House Keeping? House Keeping?

Anyone watch Family Guy?

Remember that episode when Peter starts being a maid at a hotel...

"House keeping? House keeping? I come in anyway?"

No? Click here and enjoy!


Funny right? Freaking hilarious.

Ok- so there is some housekeeping business that I feel I need to address, and there is no time like the present!

Ok, I realize that it has been closed for over a week and I haven't talking about the results or posted a new one. Tomorrow I will. Tomorrow is going to be a HUGE Christmas post. I think you'll enjoy it. In fact, you might even love it and your appreciation for my frugal-ness might skyrocket. I felt it was only fair to give you some advanced warning so that you'd be prepared for the awesomeness that will be the post tomorrow.

I apologised for it once already, and feel it necessary to apologise again. To make it up to you, I will list our meals for the week....but that is all. I'm to lazy and we have a meeting soon so- this will have to do.
Saturday- Beef on a Bun
Sunday- Bratwurst, Sauerkraut, buns and cucumber salad
Monday- Hot beef and Pasta on Cesar Salad
Tuesday- BLTs
Wednesday- we are in Calgary
Thursday- Spaghetti with homemade meat sauce & salad
Friday- * i don't remember* Probably homemade tomato and rice soup or something easy.

I also realize that I have been lacking in the photo area. I feel bad about this. I'm currently doing a 365 project (see HERE for more on that) and since I am pretty much only taking picture of myself for that- I don't really want to fill my posts with pictures of me. Even though I am vain like that. :) But just because people have been hassling me about discounted meat- I shall prove to you that it does exist and that you can get 2kg of ground beef for $3.88.

Now take THAT to the bank!

If you haven't already, read this post and if you like that, then you can check out my friends blog post here. Support us and our granola ways! :) We will find out on December 3rd if we've made the final cut and then you can start voting!

I had a request to post my family's monthly budget. I will do a variation of the one that we've been using lately. I don't really want to post our actual income (because that is none of your business...LOL) but I will post where our money is going...cool?

I've been receiving numerous emails and messages regarding helpful links to coupons, and discounted items and I assure you that I will get a section up that has all those helpful and awesome sites that you can get stuff from. If you like free stuff, then click here! My good friend lists all the websites who are doing giveaways and such- you can win some cool stuff for free!!

Ok- it is 8:30pm and I have a mountain of laundry that needs to be folded and a meeting that is set to begin in a few moments. Take care and remember to check back tomorrow for my Christmas rant....um, post!

Frugally Yours,
Erin B.


Super Saturday

I'm not going to post my meal plan this week because I'm feeling exceptionally lazy and my baby girl is fighting a cold and we need to cuddle...so....a few recipes and pictures will have to do.
The first recipe I would like to share with you all is for homemade granola bars. I've had and tried numerous recipes and this is by far the best one I've tried. I made a pan of these last night, took me no time at all, and this morning I cut them up, wrapped them individually in saran wrap and I have 20 granola bars...85% organic and 100% delicious. I spent $6 on all the ingredients. A shout out to Kim who gave me the recipe.

The BEST Homemade Granola Bars
2 cups granola *I used an unsweetened organic variety*
2 cups oats
1 cup sunflower seeds *I only had 1/2 cup so I substituted 1/2 cup pumpkin- both organic*
1/2 cup chopped peanuts *I used a dry roasted version*
1 cup honey
1/2 cup peanut butter *I used an all natural organic smooth version*
2 eggs- beaten
4 tablespoons butter.

-Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl.
-In a pot, mix: honey and peanut butter. Add beaten eggs slowly, stirring quickly to avoid scrambling. Bring to boil. Remove from heat and add butter. Let cool for 20-30 minutes.
-Add wet to dry and stir to combine.
-Press into well greased 9"x13" pan and refridgerate for 2 hours (or overnight)
-Cut into individual bars and store in fridge. *I cut mine and wrapped them individually as they were pretty soft and I wanted something I could easily throw into lunches.*

*the cutest little person ever*

Basic Honey Whole Wheat Bread (I do the dough in my bread machine and then take it out and bake it in a pan because we prefer that shape in our bread). It's cheaper to make your own bread. This loaf cost me about $0.50...
Medium- 1 1/2 pounds
1 cup + 1 tablespoon water, 80-90 degrees F.
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 1/2 tablespoons honey or sugar
1 cup bread flour (I've only ever used all-purpose and my loaves turn out fine)
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 1/4 teaspoons yeast- dry, instant, or bread machine

Put all ingredients in bread pan in this order. Set machine to Whole Wheat Cycle, Loaf Size (med) and hit start.
After the rise cycle, before it bakes, remove the bread dough from the machine and place in a well greased (I butter & flour my pan) pan and let rise in warm area for another 30 minutes. Bake at 350 for 35 minutes or until golden brown.

*yummy bread*

-Cheesy Onion Swirl Bread.
Once you remove it from the bread machine, roll it out the dough and sprinkle with old cheddar cheese and onion flakes. Roll up and place in pan. Allow to rise and then bake off. Delicious. *I made this up the other day and it was a huge hit in our house*

-Cinnamon & Raisin Swirl.
Once you remove from the bread machine, roll out the dough and sprinkle with a cinnamon and sugar mixture (1/4 cup sugar, 1tbsp cinnamon, 1/2 cup raisins). Roll up and place in pan. Allow to rise and then bake off. Delicious. I prefer using this recipe for my cinnamon swirl bread because I refuse to eat white bread, nor will I serve it to my child. It works out great and is much tastier and heartier then it's white counterpart.

Ok, that is all for today. Check back on Monday for a very interesting post...you won't be disappointed.

Frugally Yours,
Erin B.


Random Facts?!

After my class tonight, I feel like I am full of useless (but oddly interesting) facts that I feel obligated to share with you.

>The most children one woman has ever given birth to is 69. She had some sort of genetic issue and gave birth to 23 sets of triplets. Can you imagine? At least you would have 3 sets of everything to reuse...

>The most children one man has ever fathered is 888. He kept all his "women" in one place (like a compound) that no other men entered. I think this is gross. Imagine how it would feel to be the 888th kid...that would suck.

>There are enough sperm in 1 teaspoon of semen to impregnate every women in the U.S.A. One word: EWWWWWW!

Frugal Tip of the day??
Don't have 23 sets of triplets, after one set- STOP.

