How Building Your Own Hanging Baskets Saves You Cash

How Building Your Own Hanging Baskets Saves You Cash

Do you love the look of hanging baskets? They can add the perfect pop of color to your yard, patio, or deck, and are fairly easy to tend to during the summer season. If you love hanging baskets, you might be wondering if it is cheaper to buy them premade or create them yourself. The truth is, creating your own baskets can save you some serious cash, while also making sure you are growing flowers ideal for your yard. To learn more, take a look below at how building your own hanging baskets saves you cash and can help you get more bang for your buck.

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Spring Gardening 101 (Save On Veggies!)

Spring Gardening 101

I can almost feel spring in the air, almost, it’s too cold to ACTUALLY feel it but I know that it’s there just around the corner. One of my favorite things about spring is that it is time to put in a spring garden- beautiful flowers, fresh fruits and vegetables.  So if you are dreaming like I am of sunshine, hands deep in the dirt, and fresh air but you are new to gardening I have gathered some of my best tips to get you started on your first Spring garden.

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Menu Plan Monday ~ May 28th

Since the kids are out of school today and their summer camp starts tomorrow I’m taking the girls with me for a day out today while the boys hang out with daddy working on some yard projects.  The girls and I plan to hit a few stores and have a nice lunch then visit a friend before heading home.  I’ll be sure to share our shopping trips with you later!

MondayBaked Honey Mustard Chicken

TuesdayHomemade Freezer Pizza

Wednesday – Lemon Pepper Chicken

ThursdayChicken Fajitas

FridayDate night – dinner out!

Saturday – Rotisserie Sausage

SundayChicken Nuggets

My meal plan is listed at OrgJunkie.com!

Menu Plan Monday ~ May 21st

The kids are so proud to have harvested their very first big batch of green beans so we’re having our favorite Easy One Skillet Chicken Dinner for supper tonight!  It’s super simple to make and I’m sure the kids will eat the green beans since they had a hand in growing them.  I’m also looking forward to using some of our garden tomatoes with our tacos tomorrow night.

Monday – Easy One Skillet Chicken Dinner

Tuesday – Beef Tacos

Wednesday – Teriyaki Chicken Wings

Thursday – Sausage & Eggs (breakfast for supper)

FridayDate night – dinner out!

SaturdayBacon Wrapped Garlic Chicken

Sunday – Soup & Sandwiches

My meal plan is listed at OrgJunkie.com!

Menu Plan Monday ~ May 14th

Where did the first half of the month go?  It’s really moving fast and with just two weeks left of school for the kids I’m getting a little nervous about how to keep them entertained all summer.  It does seem like they’re getting off a little easy since they’re apparently already done with homework 😉

MondayEasy Baked Ravioli

TuesdaySlow Cooker Fajitas

WednesdayBaked Herb Chicken

ThursdayChicken Fried Rice

FridayDate night – dinner out!

Saturday – French Toast (breakfast for supper)

Sunday – Sandwiches

My meal plan is listed at OrgJunkie.com!

Menu Plan Monday ~ May 7th

I got home last night from a blogging conference over the weekend and was so tired I could barely move and now I have another meeting to go to tonight – it is weeks like this that make me SO happy to have a menu plan prepared in advance.  I’ve been planning our meals in advance based on what we have on hand and/or what is on sale for the week for almost two years now and I’m still amazed at how much time and money it saves us!

MondayOven Fried Parmesan Chicken

Tuesday – Spaghetti & Meatballs

WednesdayHashbrown Casserole

Thursday – Veggie & Ham Omelets (breakfast for supper!)

FridayDate night – dinner out!

SaturdayChicken Rollatini

SundayChicken Nuggets

My meal plan is listed at OrgJunkie.com!

Menu Plan Monday ~ April 23rd

I can’t believe there is only one month left of school for the kids!  Time sure seems to be flying by and we have so much going on this week that I’m sure it will fly by too.  Of course it’s weeks like this that make me so grateful to have a meal plan and a freezer full of home cooked meals – I’m still amazed at how much time, money and stress it saves us just from having a plan in advance!

MondayBeef Fajitas

TuesdayBarbecued Meatballs

WednesdayChicken Macaroni Bake

Thursday – Pizza and Chicken Wings

FridayDate night – dinner out!

SaturdayCitrus Marinated Pork Chops

Sunday – Sandwiches

My meal plan is listed at OrgJunkie.com!

Menu Plan Monday ~ April 9th

We have a bunch of outdoor chores planned for this week like getting the garden tilled and ready to go and we’ve got to do a lawn mower repair and cut the grass before it gets out of hand.  It’s always nice on super busy weeks like this one to have a bunch of homemade meals ready to go in the freezer!  Here’s what we have planned on the menu for this week:

Monday – Teriyaki Chicken

Tuesday – Crescent Wrapped Hot Dogs

WednesdayChicken Milanese

Thursday – Sausage & Eggs (breakfast for supper)

FridayDate night – dinner out!

SaturdayChicken Rollatini

Sunday – Soup & Sandwiches

My meal plan is listed at OrgJunkie.com!

Menu Plan Monday ~ March 26th

This week is spring break for the kids and we’re planning a bunch of gardening projects, activities and a day trip to visit the USS Alabama at Battleship Memorial Park so I’ve lined up some easy meals for the week from items that we already have available in the freezer.  I’m looking forward to hanging out with the kids and getting to sleep in a little this week, but I’m also pretty sure I’ll be ready for school again by the end of the week 😉

Monday – Teriyaki Chicken & Corn Soup

Tuesday – Beef Tacos

Wednesday – Chicken & Rice Bake

Thursday – Sausage & Eggs

FridayDate night – dinner out!

Saturday – Hamburger Steaks

Sunday – Soup & Sandwiches

My meal plan is listed at OrgJunkie.com!

Save With Edible Landscaping

Fresh fruit and vegetables are a huge part of our diet and they can also be a big part of the budget since it isn’t typically easy to save on produce.  For this reason we always try to grow at least a few things in our garden each year that take a bit of our budget – like tomatoes and potatoes.  Corn is harder to grow for us, but it’s cheap and plentiful when in season and it freezes well so we buy instead of grow our own corn.

My favorite way to save from our own yard though is to strategically invest in fruit and nut trees that lend beauty to our yard and have the potential to pay us back by feeding the family and saving us money.  For example – since we moved to the woods about seven years ago we’ve planted 4 pecan trees, 2 plum trees, 3 apple trees, 2 lemon trees, 3 pomegranate trees and 10 satsuma trees.

Now, it takes about seven years for pecan trees to produce so we’re hopeful that this will be our year with those, but the pomegranate tree shown here in bloom is only two years old, and the satsuma tree (they’re small, really yummy oranges with thin skins) shown in the top two pictures was just planted a few months ago and is already loaded with blooms and tiny fruit.

Do some research and find out what types of fruit and nut trees grow well in your area.  Determine how long it takes for them to produce and make your purchase decisions based on which will give you the best return the quickest.  If you have a small yard you might consider using miniature varieties of fruit trees, you can even grow those in pots on your patio or porch if space is really limited.

We’d love to hear about your tips for growing your own food!  Please tell us about the things you like to grow in the comments below.