Free Editable Spring Cleaning Checklist

 

 

If you missed my Facebook live video this morning you can watch here.


It’s Day 12 of our “Be Awesome in April” Cleaning Challenge and I hope you’re joining me!  If you’d like to join me, head on over HERE to download your free printable checklist.

 

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This month we’ve been doing the Passionate Penny Pincher BE AWESOME IN APRIL SERIES, which means you and I have been getting control of our home, cooking, and cleaning every. single. day. this month.

 

WOOHOOOOOOO!!!!! 🙂 

 

And so far it’s been SO HELPFUL to keep me on track with my days – I’ve been so much more productive each day (I love that!)

 

 

 

 

The best part?  Since many of you have been asking for this . . . 

 

WE’VE MADE THE CLEANING CHECKLIST EDITABLE.

 

So you can use it EVERY. SINGLE. MONTH.

 

you’re welcome!! 🙂

 

 

The cleaning schedule is based on how I personally tackle our day, so you may need to tweak it for you. Well now you can! Be sure to also join our private Facebook group for extra motivation to be awesome in April – I know you’ll love this bunch!

 

 

CLICK HERE TO GET YOURS!!

 

I promise. You’ll love it. 

 

 

Here’s how it works…

 

1. FIRST – you will need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader. Most browsers have the Adobe Acrobat Reader embedded and there is nothing for you to do beyond filling out your checklist right in your browser. You can also download the PDF Reader right to your computer and save your spring cleaning checklist on your desk top to access later in the year (or next week).

**The editable spring cleaning checklist will not work on your mobile device unless you have the free Acrobat Reader Mobile App. Once you have this installed on your mobile device, you will need to download spring cleaning checklist and open it in the mobile app to make it editable on mobile.**

2. EDITING – Once you have your spring cleaning checklist open in your browser or in Adobe Acrobat Reader on your desktop, you should see blue boxes as in the photo above. That means your form is READY for you to add in your spring cleaning checklist!

You’ll need to start by putting your cursor in that first blue box and begin entering your own spring cleaning challenges. The form is set up so you can TAB through or you can place your cursor anywhere you see a light blue box.  As you finish your cleaning tasks you can then click on the blue boxes to create a “check”!

3. PRINTING – Now that you have your spring cleaning checklist ready for the week you’ll want to print it!

 

Just select the printer icon as in the image above.

In the selection box that pops up, make sure you have the FIT TO PAGE option checked (to ensure your entire menu plan prints on one page) and hit print!

 

 

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You’ll also get my FREE editable menu plan  and this FREE What to Freeze/How to Freeze It List included with the package!!! Since starting the Dinner’s Done Facebook group (join it free over HERE), we’ve had so many requests for a great editable menu plan and grocery list that we finally put it together for you and included it in this package.

 

(And by the way, if you’re struggling with menu planning, I highly recommend checking out the menu plans from my friend Tiffany at Eat at Home Cooks. Her menu plans are as low as $1.61 per week for 72 slow cooker, whole foods and traditional recipes each month, and they’ve transformed the way dinner gets done in our home. Go HERE to check them out!)

 

 

Let me know if you love it too! 

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BIG ANNOUNCEMENT: Be Awesome In April Challenge Is Here!

I am sooooooooo excited about this!!! 

This week we’re starting Passionate Penny Pincher’s BE AWESOME IN APRIL SERIES, which means you and I are going to get control of our home, cooking, and cleaning every single day this month.

WOOHOOOOOOO!!!!! 🙂 

 

(Can you tell I’m just a wee bit tickled?)

 

If you struggle with cleaning your home, finding time to exercise, creating order in your space and getting dinner done, this is for you.

Starting Monday through Friday each week in April I’ll be sharing a live video at 9AM Eastern Time as we take control of our homes by cleaning, de-gunking, and totally getting our dinner done (and goodness, I would so love for you to join me!)

 

Here’s how the schedule *should* look: 🙂

 

  • 9:00 AM Eastern Time –  Facebook Live Video working on our daily checklist and project for the day
  • 1:30 PM  Eastern Time – Blog post here on PPP with a replay of the video as well as links to cleaning tips
  • 2:30 PM Eastern Time – Daily email goes out to regular email subscribers with all the info
  • 9:00 PM Eastern Time (POSSIBLY! depends on family schedule, and it REALLY will likely only happen a few times each week) quick update over on Facebook with pic or live video of tackling our evening chores

 

The best part?

 

WE’VE MADE YOU A CLEANING CHECKLIST WITH ALL OF THE DETAILS FOR YOU.

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Will you join me? 

 

To sign up, go HERE and I’ll send you your completely free checklist and schedule for the month.

 

I promise, we’re going to make cleaning FUN and totally take back control of our homes this month ~ I can’t wait to get started! 🙂 

 

Note: the schedule is based on how I personally tackle our day, and you may need to tweak it for you. This is just a guideline to help us with an easy starting point! Be sure to also join our private Facebook group for extra motivation to be awesome in April – I know you’ll love this bunch!

 

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Free Editable Menu Plan and Grocery List!

 

CLICK HERE TO GET YOURS!!

 

I am sooooooo stinkin’ excited about this!!! Since starting the Dinner’s Done Facebook group (join it free over HERE), we’ve had so many requests for a great editable menu plan and grocery list that we finally put it together for you.

 

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WOOHOOO! 🙂 

With one quick click you can print your own menu plan and shopping list to use before heading to the store, and it's even editable if you'd prefer typing it out each week and printing for a nice tidy list.

