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What kind of vacation can you look forward to on a frugal budget? You’d be surprised!

Rest, relaxation, and adventure don’t have to cost a bundle! Explore summer fun and vacation ideas plus innovative ways to save, in this edition of . . . Molly’s Money-Saving Magazine -Frugal Family Vacations.

Do your plans for the coming months include some time for rest and relaxation? Even in these days of uncertainty and change, it’s possible for nearly every family to enjoy a vacation, “stay-cation,” or “day-cation.” Discover great vacation ideas –even for those that can’t afford a vacation right now!

This issue is loaded with ideas, tips, recipes, checklists, and more to help you plan for those special family outings –all within your budget! Here’s a little more of what’s inside:

  • Keeping it All together –Budget Your Vacation: There are oodles of economical vacation ideas plus money-saving tips on: transportation, lodging, entertainment, food, and souvenirs. And don’t miss this! Two special forms –Budgeting for Your Vacation and the Vacation Checklist!
  • Feather Your Nest –Frugally –A Painting Makeover Project: An old curb side chair from someone’s trash transforms into a beautiful treasure! The cost? $0.00. Check out the photos!
  • Pull Up a Chair –Reasons to Celebrate in June and July: You’ll have plenty of reasons to pull out the picnic basket and fire up the backyard barbecue grill! Try these favorite wrap ideas and recipes for Caesar, Mexican, Chicken Salad, and Hummus and Veggie fillings. Plus more!
  • Parenting That Pays –Honoring Our Fathers and/or Husbands: Wonderful, heart-felt tributes to some special dads are shared by many, highlighting something learned from their fathers –there’s much you’ll admire and appreciate from every one of these responses!
  • Something Old, Something New –An Old Baking Table Turned Beverage Station: Fixing a cup of coffee or cocoa is a snap in Eleanor’s kitchen now –with her all-in-one station spot for hot beverage preparation and serving. See the photos!
  • Goal-Getter Spotlight: Elizabeth shared a life-long dream of her husband’s, but farmland without a house takes some creativity! You’ll want to read her story.
  • Readers Write In: How did one reader’s family spend their “stay-cation”? What do you pack for a 3,000+ mile trip with kids? You’ll want to pack and take along this travel tote bag! Monica tells you how and shares some terrific must-read tips!

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Members Only Monday

hWell, it’s February. We’re full swing into the new year, and I’m busy organizing, planning, and scheduling everything!

As a busy mom, I don many hats: wife, mom, teacher, accountant, maid, chef, chaperone, and bus driver. The fun never stops around here! However, in order for everything to run on schedule and smoothly, everything must be well organized and planned out.

Tax Time and Budgeting For The Year

I’ve just sent in my income tax statement and I know I should get a refund check in about 5 weeks, around the middle of March. This year’s refund is about the same as last year’s. Being a big family, we depend greatly on that refund to help supplement our income for the year.

Last year, we took an out of state trip and fitted one child for contacts. The total of those expenses took about $1000 from our yearly budget and savings. Although that may not seem like much, that extra $1000 expenditure made things very tight for us during the last few months. I will be glad to see that IRS refund this year and plan to use it, or “not use it” wisely. I don’t want to be in a tight bind, financially, this time next year.

Plan It All Out
In order to do this we must budget well. This year, I have a child who will not only be starting dual credit at the community college, but also gets her driver’s license and will be spending a week this summer at our local university for String (Violin) Camp. Whew! This will all be figured into the yearly budget. To budget accordingly, we have to plan the whole year out. We’ll sit down with our calendar and make a list of events and expenditures we already know about this year. Those amounts will be figured into our yearly budget so that there will be no surprises or short comings when the need arises.

Molly The Debt Free Frugalista

In this month’s issue of The Molly Green Magazine, I share with you strategies for saving money, living on a budget, getting out of debt, and being debt free.

