If you looked at your last 10 Google searches, how many of them were related to money? I remember when I first found out that I was pregnant with C. It was a huge surprise, we were in a new city, didn’t know anyone within a 5-hour radius, and had just started graduate school. My Google searches were frantic ones!
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When Hubster and I moved to Minnesota for graduate school, we never expected what was about to happen. I got pregnant immediately, became too ill for my graduate assistantship and had to withdraw from school. We found ourselves living beneath the poverty line with a baby on the way. I quickly learned how to coupon and make cheap meals. When your grocery budget is $25 per week, meat becomes a luxury and you learn to incorporate a lot of beans into your diet. Beans are a great option for budget-friendly protein. This Chicken Enchilada Soup recipe was one of my go-to meals using affordable canned ingredients. Only after Hubster graduated and we moved back to Wisconsin for his professional position did we start adding chicken to this soup.
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Paying full price for baby wipes? No, thank you. I don’t even like buying baby wipes on sale. They’re expensive! I started making homemade baby wipes about a year ago, and I’ve since perfected our “recipe.” With the exception of cutting a paper towel roll in half, the process of making homemade baby wipes is simple. Baby Jo has a tendency to get diaper rash but when I add lavender essential oil to her wipes, her skin stays smooth and healthy.
Go ahead and call me crazy, but there are few things that get me more excited than saving loads of money. Children take up very little space themselves but they require an enormous amount of stuff. It’s disproportionate, really. All that stuff costs a small fortune. At first, it was tempting to buy everything brand new so that my child was the first child to have ever touched this book or that blanket. I’ve lived and learned that kids don’t really need brand new stuff. Even used kids items are often like-new because kids outgrow things so quickly! I love to shop consignment now. I can find things for a fraction of the cost – sometimes with the tags still on them. Cha-ching!
We all like to save money. What started out as a necessity in our household has become somewhat of a game for me. How much money can I save during this shopping trip? How can we save an extra $20 this month? Can we get by on $25 worth of groceries this week (without going hungry)? It’s my own personal challenge. 😉