 

 

It's lovely. 

 

 

Head on over HERE to download yours ~ so hope you love it as much as I do!

 

 

I LOVE THIS. 🙂 

 

(And by the way, if you're struggling with menu planning, I highly recommend checking out the menu plans from my friend Tiffany at Eat at Home Cooks. Her menu plans are as low as $1.61 per week for 72 slow cooker, whole foods and traditional recipes each month, and they've transformed the way dinner gets done in our home. Go HERE to check them out!)

 

Here's how to get you started with your FREE Editable Menu Plan and Grocery List!

1. FIRST - you will need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader. Most browsers have the Adobe Acrobat Reader embedded and there is nothing for you to do beyond filling out your menu plan right in your browser. You can also download the PDF Reader right to your computer and save all your meal plans on your desk top to access later in the year (or next week).

**The editable menu plan will not work on your mobile device unless you have the free Acrobat Reader Mobile App. Once you have this installed on your mobile device, you will need to download your menu plan and open it in the mobile app to make it editable on mobile.**

2. EDITING - Once you have your menu plan open in your browser or in Adobe Acrobat Reader, you should see blue boxes as in the photo above. That means your form is READY for your menu plan and grocery list!

You will need to start by putting your cursor in that first blue box and begin entering your menu plan for the week. The form is set up so you can TAB through or you can place your cursor anywhere you see a light blue box.

3. PRINTING - Now that you have your menu plan ready for the week you'll want to print it and take with you to the grocery store (or have it beside you while you're ordering your groceries online ;))!

 

Just select the printer icon as in the image above.

In the selection box that pops up, make sure you have the FIT TO PAGE option checked (to ensure your entire menu plan prints on one page) and hit print!

 

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The Ultimate Aldi, Target & Walmart Price Comparison Sheet

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To get Aldi, Target, Walmart Comparison Sheet, go HERE and download your free PDF.

I’m soooo excited to have this updated! 

The PPP team has just updated this amazing (seriously, amazing) reference guide for you to use every time you shop Aldi, Target, and Walmart.

 

 WOOHOOOOO!

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Now, as always, pricing will vary a bit by area and your store, but this gives you a good basic starting place with an idea of what to really expect at each store.

And if you’re like me, I’m betting you’ll be a little surprised at how the prices stack up.

I never (ever?) would have expected Walmart and Target to be higher on so many items (not everything, but many things!), so the results were pretty interesting to me.

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 Here are a few things you need to know to fully take advantage of this list:

  • These are everyday prices on these items and don’t include any special sales at all. If you can wait for a sale at Target or Walmart you’ll get a better price, so this is just your starting point.

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  • We did the best we could to compare things evenly across the board. We looked at basic generic brands as much as we were able to (i.e. Up & Up for Target and Great Value for Walmart), and gave you the exact item name so you can compare too.
  • These prices were updated in the Southeast, so your pricing will vary some by store. This just gives you a handy little reference guide to get an idea of what to expect.
  • You’ll want to compare to see how these prices stack up at Costco & Sam’s Club as well ~ go HERE to print your free list for those stores.
  • ****MOST IMPORTANTLY**** This is such a valuable tool when shopping other store sales. A few weeks ago I was shopping the Mega Sale at Kroger and while I thought I was getting a good price on peanut butter, a quick look at this list let me know that I was getting a serious stock up price. Even if you don’t use this list to compare these stores to one another, it is so stinkin’ handy so that you’ll always know when you’re getting the very best price on an item.  WOOHOOO! 😉 

 

Okie dokie ~ are you ready for it? Here we go! 

 

To get Aldi, Target, Walmart Comparison Sheet, go HERE and download your free PDF.

If you’d love to keep up with penny pinching deals I’d sure love for you to sign up for free daily emails too – go HERE and you’ll receive a free Freezer Printable Guide just for signing up. Thanks so much for joining PPP!!!)

 

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I can’t wait to hear what you think on these prices and how they stack up ~ leave a comment to share your thoughts!

 

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The Ultimate Aldi, Costco & Sam’s Club Comparison Chart

 Download my FREE Crockpot Cookbook over HERE! 

Oh my word.

I am so.

sooooooooooo.

Seriously, SOOOOOO .

. . . . excited about this!

 

(Did you catch that?) 🙂

 

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My awesome PPP team has put together this crazy fun (FREE!) reference guide for you if you ever shop Aldi. Or Costco. Or Sam’s Club, and just updated it with 2017 pricing!

 

You’re welcome. 🙂 

 

I was shocked (seriously, SHOCKEDby the results. I really thought Aldi would win just about every price, but you know what?

 

They don’t.

 

 

 

 

After seeing these prices, I was pretty surprised at which items Aldi sells way cheaper (canned veggies anyone?), which items Sam’s Club carries for the very best price (check out the sticks of butter), and which items are worth making a trip to Costco for. (Need cooking spray? Costco’s the place to be!)

 

 

Of course, as in everything, there are some limits. The prices at Costco and Sam’s may be higher (especially on produce) than Aldi, but the size of your pineapple (or watermelon, or whatever), is likely smaller.

 

 

And, there’s no way to compare Costco’s amazingly yummy Ghirardelli brownies to the Aldi Baker’s Corner brand (which actually end up costing you more money, WHO KNEW???

 

This is a great reference guide that we hope makes your life shopping and deciding where to shop for certain items just a wee bit easier.

 

 

So, head on over HERE and print your free list, and please leave a comment to share your thoughts! I’d love to hear which items you’re surprised by (a bunch surprised me) ~ let me know what you think.

