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Frugal HOME Friday

Link up your frugal tips for home and homestead,

recipes, DIY or crafts, and share ideas to inspire others

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A Beginner’s Guide to Saving Money – Part 1 – Saving money on clothes

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Please share your own Frugal Home and Homestead posts

You could be our next featured blogger:

Each week we will be choosing a new blogger participant to feature in our Friday Link Up.  Share your posts – old or new – that involve anything HOMEkeeping, HOMEschooling, HOMEsteading, HOMEindustry!

By linking up – you agree to allow us to use your photo and link to your blog if you are chosen as our Featured Participant. We share links on FB, Twitter, G+, and Pinterest as well to let the world know about your great ideas. Thank you for participating and sharing.

There are so many wonderfully creative bloggers out there who have a wealth of knowledge to share on topics for the home and homestead. If you run a home business, enjoy gardening, raising bees or chickens, love cooking, are good at organizing or any other topic that will be valuable to our readers – please link up your pictures and share the knowledge to inspire others!

If you don’t blog – you can link up photo’s from an Instagram account to share ideas as well or leave us a comment with your thoughts!

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Teach Kids About Work and Money: Free Online Chore Chart

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I just love this free online chore chart!

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The chore list (Photo credit: demandaj)

I’m always on the lookout for specials and free deals to improve our lives on the home front. MyJobChart.com is a valuable resource for families. Teaching kids about work and money is an important part of  family life. Having tools that make it simple can take the sting of chore time as they tend to build motivation.

FREE online chore chart that motivates your kids and earns them rewards that they can save, donate to charity, or spend on toys!

Motivating Your Kids Is Easy: Just 1-2-3:

1) Sign-up for MyJobChart!

2) Assign Chores to Your Kids

3) Reward Your Kids For Great Work!

 

Chores in a children's home

Chores in a children’s home (Photo credit: theirhistory)

A Chore Chart makes it easy to assign chores, and makes it more motivating for children to fulfill them.  It facilitates fun, engaging, hands-on learning and teaches children the principles of sharing, saving, and spending.  MyJobChart.com gives parents the tools they need to instill a strong work ethic and teach financial responsibility.

For me, an effective resource needs to be both frugal and simple to use – in order to be worth the time and effort of using it. As long as you are reasonably familiar with using online services, you should not have trouble with this one. I believe it can be especially beneficial in organizing large family chores.

Once your basic information is in place, it only takes a short time each week to add additional information to personalize any particular week or month for your family.

Do you use chore charts in your home? Have you tried an online version? 

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Money Matters: Four ways to teach kids to save

Piggy bank from German bank HASPA, around 1970.

Money Matters

Four Practical and Effective Ways to Teach Kids How to Save

Ages one through six-years-old is the perfect time to teach your kids about money. Teaching them in their formative years about the value of money and how to save effectively will definitely build a strong financial foundation for them. If you’re going to impart lasting wisdom and knowledge to your kids, it might as well be about managing their personal finances.
1) Be intentional. Decide that it’s something you want to teach your kids in the long run. This means you have to plan it out and follow through with your goals. If you truly see the value of what you want to teach your kids, you wouldn’t give up or stop. It’s best to start teaching them about money while you can still influence them. Once your time is up (teenage years), you and your kids might come to regret it.

2) Make it fun. Most people hate math because it’s “boring.” Don’t let your kids feel the same thing just because saving money involves numbers! The only way to make your kids love saving is by teaching them how it could be so much fun.

  •  Books: Who says reading a bedtime story always has to be about fairy tales or your horrible recollections of that embarrassing experience you had when you were 12? You can inspire your kids to save through books that teach them the value of saving money instead. Try the books Dolly Parton’s A Coat of Many Colors, or The Berenstain Bear’s Trouble with Money by Stan Berenstain.
  • Toys: You can buy cash teller machines or cute piggy banks to encourage them that saving money can be a lively and fun thing to do. Play games with your kids. Add little colorful piggy banks at every corner of the house and tell them it’s a challenge to “feed” your house pigs coins to keep them healthy. The possibilities are endless.
  •  Shows: Expose them to television shows that show how important money is, like Cha-Ching in Cartoon Network.  You can search for other resources online.
  • Apps: Do you know a kid who hasn’t played a touch-screen app yet? Kids are definitely regular users of smartphones and tablets, and like you, they deserve apps that encourage the better use of money. Download apps: Life Quest, Kids Money or Virtual Piggy.

3) Trust them. Your kids will love it if you treat them like adults. Trusting them with money and believing that they will do good with it will boost their confidence. This way, you’re effectively showing them they’re more than capable of handling and managing money. Try to be their “savings buddy” saving. Give them challenges or ask them for “help,” anything that would make you and your kids save for something. If you all reach your common goals, then your kids will definitely be more motivated in saving money. Don’t forget to be encouraging and supportive all the time.

