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Frugal Friday: Debt-Proof Your Christmas

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This week we’ve been talking and planning Christmas — in July. It’s a great way to think through the holiday season and what you want to do differently. Clearer thoughts prevail when Walmart isn’t already playing Jingle Bells. One important thing to consider regarding Christmas is the money part. You know the story: people try […]

Frugal Friday: 10 Things You Can Make Yourself and Save Money

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Do-it-yourself-ness isn’t always the cheapest way to go. But, there are many, many things that you can do or make yourself in order to save some money. Oftentimes, this can also be a form of entertainment or other creative outlet, so it results in dual-purpose economizing. Here are ten simple and frugal DIY ideas: 1. […]

Frugal Friday: The Cost of Being Frugal

Most people, when the word frugal comes to mind, may think about all that it will gain them. And it’s true. There are huge benefits to being wise with your money. Reducing or eliminating debt, saving for a rainy day, saying no to some good things in order to enjoy better things, educating your children, […]

Frugal Friday: Making the Most of In Season Produce

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Cut grocery costs by making the most of in-season produce. Here are some tips to get the best prices and enjoy the fruit of the season.

Frugal Friday: Save Money on Birthdays

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This post was originally published on May 30, 2008 Birthdays are meant to be a celebration of the guest of honor and a time to thank God for him or her. But, children’s parties can take on a life of their own if you aren’t careful. Being on a budget has forced me to calm […]

Frugal Friday: Dejunk, Organize, and Clean

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With the beginning of summer vacation, I made the decision to clean our house from top to bottom. What I anticipated taking two weeks is going to take a little longer. Life continues to go on while I’ve sequestered myself in a room cleaning. This means that laundry, meals, and Lego explosions still happen. I […]

Frugal Friday: Dad Was Right

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This is another one of those weeks when I have to give my dad a little more credit for a great money saving idea. My dad was uber-frugal when I was growing up. Back then I thought he was just cheap. But now that I have six children of my own, I’m seeing the wisdom […]

Frugal Friday: Catch a Flick For Free – Or Close To

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I have wonderful memories of the movies. The first in my recollection was going to Grauman’s Chinese Theatre to see Star Wars. I was five. And it was a really. big. deal. As a teenager, a night at the movies with my girlfriends was a regular weekend affair, complete with those nuclear cheese nachos, a […]