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How to Make Your Own Applesauce

Applesauce is a delicious snack that is also very nutritious.  But so many store bought types contain added sugar and preservatives.  Here is a recipe for home made applesauce that is easy to make, inexpensive, and delicious!

Peel and core a three pound bag of apples (between 8 & 9 apples).

Chop into small pieces and put into a crock pot.

Add 1/2 cups sugar.

Add 2 cups water.

Sprinkle in cinnamon (if you would like).

It will look like this:

Cook in the crock pot for 4-6 hours.  It will look similar to this:

Mash the apples with a potato masher or meat tenderizer.

Scoop out any excess water to create the consistency you like.

Add sugar or cinnamon to taste.

Put the final product in a jar and refrigerate!

Please share your experience if you try this recipe!

Budget Buster: Sneaky Bank Fees!

Switching banks can really be a pain, but it can be worth it if your bank is charging you crazy fees!  Check out this article to see who the culprits are.

Then visit BankRate and watch a short video on how to avoid these fees.  I switched to an online bank a year ago (ING Direct) and haven’t looked back!


Book review: Your Money or Your Life Joe Dominguez & Vicki Robin

Your Money or Your Life by Joe Dominguez & Vicki Robin is a “must read” for everyone who deals with money (that’s everyone)!

The book walks you through the steps of finding out where you are financially.  It forces you to calculate your spending down to the penny & find savings opportunities.  The book walks you through determining your values and goals to find ways to put your money to work towards the future.  I first read this when my (then) fiance and I combined our household money.  It was an eye-opener for both of us and helped open the lines of communication for us to talk about this important subject.

It is different from the typical budgeting book in that it focuses less on specific tips of how to save money, and more about examining needs versus wants.  It speaks to the value of your time and whether your spending is aligned with your values.

You can visit your local library to check out a copy or buy a used copy very reasonably through Amazon by clicking on the link below.

Your Money or Your Life: Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence

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