Molly Green Magazine: Molly the Bookworm & Molly the Good Steward

Molly puts on her bookworm and good steward hats this issue!

Learn to save while pursuing your passions!

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You may have noticed that we combined the September and October issues of Molly Green magazine. We’ve packed this combo issue with great, frugal tips and information just for you, covering two themes- Molly the Bookworm and Molly the Good Steward! Fall is here, and with it comes back to school time. Let Molly show you how to approach this time of year inexpensively and creatively!

  • Patricia Hunter shares how she keeps her love of books under control. This is an area where many people struggle. After all, a love of reading is something to be desired! Patricia’s 11 tips are sure to help your book-buying budget.
  • Now that you’ve figured out how to keep those books under control, how do you store them? How about using them as decorating focal points in your home? Jennifer Zuri will show you how to do just that!
  • Working from home is becoming more and more popular. While this is a great way to earn an income and still be at home, it also opens up some new challenges. Let Molly help you find the balance needed for work at home sanity.
  • In Molly the Frugal Foodie, April Schroader shares her top 6 cookbooks picks for healthy, cheap, and simple cooking.
  • Molly decided to tackle her personal bookshelf in this month’s installment of Frugality 101. She takes you along on her journey to simplify.
  • Do you use an e-Reader or have a family member that does? If so, you’ll want to be sure to check out Sharon White’s easy, step-by-step tutorial on making an e-Reader pillow!
  • Are you looking for a new way to teach the subject of science to your children? Rhonda Barfield shares how she used handmade nature journals to teach biology. These are fun, creative, inventive ways to teach what can be mundane ideas.
  • Back to School time should be marked with a special day! Inger Koppenhaver has some great ideas to make that first day of school extra exciting!
  • Menu planning is a very popular way to get your food budget under control. This month, Molly walks you through the steps to begin saving money by planning your meals in advance.
  • Another great cost-saving meal system is once a month cooking. If you haven’t tried this yet, be sure to read Molly’s tips to getting started!
  • Do you have child that loves to write? Don’t miss this very informative article from Amanda van der Gulik, Could Your Child Be a Published Author?
  • E-Books are certainly all the rage these days! Let Pat Fender show you how to create your own E-Books for fun and profit!
  • Rhonda Barfield has published 5 books. She shares boldly and plainly about this process. If you have an interest in writing, you won’t want to miss her article this month!
  • Looking for a quick dessert? How about Cocoa Pink Cuplets? Jennifer Zuri describes them as a chocolate chip cookie in the form of a muffin. They sure sound yummy!
  • One money-saving tip is to utilize the public library. Rhonda Barfield calls it the homeschooler’s best friend. Be sure to read her book selections from her years of home education! You might find some of your own favorites along with some new titles to check out!

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Project Manager: Becky Schnepf- Gustafson
Contributing Writers: Rhonda Barfield, Alayna Cann, Pat Fenner, Patricia Hunter, Inger Koppenhaver, April Schroader, Amanda van der Gulik, Sharon White, Jennifer Zuri
Publication: 2013
Pages: 44
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We all know that freedom isn’t free. So, I want to start this message out by thanking all those — past and present — who have sacrificed so much for our future freedoms! Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! 

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Sneak Peek Monday~ HALF OFF SALE!

This back issue is FULL of handy tips to help you along. Learning for Life- Your Child’s Education is on sale NOW for only $2.50 (this price will be good until Sunday night 6/30). Have you ever seen inside one of my magazines? Take a SNEAK PEEK HERE to see some of the frugal goodness we packed into this issue!

