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Fathers day

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  "Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children the richest inheritance." Ruth E. Renkel . For the June issue of Molly's Money-Saving Digest I collected anecdotes from over twenty women. Each shared a special memory of her dad, or a lesson she had learned from him. Some of these brief tributes were so moving they brought tears to my eyes, and do you know what? Not one of them was about money.

It's pretty easy to fall into the trap of thinking we aren't doing enough financially for our children, or providing well enough for their futures. So many facets of our culture make it a tremendously stressful time to be a father, even beyond the economic challenges. Our dads and husbands could use a dose of encouragement and appreciation this Father's Day--and every day, and we don't have to spend a lot of money to make them feel like a million bucks! Keep reading for a couple of low-cost gift ideas.

And don't forget the old sayings, "The way to a man's heart is through his stomach" and "Nothin' says lovin' like somethin' from the oven." Cook up his favorites for a Father's Day he'll remember!
On The Blog Last Week!
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 Last week there were so many great posts! I hope I can squeeze them all in here for you just in case you missed one!

  • On the weekend, I spend time reading other blog entries, and I always like to share them with you. This post has an extra special yard sale website that I am sure you will love!
  • Need some inspiration for an old chair? On Weekend Wonders, you can see exactly how I did that with some beautiful gingham I got for a steal!
  • Remember last week's newsletter with the swim bag tutorial? Here is a reader's very own picture of this beautiful bag.
  • If summer is just starting for you and your kids need some cheap, inexpensive, and fun ideas, be sure to read this post. Free is always fun! 
  • Do you like to make homemade ice cream? Even if you don't have an ice cream maker, there is a recipe for you! I shared three of my favorite ones in this post.
  • I posted about a great free E-Book from my friends at Christian Homemakers. This will make a wonderful summer plan for your children.
  • Find out what we use at my house to make play forts with the kids! They LOVE it and I am sure yours will too!
  • I love potpourri and my friend Lisa who has been guest blogging with us shares her favorite spring and summer blend in this post.
  • What do you use a tackle box for? Find out what I did in this post with the one my husband got as a gift. It will definitely come in handy.
  • Fridays is always our freebie day, so don't forget to check that post out. There are lots of goodies here.

Oh and by the way. . . Some of you have been asking about the coupon code for a free Blueberry WeE-Book. The book is still in the works . . . the coupon will be coming! Keep watching the weekly newsletters. Maybe we can have a mini online blueberry festival on the Econobusters blog. Do you have any blueberry recipes or craft ideas to share? Email me (editor@econobusters.com), and if I get enough input, I'll put together a Blueberry Fair on the blog when the WeE-Book is available. Wouldn't that be fun?
The Weekly Recipe
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Sausage Casserole
 
In our home, we like to start Father's Day off by honoring Dad first thing in the morning with his favorite breakfast. I thought you might enjoy it as well. It is one of those recipes that is hard to mess up because the ingredients can be tweaked to your liking without much difference in the texture. Men like it because it is meaty, hearty, and filling. The other great thing about it is that it can be whipped up the night before, so it makes it easy on Mom and kids to do this before church on Father's Day morning!
  
I hope that special man in your home enjoys it as much as mine does!
  
Father's Day Egg Casserole
  
  • 1 pound bacon, crumbled (or sausage, ham, Canadian Bacon, or a mixture of all of these)
  • 8 eggs
  • 2  cups milk
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. ground mustard (can also add 1 tsp. smoked paprika for more of a smokey flavor)
  • 6 slices bread (can be whole wheat, white, or any other you prefer), cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar (more cheese is always yummy!)
  • Veggies of your choice (red and green bell peppers, mushrooms, potatoes, etc.)

Directions: 

  1. Cook bacon (or other meat you prefer), and crumble. Set aside.
  2. Beat eggs, milk, salt, and mustard (and smoked paprika, if you would like) together in a large bowl.
  3. Stir in bread cubes, cheese, veggies, and meat.
  4. Pour into greased 9" x 13" casserole dish.
  5. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  6. On Father's Day morning, remove from fridge and let come to room temperature on counter top for about 20 minutes.
  7. Uncover, and cook at 350 for about an hour or until set (no longer jiggles in the middle when lightly shaken) 
This Week's Tutorials
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This week because it is Father's Day we are talking about, I have two tutorials for you! Both of these are so very frugal, but either would make the most excellent gift for your father!
 
