5 Simple Gifts to Make (Frugal Friday)

Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat…. OK. I know, fall has just begun. But, Christmas is just a short ways away. And if you want to make your presents this year, now would be a good time to start thinking about that, if you haven’t already. Making homemade gifts can be an excellent […]

Fall Decor on a Dime (Frugal Friday)

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I am not strong in home decor. In fact, if it weren’t for FishPapa’s sense of style…. oy, I don’t even want to think about it. My friends have always been stunned that my husband cares about interior design, but as a project designer and builder, he’s got a great eye for what works. And […]

Finding Cookbooks for Less (Frugal Friday)

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– Today’s Frugal Friday is brought to you by Lynn from Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures – I love to collect cookbooks and I have quite a collection. Some of my cookbooks I have purchased new, some have been given to me as gifts, but many of my cookbooks are ones that I have purchased used. In […]

Do You Save Condiment Packets? (Frugal Friday)

condiment packets

Frugalites get hassled a lot. Those of us who want to be good stewards of our resources might be mocked for some of our frugal ways. Ah, such is life, when you go against the stream. That’s not to say that some people go to pretty far extremes when it comes to saving a dime. […]

Frugal Friday: Build a Frugal Pantry

One of my go-to ways to save money is to cook from scratch. I’ve done it for most of my life, actually. Mine was a cooking and baking family. Scratch cooking tastes better and is often the least expensive way to feed your family. Not to mention the healthiest. During our most serious get-out-of-debt season, […]

Clothing Your Kids Without Losing Your Shirt – Frugal Friday


One of my back to school highlights as a child was going “back to school” shopping. Granted this was in the 80’s before the internet allowed all sorts of information and online shopping. And I was not frugal unless I wanted to me. In fact, having grown up in a suburb of Los Angeles, just […]

Frugal Friday: Choose Wisely

Peets coffee

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?

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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 […]