Also, we talk about being content, enjoying what you have, living within your means and learning to minimize, recycle, and reuse. It’s not always easy being a frugalista. Sometimes it means just doing without. However, sometimes it’s just a matter of figuring how to get the things my family needs in creative ways.

All our needs are provided for and we live well within our means. That gives me a sense of accomplishment and a desire to share what I’ve learned with all of you.

I hope you will enjoy this month’s magazine. Take a little time each day to read over all the articles. Bake up a batch of pancakes with your DIY Baking mix. Sew a comfy new bed for the family cat and spend some time asking yourself, ” Are you content?” and ” How can I enjoy my life and family more?” Make the most of every moment and share with others your experiences and what you’ve learned.
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Pantry Challenge & Budget Check-Up

Budget Check Up
Well, here it is the end of January, and I thought I would pop in and see how everyone is doing at the pantry challenge and improving their family and household budgets.

I challenged our readers on January 1st and 2nd to Build a Better Budget and take the Pantry Challenge. Did you take my challenge on? How are you doing?

The Envelope System

Concerning Building a Better Budget, many of you that I spoke with this month say you are using Dave Ramsey’s Envelope System.

For those that don’t know what that is, here is a brief explanation: You budget your monthly income into categories.
For example, let’s say you budget $100 a week for food, $50 a week for gas, and $50 a week for fun and entertainment.

Each week, you would have 3 envelopes in your purse: one for groceries, one for gas and one for fun. If you spend all your grocery money on Monday, at the beginning of the week, you can’t pull out your checkbook to buy more. You must wait until the next week and new allotment of cash in your envelope.

Using this system is definitely a life-changer for some that have grown accustomed to getting what they want when they want. It takes discipline and it will take time getting used to the idea of budgeting, doing without, and sometimes waiting for what you want.

I’ll Have A Side of Beef Please

On the topic of food, I was very surprised to find out how many of you are now raising your own sources of meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy. Others of you are taking advantage of the farms and co-ops around you. Way to Go!

If you have the means to raise your own chickens, cows, or goats, that in itself seems to be gratifying as you provide for your family by your hands and living within your means.

For those of us that do not have that option, for whatever reason, we are finding we can network with area farms to purchase butchered whole cows or sides of beef at a better price, and getting a better product.

This type of purchase does require a little planning because you will have to have a large freezer or freezers to hold such a large purchase. If you need another freezer, be sure to scout out the classified ads, garage sales, Craigslist and FREECYCLE.org.

Co-Ops Bartering and Wholesale Clubs

Another way to save while stocking up is to join a co-op and/or warehouse club.

As I was looking, I discovered a bartering and farmer’s market Facebook group for my area! In fact, it was humorous. One gentleman posted this past week, “I will barter most anything I have 17″ tv, books, ducks, or women’s clothes for some homemade canned tomatoes or salsa. Maybe you have a bit extra? “ I just thought that was too funny!

Check-Up Time

So overall, how you doing? Are you saving more money now than you did a month ago? Are you learning new ways to get what you need or want within your budget and your means? Have you set a financial or personal goal that is the driving force behind all of this work? Has it been worth it? Do you see positive results?

I hope so. Together, may we all work toward becoming better Econobusters – busting free from this economy, and all the financial stresses that can plague it. May you learn ways to save, live abundantly and enjoy everything life has to offer!

What Do You Have to Say?

Thank you, dear reader, for being a loyal and dedicated fan. I love that I am able to network daily with each of you as we strive to live better and save more. However, I also enjoy reading your comments and feedback on how Midge and I are doing at helping you along your way. Please take a moment to tell me how you are doing at building a better budget and conquering your pantry and monthly food costs. Are there obstacles you are struggling with. Is there a certain topic you’d like to see us address in future blogs. Please drop us a line and comment in the section below.

Build a Better Budget for the New Year

Did you overspend last month? Last year? Have you been overspending longer than you can remember?

