Category Archives: Tips & Tricks

10 Weeks of Easy & Budget-Friendly Dinner Recipes

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Lots of inspiration for getting dinner on the table! Easy and budget friendly recipes for dinner on the cheap.

Readers often ask for easy, budget-friendly dinner recipes here at The Frugal South. So today I’m sharing LOTS of recipes in one post!

For a year I shared my weekly dinner meal plan here on the blog. I made affordable, healthy, and easy dinners a habit, so now I have a huge collection of go-to dinners that I make regularly!

So here’s ten weeks’ worth of my favorite dinner recipes from my year of meal planning…

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3 Essential Habits For Becoming Debt Free

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Guest Post by Jacob from Dollar Diligence

Becoming debt free is not easy by any means and if someone tells you it is, he or she likely did not have a lot of debt to eliminate.

When I first looked at my student loan balance statement, I was scared. I mean, truly scared for myself.

I owed a lot of money.

Money,

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2017 Goals Update: $3,300 in Debt Payoff and More…

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It’s hard to believe 2017 is already half over, isn’t it? I try to remember to review my goals every quarter, and though I missed the first quarter (oops), at least I’m checking in now.

Goal #1: Pay Down Debt

My first goal for the year was to pay down the $5,000 in debt we acquired during our kitchen remodel last year. I ‘ve been monitoring the balance every month and am happy to report that I’ve already paid down $3,300 of the balance!

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GlassesUSA: 55% Off + Free Shipping = Prescription Glasses from only $22!

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When you visit the eye doctor, do you order your glasses through their office?

I always suggest getting a copy of your prescription (which by law they must provide) and ordering your glasses online. You’ll save hundreds of dollars by ordering directly from a glasses manufacturer such as GlassesUSA!

I haven’t bought new sunglasses in years so I was thrilled to get the chance to try out some new sunnies from GlassesUSA.

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Wet’n Wild Emerald Point: A Fun & Affordable Way to Stay Cool This Summer!

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Tips for visiting Wet'n Wild Emerald Point in Greensboro, NC! Why Wet and Wild North Carolina is great for families with little kids, a discount  on 2017 tickets, advice for getting a season pass for your family and more.

When you live in the South, finding a way to cool off is essential to surviving the summer!

My little one loves the pool (if you couldn’t tell), so a few years ago I began looking for an affordable way she could swim all summer. I was SHOCKED at how expensive pool memberships are…

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How To Find A Safe & Easy Way To Start Investing Your Hard-Earned Money

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Guest Post by Andrew Altman from Slick Bucks

You work hard for your money, and you understandably want to see your money work hard for you in return. By properly investing your funds, you can watch the value of your portfolio grow substantially over the years. The stock market is one of the primary investment vehicles that investors choose to use.

You may be well aware that there are risks for financial loss when investing in the stock market,

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My BEST Tips & Tricks for Saving Money on Groceries!

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Are groceries the second biggest expense for your household after your mortgage/rent? They are for us, so I am always searching for ways to spend less on groceries without sacrificing quality.

I’ve found a bunch of creative ways to save money on groceries and household items, so I’m sharing my best tips and tricks in this post!

Buy Essentials at Costco

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Shopping for essentials at Costco (or another warehouse club) has the potential to save you a ridiculous amount of money!

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106 Resources Every Mom Should Have for 97% Off!

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Recently I began working with the team over at Ultimate Bundles and I’m thrilled to share their newest product with you – The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle.

It’s a package of resources that was created to make homemaking easier and smoother, and it’s put together for moms, by moms.

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The bundle has 106 products (including 21 eCourses, 50 eBooks, 14 printables and more) to help you:

  • Increase your productivity (while still taking care of yourself!)
  • Stop living paycheck-to-paycheck
  • Build relationships with your kids
  • Rekindle romance with your spouse
  • And a whole lot more!

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How To Save Money with Amazon Subscribe & Save

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Almost every month a box from Amazon’s Subscribe & Save program arrives at our house, and I estimate I save about 25% off of store prices with this program. If you aren’t familiar with how to use it to save time and money, here are all of the basics!

