Grocery Shopping – Second Week of January 2018

Grocery Shopping – Second Week of January 2018

One of my goals for the first quarter of 2018 is to spend no more than $350 on groceries each month. This does not include household supplies like paper towels, toilet paper, diapers, etc. The first week of January, I spent $108.14. Setting this goal and documenting my progress has been an interesting exercise. Based on my spending in the second week of January, it looks like we will go over $350 for the month. Initially, I was disappointed by…

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Grocery Shopping – First Week of January 2018

Grocery Shopping – First Week of January 2018

One of my goals for the first quarter of 2018 is to spend no more than $350 on groceries each month. This does not include household supplies like paper towels, toilet paper, diapers, etc. Looking back on 2017, we spent an average of $388.85 per month on groceries. Not bad, huh? Well, these figures are deceiving. Although I budgeted and tracked spending in 2017, I was a sloppy accountant. We buy a lot of groceries at Sam’s Club and I…

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My First Goals for 2018

My First Goals for 2018

I can’t remember the last time I set a New Year’s resolution, but I was inspired by Crystal Paine to set some goals for 2018. Being that it’s been a long time since I’ve even set a goal (let alone written it down or made it public!), I’m narrowing my timeframe to the first quarter of 2018 so it feels more manageable. That’s just 13 weeks. I intend to track my progress and at the end of March, I’ll evaluate…

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2017 Holiday Recipe Hits

2017 Holiday Recipe Hits

Here are six holiday recipes our family enjoyed this year. I will probably make a few of them at other times of the year, but the cookies are a little too dangerous to be let loose regularly… Big Bear’s Wife’s Hot Chocolate Cookies This first thing I did the day after Christmas was brave the crowds at Wal-Mart to get treat containers for 50-75 cents apiece. I did more baking this year than ever before and next year I want…

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How to Take Infant Passport Photos

How to Take Infant Passport Photos

We have an international trip coming up, and Aidan needed a passport. For adults, getting passport photos is easy. You go to Walgreens, get your photo taken in front of a white background, and fork over $14.99. How do you take infant passport photos though? I knew it was possible to take your own passport photos, but it seemed too complicated so I ignored this task on my to-do list for months. When it got uncomfortably close to our trip,…

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Baby Essentials: Five Favorites

Baby Essentials: Five Favorites

Like Mrs. Frugalwoods, I fought back against The Baby Industrial Complex. I tried to purchase sensible items that would do the job without draining Aidan’s college fund before he even made it to preschool. Here are my five favorite baby essentials: Zobo EasyLight Stroller I will never understand why people pay hundreds of dollars for an all-terrain, four-wheel drive, SUV-size stroller with six cup holders. Maybe my lifestyle just doesn’t call for such a stroller, but I suspect very few…

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Tips for Creating a Baby Registry

Tips for Creating a Baby Registry

The first time Mr. MLM and I went to Babies R Us, we had to leave because it was just too much. I didn’t know what we truly needed or where to begin. As someone who likes to research every purchase, I was overwhelmed with the amount of time this project would take. Here are the steps I took to create a baby registry while suffering from paralysis of the analysis: I talked to one friend about her recommendations. My…

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Cutting Eating Out by 70 Percent

Cutting Eating Out by 70 Percent

I recently spent a couple of hours going through our bank and credit card statements for 2016. Our accountant needed information on our medical expenses for our taxes. Although we spent nearly $15,000 on out-of-pocket medical expenses due to complications surrounding Aidan’s birth, what was more shocking was that most purchases on every statement were for eating out or coffee. We must have been very hungry and tired in 2016. Out of curiosity, I decided to go back through our…

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Review of Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child

Review of Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child

Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child by Dr. Marc Weissbluth is easily one of the top five best gifts I’ve ever received. Well, it was technically a gift to my son, but he can’t sit up yet let alone read so we’ll call it a gift to me. As we hear so often that it’s become cliché, babies do not come with instruction manuals. Hospitals could change that by giving out copies of this book to new parents. It’s that helpful!…

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