Frugal Friday: Choose Wisely

I had an interesting conversation with a friend. Someone had asked her why she paying for gymnastics and swim lessons for her children when she was trying to save money. It wasn’t a question of paying for perceived luxuries when there was debt to pay off. Her friend just didn’t understand her paying for expensive […]

Frugal Friday: Does Car Debt Make It Harder to Sell a Car?

We spent the greater part of last year pricing out used vehicles. Well, I should say hubs spent the greater part of last year pricing out used vehicles. What do I know? We knew that it was only a matter of time before our minivan bit the dust and we wanted to be prepared. We […]

How Freezer Cooking Saves Me Money: Frugal Friday

Freezer cooking has been a way to save me time and energy over the last 13 years. Not only do I spend less time in the kitchen each night, but I also don’t have to think too hard to find something for dinner. Usually. (That’s my disclaimer because there are plenty of nights when I’ve […]

5 Ways to Save on Christmas Expenses – Frugal Friday

This week we’ve been talking Christmas planning here at LifeasMOM. As you probably know, the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Years are the biggest retail weeks of the year. Stores want your money and they’ll go to great lengths to get you to buy their product. We need to be diligent all 12 months of […]

Frugal Friday: Learning to Save in a New Part of the Country

Relocations are happening all around us, especially in the height of summer. Moving itself can be expensive. There’s the transportation, the boxes, the deposits, not to mention setting up shop in a new home. Often brooms and trash cans don’t make the trip. But, what about learning the ropes in a new area? That can […]

Frugal Friday: Stay Home

One of the easiest ways that we save money in our family is to stay home. Now, before you roll your eyes and whine, “Boooooring…,” hear me out. Recreational shopping costs money. Restaurant meals cost money. Fuel for transportation costs money. A night at the movies costs money. ‘Nuf said? I’m not saying that you […]

Frugal Friday: Saving for the Big Kahuna

One of the biggest changes in our spending habits over the past four years has been to save money for the thing that we want to buy. This shouldn’t seem revolutionary, but it is. Patience is a virtue — and hard to come by —  in this fast-paced, stuff-oriented, modern society. And saving up for […]

Frugal Friday: Save Money During Summer

Are you ready for the big weekend? My guess is that the next couple days will be pretty full of barbecues, swim parties, and a few fireworks. Personally, I’m hoping for some yummy cupcakes. I’m on this cupcake kick these days and am starting to try my hand at making them deliciously decadent — and […]