How can I afford to be a stay-at-home parent?

It’s not like my husband is a brain surgeon, doctor, lawyer, or any other high wage earner. We were not granted an inheritance. We were not given any money, We are not debt-free. My husband has a state government job with good benefits, a union, and a healthy wage. We are lucky for this. Over … Continue reading How can I afford to be a stay-at-home parent?


Frugal weekend, happy heart

This has been one of the best weekends I have enjoyed in a long time. We were given a weekend full of sunshine and hot weather. Just a hint of cool autumn is riding the breeze. The heat has been a surprise. Although I worked all weekend (I will have to tell you all about … Continue reading Frugal weekend, happy heart

Harnessing the power of leftovers

In a previous post, I talked about using a standing menu. In thinking about this approach to feeding my family and staying within a low grocery budget, I realized that eating left overs and designating left-over days on our menu forces us to forage in the refrigerator and cupboard for foods to add to the … Continue reading Harnessing the power of leftovers

Why I use a standing menu for weekly meals

I have been on a self-improvement quest and trying to simplify our family life for the last few years. I first started out with a weekly menu and then a monthly menu. I initiated this when my step-daughter was still an only -child. She liked being able to look at the menu and know what … Continue reading Why I use a standing menu for weekly meals