Here’s a little more of what’s inside:

  • Small Changes = Big Savings: For those who have been following along each month in Keeping it All Together, here’s another challenge for you—take a close look at where your money is really going! Find less expensive substitutes for areas where you still spend too much money. You can start with these seven areas meant to encourage you.
  • Feather Your Nest Frugally: Aubrey shares the story of her experience with homeschooling four children in seminary housing—too much packed in a tiny space! Here are some decorating ideas—on a budget of course. Before and after photos included of her new “homeschool room.” You’ll glean a lot of ideas of your own, too!
  • Rebecca Shares Two Unique Projects: 1. A clever storage solution for housing wrapping paper rolls is as easy as it is ingenious. 2. A simple way to rein in pesky, accumulated ribbon rolls and get some order, to boot.
  • Goal Getter Spotlight: 1. Find out how Charlotte’s family achieved their goal of cutting back on expenses in order to live on one income. 2. Tracy shares an easy, fun, visual idea her family used to keep their financial goals on track.
  • Special Feature: Learning for Life: Your Child’s Education . . .
    • Preschool Pressure or Preschool Peace—Barbara Frank (author of The Imperfect Homeschooler’s Guide to Homeschooling and others) noticed the trend of moms joining homeschool support groups even though their children were under five years old. You’ll gain insight into why so many of today’s young parents are under pressure to not only send their kids to preschool at age three but to start preparing them (“readiness”) even earlier. You’ll be delighted with Barbara’s “Recipe for Preschool Peace,” but it comes with a warning—take your time!
    • An Interview with Paula and Sherri, owners of Activity Bags, LLC—Two special moms built a thriving home-based business out of a simple desire to come up with fun learning activities for their preschoolers. Have you heard of Preschool Activities in a Bag yet? You’ve got to read their amazing story!
    • Homeschooling for Cs—It’s not what you might think! Creativity, Confidence, Curiosity, Character, and Conviction are what this homeschool is all about! This is a homeschool must-read!

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Guest Post – Five Fun Ways To Make Some Extra Cash This Summer

beautiful blond kid blow dandelion outdoorSummer is here and with it comes wonderful things like days at the beach or in the pool, summer sports and hopefully a vacation or two. However, all of those things cost money and for most of us finances are especially tight in the summer. We’re not working as much because the kids are home and customers aren’t buying as much because they are busy with their families.

So what’s a mom to do? She’s got to get creative! Here are a few ideas on how you might be able to bring in some extra cash this summer while still maximizing time with your family.

Mom’s Summertime Taxi

Most of us moms are out-and-about with our kids each day anyway, so why not offer a service to friends, neighbors and maybe acquaintances that work full-time or have even busier schedules than you to tote their kids around, too? Calculate how much you’ll need to help cover mileage and gas and then charge a small fee to each family. You’ll earn a small income and they’ll save time and hassle by letting you help.

Organize a Garage Sale

Garage sales are one thing, but let’s think outside the box here. What if you organize a neighborhood or church-wide garage sale? This can be a great way to not only make some extra money (last summer I made enough to make a car payment!) but to get rid of that junk sitting around collecting junk in your basement.

Write an Ebook

If you’ve ever dreamt of writing, there is no better time than the present to bring that dream to reality. Write that short story or novella (or full length novel if you’re up for it) and sell it on Amazon. You can list your book for free, they simply take a small percentage of your sales. Be sure to invest a little in yourself by using a professional editor. Your book will get higher reviews, and therefore better sales, because of it.

Give Lessons

Are you hiding a talent that everyone else would die for? Give piano lessons or cooking classes, teach tweens to sew help seniors learn to use a computer. Whatever your talent is, there is most likely a group of people out there that would love to learn from you. A friend of mine runs a cookie company and she recently branched out and began offering cookie decorating classes. She hosts them in her home, right at her kitchen table, and it’s been a huge hit.

Sell Your Homegrown Stuff

Is your garden overflowing? Consider selling some of those beautiful veggies or herbs from your garden. Put an ad out on www.CraigsList.com or offer them up from a booth at your local farmers market. Or, make it even simpler and spread the word in your neighborhood that you have produce for sale.

There are so many ways to bring in a little extra income this summer. By using your skills and what you have around the house, you can help fund all those trips to the swimming pool or help save up for your family vacation. There’s no end to how creative we can be when we set our minds to it.

Jill Hart is a writer, speaker and coach, showing others how to follow their calling and build successful businesses. She teaches her clients how to overcome the fear of getting started and helps them discover ways to make money from home. Ready to discover how you can work from home? Check out Jill’s short and sweet ebook, 70 Creative Ways to Make Money from Home Quickly (http://bit.ly/70creativeways).