4) Finally, practice what you preach. If you constantly teach your kids about saving money and yet they see you indulging in a ton of unnecessary things, you might as well give up on raising money-savvy children. Kids are the best copycats. They look up to you. Mommy and Daddy are their first superheroes and idols, and it’s only natural for them to follow whatever you’ll do — the good things … and the bad. So always be cautious around your children because, most times, they’ll follow your example — even when you don’t want them to.
Your children’s financial success depends on you! The earlier you start teaching them about savings, the better off your kids will be in the future!

About the Author
Jep Barroga is a freelance writer and blogger for MoneyHero, a Hong Kong based finance portal that provide unbiased information on loans, credit cards, and other financial products. Jep will be sharing more information about teaching kids to save money next week. He will share with us his favorite apps to use to make it a fun and memorable experience.

 

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Big Giveaway: from Favado to encourage Family Dinners

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We take family dinners seriously, here at Molly Green. The family time,  the planning, and preparing of family meal time is not always easy to come by these days for busy families.

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Does dinner time at your house leave you feeling frustrated? Is it too difficult to menu plan and serve a meal that everyone will enjoy while sticking to a budget. Don’t be discouraged because you are not alone.
Guest post from Inspired Bloggers Network – with Giveaway hosted, in part, by Molly Green!
Over the next two weeks, the Inspired Bloggers Network is teaming together with Favado and $5 Dinners to equip you with the tips and inspiration you need to make dinner time with the family a less stressful ordeal. You can follow all of our updates in social media with the hashtag #inspiredfamilydinners, but first, we want you to get to know our sponsors with an awesome giveaway!

Enter to win an All-Clad Cookware set and $5 Dinners Cookbook Gift Basket for Inspired Family Dinners with Favado

 
Enter to win an All-Clad Cookware Set (valued at $800) from Favado and a Cookbook Gift Basket from $5 Dinners between now and February 23rd at 11:59 PM CST.

About Favado

Favado is a mobile savings app that helps shoppers stop overspending on groceries by notifying them when their favorite items are on sale.
With Favado, users can…
  • Compare prices across multiple local grocery and drugstores.
  • Search for best prices on individual ingredients.
  • Personalize their favorite products and brands to quickly see best deals for those items each week.
  • Quickly find coupons for the products that are already on sale for “double the discount.”
  • Build a shopping list in the app, so you don’t forget anything that’s on sale!
Favado has money saving experts who hand select sales and coupons every week — in more than 65,000 grocery and drugstores nationwide — to enable discovery of the best deals for savings up to 70% on everyday items.

So, sign up for Favado and start saving.

Then, follow Favado everywhere: Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.

Win $1,000 with #FavadoLove


About $5 Dinners

Erin Chase has helped millions of families across the countries enjoy delicious and nutritious family dinners, for less! She’s put together a gift basket with a copy of each of her cookbooks:
The $5 Dinner Mom Cookbook , her The $5 Dinner Mom Breakfast and Lunch Cookbook, and her The $5 Dinner Mom One-Dish Dinners Cookbook -along with some fabulous cooking utensils!

You can find more of her great recipes at 5DollarDinners.com.

Enter to win

To enter for a chance to with the All-Clad Cookware Set (valued at $800) from Favado and a Cookbook Gift Basket from $5 Dinners, you must choose from any (or all) of the choices in the giveaway widget below. This giveaway will close on February 23rd at 11:59 PM CST. For official rules, please view below.

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Homemade foaming hand soap: DIY project you will love-Frugal Fri

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homemade hand soap

This homemade foaming hand soap is a DIY project you will love!

Our special recipe today comes from one of the new authors of the all new Molly Green Magazine. Lisa blogs at Homestead Originals.com on topics we know and love. Frugal homesteading, DIY projects, and much more can be found there.

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Use an empty foaming soap bottle, a bottle of Dr. Bronners Castile Soap, and your favorite essential oil to make this lovely homemade foaming hand soap. Lisa used an up-cycled bottle to make her hand soap and saved even more money.

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One suggested essential oils combination is a Lemon/Lavender mixture (naturally antibacterial, smells out of this world!)  OnGuard Essential Oil blend (smells ‘fall-ish’ – spicey) and is unparalleled at fighting germs and bacteria, perfect for cold and flu season!

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Making your own Foaming Hand Soap is just smart. It takes only a matter of minutes, it’s frugal, healthy, and super fun!

 

There is something really cool about the way it foams up and something even more special about knowing that it is wonderfully healthy for your family. The fact that you are saving money is almost an after thought. This recipe costs less than 50 cents to refill the Foaming Hand Soap Dispensers.

