How to Use Up Those Gift Cards You’ve Been Stashing (Frugal Friday)

How to Use Up Those Gift Cards You

The other day a friend and I were chatting; she mentioned that they had a ton of gift cards that they’ve yet to use, some five or ten years old. I gave her the pep talk that she needed to use them on their upcoming trip cross-country. Vacation is a great time to save money […]

How to Make a Lego Money Holder

How to Build a Lego Money Holder - Create a fun Lego money holder for gifting cash for birthdays, graduation, and Christmas. It is amazingly simple.

Create a fun Lego money holder for gifting cash for birthdays, graduation, and Christmas. It is amazingly simple. This post does include affiliate links. If you make a purchase through those links, I am paid a small amount in way of advertising fees. Your price does not change, but your purchase indirectly helps support this […]

5 Small Ways to Save on Food Costs

5 Small Ways to Save on Food Costs

We’re trimming the sails this month. We got another hit from the Money Pit aka our rental property in Missouri. The previous tenants trashed the place and now we’re unloading thousands of dollars in repairs on a house we don’t want in a town where we don’t live. So, it’s beans and rice for this […]

How We Saved $50 in 5 Minutes

How We Saved $50 in 5 Minutes

One of our birthday traditions with the kids has been that they get to choose the menu for their special day, including one meal out. Some years this has been something as small as choosing from the dollar menu at McDonald’s. Some years we’ve been able to spend a little more. Over the last year […]

30 Things That Are FREE and FUN to Do Any Time of the Year

30 Things That Are FREE and FUN to Do Any Time of the Year

Girls just wanna have fun, right? Try these tips from Life as MOM contributor Prerna to enjoy free fun for summer or anytime of the year. Some are for the whole fam, but some are just for you, Mama. With summer in full swing here in India, I am putting together an idea file of […]

5 Cheap & Easy Ways to Get Ready for Summer

5 Cheap and Easy Ways to Get Ready for a Great Summer - Planning a great summer doesn

Planning a great summer doesn’t take a lot of money. Consider these ideas for frugal summer fun. Summer is just around the bend. For us that means a lighter school load. We still do math and literature through the summer, but we go a little more relaxed about it. For other families, kids are home […]

How to Gift Ebooks

How to Gift Ebooks

Books are fabulous gifts to give and to receive. Better yet is a free hour to sit and read without interruptions! Here’s how to give one of my ebooks as a gift. This post does include affiliate links. If you make a purchase through those links, I am paid a small amount in way of […]

Can California Be Budget-Friendly?

Can California Be Budget-Friendly? | Life as MOM

I grew up in Southern California. Except for the five years that we lived in Kansas (2003-2008), the Golden State has been my home. I love it. Despite its flaws, of which there are many, I know, I never want to leave again. Ever. Almost six years ago FishPapa and I decided to go for […]