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Note – these prices will vary some by region but this hopefully gives a starting place ~ would love to hear your thoughts on this!

 

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Looking for more posts like this? Here you go . . . 

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The Ultimate Amazon Shopping List: 50 Things You Should *Always* Buy On Amazon

 

 

Do you love shopping Amazon? 

 

Me too! 🙂 

 

For many of us, Amazon offers easy savings (and convenience) on thousands of items, delivered right to our door. But it’s important to know what items really are great prices, and which items are worth heading to your local store for.

 

 

My general rule of thumb is to check Amazon for anything I would make a quick trip to Walmart for, because so many items end up being less money, with no stress. 

 

I love that.

 

 

Here’s a peek at my Ultimate Amazon Shopping List ~ I’d love to hear what you’d add to the list too!

 

 

And to make our lives a little easier – you can even print your own FREE Printable Amazon Shopping List HERE!

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1 . Amazon Gold Box

2 . Amazon Lightning Deals

 

 

Amazon Prime Deals

3 . Free eBooks

4 . Free Movies

5 . Free Music

6 . Free Photo Storage

 

 

Arts, Crafts & Sewing

7 . Crafting Supplies

**Amazon carries an HUGE variety of crafty goods – from Colored Pencil sets to bulk construction paper and Sewing Machines!

I also think Amazon usually has a better deal on a Silhouette machine than other stores  – I absolutely love mine!

 

 

 

Automotive Parts & Accessories

8 . Auto Parts

*Besides major auto parts – we also see really good deals on windshield wiper blades pretty often!

 

 

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9 . Baby Wipes

10 . Diapers

*Both the diapers and wipes often have coupons you can clip, plus an extra 20% Savings if you’re a member of Amazon Family!  Learn more about Amazon Family and get a Free 30-Day Trial 🙂

 

 

 

Beauty & Personal Care

11 . Drug Store Makeup and Makeup Remover Wipes

12 . Olay Regenerist

*This is my absolute favorite moisturizer and Amazon always carries it for way less than Walmart after you subscribe and save, plus they frequently offer a coupon which makes the price even better 🙂

13 . Pads/Tampons  (compare to Walmart)

14 . Razor Systems or Disposable Razors (when they offer a $3 or $4 off coupon they can be great deals!)

15 . Shampoo & Conditioner

16 . Teeth Whitening Strips   (compare to Walmart)

17 . Toothbrushes (the bulk packs)

 

 

 

Clothing, Shoes & Jewelery

18 . Children’s Hair Bows

19 . Crocs

20 . Scarves

21 . Toms

 

  

Electronics

22 . Cell Phone Charging Cords

23 .  Cell Phone Cases

24 . Photo Memory Cards

 

 

Gifts

25 . Gift Cards

Grocery & Gourmet Food

26 . Coffee Pods

27 . Snack Foods when they include special discounts

*Check out all the current Amazon Grocery Coupons here!

 

 

 

 

Health & Household

28 . Batteries

29 . Some Cleaning Products

30 . Dishwasher Tablets

31 . Disinfectant Wipes

32 . Laundry Detergent

33 . LED Lightbulbs

34 . Mr. Clean Magic Erasers  *Also check out the generic eraser sponges!

35 . Mrs. Meyer’s Dish Soap

36 . Mrs. Meyer’s Hand Soap

37 . Vitamins & Supplements

Kitchen & Dining

38 . Cuisinart Knives 

39 . Kitchen Gadgets and Small Appliances

40 . Rubbermaid Containers (watch for Lightning Deals on these sets!)

Luggage & Travel Gear

41 . Luggage

42 . Tents (wait for a sale on these – they come around all the time!)

 

 

 

 

Paper & Plastic

43 . Paper Towels

44 . Toilet Paper

45 . Trash Bags

 

 

Pet Supplies

46 . Cat Food

47 . Dog Food

 

 

Reading Materials

48 . Books

49 .  Magazine Subscriptions  *Check out the magazine deal of the day each day!

 

 

 

Toys & Games

50 . We see soooo many good deals on toys and games on Amazon, especially around Christmas.  Keep an eye on the hottest “Movers and Shakers” to catch the biggest sales on popular toys and games!

Some items we often see deals on:

 

 

Can’t get enough AMAZON?  Here you go . . .

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The Ultimate Aldi Grocery List

 

I’m so excited about this!  If you’re not familiar with Aldi, they have fantastic prices on a wide variety of household and grocery staples without the need to clip coupons or wait for big sales, and we thought it would be fun to put together the Ultimate Aldi Grocery List to help you get started.

 

If you just don’t have the time to coupon and stock-up during sales cycles, shopping at Aldi week in and week out can *really* help lower your grocery budget.

 

And they make it easy.

 

I love that.

 

So, because I really do just love Aldi shopping, the PPP team  put together this FREE Aldi Grocery List here. (Yay!)

 

 

This list walks you aisle by aisle through the store – starting in snacks and ending in frozen foods (a kinda-crazy setup that’s unique to Aldi, so hopefully this will make life easier for you.)

 

Check the boxes for everything you need in each aisle from baking soda to bananas to bath tissue – with a little extra room for anything extra you think of when you shop.

 

Easy peasy. 🙂 

 

 

Print out a new one each week, grab your quarter and reusable grocery sacks, and you’re ready to go.  (New to Aldi?  Besides needing quarters and bags – you’ll want to check out the 22 Secrets to Shopping at Aldi before heading out.)

