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 […]

How to Eat at Home to Save Money (Frugal Friday)

Everybody knows that eating at home can save you money. In fact, there are added benefits, such as increased food safety and a chance at healthier ingredients. But, eating at home can be hard to pull off in our busy days. Ask me how I know. Monday we all went to the pool, later than […]

Restaurant Dining on a Budget (Frugal Friday)

INO fries

I love to eat out. I confess it freely. I always have. I always will. When I was a kid, eating out was an event. We loved going to ChiChi’s Pizza Parlor or Lui’s Chinese Kitchen on a Friday night with my parents. And Mom and Dad had some budget strategies that worked well for […]