My family loves a quick breakfast because we are usually on-the-go.  I love breakfast sandwiches but they are expensive and you don’t know what goes into them.  I have the solution!  Make your own.  I found a tasty buttermilk biscuit recipe in The American Girls Cookbook (Addy’s version). Those cookbooks are awesome.  The recipes are easy and you learn something!  My kids love helping and we rent the books from the library!   It was easy and cheap to make 12 buttermilk biscuits.  Then you can just make add some eggs, cheese, whatever you want.  You’ll have hearty breakfast sandwiches that are both good for your tummy and your wallet.

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When I was pregnant with my daughter, my husband and I ate take-out probably 4 times a week.  I was tired and nauseated all the time.  I really couldn’t  have cared less about what I made for dinner.  This was one of my biggest mistakes and a complete money-waster.  The first thing I did when we started saving more money was create a meal planning chart.  It saved me time since I wasn’t pressed to figure out a meal that day and still wonder if I actually had time to make it.  It saved money since I used the stuff I already bought and it saved our waistlines since I was trying out new recipes that focused on healthy foods.

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It’s hard to believe but I wasn’t always this cheap (ahem, frugal).  I used to frivolously spend money on things that I didn’t need and/or couldn’t really afford.  I had just given birth to our first child when my husband and I decided to really buckle down and start being adults about money.  That’s when we also decided that I would quit my full time job of five years and become a stay at home mom.  We knew we would have to kiss our old lifestyle goodbye in order to pay off debt, buy a house and start a savings plan.  We knew HOW to do it, we just had to take the first step on this new journey.

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Pack your bags and meet me at The Valley Forge Casino Resort!  They are hosting The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Travel and Culinary Expo on February 21st and 22nd.  I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am about this event.  Not to mention that I have been given special promo codes to save my readers money on ticket prices!

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I’ve had back problems pretty much since they started screening for scoliosis in my middle school.  I was one of the ‘lucky ones’ that had to go see an orthopedic doctor because something ‘didn’t look right.’  Anyhoo, I have had exercises, home remedies,, physical therapy,  you name it, I’ve tried it.  I was even fitted for a back brace by my doctor.  However, I was told that I couldn’t wear it all the time and it would make me look 15 pounds heavier.  Oh, and I wouldn’t be able to bend easily in it.  No big deal though, right?

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