Generation Cedar

How to LIVE (and Leave) a LEGACY in Your Home

How to LIVE (and Leave) a LEGACY in Your Home

  How to LIVE and Leave a LEGACY in Your Home Three years ago, two of my best friends and I planned an overnight getaway where we just brainstormed about life with each other. One of our epiphanies was this: We want to leave a real, meaningful legacy behind, and we want to help other […]

Stretching Your Money in the Kitchen: Creative Ways to Use Left Overs

I love scrimping. Well, not scrimping, but seeing how far I can stretch a dollar. Even though Americans are known as the most wasteful of the world, I like to think we homemakers can redeem that stereotype with a little creativity. Saving money in the kitchen is one of the best places to start.  You can reduce […]

Money-Saving Wedding Ideas: Invitations for Less

With the upcoming marriage of our daughter, there were so many options for invitations it made my head spin. I found several I loved on Etsy at reasonable prices, but when you’re really trying to save every dollar, and you’ve got a large guest list, making them yourself is the way to go. And with […]

Super-Easy, Cheap & (sort of) Healthy Meals. You’re Welcome.

As a mom of many, one of my challenges is finding meals that take less time and money. We have tried several that we LOVE and I wanted to share them with you. Brace yourself: this may be the easiest recipe in the history of EVER. And get this: it fed us twice and it cost […]

Homeschooling: Cheap and Easy Way to Teach Kids to Read

Cheap and Easy Way to Teach Kids to Read

I’ve never used a formal Phonics curriculum with any of my children and 7 of my 10 children read well or are well on their way. I say that for only one reason: educating children doesn’t take much money or a teaching degree. The way I  have taught all my children to read is to […]

My Favorite, SUPER Cheap Christmas Gift Ideas

My all-time favorite gift to give that is both extremely inexpensive as well as useful and personal is personalized stationary made on your computer. I bought a 50-pack of blank note cards using a 40% coupon at the price of $4.49. I made 7 sets out them bringing each gift to a price of $.64. […]

Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas (Ways We Saved One Year When We Were Broke)

And when I say “broke”, I mean looking-under-cushions-for-change-to-buy-gas broke. Stockings. I bought an old, torn quilt at our local thrift store for $5 and made 6 or 7 vintage-style, adorable stockings. At the time I didn’t even have a sewing machine and sewed them by hand. It’s funny to realize how desperate I must have […]

7 DIY Ideas to Save Money

Whether you really need to trim your budget, or you want to be a good steward of your finances, or you want to save your money for more meaningful purchases, a little creativity and time can go a long way! The magic of money is that a little adds up to a lot. A few […]

Home: Understanding Family Economy (Part 4)

I’ve written extensively here about the economic advantages of a woman who well-manages her home. I’ve discussed the hidden costs of working outside the home, earning money from home, family economy, cutting the grocery budget, paying off debt, and a bit about our own personal journey of my leaving work to come home. One of my first […]