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About Kimberly Studdard

Kim is a Texan native who has lived in Kansas City, MO with her husband and daughter for almost five years. She spends her days as a virtual assistant, blogger at The Entrepremomer and mother. Juggling entrepreneurship and motherhood isn’t always easy, but she’d take that over a desk job any day.

meal planning easierWith many people on the go and leading busy lives, meal planning has gained popularity. It can help you save money, eat healthier, and save time.

But what happens if meal planning seems more like a hassle? Here are a few tips and tricks to make meal planning easier and more effective.

Save Recipes

If you have recipes that you could eat all of the time, save them on your phone, computer, or even on sites like Pinterest. That way, if you are feeling uninspired while meal planning, you can take a quick peek at your list.

If you want to stay super organized and make meal planning easier, you can organize your recipes by type (breakfast, lunch, dinner, etc.). Try to keep these meals simple and easy prep.

If you are saving your recipes via places like Evernote or your phone, remember to link the recipe or jot down the ingredients needed, especially if the recipe has more than five ingredients. This will keep you from searching for the recipe every time you want to use it.

Make Meal Planning Easier With Themes

To keep yourself from staring at your calendar every time you have to plan your meals, create a weekly theme.

For example, you could make soup on Mondays, pasta on Tuesdays, and so on. Not only will this make your meal planning easier, but it will also keep you from getting bored by eating the same meals over and over. ...continue reading

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make money spring cleaningAfter a cold and long winter, you may want to deep clean and declutter your home to prepare for the new season. While many people use this time to donate or trash items they no longer need, you could make money spring cleaning your home. 

Make Money Spring Cleaning With Garage Sale

Some people may hold garage sales in summer and fall, but why not have one in the spring? While you’re cleaning out your home, make a pile specifically for items that you can put in your garage sale. 

Of course, you may have to play around with dates, since springs are known for being unpredictable with the weather. However, you’ll get a head start on the competition. You would also appeal to those who are looking to replace their old items after spring cleaning! Garage sales are a great way to make money spring cleaning, and you'll be able to clear out more all at once. 

Trade in Your Electronics

With so many electronics coming out every single year, you are bound to have a few that you could part with. If you are looking to buy a new phone, tablet, or computer, you could earn make money spring cleaning, and say goodbye to your old electronics. 

Many cell service companies offer the option to trade in your phone for a new one. But, you may have better luck sending them into a company that specializes in small gadget trades.   ...continue reading

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frugal spring breakEvery year, spring breakers and their families make plans to take a week-long vacation. Traveling costs can be a pain for many families, especially when you consider flights, hotel stays, and entertainment fees. So how do you plan a frugal spring break for the entire family?

Have A Staycation for a Frugal Spring Break

One of the easiest ways to have a frugal spring break is to stay at home! It doesn’t have to be boring, but having a staycation can provide fun for the whole family while saving money.

The best way to have a staycation is to plan a few activities throughout the week. You could check out things to do in your city, and your family could vote for their favorites. To keep things interesting, try new restaurants and family friendly activities that you’ve never done before.

If you really want to take things to the next level, you could try camping in your backyard or even booking an inexpensive hotel for a night or two. If you get a hotel, make sure there is free breakfast involved to save money!

Take The Cheapest Transportation

If you want to travel out of your city for your frugal spring break, try to choose the best transportation for where you want to go. A good rule of thumb to use is that anywhere that can be driven to within the day should be. Why take a plane when you can drive there in under eight hours?

Add up your expenses for each mode of transportation and choose what works best for your family. This would include car rental fees, gas, bag check-in costs, or whatever else is required. Once you have your rough estimates, you can choose what makes the most sense for your family. ...continue reading