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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 […]

5 Bargain Mother’s Day Gifts that Will Score You Major Points (Frugal Friday)

As a child and teen, I would ask my mother every year what she wanted for Mother’s Day, and she inevitably said the same thing: A clean house I did not like that answer. That answer took elbow grease. That answer was not as easy — or fun — as going to the store and […]

4 Cheap & Easy Ways to Go Green (Frugal Friday)

As I mentioned earlier in the week, I’m a subtle shade of khaki when it comes to “green living.”  I’m not really brown, but I’m not a vivid green, either. But I am definitely trying to learn more and incorporate better stewardship and healthier habits into my home. Finding ways to make this convenient is […]

We’re Debt Free! (Frugal Friday)

If you ever listen to a certain radio program, you know that listeners regularly call in to share their “get out of debt stories.” Often the tales are gut-wrenching, tear jerking accounts of going from the depths of despair to debt-free living, life without bills, high interest rates, and stress. Usually the call is concluded […]