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How to Budget with the Envelope System

How to Budget with the Envelope System

Creating a household budget may seem like a simple enough task—but sticking to a budget is definitely no joke. If you’re one of those people who have a hard time keeping within budget, then the envelope system might be just what you need.  Here’s how to budget with the envelope system:

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6 Smart Ways to Trim Your Wedding Budget

If you are ready to tie the knot but are on a very limited wedding budget, then don’t worry. Being on a limited budget doesn’t mean that you and your groom can’t have a beautiful celebration.  Here are some great ways to trim down your wedding budget without sacrificing the wedding of your dreams:

1) Get married during an off-peak month.

The summer months are extremely popular for weddings because of the perfect weather for outdoor ceremonies. Getting married during this time of the year means higher quotes from vendors and you’ll have to adjust to their availability as well. One way to trim down your wedding budget is by choosing to hold your wedding during an off-peak time of the year. You’ll not only get better rates, but you’ll have a lot more options to choose from, too!

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6 Easy Ways to Update Your Home Decor on a Limited Budget

Redecorating a home is often an expensive task. Updating your home décor usually entails buying new furniture or even painting the walls an entirely new color. The great news is that it’s very much possible to update your home décor without having to break the bank.

Here are some easy and inexpensive ways to give a room a new look:

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Boost Your Budget Pantry Challenge – Week 5

During the month of January I’m participating in the Boost Your Budget Pantry Challenge series that is being co-hosted by myself, Mommies Point of View, Mama Does It All, Crunchy Frugalista, Pary Moppins, Going Crazy Wanna Go?, The Frugalista Chick, Matter of Cents, Coupon Pals, Thrifty Divas, Frugal Mom of Two, How About Free, TheItMom.com, All The World Is Art, Sweeping The USA, Fab Find Foodie, Making Time For Mommy, Adventures in Coupons, Full Price? NEVER!, The Frugal Navy Wife, Generations of Savings and A Savings WOW! and we’d love it if you’d join us as well.

So here’s the deal – this January we have all been challenging ourselves to eat from our pantries – to use up all that excess food sitting in the back of the cupboards, hiding in the refrigerator door, in the stockpile and from out of the freezer – and limit our shopping to as little as possible.

I have really concentrated on using money maker deals to cover my staples like milk and eggs and I’m super excited to announce that BEFORE I do my shopping trips for today, I’ve spent a net of $31.84 so far for the month.  I set a challenge budget of $100 at the beginning of the month but I didn’t know then that Zaycon Foods would be coming to Florida during January with beef and bacon.  I’ve been so excited about doing well during the challenge that I decided to go ahead and order some of each and it was delivered this weekend.  That cost me $206, but that’s STILL below my normal monthly budget of $300 so I’m thrilled!  Plus, between Saturday’s meat delivery and what we still have left in the freezer, I’m planning to keep up with the challenge and continue all my new good habits at least through the end of March!

How are you doing on your pantry challenge goals this month? Remember to leave a link to your post or comment below about your progress in the pantry challenge and you’ll be entered to win a $25 Coupon Clutch gift certificate. One participant who either leaves a link to a challenge post or a comment about their challenge progress will win each week! Congrats to last week’s winner – Danielle from The Frugal Navy Wife!

(Bloggers: if you wish to join us, we’ll have a linky each week where you can link to your challenge posts. The linky will appear on the blogs of all of the co-hosts so your post will get quite a bit of exposure!)


 

Boost Your Budget Pantry Challenge – Week 4

During the month of January I’m participating in the Boost Your Budget Pantry Challenge series that is being co-hosted by myself, Mommies Point of ViewMama Does It AllCrunchy FrugalistaPary Moppins, Going Crazy Wanna Go?, The Frugalista Chick, Matter of Cents, Coupon Pals, Thrifty Divas, Frugal Mom of Two, How About Free, TheItMom.com, All The World Is Art, Sweeping The USA, Fab Find Foodie, Making Time For Mommy, Adventures in Coupons, Full Price? NEVER!, The Frugal Navy Wife, Generations of Savings and A Savings WOW! and we’d love it if you’d join us as well.

So here’s the deal – this January we plan to challenge ourselves to eat from our pantries – to use up all that excess food sitting in the back of the cupboards, hiding in the refrigerator door, in the stockpile and from out of the freezer – and limit our shopping to as little as possible.

I really overspent the first week of the challenge at almost $37, with a goal of spending less than $100 for the month, so I’ve been concentrating on finding “money maker” deals to try and cover my staples like milk and eggs and I’ve actually managed to bring my total down below $37 so far for the month!  I’m super excited about that and about having a menu plan ready for the rest of the month.  Now that I’ve really tightened up we’re doing pretty well for the month and I’m actually hoping that we can extend our challenge through the month of February too!

How are you doing on your pantry challenge goals this week? Remember to leave a link to your post or comment below about your progress in the pantry challenge and you’ll be entered to win a $25 Coupon Clutch gift certificate. One participant who either leaves a link to a challenge post or a comment about their challenge progress will win each week!  Congrats to last week’s winner – Stacy from Adventures In Coupons!