It seems hard to stay on a budget these days as prices are on the rise. Could you use  a few tips on setting up a budget that works, offers some “breathing room” and allows for savings when those unexpected expenditures pop up?

Know Your Monthly Income

First, you must know your monthly income. If you haven’t begun tracking your income and expenses, now is a good time to start. Next, make a list of all your recurring expenses starting with mortgage, utilities, phone, TV and internet. Add in any other monthly bill such as music or dance lessons, insurance, gas & groceries. It’s a good idea to make allowances for savings and entertainment or eating out. Even if you are only able to add in a small amount each month, it will eventually add up!

Savings

If you are not currently saving, try to make that a number one priority right along with paying bills, the mortgage and buying groceries. Dave Ramsey, one of the nation’s leading economic experts, suggests that all families have at least three month’s worth of savings. That means if your family spends $3000 a month on everything, to be safe and secure, it is recommended that you have $9000 in savings just in case you need it. This may seem like an overwhelming task, but the most important thing is to just begin. It may take quite a bit of time to get your savings up to a number that size but if you don’t start, your money can’t build.

It’s important to still have fun while you are living on a budget and as you try to put some money into savings. Look for frugal ways to have some fun with your family. Take strolls through the park, enjoy a picnic or check out a DVD from the library for a family movie night. It’s important to take time out to rest, relax and enjoy the little things in your life! Constantly working and not taking a break may cause you to become overwhelmed and stressed out.

Debt Free

I’d like to encourage you to focus on paying off debts as quickly as possible, if you have them. When you carry debt, you are paying interest. Even if you have a car that happens to be financed, you are most likely paying for additional insurance. Living within your means may seem like a challenge. You may need to focus on asking yourself if you really need a certain item vs. simply wanting it. Can you save for that special item and eventually pay cash for it? Challenge yourself to spend/save money in a new way in 2013.

Try not to use credit or finance things. Try to wait, save, buy used and pay cash. Living debt-free may be a difficult task at first but the longer you do it, the easier it may become.

Cut Cost When and Wherever Possible

Try to cut costs where ever you can, try these areas first: entertainment, groceries and gas. Is it possible to decrease your minutes on your phone plan? Do you need two cars? Do you need that specific size cable package?

Keep crunching the numbers and try to cut out all unnecessary expenses until you are able to achieve a balanced budget. Challenge yourself to stick to that budget and try to save a little bit more each and every month.

We’d love to hear your budgeting stories! Please tell us about your family, how many members in your household, your financial goals and ways you are able to stay on a certain budget. If you could give one piece of advice concerning budgets, what would it be?

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Members-only Monday

We have lots to share over here at Econobusters! If you’ve been able to spend some time on our site, you’ve probably noticed we have this (daily) blog, our Freebie Friday newsletter (you can sign up to the right on the yellow sticky note) and Molly Green Magazine. My digital magazines are the heart of Econobusters, this is where I can share with you many (frugal) topics that are on my mind each month. I also have some very talented writers who help me address common, every day issues you may face in your every day life.

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Does grocery shopping get you down? Feeding a family can be a HUGE area of expense, but it doesn’t have to be! I’ve dedicated the following issues to talking about food: The Well Prepped Pantry, Molly’s Full of Beans, Molly Saves! In The Kitchen, Storing Summer’s Bounty: Canning, Freezing, and Dehydrating and In the Kitchen With Molly. Almost every back-issue over the past 4 years also touches on food prep, meals or budgeting/recipes for the holidays (and birthday parties, anniversaries or other special occasions). Look at ALL of my magazine titles here on the products page.

Do you have only a certain amount of money per week to spend on food and you’re not sure what meals you can make and stay within your budget? I have two cookbooks for you that have a cost break down PER meal. You can scan the recipes, see how much it takes to put together that recipe and make a meal plan accordingly. Take a look at Molly Makes $5 Dinners and $3 Desserts and Molly Makes $7 Slow Cooker Suppers to see if they might work for you and your family.

