Inexpensive Ways to Prepare for an Emergency (Frugal Friday)

emergency supply list

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. […]

Become an EntreLeader (Frugal Friday)

dave book

A little over four years ago my husband and I woke up and smelled the debt. We were over $16,000 in consumer debt, not counting the two houses we owned. Thankfully, God made us brave enough to do something about it — and gave us some tools and much graciousness to repay our debts and […]

Check It Before Checking Out (Frugal Friday)

The other day when I was strolling through Walmart I saw that they had clearanced a huge amount of toys, probably in anticipation of their Christmas stuff that should be rolling in soon. Since I had no kids with me, I paused. And I placed in my cart several items that I thought the kids […]

Can You Afford to Homeschool? (Frugal Friday)

Homeschooling has been, hands down, one of the most fulfilling experiences of my “life as mom.” It’s also been one of the hardest. But, I’m so glad that we chose this path. Teaching my kids at home has not been without its costs, though. Right up front, you know that a homeschool mom has given […]

Keeping Up with the Joneses (Frugal Friday)

Little Girl Tea Party

When I was a kid, it seemed like my friends always had what was bigger and better than anything my sisters or I had. Ours was a big family, and my parents were frugal. We didn’t get a ton of extras. Or so it seemed. When my friends got stereo systems for Christmas, I got […]

FREE Back to School Resources (Frugal Friday)

As school time approaches at our house, I’ve been sorting through our school stuff and discarding what we won’t need anymore. I’m also in the process of gathering supplies for the year. Whatever did we do before the internet? It’s been so much easier to do a quick search than to scrounge my way through […]

Dejunk Your House to Save Money (Frugal Friday)

school room

One of the best ways to save money is to realize how stupid you’ve been about money and then to make some changes in your habits. Last weekend I shared with you how we are “staging for living” and rearranging, cleaning, and dejunking to make life be more of what we want and less of […]

Is Plastic Good for Teens? (Frugal Friday)


Last week, thanks to Motts, I attended the 2011 BlogHer Conference. Since it was just a short drive from home, I was able to attend during the day and come home to my family at night — a wonderful way to experience a conference! One of the things that caught my attention in the Exhibit […]