• Simple Living

    How to Eat for $500 a Month: Our Take on a Cash Only Grocery Budget

    Phew. We made it. Today was my last grocery run for February. Five hundred dollars in a Hallmark card envelope to feed us for the past twenty-eight days.* A challenge, yes. Especially considering a month ago, our average grocery costs were hovering around $1000/month. This month, we halved it. And then some. In fact, at this moment, there is $8.45 remaining in that crinkled, well worn envelope. So really, we only spent $491.55 this month. Yay us! Truly, it’s you guys who are deserving of the praise. So many of you have messaged me with different techniques and advice you use to minimize your monthly grocery bill. You guys have…

  • Simple Living

    February’s Challenge: Living with Less

    First off – thanks to all of my readers who commented/messaged me with their feedback on my last post. You guys have given me some really great food for thought (pardon to pun!) with paring down our grocery bill each month. I’ve also received quite a few questions about our bi-weekly meal rotation. Let it be known, I’ve heard you guys and I’ll be writing a post in the next couple of weeks with more of a “how to” in regards to meal planning. All of your feedback and insight, though, has sparked some interesting conversation between Jeff and me. The premise behind our $500/month grocery limit has been to…

  • Family

    “If At First You Don’t Succeed…”

    We have entered the stage in life where Zoe gets invited to school kids’ birthday parties. Last night, one of her friends was celebrating turning 5 and all of the girl classmates were invited to go rock-climbing. (A side note – now a crazy high bar has been set for what Zoe is expecting for her 5th birthday. I guess gone are the days of pizza and cupcakes at someone’s house?) I will be honest, I was little more than skeptical about a group of ten five-year old girls going rock-climbing. Especially Zoe. I kept thinking, “She’s so cautious! She’s scared of heights! She’s so timid! This is totally not…