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It's in the Bag!

May 23, 2011
In This Issue
From the Blog
DIY Handbags, Purses, and Wallets
Molly Members
Homemade Spaghetti Sauce
Make a Shoulder Bag!
In the Kitchen With Molly  



Need a hand in the kitchen? Molly can help.


From planning meals to putting them on the table, feeding a family is a big job. In the Kitchen With Molly is the next best thing to having a personal chef.


This new E-Book contains 12 weeks of menu plans, one for each month of the year, plus shopping lists and printable recipe cards. With the planning done for you, you'll have more time to spend enjoying your family or tackling other projects that need your attention.


And with Molly, the focus is always on frugality. These recipes not only save you time, but they also save you money. Trimming dollars from the grocery bill can add up to a significant difference in the family budget, and having meals planned means you'll eat out less often. That's good for your wallet and your waistline.


A Look Back . . .

May 2010 Digest:         Centsible Celebrations


Want to enjoy celebrating in style--but not blow your budget?


Do you like to create one-of-a-kind frugal gifts?


Plan NOW for a sensational

centsible celebration.


May 2009 Digest:

Learning for Life ~

Your Child's Education



Whether you homeschool or not, you'll especially want this real-life learning issue . . . from preschool through high school, college--and beyond!
Visit My BlogFrog Community!

Molly Makes $7 Slow Cooker Suppers ~ Quick & Easy
140 deliciously simple recipes --
140 wonderful ways to feed your family!
Our daily lives often seem to run on overdrive. Too frequently a healthy, home-cooked meal is one of the things sacrificed. If only you had more time! Okay, maybe you really like to cook and it's worth all the effort it takes. But every day, day in and day out, perhaps two or even three meals a day .  .  .  14 to 20 meals a week, whew! A homemaker needs a reprieve!

Molly Goes Camping

molly goes camping 



Do you long to enjoy and explore the great outdoors with your family?


Want to make that special connection with your kids?


Don't let a few varmints, mosquitoes, or mishaps spoil your fun.  Go camping!


For the price of spending a night or two in a motel, you can outfit your family for adventure and make memories for a lifetime!


Get ready for an unforgettable experience as Molly and her fellow campers show you how, in  

Molly Goes Camping. 

The Newst Issue of Seasons at Home Magazine!





From Joyous Home! The newest issue of Seasons at Home Magazine goes to the printer in one week, again sharing the great joy of homemaking!


What's in this issue?


Let's Make Bunk Beds! A large family will appreciate this great tutorial by John Powers on making bunk beds. Our boys love their new beds! You will save money on this one and come out with a pretty (or manly) set of beds.


Down on the Farm: Recipe, tutorials, and projects including Goat's Milk Soap!


The Hundred Acre Wood Tea with our little ladies!


The School Room freatures a great project from Amy Pak's Industrial Revolution Time Travelers Series, making gum, creating visuals for your preschooler, plus a few other fun homeschool helps!


In Homespun, beginning Hardanger (no cut) Notecard, paper pressing, and a lovely Punchneedle Sewing Box project.


And of course, more lovely things are tucked in here and there!


pre-order yours today--delivery is second week in June. After our state homeschool conference next month, we can't guarantee there will be many left!


Be sure to look at the Quilt Block Memberships,an affordable way to learn to quilt!











PurseOkay ladies, let's talk handbags. No matter how much I'd like to avoid it, I have to carry one with me wherever I go (otherwise I either lose my keys
 or my phone)!
Most women I know (including myself) have several of them too. We like options, right? Purses and handbags can be expensive, though. That's why in this week's newsletter I share some frugal DIY purses, handbags, and wallets. These would make great frugal gifts to give too!


Happy crafting and enjoy!


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From the Blog

If you didn't make it to the blog this week, head on over to see what you've been missing. Don't forget to leave a comment. I love hearing from you! 


Show your support of Econobusters by sharing posts you like with your friends. The number of "tweets" and "likes" will also give me a better idea of what you'd like to see more of. Thanks so much!

DIY Handbags, Purses, and Wallets


Here are some unique, creative, and frugal ideas to make your own handbags, purses, and wallets. Make one for yourself or for a friend!