Frugally Yours,
Erin B.


Don't shoot the messenger.

I think being a man would be cheaper.

Don't get me wrong, I love myself and I love being a woman and all the wonderfulness that comes along with boobies and the ability to make baby's from scratch...which I can do pretty darn well.

But sometimes, I truly believe that being a man, would save me a bunch of money.

My rationale:

1. Their clothes are cheaper and they need fewer accessories. No handbags, clutches, boots, matching earrings and bracelets and all the other crap that women (myself included) insist on wearing on a regular basis. Not only do we need all these accessories, but we need them in a few different colours...

2. Our haircuts cost a fortune compared to men haircuts. I can spend upwards of $70 to have my hair cut by someone I truly trust with my precious curls. My husband? I cut his hair for free. On that same note, women often use more products in their hair...

3. Women = makeup = EXPENSIVE. Holy geez! I like looking pretty but I just can't keep up with the cost of makeup. I'm sorry, but I can't afford to spend $20 on eyeliner, or $50 on mascara. Call me cheap, but I prefer the stuff I can get at Shoppers for under $5. Men = no makeup = cheaper.

4. Women eat less, but because we are smaller we need high quality food which = more expensive. Because men are bigger they can eat lower quality food (because they have bigger stomachs) which means they can spend the same amount as us but get much more. Don't believe me, come join me in my Psyc2700 class on Thursday nights from 6-8:50 and I'm sure my prof would love to tell you all about it.

5. Men don't have to dish out money for FEMALE products every month. That = cheaper.

6. Generally speaking, their alcoholic beverage of choice (beer) is cheaper then the mixed drinks (martini's) that women like to drink. I'm talking $2-3 dollars difference here...with 2-4 drinks, that's a significant amount of $$.

Well that's all folks. My creative juices have run dry. After writing a 9 page research paper in 10 hours, I'm pretty much tired of typing and my brain is pretty much mush.

Frugally Yours,
Erin B.


Your Turn

I'm writing this post because my boss made a request and who am I to say NO to the lady with the power? Umm, not risking my job- especially in this economy- so here we go...

Last year when Lawrence was in school and I was at home with Charlotte- things were tight. We were living off student loans, the small wage + tips that Lawrence was bring in, and the little bits of cash that I would get for random jobs (ie: helping out at the B.O. *my work*, helping friends reorganize etc...) it wasn't much, but we were surviving and everything seemed to be fine.

Then Christmas happened. Now between the gifts we bought, the money we spent on gas driving home and back, and the week Lawrence had off work- come January, we literally had no money. It freaked me out. Here I was, a SAHM with a student/part time working husband and a tiny baby that needed me for everything...and no money to pay my rent, buy food...no money for anything. I cried, it sucked and I wanted to go back to September and start working more and saving better and spending less and being smarter...retrospect...kwim?! We needed money and fast. I refused to use our credit cards for things, because they are evil and should die. I didn't want to spend money that we didn't have because then you just end up digging yourself into this huge hole that takes you FOREVER to get out of. Clearly, since I was the one at home, I needed to find a way to make money. No one was really hiring at the time- trust me I looked everywhere- and with the specific hours I needed it was literally impossible to find a job that would cater to me.

So what did I do?

I sold stuff on Kijiji. I went through our house and sold everything that we weren't using, things we didn't need, things that were taking up space. I had people coming to my house almost every day, picking up things that they purchased from me. I was able to pay our rent. I was able to buy groceries, I was able to provide for my family for one month. Then we were out of things to sell and rent was still going to be due and we still needed to eat, so I needed to find more work.

So what did I do?

I thought of things that I was good at, and things that people had hired and paid me for in the past. Cleaning. I'm a good cleaner, a bit neurotic at times, but can you really blame me? So I posted on Kijiji again, offering my cleaning services. Within an hour of posting my ad, I had 5 potential clients and by the end of the second day, I had to remove the ad because I had over 20 people looking for someone to help them clean. So I started cleaning. My dear friends (who I would have been lost without) took Charlotte and I would clean 2 times a week. I made $20/hour. We were doing alright. We could afford another months rent and we continued to eat. But we needed something more...

So what did I do?

I called the Lethbridge Herald and got us a paper route. Is it desirable? No. Did we (Lawrence and I took turns) like it? No. We were making $600 extra a month? Yes. Could we continue to live? Yes. So we did it. From April - July we did papers every morning. I was able to do it because Charlotte would still be sleeping and Lawrence could do it because he didn't have class until 11am. We did it, and it wasn't really all that bad. I wouldn't go back to doing it...but it got us through some hard times. We were able to save a lot of what we made doing papers, as it was supplementing what we were already making.

I also got a childcare job. I started looking after a family out of town 2 days a week. That really helped and since I was able to bring Charlotte along, it worked out perfectly. I worked for this family from February - August, and was able to support my family and still be a SAHM. Almost all the money I made doing this went into savings.

Where are we now?

We are ALL good. I work, Lawrence works, and I still clean every other weekend. We made it through the hard times together, and we are stronger for it. If I thought I was frugal before that, I knew nothing. I am frugal now, because at one point, I had no other choice. We have enough money in savings now so that if this ever happens again, we are covered completely (all bills, rent, groceries etc...) for 3 months. This makes me feel confident. We didn't rack up thousands of dollars in credit card debt- because we knew there were other ways...and I rarely take the easy way out.

So I open this up to you. How do you make extra money on the side? What are ways that you create extra revenue for your family? If you don't, do you plan for this? What would you do if you suddenly needed money fast? I would really like to hear what you have to say...so please comment on this post.

Frugally Yours,
Erin B.



Sorry about the late post. The day really got away from me...what else is new?

I got this in an email a little while ago and thought it was great. I wanted to share it with all of you as it has a lot of helpful hints...enjoy! *I'll leave my own comments in BOLD*

Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store. If you leave them connected at the stem, they ripen faster. This works. I tried it this week with my green banana's...awesome!

Store your opened chunks of cheese in aluminium foil. It will stay fresh much longer and not mold! Haven't tried this yet as cheese never lasts long in our house.

Peppers with 3 bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating. Peppers with 4 bumps on the bottom are firmer and better for cooking. I'm going to be looking for this next time I'm buying peppers.

Add a teaspoon of water when frying ground beef. It will help pull the grease away from the meat while cooking. This works. Give it a try.