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Subscribe & Save is a program available to  Amazon Prime Members that allows you to have items that you use regularly delivered (for free!) at a set interval to your home.

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An honest look at my efforts to be generous AND frugal this year…

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In January I chose the word generous as my word-of-the-year, and this week I realized we are somehow already a quarter of the way through the new year! It’s amazing how the months just fly by.

I thought this would be a good time to revisit my goals and take an honest look at my efforts to live generously this year. It has been a challenge,

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My Honest Review of Dealspotr, A Community-Based Deal Site

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If you’ve ever looked for promo codes and deals online, you’ve inevitably run across expired or non-working codes. It can be really frustrating to spend time hunting down a promo code only to find that it is no longer working!!!

Dealspotr aims to be the solution to this problem by being the best source for up-to-date and accurate deals on the web. 

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Don’t Let Life Strike You Out: The Importance of Emergency Funds

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Guest post by Jenny from Mom Loves Best

Life throws families curve balls all the time. Sometimes those curve balls are manageable with minor readjustment, and sometimes they require significant sacrifices. Parents need emergency funds to cover the unexpected; instead of allowing life to strike you out, step up and practice your “A” game, so you’re ready for those curve balls.

According to Forbes magazine,

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How to Make Homemade Vanilla Extract {Photo Tutorial & Tips}

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This post was originally published June 19, 2015 and has been updated. 

Seven years ago my friend Brooke gave me a jar of homemade vanilla extract. I haven’t bought any vanilla extract from a grocery store since then! I discovered that homemade vanilla extract tastes so much better in recipes and is WAY cheaper than store-bought.

So here are the simple instructions for making your own.

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FREE Sweet Treat When You Sign Up For MyPanera Rewards

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I finally got around to signing up for MyPanera (Panera Bread’s loyalty program) last month. After signing up for an account, I got the welcome reward of a free pastry or sweet treat added to my account.

When I found myself at Panera this week, I just entered my phone number at checkout and we got this amazing heart cookie for free! So if you even rarely visit Panera,

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How to Make Homemade Yogurt {Photo Tutorial & Tips}

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I love fancy organic yogurt but I can’t stomach the price tag. $5 for a quart of yogurt is just pure craziness to me.

I’ve learned how to make my own yogurt at home for less than 1/3 of the cost of store-bough organic yogurt, and it is SO GOOD! Since there was a lot I had to learn before I made my first batch of homemade yogurt, I thought I would share the process to hopefully save y’all some time.

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My Frugal Life: Under-Budget January Edition

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I love reading Kristen’s “Five Frugal Things” posts over at The Frugal Girl as well as Katy’s at The Non-Consumer Advocate. I hope they won’t mind if I basically steal their format and share five things I have been up to in my frugal life this past month.

I’m calling last month “Under-Budget January” because my goal was basically to spend as little as possible.

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My personal goals + one word for 2017…

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I recently sat down and recorded my goals for this year in the front of my planner. It was pretty easy since I had been working on them in my mind for a while! Studies show that I’m more likely to achieve my goals if I write them down, so I did. 🙂

Here they are, in no particular order:

  • Travel to three new places
  • Pay down debt incurred by our home remodel by 50%
  • Go on an overnight trip with my husband
  • Buy no new items of clothing (this is my second year for this goal and I’m still going strong)
  • Find 1-2 more kiddos for my little preschool
  • Maintain the garden all summer long

I tried to address some failings from past years (like how I give up on the fight against weeds halfway through the summer!) and address some areas in which I’d like to grow.

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How I’m Using the SWORKIT App for FREE Personalized Video Workouts

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Like almost everyone, I’m renewing my commitment to find time to exercise in the new year. I definitely slipped away from my usual 5 days per week of getting some form of exercise in during the holidays. 🙁

Sarah (who blogs over at XO Sarah) wrote that she had success with the free app SWORKIT last year, so I decided to give it a try. I like it so much that I already want to share it with you!

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