9 Times Shopping the Cheapest Grocery Unit Price Does Not Save You Money
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by Melissa Goodwin
2w ago
Comparing unit prices on groceries isn’t always the best way to save money. Here are nine instances when it pays to ignore the unit price. One standard piece of advice for saving money on groceries is to compare the cost per unit price to get the best deal. And for the most part, that’s great advice. Comparing unit prices, especially between different brands, can lead to long-term savings and ensure you get the most value for your money. I’ve written a blog post on comparison shopping if you want to go deeper. But there are times when buying groceries based on unit price is not the best optio ..read more
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Create a Cherished DIY Family Recipe Book + Free Recipe Binder Printable
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by Melissa Goodwin
3w ago
Preserve your family’s favourite recipes in a personalised DIY recipe book. Perfect for gifts and treasured for generations. Free cookbook printable to make your family recipe book in a binder.  Hands down, the best cookbook you will ever own is the one you create yourself, or perhaps a cherished recipe book from a loved one who is no longer here.  Your cookbook will include family favourites, recipes you’ve created and adjusted, recipes passed down from parents and grandparents, and recipes you will pass down to your children and grandchildren. It will be the recipe book that you r ..read more
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Cooking for One on a Budget: Tips and Recipes to Save Time and Money
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by Melissa Goodwin
1M ago
Simple and savvy tips for cooking for one on a budget, including meal planning and prep, smart shopping, easy recipes, freezing, and more. With recipes, meal plans, and money-saving tips often geared toward family cooking, it can be hard to find ideas when cooking for one. On top of that, it can be hard to find the motivation to cook when you’re only accountable to yourself. Speaking from experience, it’s easier to slap some peanut butter on a few crackers between Netflix episodes when you’re tired than to cook and then clean up a full meal. And if you’ve purchased ingredients with the best o ..read more
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17 Heartfelt and Frugal Mother’s Day Gifts that Mum Will Love
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by Melissa Goodwin
2M ago
You don’t need to spend money to show Mum just how much you love her. Here are 18 heartfelt but frugal Mother’s Day gifts she is sure to love. This will be my 14th Mother’s Day this year. And I can confidently say that the best gifts aren’t purchased from a store. The best gifts are hand-drawn cards and early morning hugs. When my kids were little, and I was in the trenches day in and day out, the best gifts were coffee in bed and time to myself to read. Yes, the best Mother’s Day gift was a little time without the kids. Now that I have a teen and tween and don’t see them as much, the best gi ..read more
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Traditional Corned Beef with Vegetables and White Sauce
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by Melissa Goodwin
2M ago
Slowly simmered to juicy perfection and flavoured with cloves, this traditional corned beef recipe with vegetables and white sauce is sure to be a hit. If you were to ask me what my all-time favourite meal was, it would be corned beef and vegetables with white sauce. From the time I left home to now, every time I return home to visit Mum, I request her special corned beef.  And keeping the tradition alive, it’s now my son’s favourite dish.  Apart from the delicious flavour, everything except the sauce is made in one pot. Super easy, not too much washing up. What is Corned Beef and W ..read more
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8+ Eco-Friendly Alternatives to Paper Towel That Will Save You Money
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by Melissa Goodwin
3M ago
8+ eco-friendly alternatives to paper towels for common uses, reducing waste and expense and promoting sustainable living habits. I’m going to start with a story: I went 25 adult years without buying any paper towels. Then I started writing this article a whole year ago, and it made me want to try paper towels. To see what I had been missing. Are they any good? Turns out they can be pretty handy for some things. So I shelved this article because, despite the 25-year run, I felt like a fraud. But it can be exhausting trying to do everything perfectly. So, nowadays, I mostly use the reusable pa ..read more
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Easter Grazing Platter for an Easy No-Cook Easter Brunch
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by Melissa Goodwin
4M ago
An Easter grazing platter is the perfect crowd-pleasing Easter Brunch. Feeding a crowd? This no-cook brunch is low on effort and high on yum! Are you looking for breakfast ideas to feed a crowd this easter? Or maybe you want a bit of a treat for easter without a lot of fuss and effort. This easter brunch board is based on the Continental breakfast of cold foods and fruit. It requires minimal food prep and no cooking, making breakfast easy and fuss-free while elevating the meal into something special. You get to spend less time in the kitchen and more time with family and guests. Not only is i ..read more
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6 Strategies Successful Savers Use to Reach Their Frugal Goals
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by Melissa Goodwin
4M ago
6 strategies for achieving frugal goals. From ‘NICE’ goal-setting to dopamine hacks and resistance-busters, these proven strategies will help. Setting goals is surprisingly important for our happiness and satisfaction in life. The pursuit of meaningful goals, or working towards something that resonates with us on a personal level, leads to feeling fulfilled and content. We thrive when we’re challenged and excited. When we work hard towards something meaningful, we are rewarded with a job well done. Here’s the cool thing. Working towards our goals can change our self-identity – how we see ours ..read more
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How to Do a Subscription Audit to Boost Your Savings and Reclaim Your Budget
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by Melissa Goodwin
4M ago
Optimise your budget and slash expenses with a subscription audit. Here’s how to audit your subs, prioritise what you need and save money this year. Do you feel like everything is a subscription these days?  From streaming services, games apps and even dog food and toilet paper, there’s a subscription for everything. At best, it’s expensive – boy, all those subs can add up! At worst, we could be becoming slaves to the algorithm (a bit dramatic, but possibly true). The subscription model isn’t a bad thing. It can be helpful to outsource things like buying dog food or toilet paper so you d ..read more
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80 Sustainable Gift Ideas for Every Occasion: Eco-Friendly and Thoughtful
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by Melissa Goodwin
8M ago
Find 80 sustainable gift ideas for eco-conscious giving. Explore thoughtful presents and eco-friendly choices. Looking for sustainable gift ideas for the eco-conscious?  Eco-friendly gift options bring joy to the recipient and help protect our planet.  What’s more, sometimes eco-friendly options can be more pricey (at least up front) than their disposable counterparts. Getting them as gifts can be affordable and more sustainable on a budget.  Things that have significantly reduced our plastic use, like beeswax wraps, were given to us, and as someone on the receiving end, they a ..read more
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