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Merry Christmas, Molly

Flashback Molly Monday

Flashback Monday is where I bring you “back in time” with me to previous topics discussed in my magazines. See below for ways you can access this amazing Molly Digest TODAY! Molly

Planning a road trip during the Christmas holidays? “Molly Saves! On The GO” is the perfect resource to help you prepare for the journey! Take along snacks & games, frugal ideas to help keep your pocketbook plump while on the road, motor maintenance, and many more suggestions like the Mason Jar Layered Salad. It looks simply delicious! (Is that my tummy growling?) Planning for a road trip is hard work! Let Molly help ease your load!

Even if a road trip isn’t on your horizon, you’ll find plenty useful advice this month, including frugal projects, nutritious food, financial teaching for kids, and much more!

  • Treat your family to a hearty, easy meal.
  • Brush up on the basics of grooming your pet.
  • Teach your kids about budgeting.
  • Use salvaged materials to create a useful camp stool.
  • Find out which free websites can spur you on to better fitness.
  • Mix up some homemade help for hard-working hands.
  • Check out the many benefits of using your library.
  • Get inspired to use your crafting talents for others.

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Budgeting for Christmas

We are pleased to welcome Chris & Wendy Jeub as our guest bloggers this week. Chris and Wendy are the proud parents of 16 children.  Chris is the founder of Monument Publishing, a company that writes speech and speech debate curriculum. Wendy is the author of several books including : Love in the House, and Love in the Kitchen. Together, they speak at conferences around the country and write for several blogs including their own, Jeubfamily.com.

Budgeting for Christmas (repost from Dec 12, 2010 – Jeubfamily.com)
We are often asked how we “afford” Christmas, especially with so many children to “buy” for. We surprise people when we say we spend between $300 and $400 during the month of December specifically for Christmas gifts. Here are some principles we live by throughout the year to make sure we’re prepared during the Christmas season.
1. We shop all year long. If we are at a garage sale in June, for instance, we may see a great deal on a toy that we can’t pass up. Every sale we come by, we ask ourselves, “Should we save it for Christmas?” After buying it, we’ll stuff it in our closet. We have a few boxes of stuff in our closet that are “hands off” for the kids. We pull these boxes out early December and sort through them all and make a list to make sure everyone gets a gift.

2. We stick to the list. All our children get the following from Mom and Dad: 1 present, 1 book, and 1 stocking stuffer. They traditionally get up on Christmas morning to see a floor full of gifts under the tree. We don’t veer from our list; everyone gets the same quantity from Mom and Dad.

3. We emphasize gifts to each other. Mom and Dad aren’t the major gift-givers in our family. The siblings spend December making gifts for each other, visiting the dollar store, and wrapping gifts to place under the tree. Already there are about a dozen gifts wrapped and sitting under the tree. Far before we bring out our stack of gifts, the space under the tree will be packed.

4. We don’t give a lot to relatives and friends. We have nieces and nephews that we send gifts to, and they are, truthfully, a bigger part of our budget than our own kids. Friends don’t get a lot from us. We also don’t give to adult relatives anymore. We used to do this in our 20s, but we don’t do it anymore. We don’t feel like we’re missing anything, either.

5. We exchange Christmas letters. We pour a lot of time and energy into creating a Christmas letter that we send to approximately 300 families (see our post 8 Steps on How to Write a Christmas Letter). We can’t afford to give gifts to all our friends, but we don’t really feel the need to. We love our friends and we’re glad to share the Christmas season with them through letters. We take each Christmas letter we receive and tape it to the wall. By Christmas, we have hundreds of pictures, letters and cards covering our dining room wall. It is quite the conversation piece in our home. There is usually a family picture of families bigger than ours!

