“Poor” is a State of Mind (Frugal Friday)

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This is a FLASHBACK Friday. Can you hear The Beach Boys playing in the background? This post was originally posted on March 13, 2009, back when we had just climbed out of the hole. The lessons still hold true. Whether you are choosing a frugal lifestyle to achieve a certain goal, or you find yourself […]

Dress Like a Cow (Frugal Friday)

Who says there’s no such thing as a free lunch? Friday, July 8th is Dress Like a Cow Day at Chick-Fil-A. It’s a nationwide promotion and one that is lots of fun! Simply dress like a cow, from head to hoof, and receive a free meal. If you decide to just do a tshirt, then […]

Eat From Your Pantry to Save Money (Frugal Friday)

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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)

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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)

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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) EXPIRED

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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 […]