Cilantro Lime Chicken Salad: Build A Menu

Cilantro Chicken Salad













Doesn’t this Cilantro Lime Chicken Salad look spring fresh and amazing? It is a colorful and deliciously healthy way to welcome in the new season.

Just in case you haven’t noticed … we are big fans of the Build A Menu program! If you are a Molly Green Magazine member, you can download their Dine on a Dime menu and shopping list right from your member page.  You also have a discount code – exclusive for Molly Members to join and start using this fantastic program today!

From Build A Menu

Who says eating on a budget has to be boring? One of our goals here at Build A Menu is to give our members plenty of mouth-watering choices that are surprisingly low cost to make.

Take this recipe for example: Cilantro Lime Chicken Salad on Avocado Serves 4-6 people and costs under $6 at most grocery stores (that’s for the entire recipe, not per person!).

Not only does this recipe look fabulous and taste scrumptious, it costs less than $1 per serving to make! Want more low-cost recipes to feed your crew? Check out what’s on our menu this week.

How does Build a Menu work? Just choose your grocery store, select the recipes you want for the week, print your customized shopping list and you’re done. You’ll always know how much your groceries will cost before you ever get to the store.

This is an “S” meal if you follow the THM plan. We make grocery shopping fast, easy and budget friendly!

Bon Appetit!

~ The Team At Build A Menu

Cilantro Lime Chicken Salad

Cilantro Lime Chicken Salad on Avocado

Recipe type: Main       Cuisine: Chicken        Serves: 6

  • 3 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
  • 3 Tbsp mayo
  • 1 Tbsp brown mustard
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice
  • 5 Tbsp cilantro, chopped
  • 3 avocados
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  1. Half avocados and remove seeds.
  2. Mix all ingredients together (except avocados) in a small mixing bowl.
  3. Spoon into each avocado half and serve. Enjoy!


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Molly Green Magazine: Molly the Techie & Molly the Worker Bee

Molly is wearing her worker bee and techie hat this month!

This month, Molly is all about sharing tips to help the working mom! No matter if you work at home or out of the home, all moms are busy. Wouldn’t you agree? Since the holidays will soon be upon us, you’ll also find some fun ideas on making your own Christmas letters, how to make your very own Christmas wreath, putting together your own Advent service and some great tips from Marla Cilley (you may know her as the Fly Lady!).



Let Molly Green show you how to enjoy the holiday season on a budget!

Look for all of these topics and many more:

  • This ‘n That will show you special ways to celebrate each day of November and December
  • In Begin with the Basics, Patricia Hunter discusses ways to utilize a “stop day”
  • Learn about 5 free apps and sites to make your menu planning a breeze
  • Jennifer Zuri shows you how to put together your very own Christmas wreath
  • Do you tend to get stressed out during the holidays? Check out the article by Marla Cilley (The Fly Lady) on easy ways to avoid stress this year
  • Sharon White shows you how to make a (recycled) waste paper basket
  • Gardening in the desert isn’t as difficult as you might think! The article Pamela Williams tells you why
  • Working from home can be tough, especially while raising children. Molly Recommends gives you some practical tips to make working from home a little easier

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Molly Green Magazine, the magazine for everyone who wants to save money! Within the pages of this delightful magazine is not only money saving tips, but also recipes, crafts and more. There’s something for everyone!

~ Laura Williams

Project Manager: Becky Schnepf- Gustafson

Contributing Writers: Rhonda Barfield, Allie Casazza, Marla Cilley, Betty Daley, Pat Fenner, Kristen Johnson, Inger Koppenhaver, Sharon Shirey, Sharon White, Pamela Williams, Jennifer Zuri

Publication: 2013
Pages: 63
File Size: 11.1 MB

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Guest Post — The Best Mobile Phones to Buy on a Budget

Mobile phone technology has taken leaps and bounds toward the future in the past couple of years. Unfortunately, so have their prices. With the mobile phone market littered with high cost, feature rich smartphones, those who are budget conscious may be lost as to which phone offers the best bang for their buck. If you are shopping for a new mobile phone and trying to avoid the high priced options, consider the following budget minded smartphones that offer a variety of features for a fraction of the price of the latest trending mobile.


