Showing posts with label Frugal Living. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Frugal Living. Show all posts

11.07.2016

Packing an Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box on a Budget

Items to Pack in Operation Christmas Child Shoebox for Boy

Packing Operation Christmas Child Shoe Boxes has become the official sign that the Holidays are here at our house! To be honest I don't think I could think of a better way to kick off the festivities.

10.21.2016

The Benefits of a Gift Closet

How to create and shop for a gift closet

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Let's set the scene.

The time: noon. The day: Saturday. The place: your kitchen fridge. The problem?

10.14.2016

Meal Inspirations: Get the Most from Meat

Meal inspirations for purchasing meat and stick to a budget

One of the biggest challenges I and many other families face when meal planning is figuring out how to stay within budget when purchasing meats. How do I know? It has been a hot topic in Get a Life Tribe!

10.05.2016

4 Tips to Make Saving a Simple Task


Over on the TNTL Facebook page I wrote a string of posts dealing specifically with savings. They were kinda a hit. Because I like to make things as easy as possible I wanted to do a video and blog post on the tips  to make the information all in one place and easy to find for you!

9.21.2016

Why it is Important to Give on ANY Income

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A very common question I get asked is "should I be giving if I can't afford to pay my bills?".  There is no one blanket statement to this questions but from my experince if you can't give finanically you can still give the gift of your time and talent, so, yes.

8.07.2016

Fall/Winter Consignment Sale Schedule 2016


It is that time again, time to pull out the kid's fall and winter wardrobe, see what fits and what doesn't, and make a list so you can shop your favorite Maryland, Pennsylvania, or West Virginia kids consignment sale. Better yet, shop them all!  

6.10.2016

Our Free or Cheap Summer Fun Academic Schedule 2016

Free or Cheap Summer Fun Ideas


One the great things about getting to spend the summers with the boys is that we can plan for some serious FUN!

6.06.2016

Feeding a Family of Four on $300 a Month Menu Plans

300.00 Grocery Budget Menu plan

One of the most flexible areas of a families budget is their food budget. I have worked with people who have had some pretty restrictive diets and even THEY can cut a few dollars from their budget with planning and shopping sales.

2.07.2016

#Eatinfeb Week 2 Challenge!


Eat in Challenge

It is week two of the #eatinfeb Challenge and you know that means? CRAZY STUFF is going to be happening to your meal time.

You are going to be planning meals, whipping up lunches, grabbing breakfast to go from HOME and pushing the timer button on the coffee maker BEFORE you go to bed!


2.04.2016

Perks of Creating an Amazon Baby Registry


If you in the market to create a baby registry there are several great options for you! My go to is always Amazon because let's be honest just about everyone uses it.

2.01.2016

#EatinFeb: A Challenge to Help your Families Meal Times

#EatinFeb Challenge
Friends it is February 1st and you know that means? CRAZY STUFF is going to be happening to your meal time with my favorite challenge #EatinFeb.

You are going to be planning meals, whipping up lunches, grabbing breakfast to go from HOME and pushing the timer button on the coffee maker BEFORE you go to bed!


Did I mention the best part? You are also going to start seeing little green dollar men on paper magically appear in your wallet for all your effort.

So what am I talking about specially?


1.09.2016

#TNTLFRESHSTART Challenge Week 2

Week 2 of the #TNTLFRESHSTART challenge

Are you ready for a Fresh Start in 2016? I know that many of us are and there are many of us that this may seem overwhelming to. If you fall in the latter category I would still encourage you to take on this challenge, because, I promise you it will not be overbearing and at the end you may be pleasantly surprised at you now feel ready to take on bigger and better tasks!

So lets talk about what you need to do for week one!

1.03.2016

#TNTLFreshstart: Week 1 Challenges

The Nifty Thrifty Lady Fresh Start Challenge, A Challenge that helps you reach finanial goals while decluttering and creating systems that work

Are you ready for a Fresh Start in 2016? I know that many of us are and there are many of us that this may seem overwhelming too. If you fall in the latter category I would still encourage you to take on this challenge, because, I promise you it will not be overbearing and at the end you maybe pleasantly surprised at you now feel ready to take on bigger and better tasks!

So lets talk about what you need to do for week one!

10.27.2015

Inventory Systems: FREE PRINTABLES

Free Printable Inventory Sheets
I have a great free printable for you today..food inventory systems! I know that probably sounds a tab bit boring, but I promise the method I use and the printables will help make meal planning a breeze!

Why Keep a Food Inventory?

When I worked in the food industry (yes, this is a whole other post) I was responsible for food inventory daily because in a restaurant setting it is very hard to predict the usage of food from one day to the next. This experience made me dislike taking inventory of anything and vowed NEVER to do anything as mundane again.

 Well never say never! 

About 6 months into living in a full size house with food storage areas in several different spots and having a family of 4 I broke out my pen and paper and started taking inventory. I quickly saw the benefits of not having to run up and down the stairs to see if I had a pound of meat or rummage through my pantry to see if I had a can of beans. When I went to make my meal plans for the month all I had to do was update my inventory sheet and BAM! I could sit in one spot and be done in under 30 minutes!

