Cooking on a Budget

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Are you cooking for a family on a budget? When you’re trying to stretch a dollar, it can be hard to find recipes that are tasty and frugal. Over the years I’ve collected a lot of good recipes that fill the bill. And I have friends and family members who’ve done the same. A lot of us come from big families, or have lots of children, so we’ve learned how to make ends meet and still provide delicious meals for our families.

Naturally, all of this cooking got us all thinking of how fun it would be to share our ideas in a cookbook! That dream is now a reality as we’ve just published A Taste of Tradition, which features over 300 recipes to please cooks of all tastes and skill levels! Some of my favorite recipes from this book include:

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Blue Dog Fitted Cloth Diaper Review

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We’ve been using the Blue Dog Fitted cloth diapers for a month now and love them for many reasons! First of all, the Blue Dog Fitted is made of 100% cotton flannelette, making it soft, absorbent and much less likely to have odor or repelling issues. The Blue Dog Fitted diaper is made of 2 soft and cozy layers of cotton on the outside, and then 6 cotton booster layers inside. The aplix or hook and loop closures offer a perfect fit, no matter what size your baby is. Best of all, this diaper sells for less than $7.00! I got mine on sale at Everything Birth for just $3.95 each. What a bargain!

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Where to Find Conservative Maternity Clothes

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If you’re pregnant and having a hard time trying to find longer dresses and skirts, and tops without plunging necklines, this post is for you. After multiple pregnancies, I’ve found a lot of great places to shop for conservative, but attractive styles. We all have different reasons for wanting to wear a more conservative style. Comfort, body type, personal style, religious convictions and even something as simple as trying to stay warmer can all come into play.

It also goes without saying that there are lot of different definitions of what constitutes “modest” apparel, and that is NOT the focus of today’s post. My round-up encompasses a wide range of styles so you can hopefully find your look among them.

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Homeschooling on a Budget

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Yes, it’s possible to save money by teaching your children at home. In fact, you might even spend less than you would if they were attending a “free” public school. No mandatory school supplies to buy. No pressure to purchase new clothes just for school. No gas from commuting to school or extra curricular activities. It can really add up.

You might be thinking “But homeschoolers have to purchase their own curriculum!” So exactly how can you save money?

Buy Used or Borrow: There are tons of places to find good used textbooks: yard sales, Ebay, Amazon, library sales, and homeschool fairs and conferences. There’s no requirement to buy new or have the very latest edition of a book on hand if an edition that’s a few years old would work just as well. Wouldn’t you rather spend $5 than $50?

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Homeschooling Pros and Cons

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I have a wide range of experience when it comes my education. As an adolescent I attended a private, parochial school. Middle school was spent in public education. And then my mother homeschooled me through the high school years.

Since public education is the norm for most American families, the pros and cons of that system are already well known, so I won’t cover that here. My focus today is on homeschooling and I hope the information provided here will be helpful in your decision making process. At the very least, it will broaden your horizons and help you understand why many families have made the switch, and why this trend keeps gaining momentum.

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