5 Cheap & Easy Ways to Get Ready for Summer

5 Cheap and Easy Ways to Get Ready for a Great Summer - Planning a great summer doesn

Planning a great summer doesn’t take a lot of money. Consider these ideas for frugal summer fun. Summer is just around the bend. For us that means a lighter school load. We still do math and literature through the summer, but we go a little more relaxed about it. For other families, kids are home […]

Can California Be Budget-Friendly?

Can California Be Budget-Friendly? | Life as MOM

I grew up in Southern California. Except for the five years that we lived in Kansas (2003-2008), the Golden State has been my home. I love it. Despite its flaws, of which there are many, I know, I never want to leave again. Ever. Almost six years ago FishPapa and I decided to go for […]

Frugal Friday: Is a Personal Shopping Service Right for You?

Is a personal shopper worth it? I know personal shopping can work. This instance worked for me. I know the shopping service can work for some people. It works for my friend.

I know personal shopping can work. One instance worked for me. I know a shopping service can work for some people. It works for my friend. But does it work for you? Yesterday after I got my hair cut, I stopped at a department store outlet to do a little shopping. Since I have two […]

9 Things I’ve Learned about Money

9 Things I

When I was a child, I used to think that having many possessions was a sign of wealth or affluence. In some ways, I guess it is. It’s costly to maintain, though.

I just spent a couple hours thinning my daughters’ wardrobes — for the second time in two months. While it’s lovely that FishChick5 has six pairs of pink pants, she really doesn’t need them all. Most of them are hand-me-downs and gifts, but still. SIX pairs? What are we — the Pink Ladies?!

We kept three and are donating the other three — along with a few other items. We thinned the herd, as my husband calls it. I suppose in many respects, it’s a good problem to have — as long as I don’t hoard those clothes instead of sharing them with someone else who could put them to good use.

5 Ways to Eat Healthier on a Budget (Frugal Friday)

5 Ways to Eat Healthier on a Budget - Looking to improve your family

Looking to improve your family’s diet, but not sure how to pull it off on a budget? Consider these 5 ways to eat better and save some coin. One of the dilemmas about food — and there are many these days — is that the healthier food is also the more expensive food. The ingredients […]

Passover on a Budget (Frugal Friday)

4 Tips for Making Passover on a Budget - follow these tips to saving money on Passover groceries.

Note from Jessica: I am thrilled to have Mara from Kosher on a Budget guest post for us today. While we practice very different faiths, I think it’s safe to say that we’ve learned a lot from each other. I love to watch her walk out her faith in a creative, frugal way. Kosher foods […]

Little Ways to Save Money (Frugal Friday)

Little Ways to Save Money (Frugal Friday) - Little ways can save you big money eventually.

Little ways can save you big money eventually. I was chatting with a friend yesterday (also a mom of four boys) about grocery prices and what it takes to feed four TEENAGE BOYS. I’m almost there, and I’m feeling it. (I don’t know that boys always eat more than girls, but I think they are much […]

How Changing Our Diet is Saving Us Money (Frugal Friday)

How Changing Our Diet is Saving Us Money - Changing your diet can save you money, even if some ingredients are more expensive.

Changing your diet can save you money, even if some ingredients are more expensive. Here’s how. Honey-Sweetened Raisin Bread Our family is almost halfway through our Sugar Fast. It’s an experiment to see if we can rid our diet of added sugars. We’re still eating plenty of fruit and supplementing with honey and maple syrup, […]