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Frugal Family Picnics

June 20, 2011
In This Issue
From the Blog
Frugal Family Picnics
Molly Members
The Perfect Picnic Salad
Build Your Own Cornhole Game Set
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 . . .

June 2010 Digest:          
Home Sweet Home (Business)

Molly's usual focus is on ways to spend less (you'll find that too), but in this Digest, Molly takes a look at ways to earn more money--from home! Maybe this issue should be called Molly's Money-Making Digest.


June 2009 Digest:

Frugal Family Vacations



What kind of vacation can you look forward to on a frugal budget?

You'd be surprised!


Rest, relaxation, and adventure don't have to cost a bundle!

Explore summer fun and vacation ideas, plus innovative ways to save, in this all-new edition of . . .



Molly's Money-Saving Digest June 2009

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. 



Molly's Super Summer Fun Pack



Make your summer spectacular with

Molly's Super Summer Fun Pack. This collection of E-Books will help you save time and money on every aspect of summer, and you'll have a great time doing it!


All six for only $15!  





Organize With Molly- Organization Bundle


 Since our organization-focused Digests have been reader favorites, hands-down, we've decided to put together a special "organization bundle" just for you. 


Picnic Basket



If you visit my blog often, you have probably figured out that I love picnics! They are fun and frugal family entertainment that can be done anywhere--the beach, your favorite park, or even your backyard. In this week's newsletter, I am sharing ways to fill your picnic basket and create beautiful memories with your family. 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! 


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Frugal Family Picnics



Here are some ideas to help you have a fun and frugal family picnic!

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Molly Members
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 Hi, Molly Members,

Did you see the Super Summer Fun Pack mentioned above? Guess what? Members can purchase it for only $10! That's right, all SIX E-Books for only $10! Log in to your Member Pages and click the June resources link. I've added your special discount code to the top of the page. Just use it when you purchase Molly's Super Summer Fun Pack and receive an additional $5 discount. Enjoy!



Not a member yet? We'd love you to
join us. Only $3.95/month! And remember, if you don't want to join with 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!  

Wine Country

Chicken Salad



I've shared this recipe before but wanted to share it again in case you missed it, because it really is a perfect salad for picnics!




4 chicken breasts (boneless, skinless), cooked and chopped into 1-inch cubes
1 bunch red seedless grapes, cut in half
2 celery stalks, finely chopped
1 cup chopped walnuts (or any other nut that you prefer!)
 1/2 to 3/4 cup mayonnaise (or to taste)
 1-2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
 2 teaspoons poppy seeds or celery seed
 Salt and pepper to taste




  • Mix the mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, poppy seeds, salt, and pepper in a bowl.
  • Combine the chicken, grapes, celery, and nuts in a separate bowl.
  • Pour the mayonnaise and vinegar mixture over the chicken mixture and then mix together.
  • Cover and place in the refrigerator for two hours (or overnight) to chill and allow the flavors to heighten.
  • Serve with whole grain bread or crackers with dark green leafy lettuce.

Delicious, nutritious, and refreshing on a hot day! 




Build Your Own

Cornhole Game



Cornhole is a popular game for barbecues and picnics, but it can be pretty expensive to buy. Here is everything you need to know about building your own Cornhole Game set.




Molly Saves! In the Kitchen  


Kick your kitchen up a notch!


Follow our recipe to keep the heart of your home beating efficiently!


Molly's Money-Saving Digest for June helps you get a handle on the busiest room in your home: your kitchen! From keeping track of recipes to cutting the time you spend cooking, this issue has practical advice for moms on a budget. 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.

  • Try a salad and dessert combo that you can make ahead and take along.
  • Learn what size your pet should be (it will probably surprise you)!
  • Is your teen considering a car? Molly tells what to look for.
  • Discover which natural remedies you already have in your pantry.
  • Find out which foods make for a good facial.
  • Read about a frugal cookbook that Molly recommends.
  • Explore ways of getting food that don't involve a grocery store.
  • Find inspiration in one reader's story of a frugal idea that paid off. 


June's special feature is:

Molly Saves! In the Kitchen


If the kitchen is the heart of the home, then Mom is the heartbeat. Many moms direct a lot of time and attention to that one room of the house, cooking meals and serving up love to their families every day. That job becomes easier when your organizational skills are put to work--planning ahead, using your time efficiently, and knowing where to find what you need. This month's Digest gives you some basic ingredients of a well-run kitchen:

  • Learn which pantry items can substitute for the one you forgot to buy.
  • Check out some free Internet resources, including grocery lists and planners, advice on organization, and frugal decor ideas. 
  • Join Eleanor Joyce in her imperfect quest to save recipes for posterity.
  • Read about even more ideas for organizing and saving your recipes.
  • Discover how to remodel your kitchen on the cheap--with Craigslist.
  • Find out two keys to getting food on the table fast.
  • Follow our tutorial to make your own lazy Susan.

Read full details and see a sample here.