Tools

This section contains the tools you need to implement The Budget Queen System including a Budget Calculator, More Money Saving Sites, Low-Cost Recipes, and Printable Tools.

 

To begin The Budget Queen System, assess your current budget and spending with the Budget Calculator. Once you determine where to cut back and what you will save, use the Budget Calculator again to create a smarter, more realistic budget. A printable Budget Worksheet is also available under Printable Tools to help determine your monthly budget.

 

To reduce your grocery bill, start with the Menu Plan to determine your grocery needs for the week. Use everything currently in your fridge, pantry and freezer to fill in the Menu Plan. Then use sales ads to fill in the empty spaces with items that are on sale. Next use the Grocery List to plan your trip to the store. Stick to it and you wonít overspend. Lastly, use Price Book Pages to  record prices from various stores to determine which store has the best prices. For great sales, stockpile 6 weeks to 6 months of an item so you have it on hand for future use.

 

Low Cost Recipes provide inexpensive ideas for your menu plan. Sometimes itís difficult to find good and cheap recipes for ingredients you have in your fridge, pantry, freezer, or stockpile. These Low Cost recipes are all under $5 for the entire meal. Search by ingredient to get a list of every recipe in the database that includes that ingredient. This is very helpful in creating meals out of random stockpile ingredients.

 

More Money Saving Sites is provided to help you further your smart spending. It includes links to help you find coupon codes for online shopping, fashion trends on a dime, places to swap and trade used items, and much more. Get familiar with these sites and use them to help you save even more money!

 

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