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Cost of Diapers Over the Years – 2010,2011 and 2012

Cost of Diapers Over the Years – 2010,2011 and 2012

Baby
Updated 9/15/2019 Disclosure: This post includes affiliate links. Thanks for supporting RedBerrydeals.com. Back in 2010, I created a spreadsheet with the cost of diapers for the year and it is amazing to see how much I've saved.   My plan is to continue that this year.  I want other Moms and Dads to know there is a way to cut costs on disposable diapers.  You don't have to be a member of Sam's Club or Costco to get diapers, and even those places I find to be most expensive.  By looking out for good deals in unusual places combining it with coupons you can stockpile on diapers and save a lot of money.   In 2010, I saved over $400 and it only cost me $400 for diapers. My twin boys…
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Recipe: Homemade Key Lime Pie with Meringue Topping

Recipe: Homemade Key Lime Pie with Meringue Topping

Aldi, Recipes
[caption id="attachment_5799" align="alignnone" width="614"] RedBerryDeals Key Lime Pie Recipe[/caption] Update:  This is still my favorite recipe!  When I can I get a gluten-free crust from our local Giant or I make a gluten-free crust.   I love Key Lime Pie! So this week I decided to make one.  Doesn't this look so good?  I think this is the best Key Lime Pie I have ever had. I took a couple of recipes and tweaked them to make my own. I purchased everything at Aldi for $4.66! Ingredients Filling: 3 fresh large egg yolks $0.22 (Dozen eggs currently $.89) 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk  $1.19 1 teaspoon grated lime zest 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice $1.99 (Approx. 8 limes) 1 tablespoon of lemon juice $0.02 3 tablespoons water 1 prepared…
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Jerk Chicken Nachos

Jerk Chicken Nachos

Recipes
Disclosure: This post includes affiliate links. Thanks for supporting RedBerrydeals.com. I love Jerk Chicken! This recipe is so easy! Have you heard of the RockCroc from Pampered Chef? It is amazing cooking dish since you can put it in your microwave, stovetop (including glass top like our stove) and oven. It makes chicken in a matter of minutes and it still is juice! I'm still looking for the perfect chicken recipe for the Instant pot. I love our instant pot the most. Nachos Jamaican Jerk Rub (Store it in a spice container to use when needed) I prefer mine not to spicy. Feel free to add more cayenne or crushed pepper.1 tablespoon garlic powder1 teaspoon paprika 1 teaspoon ground allspice 1 teaspoons cayenne pepper2 teaspoons dried parsley2 teaspoons dried thyme 2 teaspoons…
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The best Cinnamon Buns in the world!

The best Cinnamon Buns in the world!

Recipes, Uncategorized
Have I mentioned how much I love my breadmaker?  Have I mentioned that I have 2 breadmakers?   Ok, the truth is my husband has one and I have one.  I received mine as a Christmas gift almost 10 years ago and use it often.    My hubby would talk all of the time about how he grew up with a bread machine but the bread would come out differently then mine did in my machine.  He was also frustrated with my bread machine because it requires the wet ingredients to go in first and then dry on top.  While the version he grew up with had the opposite:  dry and then wet.  So each time he tried to make bread in my machine it never turned out.  After mentioning this to…
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Holly’s Challah Bread – Easier then you can imagine!

Holly’s Challah Bread – Easier then you can imagine!

DIY, general, Recipes
Disclosure: This post includes affiliate links. Thanks for supporting RedBerrydeals.com. I've been making this Bread as a tradition in our family since 2004. Yes! 10 years! I'm feeling old typing that. It was shortly after I got "my" bread machine. This recipe came from my bread machine cookbook and I have adjusted it so it works for me. I'm happy to share this with everyone! This is the best bread! I like to make a large loaf as you can see from the picture above. Ingredients:2 Eggs, room temperature plus enough Water 80 degrees to equal 1 1/2 cupsOil 1/4 cup (I've used all types of vegetable oil and it all works great.)Sugar 2 TBLSalt 2 tspBread Flour or All purpose Flour 4 1/2 cupsActive Dry Yeast 2 tsp OR…
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My Laundry Schedule

