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Grow responsible kids . . . employing time management support (with three great forms) to inspire productivity!

 

STORING SUMMER’S BOUNTY is half off this week!

What’s your vision for storing summer’s bounty? Putting up a pantry full of homemade goodness? Stocking a freezer full? What great machine can save you money, makes life convenient, takes little to no effort to use, and is fun? Wipe the dust off that dehydrator!

Whether you’re well equipped or curiously new to the methods of storing your bounty of fruits and veggies, you’ll find a delightful collection of articles on a variety of appealing topics. You’ll come away with some new and practical ways to help you save more and enjoy life more.

Spend just $2.50, apply just one tip from each issue and you’ll easily save the cost of the magazine!

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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. This linky party will now be open for the entire month of July (expiring August 1st). Come and link-up to this great community of frugal followers!

If you get my Friday newsletter, you most likely read Midge’s question about my favorite go-to craft item to have on hand (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

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Dear Midge,

Because I still have school-aged children I always like to have stickers, construction paper, watercolor and tempera paints (along with freezer paper, various size paint brushes and sponge shapes) in my art supply stash. The girls love to glue little pompoms to their projects and you’d be amazed how creative kids can get with a package of popsicle sticks! I have yet to find a great way to organize all of these things, it seems like art supplies are ALWAYS spilling out of the cabinet I store them in.

I usually wait until after the school year begins and then take advantage of the super cheap sales the week after when stores are trying to get rid of their inventory. I also watch the bigger craft store chains and get their coupons via email or through the mail. I wait until some of the craft supplies go on sale and/or use a good coupon to stock up on other items not found in a department store.

Over the years, I’ve also come across the issue of storing art projects for all of my children. Just last year I began taking photographs of them and I’m now compiling a digital file instead of trying to cram them all into my filing cabinet. :)

I was thinking of getting the kids all together to make some handprint stepping stones for Grandma’s garden. I gathered the supplies using THIS SITE as a guide. Here’s some instructions on how to do THIS PROJECT along with some other TIPS AND TRICKS. HERE ARE some pictures of different shapes and styles, which ones do you like?

Love ya, Molly

Frugal Friday Linky Party www.Econobusters.com

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!

CLICK HERE TO LINK-UP!

10 Tenets of Extreme Couponing

Today’s guest post is brought to us by: Maria Wells

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Thanks to the show Extreme Couponing, more consumers are gaining an interest in saving money by clipping truckloads of coupons. At the same time, the coupon landscape has changed at many stores due to the program’s popularity and consumers’ zeal. Even though things have changed, you can still manage to save quite a bit of money by taking your couponing to another level. If you are considering extreme couponing, these are ten of the rules you should keep in mind.

  1. Be Patient – How much time it takes will completely depend on you. If you live by the saying, “time is money,” then you may not want to devote several hours to finding and clipping coupons. Be reasonable in your time allotment. It doesn’t do much good to take a lot of time away from your family to find bargains. Be prepared to spend around four or five hours a week clipping coupns, organizing them and shopping for your bargains.
  2. Be Ethical – Fraudulent use of coupons can get you in big trouble, so don’t decode your coupons. If you read the small print, you will find that using the coupon for something other than what it is meant to be used for is committing fraud. Some coupon classes will teach you how to decode your coupons, but it is unethical and illegal.
  3. Be Fair – Some extreme couponers will clear the stock of an item in the store. That’s a pretty selfish thing to do, since bargains usually come around at least every quarter or so. Even though you may be able to clear the shelf with your coupons, think twice about doing so. Is it really necessary?
  4. Get Organized – Extreme couponing calls for extreme organization, or at least a reasonably organized system. There are a wide variety of coupon organization systems available. Find one that works for you, then keep your coupons categorized and up to date. One thing you want to avoid is getting to the check-out with all of your items, only to find that some of your coupons are out of date.
  5. Think Outside of the Print-Ad Box – It’s not just a matter of looking at the ads in the Sunday paper anymore. With extreme couponing, you may find yourself going to extreme measures to get your coupons. You can ask friends and family members to give you their extra coupons, you can enlist the help of coupon clipping services or you can buy coupons for a few dollars. Coupons are also available online at manufacturers’ and stores’ websites. You will often find coupons on their Facebook pages, too.
  6. Stock Up – Extreme couponing is all about saving money, and one way to do this is to stock up on a good deal until it comes around again. If your store allows you to purchase more than one item with the coupon, by all means stock up on what you need. Keep in mind, though, that unless there are only a few items on the shelf to begin with, you probably don’t need to clear it to get what you need for your family. You don’t have to stock up for years or decades – only until the next good deal comes around. As an extreme couponer, you should have an idea how long that will be; usually four to six weeks.
  7. Shop During Off-Peak Hours – Since you are doing more than the average shopper, you will most likely take more time at the cashier’s stand. Rather than ending up in a frustrated bundle of nerves or watching others impatiently waiting in line for you to finish with your business, shop during slower hours. That way, you and the clerk will have plenty of time to work through the transaction.
  8. Be Familiar With Store Policy – You don’t want to come up to the check-out counter with a cart load of goods, only to find out that store policy limits coupon use to one item per customer. Oftentimes, cashiers aren’t totally familiar with the policies and will not bother to check if you are right or wrong. If you have a copy of the store policy with you and a problem comes up with the cashier, you can politely show that you are in compliance. You can usually obtain a copy of the policy online or you can ask the manager for a copy.
  9. Use Original Coupons – Stores will most likely not accept photocopied coupons, so don’t even try it. It isn’t worth the embarrassment. Keep in mind that if your coupons even look photocopied, the store may not accept them.
  10. Be Realistic – Extreme couponing can certainly be a lot of fun for those who enjoy bargain hunting. With that being said, keep in mind that your main purpose is saving money. Don’t be penny wise and pound foolish. Take everything into consideration. Very few people will manage to save 90% off their grocery bill when buying things they actually use on a regular basis. If you’re savvy and diligent, consider yourself fortunate if you cut your grocery bill in half.

