Until debt do you part…monthly budgeting tips

Everyone can do with monthly budgeting tips? Am I right? Please tell me I’m not the only one who feels like the lyrics to Robert Palmer’s Simply Irresistible; “There’s no telling where the money went” 

You know how everyone has that friend who can stretch a buck? like how did you get two shopping bags for the money I used to get half a bag? That friend?… Well mine is Venean of In The Meantime blog.  Yes I have friends despite being a sucky friend. 

TodayVenean shares some money saving tips with us… and she really has some good ones

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Party in a box…DIY party for the DIY impaired

I got a Monkey Magic party in a box for my Aidan’s party and although it is a little like going against the glitter and glue in my veins to not DIY everything myself, it just felt like the best option.

Even with my love of all thing DIY,  the lack of time  has gotten the better of me lately, I just don’t have the time to do ANYTHING. Guys, I have been brushing my teeth in the shower to shave 5min off my morning routine. So when I found out about Tanya Bekker from Monkey Magic Functions’ Party in a Box option I jumped at the chance to work with her for Aidan’s party. Because this way I could still be hands on with regards to theme and where I want everything BUT I don’t have to physically cut and paste everything myself. I’m still making things like crayon thank you gifts though.

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The right way to make coffee and a Mastertons suprise

Can you make coffee? Apparently there is a right way to do it and I didn’t know it till last month!!!

How have I lived  32 years (shameless referral to my birthday yesterday) and not know the right way to make coffee? Because no one showed me that’s how. Yes I can make coffee with instant granules and I can use the capsule coffee maker. The coffee I’ve been messing up is the filter kind.

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Tips for cooking ahead

I am by no means an expert, BUT I can say that cooking ahead is really working for our family.

Leaving home at 6am and getting back at 6pm means very little time with Aidan, little time as a family – if I’m honest  (the need to just get things ready can also make us kinda snappy, all of us) So cooking ahead means we can go for a walk together or hang out in what would usually be our cooking time.

Then we pop a meal in the oven/microwave and we have home cooked meals without the fuss (well there is fuss, every second Sunday there is a lot of fuss.) But I’m loving it and wanted to share tips with anyone considering this…

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