Huawei Ascend G330

Lately Huawei has gained popularity in the budget Android market, offering a variety of low cost models that offer higher functionality than you would expect for $100. The phone boasts a 4 inch touchscreen display, dual-core processor, and a decent battery life. The phone comes standard with 4GB of internal storage, but accepts MicroSD cards up to 32GB.

Huawei included a front facing and rear facing camera for video chatting. The video capture is limited to 864X480 pixels, however the camera app does have a few fun features to play with and the main camera snaps pictures at 5MP, so you can get some decent photos.

Samsung Solstice II

With the current battle between the Samsung Galaxy and the iPhone, many smart shoppers overlook Samsung’s other great devices. The Samsung Solstice II is a budget friendly alternative to their higher priced models. With a 3 inch touchscreen display, a 2MP camera, and 256MB of internal memory, this device can handle most of your smartphone tasks. If you require more space, it is expandable to 16GB of space.

The Solstice runs on the Samsung Dolfin browser, so if you are looking for an Android phone with app capabilities, you may want to keep looking. The Solstice offers various tools to increase productivity, however downloading and installing apps is not an option. With basic mobile functionality, picture taking, and at around $80, the Solstice is intended to offer value in exchange for high tech.

Sony Xperia U

Sony Xperia U

If you are looking for style without the price, the Sony Xperia U offers just that. With a price ranging from $80-$150, this budget minded Android phone will get you noticed for both frugality and taste.

Internally the Xperia offers 4GB of space with no expansion slot. This is good for everyday use, however if you are into movies and music you may find you need more. The front facing camera allows you to video chat, while the rear facing 5MP lens offers the ability to take great photos. If you are looking for a 3.5inch display with a speedy 1 GHz processor, the Xperia may just offer the best price for your needs.

Nokia Lumina 620

For the Windows lovers out there, Nokia has dominated the market of Windows phones with their Lumina series. The Lumina 620 is a low cost Windows phone that offers a lot of function for not a lot of money. If you are looking for an all-around feature rich phone, this may be the option for you.

Compared to other phones in the price range, the Lumina’s 3.8 inch screen is a bit smaller than others. But what it lacks in screen size it makes up for in internal memory. At 8GB of internal storage and the capability to handle a 64GB microSD card, there is plenty of storage for music, videos and pictures.

The front facing 0.3 MP camera allows for video chat, however the rear 5MP camera lets you capture pictures and video of decent quality. Overall for the money, the Lumina is definitely priced to sell to those looking for a great phone at a great price.

htc desire c

HTC Desire C

To round out the list, you have to include the HTC Desire C. The Desire C is claimed to be the last cheap mobile to come from HTC. With a price tag of around $200, the Desire C offers Android users the functionality they have come to love. The 4GB internal storage is expandable with the microSD slot hidden under the back cover.

The 3.5 inch screen lets users line up the 5MP camera to take the best shot they can. The design of the Desire C is what many customers immediately notice. With a plastic rubber case, the phone is designed to stay in your hand with less chance of slipping out.

Even in today’s high priced mobile market there are a variety of low cost solutions that allow budget minded consumers to have the features they want while saving money. Before choosing your next phone, determine the features you want and the budget you can afford, then take a look at low cost smartphones.

Andrea Witherspoon is a tech writer for Follow her at @AndreaWTweets to keep up to date on the latest mobile devices.

Molly Green Magazine: Molly the Beauty Queen

Molly is wearing her beauty queen hat this month!



This month, Molly is all about beauty! With summer in full swing, we tend to have more time to enjoy the outdoors and slow down a bit. Part of that slow down can mean a bit more time to focus on our beauty routines. This does not have to be expensive! Let Molly Green show you how to enjoy beauty treatments on a budget!

