Monthly Archives: May 2016

How to Make an Awesome Herb Garden in 10 Minutes

How to Make an Awesome Herb Garden in 10 Minutes

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Container gardening is a quick and easy way to experiment with your green thumb. I love my bright, colorful flowers as a decorative element.  I also think container gardens can be functional.  An Herb Garden is a great fit. Once I had my supplies, it took less than 10 minutes to put my Herb Garden together.

Pick Your Container

Just about any type of container will work as long as it drains well. Be creative with your container choice so that it fits with your style. Terra-cotta pots are a popular choice because have a natural wicking ability. Anything will work well if it has enough holes and it drains well.

Choose the right size container.  A container that is too small will cause your plants to get root bound. A container that is too big will cause the plants to spend all their time on root production. Start with the right size container and remember as the plants grow, you wIll be using the herbs. If the herbs start to outgrow the container, you can create additional Herb Gardens with the growth or transplant the Herbs to a larger container. Continue reading How to Make an Awesome Herb Garden in 10 Minutes

4 Simple Thoughts When Setting up Your First Garden

4 Simple Thoughts When Setting up Your First Garden

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Growing up I remember my grandfather’s garden. There always seemed to be plenty of fresh, delicious vegetables. Enough for us and enough to share. My grandfather was extremely proud of his garden and regularly gave visitors a tour. Gardening wasn’t just a hobby for my grandfather but also a way to provide for his family.

Have you ever thought about starting a garden but didn’t know where to start? Have you wondered if it would be worth the cost? Are you concerned that you won’t have time to maintain your garden? Are you concerned about pesticides and other chemicals in the produce you buy ? Here are some tips for starting your garden and moving you closer to that simple lifestyle you desire. Continue reading 4 Simple Thoughts When Setting up Your First Garden

4 Simple Steps to Save Time through Better Organization

4 Simple Steps to Save Time through Better Organization

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One of the things that I hear most often is how life would be simpler with a little more time in the day.  Well, I can’t extend the day any longer than the 24 hours it already is. I can give you some thoughts about making the most of the time in that day to give the feeling of having more time.

Get yourself on a schedule or into a routine

If you enjoy watching the news or relaxing with a cup of coffee in the morning, work that into your schedule. This will set the tone for your entire day.

If mornings are busy in your home, start by looking at some of the things you may be able to move to the night before.  One time saver may be to prepare lunches the night before or pick out your clothes the night before.  This will give you a sense of order and help reduce the feeling of having too much to do in the morning. Continue reading 4 Simple Steps to Save Time through Better Organization

5 Simple Ways to Save for an Emergency Fund

5 Simple Ways to Save for an Emergency Fund

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There’s nothing worse than having a financial emergency come up and not knowing how you’re going to pay for it. More often then not, you’ll  end up paying for your emergency using a credit card or taking out a loan. These options always cost more in the long run due to the interest that you’ll be paying. Part of living a frugal lifestyle is eliminating waste and unnecessary expenses. That interest would definitely qualify as an unnecessary expense that can be eliminated by some planning ahead.

Throw your change in a jar at the end of the day

Most of us come home at the end of the day with some loose change in our pockets. Set up a jar that is in a convenient place and simply deposit your change in the jar when you get home. You’ll be shocked how quickly it adds up. Don’t be surprised if you have a couple hundred dollars or more at the end of a year. Continue reading 5 Simple Ways to Save for an Emergency Fund

5 Easy Ways to Save Time and Money on Meals

5 Easy Ways to Save Time and Money on Meals

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Meal Plan

Pick a day each week and sit down to plan your meals. Plan for all meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Snacks. Use a combination of pantry items already on hand and items that are on sale.  You will find that you’ll spend less money if you already know what you’ll be preparing for the week.

Prepare Your Lunch the Night Before

Mornings in many households can be action packed and at times rushed. If you have packed lunch the night before it’s just grab and go. If you’re running late in the morning, it’s more likely that you’ll skip the lunch prep and grab some unplanned takeout. Continue reading 5 Easy Ways to Save Time and Money on Meals

What Does Being Frugal Mean to Me

 

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Being frugal means a lot of things to a lot of people. My grandmother sometimes kept the coffee grounds when she made a pot of coffee to use a second time because “they’re still good”. My parents have purchased three living room sets in their 48 year marriage. They spent a pretty good amount of money on those sets, but when you spread the cost out over the life of the furniture (averaging about 20 years per set), they have spent far less over the years then if they had gone the less expensive route. Two very different examples of being frugal.

So what’s the difference between being frugal and being cheap?

Being cheap is the “quick fix”. It means always looking at cost and never considering value.

For me living a frugal life means not being wasteful. Live the life that you want but do it efficiently and without waste. Being frugal is getting the most out of your money. Essentially, it’s finding the value. Being frugal doesn’t mean being cheap, it means being smart and informed.

What else does being frugal look like?

Being frugal looks like different things to different people.  To decide what “your frugal” looks like you first need to decide the goals for your life.  Do you want to be a stay at home mom and live on one income? Do you want to retire at 50? Do you just want to live a simpler life? Once you decide the life you want to live, you would take a peek at how you are currently living and identify the waste.

Being Simply Frugal will give you an insiders view of living a frugal lifestyle through tips and tricks and real life stories.