Heat up leftover pizza in a nonstick skillet on top of the stove, set heat to med-low and heat till warm. This keeps the crust crispy. No soggy micro pizza. Really need to try this one...even though I prefer leftover pizza cold...

Expanding Frosting
When you buy a container of cake frosting from the store, whip it with your mixer for a few minutes. You can double it in size. You get to frost more cake/cupcakes with the same amount. You also eat less sugar and calories per serving. Tried it this weekend and it worked. I iced 2 cakes with one container of icing.

To warm biscuits, pancakes, or muffins that were refrigerated, place them in a microwave with a cup of water. The increased moisture will keep the food moist and help it reheat faster. Done and done- works like a charm.

Newspaper weeds away
Start putting in your plants, working the nutrients in your soil. Wet newspapers, put layers around the plants overlapping as you go cover with mulch and forget about weeds. Weeds will get through some gardening plastic they will not get through wet newspapers. Haven't tried this personally, but I would be interested in trying it...

Broken Glass
Use a wet cotton ball or Q-tip to pick up the small shards of glass you can't see easily.

No More Mosquitoes!
Place a dryer sheet in your pocket. It will keep the mosquitoes away.

Squirrel Away!
To keep squirrels from eating your plants, sprinkle your plants with cayenne pepper.
The cayenne pepper doesn't hurt the plant and the squirrels won't come near it.

Flexible vacuum
To get something out of a heat register or under the fridge add an empty paper towel roll or empty gift wrap roll to your vacuum. It can be bent or flattened to get in narrow openings.

Reducing Static Cling
Pin a small safety pin to the seam of your slip and you will not have a clingy skirt or dress. Same thing works with slacks that cling when wearing pantyhose. Place pin in seam of slacks and ... ta da! ... static is gone.

Measuring Cups
Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill with hot water. Dump out the hot water, but don't dry cup. Next, add your ingredient, such as peanut butter, and watch how easily it comes right out. I always sprayed mine with Pam first, but this works even better.

Foggy Windshield?
Hate foggy windshields? Buy a chalkboard eraser and keep it in the glove box of your car When the windows fog, rub with the eraser! Works better than a cloth! Chalkboard erasers are $1 at the Dollar Store.

Reopening envelopes
If you seal an envelope and then realize you forgot to include something inside, just place your sealed envelope in the freezer for an hour or two. Viola! It unseals easily. I wanted to try this, so I licked a plain envelope closed and put it in the freezer, it seriously works...magic!

Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs. It's cheaper than shaving cream and leaves your legs really smooth. It's also a great way to use up the conditioner you bought but didn't like when you tried it in your hair. Done it and loved it. Who wants to spend $4 on shaving cream when you can use leftover conditioner or the stuff you don't like...?

Goodbye Fruit Flies
To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a small glass, fill it 1/2' with Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 drops of dish washing liquid; mix well. You will find those flies drawn to the cup and gone forever! One of my friends was asking about this ages ago (during the GTA Garbage Strike)...does this work??

Get Rid of Ants
Put small piles of cornmeal where you see ants. They eat it, take it 'home,' can't digest it so it kills them. It may take a week or so, especially if it rains, but it works and you don't have the worry about pets or small children being harmed! We don't have an any problem, but if we did, I would be willing to try this.

INFO ABOUT CLOTHES DRYERS (cool, I did it with ours...it totally works! Even though we rarely use dryer sheets...I can guarentee the people before us did...and it worked like a charm)
The heating unit went out on my dryer! The gentleman that fixes things around the house for us told us that he wanted to show us something and he went over to the dryer and pulled out the lint filter. It was clean. (I always clean the lint from the filter after every load clothes.) He told us that he wanted to show us something; he took the filter over to the sink and ran hot water over it. The lint filter is made of a mesh material .. I'm sure you know what your dryer's lint filter looks like. Well ... the hot water just sat on top of the mesh! It didn't go through it at all! He told us that dryer sheets cause a film over that mesh that's what burns out the heating unit. You can't SEE the film, but it's there. It's what is in the dryer sheets to make your clothes soft and static free ... that nice fragrance too. You know how they can feel waxy when you take them out of the box ... well this stuff builds up on your clothes and on your lint screen. This is also what causes dryer units to potentially burn your house down with it! He said the best
way to keep your dryer working for a very long time (and to keep your electric bill lower) is to take that filter out and wash it with hot soapy water and an old toothbrush (or other brush) at least every six months. He said that makes the life of the dryer at least twice as long! How about that!?! Learn something new everyday! I certainly didn't know dryer sheets would do that. So, I thought I'd share!

OK- that is all I've got for today. My posts this week will probably be pretty lame, so let me apologise in advance. *SORRY* I have a couple papers due and a bunch of other crap that needs to be handed in, so that is where I will be spending most of my 'free' time. I encourage you to give some of these ideas a try and then let me know if they worked for you.

Frugally Yours,
Erin B.


You Are What You Eat

This week goes like this...

Saturday- my in-laws 30th Wedding Anniversary Party. Dinner out.

Sunday- family still down, eating at Grandma's for Sunday Dinner.

Monday- Oven BBQ Chicken with Roast Potatoes and Broccoli*
  • HAVE: chicken thighs, onion, brown sugar, tomato sauce, garlic, Dijon, seasonings, baby potatoes, broccoli
  • NEED: cider vinegar

Tuesday- Meatball Souvlaki with Fixings on a Pita*

  • HAVE: bread crumbs, Dijon, seasonings, garlic, dill weed, lettuce
  • NEED: ground beef, cucumber, sour cream, Roma tomatoes, red onion

Wednesday- Sweet and Sour Pork, Brown Rice, Salad

  • HAVE: pork, sweet & sour stuff, brown rice, salad & fixings.
  • NEED: nothing.

Thursday- Chili & Cheese Buns

  • HAVE: Tomatoes, Green Pepper, Jalapeno, tomato paste, corn, ingredients for cheese buns
  • NEED: Kidney beans

Friday- Pizza Night

  • HAVE: ingredients for pizza dough, tomato paste, cheese
  • NEED: ham, pineapple

* indicate the new recipes I am trying this week.

r. onion


Ground Beef x2
Deli Ham

Milk- homo & skim
Sour Cream

cider vinegar
kidney beans

How much did I spend this week you ask?

