Stocking up on frozen fruits, veggies and meals for the winter

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Frozen Food Foundation for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

It is about to turn crazy cold here in Spokane. For me anytime it hits single digit temperatures I have no urge to go outside or run errands. I am not a cold weather girl. I like warm tropical breezes and a nice hammock but that is not happening here in Spokane right now.

This time of year I love stocking our freezer with frozen fruits, veggies and meals. They make it so easy for me to prep dinner quickly.  I love knowing that I have options for dinner when I don’t want to drive in the ugly weather. I can pull out a great frozen meal and have dinner on the table in no time.

There are so many options in the frozen food section of the grocery store! I have to say I am always a bit surprised at all of the different things you can find in the frozen food section…. 

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Focusing on reducing, reusing and recycling

Focusing on reducing, reusing and recycling this year! I was recently asked to join the P&G Conserve-It-All Program. This program was a fantastic reminder that we need to do more to reduce, reuse and recycle at our house.

Rubbermaid Recycler

At our old house it was super easy to recycle. The city had a huge recycling center right down the street from our house. We were able to run our recycling to the recycle center nightly. It was so nice to be able to keep the house clean and recycle everything we could. There were weeks that we did not fill a garbage sack let alone the entire garbage can…. 

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Traveling with a Visa Prepaid card!

We love to travel! I know this probably does not come as much of a surprise with all of the travel photos we share. One aspect of travel that I am always conscious about is where I use my credit card. I have a fear that our credit card number will be stolen and I will be stuck out of town dealing with issues. We have started carrying a Visa Prepaid card with us that I use anytime we get somewhere I just don’t feel comfortable using my normal Visa Card.

I feel better knowing that the Visa Prepaid card has a specific dollar amount loaded on it and I do not have to worry that my entire credit line will be maxed out by a thief. I will also say an extra benefit of the Visa Prepaid card is that I can’t go crazy shopping. Knowing there is a specific dollar amount on the card keeps me in line with my budget and makes me think about every purchase…. 

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Support Organic Farming by signing this petition!

Soon Congress will vote on how to spread our tax dollars including farming. Right now we have a chance to let Congress know that we would like tax dollars focused on healthy and affordable food as part of the new farm bill.

Produce 101 Logo

I don’t know about you but there are days I have total sticker shock in the produce section of the grocery store. We are trying to eat healthier and focus on having a variety of fruits and veggies in our diet. As we add more and more veggies and fruit to our diet and take out processed food our grocery bill is rising significantly. I know that in the long run the choices we make are for the best but dang that doesn’t help the checkbook balance.

You can learn more about produce and how to best maximize your produce in our Produce 101 posts. We share how to store different varieties of produce and tips for picking out the best produce.

By signing this petition, you are telling Congress that you want your tax dollars to go to programs that help families gain greater access to healthy, affordable food in the new farm bill. This petition will be sent to Frank D. Lucas, Chairmain of the House Committee on Agriculture and Debbie Stabenew, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry.

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Planning ahead for summer fun! Check out our tips for saving on concerts, planning ahead and enjoying summer!

I know it is only March but now is the time to plan ahead for Summer fun!! You can score some amazing deals right now by planning ahead for summer fun! Check out our tips for saving on concerts, planning ahead and enjoying summer!

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We love doing as much as we possibly can during the sunny summer months here in Spokane. Outdoor concerts, visiting our local parks, walking the Centennial trail, and so much more. One thing we have found is if you plan ahead for summer fun you can save a ton of money and reduce your stress!

Here are our tips for planning ahead for summer fun!… 

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Not letting financial setbacks detour you from your goals!

This past week we were hit with two pretty major financial hits. We found out that the renters in our rental house are moving out a month ahead of schedule and the hot water heater broke to the tune of $600. I have to say this was a hard hit to find out. We are working so hard on our financial goals. We are trying to not letting financial setbacks detour us from our goals!

I am so thankful that we have been having twice a month financial meetings together. We were able to sit down and really look at our finances. We were able to figure out exactly how much we have going forward without rent coming in. We have been trying to add additional payments to our car payment and get it paid off this year. I am still hoping we will be able to do this going forward.

I keep reminding myself that saving money is a marathon not a sprint. That there will be bumps in the road but we have to stay focused on our goals and not let the bumps become the new route. I spent this weekend reading Dave Ramsey’s Complete Guide to Money: The Handbook of Financial Peace University. I am taking what I read to heart and reminding myself that this is a long term journey. I am making saving a priority and not letting my wants win out over my needs.

One of the quote I love from this book is

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How to clean your Dishwasher

I was recently reading an article that said that dishwashers can harbor fungi and black yeast. I am honestly not sure what these do but they sound disgusting and I wanted to make sure that my dishwasher was as clean as humanly possible! Yuck! Just the thought of fungi makes my stomach a little queasy.

I decided to scrub my dishwasher inside and out and make sure it was sparkly clean and fungi free.

How to Clean your Dishwasher

Here are the steps I took to clean my dishwasher


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81 Frugal Date Ideas!

81 Frugal Date Ideas!

81 Frugal Date Ideas

This Sunday John and I are celebrating our 7th anniversary since our first date! I can not believe it has already been seven years. The past seven years have literally flown by in a blink of an eye. I was thinking back on what it was like when we first started dating compared to being married.

When we were dating we……

-Held hands walking through Target

-Sat next to each other at dinner instead of across the table

-I got butterflies in my stomach when I saw John’s name on my phone

Now that we are married…..

- We power through Target and divide and conguer our list

-We sit across from each other at dinner and normally have a to do list we are working on

- I now smile each time I see John’s name on the phone and feel a sense of contentment and love


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Not just old ladies in curlers clip coupons

Clipping Coupons is not just for old ladies in curlers anymore

Not just old ladies in curlers clip coupons…..

I have to admit something….When I first started couponing I had this image of little old ladies with their hair in curlers clipping coupons. I had never met anyone young who clipped coupons.

I would like to say that clipping coupons is not just for old ladies!!!!

If you are out buying groceries, toiletries, getting your oil changed and spending money you are old enough to clip coupons.


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Frugally fit….Getting in Shape on a budget!

Frugally fit….Getting in Shape on a budget!

Hamster Getting a Workout on Spinning Wheel

Do you have a New Years resolution to get in shape, visit the gym, lose weight and look fantastic this year?

I start every year with a goal/plan/dream/hope/mission to go back to the gym and work out.  One thing I have found is gym memberships are certainly not cheap especially when you only go a few times a year.

Do you feel like your budget is blown… Just like the seam in your pants?

Well you are not the only one! Together we are going to work on being frugally fit!

Here are our frugal tips for getting in shape and not busting your budget….


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