Project Downsize: Is a big house better?

We’re not quite going this far, but we’re moving in that direction…

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We don’t need a 3,000+ ft2 house.

I’ll explain.

When we moved here nearly two years ago, my mom was with me. Joseph was at training in another state. She & I looked at houses.

I was coming off a six month stint of living with our four kids in my parent’s basement. To say I was thrilled to have a bigger space to live in, would be an understatement.

Mine & Joseph’s criteria for a home was this: close to base (15 minutes or less), had a community pool, safe neighborhood, & was under our BAH (for non-military folks, that is the housing stipend we get each month). That was pretty much it. I thought it would be great if we could save a few hundred a month (the difference...

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5 ways we slashed our grocery budget under $500/month

Original Image Source: Karen Daziel via flickr


Groceries have been my absolute last stand (next to our date money, which you know, I treat as holy sacred ground). I refuse to feed my family cheap, processed food. I also feel strongly about making sure they get a good dose of fresh fruits & veggies each day.

So, as each new month rolls around, I would tell myself, I need this (fair-trade organic chocolate), I need this (sparkling flavored water), I need this (PB2 powder–which I really do need, promise!), my kids need to choose from at least a dozen fruits to choose from each day. My peanut butter needs to be organic. I have to only use liquid gold¬†¬†pure maple syrup to sweeten our foods. You get the idea. Soon, our plant-based “frugal” diet is peppered with all...

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Garlic Herb Vegetable Sweet Potato Soup

But summer is finally winding down & I’m beginning to like this place again. We’re still swimming (swimming in October, I know, so cool right?), but we’ve had cooler, gently & breezy autumn-ish days. We’ve even had some overcast, rainy days.

Which means one thing, at least in the kitchen–soup!

I wonder why more people don’t eat more soup (& not the canned kind).

I know soup is kinda like porridge. Not sexy or flashy. But it’s easy, & really, so hard to mess up. And, perhaps more important, can feed a lot of people for just a few dollars.

I made this soup yesterday–mostly wanting to use up vegetables before they go bad (in our efforts to reduce food waste & push down the grocery budget even further–which is totally working).

There are so many...

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