 

Don’t miss this list 20 Items You Need to Get at Aldi  – here are just a few highlights to watch for:

  • Gluten Free & Organic Foods – GREAT prices and great selection
  • Milk – CRAZY Cheap milk, prices vary by region
  • Produce – Avocados for 49¢, Bananas 44¢/lb and I’ve even seen Fuji Apples for $1.99 for a 3 lb bag
  • Cereal – Around $1.29 a Box (varies by type)
  • Snacks – Around $1 for Tortilla Chips, $1.50 for many others
  • Baking Supplies – Lots of rock bottom deals – Baking Soda is just 49¢
  • Taco Supplies – Tortillas for $1.49, Taco Seasoning 35¢, Beans 49¢, etc…
  • And check that seasonal aisle for fun new items every week!

 

What are your favorite things to buy at Aldi?  Leave a comment to share, I love hearing from you!

 

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Looking for more info on Aldi? Here you go . . . 

 

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Christmas Made EASY: The Ultimate Christmas Checklist

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Oh my.

 

 

You are gonna love this.

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Like . . .

 

YOU ARE GOING TO LOVE. THIS. 

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I was worrying this weekend about all the things I needed to do to get ready for Christmas, and realized that I just needed a perfect checklist to really get myself organized.
So I visited Pinterest . . . and there were so many great lists, but none that were just right.

 

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But lucky for me (and lucky for you!), I have an awesome designer who created this Ultimate Christmas Checklist so you and I can be completely organized and stick to our budgets this year. 

 

 

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WOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOO!

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(Yup, I’m a wee bit excited about this one.)

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More than anything here at PPP, I want to you to save a bundle this Christmas, and at the same time, I’d just love to make Christmas easier for you too.

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So, hurry over HERE to get and let me send it right out to you, and let me know what you think. Happy Black Friday Week!

 

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{Note ~ if you’re a PPP email subscriber I sent this out to you a few hours ago today. Send me an email at contact@passionatepennypincher.com if you didn’t get yours!)

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The Ultimate Aldi, Costco, Sam’s, Target, Walmart Baking Price Comparison Sheet (Christmas Edition)

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I’m so stinkin’ excited about this! My friends Cheryl and Shannon did an incredible job putting together this Ultimate Aldi, Costco, Sam’s, Target & Walmart price comparison cheat sheet so you never pay too much this Christmas season for your baking supplies.

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They’ve priced everything you’ll need as you’re baking this Christmas season, including sugar and butter, chocolate chips and eggs, flour, baking soda and more.


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Honestly? I was shocked at the results. I would never have thought Sam’s, Costco and Aldi would be so much lower than some of the other stores are certain items, but they were.

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Now, these prices don’t take sales into account, so if Target or Walmart drops the prices on these during a special sale you may get a better price at those stores. But, hopefully this gives you a good idea of how to get the best price, so you never (ever!) pay too much!

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Go HERE to download your free copy, and be sure to share with your friends to help make their shopping easier too! 

 

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Crock-tober is here.

Looking for more penny pinched recipes? Here you go!

 

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I am sooooooooo excited about this!!! This week we are starting Passionate Penny Pincher’s Crocktober series, which means you and I are going to get dinner on the table every single night in the month of October.

 

Wooohooooo! 🙂 

As I shared on Facebook Live yesterday, starting Monday through Friday of each week in October I’ll be sharing a live video at 8:40 (well, maybe 8:45?) AM Eastern time popping dinner in Mrs. Potts.  Here’s how the schedule *should* look: 🙂

  • 8:40-8:45 AM Eastern Time –  Facebook Live Video showing how to make the recipe each morning (during the video you can tap the “follow” button and you’ll get updates each time PPP goes live)
  • 1:30 PM  Eastern Time – Blog post here on PPP with a replay of the video as well as links to recipes
  • 2:30 PM Eastern Time – Daily email goes out to regular email subscribers with all the info
  • 5:20 PM Eastern Time (POSSIBLY! depends on family schedule) – quick update over on Facebook with pic or live video of recipe
  • 8:30 PM Eastern Time – Blog post here sharing another bloggers dessert recipe (if you have any recommendations or are a blogger with a delicious recipe to share – send me an email at contact@ passionatepennypincher .com, leave out spaces!)

The best part?

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WE HAVE MADE YOU A GROCERY LIST AND COOKBOOK WITH ALL OF THE DETAILS FOR YOU.

 

you’re welcome!! 🙂

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To get the cookbook and grocery list, all you need to do is be an email subscriber (you can sign up over HERE if you’re not signed up already.) 

 

Note – if you’re already an email subscriber check your inbox with a link to your free copy ~ we’ve just sent it out (be sure to check your spam folder too if you don’t see it, and send me an email at contact@ passionatepennypincher .com ~ leave out spaces if you don’t see it there!)

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Looking for a new Mrs. Potts (like I was this week?) Here are a few of my favorites . . . 

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Hamilton Beach 7-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker for $29.96

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Crock-Pot Cook’ N Carry 6-Quart Slow Cooker (currently $23.07, regularly $29 at Amazon)

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Crockpot Cook & Carry Digital Slow Cooker with Heat Saver Stoneware ($39.99 at Walmart)

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Crockpot 2.5-Quart Mini Casserole Crock Slow Cooker for $32.49

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Instant Pot $119.95 (this dropped in price to $69.99 on Amazon Prime Day – I’m hoping for a deal and will let you know for sure if one pops up!)

