Eat From Your Pantry to Save Money (Frugal Friday)

One of the ways that I’m most able to control our expenses is how much I spend on food. At one point in our “serious debt-fighting days,” I cut our food expenses down to $400 a month for a family of 7. It was difficult and I’m not sure that I could pull it off […]

What to Do with a Lot of Money (Frugal Friday)

The following is a guest post from The Happy Housewife: While many of us only dream of ending up with an extra thousand dollars or more, for some it is a reality. It could be a tax return, inheritance, gift, or a bonus. No matter the source, this money can be a blessing or a […]

Frugal Father’s Day Traditions (Frugal Friday)

The following is a guest post from Jen of Balancing Beauty and Bedlam: With Father’s Day right around the corner, many of us are scrambling to find that perfectgift to show Dad just how extra special he is in our lives. Yet often, Dad’s desire is just to spend relaxing and meaningful time with the […]

Fun & Frugal Bedtime Tents for Children (Frugal Friday)

The following is a guest post from Tammy – When it comes to kids’ playthings, I love stuff that encourages creativity. Multi-purpose and frugal is an added bonus! My four children (ages 7 and under) love making tents. (And with our rainy Seattle weather, there’s a lot of indoor playtime!) I went to our local GoodWill store […]

Using Meat in Budget-Friendly Meals (Frugal Friday)

This is a FLASHBACK Friday. Can you hear Duran Duran playing in the background? This post was originally posted on May 16, 2008, back when we were deep in debt. The lessons still hold true. The FishBoys love the different names for how we eat carnivore, omnivore, herbivore, dessertivore, etc. Most of them would choose […]

Surviving Summer on a Budget (Frugal Friday)

Summer is just around the corner. I know because this week we ended the school year and are looking at two months of summertime bliss. You know, lazy days, laughing children, yummy snacks, cool breezes after hours of sunshine, a few splashes in the pool, and, don’t forget yummy snacks. And while we would like […]

Food Storage & Saving Money on Groceries (Frugal Friday)

Years ago I had shopped and shopped, scrimped and saved to fill my freezer with all kinds of great deals. Imagine my horror when I found out that we’d had an electric failure and everything in the freezer was ruined! I sobbed. While I didn’t lose that much actual money, I had probably only spent […]

5 Reasons Why Home Ownership Might Not Be For You (Frugal Friday)

The following is a guest post from Jen of Happy Little Homemaker. My husband & I are in the midst of trying to sell our home. In Michigan. We’ve wanted to sell it for years…and we only built it six years ago!  Before we built, we were in the cheapest apartments in town.  It wasn’t […]