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The “No Buy Month” Prep Guide

The first rule of No Buy Month is preparation and it’s actually not as difficult as it seems. Since No Buy Month starts next week, (it’s the whole month of February) I thought I’d collect some past no buy months posts to get help you get ready. You may need to buy a few things in order to make things work. If you’re at a loss how to get started consider this list your official No Buy Month Prep Guide! Continue reading

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Review of Amazing Botanicals Black Soap Poo Shampoo

There aren’t that many products on my “goto” list, but Amazing Botanicals is definitely on there. I’ve spoken before about their Aloe Mint Spray as well as their Pumpkin Pomade, but I had yet to try their shampoo. So here’s my review of Amazing Botanicals Black Soap Poo. Continue reading

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Savvy Brown No Buy Month Challenge 3.0

Every February for the past two years I’ve done something called “No Buy Month” on the blog and invited others to participate. The purpose of No Buy Month is to basically put you on a financial diet for a month. It’s a great way to learn how to save money if you’re not that disciplined at following a budget. I was inspired by Frugalista, and how she got herself out of debt. The rules of No Buy Month are pretty simple. Don’t buy anything that is not a necessity. That means you can only pay for groceries, bills, medication, kid’s stuff (school supplies, clothes) and transportation. (gas, subway or train passes, parking passes for work). The first reaction I usually get is “No way! I can’t do that!”. My response is. What if you had to? Well, that happened to me, just last year. Continue reading

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Overnight Crockpot Oatmeal

During the summer I was all about my Blueberry Overnight Oatmeal, but now that it’s cold. I love waking up in the morning to hot oatmeal. I adapted this recipe from The Fitchen. It makes the whole house smell like hot apple pie! Please note that this recipe is adapted for a slow cooker this size. If you’re making this for more than two people, you should double the recipe. Continue reading


Miracle Noodles and How to Cook Them the Right Way

Miracle Noodles or Shirataki Noodles are the name given to the low-carb, low-fat, low-calorie, translucent noodles made from konnyaku yam and have been extremely popular in Japan and other parts of Asia for years. They are wheat and gluten free and are excellent for people who are on calorie and wheat restrictive diets. You just need to learn how to work with them to make them work for you.

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Review: Shweat Scoop Clumping Cat Litter

I’ve talked about the dangers of clay cat litter before but it bears mentioning again. I stopped using silica-based clay cat litter for two reasons: Clay cat litter is bad for the environment because it is strip mined and the dust permeating the air from your cats’ kicking it around is bad for both you and your cats respiratory systems. So when Swheat Scoop contacted me* and asked if I would be interested in doing a review, I jumped at the chance. Continue reading