Learn to be comfortable in your own skin, find out the best foods to eat to maintain a healthful glow, find out how to save on dental care, have fun yet frugal family summer adventures, and be ready to make a new fabric flowers to decorate your beautiful head of hair!

Look for all of these topics and many more-

  • July has some fun holidays! Alayna Cann reveals some tasty sounding holidays!
  • Patricia Hunter addresses a topic vital for all of us- being comfortable in our own skin. Start with this article before you move on in this issue!
  • Having some fun money can help to relieve that entitlement mentality. Amanda van der Gulik gives you some tips to help your children not fall into the entitled trap when it comes to money!
  • Did you know that your pantry is loaded with beauty treatments? It sure is! Molly shares how to pamper yourself from head to toe using products from your pantry and kitchen!
  • Julie Nott shows you how to spruce up your home on a budget with five super simple ideas!
  • Beauty starts from within. Rhonda Barfield shares the foods and drinks we should include in our diet to keep us beautiful from the inside out!
  • Rebecca Bostwick shares her frugal beauty basics, encouraging you in keeping your hair trimmed to simple uses for olive oil, clay, and even a banana!
  • In Something Old, Something New, Sharon White turns everyday items into decorative fabric flowers
  • Are you looking for some family fun this summer? Look no further than Julie Nott’s article this month sharing frugal family adventures!
  • Brenda Tate shares how to do your own manicure at home, saving money, but also spending some quality time with your daughter!
  • Rhonda Barfield shares her book review for 3 Minutes to a Pain-Free Life.
  • Molly and Midge tell us how being frugal to live can equal being free to give.
  • This month’s Tip of the Month is all about using dental schools to save on this needful personal care. Read along as Rhonda Barfield shares her experience in using dental schools for her dental care.


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True beauty comes from within but who doesn’t like to look their best on the outside without spending a fortune doing it?! Frugality and Beauty go hand in hand in this month’s issue of Molly Green Magazine. Learn ways to save money on manicures, beauty treatments that are right from your own pantry, and much more. Molly Green Magazine is sure to help you have a beautiful smile all the way to the bank!

~ Laura Williams

Project Manager: Dena Wood, Becky Gustafson.
Contributing Writers: Laurie Bostwick, Rebecca Bostwick, Alayna Cann, Patricia Hunter, Inger Koppenhaver, Julie Nott, Brenda Tate, Amanda van der Gulik, Sharon White
Publication: 2013
Pages: 39
File Size: 7.2 MB

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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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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!

Over 35 pages of information & support for an incredibly low price! A small price to pay compared to the great benefits you’ll receive and the money you’ll be saving once you dig into this E-Book! Buy this E-Magazine today for ONLY $2.50!

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Frugal Friday~ Linky Party

There are so many different ways to live a frugal  lifestyle . . .  this is a great place to learn new things and encourage one another! Below you can share the link to a post on your own blog, share a little about your frugal life and encourage others. Be sure to come back each Friday and link-up to this great community of frugal followers!

If you get my Friday newsletter, you most likely read Midge’s question about ways to add decorative touches to the home without hurting the budget (if you don’t get my FREE newsletter be sure and subscribe via the sticky note in the upper right corner). Read below to see my response. Molly

frugal friday linky party june 21 2013

Dear Midge,

I can’t wait to see your new bear towels, how cute! I think the majority of us enjoy adding new, decorative items to our homes. This is something that can easily be done on a budget, using our imaginations will go a long way! I think the first step would be to determine our own (unique) decorating style. Look around your home and see what you currently have. Some people are eclectic in their decorating style/themes. Some homes have a specific “style” in every room. You can browse through various home décor stores or magazines, what kinds of things catch your attention? What do you wish you could purchase for your home but don’t feel like you could justify the cost?