And, in case you watched the video yesterday and wanted the recipes for the  mixes I made up, here they are (finally!) as promised.

Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups nonfat dry milk
  • ¾ cup cornstarch
  • ¼ cup low sodium instant chicken bouillon granules
  • 1 tsp dry onion powder
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • ½ tsp pepper

RECIPE

  • Mix together all ingredients.
  • Store at room temperature in plastic bag or container.
  • To use, mix together ⅓ cup dry mixture with 1 ¼ cups water to make 1 can cream of chicken soup.

Homemade Taco Seasoning Packet

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ garlic powder
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 1 ½ tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • pinch red pepper flakes

RECIPE

Mix all ingredients, equals one package taco seasoning mix.

Homemade Dry Ranch Dressing Seasoning Packet

INGREDIENTS

  • ¾ tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp seasoning salt
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp onion powder

RECIPE

Mix all ingredients, equals one package ranch dressing seasoning mix.

Italian Dressing Seasoning Packet

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp onion powder
  • 2 Tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 Tbsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper

RECIPE

Mix all ingredients and store at room temperature in plastic bag or container. To use, mix 2 tablespoons in place of seasoning packet.

 

 

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I can’t wait to spend this month with you ~ we’re going to have a fantastic time feeding our family well all month long! 

 

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Free Printable Recipe Cards

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Free Printable Recipe Cards

 

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I’m so excited about this! My friend Cheryl put together these completely free recipe cards of our family’s absolute favorite treat recipes for you to enjoy.

 

These are the recipes that I get asked for every time we host a get together, and I promise you’ll love them. They really are the best chocolate chip cookies and chocolate cake you will EVER make, and now you can have them on a cute printed card for the next time you need a treat!

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Make these chocolate chip cookies . . .

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and this chocolate chocolate cake.

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Head on over and download your free printable recipe cards today. Yum!

 

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Easter Recipes and Free Printable Menu Plan!

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I am soooooooo.

 

so.

 

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SOOOOOOOO. 

 

excited about this! 🙂

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Download my complete Easter Menu Plan and grocery list (with coupon matchups!) This is the same one I use each year, so it'll make my life a wee bit easier too!

 

We based the menu based on the current Target sales ad (although you can  use the grocery list at whichever store you choose), and even included coupon matchups that work with the sale.

 

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The price came out to $6.91 per person to feed 8 (which I know sounds high, but that includes a ton of leftovers + extra pantry staples as well!) And, when you consider the cost of dinner out on Easter for a group of 8, this will be way less expensive. (In fact, a Honey Baked Ham alone normally runs $50-$60, and you'll have your entire meal for less than that!)

 

Here's what's included on the Easter recipes menu at our house:

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Apple Spinach Salad with Warm Vanilla Bean Dressing

One Dish Corn Casserole

Broccoli Cheese Casserole

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Slow Cooker Ham

Gourmet Potatoes (I can't believe I've never taken a picture of these, but they are the best potatoes you will ever eat. I'll update with a picture when we make them this week!)

Sister Schubert Rolls (you can make rolls from scratch, but these just make life a wee bit simpler!)

Paula Deen's Banana Pudding

Included in the free printable is our menu plan, a shopping list, and my schedule for cooking to make getting ready for Easter Brunch a breeze in your home. We've done all the work for you, so you can just shop, bake, and enjoy your family this weekend!

 

Go HERE to get your free Easter Menu Plan. AND, you can also get a link to my free "what you can freeze" printable when you sign up for free daily penny pinching emails!

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I hope this makes planning for Easter go more smoothly in your home, and am praying a wonderful week for your family.  I'd love to hear what other recipes are favorites in your home as well ~ leave a comment to share!

 

Note ~ if you're already an email subscriber you should receive a direct link to the free printable. Enjoy!

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Crafting {from the Target One Spot} + Free Printable!

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Note from Laurie: My friend Cheryl made this AMAZINGly adorable Easter bunting and bags using items from the Target One Spot, and even created a free printable so you can make them too! Hurry to the Target One Spot because the burlap pre-cut flags and bags are selling FAST, and go HERE to print your free printable so you can make them too. 

 

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We host an Easter brunch every year, so when I saw that Target had some great crafting supplies I knew I had to come up with something fun to make. I created this free printable that you can use as well, and am in love with this fun Easter project!

 

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Here’s what I used (I had almost everything at home, so spent just a few dollars at the Target One Spot bins)  . . . 

 

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  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Fabric (any fabric will do)
  • Burlap Bags (Target One Spot) $1.00 each
  • Burlap Flags (Target One Spot) $3.00 package (includes 8 flags)
  • Twine (Target One Spot) $1.00
  • Gift Tags (Target One Spot) $1.00 (includes 8 tags)
  • Bunny Shapes (PPP is so excited for you to have the free printable in just the right sizes!)
  • Wonder Under
  • Pencil

 

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Print your free printable here – then cut out your shape to use as a guide.

 

 

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Perfect fit!

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Trace your bunnies on the paper side of the wonder under (is this stuff amazing or what?!)  Then iron the wonder under to your fabric until it adheres.

 

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Cut bunnies out for gift bags . . .

 

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After you cut out the bunny, remove the paper portion of the wonder under and iron your bunny to your bag.

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Seriously … how cute are these?

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Follow the same instructions when making your bunny bunting – using the smaller bunny shape.
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I filled these cute bags up with candy and added on gift tags I found in the Target bins too.

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Such fun gift bags for Easter morning!