The hand soap is completely non-toxic. It smells DIVINE, you can obviously customize it, and Castille Soap is wonderful on the hands.

It’s a winner all the way around– Lisa loves to use this all over the homestead– bath, kitchen, wiping down counters…..it’s wonderful!  Give it a try!

Visit Lisa’s blog – Homestead Originals  to gain insight and information on cooking from scratch, homestead gardening, and much more.

You can enjoy another great recipe from Lisa, exclusive to Molly Green Magazine in the January-February “Hearth and Home” issue. Get it here. 

If you get my Friday newsletter, you most likely read Midge’s question about cooking with “exotic spices” (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

Dear Midge,

There are quite a few recipes that use paprika, don’t be intimidated of this yummy spice! I think most people are familiar with using paprika on deviled eggs, here’s a great recipe. Some other recipes you might enjoy are: New Orleans Jambalaya, Paella and/or Baked Paprika- Parmesan Chicken. There are many more recipes out there, give one or two a try and see what you think.

Happy cooking! Love ya, Molly

 

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Link up your own Frugal Friday tips and tricks! Grab the button for Frugal Friday on the side bar – or use a text link back to this post. Encourage others by visiting their links – I’ll be Pinning away. 

 

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Molly Green Magazine: Hearth and Home

Molly is celebrating Hearth & Home

 

In this issue, Molly introduces you to the new look for 2014. Join her as she bring readers along on a homesteading adventure!

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Look for these topics and more:

  • This ‘n That will show you special ways on how to celebrate the months of January and February
  • In Notes from the Heart, Patricia Hunter talks about the 21st Century Woman of Excellence
  • The FlyLady (Marla Cilley) makes her debut appearance and talks to Molly readers about progress. . . not perfection
  • Sharon White joins us again this year with a fun project in Something Old, Something New
  • Gardening from the North and Gardening from the South are sure to give you great gardening tips
  • On Mama’s Mind brings you some examples of home remedies to help keep your family healthy this winter season
  • Eric Osborn joins us this year and writes from the male perspective in Ancient Ways in the 21st Century
  • Savvy Savings is just one of the featured articles from our friends over at Build a Menu
  • Beekeeping 101 is yet another featured article that will walk you through the basics of beekeeping

Discover why readers love Molly Green Magazine—see what’s inside!

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The holiday season may be over but there’s no time like the present to teach yourself money saving tips  and Molly Green Magazine has them. ~ Laura Williams

Subscribe to a Molly Membership and receive all these goodies for just $7.95/mo!

All the back issues (from 2009-2013), 5 Molly E-Books, the new 2014 issues, The Old Schoolhouse Planners, exclusive access to Build a Menu’s Dine on a Dime menu planning, cottage industry market place shops for handmade goods (a networking and selling platform for handmade & homemade items), wonderful new columns from FlyLady, TheCookieLady, and the ladies of Build a Menu to name a few. Molly is spreading her wings to include back yard farming, sustainability, and all things home industry!

For only $7.95 a month (cancel any time!) you receive not only the bi-monthly Molly Green Magazine, but also MUCH more!

Purchase your very own membership NOW!

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 ideas and projects for everyday living that you can find for homemaking and be inspired to be self-confident, creative, and resourceful in your homesteading too.

The all new Molly Green Magazine is all about everything home industry. If you are interested in:

  • Homesteading
  • Homemaking
  • Frugal
  • DIY projects
  • Up-cycling
  • Homemade
  • Handmade
  • Back yard farming
  • Delicious budget friendly recipes & much more . . . . .

For just $4.95, download just the January/February issue now!

Join Molly daily and follow her

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Frugal DIY Christmas ideas

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In case you missed yesterdays guest post from cousin Midge – she brought us frugal ideas for thinking outside the box this Christmas. Midge has several loved ones who are avid gardeners, and she put together some wonderful gift baskets they are gonna love! Go here to read about her frugal finds in her gift basket. 

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(I am secretly hoping to be one of those loved ones who are the lucky recipients of these great gardener gifts!)

With personal, frugal, and handmade gift ideas in mind – I’ve gathered a few more choices for you from around the web. Each of these DIY gift ideas include step by step instructions on the original sites. Just click on the photo’s below to learn more and get recipes and directions for each project.

Be sure to follow Molly Green on Pinterest to find unique recipes, money saving tips, homesteading advice and more!

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handmade lemon soap

branch bangles

Be sure to wrap up all your lovely DIY gifts with a beautiful burlap bow – go to factory direct craft.com for step by step instructions

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 Don’t miss the Molly BOGO Christmas Bundle – see it HERE

 

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Grab the button above or from the sidebar and link your post up below. Be sure to visit others to see their lovely projects.