Now, gather those coupons together and start racking up the savings!

Maria works on the site www.housekeeping.org and she’s shared today’s article with us. Thank you, Maria!

Do you use coupons?

Staying Warm Protecting the Pipes & Emergency Power Options

Winter House
I know many of you are currently facing or have already experienced several winter storms this year.

When those storms come, troubles usually come with them in the form of power outages, frozen pipes etc. If a winter storm hits and causes a power outage, those homes that run on electricity only get very cold, very quick.

About twelve years ago, my region experienced an unusual winter storm that left us without heat utilities for days. I had a brand new baby. I remember cuddling up with her and holding her close to keep her warm, and all I could think was I never want to be stranded like this again. Next time, I will be more prepared.

Generating Power

The best way to protect your home and family is to do some planning now. If you live in a cold climate, the first priority is either a back-up electrical generator andor a heating system that can run without electricity. The electrical generator option is usually sufficient for short emergencies of a day or two. For extended periods, other means by way of a gasoline or diesel fuel generator need to be considered. But remember, commodities like diesel and gasoline may be hard to find if needed in the event of a true emergency. If you live in an area that can be hard hit, consider having several back up plans.

In warmer climates, a generator is a necessity because refrigeration is the most pressing need. Portable generators can be as low as $89, and up to $600 or more depending on size, model and style you choose. They can be found at places like Lowe’s or Home Depot.

Wood Stoves Fireplaces and Propane

A wood stove is a good non-electric heating and cooking option, provided you keep enough firewood on hand to fuel it during an emergency. Most natural gas or propane stoves and fireplaces can operate without electricity because they have either a continuous pilot flame or electronic ignition with battery backup. Before buying a gas appliance, make sure it has one of these features.

A propane heater will go through a lot of fuel when running continuously, so if propane is your backup fuel, consider keeping an emergency supply on hand — during extended ice storms or blizzards, delivery trucks often can’t get through blocked roads.

Make Safety The Highest Priority

Whatever your choice, make safety your highest priority. Tragically, many fatalities are caused each winter by house fires and carbon monoxide poisoning.

Carbon monoxide gas is a deadly odorless, invisible gas that is released by temporary electrical, cooking and heating equipment. If it builds up over time without proper ventilation, family members might feel dizzy, light-headed and may even pass out,(this sadly, can result in death). Make sure if you use these kinds of heating sources that they are properly ventilated and that there is plenty of fresh air circulating throughout the house.

Natural gas and propane cooking ranges shouldn’t be used as space heaters because of the risk of carbon monoxide exposure. Kerosene heaters can be dangerous in confined spaces, so they are not a good emergency option. Charcoal grills or gas generators should never be used in an enclosed space such as a garage, or even a breezeway — and especially not in the house. I know many people use their gas ovens and stoves to try and heat up a house during a power outage, but please re-consider, especially if there are children or elderly in the house. Accidents can happen in the blink of an eye.

