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Frugal Friday: Golden Rules of Frugality

OK, I wouldn’t call these rules, necessarily. They’re more like guidelines.

But, they are important guidelines, nonetheless. It helps me to remember these when I’m paying the bills and the numbers don’t go in quite the direction I wish they would. It helps me to remember them when I see some cool kitchen gadget that I don’t really need, but it would be really cool to have. It helps me to remember them when I don’t feel like we’ve saved enough money each month.

Vacation Freebies

Ever since our days of traipsing through the South of France together, FishPapa and I have loved to travel and see new places. And that hasn’t changed since having children. Our luggage has just increased.

And, I guess, truth be told, we’ve always been budget travelers. When it was time to choose a honeymoon location, airfare to France was actually less expensive than Hawaii. How convenient! We flew across the Atlantic for about $200 roundtrip for each cheap seat!

Giveaway: The Total Money Makeover

cash envelopes

Two things are certain in this life: Death and Taxes. So said Benjamin Franklin many years ago. This week it’s time to pay up. At least the tax part. In honor of Tax Day, I decided to offer up a great giveaway. Time to tell your money where to go! You know that I am […]

Seen a Good Diaper Deal Lately?

When I first started diapering, lo, almost 13 years ago, the expensive brand cost about $5 or $6 a package for MORE diapers than they pack nowadays. My, how times change! Over a decade later, I’m still changing diapers. And the price has gone up tremendously over the years. Now, the quality has certainly improved, […]

Grocery Geek Presents: Playing The Drugstore Game

One of the ways that I can regularly cut our family’s expenses is to keep a supply of toiletries and over-the-counter medicines on hand at all times. Rather than buy these items at full price when we need them, I keep an eye out for good sales on the products that we normally use, like […]

The Weekend Begins!

Sun-baked kiddos after a day at the park are cooling as they watch a short video. The bread machine is working on tonight’s pizza dough. FishPapa is on his way home from work and the weekend begins. Tonight’s agenda? Pizza and a movie. Not sure on the film, but the food is almost the same […]

Frugal Friday: Cleaning and Dejunking Can Save You Money

A home with 8 inhabitants is a clutter-magnet. Kid stuff, mom stuff, papa stuff – we’ve got it all. And need I mention all the things that I think I should keep? What if we go to the snow? I should keep all 20 sizes of children’s cold weather gear. What if someone wants to […]

Have You Met Alice?

No, I’m not talking out the housekeeper for the Brady Bunch, but I am thinking I need one of those. This Alice is an online, one-stop shop for household goods, like pantry staples, cleaning supplies, toiletries, even some over-the-counter medicines. It’s a grocery and drug store  — without the cart. It even supplies the coupons […]