Annette is the mom of America's Cheapest Family. She is a NY Times Best Selling co-author of 3 books: America's Cheapest Family Gets You Right on the Money; Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half, and The MoneySmart Family System.
Family Christmas Traditions can occur whether your family is large or small, and young or old. Establishing traditions can enhance relationships, evoke warm feelings and create memories that last a lifetime.
Over the years, we’ve read numerous books about the value of family traditions. They add stability to the yearly calendar as the kids and grandkids eagerly anticipate and participate in the preparations for each special event.
Our Christmas Traditions really are a “month-full” of activities and routines that we’ve established over the course of many years. Here are a few of the many we have:
Are you hosting a Potluck Thanksgiving or attending a large gathering for Thanksgiving? Here are lots of ways to save money and reduce stress when feeding a large group for Thanksgiving Dinner or being a guest at someone else’s event. We will also share menu ideas talk about what to make for a Thanksgiving potluck.
Hosting a successful Potluck Thanksgiving dinner
There are so many details to hosting a successful dinner: Where will they sit; what time will you serve dinner; how much help will you need; how many days will it take you to prepare; and what about cleaning all of … Read more »
Are you looking for Thanksgiving Grocery Deals? You’ve come to the right place. It’s time to stock your pantry and freezer!
Even with prices soaring due to Covid shortages, we’re still seeing some loss leaders and great sales.
Buying up Thanksgiving grocery deals is a great way to save money and make those savings last for several months.
Get Those Loss Leaders
Grocery retailers will be featuring loss-leaders on many of the trimmings for your Thanksgiving meal. This means they put a lot of food items on sale, to lure you into their grocery chain store for shopping.
I will be cooking my first Thanksgiving Dinner for my Family and I am overwhelmed!
Help! We’ve been married for 4 years and this will be the first time I’m hosting Thanksgiving. We’ve got relatives coming from out of town. I’m panicking over the cost!
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Don’t Fret over Your First Thanksgiving Dinner!
Hosting and cooking for your first Thanksgiving and you have a budget is no problem. We totally get that the thought of preparing a Thanksgiving dinner for a whole family can be overwhelming and … Read more »
Are you looking for some new and fun family traditions?
Whether your family is large or small, young or old, establishing traditions can cement relationships. It can also evoke warm feelings and create memories that last a lifetime.
Over the years, we’ve read numerous books about the value of family traditions.
These habits and rituals add stability to the yearly calendar as the kids eagerly anticipate and participate in the preparations for each special event. Traditions don’t need to be expensive or elaborate to be memorable.
We hope our most enjoyable ideas will provide the impetus for you to create your own family traditions. … Read more »
Are you looking for some Fun Homemade Halloween party games? We’ve assembled a great list to make your party a frugal and fun success. We started with 13 games, but the list keeps growing. We’ve also added some crafts and fun food ideas.
Halloween and the Fall can make for some really fun homemade Harvest party games. We know some people are squeamish about taking their kids out “Trick-or-Treating” so why not borrow some of these ideas. We’ve used variations of some of these for our kids’ birthday parties.
They work great as carnival-type booths or as party games for a small … Read more »
We’ve got Frugal Fashion Tips for Kids when you’re shopping for back-to-school clothes. These will help your kids to look nice, be a little trendy, and not cost a fortune.
We outfitted 5 kids with wardrobes each year. We also found lots of ways for them to look fashionable while staying within our frugal spending limits.
5 Ways to Save on Fashionable Back-To-School Clothes
Parents spend a lot of money on Back-to-school sales for clothing each year. According to the National Retail Federation, 60 percent of moms said that they would spend more on back-to-school clothes for their children … Read more »
Learning to manage your food budget is one of the fastest ways to start turning around your family household budget. We see so many families practice grocery shopping habits that drive their food costs through the roof.
If you’ve never been shown how to master the art of food shopping and meal prep, don’t feel bad.
It’s a much easier game to learn than you realize.
Take the Quiz and See How You Do
Put a checkmark next to any statement that describes something you’ve said or done in the past six months:
Are you looking to save money and find cheap meat near your home? These strategies could save you thousands of dollars this year.
Putting Meat on the Table History:
Years ago, it was the man’s “job” to hunt for the meat to provide for the family. All it cost was a few days’ trudging through the forest, and some bullets or arrows. Then there was time to clean and dress the meat, a man’s muscles to lug it all home and space to store it.
Today, in our more “sophisticated” society, both sexes are responsible for putting meat on the table. The chore … Read more »
Have you ever wondered which dish soap works best and gives you the best value for the money?
We love saving money and were wondering if we should buy the cheapest dish detergent or a more expensive one. Our curiosity finally got the best of us and we put together this test.