Plan Ahead

When planning your strategy, consider four key needs: heating, cooking, refrigeration, and water pumping. A wood stove or fireplace might be the best way to handle the first two, and a generator would be needed for the rest.

Go ahead and plan for the worst if a winter storm is headed your way. Wrap pipes. Bring pets inside. Gather and have on hand plenty of wood for the fire place or stove, warm blankets, and winter clothing.

Consider your food and needs. Stock up on several gallons of drinking water. Also stock up on foods that pack high nutrition but don’t necessarily need refrigeration or preparation. Foods such as peanut butter, crackers, and most canned goods are good choices when stocking up for a winter storm.

If you have a fireplace or wood stove, consider keeping a few cast iron skillets or pans on hand to cook on over the fire should the need arise.

Have We Left Anything Out?

We want to hear from you. What have you done in the past or what would you do if you found yourself in the middle of a blistery winter storm? Is your house all electric? How do you keep your house warm in the winter? Do you have a back up plan if that source fails?

What precautions do you take to protect the inside and outside of your home? How do you plan and stock up for the winter? And what precautions do you take with your pets? Are you ready for the next winter storm? Please feel free to comment in the section below.

The Well Stocked Pantry

 

Back in the Fall I shared that when I shop, I plan ahead, buy in bulk and stock up on sales. After each of these big shopping trips, I often exclaim,”Wow, we are well stocked up on all the things we need!”

Even though those big shopping trips are tedious and take hours of planning, it is rewarding and there’s a sense of pride afterwards by having that well stocked pantry.

A fully stocked pantry reduces stress while saving time and money. If you can get everything you need in one shopping trip, you will most likely save time and gas money in the long run! This is because you won’t be driving here and there for one or two forgotten items. If you purchase in bulk during your initial trip, you’ll also be saving money on packaging. Have you ever checked out the UNIT PRICE on your grocery items?

Pantry Essentials

So what exactly is a well stocked pantry? The following is a good guide to stocking your pantry, freezer, and fridge with the staple essentials.

Refrigerator Basics

Milk (fresh, canned, condensed, and powdered)
Yogurt (Greek has the highest nutrition count)
Sour cream
Parmesan Cheese and/or Romano Cheese
Cheddar Cheese
Mozzarella Cheese
American Cheese
Cream Cheese
Eggs
Lemon Juice
Butter

Freezer Basics

Fruit-juice concentrates- orange, apple, pineapple
Frozen vegetables- peas, spinach, broccoli, bell pepper and onion mix, corn, chopped onions, small whole onions, mixed veggies, potatoes (stock up on all the vegetables your family likes)
Breads & buns-  Buy some store-bought breads and freeze for when needed to make quick meals
Poultry, fish, beef, pork, sausage, and bacon (buy, stock up, and freeze these items when they go on sale)
** I also freeze butter and cheese. **

Oils, Vinegars & Condiments

Olive oil, Canola Oil and Peanut Oil
Butter
Salad Dressings
Mayo, Mustard, Ketchup
Vinegar- white and cider (for cooking and cleaning purposes)
Asian condiments and flavorings- sesame oil, soy sauce, fish sauce, and hoisin sauce
Barbecue sauce
Steak sauce
Worcestershire sauce

Seasoning & Spices

Salt & Pepper
Onions (fresh and powdered)
Garlic (fresh and powdered)
Ginger (fresh and powdered)
Herbs- oregano, sage, Italian Seasoning, dill
Spices- allspice, chili powder, cinnamon, cumin, nutmeg, lemon pepper, poultry seasoning, red pepper, and paprika
Lemons, limes, oranges (for flavoring and zesting as well as eating)
Baking soda
Baking powder
Cream of Tartar
Vanilla extract
Granulated sugar
Powdered or confectioner’s sugar
Brown sugar
Honey
Maple syrup
Corn syrup
Unsweetened cocoa powder
Chocolate chips

Canned Goods, Dry Goods & Bottled Items

Canned tomatoes, tomato paste,  and tomato juice
Canned or jar spaghetti sauce- red and white
Pizza Sauce
Chicken broth, beef broth and/or vegetable broth (dry cubes are fine)
Canned and dried beans and peas : pinto, red, black, navy, black-eyed, garbanzo
Canned Ranch Style Beans
Canned chili
Canned tuna, salmon
Peanut butter
Canned fruits
Applesauce
Raisins, dried fruits, and nuts, if desired

