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Medical Insurance, Stewardship, & Looking at the Bigger Picture

Posted by Hallee on Nov 2, 2011 in Budgeting, Christian Faith, Life, Stewardship

Recently, Gregg handed me the task of filtering through all of the healthcare options we have.

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Homemade Powdered Dishwasher Detergent

Posted by Hallee on Aug 18, 2011 in Housekeeping, Stewardship

I’ve needed to go to the commissary for several weeks now, but have put it off or things have gotten in the way or I’ve just not had time. And there I sat, three days before a planned trip to the commissary, but out of dishwasher detergent.

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A Frugal Blueberry Moment

Posted by Hallee on Jul 21, 2011 in Hallee's Galley, Preserving, Recipes, Stewardship

While I was doing a regular shopping excursion to Whole Foods, I went to the bulk food aisle to get what I needed to make homemade granola bars. The price of the blueberries gave me pause. $13.99 per pound. Wow. That seemed extreme. Then I remembered that I had that unused dehydrator sitting on the shelf.

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Easy Homemade Bathroom Cleaner

Posted by Hallee on Jul 6, 2011 in Housekeeping, Stewardship

I found a really complicated recipe – three different kinds of essential oils, a soap, some household products. Seemed like a science experiment. The next place I looked, I saw one that had two simple ingredients. I thought I’d try that one first, for the ease of the simplicity. I figured if I didn’t like it, I could start getting more complicated.

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Homemade Fabric Softener

Posted by Hallee on Jun 15, 2011 in Housekeeping, Stewardship

I’m telling you, this was so easy that I cannot understand why I didn’t do this before.

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Ronnie Wilson’s Gift

Posted by Hallee on Mar 5, 2011 in Christian Faith, homeschooling, Parenting, Stewardship

Halfway through, I could hardly speak because tears were clogging my throat. My 2-year-old looked up at me and said, “What’s wrong, Mommy?”

I could only say, “Nothing. I just love Jesus so much.”

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Budgeting Spreadsheet

Posted by Hallee on Jan 3, 2011 in Budgeting, Housekeeping, Life, Stewardship

One of the first things I did was create a budget. I created a Microsoft Excel Worksheet and listed anything on which I would likely spend money: food, sundries, dining out, gasoline, etc. Once I did that, I figured what I might spend in a month’s time and set a budget. Once I had the monthly budget, I multiplied each number by 12 and came up with the annual budget. So, I created a worksheet within this spreadsheet that had the annual budget numbers. I work with an annual number, because, for instance, my birthday gift budget is $50 per month. However, there are months that I don’t spend $50, and there are months that I do spend $150 — but what I want to look at is the annual expenditures and budgets.

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A Lesson from Love

Posted by Hallee on Dec 18, 2010 in Christian Faith, inspiration, Stewardship

Seeds of Faith Team MemberWednesday morning, I was feeling really sorry for myself. Wednesday is my day to volunteer and cook at the soup kitchen, which normally is so fulfilling to me, but that day was the day before Gregg’s birthday and I was dwelling on it. That afternoon, a young wife and mother came into the dining room to eat.

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Christmas Craft: Easy Wreath

Posted by Hallee on Dec 14, 2010 in Gift Ideas, Housekeeping, Life, Stewardship

For less than half of what I would have paid for a wreath already put together, I spent less than 10 minutes making my own:

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Tip: Saving Money On Yeast

Posted by Hallee on Oct 26, 2010 in Hallee's Galley, kitchen & cooking tips, Stewardship

I make all of my bread homemade. About a month into making this commitment, it occurred to me that yeast, the way I was purchasing it, isn’t cheap. On sale, it seems like I could find the three-envelops of yeast for about $1.10. One loaf of bread, one batch of buns, one patch of pita bread, two pizza doughs — all of those take one envelope of yeast.I make all of my bread homemade. About a month into making this commitment, it occurred to me that yeast, the way I was purchasing it, isn’t cheap. On sale, it seems like I could find the three-envelops of yeast for about $1.10. One loaf of bread, one batch of buns, one patch of pita bread, two pizza doughs — all of those take one envelope of yeast.

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