Eat Well & Spend Less for Thanksgiving (Frugal Friday)

photo source: Simple Bites A few months ago I joined forces with a great group of bloggers who could relate with my struggles to eat well and spend less. We commiserated over the rising price of groceries and decided to do something about it: develop and share strategies for keeping quality high while maintaining lower […]

(Shopping at) Home for the Holidays: Frugal Friday

photo source This past weekend I headed out to Barnes and Noble. I walked into a real bookstore. This used to be a regular things for hubs and me. We’d browse for hours in the bookstore. But, since we typically get our books FREE from the library or cheaper from Amazon, it’s rare that we […]

Pay for Christmas Morning with Swagbucks (Frugal Friday)

Christmas morning can be a fun, fun, FUN moment for a child. I have wonderful memories of those days. Except, of course, when my sister sobbed uncontrollably for two hours when our baby brother got the only Cabbage Patch doll my parents could lay their hands on. That was a sad, sad day. (In their […]

Keep Store-Specific Stocking Up Lists (Frugal Friday)

Typically I love to go grocery shopping. Between the food and shopping for the deals, I always find something to entertain myself with. My first job was actually at a grocery store, too. But at the same time, grocery shopping can be a chore. Or feel a little postal. But, since I can’t get the […]

Take Food With You (Frugal Friday)

Last week I mentioned how one of the best ways we saved money on our vacation was to bring our own food. Mammoth Lakes has only one grocery store. And during the busy season, there’s reportedly a very long line at said grocery store. I did a lot of shopping before we left. And since […]

Budget-Friendly, Big Family Travel (Frugal Friday)

Years ago I had big dreams of jetsetting around the world. I had been a French major and lived a year in France. That year I traveled to Austria, Germany, and explored the south of France. The following year, hubs and I went to France on our honeymoon. A year later we traveled to Honduras. The […]

Favorite Fall Tips for Saving Money (Frugal Friday)

Fall finally arrived in San Diego. We’ve had two back-to-back rainy days, I smell wood smoke from the neighbor’s chimneys, and I no longer leave the windows open 24/7. The chill is in the air! While it may not be the true fall that folks in other locales experience, it is a cozy moment of […]

Inexpensive Ways to Prepare for an Emergency (Frugal Friday)

We’ve been talking about being better prepared for emergencies this month. While none of us wants to be put in an urgent life or death situation, it’s in our best interests and that of our children, to put a little thought into the what ifs of being prepared for fire, flood, or other natural disaster. […]