Grains & Legumes

All Purpose Flour
Self-Rising Flour
Pastas- spaghetti, macaroni noodles, egg noodles, lasagna noodles
Rice
Oats
Cornmeal
Corn starch
Dried breadcrumbs- consider plain, seasoned, and Panko

Paper Goods

Napkins, paper towels
Aluminum foil
Plastic wrap
Sandwich bags & storage bags
Paper lunch bags or paper grocery bags
Plastic grocery bags
Mason jars or an assortment of glass jars
Cartons and storage containers of various sizes

Buy What You Need – Use What You Buy

While the examples above are not by any means a complete list, this is a guide to help you build up your own pantry. You would be surprised at how many meals you can put together out of a pantry when money is tight! Buy what you need, use what you buy and use what you have on hand.

With that said, it’s also important to know you don’t have to go out and buy everything at one time. Build your well-stocked pantry over weeks and months as you find the things you need on sale. If possible, buy 6-12 months worth when the item goes on sale.  Over time a well stocked pantry can save a family money and reduce meal planning stress.

To learn more, check out my Molly Green Magazine issue titled THE WELL-PREPPED PANTRY. All of the ideas discussed above (and more!) can be found in this September 2011 issue. Remember if you’re a Molly member, this issue is free to you! Simply log in to your member page and search it out.

What’s in your pantry? Would you say you have a well stocked pantry? What are some pantry stocking tips and strategies that you’ve learned along the way?

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.

View a sample of this product here.

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!

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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Molly Saves in the Outdoors

Break new ground this spring!

Great ideas are blooming in Molly’s Money-Saving Digest-Molly Saves in the Outdoors, from gardening tips to outdoor décor.

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But this Digest deals with more than just the greenery in your yard; it’s chock-full of advice to help you have more green stuff in your wallet, too. You’ll find repurposed projects, nutritious and frugal food, financial teaching for kids; and much more!

  • Turn your trash into treasure.
  • Try something new for your table.
  • Learn the joys and pitfalls of pet adoption.
  • Prepare your kids for keeping their own checkbooks.
  • Do something useful with dryer lint.
  • Read our prescription for avoiding a cold.
  • Get hooked on homemade bath scrubs.
  • Find out about freezer cooking.
  • Be inspired by two entrepreneurs.

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 month’s 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.

Check out all the impressive features you’ll find in this month’s Digest:

  • This ’n’ That: March is a good time to buy garden supplies, and retailers will be discounting their winter coats and winter sports gear. Your taste buds have plenty to celebrate this month, with Peanut Butter Lovers’ Day, National Frozen Food Day, Poultry Day, National Chip and Dip Day, National Chocolate-Covered Raisin Day, and Waffle Day.
  • Begin With the Basics: Get tips on how to grow, harvest, and store sweet basil for use in the kitchen. Then try your hand at pesto, a flavorful and versatile addition to pasta, cold salads, sandwiches, potatoes, or bread.
  • Forms & Printables: Learn how to make the most of your small garden space by growing plants and vegetables in containers or by using vertical gardening methods. Use plants to provide some privacy from neighbors who may be too close for comfort.
  • Décor & More: Let Eleanor Joyce talk you into keeping more of your garbage! Whether it’s scraps of food for the compost pile or food packaging that still has a purpose, you’ll get some inspiring ideas for reducing and reusing.
  • Meal of the Month: Expand your creativity with a pasta dish that offers some unusual flavor combinations at a frugal price. Follow that up with a smoothie that can be adapted to the ingredients you have on hand.
  • Pet Care for Pennies: Dr. Tiffany J. Rule helps you avoid costly mistakes when adopting a pet. The desire to rescue a pet springs from the best possible motives and can turn out beautifully, but you should know what to look for and what questions to ask to avoid possible heartache and exorbitant expense.
  • Tightwad Training Camp: In this second installment of “Check Register Realities,” kids learn how to reconcile their own accounting with the bank statement.
  • Something Old, Something New: Put your dryer lint to use helping your household stay warm by guarding against drafts that would enter underneath your doors. But this is no simple draft stopper—this one rolls with the door to banish the drafts even when you aren’t home.
  • Here’s to Your Health: Spring colds are nothing to sneeze at, and once you have one, there isn’t much you can do to hurry it along its course. Follow our tips to help you avoid the cold in the first place.
  • You’re a Natural Beauty: Save a small fortune by making your own bath products at home. Love that retail store’s bath scrub? Try a basic recipe to keep both you and your budget in the pink.
  • Molly Recommends: Mega Cooking: A Revolutionary New Plan for Quantity Cooking will tell you everything you need to know about how cooking in bulk can save you time and money. This 446-page guide is a resource you can turn to again and again, whether you’re taking baby steps or a giant leap into the world of bulk cooking.
  • Change One Thing This Month: Duplicate your efforts when cooking for your family—make two casseroles instead of one, or take a day to stock up on meals. You’ll eat out less, and you’ll spend your cooking time more efficiently, leaving you free to do other things.
  • Inspiration! Two entrepreneurs with at-home businesses tell how they got started and what it has meant for their lives.
  • 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.

