household tips

How to Store & Organize Your Spices

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Being able to whip up any number of dishes based the pantry staples you already have on hand is a great way to keep your grocery expenses down, and a well-stocked kitchen should include at least a basic selection of frequently used spices and herbs. Like most things in life, spices and herbs are usually best when [...]

5 Smart Ways to Spend Your Tax Refund

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This is a guest post from Kalyn Brooke of Creative Savings Every year around tax time, I anxiously wait for a call from our CPA letting us know whether we owe or get a refund this year. It's anxiety-inducing to say the least, but for the most part, we've been lucky enough to get a nice chunk [...]

10 Freezer Meals in One Hour: Part 5

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As you've hopefully discovered by now, here at Living Well Spending Less my team and I are 100% committed to bring you easy recipes that taste great and don’t take a lot of time, effort, or expensive ingredients to throw together.  As a busy mom, I also want meals that can be made and frozen ahead of [...]

10 Painless Ways to Save

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Let's face it--being a responsible adult is not always easy. In fact, the idea of saving money can feel painful sometimes!  Few of us actually want to give up our creature comforts or drastically lower our standard of living in order to pinch pennies.  It's downright hard to have to tell a child or spouse that something [...]

10 Simple Habits That Might Just Change Your Life

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It’s easy to think of all of the good habits we wish we had: putting money away each month, getting up earlier, working out every day.  As it turns out, setting good habits can be a powerful way to achieve our goals and help keep us focused and organized. Once a good habit is etched our brain, [...]

Quick & Easy No-Mess Bacon

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Mmmmm....bacon. If you've ever avoided making bacon because you just didn't feel like dealing with the greasy mess left behind, this post might just change your life.  You see, my husband was the exact same way.  He loved eating bacon, but didn't love cooking it.  It was just too much cleanup. And then two years [...]

How to Deep Clean Your Fridge

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Our refrigerators might possibly be the most overlooked area in our home when it comes to cleaning.  Constantly in use, this essential appliance doesn't usually get a second thought.  Whether we just don't think about it at all, or assume that because food is kept cold or rotated through, that the fridge stays relatively clean, the [...]

7 Lies People in Debt Tell Themselves

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Today I am happy to welcome back my friend Cherie Lowe from the Queen of Free, who will be joining us here at LWSL as a regular monthly contributor.  Cherie is the author of the amazing book, Slaying the Debt Dragon, which she wrote after paying off more than $127,000 in debt!  I am so excited to [...]

Fresh Produce 101

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There is something just intrinsically right about seasonal produce.  After all, there’s nothing quite like a ripe juicy peach or bright red tomato in the summertime. Likewise, in the winter, it’s a comfort to cozy up to a beautiful butternut squash soup or a caramel apple pie with warm cinnamon, or to sip a hot pumpkin [...]

4 Easy Tricks to Avoid ATM Fees

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This is a guest post from Kalyn Brooke of Creative Savings As much as I try to avoid ATM fees, I always end up paying at least a few per year. It's super frustrating. $2.00 here, $4.00 there, and the cost to pull out just one $20 bill adds up month after month. You have network fees from [...]

How to Illness Proof Your Home

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One of my biggest goals this year has been to keep myself and my family illness-free.  After a couple of really bad, illness-prone years, where it felt like all of us--and especially me--were constantly getting sick, I have been much more vigilant and proactive about staying healthy. We've already talked about some great ways to [...]

5 Habits of Successful Debt Slayers

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 Today I am absolutely honored to welcome the Queen of Free herself, Cherie Lowe.  Cherie shares her wisdom and frugal adventures daily on her blog, Queen of Free, and she is also the author of the incredibly inspiring book, Slaying the Debt Dragon, which chronicles Cherie and her husband's journey of knocking out more than $127,000 [...]

5 Things to do Right Now to Prepare for a Catastrophe

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I’m not really one for conspiracy theories, and I don’t generally tend to panic or automatically assume the worst.  I wouldn’t call myself a “prepper,” and we don’t have a secret bunker built in our basement, an arsenal of supplies on hand in the event of a zombie apocalypse, or plans to go off the grid. [...]

10 Freezer Meals in One Hour: Part 4

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  Here at Living Well Spending Less we are 100% committed to bring you easy recipes that taste great and don’t take a lot of time, effort, or expensive ingredients to throw together.  As a busy mom, I also want meals that can be made and frozen ahead of time to save time on hectic weeknights, especially as [...]

Sweet & Spicy Chinese Chicken

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My personal theory is that you can never have too many quick & easy freezer meals ready to go, especially ones that use budget-friendly chicken!  This juicy, flavorful sweet & spicy Chinese chicken was a huge hit with both my husband AND kids; in fact, my five year old, after cleaning her plate in about 2 [...]

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