Skim Milk- $2.29
Deposit- $0.29
Homo Milk- $1.49
Deposit- $0.11
Lean Ground Beef- $2.00 x2 (2 lbs)
Bacon- $3.00
Aged Cheese- $3.87
Sour Cream- $1.67
Pineapple- $1.00
Cider Vinegar- $1.77
Corn Oil- $2.88
Kidney Beans- $0.87
Eggs- $2.12
Pita- $2.93
Carrots- $1.47
Celery- $1.47
R.Onion- $0.59
G.Pepper- $0.57
Cucumber- $1.47
Banana- $1.31
Tomato- $0.87
Deli Ham- $2.04
TOTAL: 36.61
GRAND TOTAL + 5% GST: $38.44
Under: $1.56

As per last week, if you want a recipe please let me know and I will send you a message on FB or an email... :)

Tomorrow I will try to get on to do a quick Christmas post that was supposed to be posted today (sorry, the day got away from me) but I can't make any guarentees. If not tomorrow then Sunday, but keep checking back.

Anyhow, I'm off to get some shut eye before family photos in the morning and then...*drum roll*..............................................NEW MOON!!! That's right folks, I'm going to see it tomorrow...woot woot. I will post a review...sometime...in the near future.

Frugally Yours,
Erin B.



My mother-in-law sent this to me in an e-mail, and I just wanted to share this with you all. It is true...


















Happy Days...

Apparently my neighbour reads my blog.

That is all I have for today folks. I'm a busy lady...but come back tomorrow for some Christmas Talk. It will be a good time.

Frugally Yours,
Erin B.


Parking Wars

My husband says that I get annoyed over little things.

I disagree.

I don't get annoyed when there are crumbs all over my floor or when bleach is spilt on my carpet (it happened)...those I would classify as "little things".

However, I do get annoyed when little things turn into BIG things, and when those BIG things start impacting my life in a negative way.

Close your eyes and picture this for a second. Me, carrying Charlotte (a 20lbs squirming toddler), with a diaper bag slung over one shoulder and my school bag (full of HEAVY textbooks) over the other, fighting the wind to get to my car. Not a pretty picture. It usually involves some curse words and a lot of screaming from the squirming toddler. (CRV = mine, crooked car = stupidhead neighbour).

Ok, there is hardly enough room for me to squeeze by to get into my car, how can I possibly get by with 2 bags and a baby?! I can't. So I put said baby down and what does she do? Runs into the parking lot. *negative impact on my life* So nowI have to run and get her, walk over to the other side of the car, manually unlock BOTH doors *stupid car* get Charlotte in all the while she is screaming and yelling and pulling my hair and scratching my face, close the doors, go over to the driver's side, pick up the bags that I dropped when I was running to save my child from THE BIG SCARY PARKING LOT....ok you can see where this story is going. I eventually am able to squeeze myself into my car all the while yelling obscenities in the direction of my neighbours house....10 minutes has passed and now I am really late and really ticked off. This has officially turned into a BIG deal.

Reasons for being ticked off?:
1. My stupidhead neighbour needs to learn how to park her stupidhead car.
2. Clearly I need to lose some weight if I can't squeeze my fat ass in between 2 cars...

Moral of the story? WALK instead of drive (good on the pocket book and environment) and lose weight so that next time (and there will be a next time) your stupidhead neighbour decides to park like a blind person you can fit nicely in between the cars.

See, this isn't a little thing...

Frugally Yours,
Erin B.

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Don't be Greedy, Give to the Needy...

As frugal as I am, I always give to the Food Bank. There is always someone in need...someone who has less then I do...someone who needs my...our help...

Ever hear of the Golden Rule...??

Click here to get involved.

Frugally Yours,
Erin B.


Muffins- by request

I've had a few requests asking for muffin recipes and since I am the MUFFIN QUEEN (among other things, and man- that almost sounds dirty...) I decided I would give up my secret. That is right folks...I'm about to share with you my muffin secret...(whoa, that time it definitely sounded dirty).

I go onto google, type in muffins and click HERE!

Not all that exciting I know, but seriously, I've made almost ALL of these muffin recipes and have LOVED THEM ALL. I was trying to decide if I was just going to share the link, or if I was going to type *cough cut&paste cough* them all into a post and claim them to be mine, but alas, I'm an honest person, so I shared the link. Besides, I don't want to people from Joy of Baking hunting me down and suing me for all that I have (which is very little...). So- click on the above link and enjoy the numerous recipes- tested and tried by yours truly- and try them out over the following weeks for breakfasts and snacks.

That all being said, I thought I would share some of my secrets on how I make things healthier and more filling. I like healthy and I like filling food, and if I can combine that into one yummy morsel of goodness (read: muffin) then perfect.

Instead of an egg:
  • use only the egg white to cut the cholesterol
  • in cakes/muffins- substitute 1 banana for 1 egg, or 1 tbsp milled flax seed and 3tbsp water
  • 2tbsp of corn starch = 1 egg

Instead of oil/butter:

  • using the same amount of pureed fruits (apple sauce) instead of oil/butter. You can also use 1/2 & 1/2 (read: half oil, half applesauce)

Instead of All Purpose White Flour:

  • use half whole wheat flour, and half regular white flour. NOTE: in personal experience (having tried and eaten lots of attempts) don't substitute whole wheat flour for white flour 100%. Whatever you are making will be too dense, and very dry...or in other words yucky.
  • If a recipe calls for 2 cups of flour, use 1 cup white flour, 1/2 cup whole wheat flour and then use whatever you would like for the last 1/2 cup. Things like bran, milled flax seed, ground nuts, coconut flour etc are all great options.

Instead of white sugar:

  • substitute brown sugar (1:1) in any recipe. This will add moisture and more flavour. Also- it is lighter, believe it or not. 1 cup of white sugar weighs 8oz whereas 1 cup of brown sugar equals only 6oz.
  • use honey/maple syrup instead of sugar, but for every cup of sugar use only 3/4 cup of honey/maple syrup. Keep in mind, that using this will add more moisture to whatever you are baking so you might need to add more flour or dry ingredients...

Instead of milk:

  • using soy milk, rice milk or almond milk are great substitutes to regular 1% or skim milk.
  • if a recipe calls for buttermilk but you don't want to dish out the $4 for 1L of it, use 1tbsp vinegar/lemon juice for every 1 cup of milk. Mix and let stand for 5 minutes = voila, buttermilk.
  • you can use powdered milk and some water
  • also yogurt can be a good substitute (again, you might want to water it down a bit, but that is based on personal preference)

Ok, there you have it folks...my secrets. I did some searching around to see what else I could find that I could link for you and Joy of Cooking has a great substitution list for you...so click here.

