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This homemade ranch dressing mix is quick to prepare with common seasonings in the spice cabinet. It’s a copycat to the convenience Hidden Valley packets. Whether you’re mixing it up to top a delicious salad, for veggies, or for dipping some wings into, this homemade dry ranch mix is an inexpensive, easy, and tasty. Add…

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We’re building Chipotle Burrito Bowls, one recipe at a time. We’ve already covered Cilantro Lime Rice. Today we’re making Chipotle Black Beans, which also happen to be vegetarian and soooo good! If you just want to learn how to make black beans, this recipe will become a staple on your list of favorite recipes. These…

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DIY lunchables are a hit with the kids! They are one of many school lunch ideas and work great for a quick after-school snack that can be made in a mason jar. Lunchables are one of my kids’ all-time favorite snacks. I seriously don’t get it. It’s just crackers, meat and cheese. Since they have…

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These meal planning ideas are great for budget meal planning or just if you want to create an easy weekly meal plan. We have several posts that review how to meal plan sharing two different menu planning principles. These are the same principles that I share in the classes I teach on Menu Planning. Now, when…

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  How to save money – it’s on everyone’s list especially at the beginning of the year. This list of ways to save is realistic enough that you can try each one and see real savings. Even if you save $20 a week by trying one idea, that’s $1,040 a year! Put that in a…

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The concept of frugal holiday meals may sound like an oxymoron, but it really isn’t as impossible as it may seem. There’s nothing stopping you from serving up delicious holiday meals without destroying your budget in the process. The key to saving money on holiday meals is planning. Follow these strategies to save money on your…

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‘Tis the season of all things apples!! These cute Apple Oreo pops are simple to make and fun to do with your kids! These would even be perfect for back to school time and a friendly teacher’s gift! Apple Oreo Pops Ingredients 6 Double Stuff Oreos 1/2 cup, Red Candy Chips 6 Green Tic Tacs…

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When you have the right tips for preparing and freezing meals in advance, you can streamline your weekly cooking. This means you have more time to do things with family or friends. It also means you and your family can reach for something healthy when a quick snack or meal is desired. Use the tips…

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Slow cooking is fast becoming a weapon in the kitchens of families looking to save money. Slow cooking money saving tips and time saving tricks can help you combat the rising cost of food. When you save money in the kitchen, you often save time as well. This allows you to get more of what…

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This sloppy joe seasoning recipe uses pantry staples. Mix up a batch so you can make homemade sloppy joe sandwiches when the meal plan calls for it! Not only is this Sloppy Joe Mix recipe less expensive than purchasing a can off the supermarket shelf but you are leaving out all the additives, preservatives, and…

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