I’d be phenomenal at finding bargains and freebies, whipping up amazing frugal dinners, and creating warm family memories, all while looking great and enjoying simple organized splendor.
Nice dream, huh?
I’ve come to accept that I’ll never be THAT woman, but I have found a book that can help bring me closer to the person I’d like to be.
All In Good Time: When to Save, Stock Up, and Schedule Everything for Your Home has been a helpful resource on my quest to save money and get more organized. Written by Tara Kuczykowski from Deal Seeking Mom and Mandi Ehman from Life..Your Way, the book outlines the best times to do everything you need to do to manage your home efficiently.
All in Good Time is broken into easy-to read sections based on rooms in your home. For example, in the Rec Room chapter, you’ll find tons of great tips for saving on entertainment, family fun, vacations and more. The Kitchen chapter covers everything from when to clean your appliances to the stock-up prices for the most common household and kitchen pantry staples.
The Holiday and Event Planning chapter is especially useful in helping tame the chaos and cut the expense of special occasions.
I usually don’t pay a lot of attention to the Appendix section of books, but the Appendix in All in Good Time is well worth the read. It includes recipes for making your own frugal and environmentally-friendly cleaning supplies, a chart to help you buy produce in season (and at the best price!), and room-by-room guides for decluttering and deep cleaning every room in your home.
While there are a lot of references to their respective websites, this isn’t a book of recycled blog material. It’s a fresh, thoughtful book filled with some excellent tips (like re-using that old kids’ train table) that can help you simplify your life.
Tara and Mandi know their stuff. Between the two of them, they have 9 children under the age of 10, plus several blogs to run. They know how important it is to create a comfortable, clean, organized home on a budget, and they share their experiences in the pages of this book.
If you’re looking for way to kick start your home management skills, reading All in Good Time is a great way to spend some of your precious free time.
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