Frugal Friday: Save Money on Pizza Night

The best pizza in the world can be found at the corner of Bouquet Canyon and Soledad Canyon Road in Santa Clarita. It’s been the gold standard of pizza for me since I was old enough to eat. But, since it’s a 2hr drive and a $50 meal for our family, we don’t do it […]

Frugal Friday: Making My Own Instant Oatmeal

Last week I mentioned how I love breakfast in a box. It makes our mornings go so much more smoothly when I serve food that is easy to prepare, easy to clean-up. The kids can actually do it all themselves! Cold cereal and instant oatmeal are the favorites. But, recently they went through one box […]

Frugal Friday: Bake It Yourself

It used to be that I spent up to $600 a month to feed just my husband and me. Yeah, I’m embarrassed to say so, but ’tis true. I suppose I could justify the expense that we were a “double-income, no kids” household and that food was one of our hobbies. But, still. Knowing that […]

Public Transportation & Another Frugal Friday

When I lived in France during college, I did not own a car. I either walked or took the bus, metro, or train wherever I went. It was a fun lifestyle and one that was unencumbered by gas prices, car repair, or foreign traffic. But, life is different in much of the United States and […]

Frugal Friday: Couch Repair Q and A

Since I’m a know-it-all big sister, humility has come hard over the years. But, I well remember a graduate school class on Socrates and how true knowledge is knowing what you don’t know — and then finding out the answers. I’ve tried to remember that over the years. It’s okay not to have all the […]

Frugal Friday: Shoe Repair Will Save Money and Your Soles

Back in the old days, clothing and shoes were items that people wore for a long time. In fact, if an article of clothing became torn or worn, it was repaired, or even remade to present a freshened look. If they couldn’t make the adjustments themselves, women took their family’s clothing to seamstresses and tailors […]

Be My Frugal Valentine: Frugal Friday

Valentine’s Day is a week from Sunday — and it will sneak up on you right quick. Time to think what you’ll do for your sweetheart and children. Preplanning will help avoid high costs in a week or so. How can you celebrate what’s in your heart without spending an arm and a leg? Try […]

Frugal Friday: How We Saved $15,000 on a Bigger Minivan

Car seats cramping your style — and your car? Thinking that another baby requires you to buy a bigger vehicle?┬áIf you have multiple young children, then you know what it can be like to pack several carseats into the backseat of a car or van. We upgraded from a car to a minivan when our […]