Father's Day Wordle Print
(Photo courtesy of 12 Months of Christmas)
 
The first tutorial is this beautiful framed wordle print that I found at 12 Months of Christmas. Her blog is just awesome! And she is all about making gifts that are affordable and adorable. Be sure when you visit to let her know that you heard about her blog through Econobusters. She likes to know how people found out about her!
 
For those of you who like to sew, this tutorial will be one you will want to "tie" on!
 
Father's Day Tie

 (Photo courtesy of Purl Bee)
 
 This tutorial is provided by Purl Bee. If you like to sew, then this site is one you will not want to miss! There are tons of free patterns and tutorials for you to try. Aren't these ties just adorable? Can you imagine doing one of these for dad, and then a matching one for your son?
 
There is nothing like a homemade gift to make dad's day!
Idea Center
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 There are so many great ideas that I found this week about Father's Day. Here are just a few that really stuck out to me. 
  • Have you ever wondered how Father's Day originated? I was curious, and then I found this post on Morning-Glow that tells all about it.
  • For the coffee drinking dad in your life, try making him a Dad and Me coffee mug from Kaboose.
  • Family Fun has a downloadable coupon book for dad. My husband would love to have some of these for foot massages, back massages, and breakfast in bed!
  • If your dad loves tools, get him a gift card to his favorite home improvement store. 
  • Make dad a t-shirt for Father's Day. Free Kids Crafts has some great ideas!
  • Here is a listing of songs and the lyrics about Fathers from The Holiday Spot, just in case you want to play a song for your dad on this day.
  • You can also create an award for your father from The Holiday Spot.
  • Last but not least, Quote Garden has some awesome quotes from past fathers that you can share with yours to let him know just what he means to you!
Molly's Money-Saving Digest
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The June issue of Molly's Money Saving Digest will be available for purchase soon. I thought that this week, I would take the opportunity to share with you about my past digests. Each one focuses on a different topic and can be used all throughout the year.
  • The January issue is all about getting fiscally fit for 2009. What better time than right now to work on your finances and find ways to cut expenses and save money? Included in this issue are budget planning worksheets, creating a home inventory binder, and some great tips on breadmaking for beginners.
  • The February issue is all about gardening basics and natural cleaners. Recipes are included in this issue for homemade cleaners that are safe and non toxic! You can also learn how to save $1000 a year. In this issue, I have also included layout plans for a square foot garden as well as more financial forms to help in getting fiscally fit.
  • The March issue is all about making money from home. If you have ever wanted to work from home, but were not sure what all was involved in starting a home business, then this would be the issue you would not want to miss!
  • The April issue is all about making a fresh frugal start. If you have found yourself on the end of the spending rope, the April Digest is full of information to help you start anew with learning how to live frugally. Yard sale tips, cleaning, organizing, and feeding your family are just a few of the topics in this issue!
  • The May issue is all about your child's education--from preschool to college. Even if you don't homeschool, preparing your child for the future so that they can live financially free when they grow up is one of the most important things that as parents we can do!
  • And don't forget about those free binder covers for those of you who like to print your Digests!
We Want to Hear from You
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We have some great topics in the works for Molly's Money-Saving Digest and would love to include your stories and ideas. July's Digest has just gone to layout.  You're in for a treat with this special issue on frugal fashion. August's featured topic is organizing and in September we will be talking about decorating. Show us your stuff! We'd love to showcase your decorating talent and organizing ingenuity and give you a free Digest, but we need to hear from you soon! We're always looking for "goal-getter" stories, examples of up-cycled or re-purposed objects, and frugal decorating ideas. Send me your story--Remember, if we include your contribution in a Digest, you'll receive that issue FREE.   

Until next week! 
 
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