household tips

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 [...]

How to be an Effective Goal Setter

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If you've read this blog for any length of time, you've probably figured out that I am pretty passionate about goal setting.  (Some, including my husband, might call it obsessive.  I like to think of it as focused!)  And while for me, achieving my goals has usually meant getting up before dawn or working 12 hour [...]

Setting My Goals for 2015

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Happy New Year Friends! I don’t know about you, but to me there is nothing quite like the promise of a whole new year, of a fresh start and a new beginning, where I can reflect both on where I’ve been and where I want to go.  There is nothing I love more than goal-setting, and [...]

How to Start Your New Year on the Right Foot

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I hope you all had a wonderful joy-filled (and drama-free) Christmas with your family and friends! After a very busy Thanksgiving, our Christmas was actually pretty low-key this year, celebrated with just the four of us and a few close friends. We stayed in our pajamas for two whole days, which is just the way I [...]

10 Smart Ways to Save on the Holidays

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With all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it is sometimes easy to get to a point where you simply fling your hands up in the air, throw caution to the wind, whip out the plastic and tell yourself you’ll deal with after New Year’s.  There is seemingly so much to do and [...]

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