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.

View a sample of this product here.

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!

Project Manager: Toni Riggs
Contributing Writers: Dena Wood, Eleanor Joyce, Sharon White, Patricia Hunter, Toni Riggs, Tiffany J. Rule, DVM, Kellie Pecoraro, K. Cameron Yates, Sharra Badgley
Publication: 2011
Pages: 69
File Size: 5.3 MB

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Socks, Suds, and Savings

No domestic subject is too dirty for Molly to tackle!
Put more than crisp clean clothes into your time and money-saving basket!

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It’s not just laundry lessons included in Molly’s Money-Saving Digest-Socks, Suds, and Savings. It’s all about home and family-repurposed projects, raising responsible children, creative cooking, investing wisely, enjoying and appreciating God’s gifts, and encouraging one another.

  • Kids can learn laundry basics too!
  • Spend as little as 3 cents per soap load!
  • Repurpose planned leftovers into brand new meals!
  • Feather your nest with a fabulous feathered friends’ wall hanging!
  • Make plans for International Frugal Fun DayOctober 2nd!
  • Fashion a sweet dress for sister, sewn from two salvaged shirts!

Do your kids play leap frog over the soiled mounds at your house? Get them involved in a practical way. Approach it with the right attitude and maybe something good will emerge. And if you think you can’t learn something new, think again!

  • Learn to love the laundry; is it possible?
  • Investigate three things that helped Molly simplify and reduce the time and money spent on laundry.
  • Learn to manage the endless flow; find what works for you.
  • Alter your laundry room’s personality and make room for a change!
  • Discover essential knowledge about laundry appliances! Enjoy links including a laundry cost calculator and how to make your own off-grid washing machine!
  • Research homemade laundry soap; get links to lots of basic economical formulas!
  • Find favorite recipes for homemade stain removers and fabric softeners from around the internet.
  • Want more than one way to dry clothes? Try out a few of these frugal indoor drying ideas!
  • Need an ironing alternative? Try this unique time-saving trick!
  • Thought of green cleaning gift giving? Implement nifty laundry-related projects and thoughtful gift ideas!

Take more of a peek inside this impressive issue of Molly’s Money-Saving Digest:

Begin With the Basics—Soup’s On!: Molly’s family favorite homemade soups and stews are more than a convenient way to stretch your savings. Want to make Thanksgiving turkey clean-up a snap? Relax, it’s a simple but ideal answer to that messy task! Glean a special tip on making your own powdered soup mix too!

On Sale This Month: Stock up for the upcoming holiday season! Entertain in style and fill those Christmas stockings with great deals and bargain purchases.

Tips and Tools for Organization: Utilize many links to practical charts and skilled checklists that you can print and add to your household binders. Stain removal, room design, cleaning and care symbols—find expert help here!

Feather Your Nest Frugally: Fill a large empty wall space with this fast and frugal project. You don’t have to be especially artistic to bring a touching silhouette of nature indoors. With step-by-step instructions you can have it done and hung in record time!

In the Kitchen With Molly: Minimize cooking time! Warm up to a week’s worth of main dishes and modified meals. The motto “Cook Once, Serve Twice” is the inspiration behind creating a meal, then using that same food to create an entirely new entree. Discover the possibilities!

Special Dates This Month: Besides International Frugal Fun Day, Make a Difference Day and many others, you can plan some E-activities observing Computer Learning Month in October! There’s a lot to celebrate among these interesting and amusing holidays, so choose what will delight and make your family’s day shine!

