Top 10 Thrifty Wins: December

December is usually a spendy month due to holiday celebrations, travel, gift giving, and being more social, which usually includes eating out. This year we added extra rent, utilities and moving to our expenses due to Rick and me living in separate cities for the month. Things turned out pretty well. We had wonderful Christmas […]

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Favorite Recipe Friday: Easy Enchilada Skillet

Here’s a great low carb substitute for chicken enchiladas. Ingredients 1 tsp. olive oil 2 c. cauliflower rice ½ c. diced green pepper 2 c. chicken, cooked and diced 2 Roma tomatoes, diced 1 4-oz. can of chilies 2 tsp. chili powder 1 tsp. cumin ½ tsp. garlic ½ tsp. oregano ½ c. black olives, […]

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Favorite Recipe Friday: Mediterranean Cabbage Steaks

I love this easy vegetarian Mediterranean recipe. The melty cheeses with pesto and the artichokes… so mouth-watering. Play around with the ingredients –Kalamata olives and mozzarella might be tasty, too! Ingredients 1 small head of cabbage, sliced into steaks 3 oz basil pesto ½ c. shredded Parmesan cheese 2 oz crumbed feta cheese Approximately 8 […]

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7 Tips for Healthy Holidays

Want to maintain weight, stay healthy, feel good, and enjoy the holidays? Follow these tips for your healthiest holiday season! 1. Get sleep and rest. Have some wind-down time each day. Read, take a bath, watch a light TV show, do some yoga, meditate. Stick with a regular sleep schedule. 2. Stay active. Go to […]

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Favorite Recipe Friday: Creamy Potato Kale Soup

This Whole30 friendly soup makes a creamy, filling meal. I did another round of Whole30 with a friend over the last few weeks (mine was Whole20 this time). It was fun to experience this diet at a different time of year with different kinds of foods. This soup really hit the spot. These are some […]

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Favorite Recipe Friday: Mozzarella Turkey Meatloaf

I’ve been meaning to share this recipe for awhile, but we always eat it up before I remember to take a picture of it! It’s so delicious and filling. A side of roasted vegetables pairs nicely with this cheesy loaf. Ingredients 1 lb ground turkey 1 c. bread crumbs 2 tsp. Italian seasoning 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce 4 oz. mozzarella sliced […]

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Top 10 Thrifty Wins: November

One thing I love about these monthly Top 10 Thrifty Wins posts is that it forces me to find SOME kind of financial positives when looking back at the month. All wins count, no matter how seemingly small they might be. Reflecting on the past month’s finances motivates me to keep going and do even […]

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Favorite Recipe Friday: Easy Roasted Vegetables

Roasting vegetables will change your life! I tossed some of my favorite veggies together with some spices and oil and popped them in the oven. Magic happened, and in 40 minutes I had crispy-tender, decadent morsels of nutrition. Ingredients: 1 sweet potato, peeled and cut into small cubes 1 c. mushrooms, sliced 2 carrots, peeled […]

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11 Frugal Habits That Save Us Thousands

Rick and I have learned so much over the past 8ish months since beginning our quest for financial freedom. (We’ve paid $44,000 in student loans since April!) I thought I’d share some of the habits we’ve developed since beginning our journey that have helped us to save thousands. 1. Eating in. We didn’t eat out […]

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Favorite Recipe Friday: Cranberry Balsamic Chicken

Do you have some leftover cranberries from your Thanksgiving dinner? Use them up in this sweet and tangy chicken recipe. This chicken is great in a sandwich, in a salad, or alongside some roasted fall veggies. Ingredients: 2.5 lbs chicken breasts 1/2 c. fresh cranberries 1 Tbsp. dried Italian herbs For the Marinade: 1/3 c. […]

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