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Welcome to The Broke Mom’s Guide to Everything! I’m a busy working mom who lives on a shoe string in order to pay off massive debts and still have money for the finer things in life.  Here are some tips and tricks I use to save; from penny pinching, to DIY projects that not only help me to save, but help me live more naturally.  Stay awhile and check back often!

Day Trip: Mystic, CT

By: Elissha Park, April 16th, 2014

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We were so glad to finally have a beautiful spring weekend to actually get out and have a bit of an excursion with our 22 month old.  We’ve been to Mystic before, once we had lunch at Read more…

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Dye Your Own Easter Eggs!

By: Elissha Park, April 13, 2014

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So, my son is 22 months old and I knew he would only be mildly interested in dying eggs.  However, dying eggs is an Easter/spring tradition for kids all over the world so Read more…

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How to Dry Your Own Herbs

By Elissha Park, April 11th, 2014

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I ran out of chives a few weeks back.  It wasn’t too big a deal, I had the container I ran out of for years.  I do use them sometimes, so I went to get some at a Stop and Shop.  When I saw the price tag ($7.99)  Read more…

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Reusing in the Kitchen

by Elissha Park, April 9th, 2014
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Courtesy of amenic181/Freedigitalphotos.net

I try my darnedest to reuse things in the kitchen.  Throw away food containers drive up the cost of products and can still be used and why buy a plastic bag to use for a few hours and then throw it away? Read more…

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How to Save for Your Dream Vacation

By Elissha Park, April 7th, 2014
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Courtesy Freedigitialphotos.net/artur84

Saving for a dream vacation with an average or below average salary is definitely not an easy thing.  We made it happen, and with about a month until our trip to Ireland I can assure you that it is doable. Read more…

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How to Utilize Your Local Library

By Elissha Park, April 2th, 2014
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Courtesy of freedigitialphotos.net/Surachai

Libraries aren’t just for books anymore.  I library hop on the weekends, especially during the winter for the great indoor play-spaces they have for my son. I use it for e-books and I checked out books about Read more…

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Dolphy Computer Games Review and Giveaway!!!!

By: Elissha Park, April 1st, 2014

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I received the Children’s Game package which is a little hard for my toddler, but it’s a great challenge and something he will be able to grow into.  They also have an easier Toddler Games package.  As a teacher Read more…

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Homemade Dish Soap

By: Elissha Park, March 31st, 2014

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Here is another recipe utilizing my favorite, castile soap.  It’s gentle and olive-oil based and a $10 bottle with last you months and months and through multiple DIY cleaning projects. Read more…

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VivoPrint Review and Giftcard Giveaway!!!

By: Elissha Park, March, 28th, 2014

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The Broke Mom and VivoPrint have teamed up to give one lucky winner a $50 gift card for awesome personalization on everything from phone cases and laptop sleeves to mugs and puzzles. Check out their products and enter to win here.

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Corn Muffins

By: Elissha Park, March 26th, 2014

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These are a quick and easy addition to a southwest-style dinner or a breakfast treat.  My son can’t get enough cornbread-type stuff we make these really frequently. They turn out great! Read more…

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Homemade Body Balm

By: Elissha Park, March 24th, 2014

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This is a great, nourishing balm that will keep your skin mositurized and healthy.  It took a couple of tries to get the measurements right, but this concoction turned out really creamy for me. Read more…

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Liquid Body Wash

By Elissha Park, March 21st, 2014

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I love this easy body wash.  The vitamin E makes my skin healthier and I adore the smell of lavender. It’s more watery than the usual store-bought soaps, but still makes a great lather Read more…

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Super Soft Oatmeal Cookies

By: Elissha Park, March 19th, 2014

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I recently made these for my class and I made them without eggs for a student with an allergy.  They came out perfectly using applesauce instead of eggs. That bit of apple turned out to be just  Read more…

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Financial Mistakes to Avoid

By: Elissha Park, March 17th, 2014
Courtesy of freedigitialphotos.net/StuartMiles

Courtesy of freedigitialphotos.net/StuartMiles

Ahhh, mistakes; I’ve made so many.  I’ve turned things around though and am on the straight and narrow when it comes to my finances.  Here are a few financial mistakes you can avoid, Read more…

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Garam Masala

By: Elissha Park, March 14th, 2014

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I was making my Daal the other night and realized I didn’t have any more Garam Masala, so I made some.  This was great since it saved Read more…

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How to Save Time in the Kitchen

By: Elissha Park, March 12th, 2014
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Courtesy of amenic181/Freedigitalphotos.net

I am not any kind of super-mom. Although I like to cook and try to make as many home-cooked meals as I can; I will definitely admit we make boxed Mac N’ Cheese once a week.  We are pretty good about having healthy food for dinner Read more…

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Chicken and Dumplings

by: Elissha Park, March 10, 2014

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This is a little labor-heavy as far as kitchen work, but so worth it.  Not to say it’s difficult to make, just a lot of different steps. I’ve worked with several different chicken and dumpling recipes Read more…

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DIY Petroleum Jelly

By: Elissha Park, March 7, 2014

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This is a super-simple recipe to make your own petroleum jelly.  I have stashes of this everywhere from my nightstand, to my bathroom, and my son’s changing table. Read more…

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Comments

  1. says

    Looks like some awesome recipes and crafts… I just came across your page, I cannot wait to try some of these out with my 2 boys!!!

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