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The Incredible Inedible Egg

It was a bright and cheery morning, the kids were playing happily while Chris made the usual Sunday morning pancakes. As I came downstairs, I felt a little uneasy, unsure if I wanted to test any allergen foods since I had finally been feeling so good.

It was egg day.

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What I’ve Been Eating on the 8Safe Elimination Diet

It’s been 3 weeks into the 8Safe Elimination Diet and it has not been easy.

I don’t believe in strict dieting, and this reminds me why I ascribe to “everything in moderation” as my motto. An elimination diet is no small feat, it’s harder than any diet I’ve ever heard about… I believe in small changes, not swift changes if you’re trying to get healthier or lose weight. I went into this diet knowing it was a true diet, not to lose weight, but a short term approach to get some answers. Boy, answers I am finding… Continue reading…

The Frugal Momster Looks Back at Our 2016 Expenses

I’ve already started working on our taxes for 2016. I know, I know, I’m am over-achiever.

Usually, I have our taxes completed by mid-February, because I like to know as early as possible how much we’ll owe in April or if we’ll be getting a small amount back sooner.

My goal each year is to break-even or as close to as possible, though we have always owed additional to the state. We’ll know in a few weeks how successful we were for 2016.

Why break-even?

Well, I don’t like to loan money to the federal government. Instead, I like to keep that money in my pocket all year and use it how we decide.

If you are getting back a big refund each year, they are using your money for an entire year before you get it back – for free. I’d rather keep that money to save, pay off debt, or invest. If you like getting a big refund here are some good uses for it. Continue reading…