Getting Started with Coupons

Last week in Walmart I caused some fellow shoppers a small degree of frustration. I was using coupons at the checkout. Despite the fact that the front checkstands were deserted when I got in line, a small queue formed behind me as it took a few minutes for the checker to scan my coupons. But, I […]

Frugal Friday: Couch Repair Q and A

Since I’m a know-it-all big sister, humility has come hard over the years. But, I well remember a graduate school class on Socrates and how true knowledge is knowing what you don’t know — and then finding out the answers. I’ve tried to remember that over the years. It’s okay not to have all the […]

Diaper Divas? Did You Get a Good Deal?

I mentioned a few weeks ago how Diapers.com had a great special going on for first time shoppers that included a rebate and a big discount. In the end, you can get $25 off a 50 purchase. Pretty sweet. When word first circulated about the deal, many people dismissed it because they don’t use disposables or […]

The High Five of the Century

cash envelopes

Remember this cake? Truly, I am not obsessed with Dave Ramsey. But, well, the first six weeks of this year really seem to have been Dave Ramsey-inspired. Not only did I reread The Total Money Makeover and get the chance to make a Dave Ramsey birthday cake, but earlier this month when I was in Nashville, […]

So Thankful for My Family Man, My Sweet Valentine

As you know, last week I went out of town for four days. It was the longest time that I had been away from my husband and children. And truth be told, despite my fancy info sheet, I didn’t do the best job at setting my family up for success. Meals were not easy to put together, […]

Grocery Geek Rides Again!

You know that I love to save money on groceries by using coupons. And after six weeks of subsistence grocery shopping, I’m getting back in the saddle again. I haven’t really clipped a coupon or snagged a major grocery deal since before Christmas! What’s going on here? Well, we ate from the pantry in January […]

How We Saved Money on a New Washer and Dryer

See this? This is HALF the laundry that was generated in my household in the last week since the dryer broke. The washer and dryer were on their last legs and decided to die in my absence. Right on their heels went the radiator and thermostat in our van. And the cam sensor. Whatever THAT is. My […]

Frugal Friday: Shoe Repair Will Save Money and Your Soles

Back in the old days, clothing and shoes were items that people wore for a long time. In fact, if an article of clothing became torn or worn, it was repaired, or even remade to present a freshened look. If they couldn’t make the adjustments themselves, women took their family’s clothing to seamstresses and tailors […]