6. We emphasize the spiritual roots of Christmas. Gifts are awesome, and it is great fun to have the gifts stack up under the tree throughout December. We hold off on our gifts till Christmas morning. This adds to the excitement for the children, but more importantly, we spend Christmas Eve celebrating the Ultimate Gift of Jesus Christ to the world. Every child prepares a “gift” to Jesus (a song, poem, speech, picture–something of their talents), we read the Christmas story from the Bible, and we sing Happy Birthday to Jesus.

How do you celebrate the Christmas season without getting caught up in the expense of it all?

Molly Saves in the Dining Room

It’s a feast of frugality!

Make your dining room a more appetizing space without spending a lot of dough!

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Transforming your dining room doesn’t have to gobble up your budget. In Molly’s Money-Saving Digest Molly Saves In the Dining Room, learn how you can make your dining space more functional as well as more beautiful-for less! A simple but lovely room can make any dinner seem more special. But the Digest doesn’t stop at the dining table. You’ll find plenty of other advice to help you get the most out of your money and your time.

  • Find out what you should do this month to keep your home well-maintained.
  • Learn how to make the perfect gravy—it’s not as hard as you think.
  • Try a versatile chicken dish that’s quick to prepare.
  • Explore the pros and cons of pet insurance.
  • Give your children a crash course in grocery budgeting.
  • Learn how to create a carafe and glass for your guest bedroom or bathroom.
  • Read about natural ways to combat under-eye circles.
  • Discover which book Molly recommends for a new perspective on weight loss.

Our dining rooms are about much more than just eating. In these rooms, we not only nurture our bodies, but also our relationships. As we share a meal, we share our daily experiences, our thoughts, and our feelings. Fussy furniture and deluxe details are not required. A simple, casual space that can serve many functions—eating, playing board games, gathering for worship and devotions, hobbies—will make your dining room a place for family as well as food. This month’s Digest gives you the ingredients to create such a space in your home.

  • Go online for creative ideas for storage, decorating, and the coming holidays.
  • Follow Eleanor Joyce as she works to transform her dining space frugally and fast.
  • Consider a philosophy of true hospitality and how to foster it in your dining space.
  • Learn how to accommodate guests with food allergies.
  • Get tips on creating inexpensive tablescapes that look like a million bucks.
  • Be inspired to feed your family spiritually at the dining table.

Take a closer look at all the impressive features you’ll find in this month’s Digest:

  • This ’n’ That: Are you thinking of getting a new best friend? October is Adopt a Shelter Dog month. And here’s some sweet news: It’s also Cookie Month. Need to get your home ready for winter? Our to-do list will help.
  • Begin With the Basics: Good gravy! It’s not difficult when you know the basics. We take you step by step through the process and discuss your ingredient options.
  • Forms, Printables, & Links: The Internet has lots of good ideas for storage and décor in the dining room. Find inspiration for beautiful but inexpensive centerpieces, as well as printable place cards and other holiday helps.
  • Décor & More: Eleanor Joyce tells us how she discovered the meaning of the word “deadline” when she decided to redo her dining room in time for a graduation party. In just a week, she was able to do a whirlwind transformation, devoting more elbow grease than money to the project.
  • Meal of the Month: KerryAnn Foster serves up a versatile chicken meal that’s perfect for busy fall days. This quick dish can be easily changed to prevent boredom. Afterward, surprise your family with an easy and inexpensive pie that stars a favorite pair: peanut butter and chocolate.
  • Molly Saves! In the Dining Room: Create a welcoming dining room that meets your family’s needs and matches your taste, not someone else’s. Practicing patience along with frugality and creativity can help you get the furnishings and accessories you want at the right price.
  • Pet Care for Pennies: Do you need to purchase pet insurance? Sometimes, just one illness is enough to wreck a family’s budget, but buying insurance may be unnecessary. Dr. Tiffany Rule weighs the cost and potential benefits of pet insurance.
  • Tightwad Training Camp: This month, your children can learn about food costs, how to make a meal plan to fit a budget, and how to find the best bargains at the grocery store.
  • Something Old, Something New: Sharon White explains how you can turn two plain glass jars into a carafe and drinking glass for overnight guests. Just that small, thoughtful touch can make your guests feel more welcome.
  • Here’s to Your Health: With the prevalence of food intolerances and allergies today, it’s important to check with your dinner guests before you plan the meal. Our tips and advice on how to accommodate common food issues will help.
  • You’re a Natural Beauty: The holidays are a time of food, fun, and family, but they can also be a source of stress and tiredness, which may bring under-eye puffiness and dark circles. Molly offers up some natural remedies.
  • Molly Recommends: Do you struggle with your weight? Molly recommends a book that doesn’t give the typical weight-loss advice. Instead, the author shares her own journey from relying on food to relying on God.
  • Change One Thing This Month: The thrift store is a great place to look for dining room bargains. Need furnishings? Linens? Dishes? Molly shares tips and stories of some of her own thrift store finds.
  • Inspiration! Make your dining table a place that nurtures the soul as well as the body. Our Inspiration! column tells you how.
  • Directory of Links: For those of you who print and bind your Digests, you’ll have easy access to all of the fantastic links worth saving in the back of this issue. It makes your Digest easier to use!

