How to Dehydrate Zucchini and Yellow Squash

How to dehydrate summer squash and what to do with it

If you've got zucchini or yellow squash growing in your garden, you probably have plenty of it!  Zucchini has a reputation for being ridiculously prolific.  If you've run out of ways to use your summer squash fresh and your freezer is full of it, there is yet another way to store your harvest-- dehydrating! I learned how to dehydrate zucchini and yellow squash from my mother-in-law.  I enjoyed using it throughout the winter.  Here is a step-by-step tutorial to show you how to dehydrate summer ... read more

Cooking For One or Two

Cooking for 1 or 2: Tips to Save Time and Money

Cooking from scratch and eating at home are some of the best ways to save money on your food budget, but cooking for one or two can be challenging. Maybe you're worried about eating the same leftovers for an entire week.  Perhaps you struggle with being motivated to cook for yourself at all when there's no one else to appreciate it with you. Whatever your home situation is, you can make eating at home work for you.  Where there's a will, there's a way! Here are some great tips for cooking ... read more

The Way We Budget– Everything You Wanted to Know (and probably more)

The Way We Budget

I've written a lot about budgeting.  That probably doesn't surprise you. Budgeting goes hand-in-hand with any financial goal.  Digging yourself out of six figures of debt without a budget would be ridiculous. I often have readers ask about the way we budget.  Sometimes it's specific questions about our method, other times I'm asked for advice about where to start.  I thought it would be handy to have all my budgeting posts in one place with a little explanation of each one so that you can ... read more

School Pictures: Priceless Tradition or Waste of Money?

Are School Pictures Worth It?

Annual school pictures have been a well-kept tradition for generations.  Have times changed enough to turn what was once priceless into a waste of money? A Priceless Tradition Looking at the school pictures of our parents and grandparents, it's easy to say that these photographs are priceless treasures.  Part of their value comes from their connection to us, but much of the value comes from the scarcity of photos in general.  Pictures of ancestors are rarer the further back you go.  In those ... read more

The Perfect Kid Gift For Any Occasion

The Perfect Kid Gift for Any Occasion

Do you want to give long-lasting, meaningful gifts to the kids in your life?  Instead of contributing to the family's kid clutter chaos by giving toys, give the gift of education by contributing to a 529 college savings plan on behalf of the child. I am pretty minimalistic when it comes to kids toys, though my husband might think differently.  We have some blocks, trains, dress-ups, craft supplies, and some imaginative play things.  My kids prefer creating things (you know, out of toilet ... read more

Join Me For a No-Spend Month in September!

Join me for a No-Spend Month

Can you believe there are just two weeks left of August?  Me neither! In the two weeks left in August, I've decided to plan for a No-Spend September!  It's nice to have a couple weeks notice before a no-spend month to get mentally and physically prepared.  All within budget, of course! I actually haven't done our big grocery shopping trip yet this month.  We go to Sam's Club and Winco which are an hour away and we just haven't worked it into our schedule yet this month.  We will though, ... read more

The Power (and Danger) of a Routine

Power and Danger of a Routine

"You will never change your life until you change something you do daily.  The secret of your success is found in your daily routine."  - John C. Maxwell We all have habits, for better or for worse.  I've noticed that some of my routines not only make my day smoother and more productive, but also save me time and money.  Other routines or habits do just the opposite.  Building up and improving the productive routines and rooting out the wasteful routines will improve the flow of life and ... read more

4 Ways that Having Kids SAVES Us Money

How Having Kids Saves Us Money

Kids cost money.  There's no denying that. There are lots of ways to keep the costs of kids down.  Using cloth diapers, buying your baby and kid stuff used, and saving on kids clothes are great ways to cut down on the cost of raising children. But what I want to focus on today is how kids will actually save you money. What?  Kids can save you money? I know that kids will inevitably cost you more than they save you, but humor me here.  There are some legitimate ways that having kids ... read more

A Month of Groceries for the SixFiguresUnder Family

Our 300 dollar monthly grocery budget

In an effort to make personal finance public, we've shared everything we've earned, spent, and paid in debt for nearly two years.  Along with that comes some criticism, some questions, and (thankfully) lots of encouragement. One of the most frequent questions I get is about our grocery budget.  We have a $300 grocery budget each month for our family of five (there are six of us but only five of us eat solids).  Sometimes we go slightly over, but the average is just under $300 (2014 average ... read more

Back to school Shopping– What We’re Buying and What We’re Not

Back to School

School starts this week!  Where has the summer gone!?  While many people are scrambling to snag all of the best back-to-school sales, we are taking our time enjoying the last few days of summer.  When it comes to back-to-school shopping, we take it pretty easy. If you're looking for ways to save on back-to-school shopping, staying home may be your best bet.  While we do some shopping at the end of the summer, we keep it to a minimum.  We focus on things that the kids need, instead of buying ... read more