Frugal Friday: Gifts for $10 or Less

Overwhelmed by the high cost of gifts this year? Wondering how you can eke out a few nice presents for little money? Is a gift possible for $10 or less? Yes, Virginia, there is a way. Many moons ago when FishPapa and I were earning two incomes and had no children, we often spared no […]

Frugal Friday: Budget Friendly Stocking Stuffers

Forgive me while I take the next few installments of Frugal Friday to talk about Frugal Christmas. I realize that not all my readers celebrate Christmas, so please indulge me just a wee bit. I think many of my suggestions for saving money at the holidays will transfer to any gift giving and celebrating that […]

Frugal Friday: Savvy Shopping on Black Friday

So, today’s the day. The biggest sales day for retailers across the country. The day after Thanksgiving, traditionally known as Black Friday, is the day that merchants hope to find themselves “in the black.” They want your money. It’s Christmas, anyway. Why not? Go spend. It’ll help the economy, stupid. Well, before you do, I […]

Frugal Friday: Planning for Christmas on a Budget

Yes, I know, it’s not even Thanksgiving yet. I know. I cringed, too, when I saw the Walmart staff frantically stocking Christmas items on October 31st. The rush is on. Retailers are all too eager to grab hold of your hard-earned cash. But, if you aren’t already planning for Christmas, you will pay too much because […]

Frugal Friday: Budget Birthday Ideas

When FishBoy12 was just a wee tot, I went all out for his birthdays. At the time I wasn’t sure I could have more children, so why not? And even once I had three or four children, the Creative Birthday Party Queen in me just didn’t know how to give it a rest. Most sane […]

Frugal Friday: Freezer Cooking on the Cheap

This week I spent a few days in the kitchen. I was on a mission to fill my freezer with homemade “convenience” items. Rather than start from scratch each night at dinnertime, I will be able to draw from a storehouse of “freezer meals.” Almost all of this month’s meals have been pre-prepped in some […]

Frugal Friday: Follow Good Money Saving Blogs

FishPapa and I were always what we would call “frugal.” Even when we had debt, we didn’t go on fancy vacations or drive new cars. I did price comparison shopping and clipped coupons every once in awhile. But, we didn’t really see BIG SAVINGS until I discovered the wealth of money-saving blogs that are out […]

Frugal Friday: Check Your Receipt and Speak Up

Last weekend I did some crazy shopping. I crossed the thresholds of six stores, some of them even twice. But, I brought home quite a lot of food for just a little bit of money, comparatively speaking. At several stores, there were special deals, such as “Buy $X and get a coupon for $X to […]