The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Baby Food Edition

One of the big projects that I plan on tackling in the next few weeks is making individual baby food containers for my daughter by boiling up and pureeing various vegetables and fruits. My plan for this is to save her current baby food containers until we have a big pile of them, clean them all, then boil and puree some vegetables and a bit of water together and put a nice helping into each one. I’ll freeze them all, then move several at a time to the fridge to thaw and then feed to her.

We did this a bit with my son and it was a rousing success. Of course, at that time we had to use the tiny freezer on top of our fridge to store these and there wasn’t much room. Now we have a deep freezer which can hold a lot more little containers of pureed food.

Thought some of you frugal folks might find that interesting. Here are some other personal finance posts of interest.

20 Very Easy Tips for Lowering Your Daily Stress Level My stress level was one of the biggest factors that finally pushed me over the top to committing to being a writer/stay-at-home parent and walking away from my “real” job. There were many days where the stress would almost paralyze me, mostly because I often felt like I had way too much on my plate and little direct control over it. (@ happiness project)

Don’t Get Scammed! Reduce The Risk of Identity Theft This is some truly excellent discussion and advice on the issue of identity theft, well worth reading if it’s ever concerned you. (@ the digerati life)

How to Make the Time for Your Personal Goals I’ve found that setting aside time specifically for the personal things I want to do works well for me. I have a block of time each day that is for family and nothing else. (@ zen habits)

Can We Be A Single Income Household? If you’re in a two-income household and the answer to this is “no,” life is scary. I know – I was once in that situation, and I never, ever want to go back. (@ clever dude)

The One-Day Sabbatical This is a brilliant idea for anyone feeling stifled by their career. In fact, I’m planning at least two “one-day sabbaticals” once the new routine works itself out. (@ lifeclever)

Dissecting “Gift Guilt” – When Does Receiving a Gift Make You Feel Bad? I only feel bad if I know someone may have committed something financially dangerous to give me this gift. My grandmother is on Social Security, yet she always gives amazing gifts – I don’t know how she does it, but I do feel a big twinge of guilt when she gives me a gift. (@ wise bread)

How Do You Prepare for Enormous Debt? I think the best preparation is having a large emergency fund so that if you’re overwhelmed by the repayment some months, you don’t drown. (@ get rich slowly)

9 Things You Can Do to Increase Your Income – Today Some solid tips in here. (@ dumb little man)

We’re Downsizing Our Home Most people don’t have the self-actualization necessary to simply say “This house is too big for us” and to sell it. (@ unclutterer)

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