Frugally Yours,
Erin B.

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You MUST try these. I made these on a whim and I had all that stuff in my house so it cost me NOTHING!

Candy Cane Brownies.

1/2 cup butter/margarine
1/4 cup cocoa

Melt in a microwave safe bowl. Stir.

2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla (I always up that amount)

Beat together eggs, sugar and vanilla. Add chocolate and butter to first mixture and stir until blended. Add 3/4 cup flour. Mix. Add in either: A) 1 package of peppermint chocolate chips B) 1 package of white chocolate chips or C) 1 package normal chocolate chips...and 4 crushed candy canes. Mix until well combined. Pour into greased & floured 8X8 pan and baked for 28 minutes at 350 degrees.

Let cool for 10 minutes then removed from pan.
That is all.

What We Eat

I apologise about the delay. As per my post yesterday, it was a busy day. Between my parents being down and a Centennial Church celebration, I just didn't have time to get on and post our meal plan, grocery list and receipt.
DISCLAIMER: I want to you all to keep in mind that I meal plan according to what we have in our house...I want to buy a few things as possible so I meal plan around what we already have- kwim? I'm just saying this because if you want to follow my meal plan and go out and buy everything for all the recipies you will likely spend more then me...

The post will go like this:

Meal Plan
What I already have/what I need to buy
Grocery List

Week: Nov14-20th
Saturday (my parents were down, so I had to feed 5 people)- Stir fry & Brown Rice

  • HAVE: Brown Rice, Stir fry Sauce Ingredients, Onions, Carrots, Celery
  • BUY: Red Pepper, Broccoli, Zucchini

Sunday- Sloppy Joe's* w/ Fruit Salad

  • HAVE: Onion, ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, Apples
  • BUY: Buns, ground beef, oranges, bananas

Monday- Lawrence's Work Christmas Party, going out for dinner, pre-paid tickets

Tuesday- Pork Satay*, Brown Rice and Salad

  • HAVE: Pork, Brown Rice, Soy Sauce, Garlic, Ginger, Hot Sauce, Lettuce, Salad Fixings
  • BUY: Orange Juice Concentrate, Bamboo Skewers (got at Dollar Store for $1)

Wednesday: Waffles, Blueberry Sauce & Whipped Cream

  • HAVE: Waffle ingredients, frozen blueberries, sugar
  • BUY: Whipping Cream

Thursday- Beef Barley Soup (Crock Pot meal)

  • HAVE: Carrots, Celery, Onions, Beef Bouillon, Parsley,Barley
  • BUY: Stewing Beef, Tomato Sauce

Friday- Spaghetti, Homemade Sauce, Cesar Salad, Buns

  • HAVE: Cesar Salad Dressing (homemade), Tomatoes, Garlic, Onions
  • BUY: Spaghetti, Buns, Tomato Sauce

Lettuce (extra)

Homo Milk
Skim Milk
Whipping Cream


Ground Beef
Stewing Beef

Tomato Sauce

Homo Milk- $1.49
Deposit- $0.11
Skim Milk- $1.35
Deposit- $0.11
Whip Cream- $3.17
Deposit- $0.11
Eggs- $2.12
Marble Cheese- $3.87
Tomato Sauce- $0.94 x 2 = $1.88
Pasta- $1.87
Dinner Rolls- $0.17 x 5 = $0.85
Mandarins $3.97
Lettuce- $1.47
Broccoli- $1.97
Peppers 3ct- $3.97
Zucchini- $0.78
Bananas- $1.10
Avocado- $0.97
Lime-$0.33 x 3 = $0.99
Discounted Meat (Stew Beef)- $3.50
Ground Beef- $2.50
TOTAL: $38.15 + 5% GST
Over: $0.05 (which I had in my wallet...)

I only meal plan for Dinners. We have leftovers from almost every meal. I usually toss one in the freezer and one is for lunch for either Lawrence, Charlotte or me the following day. For lunches we do hummus (homemade) with veggies, PB&J Sandwiches, Grilled Cheese, homemade KD, Veggie Soup etc...things that I don't need to buy things for. Lawrence also works 3 times a week and can get a bowl of soup at work for pennies...so he does that. I also freeze Charlotte sized meals (lasagna, soups etc) that I can pull out and send with her to her babysitters for lunch. As for breakfasts, we eat toast, oatmeal, muffins or smoothies. We have a lot of frozen fruit from the summer, I make muffins almost weekly and we can have those, they also work well for snacks. Again, it's meals that I don't have to buy for. I would also like to mention that because we are going out once this week (Monday for the Christmas Party) I allowed myself to spend a little bit more on the other meals for the week (ie: whipping cream = almost $4, that rarely happens). I would also like to mention that I try 2 new recipes a week. The ones that are new this week had a * next to them.

So there you have it folks. We eat healthy, we eat fresh food every night and I only spend $40 on groceries. There are times when I will go over, but generally speaking I stick to this budget. I shop at Wal-Mart Supercenter in Lethbridge, the cheapest place I've found SO FAR to buy groceries. Some weeks I will shop at Superstore because it is also pretty decent but generally speaking I shop at the Supercenter.

If you want a recipe let me know and I will either e-mail it to you, or send you a picture of it. :)

Frugally Yours,
Erin B.


Meal Plan et. al.

It will be posted shortly.

Today has been crazy. My parents came down, Lawrence was working....so needless to say the Meal Plan, Grocery List and my Receipt has yet to be posted. As soon as I get home it will be...so check back later tonight or tomorrow to see me work my magic...



Poll Results

So my first attempt at a poll on my blog was kind of a fail. Instead of saying "How much do YOU spend weekly on groceries" I wrote, "How much do WE spend weekly on groceries"...and of course despite all my efforts you cannot go in and change the wording of your question once someone has voted. So the question stayed...all week...being wrong and staring at me in the face. FAIL.


I always think it is interesting to see how much other people spend on groceries. I know I'm like the Budget Queen and can pretty much make anything on a dime...but I like to think that I am not the only person out there who spend less then $100 on grocery's...for a week.

So here are the results:
8 people spend between $30-$50
10 people spend between $50-$100
9 people spend between $100-$150
2 people spend $150 or more...

