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 […]

How to Prepare for Tough Economic Times (Frugal Friday)

Times continue to be tough for a lot of people. They always have been, really. People have had financial troubles for eons. But the feeling has been more widespread over the past three or four years. If not you, then someone you know has been hit hard. Some people are ready for it, others, sadly […]

Audit Yourself to Cut Expenses (Frugal Friday)

This past week I spent some time listening to talk radio. I never do that, but I was alone in the car and hubs had left the radio on. The discussion was about the current budget talks. Oh my! Not going to get into a political discussion here, but I will say that it got […]

5 Ways to Simplify Your Life that Could Save You Money (Frugal Friday)

This week I’ve been highlighting some ways to simplify life. Meal planning does not need to be complicated. Your morning routine can be quick and easy. Providing craft activities for your kids can be simple — just hand them the right tools. And there are “simple” things that you can to do to save money […]

10 Ways to Make the Most of What You Have (Frugal Friday)

Times are tough. They have been for about three years. Despite what varying politicians, analysts, and news reporters say or hope, it doesn’t seem to be changing too dramatically. But that doesn’t mean we can’t fight the good fight and do what we can to make ends meet. The kids and I are currently studying the […]

Settle for Less to Save Money (Frugal Friday)

Settling doesn’t have a good reputation. You’ve heard the advertisers say so. Don’t settle for less. You deserve it all. Go for the gusto. So, clearly, the message is that you should spend all you have — and then some. After all, you deserve it. But, I’d like to make the case that settling is […]