Sneak Peek Monday~ Coping With Job Loss

 

Take a sneak peek into my A Light Heart in Dark Times magazine today!

 

Coping with Job Loss: A Lesson From the Trenches

by Christina Wong

I was completely unprepared for my husband’s job loss. Some people think that the hardest part about losing a job is the financial side of the equation, but there are so many other worries. Most people who lose their source of income don’t plan for it; I know we certainly didn’t. We were not prepared for the financial and emotional consequences of going from a nice income with benefits to having to draw unemployment and doing whatever we could to make ends meet. If you are in a similar situation, you might wonder how to cope. Let me share with you what we did to help keep ourselves afloat.

I had just signed a lease on a bigger, newer apartment that cost about $300 more a month. I was also having some health issues, and the bills were already beginning to stack up. I had anticipated following my husband to wherever the Army sent him, so I had taken the semester off from school and had no paying job. I had started my blog, Youthful Homemaker, and intended for it to one day become a business, but that day was far into the future.

Instead of letting the bills pile up, I found a few easy solutions to help infuse a little income into the budget. The first was through a friend of mine. She has two beautiful twin girls who needed a nanny, and I took the job. She dropped them off at my house four days a week, which meant I could watch them and work on my website at the same time. The other way I added a little more income to our budget was to spend more time working for my family’s business, Wheat-n-Things. My parents were selling their whole grains and homemade bread at one of the local farmers markets and needed an extra hand baking and selling. I also started baking my own specialty breads and made an occasional craft item to sell, bringing in a nice little income that way.

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Feast or Famine ~ Five Tips to Staying Frugal While Learning How to Cook!

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*Learning how to cook on a small budget.*

I have always been a bit inept in the kitchen and some may even say I am ultimately just clumsy in most cooking situations. Let’s just get it out there: “I am a clumsy cook.” Coming home to raise my little girl was a big step for me. My husband and I needed to be able to survive on one income, which meant I had to learn to cook more at home. Wait, let me rephrase that, I just needed to learn how to cook!

Last year, I spent the year cooking my way through various vegetables and slicing, dicing, and de-seeding odd fruits as a way to teach myself some basic kitchen skills. This year, I am trying to tackle the scary category of “MEAT” with some “Year of the Carnivore” blog posts. But, I have discovered that the meat section can hold some TERRIBLY HIGH PRICES!!!  Did you see my photo on the MOLLY’S FACEBOOK PAGE  a few weeks ago? I found king crab legs, imported from Russia, for about 60 dollars – Yup, 6 -8 legs for $60 AND you still had to cook them! Sorry guys, the price for those crab legs is waaaayyyy out of my budget.  :)

So, how can you shop frugally and still try new dishes like lobster and Duck a l’Orange?

I call my shopping theory ~ feast or famine or rather don’t feast then create a famine! Okay, I know this is not a new creative phrase which you have never heard before but it totally applies to me! Here are my five tips to staying frugal while still taking an adventure into “chef-ing”.

  1. Shop the sales. When thinking of my first “year of the carnivore” dish, I bought lobster tails because they were on sale over the New Year’s holiday. If you watch sale prices, coupons, and weekly fliers, they may just inspire you to try and cook up something a little bit different.
  2. Save a little bit of your grocery budget for a “splurge” kind of expense. Vegetables and fruit are easy to just throw into your cart on a whim but meat can get costly if you don’t watch the prices (example: the king crab legs!). If you are careful with your budget, you may find yourself with a little bit of extra money in which to try something new.
  3. Plan carefully. Make a wish list of the top ten food items that you have always desired to make. THINK BIG!!!  Duck a l’Orange has always been on the dream list because my parents kept bringing it up as their worst meal ever. I have now conquered this meal (well, sort of) but it took me many years to get to the stage that I felt brave enough to even try!
  4. Watch out for the extra ingredients. My main strategy of saving money on these fancier recipes is to pick my recipe carefully. I try to always select a recipe I can find online with most of the ingredients (besides the meat) already in my pantry or refrigerator.
  5. Feast or Famine ~ Realize that you are going to make mistakes. I am definitely not perfect. My husband and I reviewed our grocery budget this month and realized I had stretched our food budget a little too far. The duck cost us $18 and I had assumed it would last us a few meals. This was not the case (see the blog for the reason why!)  So while, it is wonderful to make one fancy meal occasionally, it shouldn’t be a special feast one evening followed by a month of famine. Stretching the grocery money throughout the month is our number one priority.