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Black Friday – Cyber Monday – Green Tuesday

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Molly Green Magazine is thrilled to offer you the biggest best discount available on our brand new magazine! We will launch the all new and improved Molly Green beginning January 1 – and I just cannot wait to share it with you.

Although we are committed to bringing you the finest money saving ideas around, and are firmly rooted in our focus on frugal . . . we are branching out!

We will continue to bring you tips and ideas to save money, you still have access to the eBooks and past issues of Molly Green Magazine – but now, membership will include so much more.

Subscribers will have exclusive access to the Dine on a Dime section of Build a Menu.com to plan frugal meals for the family.

We’ll provide articles on sustainable living, back yard farming, simple living and connecting with nature – homemade, handmade, all things home industry . . .

and even a platform from which to share it! Molly members will now be able to share and sell their homemade/handmade items within the network. The best part? There’s NO additional charge!

Black Friday – Cyber Monday – Green Tuesday 

During this special, you can get a full year of Molly Green Magazine – for only $29  - At half price, you can get one for yourself, and one for your bff or your sister!

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The prices for the Molly Green Magazine will go up with the launch of the new and improved site. Lock in your low rate today with $1 for the first month then $3.85 thereafter  - or save even more with the huge discount price of $29 for a full year of MG!

Only $29 RIGHT NOW

We are giving away 1 full year membership – enter with only one option below – or enter with all the options! Ends December 7

Be sure to read all about what the new membership entails!

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Monday Sneak Peek: news & specials from Molly this week!

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We’re getting a jump-start with a sneak peek at the week ahead and a giveaway that expires late Monday night!

A Giveaway

If a subscription to the Molly Green Magazine has been on your wish list – this could be your lucky day! We are giving away a subscription in support of the A+ Interactive Math  “Thankful 4 You” Facebook party.

There is one more day to enter as the giveaway will close at 12 a.m. on November 19. The entry is simple – use one entry or use them all!

There are lots of good companies involved in the giveaway – so be sure to check them out. You will find a list here on the A+ blog page. Some of the giveaways end earlier than others.

You will find these open through Monday night: 

Enter the giveaway for the Molly Green subscription with the link below:

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A Special: 

Right now, you can get a risk free (no contract – cancel any time) subscription to the all New Molly Green Magazine for only $1 the first month and $3.85 thereafter!  Sign up here

Your membership includes – back issues of Molly Green, free ebooks, exciting new issues on saving money, homesteading and all things home industry, as well as exclusive access to the Dine on a Dime menu and recipe planning from our friends and partners at  Build a Menu!   

Members automatically become affiliates and can in turn, earn a profit on future sales. We are working to launch a brand new affiliate program by January with the New Molly Green.

Speaking of profits, your membership will also include access to a free platform where you can list and sell your handmade/homemade items. Share how-to videos and build a network of contacts who are like minded and love good home style!

A Freebie:

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We are running a Buy One Get One FREE sale on our Molly Christmas Bundle!

Get these issues, packed full of wonderful Christmas recipes. Get information on decorating, organizing,  and managing a genuine home spun Christmas celebration (with less stress) for only $4.95 – That’s 2 for the price of only 1 –  Get it HERE! 

Of course, Molly members have access to all of the back issues already. See above 411 on our current special.

 

Later this week on the blog:  We’ll have a guest feature with an awesome craft the kids will love, a delicious recipe that will save time and money, a how-to lesson on starting vegetable seeds indoors, and our Frugal Friday link up with a special Christmas craft you can use for decorating or as a special gift.

 

Thank you for visiting – leave me a message or a link if you have handmade Christmas crafts, gifts, or recipes you’d like to see featured here with Molly Green!

Sneak Peek Monday – Molly’s Christmas Bundle

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Two Molly Green Magazines for the price of 1!

It’s our gift to you this Christmas season – Molly Makes Merry

and Molly’s 3 R’s: Rested, Relaxed and Ready to Celebrate!

Enjoy your holidays with Molly Green!

 

The holidays are upon us and with it . . .  the Christmas hustle and bustle – a.k.a. “stress.”

You don’t have to let the stresses of the season get the best of you! This year, you really can have it all – frugal savings on decorating and simple tips can make a big difference in your stress this season and allow you to concentrate on the things that matter most.

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From hosting your company in style, frugal decorating, and hitting the sales,  saving big on the family meals, to making sure that Jesus remains the reason for the season in your home, Molly Makes Merry is chock full of information you can put to good use this holiday season.

Molly’s 3 R’s will help you get Rested, Relaxed and Ready for the holidays as you learn to get organized, put together great recipes, and enjoy the fun and games knowing you have it all together!

Read more about the Molly Christmas Bundle and purchase yours today for only $4.95 

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