 

 

 

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Have you found any spring crafts to make this Spring? I’d love to hear what you’re making! Leave a comment to share. 

 

I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

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Free Printable Scripture Tags For Advent + Our New Tradition

It’s hard to believe that December 1st is here, but goodness, it is.

 

Honestly, I’ve felt like things have flown by in a whirlwind since Halloween, and finally am taking a few minutes today to catch my breath. Last week we traveled to Kentucky to have Thanksgiving with family, which meant I handled Black Friday week deals while away from home. (You all should see how I set things up in Kentucky to work ~ I bring my entire computer with me!)

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My niece shared this of me setting up shop on Thanksgiving night at midnight for Black Friday at my sister-in-law’s home, 🙂 

But we’re finally into the real Christmas season, and I so want to remember what really matters. My husband asked me to get an Advent wreath for our family to use Sunday nights through the Advent season (we’ve done it off and on over the years, but our wreath had been misplaced in our move.)

 

Sunday night though when we’d just gotten home from traveling and were putting up some Christmas decorations, the last thing I felt up for was a big planned Advent devotional. Our oldest asked if he could start a fire outside, and I wasn’t sure I was up for convincing our kids to come in and sit around the table.

 

so I didn’t.

 

Instead, our girls made 5 mugs of hot chocolate, I grabbed one of the candles from the Advent wreath and a few blankets, and we all sat out by the fire and did a quick ten minute devotional. (You can download a free advent guide here if you’d like one too.)

 

We read Isaiah 9:6, talked about how God is our wonderful counselor, and sung a few Christmas Carols. (Which quickly turned into a rousing rendition of Grandma Got Ran Over By a Reindeer. ahem.)

 

It wasn’t fancy.

 

It wasn’t perfect.

 

And it didn’t look anything like Pinterest. (I didn’t even take a picture.)

 

But we did it anyway, and it’s already one of my favorite memories this Christmas season.

 

When you can, in ways you can, slow down this Christmas. 

 

You don’t have to make or do anything fancy ~ your family (and goodness, my family) craves just us so more than it craves perfection.

Take a minute to download these free scripture Advent tags that start today. My friend Cheryl made these up for us a few years ago, and I just attach a small bag with a treat each morning for my kids to open, using things I already had in my pantry. (Think toothpaste or a toothbrush, a piece of candy, a stick of gum, etc.)

Make it simple this Christmas, and determine to slow things down a bit. Happy December 1st!

 

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Free Printable Meal Planner

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If you could use a little help getting your weekly meal plan organized, download this free printable meal planner from Life As Mom! Head over HERE to grab yours.

Thanks, Money Saving Mom! Love a bargain? Find more free stuff HERE.

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The Ultimate Aldi, Target & Walmart Price Comparison Sheet

Love pinching pennies? Download PPP’s grocery stock up price cheat sheet when you like PPP on Facebook, or sign up for free daily emails to get our free freezer printable.

 

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Y’all are going to loooooooooove this!

 

The PPP team has just put together this amazing (seriously, amazing.) reference guide for you to use every time you shop Aldi, Target, and Walmart.

WOOHOOOOO!

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After we created the Aldi, Costco & Sam’s Club price comparison chart a few weeks ago we knew it would be so interesting to see how the prices at Aldi, Target and Walmart stacked up, so we couldn’t wait to get the information out to you, 

 

***Guys, I was shocked at the results.***

 

I’ve always kind of thought that Aldi was cheaper on just about everything, so when Costco and Sam’s won on several items in the last list I was pretty surprised.

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But.

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I never (ever?) would have expected Walmart and Target to be higher on so many items (not everything, but many things!), so the results were pretty interesting to me.

 

 Here are a few things you need to know to fully take advantage of this list:

  • These are everyday prices on these items and don’t include any special sales at all. If you can wait for a sale at Target or Walmart you’ll get a better price, so this is just your starting point.

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  • We did the best we could to compare things evenly across the board. We looked at basic generic brands as much as we were able to (i.e. Up & Up for Target and Great Value for Walmart), and gave you the exact item name so you can compare too.
  • These prices were updated in the Southeast, so your pricing will vary some by store. This just gives you a handy little reference guide to get an idea of what to expect.
  • You’ll want to compare to see how these prices stack up at Costco & Sam’s Club as well ~ go HERE to print your free list for those stores.
  • ****MOST IMPORTANTLY**** This is such a valuable tool when shopping other store sales. A few weeks ago I was shopping the Mega Sale at Kroger and while I thought I was getting a good price on peanut butter, a quick look at this list let me know that I was getting a serious stock up price. Even if you don’t use this list to compare these stores to one another, it is so stinkin’ handy so that you’ll always know when you’re getting the very best price on an item.  WOOHOOO! 😉 

 

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Okie dokie ~ are you ready for it? Here we go! 

To get Aldi, Target, Walmart Comparison Sheet, go HERE and download your free PDF.

 

(Folks, we’d planned on making this available to email subscribers only, but then were having issues with it working correctly, and I didn’t want a bunch of people mad at me before the weekend. 🙂  If you’d love to keep up with penny pinching deals I’d sure love for you to sign up for free daily emails too – go HERE and you’ll receive a free Freezer Printable Guide just for signing up. Thanks so much for joining PPP!!!)


I can’t wait to hear what you think on these prices and how they stack up ~ leave a comment to share your thoughts!

 

 

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The Ultimate Aldi, Costco & Sam’s Club Comparison Chart

Love pinching pennies? Download PPP’s grocery stock up price cheat sheet when you like PPP on Facebook, or sign up for free daily emails to get our free freezer printable.

