3 Ways to Simplify the Holiday Season | Guest Post by Crystal Paine

December 11th, 2012

Shopping for presents, baking Christmas goodies, celebrating Christmas Litfuse-style—it may be the most wonderful time of the year, but it’s also one of the busiest. We’ve invited Crystal Paine of Money Saving Mom to give us a few tip to simplify our Christmas plans.

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December can be a busy, frantic season full of last-minute shopping, parties, baking, gift-wrapping, recitals, and get-togethers. While these things can all be memorable and special, it’s important that we not lose sight of what’s most important at Christmastime: celebrating the birth of our Savior and savoring the moments and memories.

Here are three ways to help you streamline your life and responsibilities so you can enjoy Christmas more this year:

1. Pare Down Your Gift-Giving

Evaluate your gift list: Do you really need to give a gift to your uncle’s neighbor’s dog? I’m pretty sure Fido… read more »

Seven Ways to Save on Your Thanksgiving Feast

November 20th, 2012

Planning and preparing a delicious spread of turkey, gravy, and all the fixings doesn’t have to break the bank. Here are seven tips to help you keep more cash in your wallet this Thanksgiving season:

1. Split up the Cooking Responsibilities

Divvy up the Thanksgiving meal responsibilities so no one has to purchase and make all the food themselves. Not only does it make a lot less work, but it can also provide more variety in your menu, too.

2. Use What You Have on Hand

Look in your cupboards, refrigerator, and freezer to see what you already have on hand that might make the beginnings of a Thanksgiving dish. Type the ingredients you find into your pantry the ingredient search feature on www.AllRecipes.com, and it will generate a list of recipe ideas for you based upon what ingredients you have.

3. Simplify Your Menu

Do you really need fifteen different dishes… read more »

Stock Your Freezer with Delicious Food in Just an Hour Each Week | Guest Post by Crystal Paine

October 31st, 2012

Tomorrow is November 1. It’s hard to believe the holiday season is almost upon us. And we all know what that means—our lives become infinitely busier as we try to juggle work, family, guests, parties, and dinners. Crystal Paine (AKA Money Saving Mom) offers some help for simplifying your life in the kitchen throughout the upcoming weeks. (Oh, and make sure you take a look at her newly released ebook, 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life!)

I don’t know about you, but there are some days at our home when life whizzes by so quickly. All of a sudden, it’s 5:00 PM, and dinner isn’t even a figment of my imagination. For most people, the fallback is takeout or grabbing something at the grocery store at the last minute.

But this is stressful and expensive, not to mention unhealthy. There must be… read more »

Weekly Client Roundup

October 25th, 2012

Hi, everyone! This is Chick of All Trades Caitlin, and here is your weekly client roundup:

Have teens? A week from today is Nicole O’Dell’s Hot Buttons (Dating, Internet, Sex, Drugs) Live Facebook Video Chat! RSVP here, and make sure you clear your schedule for that night because Nicole will be giving away copies of her books and a Visa cash card!

It’s not too late to enter to win an iPad from Joanna Weaver or an Amish Kindle gift pack from Tricia Goyer!

Money Saving Mom blogger Crystal Paine is hosting a 150+ item giveaway to celebrate the release of her new eBook, 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life!

Plus: Anita’s Contest!

Author Anita Higman invites readers to kick off the season with a spirited holiday tale! Anita is spreading the Christmas cheer by giving away fifteen copies… read more »

Winners from tonight’s LIVE WEBCAST with The Money Saving Mom Crystal Paine!

April 6th, 2012

Wow! What a night. Thank you all so much for coming to Crystal’s live webcast.

Here is a list of everyone who won:

Congratulations to Maria you have won a copy of The Money Saving Mom’s Budget Audiobook

Congratulations to Trisha M you have won a copy of The Money Saving Mom’s Budget Audiobook

Congratulations to Debbie C you have won a copy of The Money Saving Mom’s Budget Audiobook

Congratulations to Miriam G. you have won a copy of The Money Saving Mom’s Budget Audiobook

Congratulations to Hannah W. you have won a copy of The Money Saving Mom’s Budget Audiobook

Congratulations to ACMommy3 you have won a copy of Tricia Goyer’s From Dust to Ashes

Congratulations to Katie N you have won a copy of Tricia Goyer’s From Dust to Ashes

Congratulations to Barb you have won a copy of Tricia Goyer’s From Dust to Ashes

Congratulations to Chasity Brannon you have won a copy of Tricia Goyer’s From Dust to Ashes

Congratulations to Kari B. you have… read more »