(Bloggers: if you wish to join us, we’ll have a linky each week where you can link to your challenge posts. The linky will appear on the blogs of all of the co-hosts so your post will get quite a bit of exposure!)


 

Boost Your Budget Pantry Challenge – Week 3

During the month of January I’m participating in the Boost Your Budget Pantry Challenge series that is being co-hosted by myself, Mommies Point of ViewMama Does It AllCrunchy FrugalistaPary Moppins, Going Crazy Wanna Go?, The Frugalista Chick, Matter of Cents, Coupon Pals, Thrifty Divas, Frugal Mom of Two, How About Free, TheItMom.com, All The World Is Art, Sweeping The USA, Fab Find Foodie, Making Time For Mommy, Adventures in Coupons, Full Price? NEVER!, The Frugal Navy Wife, Generations of Savings and A Savings WOW! and we’d love it if you’d join us as well.

So here’s the deal – this January we plan to challenge ourselves to eat from our pantries – to use up all that excess food sitting in the back of the cupboards, hiding in the refrigerator door, in the stockpile and from out of the freezer – and limit our shopping to as little as possible.

The first week of the challenge I really overspent at almost $37, with a goal of spending less than $100 for the month that really was way overboard so I’m very pleased to have only spent $22 this week!  We’ve still got a ways left to go before the month is over, but I’m excited to have a menu plan ready for the rest of the month.  Since I inventoried the freezer and stockpile last week I realized that we’ve got enough on hand that we can extend the challenge into February as well!

How are you doing on your pantry challenge goals this week? Remember to leave a link to your post or comment below about your progress in the pantry challenge and you’ll be entered to win a $25 Coupon Clutch gift certificate. One participant who either leaves a link to a challenge post or a comment about their challenge progress will win each week!  Congrats to last week’s winner – Julie from Pary Moppins!

(Bloggers: if you wish to join us, we’ll have a linky each week where you can link to your challenge posts. The linky will appear on the blogs of all of the co-hosts so your post will get quite a bit of exposure!)


 

Boost Your Budget Pantry Challenge – Week 2

During the month of January I’m participating in the Boost Your Budget Pantry Challenge series that is being co-hosted by myself, Pary Moppins, Going Crazy Wanna Go?, The Frugalista Chick, Matter of Cents, Coupon Pals, Thrifty Divas, Frugal Mom of Two, How About Free, TheItMom.com, All The World Is Art, Sweeping The USA, Mommies Point of View, Mama’s Money Tree, Crunchy Frugalista, Fab Find Foodie, Making Time For Mommy, Adventures in Coupons, Full Price? NEVER!, The Frugal Navy Wife, Generations of Savings and A Savings WOW! and we’d love it if you’d join us as well.

So here’s the deal – this January we plan to challenge ourselves to eat from our pantries – to use up all that excess food sitting in the back of the cupboards, hiding in the refrigerator door, in the stockpile and from out of the freezer – and limit our shopping to as little as possible.

I’ve set a budget for myself of $100 this month and I’m rather embarrassed that I’ve already spent $36.89 in just one week.  With more than three weeks left to go I’m really going to have to buckle down!

My other goal for the week was to get an inventory of everything in the freezer and I’m happy to say that I got that done.  I was really surprised by the amount of blueberries (11 packages) and chicken that were hidden in there!  We just had a chicken delivery from Zaycon Foods this weekend that hasn’t even made it to the freezer yet so I think we’re set with chicken for a few months.  I just found out that they’re coming back with beef and bacon at the end of the month and I may have to break down and order some of each for the freezer so we have some variety over the next few months!

How are you doing on your pantry challenge goals this week?  Remember to leave a link to your post or comment below about your progress in the pantry challenge and you’ll be entered to win a $25 Coupon Clutch gift certificate.  One participant who either leaves a link to a challenge post or a comment about their challenge progress will win each week!

(Bloggers: if you wish to join us, we’ll have a linky each week where you can link to your challenge posts. The linky will appear on the blogs of all of the co-hosts so your post will get quite a bit of exposure!)


 

Boost Your Budget Pantry Challenge – Goal Week

I’m very excited to announce the new Boost Your Budget Pantry Challenge series that I’ll be participating in and posting about throughout the month of January!  The Challenge is being co-hosted by myself, Pary Moppins, Going Crazy Wanna Go?, The Frugalista Chick, Matter of Cents, Coupon Pals, Thrifty Divas, Frugal Mom of Two, How About Free, TheItMom.com, All The World Is Art, Sweeping The USA, Mommies Point of View, Mama’s Money Tree, Crunchy Frugalista, Fab Find Foodie, Making Time For Mommy, Adventures in Coupons, Full Price? NEVER!, The Frugal Navy Wife, Generations of Savings and A Savings WOW! and we’d love it if you’d join us as well.

So here’s the deal – this January we plan to challenge ourselves to eat from our pantries – to use up all that excess food sitting in the back of the cupboards, hiding in the refrigerator door, in the stockpile and from out of the freezer – and limit our shopping to as little as possible.

