Make a Monkey Munch Gift Jar

Monkey Munch Gift Jar - Make a sweet (and allergen-friendly) gift of trail mix with this Monkey Munch Gift Jar

Make a sweet (and allergen-friendly) gift of trail mix with this Monkey Munch Gift Jar from Life as MOM contributor Janel. Kids love fun looking jars…and they love this recipe for Nut-Free Monkey Munch Trail Mix. Because the mix is free of nuts and can be free of gluten and dairy (depending on how you […]

12 Ways to Save on Household Expenses (Frugal Friday)

Household expenses like cleaners, soaps, furniture, maintenance, and energy costs are all things that you can adjust with a little creative thinking. Five years ago, our lives were turned upside down. We finally faced the music of the consumer debt we had piled up. It amounted to over $16,000. We decided to get serious about […]

The Path of Least Resistance (Frugal Friday)

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Today’s tip is probably not very frugal. But, it may save you thousands of dollars in medical bills. Yesterday was rough. As I explained to the folks on Facebook, it was not without excitement: back pain, Urgent Care with my daughter, husband injured, two hockey practices. The hours between 3 pm — when I realized […]

24-Hour Date on a Dime in San Diego (Frugal Friday)

24-Hour Date Night on a Dime | Life as MOM

A weekend getaway, even if it’s only 24 hours, doesn’t have to be expensive. Here’s how to save money on your next overnighter. A few weeks ago FishPapa and I had a 24-Hour Date. When our kids were really little, the only time we were gone overnight was to go to the hospital and have […]

Keep Your Focus (Frugal Friday)

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Having a spouse or other friend remind you of your financial goals is a great way to stay focused on the bigger picture. You remember a few months ago when I wrote about that the life we didn’t choose? That life filled with plane tickets, dinners out, and room service. Sometimes I forget. Recently, I […]

Eat Leftovers and Save Money (Frugal Friday)

How to Make Stone Soup

If you eat what you have, you’ll save money. One of the biggest wastes of money is when we throw away food we could have eaten. That happens more than I would like around here. Probably does at your house, too. But, making a point to eat at home can make a huge impact on […]

Make Your Own Convenience Foods (Frugal Friday)

Over the years, one of the biggest ways that our family has saved money has been to do it ourselves. Whether it’s been car repairs, home improvements, gift-making, or cooking, homemade or DIY has been a huge money saver for us. Over on Good Cheap Eats this month, I’m sharing 31 Days of DIY Convenience […]

What Do You Waste Money On?

What Do You Waste Money On?

This article crossed my path this week. It’s a list from Dave Ramsey of things that Americans waste money on. We often spend money on things that are truly superfluous, unneccessary, useless, or without value. I found it to be a really interesting list. The top three items? Credit card interest Deal websites Appetizers I’m […]