What would be the best place to start as far getting a handle on budgeting? To me it seems to be one of those things that is so overwhelming I don't know where to start.
If you are looking for help planning a complete family budget than there is no better book that I can recommend than Larry Burketts The Financial Planning Workbook. It's an easy to use, in depth guide on how to set up a budget and includes all kinds of worksheets and advice to work it all out. If you look in my left sidebar I've got a link to Amazon where you can get these for a discount. If you are asking specifically about where to get started concerning just your grocery budget you can check out my section on "Just How Do I Do This" in the right sidebar and that should give you a good start.
I was also wondering about the homemade laundry detergent. Is it easy to make, and is it safe for use on baby clothes? I'm expecting my second baby and want to make sure anything I use is safe for the kids. My husband looked at me like I had lost my mind when I mentioned making laundry detergent.
The laundry detergent is VERY easy to make. It probably takes me 15 minutes to make a double batch. It is very safe and works well on people with sensitive skin. All the ingredients are non-toxic except for the Borax which is a still a natural occurring compound but the amount in each recipe is minimal.
Do you have any frugal secrets for your homeschool?
THERE IS NO NEED TO BUY BOXED CURRICULUM SETS! Gosh I wish I would have understood that in the early years. I spent hundreds of dollars on stale boring curriculum that we hated. I pull from several different resources for my curriculum and my most frugal sources are e-bay, Rainbow Resource (offers a huge selection at discount) and good ole Paperback Swap for our reading material. (if you decided to sign up please use my e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org as your referral. )
Have you ever done a post on whether or not you CVS?
I don't CVS or use coupons. I'm not opposed to either and maybe at some point I'll find the time to invest in this. A lot of you out there are getting some amazing deals. But I've noticed several things. One is that I'm not willing to buy 5 car air fresheners just to get a good deal on toilet paper. I don't need car air fresheners so this really isn't a deal for me. Plus if I were to crunch the numbers I could just buy the TP at one of the liquidators at a cheaper price and not have to pay for the other items that I don't really want. And Second, most coupons out there are for brand name items or convenience foods that I don't normally buy. I can get the same things for good prices if I just buy generic or again, hit the grocery liquidators. When they start making coupons for flour, sugar, eggs, milk, or the basics I'll be all over it. And I sure wouldn't pass up a coupon if I knew I could get it cheaper than my regular shopping. But right now I'm not willing to invest the time to learn the system and track down all the sale ads and double coupons and e-coupons. Maybe someday.
Don't forget that Friday is our big recipe swap. I'll be posting Mr. Linky again if you all want to join in.