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WOOHOOO! Sam’s Club and Groupon are offering their awesome voucher deal again,which means it’s a great time to try out a Sam’s Club Membership!  For $25 (wayyyyy less than the regular cost of a membership), you’ll get:

  • Sam’s Club membership ($45 value)
  • One complimentary membership for spouse or other household member
  • $5 eGift Card (allow 5-7 days for delivery)
  • Free Rotisserie Chicken loaded to membership card within 24 hours of activation
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This is only offered one or two times a year, and is available while supplies last. If you’ve been considering a Sam’s purchase at all (read this to see what PPP thinks about Sam’s Memberships), this is definitely worth checking out! (Valid for new members, or those who have not had a membership within the last 6 months).

Take a minute to also download our free Aldi, Target & Walmart Price Comparison Sheet also while you’re here.

You guys. 

 

I am so.

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sooooooooooo.

 

Seriously, SO.

 

. . . . excited about this! (Did you catch that?) 🙂

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My awesome PPP team has put together this crazy fun (FREE!) reference guide for you if you ever shop Aldi. Or Costco. Or Sam’s Club.

 

You’re welcome. 🙂 

 

I was shocked (seriously, SHOCKEDby the results. I really thought Aldi would win just about every price, but you know what?

 

They don’t.

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Case in point? Vanilla extract.

 

Don’t believe me?  Go see for yourself.

 

CRAZINESS, right?

 

After seeing these prices I was pretty surprised at which items Aldi sells way cheaper (canned veggies anyone?), which items Sam’s Club carries for the very best price (butter sticks . . . ), and which items are worth making a trip to Costco for.  (Need aluminum foil? Costco’s the place to be!)

 

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Of course, as in everything, there are some limits. The prices at Costco and Sam’s may be higher (especially on produce) than Aldi, but the size of your pineapple (or watermelon, or whatever), is likely smaller.

 

And, there’s no way to compare Costco’s amazingly yummy Ghirardelli brownies to the Aldi Baker’s Corner brand (which actually end up costing you more money. WHO KNEW???

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But, this is a great reference guide that we hope makes your life shopping and deciding where to shop for certain items just a wee bit easier.

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So, head on over HERE and print your free list, and please leave a comment to share your thoughts! I’d love to hear which items you’re surprised by (a bunch surprised me) ~ let me know what you think.

Note – these prices will vary some by region but this hopefully gives a starting place ~ would love to hear your thoughts on this!

 

 

 

 Huge (HUGE) thanks to my friends Shannon and Cheryl who just did a crazy amazing job putting this list together. I briefly mentioned the idea to Shannon last week and she totally took on the challenge, then Cheryl did an incredible job “prettying” it up for you guys. They love y’all and work so hard to make your life easier! There’s no way I could do all this without them as well as a few other behind the scenes helpers, and I’m just so thankful for them. 

 

 

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Free Printable Seasonal Produce Guide

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Printable Seasonal Produce Guide

Do you love fresh produce but never know when it’s the best time of year to buy your favorite thing? Here’s a complete list of the best time to buy (and stock up on!) just about every kind of fruit and veggie you can imagine.

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We save so much by determining to eat fresh produce while it’s in season (which makes it a lower price), and you can too!
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Go HERE to download your free What’s In Season Produce Guide by Month. While you’re at it, you can also download this list of what to freeze and how to freeze it when you sign up for daily PPP emails, delivered to your inbox! 

 

 

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Looking for more free printables? Check these out:

 

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Here are a few more favorite posts you may be interested in: 

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Free Back To School Walmart & Target Stock Up Price Cheat Sheet

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I’m so excited about this free printable that my friend Cheryl has put together for you! After sharing how you could easily over spend on office supply “deals that really aren’t deals earlier this week, I know how important it is to have these basic prices in hand before you do your back-to-school shopping.  

 

My friend Shannon did an incredible job putting these prices together for you, and while I do think you’ll see additional savings (especially at Target), this is just a nice basic list to have on hand. Since Walmart doesn’t typically offer big sales on their items (just every day low prices), my bet is the Walmart pricing should be pretty similar to what you’ll find at your local Walmart throughout the Back-To School season. Of course, these will vary by area, so there are no guarantees but this should give you a basic reference guide!

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Go HERE to print your free printable WalMart Back to School Comparison Cheat Sheet, and share with your friends this school season so they can pinch those pennies too!

 

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Looking for more back to school savings & free printables? Here you go:

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And here are a few more favorite posts you may be interested in: 

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Free Boo Printables: You’ve Been Boo’ed!

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My friend Cheryl put together the most fun free printable for you all todayIf you have kids, I’m betting you already “boo” in your neighborhood, but if not, this is a great year to start.

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Visit your local Target or Dollar Tree dollar bins and grab a few fun items to share with your neighbors, then “boo” them by sneaking a treat at their front door. This is one of our children’s favorite Halloween activities (they love picking which neighbor gets the surprise!)  Go HERE to download your free “Boo” printable today, and share with your friends too. Happy Haunting!

 

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I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

See previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!

 

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Free Fall Printables

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Are you starting to fluff up your home for fall? Here are a few free fall printables you can download and easily put in a frame to brighten any corner. . .

Love free printables? Here are a few more. . .

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Free Printable Budget Spreadsheet

 

I’m so incredibly excited about today’s 25 Days to a More Organized You project! My friend Cheryl from Beyer by Design has taken our family’s monthly spreadsheet and put it together in a free printable version that you can download to work on at home, which will hopefully help keep your finances a wee bit more organized in 2014 (and trust me, when your finances are organized, everything else just seems to go a little bit smoother!)