Kids’ Corner: Sort, wash, dry, fold. Wouldn’t it be great if kids could do laundry? Plenty do, and if not now, they’ll need this information some day. Written specifically to motivate and instruct children, many Moms will appreciate sharing this information with their families. Supportive links round out this terrific how-to, laundry primer.

Something Old, Something New: Using the remaining good fabric of a garment that is stained or outgrown, you can create something modified but new. Here she demonstrates exactly how she transformed two shirts and a spare belt into a lovely dress for a younger sibling. Wow!

This Is My Story: When an appliance goes on the fritz, does it have to mean a blow to the budget? During the worst financial time of their lives Jennifer and her husband discovered an inexpensive solution when they put a little effort into their search for a washing machine replacement.

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!

Every month Molly has a wealth of information & support to share in one easy-to-read, handy resource, for an incredibly low price! 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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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 your cost of this E-Book right away!

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Contributing Writers: Eleanor Joyce, Jennifer Sikora
Publication: 2010
Pages: 56
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Emergency Preparedness

Do you have emergency plans ready and set to go? Kids included?
Would the staples in your pantry feed your hungry household for a week?
How far could you stretch it?

Invest your time wisely! Be ready for the unexpected and inspired by many low- or no-cost supplemental projects inside this essential edition of Molly’s Money-Saving Digest!

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This month’s special feature is:
Emergency Preparedness

You won’t always know when disaster is headed your way. But you can save your family from needless headaches, harm, and even hunger when you prepare NOW to survive the storm, fire, flood, or calamity that could come.

Are you equipped for an emergency?
It’s not exactly fun to think about—but it’s necessary. Does your family know what to do?
If you make provisions ahead of time, you can relax knowing that your family will have every opportunity to be cared for regardless of the unfortunate scenario.

Savor September and consider setting aside one weekend this month to focus on preparedness and to develop a plan for your family.

  • Create an emergency preparedness plan that is suited for your family’s dynamics and location.
  • Download your choice of crisis planning forms—prepared by the experts.
  • Get your kids onboard with designing a disaster strategy—help them stay unafraid, calm, and focused during a critical situation!

Take a closer look inside this issue of Molly’s Money-Saving Digest:

Monthly Feature: Emergency Preparedness
Utilize basic ideas along with a list of great resources and informative links to be sure you are ready to meet with almost any emergency situation.

  • A Well-Stocked Pantry. Make use of this basic primer consisting of the why, what, how, where, and when of stocking a pantry for your family. It makes so much sense!
  • Driving This Winter? Be Prepared! Here’s a quick list for putting together a simple winter emergency kit for your vehicle. Possibly save the lives of your children!
  • Pack a Backpack. Do you have a backpack stocked and ready for every member of your family?
  • Start Your Preparedness Project Here. Which resources does Molly recommend? What’s her favorite book on the topic? Where can you find free downloadable details and advice?

Begin With the Basics—Cooking With Ground Beef: What should you know when shopping for this frugal kitchen staple? How can you get a lot more mileage from a pound of ground beef? Save time and money with some make-ahead meatball recipes!

On Sale This Month: Uncover some great deals and bargain prices and stock up on those canned goods for your emergency supply!

Tips and Tools for Organization: An emergency checklist could be a life saver! Print these out, complete them, and file them in your household planner.

Feather Your Nest Frugally: In keeping with this month’s theme, you’ll be glad you took the time to put together and tuck away these great grab-n-go mini kits for each member of your family. This is a great upcycled project for kids too.

In the Kitchen With Molly: Stock your kitchen with basic staples that enable you to make delicious meals under any circumstances. Get a week’s worth of great meals to see just how far you can stretch those staples. We’ve updated our format—now it’s easier and more economical to print these recipes!

Special Dates This Month: Thirty days hath September . . . and a lot of them are special! You’ll be sure to find something worth celebrating in this lengthy list!

Kids’ Corner—Creating an Emergency Disaster Escape Plan: When you plan ahead, your children will know immediately what to do in these adverse situations. Kids will follow directions to draw a family fire escape plan as well as a storm shelter plan.

Something Old, Something New: Turn that leftover wax from last month’s project into new jar candles. With step-by-step directions and lots of photos, you’ll get plenty of ideas to create your own versatile candles—ideal to use in emergencies or as nice gifts.

This Is My Story: Penny went from being a successful California businesswoman to a “no longer self-driven but love-driven” mother with eight children on a horse farm in Tennessee. Fortify your commitment to family as you consider her wise words and beautiful story!