See why homemakers love Molly’s Digest—see what’s inside!

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Every month, Molly has a wealth of information and support to share in one easy-to-read, handy resource! Discover for yourself all of the exciting and imaginative ideas Molly has to offer and wants to share with you—ideas that could save you big money and needless headaches!

You’ll glean some of the best inexpensive ideas and projects for everyday living that you can find, and be inspired to be self-confident, creative, and resourceful too.

Molly makes it fun and easier to be frugal! Think about it—with so much to learn and save, if you apply just one money-saving idea, you’ll recoup the cost of this E-Book right away!

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Contributing Writers: Dena Wood, Eleanor Joyce, Sharon White, Patricia Hunter, Toni Riggs, Tiffany J. Rule, DVM, KerryAnn Foster
Publication: 2011
Pages: 60
File Size: 5.3 MB

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Molly Saves on the Go

Get your motor running!

Ease on down the road with tips for family travel in Molly’s Money-Saving Digest Molly Saves on the Go and take a detour around the usual stress and expense.

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Even if a road trip isn’t on your horizon, you’ll find plenty useful advice this month, including frugal projects, nutritious food, financial teaching for kids, and much more!

  • Treat your family to a hearty, easy meal.
  • Brush up on the basics of grooming your pet.
  • Teach your kids about budgeting.
  • Use salvaged materials to create a useful camp stool.
  • Find out which free websites can spur you on to better fitness.
  • Mix up some homemade help for hard-working hands.
  • Check out the many benefits of using your library.
  • Get inspired to use your crafting talents for others.

Are we there yet? Molly can help you arrive at your destination with more of your sanity and wallet intact. Loading up on junk food at every stop. Boredom wafting from the back seat. Squabbles resulting from said boredom. Does this sound all too familiar? Stop trouble in its tracks and make your car trip more enjoyable for everyone with the advice in this month’s Digest.

  • Find out all about feeding your family healthy snacks and meals on the go.
  • Take drinks with you and keep more of your dollars.
  • Discover must-have items for your packing list, both for comfort and for convenience.
  • Stock up on car games and other activities to keep your kids busy.
  • Learn how to perform basic maintenance on your vehicle so it’s always ready to go.
  • Learn how to maintain your other vehicle: your bicycle.

