Thrifty Mom's Two Cents

organize grocery list

Grocery shopping is a necessary chore that every family needs to do. But if you take the time to get yourself organized before you head out to the store, you'll save yourself time on this weekly errand and you'll save money too because you will only buy exactly what you need! In this post I am going to share with you my favorite tips on how to organize grocery shopping- as well as a free printable grocery list that you can download!

Tip #1: Use An Organized Shopping List

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digital photos

I am guessing that most of us feel lucky if we even manage to get all of our photos off of our phones and cameras and onto our computers. But once the photos are there, the process of reviewing them and then doing something with them is just too much!

But just think--if you had a system of storing and organizing photos, you would actually be able to find and enjoy the photos you have, find a particular photo if you are looking for it, and perhaps even turn some of your photos into ...

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How to Create An Evening Routine

One of the best ways to feel organized as a mom is to have in place a set of routines for the morning, afternoon, and evening. When you have these routines in place for yourself as well as for your family, it becomes so much easier to get the things done that you'd like to accomplish--prepare healthy meals, get ready quickly and easily so as to get out the door on time, keep an orderly home, get the kids to bed at a reasonable time with minimal fuss, etc.

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5 home repairs you can do yourself

I'll never forget my first month as a new homeowner ... in the span of just a few short weeks, I called a repairman out to fix my broken oven (turns out there was a reset button that I needed to push, following a power outage), my broken hot water heater (once again. turns out there was a reset button I needed to push after the power went out), and my broken air conditioner (this was truly broken -- ugh!). Newly married, new homeowner, and a busy career all collided to make me feel totally ...

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We all know that we should be setting aside money each month to save for our children's future college education--but how much money? And what type of college savings account is best for my family? And since money isn't exactly an unlimited resource, what should take priority in the family budget--retirement savings for the parents or college savings for the kids?

Let's dig into some of these questions about when should I start saving for my child's college education and get answers ...

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Shared Kids Bedrooms

Each one of my kids share a bedroom with a sibling, because with six kids, that's just what you do! Of course, there are pros to this arrangement--each of the "roommates" feels especially close to the other (talking late into the night in the dark will do that for a relationship!), and there are some cons--lack of privacy, sibling constantly touching "your stuff"-- but because we've put some effort into creating personalized spaces for each them in their shared bedrooms, sharing really ...

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Get Ready for Daycare

When I was a new mom, I had a delicious four months at home with my new baby, but I also had my old job waiting for me, which I attempted to keep humming along during my extra-generous maternity leave. I knew that at some point, I had to return to the office and dedicate myself more fully to my job, which meant that I needed to find the right childcare solution for our family. We found a wonderful daycare center not far from our home with skilled, warm, and loving ...

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5 Free or Frugal Ways to Make the Most of Your E-Reader

According to the Pew Research Center, in January 2014, 50% of Americans over the age of 16 have either a tablet or an eReader, which literally puts the world of books right at their fingertips. One of the best parts of having access to an eBook is the instant gratification factor: you hear about a good book, and, PRESTO! you can be downloading and reading that book less than a minute later! And while eBooks are quite often less expensive than their paper-printed counterparts, a person with a ...

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Does Your Bathroom Smell Like

As a Mom, is there any job that you hate more than cleaning the kids' bathroom? The dried blobs of toothpaste that are near-permanently glued to not only the sides and bottom of the sink, but also to the counter top, the fronts of the cabinets and sometimes even the floor? And please don't even get me started on the potty situation. I've got two words for you ... FOUR BOYS. Enough said. I truly believe that the public restrooms in Grand Central Station are cleaner than my kids' bathroom. And ...

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Free or Frugal Ideas for Summer Fun

With summer well underway, you might be looking for a few new ways to have fun as a family without breaking the bank. So today I am sharing 5 free or frugal ideas for summer fun!

Idea #1. Free Days at Science Centers and Museums

Science centers are fun as well as educational. They showcase all kinds of cool hands-on activities for the kids to try, which teach them about nature, physics, geology, states of matter, energy, and so much more. Many science centers even have great ...

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