This is not a “no spend” month, this is a “make do with what you have on hand and spend as little as possible” month. Everybody’s personal goals will be different and we can each set our own rules – the point is merely to challenge ourselves and start off the new year with a boost to our budgets! We’re also giving away a $25 Coupon Clutch gift certificate each week to one participant who either leaves a link to a challenge post or a comment about their challenge goals. Won’t you join us?

My personal goals are to get an inventory of what we have in the stockpile (check out the mess it has become over the past couple of busy months) and in the freezer and eat for the month from what we already have on hand.  I don’t plan to give up Friday date night out with hubby and I’ll still be making my weekly shopping trips but I will ONLY be buying staples and free or really cheap deals (to tell my readers about of course 😉  My hope is to keep the spending for the month to under $100 for groceries, toiletries and cleaning supplies for my family of seven.  I feel lucky to have such wonderful co-hosts to challenge me and help me on stay track, and we want you to join us, too!


Each Monday during January we’re going to post an update of our goals and how we’re doing at meeting those goals through the linky below.  So figure out what your goals are – is it to save money?  to have more room in your pantry? to stop wasting food and thus help the environment?  Figure out why you want to participate in the challenge – I look forward to hearing what your goals are!  I’ll be spending tomorrow (thank goodness the kids are going back to school!) doing an inventory of my pantry, stockpile and freezer so that I’ll have an accurate idea of what all I’ve got on hand and can get started on planning some menus!

(Bloggers: if you wish to join us, we’ll have a linky each week where you can link to your challenge posts.  The linky will appear on the blogs of all of the co-hosts so your post will get quite a bit of exposure!)



 

Boost Your Budget

Boost Your Budget 

I’m super excited about this year’s Boost Your Budget Pantry Challenge and I’m thrilled to have such fabulous co-hosts participating 🙂  This hidden page is just for the co-hosts and should contain everything you need for the event.  Remember, everyone’s goals will be different and there are no rules – we’re all just here to support and challenge each other to spend as little as possible for the month of January.  The list of co-hosts is in the linky on this page if you’d like to link to them or leave comments on their posts during the challenge, of course we should all list our own posts in each week’s linky as well. 

Some people’s goals may be to simply eat in more and out less, while some may plan to spend nothing on groceries for the month except for staples like bread and milk.  Personally, I’m somewhere in the middle – hubby and I eat out on Fridays and its the one thing we do for ourselves so I’m not giving that up.  But I do have way too much stuff in the freezer and stockpile (I don’t even know what all is in there) so my goal is to be as creative as possible with the menu for the month, while trying to eat only from the freezer, pantry and stockpile.  Of course my blog is about shopping and I can’t quit posting my trips so I’ll still be shopping, but only for the ‘free’ or super deals and staples. 

We will be giving away a $25 Coupon Clutch gift certificate each week to one participant and the co-hosts are also eligible to win. Each link in the common weekly linky will be an entry to win. I’d like to invite you to join the Coupon Clutch affiliate program if you haven’t already and use your affiliate link if you choose to link to the website. Full disclosure – I’m the founder and owner of CouponClutch.com and I’d LOVE to write you some checks 😉 

I can’t wait to hear about your goals in the first Monday’s posts!  Here is the posting schedule again, with the linky code for each week posted below (please copy and paste each week’s linky code into the bottom of your post then add your link to it): 

Jan 2nd – Goal Week  (or grab the best code for your blog here)

 

Jan 9th – Update  (or grab the best code for your blog here)

 

Jan 16th – Update  (or grab the best code for your blog here)

 

Jan 23rd – Update (or grab the best code for your blog here)

 

Jan 30th – Final Notes (or grab the best code for your blog here)

 

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Boost Your Budget Pantry Challenge

In January of this year I participated in a Pantry Challenge where we attempted to eat from our cabinets, pantry, freezer and stockpile as much as possible and keep our spending for the month to a bare minimum.  It was a lot of fun and actually pretty amazing to see just how little we could spend for the month.  Another great side effect was starting out the year so far below budget!

I’m excited to be doing a Pantry Challenge again in January 2012 and I’d like to invite you to join in!  I’d also love to find a few bloggers to co-host this event by hosting the challenge linky on their blogs and doing a post each Monday of the month. 

Jan 2nd – Goal Week

Jan 9th – Update

Jan 16th – Update

Jan 23rd – Update

Jan 30th – Final Notes

This is not a “no spend” month, this is a “make do with what you have on hand and spend as little as possible” month.  Everybody’s personal goals will be different and we can each set our own rules – the point is merely to challenge ourselves and start off the new year with a boost to our budgets!  We’ll also be giving away a $25 Coupon Clutch gift certificate each week to one participant who either leaves a link to a challenge post or a comment about their challenge goals.  Won’t you join us?

If you’re a blogger and you’d like to help co-host this event, simply leave your blog name and info in the linky below and I’ll email you soon with the linky code and further details.