I spend $40 a week (cash only) on groceries. Sometimes a little less if my meal plan includes a lot of leftover meals or if it is a short week (read: we are going to be away for the weekend). It was easier before Charlotte started eating table food as I was just shopping for Lawrence and I, but even with the added mouth (she eats like a man) I can still shop for all of us, for a week, and get everything for the low low low price of $40. I'm magical! I'll prove it too...come back tomorrow to see!

So, my biggest wonder for those who spend over $50 a week- what do you buy?? Granted, your families are probably bigger then mine...but still- what do you buy that costs so much? I'm honestly curious. I mean I know I can easily drop $100 on groceries...but I don't (read: almost never).

My new challenge? Getting all my Christmas Baking supplies in without going over budget...that will be interesting.

There is a new poll- go vote NOW! Please.

Frugally Yours,
Erin B.

PS. Click here to see something freaky.


What's More Important?

So I walk down stairs and the smell hits me like a load of bricks.

It’s diaper day.

This is the reason why so many people refuse to cloth diaper. I don’t blame them. Scraping poop off diapers isn’t fun. In fact, it is my most dreaded chore, but I do it.

I’m saving the environment one nasty poopy diaper at a time and man; I am proud of it.

~ ~ ~ ~

I knew I wanted to cloth diaper but I didn’t know a lot about it. So I stayed up late every night for a week reading up on cloth diapering, the various styles, shapes and sizes, washing instructions, etc etc. I felt I knew all there was to know about cloth diapering. So when I came across an online company that was going out of business I impulsively bought 20 FuzziBunz Pocket Diapers (size medium). I was 6 months pregnant. I reasoned with myself that I wouldn’t be able to get such a great deal anywhere else, so the $350 that I’d just dropped on diapers was worth it. My husband wasn’t sure of my decision but I eventually converted him and he was impressed when the diapers arrived a few weeks later.

Our daughter was born. She was 6lbs6oz at birth. She was 20 inches long. She was smaller then the cloth diapers that I had bought.
I cried.
I remember trying for weeks to see if the diapers would fit…and just like the week before, even on the tightest setting they fell off the second I pulled her up. I was upset and felt certain that I had wasted $350 on things I would never be able to use.

5 months passed.

Charlotte started wearing cloth diapers exclusively at about 5½ months and at 15 months, weighing in at a whopping 19lbs, she is still in them. I love them more now then before. My collection has grown by 6 diapers (BumGenius 3.0) that were added just recently (I bought them used for $13/diaper) and I expect my collection will continue to grow when my family does. People say cloth diapering is too expensive. It’s not. Let me break it down for you.

A package of name brand diapers will run you about $20 a package. Yes, I know there are sales and no-name brands but generally speaking you’ll pay between $20-30 for a package of diapers. The average $20 package of diapers has been 54-60 diapers. At 5 diapers a day, that package will last you about 12 days. So every 12 days you spend $20 on diapers that you throw away. They will sit in our landfills and it will take them up to 500 years to decompose. In the meantime, they are little methane bombs full of pee and poop just WAITING for the chance to explode. Nasty? I think so. In a year the average parent (according to my math) would spend over $520 on disposable diapers. Now the average child is in diapers for 2-3 years so you’re looking at $1040-1560 in diapers for ONE child. That makes me sick.

I spent $350 on diapers that will last me the 2 years for my first child…and will last me 2 years for my next child…etc. Even adding in the extra cost for a few more diapers, special additive free laundry soap and the energy it costs to wash them and dry them (mine are hung to dry so that doesn’t apply to me) it is still CHEAPER for me and BETTER for my environment. The positives clearly out weigh the negatives, less diaper rash, no chemicals on her bum, easier to potty train and no poopy diapers rotting in the landfill for 500 years…all things that make it worthwhile to me. Click here to see what you are actually putting on your baby when you put them in a disposable.

Still not convinced? Maybe some pictures will help…

Interested now? Not prepared to dish out a ton of money without trying them first? Click HERE!

I want to encourage you all to think of our planet. I also want you to think about all the disposable diapers being thrown away each day. What kind of planet do you want for your children? For their children? For their children's children?

Frugally Yours,
Erin B.

Parenting By Nature

Inspire Natural Parenting Contest


I really meant to post earlier.

Clearly I didn't.

I've been reading.

That is a frequent occurrence for me. I tend to disappear for days when I get caught up in a good novel or series....so just be forewarned...
If I am MIA for a few days, it's probably a good book, and you will probably hear about it as soon as I am finished it.

I'm on a Jodi Picoult kick right now...so the last 3 books I've read have been written by her. She is a FANTASTIC writer, I'd even go so far to say, my FAVOURITE author *right now*.

I just finished reading Mercy. Awesome book. It was borrowed to me by a girl in one of my Education classes. Highly recommend it. Find it at your local library, borrow it from a friend or ask for it (or any Jodi Picoult book) for Christmas...you won't be disappointed.

Speaking of Christmas...only 15 more days until I get to decorate my house! It's become a kind of tradition to decorate on November 25th...so I am eagerly awaiting that day. I could go on and on about being Frugal at Christmas but I will save that for another post on another day.

I have no frugal tips or ideas or suggestions today...

Not So Frugally Yours...
Erin B.


Sick Sucks.

So I have a sinus infection, which for the longest time I thought was H1N1.

Fever- check.

Aches & Chills- check.

Stuffy Nose- check.

H1N1- apparently not.

It's a NASTY sinus infection that has been brewing for 2 weeks. I saw a doctor today. Generally speaking, I like doctors. They help me in a time of need. Today I just needed drugs. Apparently when you go into a clinic and ask for drugs- they treat you suspiciously. It wasn't like I was asking for a morphine drip or Oxycontin...I wanted simple antibiotics that could kick the crap outta the bacteria that had set up in my face. I want to feel normal again! Needless to say, I did walk out of the office with a prescription in hand, but I have a feeling that something was written on my chart so next time I go in (FX I won't have to go back in) the first thing out of my mouth shouldn't be, "I need drugs."

So moving on. Being sick is expensive, but having Health care ROCKS. I mean I pay almost $400 into my University Health care plan at the beginning of the year but that will last me the WHOLE year. There are lots of benefits to health care. Today, my $20 prescription actually only cost me $4. Score...sort of. Oh well- at least I know I'm covered if I need new glasses (which I'm totally getting) and if I need my teeth cleaned (which I totally am) and in case I need an ambulance (which has already happened once this year- for the husband)...I like knowing someone has my back.