Above all, I am finding that trying out new recipes in my kitchen is quite exhilarating! And learning to cook, even on a tight budget, is possible. Do you love to try fun new recipes too? We should call ourselves Kitchen Adventurers ~ conquering our Recipe Wish List, one meal at a time!

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What is on your Recipe Wish list? If you had all the money in the world, what dish would you want to create in your kitchen? Do you have any frugal tips to share with those that would like to attempt more difficult dishes yet stay within an economical budget?

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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Molly Green Magazine: Molly Had a Little (Hobby) Farm

Ever Considered Farming as a Hobby?

Enjoy some country livin’ even if you don’t have a farm!

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Did you ever visit relatives or friends who lived on a farm when you were a child? Chances are you have some fond memories of those visits. Maybe you even lived on one yourself or do so today. One of the new trends in farming is to own or manage a Hobby Farm. That’s a small farm that is not a source of primary income, but rather a way to provide a country lifestyle without the expense and dawn ‘til dusk labor. Usually the owner or manager (often a family) of a Hobby Farm enjoys several acres of land where they raise a small number of animals and grow food for the animals and themselves. They may raise chickens and sell the eggs.

The August Molly Magazine will help you recall your favorite farm experiences and lend to trying out some new ones—even if you live in the city. Maybe you will be inspired to own or manage a Hobby Farm yourself!

  • Get out your old cast iron skillet and learn how to use it again. Molly teaches you how to clean, season, store, and cook in it properly. Don’t have one? Ask an older member of your family or go to a flea market, peddler’s mall, or estate auction.
  • Mark your calendar with upcoming special days and events for August. National Kids Day and Best Friend’s Day occur this month. And in spite of the hot August weather, it’s time to blanket your water heater!
  • Learn how to save money by saving seeds for next year’s garden. Laura Williams shares great ideas on how to choose the right seeds, and how to dry and store them.
  • Use your crock pot to make an imitation rotisserie chicken dinner for your family and at a fraction of the cost. While it’s cookin’, learn farmhouse decorating on a dime.
  • Turn a pair of old jeans into a handy tote that will help keep you organized and supplied with everything you need for those odd jobs. Sharon White shares step-by-step instructions complete with photos.
  • Walk through a Hobby Farm with Betsy Chastain as she takes you on a personal tour of how her family enjoys a country lifestyle. Complete with guidelines and pictures.
  • Be amazed at the entrepreneurship of Terren Jace Thomas as he shares the business sense that helped him develop a new product to make teen drivers safer as well as others on the road.
  • Grow your own salad from now through fall with Emilee Gettle as your guide.
  • Care for your skin with Molly’s tips on making homemade soaps and lotions.
  • Replace your lawnmower with a grass-eating animal—or at least read about how Linda Hadley did it!
  • Cook like a pioneer woman when you purchase the cookbook Molly recommends this month.
  • Put on your flip flops as you read about Midge’s first country life experience and how she set a personal record running in flip flops. And Molly encourages Midge to continue to implement country lifestyle choices.
  • Do your August shopping with Sarah Dugger’s shopping guide in hand.

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Project Manager: Dena Wood, Becky Gustafson.

Contributing Writers: Alayna Cann, Dena Wood, Patricia Hunter, Emilee Gettle, Linda Hadley, Shannon Reilly, Inger Koppenhaver, Becky Gustafson, Sarah Dugger, Sharon White, Betsy Chastain

Publication: 2012

Pages: 41

File Size: 2.9 MB

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