Common Shopping Mistakes That Bust the Budget

Unfortunately, most of us don’t have a money tree in our backyards, so we have a finite amount of money with which we need to pay for our homes and utilities, clothe and feed our family, and then think about luxuries after that. Trying to get a family budget to go further and spread thinner is an artform in itself; but when retailers both online and in the store are trying their hardest to convince you to part with even more money, you can have a real challenge on your hands. With all the best intentions, it’s still far too easy … Read more…

Water Conservation Starts at Home

I am excited to share this post with you, because my husband and I are always looking for ways to lower our bills and save money! Plus, as a clothing-diapering and laundering family, we wash A LOT of diapers. Due to this, saving on our water bill in other areas is important! 😉  Guest Post by Matty Goodwin The time has come to start taking water conservation seriously. Even though I try my hardest every day, it is easy to waste water. I turn on the tap and before I know it I have used more than my fair share. … Read more…

10 Tips for Grocery Shopping on a Budget, Eating Healthy, and Meal Planning

Do the rising costs of groceries have you nervous about how you can afford to feed your family fresh, healthy food? Does making your grocery budget each month for a growing family become a task you dread? I know we have unfolded our grocery envelope half way through the month and realized we only had $25 left to last us two weeks! Stretching our grocery budget used to be a consistent concern for us. So how did we manage to wrangle in our grocery budget and make it work for us? Let me tell you! What we finally realized we needed to do was … Read more…

Get Your DIY Projects On: Flash Sale for The Ultimate DIY Bundle

* * * This post includes affiliate links. It is important to us that we only share products with you that we love and use in our home. Thank you for supporting our expanding Engaged Home!*** If you’ve been following my posts lately, you know that with our baby girl due any time now. Plus, several of my friends are having babies! Their sweet pictures are flooding Facebook and making me even more anxious to meet our Rebekah. With baby on the brain, I have been trying my hand at more DIY projects than usual. Sometimes I find inspiration from Pinterest, … Read more…

Last Day to Buy Your DIY Bundle!

Yesterday, I mentioned on Facebook how much I was enjoying my purchase of the Ultimate DIY Bundle. I have barely scratched the surface of what it has to offer. But since I am in nesting mode with a baby on the way, I am loving all the inspiration! What exactly am I loving so far? 1. All the thrifty DIY craft and home decor ideas. If you didn’t know, “thrifty” is my middle name! If a project requires a lot of money or supplies, I won’t do it. Simple and affordable are two qualities that I look for in DIY projects. … Read more…

Keeping More Cash in Your Pocket: After Christmas Sales

Have you noticed how much Christmas lights, ornaments, trees, gift wrap, Christmas cards, and decor cost? It’s ridiculous. If you wait until last minute to buy those items, you will have no choice but to pay the high costs or go without them altogether. Fortunately, there is a wonderful way to get what you need for 50-80% off. You guessed it! After Christmas sales. Major stores like Hobby Lobby, Walmart, and Dollar General slash their prices drastically to clear out 2014 inventory. It is a great time to stock up (if you have budgeted to do so) on every thing you … Read more…

8 Tips to Stay on Budget This Christmas

Christmas cheer can disappear when your post-Christmas shopping credit card bill appears. It is no secret that Christmas is expensive, mostly because of the the presents we buy. But it doesn’t have to break the bank and set you back financially! Here are eight tips to help you stay on budget this Christmas: 1. Actually Make a Christmas Budget I know this tip is rather obvious. Nonetheless, many people fail to actually make a budget, which leads to more spontaneous spending, credit card bills, and a not-so-happy-January when you must pay it all off. I recommend next year deciding how … Read more…