I honestly wouldn't mind paying for Charlotte to have health care (we did last year because of my 'new-Mommy' brain) but if I can get it for free- then I'm there. We are would you could consider a family with limited income. We qualify for Alberta Child Health Benefits. SWEET! Free eyeglasses, prescriptions, dental visits, ambulance rides and diabetic supplies. As long as our maximum income doesn't exceed $29,285 in a year, Charlotte is eligible. It also increases with every child you have. Click here for more information or call this number (1.877.469.5437) for more information regarding this TOTALLY AWESOME PROGRAM.

That is all for now. I'm going to go pick up a sewing machine that was graciously given to me by my AWESOME boss- who is AWESOME! You're jealous right?

Frugally Yours,
Erin B.


Frugal Rules! *loooooong*

I saw Zombieland last night. No, I didn't go by myself and sit alone like a loser (sorry to anyone who actually goes to movies alone, that is not my thing). My brother and his girlfriend came down this weekend, so we decided to go out once they got here. We got a sitter and yes even though I hate paying people to take care of my kid (when I could be doing it FOR FREE) it is a necessity! So Zombieland. Great movie if you like that sort of thing. Hilarious. Buying snacks at the theatre? HOLY COW! For 2 medium drinks, 1 large popcorn and a bag of candy- $18.90! NO LIE! Miss S (my brothers girlfriend) and I had to combine our change so that we could afford the snacks. It was excruciatingly painful to pay that kind of money. Oh well, we were going for the experience and you cannot go to the theatre without getting popcorn (with extra butter, a 72 cent add on) and Rootbeer (with no ice). Thankfully we had free movie passes (Thanks Mom) so we didn't have to pay for the movie, which *I guess* made spending $10 on snacks a little less painful...

So, back to the point of this post. For anyone who has seen Zombieland, there are a set of rules that the main character sets out as to how to survive in Zombieland. I decided to do something similar here. I don't like rules, so for the sake of this blog, I'm going to create some guidelines...you can take them into consideration, if you feel so inclined.

#1. BUDGET. Know how much money you have coming in, know how much you have going out for necessary things (ie: rent/mortgage, insurance etc) and plan accordingly. Nothing can dig your grave faster then living beyond your means. Make a budget and stick to it. Debt is bad.

#2. MEAL PLAN. I will be posting my family's meal plans every Saturday (starting next week) so you can see ONE way of doing it. The most important thing about this is the 'plan' part. You need to know what you are making so you know what you need to buy. You also need to know what you have in your house so that you can make meals that require you to buy a few new ingredients...kwim?

#3. MAKE A LIST. When you go grocery shopping, make sure you TAKE A LIST. Then buy only what is ON THAT LIST. If you plan your meals properly and write up a list based on what you need, then you won't be wandering around wondering what to have for dinner and making silly purchases. It makes grocery shopping faster as well. Go in, get what you need, and leave- and for anyone with a small child/ren will know- the quicker you can do it, the better it is.

#4. CASH ONLY. When you go grocery shopping, only take cash. Leave your cards at home. If you only take $50 with you, you can only buy $50 worth of stuff...meaning you will stick to your budget and if you are a smart shopper (like me) then you'll get everything you need and maybe one thing you want (like bacon).

#5. DISCOUNTS/COUPONS. I only buy meat when it has been discounted. I also buy it with the skin on and the bone in. It is not hard to skin and debone ANY PIECE OF MEAT, especially when there is an added 30% sticker on it and you know you will freeze it the second you get home. Also clip coupons. Saving $1.00 on a $4.00 item kicks butt, and so do 2 for 1 coupons. You might be the annoying person with 4-5 coupons but if you are saving $4-5 bucks...who cares what the people behind you think.

#6. AT THE TILL. This may be taking it overboard but it helps the cashier and you look less stupid, trust me. When you are putting things through the till, put the items you need first (things like milk & eggs) and the things you could do without (things like bacon and Count Chocula Cereal) last so if you get to your total ($50) before you get to the last of your items, you are nto searching around the bags trying to decide what items you want the cashier to remove from you bill. Smart eh...

#7. LEFTOVERS. Make big meals, even if you are just cooking for yourself. Stick them in the freezer in single portion sizes and defrost when you need too. If you do this with your dinners for a week, and get 2 additional servings that you can freeze, then that is 2 "free" meals that you have in the freezer. After a week, you'll have 14 frozen meals that cost you nothing extra. The trick once you have those frozen leftovers is to incorporate them INTO your meal plan. I call these 'freebies'. It's one night of the week where I, 1. don't have to cook and 2. don't have to spend any money for that meal. If you defrost the meal, reheat in the oven or microwave and serve with a fresh salad, it is like a new meal.

#8. DIY (do it yourself). Make your own bread, pizza dough, buns, cookies and muffins. Make pancakes and waffles on a weekend and then freeze for later enjoyment. Make granola, and fruit leather. Can your own tomatoes, applesauce, pickles and salsa. If on average you are spending $20 a week on pre made items like cookies and buns...you can start cutting that $20 (after the initial investment of the things you need to make those items) out of your grocery bill and you can SAVE it or use it else where. An easy trick that will save you money immediately.

#9. BULK=BAD *usually*. People think Costco and other bulk places are awesome. They think they save SO much money. But that usually isn't the case because people aren't smart shoppers. On specific items like toilet paper, bottled water (which you shouldn't be buying anyways) and juice boxes it's usually a good plan. But when you are buying meat (even though it's great quality) and their fruits and veggies, it's not a good plan. Buying in bulk leads to waste, you won't eat 4lbs of grapes in a week, so they will go bad and you'll end up throwing them out. You might as well buy fewer grapes at your normal grocery store and save yourself the money. Places like Bulk Barn are deceiving as well. It's good for somethings and bad for others. You just need to use your head.

#10. BUNDLES. For things like your phone, internet and cable- bundling is the way to go. I don't care who you do it through, but most companies offer packages so you'll end up spending less per month then you would be if you go through different companies for all the items.