Directory of Links: 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!

Every month Molly has a wealth of information & support to share in one easy-to-read, handy resource, for an incredibly low price! 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!

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You may need more than an umbrella to weather the storm . . .
and your family is counting on your help!

Project Manager: Eleanor Joyce
Contributing Writers: Eleanor Joyce, Jennifer Sikora
Publication: 2010
Pages: 48
File Size: 6.3MB

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Storing Summer’s Bounty

Store and stock up . . . adding significantly to your savings!
Get the best pick on apples . . . learning a bushel of useful information!
Grow responsible kids . . . employing time management support (with three great forms) to inspire productivity!

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Learn along with Molly how to survive and thrive in today’s economy! Open a wealth of homemaker’s delights inside Molly’s Money-Saving Digest-Storing Summer’s Bounty: Canning, Freezing, and Dehydrating

Is your garden growing in abundance? What’s your vision for storing summer’s bounty?
Putting up a pantry full of homemade goodness? Stocking a freezer full? What great machine can save you money, makes life convenient, takes little to no effort to use, and is fun? Wipe the dust off that dehydrator!

Is preserving food at home really worth the cost and effort? How can you profit the most from your farmer’s market and apple orchard purchases? Prepare now to store those special tastes of summer to savor during the fall and winter months! Do you love home-canned goodness? Discover Molly’s favorite resources and recipes, and then enjoy a feast of food-preservation strategies and pantry-stocking delights from several seasoned guest authors!

Whether you’re well equipped or curiously new to the methods of storing your bounty of fruits and veggies, you’ll find a delightful collection of articles on a variety of appealing topics. You’ll come away with some new and practical ways to help you save more and enjoy life more.
Take a closer look inside this issue of Molly’s Money-Saving Digest:

  • Monthly Feature: Storing Summer’s Bounty—Canning, Freezing, and Dehydrating

Stocking the Freezer With Summer’s Produce
Mmmm . . . fresh, delicious fruits and vegetables are abundant this time of year! Perhaps freezing is the best way to preserve those berries, corn, green beans, peaches, or squash and zucchini. There’s a lot to pack the freezer with here!

Dehydrating Apples 101
Apples are a perfect start to getting your family involved with the simple art of dehydrating. Step-by-step help is provided, from apple choices to clean-up!

Dehydrating for Dummies
Annette enjoys sweet smells, memories, and yummy snacks—all good uses of the dehydrator! It helps her make the most of every dollar she spends with her large family. If you’ve been pondering the use of your dehydrator, don’t miss this!

  • Begin With the Basics: Let’s Talk Apples! Why are they so good for you? What are some of America’s popular varieties? We can thank more than Johnny Appleseed! Enjoy some favorite apple recipes, including Classic Apple Pie!
  • On Sale This Month: Do some investigation and you’ll find good prices on the special items in this listing. There’s more to stock up on than just food!
  • Tips and Tools for Organization: Keep track of the goodies you’re stashing away with a handy freezer inventory page. Get help with scheduling your time, defining goals, and organization, for an orderly home all year long!
  • Feather Your Nest Frugally: Collections or Clutter? Feathering your nest with special collections is a fun activity and creates a pretty décor, but what’s your approach to keeping your collections from taking over? Discover Molly’s very simple mandate for collections and her built-in clutter-busting system.
  • In the Kitchen With Molly: Are you busy with back-to-school activity and want to keep kitchen preparations to a minimum? Molly helps with a week’s worth of light and easy meals you’ll love, complete with a grocery shopping list!
  • Special Dates This Month: From watermelons to the U.S. Coast Guard, left-handers to senior citizens, there are lots of topics and ideas to explore and celebrate.
  • Kids’ Corner: Molly talks to kids about time management and then offers three worksheets to let them create their own schedules and map their goals. Help give your kids a head start taking charge of their lives and staying on track.
  • Something Old, Something New: From Candles to Canisters—What can you do with those used-up scented candles—you know the kind with the lids? Repurpose them into pretty, usable, food canisters!
  • This Is My Story: Strategic shopping has allowed Candy and her husband to remain a one-income family while raising twelve children. Great advice!

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!

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Project Manager: Eleanor Joyce
Contributing Writers: Eleanor Joyce, Jennifer Sikora
Publication: 2010
Pages: 52
File Size: 8 MB

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