Feeding Your Family Whole Food On $250 A Month



Hi All, This is from the clever Stephanie from KEEPER OF THE HOME lovely blog. Our family has lived in the USA and we have vacationed in beautiful Canada and food prices are pretty affordable. I can tell you that food costs in New Zealand and Australia is astronomical and it would be be almost impossible to feed a family of five on $250 a month. BUT Stephanie’s frugality can be done by anyone. We currently live on a little farm and are able to swap sheep grazing for yummy meat that we otherwise could never afford. When we lived in a city apartment that kind of thing wasn’t possible and were frugal in other ways. I hope that no matter where you live Stephanie’s tips will help you with the monthly food budget. Enjoy ~ Sarah xxx

For Stephanie’s blog click KEEPER OF THE HOME

How to make a tank top totes


How clever is this idea? If you click HERE you will go directly to craftynest tutorial. They have all the instructions you will need to complete your project. Enjoy! ~ Sarah xxx

Supplies and toolse:
tank top
straight pins
water-erasable fabric marker
sewing machine and thread
fabric scissors
seam ripper
sewing gauge or ruler


Easy DIY Hand Soap Recipe



This is the recipe I use. It is from the clever Farmers Nest. If you click on the SOURCE button above you will go straight to her tutorial. She uses Mrs. Meyers soap and I use Dr Bronners “Castile” soap. Castile is a type of soap not a brand name. What ever soap you choose as long as it is a Castile soap this recipe will work. I seem to be allergic to almost everything so I love this soap and recipe. I have tried lots of different recipe’s and I like this one the best. I hope you love it too. I am so over paying $4.99 for only 500ml of liquid soap so now I don’t.

1 bar at $4.99 produces over $50 worth of liquid hand soap!!! I’d say that’s worth the 20 minutes it will take you to make it yourself. The hardest part about this project might be finding and choosing your favorite bar of soap. Mrs. Meyer’s is kind of tricky to find. It can be ordered on their website or your can special order at your local health food store. Dr Bronners soap can be bought in the USA and in Australia and New Zealand at the health food store. I use Dr Bronners peppermint scented soap in Australia but also used Mrs. Meyer’s when we lived Cincinnati.

Here’s what you need:
Cheese grater (from the dollar store)
2 Tablespoons of Liquid Glycerin (found in the band aid section at any drugstore or grocery store)
1 – 8 oz bar of soap
1 gallon of water

Here are the steps you need to make the liquid soap:
Step 1:
Grate the entire bar of soap

Step 2:
Fill a pot with 1 gallon of water and add the soap shavings.

Step 3:
Add 2 Tablespoons of liquid glycerin and turn the heat to medium/high and stir until the soap dissolves.

Step 4:
This is what it looks like once it’s dissolved, basically just soapy & frothy water.

Step 5:
Leave it alone to cool for at least 10-12 hours. It begins to cloud up after 3-4 hours.

Step 6:
After it has cooled completely around 12 hours later it will harden and look like liquid soap.

Step 7:
If the soap is harder than it should be you can take some beaters and blend it while adding just a little bit of water until the consistency is more like liquid soap.

Step 8:
There you have it….Liquid Soap!!!

Step 9:
Now you can refill your 12 ounce bottle of liquid soap (that cost $3.99) with your gallon of refill that cost around $4.99. That’s some huge savings!!!