Molly Members
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 Hi, Molly Members,

I hope you're enjoying your May Digest and putting some of those great ideas to work.

I just updated the May '11 Garage page with a link to four weeks of menu plans and shopping lists, so go check it out. Enjoy! If you'll be doing any camping or hiking this year, be sure and download the free Wilderness Cookbook and official Philmont Country cookbooks in your May Member Pages as well.

I've been busy giving talks at the Schoolhouse Expo this past week and hope to have them available to Molly Members in June, for those of you who couldn't make it.
 Not a member yet? We'd love you to join us..Only $3.95/month! And remember, if you don't want to join using monthly payments, you can pay in advance with our six-month or 12-month prepaid membership options. For only $23.70, you can enjoy six months of Money-Saving Digests, plus receive additional free E-Books and resources. This is a small investment to keep yourself armed and encouraged on your money-saving journey. The tips in each Digest easily recoup the cost!  

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce


We have some food allergies in our home, so we make most of our sauces from scratch. Here is an easy homemade spaghetti sauce. Make a double batch and freeze the extra for a night when you need a quick dinner.





6 tomatoes, chopped

2 pinches dried oregano
1 (3.8-ounce) can sliced olives

Salt and pepper, to taste
1 (16-ounce) can tomato sauce
1 pound Italian sausage links (about 16 sausages)



  1. Thaw the sausages if frozen. Take their skin off and brown
    them in a skillet over medium heat. As they start to warm,
    mash half of the sausages (8 links) into tiny pieces. To keep from scratching the pan, I use a rubber spatula.
  2. Place the tomatoes, olives, and of the tomato sauce in a
    pot and mix over medium-low heat.
  3. Add the salt, pepper, and
    oregano. Mix together and continue to heat.
  4. Slice the remaining 8 sausages and brown them evenly in a
    separate skillet. Drain the grease and add the sliced sausage to the tomato mixture. Add more tomato sauce, if desired.

Note: We make this a little differently each time. To make
a thicker sauce, add tomato paste until you reach the desired
thickness. Chopped onions, cheese, and other Italian
seasonings work nicely too.

This recipe was featured in Molly Fresh! You can download Molly Fresh! for free from the sidebar at

Make a Shoulder Bag!



I just had to feature this shoulder bag on its own, and when you see it, you will know why. It is gorgeous, roomy, and stylish. Head on over to Machen/Machen to get the instructions on how to make it. 



Wasp Bag
Photo Credit: Alison Reeve


Molly Saves! In the Garage and Shed 


Shift your organizational skills into overdrive!

Clear out the clutter and put the car back where it belongs: in the garage!

Molly's Money-Saving Digest for May

helps you get those outdoor "rooms"--the shed and the garage--in order. You don't have a garage? These tips can help you organize any space where clutter has taken over. But the Digest doesn't stop there. You'll find plenty of other useful advice to get the most out of your money and your time.
  • Learn how to make the perfect glass of lemonade, just in time for summer.
  • Try a versatile recipe that you'll turn to again and again on your busiest days.
  • Find out which small mammal may be right for your family.
  • Teach your children one of the basics of personal finance.
  • Learn how to take care of your skin this summer.
  • Explore why antioxidants are healthy and how you can get them.
  • Find out which magazine Molly recommends for DIY projects around the house.
  • Reduce your family's food waste and salvage more of your leftovers.
  • Get inspiration from the story of one family that became debt-free. 

May's special feature is:

Molly Saves in the Garage and Shed

In the garage and shed--where sports equipment, garden supplies, boxes and bins of every description, and all sorts of other "homeless" items end up--we must overtake our clutter before it overtakes us. With organized storage, you'll be able to find things when you need them. You'll be able to park your car inside the garage! And you'll have the tools to keep things neat and put away. Shift into gear and get started with the help you'll find in this month's Digest:
  • Learn about some frugal and functional ways to corral your clutter.
  • Get the scoop on an easy and effective way to label your boxes and bins.
  • Explore the Internet for build-it-yourself storage solutions.
  • Repurpose and reuse everything from bottle caps to an old dresser to large food cans.
  • Find out how to host a successful garage sale.
  • Discover an inexpensive substitute for pegboard and keep your tools stored in style.

Read full details and see a sample here.