For example, I LOVE to decorate with old looking glass jars, bottles and pitchers. I was at a home décor store once and was drawn to the glass jars and bottles…the prices were astronomical! About a week later, I was at a thrift store and as I was strolling through the MANY aisles of glassware I found the same types of jars/bottles~ and for a fraction of the cost! It dawned on me that I should be looking in second hand/thrift stores for some of my home décor items! I’ve purchased old curtain rods and made them look like new with a little spray paint, I’ve purchased some gorgeous sheer curtains over the years and I’ve found a plethora of glassware to decorate with and use for dining. The sky is the limit when we can get creative!

Happy decorating!

Love ya, Molly


To share a link to your post about frugal living, use the Linky below. But first. . .


1. We’d love for you to share your links that include anything  related to DIY projectssaving money, frugal living, made from scratch cooking, cleaning products, sustainable livinggardening, organic, and anything else related to homemaking! You can also  include your struggles while trying to live a frugal lifestyle (like  Midge!)! Show us about how you are thriving while surviving on a smaller budget!


2. Please, no link-ups to giveaways or blog topics in which you are just selling a product.


3. Link directly to your frugal post, not to your home page.


4. Grab our linky graphic (from the sidebar) and put it on your blog or on your linky post.


5. If a linked up post does not meet the above guidelines, it will  be removed.


6. If you link-up, please click on other’s links as well. Our frugal followers have a lot to share!


Living frugally means living, learning, and growing from each other. We can’t wait to see what you are going to share (to see other blogs who have linked up, click the link below)!  Ready, set, link!


Sneak Peek Monday~ Pull Up a Chair

Take a sneak peek into my What Can We Learn From The Great Depression? (October 2009) magazine today!

“Ever since I became a stay-at-home mom, I’ve been teaching myself the art of homemade cooking and learning how to budget and plan for meals instead of flying by the seat of my pants. Before this, I used to be the kind of lady that would run to the nearest drive-through when anyone talked about getting “frugal” with meal planning and cooking. My idea of the perfect frugal meal was the dollar menu at our local fast-food restaurant.

I have since learned how to cook from scratch, how to make a meal plan, how to shop using coupons, and how to prepare a beautiful, elegant meal for my family. I wish I had known then what I know now! I could have saved quite a bit of money on our grocery bill if I had just put a little extra effort into learning how to feed my family on a budget.”

This article, Pull Up a Chair, provides you with a week’s worth of menu plans! Below is what you will find just for Monday. . .

Chicken Fajitas


Chocolate Chip cookies

To get the rest of this menu plan, CLICK HERE to purchase What Can We Learn From the Great Depression as a single issue. Once you get to the checkout, you will ONLY be charged $1 (good only for the month of March)!

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Large Family Vacation Ideas


Planning a vacation or a Spring Break getaway? That can sometimes be difficult for a large family, let’s explore some frugal travel options.

Family Vacation

Plan ahead, anyone traveling with children must plan ahead. Even if it’s a simple family-friendly vacation to visit the relatives, you might like to start planning two to three months in advance. For a big family vacation, plan a year or more in advance. Many resorts and cruise lines have deals for early bookings, allowing families to save money.

Family Vacation Time in the Low Season

Taking a family vacation during the “off” season is another option to help to save money. When everyone else returns to work or school, vacation cities and resort towns look for ways to fill empty hotels and vacation homes. Large family vacations may be cheaper if planned in early fall or right after Christmas.

Vacation Accommodations for Large Families

Staying in a hotel can be the biggest expense for a large family. Since most chains limit how many people can stay in a room, this usually means that two or more rooms will be needed. Places like Comfort Inn or hotels ending in the word suite, (Embassy Suites, Homewood Suites), are family-friendly and usually have hotel rooms for big families at reasonable rates.

Look at alternatives to staying in expensive hotels. Many large families go camping or own an RV. Consider buying a large family tent, pop up camper, or RV. Good deals on camping equipment can usually be found right after Christmas and after hunting season.

