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Join my spending challenge?

It's Frugal Friday today, and  after rassling with the contents of my fridge, pantry and freezer this past week,  I decided it's time to give myself another spending challenge. I usually spend around $700 on groceries in a month and during the month of September, I'm going to try to get by on $300. Honestly, I think we should be in pretty good shape-- I have LOTS of meat in … [Read More...]

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Spicy BBQ'd Shrimp

Recipe: Spicy Grilled Shrimp

For our 4th of July party several years running we've done spicy grilled shrimp on the barbecue.  Here's the recipe we used this year, and I thought it was really yummy. Since I forgot to get a picture either year, though, the photocredit belongs to … [Read More...]

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Free Online Resources for School

Free online resources for school

With school just getting underway, I thought I'd share some online learning resources that are out there for folks who don't have a lot of money to spend.  Twenty websites, all free-- what a beautiful thing!  If you know of other free online … [Read More...]

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