. If you love the creamy banana flavor in your desserts, you should try these popsicles.

37. Cake Batter Popsicles

This whole article has consisted of recipes that could be a party in your mouth. Our big finale will bring the cake to the party. It’s an actual cake mix with vanilla ice cream and sprinkles that are frozen into a popsicle. Delicious!

You now have 37 different popsicle recipes for staying cool this summer. Popsicles are easy-to-make, inexpensive, and so delicious.

What are you waiting for? Buy your popsicle molds, start making some amazing concoctions, and enjoy your summer!

Need more fun, DIY summer recipes? Check out DIY ice cream recipes here

Fun Memorial Day recipes here

And tasty 4th of July recipes here

7 Frugal Gardening Methods to Help You Garden on a Budget

Did you know some gardening methods are more expensive than others?

Some methods can cost you quite a bit to get started. Certain people garden out of enjoyment, but if you’re trying to do life on a budget, you may be gardening out of necessity.

 If you fit in the latter category, you’re in the right place. I’m going to bring you some frugal gardening methods.

You shouldn’t have to spend a small fortune to start gardening. Here are the frugal gardening methods that can help you become more self-sufficient through gardening without being a financial burden:

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1. Basic In Ground Gardening

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If you’d like to garden without a ton of investment, plant a garden in the ground. You’ll need a way to till your garden area. 

Consider buying a tiller.

Once you get the soil to a workable point, you’re only out the cost of seeds and fertilizer.

Not everyone has great soil to grow in, but if you’re fortunate enough to have quality soil, this type of gardening is the most inexpensive.

2. Raised Bed Gardening

Raised beds don’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. In fact, you can utilize materials you have hanging around your property to build awesome raised beds.

If you have wooden slabs, old pieces of wood, pieces of metal, tires, or any other usable material, create a raised bed. Fill the beds with quality dirt, and you’re ready to start gardening.

If mobility is a concern, try this mobile raised planter box. 

3. Container Gardening

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People get all tripped out about container gardening. They assume you must spend a small fortune on gorgeous containers to grow a garden.

I’m here to tell you that you don’t. Instead, use old flower pots or buckets to raise a garden. Don’t be afraid to buy pots second hand either. One person’s trash is another person’s treasure, especially when using frugal gardening methods.

4. Window Box Gardening

Do you use window boxes on your house during the warmer months to create gorgeous, natural décor? Why not use this space for gardening?

Buy or build inexpensive window boxes. Fill the boxes with quality soil and grow a small garden in each box. They’re wonderful for herbs, vegetables, and shallow rooted fruits.

5. Hanging Basket Garden

Can you seriously raise a garden in hanging baskets? Why, yes! Yes, you can. Again, purchase inexpensive hanging baskets and hang them in a sunny location once filled with quality soil.

You can grow strawberries in a hanging basket, certain varieties of tomatoes, peppers, herbs, and other smaller plants.

6. Hügelkultur

If you’ve never heard of this style of gardening, you’re in for a treat. The idea behind Hügelkultur gardening is to incorporate what you have.

For instance, if you have a fallen tree, don’t trash it. Instead, cover it with soil and compost until it forms a large mound. Then plant your garden in the mound. This will compost over the years giving you quality soil to grow in and will retain moisture.

You can utilize this style of gardening inside your raised beds by placing large chunks of wood in the bottom. Layer the rest of the bed with smaller pieces of wood, mulch, compost, and soil. Hügelkultur is a wonderful frugal gardening method.

7. Vertical Gardening

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Last, but not least, is vertical gardening. Not everyone has room for large gardening spaces which is why many gardeners have started growing vertically instead of horizontally.

Vertical gardening doesn’t have to be expensive. It can be as simple as buying a shoe organizer, filling each pouch with soil, and raising shallow rooted plants in each pocket. Again, it’s inexpensive and compact which makes it a great method for those working with limited funds and space.

Consider this planter and gardening pouch!

If you hang around the internet on a regular basis, it’s easy to become discouraged by thinking you must invest a lot upfront to create a functional grow space.

In my mind, this defeats the entire purpose of gardening from a place of necessity. I hope these frugal gardening methods encourage you to grow your own food, save money on your grocery bill, and avoid busting your budget.

It can be done. I know because I’ve done it for years.

Now, friends, I encourage you to try it for yourself. Pick the frugal gardening method that will work best for you and try your hand at gardening.

It’s okay to fail. Consider it a lesson and continue to persevere as you gain valuable gardening experience while maintaining life on a budget.