My Laundry Schedule

Cleaning, DIY
(Update 2018:  We still do this laundry system. It works really well for us.  That is saying something for 5 years!)   Back in 2012, I asked about how others did their laundry and heard several different responses.  In December 2013,  I asked my friends on Facebook how they handle all of their laundry and the responses got me on a mission.   I had to figure out a new system for my family. Step 1:    I got everyone in my family a laundry hamper that fits ONLY 1 X-large load of laundry.   This is key!  If the hamper is too big then the loads get overwhelming.  If they are too small then it just seems like a waste of water and time.   The Jall hampers from IKEA…
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What is a Traditional Spousal IRA?

What is a Traditional Spousal IRA?

Financial
Yes, it is deductible! No Personal Income needed! My world turned upside down when I learned about the Financial Independence community.  I have mentioned briefly about it.  More to come.   One of the biggest benefits to the community is learning about the Traditional Spousal IRA.  I had no idea! I'm a SAHM (Stay At Home Mom) so I personally don't have a 401k plan at this time, my husband does. Yes, the Traditional IRA contribution can be tax deductible and no you don't need personal income to contribute to it. What?! Really?  Yes! I have mentioned the Spousal IRA in my post  Financial Independence - Step by Step Guide on Contributing to Retirement Accounts: What is a Traditional Spousal IRA contribution? Let's look at the source the IRS.  Per their website…
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What if your 401k plan stinks. What should you invest in?

What if your 401k plan stinks. What should you invest in?

Financial
When I started investing in my first 401k I was so excited.  I couldn't believe it.  I had the opportunity to invest.  I was young 21 years old and I couldn't believe it.   I knew that a 401k was a big deal and I knew that investing is ...scary!  My parents didn't know about investing and I wasn't taught in high school or college.  Personal finance was not taught.  That first 401k had very few options and to this day I'm not sure which ones I picked I think I did Large Cap, Small Cap and even the company stock?!  Oops!  Bad idea!   I want to teach others the lessons I learned. The first steps to remind everyone about saving: Pay yourself first! This is key. Automatically invest.  Make it…
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You don’t need $10,000 to invest at Vanguard

You don’t need $10,000 to invest at Vanguard

Financial
VTSAX - What is that? VTSAX is a common term heard around the Financial Independence community. It is an index fund called the Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund Admiral Shares and many believe it is the best index fund to own. I have to agree. Per Vanguard's site "since 1992, Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund is designed to provide investors with exposure to the entire U.S. equity market, including small-, mid-, and large-cap growth and value stocks." It holds over 3,000 stocks.   Yes, you read that right it has over 3,000 stocks.  It is one of the most diversified index funds out there. What are index funds? Why index funds? In short, an index fund per Vanguard's website:  "Instead of hiring fund managers to actively select which stocks or…
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Financial Independence – Step by Step Guide on Contributing to Retirement Accounts

Financial Independence – Step by Step Guide on Contributing to Retirement Accounts

Financial
Welcome!  So, you want to gain financial independence but don't know where to start investing your money. A question you might have includes: Which retirement account should I contribute to first? What should I do with this money that I have saved up?  Roth vs. Traditional vs. Taxable? The amount of information out there can be daunting so I thought I would put together a simple introduction. (Standard disclaimer: This is my opinion. Consult a financial advisor to discuss your specific scenario.) Look closely at your budget and decide how much you can cut back to fund your investments. Common wisdom is to pay yourself first. This means put money into savings or investments before it sits in your checking account and you spend it on something. Live on your…
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Finance Goals 2012-2016

Financial
What happened since 2012?If you go back and look at my Financial posts you will see my goals for 2012 and prior.  I enjoy looking back and seeing what I did.   So I thought I would write up a short description of what we did since then.Financial Goals 2013In 2013, we succeeded in maxing out my husband's retirement accounts.  We also continued to save in our emergency fund.  We also made a decision to hire a financial advisor.  At the time it seemed like a great idea and it seemed like a good match.   Later, I will explain that wasn't exactly the case.  That was a financial mistake we made.  Please be warned!We decided to update our kitchen and replace the floor, and replace the countertops with granite.  We did…
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