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Soooo many folks have asked for this, so I hope it helps you see how our family handles our monthly budget, and encourages you to get stay on a budget in 2014 too.  Here are a few tips to get you started:

 

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  • We add a small amount of money each month to our checking account just to have extra savings (usually around $50.)
  • Several of the accounts included in the budget are items that we plan for monthly, and then move once a month over to our savings account (you can see what our savings account spreadsheet looks like on the last page of the PDF.)
  • We take our “useable” expenses out of our checking account twice a month on my husband’s payday (this includes groceries, eating out, lunches, entertainment, etc.)
  • We save all year long for “big” expenses ~ these include things like Christmas gifts, vacationing, homeowners association expenses, etc.
  • On the last page of the PDF you’ll see our savings account spreadsheet which includes what money is allocated in our savings account each month towards certain long term goals.  This is my FAVORITE part of the spreadsheet as we can look back and see what we’ve saved, and look forward to what’s coming in the future!

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Remember this is just a look at how our family handles budgeting, and may be different than what you do however this has worked well for us. (I think my husband’s kept it up for 14 years now!) I’d love to hear how your family handles your budget, and if you have any questions, leave a comment to share ~ I hope it helps you get an idea of where to start if you’re new to budgeting!

 Go HERE to print yours.

 

Also print these free printables while you’re at it:

Looking for more ways to get organized in 2014? See the first three days of our 25 Days to a More Organized You Series . . .

 

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Free Elf Acts of Christmas Kindness Printable

I’m so stinkin’ excited about these! If you’re keeping up with the Elf craze, print these free (super cute!) tags to put with your elf as a reminder for your child to do something kind for someone each day.

 

The ideas are very simple (and require little effort), but will be a little reminder for your children to value others a little extra this Christmas season. While my friend Cheryl designed these with the Elf in mind, they’re wonderful suggestions you could use anytime of year! To get yours, go HERE to print them out. Enjoy, and have a blessed Sunday.

 

You can also download these free printables from Passionate Penny Pincher:

 

 

This post is linked to Living Well Spending Less Thrifty Thursday ~ thanks for the opportunity to link up! Love a bargain? Find more free stuff HERE.

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Free Printable Scripture Tags For Advent (& Happy Thanksgiving!)

 

My friend (and awesome designer!) Cheryl made these completely free printable Scripture Tags for Advent  for you to enjoy this Christmas Season, as we were talking about just how easy it is for our children to forget exactly what all this Christmas craziness is about.

 

I’m using mine to clip on to bags (see below), and each day my kids will get to open a small gift and read a Scripture each day leading up to Christmas morning. To keep things simple, each bag includes items like a small piece of candy, packets of hot chocolate, and even new toothbrushes (I found most of the items in my pantry!)

 

Go HERE to print yours

I know things get crazy with all the hustle and bustle of the Holiday season that it’s difficult sometimes to slow down, so we’re hoping this will help your family remember just how precious the gift of this season is. Enjoy a very blessed Thanksgiving, and we’ll see you back here bright and early Friday morning for just a few more deals. 😉

 

I’m so (incredibly!) thankful for each one of you.  Blessings!

 

You can also download these free printables from Passionate Penny Pincher:

 

 

 

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Christmas Coupons for Dad (Free Printable): 25 Days of Christmas Deals for Dad

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I’m so excited about this fun little freebie for you to print in today’s 25 days of Christmas Deals for Dads series!
My friend Cheryl (who’s done an incredible job creating just about everything here on Passionate Penny Pincher) made this fun free printable for you to download for the dad in your life this Christmas. There are 8 coupons to print, and it’s an easy (free!) gift to give this year.

 


Go HERE to print yours

 

 

Also print these free printables while you’re at it:

 

 

 

 

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Free Freezer Printable List: What To Freeze & How To Freeze It

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Click HERE to get your free freezer printable list when you sign up for free daily penny pinched emails. 

Did you know that there are a ton of items you can pop in your freezer to extend their shelf life? Groceries including dairy products, fruits, and veggies as well as baked goods, meat and more can all be frozen so that you can pick them up while they're at a good price at your grocery store, then use them as you need them.

 

Right now you can print my "Can I Freeze That" free freezer printable list when you sign up to subscribe to daily emails from Passionate Penny Pincher.  You'll also get my free daily email, including anywhere from 15-30 top daily deals, delivered every day to your inbox!

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Here’s how to get yours:

  • Go HERE and subscribe to daily Passionate Penny Pincher emails
  • Within an hour you should receive an email including a link to verify your subscription
  • Shortly after that you'll receive another email with a link to your free printable

 

Note: if you currently subscribe to Passionate Penny Pincher via email, you should see an email from me today including the link to the free printable.

 

Also download this Free Printable Stock Up Price List when you "like" Passionate Penny Pincher on Facebook.

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Free Grocery Stock Up Price List Printable

 

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If you struggle remembering what your top prices are at the grocery store, this is for you! You can now print my free Grocery Stock Up Price List printable when you “like” Passionate Penny Pincher on Facebook.  As I’ve shared before, it’s so important to know your best prices when shopping (so you never pay too much), and this is just a guideline of my target prices after using coupons.  

Here’s how to get yours:

Don’t have a Facebook page?  Learn how to create a coupon only Facebook page over HERE.

 

Go HERE to download your free printable list.

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