To sum it up
  • You save time- by knowing what you have and how much
  • You save money- by not buying doubles or triples and using what you have on hand first!
How do you use the Inventory System?


I have had many systems in place over the years. Each one had their pro's and con's to be honest. But I have settled on a simple monthly excel spreadsheet and love it. This requires me to inventory once a month.

Along the top runs the months and then down the sides runs your categories, I left the subcategory blanks since we all have different eating habits.  I take inventory a day or two before I meal plan so it is fairly accurate. 
  • I do not inventory as I go- I used to do this and it became a big hassle! When someone would use something (cough...cough.. My husband) they would not write it down. This caused more of a problem then help. 
  • I do not inventory my fridge- This may go against the grain..but that is something I am known for! I have tried inventorying my fridge. I have found that this is very repetitive because our fridge stores the very same thing and the shelf life is so short!
Tips to using the Inventory Sheets
  • Keep the sheets visible- I have the sheets on my freezer and in my pantry. I have heard other keep them in their meal planning binder or planner.
  • Set one day a month to take inventory. I like to dub the 29th inventory day.
  • Write a reminder.
  • The more organized your freezer and pantry are the more inclined you'll be to take inventory.
It is time to get yours and start taking inventory!!


If you are try it and love it let me know you can use #theniftythriftylady on all forms of social media or Tag The Nifty Thrifty lady in your photos!

I hope you find this a useful as I do. 

Don't forget your Family Staples List!



Free Printable Freezer ad Pantry inventory sheets
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10.20.2015

3 Money Pits that STILL Tempt Me

3 Ways I still Waste MoneyWhat exactly are money pits? In my mind a money pit is a trap that wastes your money.

In this day and age there are a MILLION money pits.

2 years ago I wrote a post about 5 ways NOT to waste money. One of the things that may not have been clear in this post is that each mistake was one of my PERSONAL MONEY PITS.

Yes folks I may be The Nifty Thrifty Lady but I still have weaknesses and am the farthest from perfect as possible.

Today I wanted to revisit that post and share with you 3 Money Pits that STILL tempt me to this very day...seriously I almost gave into to temptation today at 3:00 pm!

10.13.2015

Weekly Goals to Achieve PLUS Meal Plans!

Weekly Dinner Menu Plans
We are halfway into October this week! I simply can. not. believe. that. I feel like I was just writing about celebrating my birthday in March.

As the year ends I am trying to push for the goals I set for the year but I also really like to take the time and enjoy all of the memories that our family makes.

 Today, since I am admittedly posting this a day late, is my grams birthday. If you are a new member of this community it may be helpful to read all about my grams and her influence on me to completely understand this next part. 

I thought the week she passed would be the hardest to get through but it seems that not having her here to celebrate is turning out to be very rough.  I am not sure how today will turn out but I am going to try to remember God's plans and how much she taught me about life. If you don't see me around much that would also explain my absence.

10.01.2015

Creating a Family Staples List

How to Create and Use a Family Staples List

Are you ready for a little meal planning talk or help? Let me be of service! I want to talk about some solutions that can help meal planning go quick and easy. Doesn't that sound like fun! I believe there are 1 of 2 foundations that every family should have in place when meal planning
  • Family Staples List
  • Inventory Systems
Today we will cover the Family staples list.

9.23.2015

Martin's Grocery Haul, Coupon Deals, and Gas Deal

 This week was a great week at Martin's if you are in need of some gas points and a couple household essentials!


First, I just want to address a why you have not seen a lot of coupon deals, matchups, and shopping deals.

9.14.2015

Weekly Goals to Achieve PLUS Menu Plans

Goals, Menu PlansIt has been two weeks since I updated my weekly goals mostly because A LOT of unplanned things have happened and kept me from writing.

My idea to share my weekly goals and meal plans is to spark inspiration and encourage everyone to take few minutes each week to plan ahead.

I love the quote " A goal without a plan is just a wish" because without calculated steps to make your goals work, you will never achieve them.

When I  sit down for my planning time I always make sure to look at what I accomplished last week, how far this got me to the goal, and then plan what small step I can take to get even closer.

I also like to include my routines into my goals because honestly many of my routine things I would rather not do like wake up at 6am!!


9.10.2015

Why and How Essential Oils Work

Essential Oils for Beginners



Have you heard about essential oils?


If you haven’t, it is just a matter of time. Essential oils are popping up in hospitals, spas, health magazines and even pop culture. Chances are you know someone who swears by essential oils. With all this hubbub have you wondered about what essential oils are and what they do? Are they just a fad with no scientific basis or are they some sort of miracle cure?


Essential oils aren’t new. In fact, the medicinal power of plants, often in the form of essential oils, has been utilized for centuries in different cultures. Modern day essential oils have benefited from improved planting, harvesting, cultivating and distilling techniques, but the scientific basis for utilization of oils in wellness hasn’t changed.