Makeshift Dollhouse

Makeshift Dollhouse

This is a fun project I made back in December as a surprise for Arabella’s birthday.  We got this box from my sister and brother-in-law for Christmas the year before, and I gave it to Arabella to play with as a house. It got kind of boring, so I put it away for a while […]

Freezing Leftover Ingredients – Liquids

Freezing Leftover Ingredients – Liquids

Here’s another tip for not wasting ingredients you only use once in a recipe.  I made a Green Smoothie a couple of weeks ago that used 1-2 tablespoons of coconut milk.  I’m sure people were asking, “What do I do with the rest of the can?  This stuff is not free!” I poured the rest […]

Upcycled Storage Containers

Upcycled Storage Containers

This is a project that I have been wanting to do for a while now.  I had been saving coffee canisters for several months.  Some I have stored things in and put away.  Then John asked if I wanted this chip container for anything.  I decided now was the time. I found this craft paper […]

Saving Money by Using Everything You Buy

Saving Money by Using Everything You Buy

I know this might sound obvious, but you will save a lot of money with some careful meal planning and using everything you buy from the grocery store.  When I plan a meal, I plan for the leftovers to be another meal.  Sometimes it’s lunch the next day and sometimes it’s another dinner.  To keep […]

Buying in Bulk – Pepperoni

Buying in Bulk – Pepperoni

I’ve had my eye on a huge stick of pepperoni at BJ’s for a while with the thought that I could freeze it and use for a lot of different recipes.  It’s so much cheaper than buying those little packs of pre-sliced stuff.  We are planning on making calzones soon, so I thought it would […]

Living Frugal as a Lifestyle – Part 2

Living Frugal as a Lifestyle – Part 2

In my last musing on living frugal, I mostly gave you the heart behind what I do at The Makeshift Nest.  This time, I am going to give you more detailed information about where I learned how to trim my budget.  I am not getting paid to promote these sites or services in any way. […]

Living Frugal as a Lifestyle (part 1)

Living Frugal as a Lifestyle (part 1)

As I write this, I’m realizing that frugality comes naturally to me. I’m naturally a saver. I once found sixty dollars in cash in an old birthday card while cleaning out a drawer of my room. I am pretty sure it had been there for years. I say all of this because it doesn’t come […]

How I Cook to Fit Our Budget – Part 2 – Build a Meal

How I Cook to Fit Our Budget – Part 2 – Build a Meal

What I mean by “build a meal” is cooking and preparing things ahead of time that will help you to build a meal later.  In my last post on “How I Cook to Fit Our Budget – The Basics,” I discussed how I meal plan and make things from scratch.  I’m going to break it […]

How I Cook to Fit Our Budget – The Basics

How I Cook to Fit Our Budget – The Basics

  One of the reasons for starting this blog is to have a record of the recipes I make. I (like my mom) am famous for making a recipe, changing it up a little and not writing it down. That delicious meal is then lost forever, and can never be shared or cooked again. I […]

Couponing for a Beginner

Couponing for a Beginner

I think I just made up the word “couponing.” My spell checker didn’t approve. I’m pretty sure with the popularity of the activity, it will become a real word that even spell checkers will accept soon. After some planning this week, I have scored some great deals. It isn’t necessary to shop at several different […]