Have you ever thought, “Hmm, this name-brand product costs twice as much as the generic; is it twice as good? Oh, it’s all just advertising hype, there can’t be that BIG of a difference — I’m going to save the money and buy the generic.”
The concept of shopping in a warehouse and buying directly from a distributor is an appealing idea for money-saving-minded people. But do today’s warehouse clubs really save you money or are they merely a carefully marketed retail store that has lots of stuff in it, designed to separate you from your money?
We’ll discuss the pros and cons of shopping at the warehouse clubs AND we’ll tell you how you can do it without buying a pricey membership.
What is a Warehouse Club?
Warehouse clubs are in truth a retail store, that has been strategically designed to look like a warehouse. They utilize … Read more »
Pets are viewed as best friends, companions, family necessities, nuisances, and trainers for children. Do economizers have them, and if so, do they think of them differently than other people do?
Our Pet History
We both grew up having a variety of pets. Annette sees pets as an indispensable part of family life. Steve originally found pets a nuisance but is warming to the idea that slobbery dog-kisses can be a valuable part of life. After we married, we discovered that in addition to being … Read more »
If you’re looking for creative slow cooker cooking ideas for recipes or crafting we’ve got answers. If you want lots of delicious and favorite recipes and some really outrageous uses for a slow cooker, you’ve also come to the right place!
The slow cooker or Crockpot is one of the most versatile time and money-saving tools we have in our kitchen. We use them so much that, over time, we now have three of them. They help us on our once-month cooking day and for other daily needs.
Related Article: If you want to know how much money you can save using a … Read more »
Using a crockpot for a year could save you a ton of money. But even if you used it just a few days each week, it could still save you more money than you ever imagined. We’ll show you how this works and give you some other tips too.
This is the third of a 5-part Kitchen Tools series that will empower you to save thousands of dollars on your food budget.
What’s at stake when it comes to feeding a family?
When it comes to feeding a family, there is a lot of money at stake. The average family is spending $200 … Read more »
Freezing meat bought on sale is a great way to save money at the grocery store. But if you don’t properly store and protect the meat, your savings can be wasted due to freezer burn. If you follow the steps listed below you’ll rarely be disappointed.
Reader Question about Freezing Meat
How do you freeze filet mignon, and keep it from getting dry and tough? We recently purchased filet mignon from Costco, ate two of them (they were delicious) and froze the others. When we defrosted and cooked them, they were awful. Is there is a better way to store them to preserve … Read more »
Reorganizing your linen closet probably isn’t at the top of your to-do list! But this task can really free up time and mental energy – here’s why and how.
The Last Time We Reorganized our Linen Closet
For us, it had been about 10 years since we organized our linen closet. With raising five kids, writing books and speaking around the country, we had little time to think about this type of organizing task. We truly had lost track of what was in the linen closet.
Holiday party outfits can be expensive, and everyone wants to look fantastic for the holidays. How can you get a great Holiday look without spending a fortune of money? We’ll share how you can dress up for the holidays with a minimal cash outlay, and look fabulous in the process.
Reader Question About Holiday Clothing Expenses
I know that I’ll be invited to several holiday parties this season and will need to get dressed up. And there isn’t money for new clothes right now. But I want to look good, and not put a balance on my credit card. What should I … Read more »
Knowing the Grocery Store Sales Cycles by month and for each holiday is a great way to save tons of money on food and to fill your pantry and freezer with bargain-priced groceries.
One of our best money-saving grocery strategies is to stock up on loss leaders around the holidays. Grocery stores drop the price on various food items each month and on each holiday to entice shoppers to come to their store. That’s the time we swoop in and pick up deals to last several months.
Every holiday brings an opportunity to find great bargains because most grocers put traditional foods on … Read more »
We have always thought about buying meat in bulk online, but have never jumped in until now. We were recently introduced to The Savory Butcher and their local fresh meat deliveries.
You know that we are bargain shoppers. However, the quality and the pricing that The Savory Butcher offers really piqued our interest. This is a really great way to lock in a good price on a large quantity of quality meat. If you don’t have time to hunt for meat bargains in the traditional way, this could save you a lot of time and money.
Doing a DIY Property Tax Appeal is not something many homeowners think about. But, if you own a home or are getting ready to buy one, you should consider what you will pay in property taxes.
And you should probably look into what similarly sized homes are paying.
When you purchase a house, be aware that many counties base their revised valuations, in large part, on the sale price. The basis for the valuation may be correct, but the details of your property may be misrepresented, which can result in higher taxes.
No matter what the economy is doing, taxes don’t seem to … Read more »
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