If camping won’t work for your family, consider renting a vacation home. Many resort locations offer the rental of a nice vacation home for around a $100 to $150 a night. However, renting a vacation home usually requires a minimum of a five-night stay.

Theme Parks 

For many families with children, a family vacation destination is often a theme park like Six Flags, Sea World, or Disney World. With a little planning, it is possible to enjoy a day at a theme park with a large family. As vacation season approaches, start looking for special deals, discounts, and group rates to the parks of your choice. Many national grocery store chains offer season passes to local amusement parks for just a little more than a one day pass!

State Parks and National Parks

Vacation destinations are sometimes planned around the locations of state parks and national parks. Every state has several parks to choose from. These parks offer camping and RV sites. A few offer the use of covered shelters and air conditioned cabins. This is a cheap alternative to an expensive hotel. Campground fees vary, but it would be rare to spend more than $80 a night even for the best accommodations. There are many fun, family activities to do while staying at a state park. Most state parks offer swimming, fishing, and hiking.


Molly Goes Camping & Molly Saves on the Go!

Need a few more ideas? Check out my e-books Molly Goes Camping and Molly Saves on the Go. Both of these are full of resources for family travel and recreation on a budget.

Do you have a family trip planned this year? Where are you going and what frugal tips have you planned to the save while traveling?

Keeping it Simple

Back to Basics

At the beginning of each new year there seems to be a lot of discussion about healthy eating, dieting, and exercise methods. We’re hearing the words “gluten-free” more and more these days. Do you know where gluten is found? Gluten is a protein composite in wheat, barley, rye and spelt. Gluten is what helps hold together bakery items such as breads, rolls, and buns. Many of the food items we consume every day may contain some form of wheat flour such as in: bread, crackers, cereal, and pizza. Many frozen, prepared, and processed foods contain flour binders. Do you read food labels or look for foods that are gluten free?

I’ve also been hearing things about the Paleo diet. Paleo is short for Paleolithic and is sometimes referred to as the “caveman, Stone Age, or hunter-gatherer diet.” This diet is known as a modern, nutritional plan based on the presumed ancient diet (of wild plants and animals that may have been consumed) during the Paleolithic era. Those that follow the “Paleo” diet seem to mainly eat fish, grass-fed meats, eggs, vegetables, fruit, various forms of plant roots, and nuts.

I’ve seen many testimonies that those who follow a gluten-free or Paleo diet feel better and have more energy. Have any of you experienced this?

All-in-all, keeping your ingredients simple is not only a healthier choice but more cost effective as well. As always, to get the most bang for your buck when it comes to buying weekly groceries try, to buy fresh produce in season and in bulk (if the unit price proves to be the best deal). It’s a good idea to stay along the perimeter walls of the grocery store. You’re most likely to find your food “staples” there such as produce, meat, dairy, and breads.

How do your feed your family healthy foods on a budget?

Members-Only Monday

I’m thinking spring, are you? I’ve got garden layout plans rolling around in my mind and seed magazines strewn about. Break new ground this spring! Great ideas have bloomed in my MARCH 2011 Molly’s Money-Saving Digest-Molly Saves in the Outdoors, from gardening tips to outdoor décor.



Warmer weather is just around the corner, and with it comes the opportunity to go outside and get growing! Even novice gardeners or those who live in a condo or apartment can start cultivating a green thumb with the ideas in this Digest. You’ll not only save money by growing some of the things you would normally get at the grocery, but you’ll also know the satisfaction of working with your hands and producing something beautiful and worthwhile.

  • Find out everything you need to know about how to create an herb garden.
  • Use free resources to help you design and plan for your garden.
  • Learn how to use every inch of available space for gardening, even if you have just a balcony to work with.
  • Investigate the most frugal way to garden: using heirloom seeds.
  • Check out some inexpensive ways to turn plain, plastic pots into designer digs for your plants.
  • Get lots of ideas and inspiration for jazzing up your outdoor décor on a budget.

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