#11. INSURANCE SMARTS. Like with the phone, internet and cable, go through ONE insurance broker for ALL your insurance needs. And ask about discounts, because they usually exist. We save money by signing up for automatic withdrawls, and we save money because I'm a student, and because I'm going to be a teacher. I KID YOU NOT. We save close to $20 a month because I actually spoke to my insurance guy. They are competitive, and they want you to go with them, so you need to get the most for your money. Be strong and don't be afraid to say no and change insurance brokers if yours isn't giving you the best deal.

#12. ENTERTAINMENT. Do you like to read? Do you like movies? Library & Renting. That is all folks. Books are expensive. Don't give me the, "but I like to own them so I can re-read them" crap. I am the owner of a few books...but generally speaking I either borrow from friends (yey friends!) or I use the library. It's free and the selection is great! As for the movies...rent, don't buy. It's too expensive! If you are like us and rent more then 5 movies a month, it is actually cheaper to sign up for something like Zip. You pay $25 a month, and the movies are sent directly to your house. It's sweet. We really enjoy it. Sign up here for more information.

#13. RAINY DAY. Always set aside money from each pay cheque. ALWAYS. You never know when you are going to need emergency money and nothing is worse then not having it. A credit card is great, but it's not free money.

#14. LOANING. In most cases loaning money (being the giver or the taker) is bad *Student loans being the one exception to this 'guideline'.* The interest will eat you alive and then spit you out and eat you again...and that is never comfortable. Student loans are the exception because they are necessary. If you need a post-secondary education to work your dream job, then you'll need help. I understand that. I am currently knee deep in student loan debt, but it does not worry me. You'll have to pay it back, but you'll have a JOB so you'll have money to pay back. All worthwhile in the end. They also offer interest relief for those who need a little time to get back on their feet.

#15. SECONDHAND. There is nothing wrong buying things second hand. Almost all of Charlotte's clothes were bought used. Does she dress poorly? I think not. I will rarely spend more then $2 on ANY item of clothing for her. Babies/Toddlers wear their clothes for a short period of time, so what's the point in spending $20 on a pair of pants she will wear for 3 weeks. I'd rather spend $2 on a similar pair of pants, and then the remaining $18 on a few more outfits...it's just smarter that way. Places like Kijiji and Craiglist are great for buying and selling things second hand.

#16. EXTRAS. How do you cut the extras? Things like eating out, specialty coffees, road trips and holidays...you need to plan accordingly. If you know you are going to be going out for dinner on Friday, make sure that you are saving during the week so that you will have the money to spend at dinner. Make sense?? By not getting your Venti Caramel Latte everyday and drinking the free coffee at work you'll save the $25 it will cost for your dinner. As for holidays- set money aside. Be smart in September so that in December you have the extra $100 you need for Christmas gifts.

Ok- so those are the 'guidelines' that I could think of off the top of my head. There will probably be more to come, and I will probably refer back to these often because this is how I do it. It's pretty easy right...?!

My final thought goes as follows: don't say that you CAN'T afford anything, ask yourself HOW you can afford it.

Frugally Yours,
Erin B.



We have 2 Purell bottles in our house. I bought them before Charlotte was born with the intention of making everyone who wanted to hold her use it. Alas, that did not happen. I used it a lot after diaper changes and such...but both of the bottles were hardly used.

*enter H1N1*

We use Purell daily. I use it on myself, I make Lawrence use it, and I frequently rub some on Charlotte's hands. It does not take the place of washing our hands, we still do that ALL the time, but when we are out, it's quick and easy. ANYWAYS, they are almost empty. I laugh because it took me over a year to get the bottles down to half, and within 2 months, we've used the rest. I was at Walmart looking to purchase some more and nearly chocked when I saw a bottle of it cost $5. Pre-baby...I'd spend that. Post-baby...HELL NO! So, what do you do when you are too cheap to buy it but still want to use it?! You go to the University and fill up your bottles with the Purell from the pumps that are LOCATED EVERYWHERE. Lawrence thinks it's stealing. I disagree. They want you to use it that is why it is everywhere. They are giving it to you for free- so what's the difference between 1 squirt in my hand 10 times a day, or 10 squirts in my bottle once a day? Technically I'm taking the same amount of Purell...right?! It wasn't even my idea, I was at work and found a little pocket Purell and was about to throw it out when my friend suggested I fill it using the bigger pump and keep it. I did just that. Then I posted it as my Facebook status and got an overwhelming response to it. So alas, here I am posting it here at the suggestion of a friend. If you have access to a major shopping center, University or even a well stocked public bathroom, I suggest taking your pocket Purell that you keep in your purse or diaper bag and refilling it. No harm done. I'm not asking you all to be bad@$$ like me...small steps folks, it starts with small steps.
Now I must go make some Tutus, which you can purchase here (in case you were wondering and/or interested).

Frugally Yours,
Erin B.



I've been scanning other blogs trying to come up with something creative that would make my blog stand out in a crowd of other blogs….
Pretty eh?!
I was trying to keep it simple and straight forward- I don’t want too much crap cluttering my blog, which is funny, because my house = clutter. Oh well! Frugal does not mean clean! And do you want to know the BEST part of it all? It was free. That is right, F-R-E-E! I didn’t pay a cent for any of this prettiness that is my blog. I had to expend minimal energy (a few cut & paste’s) and voila, a thing of beauty.
Live Long and Free…
Frugally Yours,
Erin B.

Spice Up Your Blog Here


What's the Point?

What is the point of starting yet ANOTHER blog you ask? Well, here’s the answer! Apparently people like the way I live. I'm extravagant and over the top and am of the mind set, “go big or go home” but I do it cheaply. That is how I roll. If you don’t like it, go to the top of this page and hit the big X and don’t return. My goal is not to save you money, because honestly I could care less how much you spend and where you spend it etc…my goal is to share with you how I save money. You can take from it what you will. It’s not a hobby of mine, it’s not something that I do on occasion, it is a lifestyle. This is how I live my life. Not only will this blog be a place where I can share all of my money saving techniques, but it will also be a place where I can rant and rave and vent and cry about all the weird and random things that happen to me. Trust me; there will be lots of drama on these pages…just give me some time. Oh- and there will be pictures too- lots and lots of pictures…

I should also take the time to mention that I am a wife to a wonderful man, a mother to a beautiful daughter and a full-time student with very little spare time. I live passionately, love deeply and sing in the shower. I also save my family A TON of money by doing things my own way. Welcome to my blog.

Frugally Yours,
Erin B.