Survival Tips for One-Income Households

Easy Way to Pickle! Why didn’t I think of this sooner!

I used to work for The Fireside in Fort Atkinson, WI a long time ago and they used to have pickled brussle sprouts that I just could not stop eating… shhhh  lol  I craved them for many years and looked for them periodically to see if they carried them.  I craved them so badly that I came up with this idea.  AND GUESS WHAT???   IT WORKED!!!!

Just before you are about to run out of pickles, go ahead and buy fresh organic Brussel Sprouts (they are the best!!!).  You can get them pretty cheap at the Farmer’s Market in the summer months!

Your pickle jar can be purchased at Walmart in the “Family sized” section.  Believe it or not, it is actually pretty close to the same price as the small jar, but you get an enormous size pickle jar… Plus, the jars are great (once you kill the pickle smell in them, lol) for reuse as a coin jar, storage jar, etc… possibilities are endless!

So, you eat your leftover pickles from the jar for lunch while you boil your brussel sprouts until they are soft (mine took about 10 min)…

When they are soft enough for a fork to slide through, they are done.  Strain them out and run cold water on top of them.

mmmmm, they look so good!  Half really could be eaten for dinner if you would like… They are great with just butter and sea salt on them.  I ate one and put the rest inside my pickle jar.


There is actually a pickle in it still… I couldn’t eat them all up that fast.  That’s ok, though!  It will all taste like pickles soon!  Just refrigerate and pop them in your mouth when ever you want!  If you are serving for a party, they actually taste even better the next day once it marinates a little more.

There you have it!  You could try all sorts of pickled items this way without having to be a chef!

Hope you like my tip for the day!




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FACEBOOK RUMMAGE… … Here is the one in the Antigo Area… if you are brave, start one in your area!  You will soon be very popular.

WEEKLY ADS… Walgreens, Walmart, Copps, Aldi’s, Family Dollar etc… Anywhere you shop often. This will save you a ton of money when you buy items on sale. Log on to their website and join the mailing list for weekly ads.

CASH BACK SITE that works…   I have gotten MANY checks since I joined.  No obligation, NO spam, just cash back for stopping through their site first.

COUPON CODES… Search for coupon codes after Ebates… Before you check out.


ALDI’S… Carpool with others to save more if you live far away like me.  Crazy savings here.  Way cheaper than Great Value items.

PLAN YOUR MEALS as far out as you can… DO IT!!!! It only takes about 15 minutes to plan a bunch of meals ahead of time. When you look at it this way, you can throw in meals that don’t cost as much or go a long way saving you even more money.   Here are some ideas of menu planners… From Once Upon a Chocolate Chip Pancake…  And Artsy-Fartsy Mama… Or you can just Google free menu planner templates and come up with some of your own.

MAKE YOUR OWN (WHENEVER POSSIBLE)…  Pantry Items, Restaurant Recipes, etc… has a great list of ways to make your own mixes.

START CANNING ITEMS… Use your leftover garden items and start canning them! is a great site to go to for canning recipes.

DUST OFF YOUR CROCK POT saves time and money.  Lots of recipes can be found on the internet.

-Cook at least 3 lbs meat at a time and freeze in 1 lb increments. Saves lots of time and energy when you thaw cooked meat to mix in your recipe.
-Make extra Waffles and pull out of freezer and pop into your toaster. Tastes just as good (but you know what is in it!)
-Cook a double batch any time you can and freeze a whole meal.


Look up for coupons you can add online and go to the store with your card to apply eliminating the coupons. Money saved will be applied to your account to redeem later for school or just to send you a check.

COUPONING – Stay organized with your coupons and only buy the items you need or use.  Start with a coupon site that will find all the deals for you and how much matching the weekly ads vs the coupons will save you.  Coupon Divas is a really great site with lots of video tutorials to help you figure out how to save even more.


Make an Excel Spreadsheet with all your bills listed weekly for the whole month.  This has saved me time and energy worrying about late bills. I have not had a late bill (that was my fault) in 3 years. That is crazy awesome. So this totally works. If you need help with Excel, I know my way around pretty well. Just ask me. I would be happy to help.

Ask me if you want cheaper CAR INSURANCE… I saved almost $500/year by switching. And I swore that I had the cheapest rates because I did my research like 10 years ago with this company. lol  Wow, I sound like a commercial.

Magic Jack – Long Distance Home Phone… $20 per YEAR, Yes, I said YEAR. Great to give that number for businesses.  No more harassing phone calls on your cell phone.

Straight Talk saves you a ton on your cell phone. I pay $30/month… I get 1000 minutes and 1000 texts and even some time to check my e-mails and facebook. I am still trying to figure that one out. To have unlimited access, it is $45/month. I pay $75 for 2 phones and it works great. No contracts. Just make sure that it works in your area. I don’t think mine works in Wausau, which I think is strange. But, it works in Rhinelander and all the way to Minnesota.

Pay off your car… Do not buy a new one. Save your money!!! When my car breaks down, I figure I am still saving money by not making payments.

CANCEL YOUR GYM MEMBERSHIP!!!!  Go for a run or buy a video to workout at home.  Unless this is YOUR time away from kids and a need to keep you sane.  lol has many workout videos on there as well for free.

ORDER NETFLIX 🙂  Instant Streaming is AWESOME!!!!  For just under $9/month, I have all the movies, series and t.v. shows, workout videos and documentaries I could want or need.


Sign up for It lists items for free… Don’t forget to put stuff on there too.

If looking for certain items that you don’t mind are used…

MAKE YOUR OWN PRODUCTS… Invite a friend over to make these and see how well these products work together if you are too scared to do it yourself. Find recipes on my blog and on my Pinterest page. WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR???? Laundry, Dish Detergent, Hand soap, Cleaning Supplies, Deodorant, etc…  I save so much money now, I am addicted… I never thought these items would work better than the store bought.

-shop at for crazy savings on herbal teas, vitamins, essential oils, etc… It is the cheapest I have seen even with sales and shipping is always under $5. Which isn’t too bad.

-Invest in a tart candle burner… When your store bought $10 candles get too low for you to reach in and light it, put it on the stove in a pot of water on low… When it melts, pour into ice cube trays (wet the tray first with water or spray with oil… let sit for a few hours and pop out of the trays. Store in an airtight container or plastic bag. Reuse the glass jar for organizing something else!


-Unplug the things that you are not using.

-Open the curtains on sunny days or close them in the summer

-Plastic your windows

-Throw a dry towel (or 2, if small load) into your dryer to shorten drying time

-Use White Vinegar as your Fabric Softener

-Use a thermostat that you can program. Wear an extra blanket and turn the thermostat down at night at least 10 degrees.

-Use other appliances instead of the stove. Example… Waffle Maker to make Hash Browns… It takes more energy to heat the stove.

-Reuse your recyclables. Oatmeal containers are great for organizing stuff. Watch my Pinterest page

-Cut your kids hair. I have even cut my own hair. Get detailed instructions on

-Make your own coffee. Splurge only 2 times a year at Starbucks or equal quality coffee shop.

-Talk to me if you are interested in skincare. I sell cheap skincare and know ways to get it even cheaper. Not to mention have samples to try.

-Switch to energy saver light bulbs.

I will continue to post when I can think of any more things.  Don’t forget to share your tips and tricks to saving money.  I am crazy addicted to saving time and money.  lol