Take a closer look at all the impressive features you’ll find in this month’s Digest:

  • This ’n’ That: Smile! April is National Humor Month. Time is also set aside this month to celebrate gardens and libraries, among other things.
  • Begin With the Basics: If you don’t know what GORP is, find the answer (and the recipe) here. Your family will thank you! You’ll also get tips on other good snacks for traveling.
  • Forms & Printables: The Internet is a treasure trove of activities to keep kids busy in the car, whether you’re going for a long trip or a ride around town. Puzzles, games, mazes, trivia, and art projects will help time fly.
  • Décor & More: Eleanor Joyce offers lots of tips for healthy and frugal travel, from what to eat to how to keep everyone comfortable. Think outside the fast food box and take along a salad in a jar; just shake, then eat. Learn what the kids should wear when traveling, plus things you won’t want to do without on the road.
  • Meal of the Month: Give your hungry family a taste of White Chicken Chili and make extra to put in the freezer for quick meals.
  • Molly’s Motor Maintenance: Take on some of your car’s mechanical checkups yourself to save money at the garage and avoid preventable repairs. Not mechanically inclined? Don’t worry. Anyone can do these simple checks.
  • Bicycle Basics & More: If your bike has been dormant during the winter, it needs a checkup too. A basic spring tuneup may help you avoid problems out on the road.
  • Pet Care for Pennies: Find out how grooming done at home can ward off skin infections and other problems, as well as save the cost of having a professional do the job. Even if you only stick to the basics, you can stretch the time between grooming appointments and watch the savings add up.
  • Tightwad Training Camp: Kids learn the difference between fixed and variable expenses and are challenged to think about whether expenditures are based on wants or needs.
  • Something Old, Something New: Sharon White reaches into her store of salvaged items to make a folding stool that’s functional, frugal, and fashionable. This project also has something to teach us about trust.
  • Here’s to Your Health: With a number of free websites, you can track your food intake each day, get healthy recipes, participate in forums with others who share your fitness goals, and track your weight loss progress.
  • You’re a Natural Beauty: Treat your hands to some homemade lotion, then turn your attention to your nails. A multisided buffer can make them pretty without polish.
  • Molly Recommends: Find information and inspiration in the E-Book Molly Goes Camping. Packed full of tips for both novices and seasoned campers, it also contains heartwarming stories from readers like you.
  • Change One Thing This Month: As wonderful as books are, today’s libraries often have much more to offer, from story times to movies, book clubs to reading incentive programs, research databases to Wi-Fi access. Investigate your local branch to find out what you may be missing.
  • Inspiration! Your hobby can offer comfort to people in need.
  • Directory of Links: For those of you who print and bind your Digests, you’ll have easy access to all of the fantastic links worth saving in the back of this issue. It makes your Digest easier to use!

See why homemakers love Molly’s Digest—see what’s inside!

Discover for yourself all of the exciting and imaginative ideas Molly has to offer and wants to share with you—ideas that could save you big money and needless headaches!

You’ll glean some of the best, inexpensive ideas and projects for everyday living that you can find, and be inspired to be self-confident, creative, and resourceful too.

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Project Manager: Toni Riggs
Contributing Writers: Dena Wood, Eleanor Joyce, Sharon White, Patricia Hunter, Toni Riggs, Tiffany J. Rule, DVM, Michelle Tonnemacher
Publication: 2011
Pages: 59
File Size: 5.1 MB

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Centsible Celebrations

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but not blow your budget?
Do you like to create one-of-a-kind frugal gifts?
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Centsible Celebrations

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Overflowing with cheerful inspiration and ideas for simple giving and thrifty living!

Don’t settle for a cookie-cutter graduation party, wedding, or other event! Centsible celebrations are all about creativity, individuality, and ingenuity—the very qualities that make frugal families thrive! And your festivity won’t have to be expensive!

What about the receiver of your gifts? Tune in to his or her personality and likes to create a custom gift, given from the heart. Molly and friends share some crafty ideas you’re going to love!

There’s a celebration of topics included in the May Digest . . .

