Letters from Sunnybrook http://lettersfromsunnybrook.com Timeless Tips for Frugal Living Thu, 07 Jul 2016 01:04:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 62539373 World Famous Homestead Author http://lettersfromsunnybrook.com/world-famous-homestead-author/ Thu, 07 Jul 2016 00:16:50 +0000 http://lettersfromsunnybrook.com/?p=2438 — ok, that may be stretching things a bit. I’m just so tickled to be a contributor to a wonderful new book by Tessa Zundel, the Homestead Lady that provides a guide for homesteaders at all levels to build greater self-sufficiency. I just received my copy of The Do It Yourself Homestead and am amazed […]

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Budget 101: Take a Financial Snapshot http://lettersfromsunnybrook.com/taking-a-financial-snapshot/ http://lettersfromsunnybrook.com/taking-a-financial-snapshot/#comments Wed, 15 Jul 2015 14:40:27 +0000 http://lettersfromsunnybrook.com/?p=87 It’s nearly impossible to make an effective, working budget if you aren’t accurate in evaluating your individual financial situation. I may wish to pay only $250 per month in gas, but if I have been paying $400 per month for the past year, it is an unrealistic goal. The more accurately the numbers reflect your […]

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2015 May Meal Plan http://lettersfromsunnybrook.com/2015-may-meal-plan/ http://lettersfromsunnybrook.com/2015-may-meal-plan/#comments Fri, 01 May 2015 17:24:43 +0000 http://lettersfromsunnybrook.com/?p=2380 Well Happy May, my friends! The birds are singing, the trees are flowering and everyone around me is sneezing. Personally, I like a spicy red curry dish to use as a natural decongestant. There are all kinds of lovely baby spring greens outside to pick. I like to use them as a side salad. Even […]

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How to Survive Their Teen Years http://lettersfromsunnybrook.com/how-to-survive-their-teen-years/ http://lettersfromsunnybrook.com/how-to-survive-their-teen-years/#comments Thu, 30 Apr 2015 00:11:49 +0000 http://lettersfromsunnybrook.com/?p=2369 A long, long time ago, I was pregnant. When people would ask what I was having, I’d answer, “I’m hoping for kittens.” I was recently married, and I was in the middle of moving across the country to start a new job. It wasn’t exactly the best timing. Besides, kittens are cute and have tiny […]

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Patience is a Virtue of Frugal Living http://lettersfromsunnybrook.com/patience-is-a-virtue-of-frugal-living/ http://lettersfromsunnybrook.com/patience-is-a-virtue-of-frugal-living/#comments Sun, 26 Apr 2015 22:59:06 +0000 http://lettersfromsunnybrook.com/?p=2363 When I think about frugal living, I think of what I can DO to cut costs and conserve resources. The first things that come to mind are cooking from scratch, shopping thrift stores and reusing items. These myriad active methods of being frugal are how I save every day. But there is another, equally important […]

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Frugal Gift Giving Guide http://lettersfromsunnybrook.com/budget-buster-gifts/ http://lettersfromsunnybrook.com/budget-buster-gifts/#comments Sun, 19 Apr 2015 23:10:02 +0000 http://lettersfromsunnybrook.com/?p=731 Do you give gifts from the heart or the head? I was thinking about frugal gift giving as I considered what to give my mom for a Mother’s Day Gift. After some brainstorming, I felt I had come up with a great gift (which I won’t spoil by mentioning here). However, I quickly went from […]

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Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas http://lettersfromsunnybrook.com/cheesy-chicken-enchiladas/ http://lettersfromsunnybrook.com/cheesy-chicken-enchiladas/#comments Tue, 14 Apr 2015 01:25:24 +0000 http://lettersfromsunnybrook.com/?p=329 Bored with Taco Tuesdays? Try a little something different with these chicken enchiladas, made completely from scratch. I’ll take you through the entire process: making homemade flour tortillas, creating a traditional enchilada sauce, sauteing chicken and peppers, and then baking it all together. This recipe also lends itself to making part or all ahead of […]

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Stop Negative Self Talk http://lettersfromsunnybrook.com/stop-negative-self-talk/ http://lettersfromsunnybrook.com/stop-negative-self-talk/#comments Sat, 11 Apr 2015 01:03:18 +0000 http://lettersfromsunnybrook.com/?p=2341 Imagine you are at a football game and in the moments before the field goal is kicked, the cheerleaders launch into a loud chant. They aren’t shouting words of encouragement, however. They are hurling insults at the kicker: “Do you REALLY think you can do this? You sure made a fool of yourself last time […]

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How to Improve Your Credit Score http://lettersfromsunnybrook.com/how-to-improve-your-credit-score/ http://lettersfromsunnybrook.com/how-to-improve-your-credit-score/#comments Tue, 07 Apr 2015 21:30:44 +0000 http://lettersfromsunnybrook.com/?p=2330 What’s the Secret to Having a Good Credit Score? Recently, we looked over the type of information contained in credit reports, including personal information and payment history. Since credit reports are pulled by potential lenders, landlords and even employers, it is so important that you check them regularly to ensure they are accurate and up-to-date. […]

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2015 April Meal Plan http://lettersfromsunnybrook.com/2015-april-meal-plan/ http://lettersfromsunnybrook.com/2015-april-meal-plan/#comments Thu, 02 Apr 2015 00:30:36 +0000 http://lettersfromsunnybrook.com/?p=2318 I would like to say that it feels like Spring outside, but it really is still pretty miserable in my neck of the woods. All I’ve wanted to eat is comfort foods, which has resulted in a quest for new jeans that fit. So, with or without nicer days, we are switching over to a […]

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