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How are you doing? Are you starting to go out more or are you pretty much staying home?

We've been more homebound than normal, but still getting out to shop and exercise.

Annette's been having a blast connecting with new gardening buddies in a variety of Facebook Groups.

Free Pecans

A few weeks ago one friend told us about pecan trees in the city of Mesa that line city streets. We went out with Daughter Becky and her husband Nolan and gathered 20 pounds of pecans.

Trading Gardening Blessings

Several of the gardening buddies have offered to trade their abundance with others. We've been trading citrus, rosemary clippings, Banana tree pups, and aloe vera plants. In return we've received:
Tomatoes, Mulberry trees, Spinach plants, Fire Cactus, Sugar Cane, Hyssop, Passion Fruit cuttings, Grapevine Cuttings, Salvia seedlings and several dozen eggs (and more).

Annette's been doing a lot of container gardening on our patio and also planting things in our orchard and in some new beds we've built.

Container gardening on our patio.

And a new little mulberry seedling in our orchard.

Saving money by growing some of your own food and then trading it for different things is always fun.

We're saving you money on Groceries with info on how to slice your own lunch meat, how to save on eggs and how to make your own pizza dough.

There's so much more too - like saving with babies, getting free music and much more.

New Video: Stupid Financial Mistakes. This fun video was shot one night when we had a bunch of personal finance bloggers over to our house. The stories and the response of the crowd are hilarious. Hope you enjoy it. 

Scroll to the bottom to see the video.

Please stay safe and make save some money during this crazy time.

We’re making frugal fun!

PS: There are some links for affiliate relationships where we may receive a small commission if you make a purchase. No purchase is required to get some of this great information.


Foods That Freeze Well

Save $2000 Using a Freezer



Are you looking for a list of foods that freeze well? Do you want to stock up on sale items and turn your freezer into a huge money saver for your family?

Those are great goals. And we’ve got the answers for you.

The $2000 Chest Freezer is the final article of a 5 Kitchen Tools series designed to empower you to save thousands of dollars on your food budget.

Get Freezer and Food info here 


Grade B Eggs – How to Save on Buying Eggs


Do you know what Grade B Eggs are? And do you know how Grade B Eggs can save you money?

Eggs are a regular breakfast food in our house and millions of other homes across the country. But Egg prices go up and down on a regular basis and can sometimes rise as high as $3.00 a dozen. This can put a strain on the family food budget, especially if you like eggs.

How to save money with Grade B Eggs

How can a family enjoy a breakfast favorite without breaking their budget?

We’ve discovered a few ways to save on eggs that you may not have considered.

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Raising Babies on a Budget

If you’re having a baby and want to save money we’ll show you how to raise a baby on a budget.

To us they’re cuddly, snuggly and sometimes slobbery — and to marketers, they’re a gold mine. We’re talking about babies and what it costs to diaper, feed, clothe and entertain them in their first years.

Some experts predict — and hope — that you’ll spend somewhere between $8,000 and $10,000 before Junior’s first birthday.

Believe it or not, in these situations, when marketers push a multitude of expensive products, you may find the greatest savings.

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Home Meat Slicer Uses that will Save You $500

There are dozens of uses for a home meat slicer and the savings you can bank are amazing. In this article, we’ll talk mainly about how much money you can save using a meat slicer to cut your own lunch meat.

And we’ll also share other things that we use a meat slicer for.

Plus we’ll tell you how much our meat slicer cost and what you can expect to pay for a new one.

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Want the Best Free Music Apps?


Are you looking for the best free music apps or the best music apps with paid subscriptions? We’ve got them all on this page.

We all love listening to music. And with smartphones, it’s become so easy to access the music you love.

There are dozens of music streaming apps on the market. Some are strictly free. Others come with bonus features that can only be accessed with subscriptions.

There are also websites to download music. With so many choices, it’s difficult to decide which app to use. Below, we list 28 free music apps for streaming music.

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20 Online Dollar Stores with Awesome Deals


Online Dollar stores are amazing places to can find things that you need for less. For most of us, physical stores like Family Dollar and Dollar Tree come to mind. But you no longer have to drive to a store to find awesome deals.

According to NBC News, Dollar Stores, discount retailers, and discount racks are gaining huge popularity. This is true amongst all shoppers and especially with Millenials.

Today you have the option to shop discount and dollar stores without leaving the comfort of your house. We have scoured the internet and found the best stores to shop for discounted deals. You’ll find deals better than Dollar General and your local Dollar Store.

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Perfect Fluffy Pizza Dough/ Yeast Bread

This homemade pizza dough recipe has been passed down from a dear New York, Italian neighbor to Annette’s mom, and now to Annette. It is an easy recipe that turns out great every time . . . provided your yeast is fresh. 

Get The Recipe Here 



Family Musical Movies Rated G & PG

This Family Musical Movies Rated G & PG Page is a growing list of Fun for the Whole Family! If you have a favorite Musical that isn’t listed, please send us an email and we’ll add it to the list
We love musicals, watching and singing along – this page contains some of our all-time favorite musicals!

See the List


Family Teamwork:
Accomplishing More Working Together

Does your family work together as a team? We raised five kids and found that family teamwork helped us accomplish things faster. It also helped build our kids’ work-ethic and confidence.

Teaching kids the value of Family Teamwork has far-reaching effects. It translates into club activities, sports, jobs, church and eventually into their own families. 

In this article, we’ll share some tools and strategies that we used for more than 25 years as we raised and released our kids.

By the way, we didn’t do it perfectly. We had some stumbles, we had some failures, but overall, our kids learned that when we work together we can have fun, reach goals and revel in the joy of a job well done.

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NEW VIDEO: My Stupidest Financial Mistake

This fun video was shot one night when we had a bunch of personal finance bloggers over to our house. The stories and the response of the crowd are hilarious.

Hope you enjoy it.  

If you're brave enough, could you leave a comment with your biggest financial blunder? Being transparent helps us all to learn and grow.
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