  • Gift baskets—tie a ribbon of fun around the low-cost, custom-made container gifts you’ll love to make and give—stuffed with goodies.
  • Unique planning forms—to help you pull together and wrap up those special celebrations you’ll be dreaming of when you read through this Digest!
  • How to feed a crowd—need-to-know lists and notes for feeding 25, 50, or 100 guests!
  • A wedding story—learn from one family’s lovely memory and photo account; can you guess what it cost?
  • Decorative repurposed projects and ideas—embellished items and charming accessories to use for your own centsible celebrations!
  • Bake a lovely dessert cake—in tin cans!

Take a closer look—it’s party time and more inside in this May issue:

  • Centsible Celebrations—Can you host a classy celebration on a shoestring budget? Molly and friends provide plenty of ideas and inspiration you can use. Take these suggestions and tools and apply them to any type of event. Tracy shares a must-read list of ideas for saving money on weddings. Explore a wealth of information and creativity through some advantageous Internet links. And a little fun awaits you with “A Wedding Story—Price My Wedding!
  • Molly’s Minute: Molly shares her frugal gift-basket basics in a nutshell so you can get in on the fun of making and giving these to your loved ones.
  • Begin With the Basics: Special guest Lorrie Flem helps Molly with this simple Produce 101 tutorial and also shares her clever “Periodic Table of Produce” with readers. This one’s a keeper—print and laminate it for handy use!
  • Tips and Tools for Organization: Make your celebrations easier to manage with these four new forms! Need to know food quantity guidelines for a crowd? This chart makes it easy!
  • Feather Your Nest Frugally: Turn a package of coffee filters into a gorgeous bouquet? Yep! With all these ideas and nine fabulous photos, you’ll be impressed to make your own festive, flowery embellishments. You can’t beat the cost!
  • In the Kitchen With Molly: Molly cooks up some of her favorite casserole recipes and freezer meals for the week’s menu. It’s complete with a grocery list—just print out and head to the store!

See why homemakers love Molly’s Digest—take a peek at what’s inside!

Oh, but there’s more . . .

  • Kids’ Corner: Manners, Money, and More—Molly talks directly to kids about four different, important areas of manners: money, shopping, social, and table manners. Print it out for them or use it as a discussion starter to see where your family needs brushing up. Plus, kids can chart their progress on the Goals for Good Manners Sheet.
  • Something Old, Something New: Get ready to upcycle your tin cans! When you see these adorable, little (but tall) cakes, you’ll look for lots of opportunities to pretty up a party!
  • This Is My Story: Toni was in for a surprise when she moved to California to live with her new husband. Her lifestyle of budgeting was difficult from the start, but when the Lord opened her eyes about being a stay-at-home mom, it meant an even closer look at economizing—and then she met Molly!
  • From My Mailbox: In each issue, Molly shares favorite emails from her inbox. This month, Liza in the Philippines shares a suggestion for a free and easy gift that will make everyone “smile.”
  • Directory of Links: For those of you who print and bind your Digests, you’ll have easy access to all of the fantastic links worth saving in the back of this issue. It makes your Digest easier to use!
  • And there’s even more!

Each month take the wonderful opportunity to learn along with Molly, and make the most of your time and money.

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At under $5, you’ll recoup your cost of this E-Book right away. And you’ll more than recover your investment as you are encouraged to keep going strong in your commitment to the Lord and your family.

It just makes sense—let Molly help you plan your next centsible celebration!

Project Manager: Eleanor Joyce
Contributing Writers: Eleanor Joyce, Jennifer Sikora
Publication: 2010
Pages: 49
File Size: 8.1 MB

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Every month, Molly has a wealth of information and support to share in one easy-to-read, handy resource! Discover for yourself all of the exciting and imaginative ideas Molly has to offer—ideas that could save you big money and needless headaches!
You’ll glean some of the best inexpensive ideas and projects for everyday living that you can find and be inspired to be self-confident, creative, and resourceful too.

For just $4.95, download this Molly Green Magazine now!
Or become a monthly Molly Member and subscribe for only $3.85 per month!