Gifts for $10 or Less (Frugal Friday)


Our Christmas gift buying has always been on a budget of some kind. With six kids and a large extended family, we could easily got hog wild if we didn’t pay attention to what we were buying. And often, we’ve set a $10 limit for friends and family. You’d be amazed at what you can […]

Planning a Holiday Meal on a Budget (Frugal Friday)

Pumpkin Custard

Holiday meals can be expensive. I’ve often wondered why we are tempted to spend more on one meal than we might in a whole week. I’ve heard of some families who have spent as much on a holiday dinner as I spend in a month! May we not get too out of hand this year. […]

Shopping at Scratch and Dent Stores (Frugal Friday)


– Today’s Frugal Friday Tip is brought to you by Carrie from Springs Bargains – What comes to mind when you think of scratch-and-dent stores?  Mom’s stern warnings about never buying dented cans?  A bad experience with stale crackers? Or, the excitment of finding a favorite food that had been discontinued?  The thrill of discovering […]

Free Printables for Kids (Frugal Friday)

My kids love to color – even FishBaby FishChick2. And while we do have a huge bucket full of bargain coloring books and a few of the nicer Dover historical coloring books, many of the crew still get pretty jazzed about printable coloring pages. Maybe because it’s new and different? I love printable coloring pages […]

How to Have a Baby on the Cheap (Frugal Friday)

Every year you hear statistics of how much it costs to raise a child. The number is staggering, but I think sometimes misleading. While some costs are non-negotiable in life, there are things we can do to cut expenses and not go into hock while we raise a family. Here are some of things couples […]

8 Ways to Get Out of Debt (Frugal Friday)

Almost two years ago, we paid off our last bit of consumer debt: car, truck, credit cards. It’s amazing to me how different our life is today than it was when we first started tackling our debtor’s ways back in 2007. Life is much more calm and peaceful. It took us a year and a […]

Gearing Up for the Holidays (Frugal Friday)

Christmas Envelope

Even though Christmas is still several weeks away, I know that it will be here in the twinkling of an eye. And since I want to enjoy the season as much as possible and NOT get caught up in the craziness that often accompanies Christmas, I’m doing a few things to gear up. 1. Start […]

Saving My Milk Money (Frugal Friday)

Last week as I recounted our vacation story, I had to laugh about our Krispy Kreme adventure.It definitely was a perfect example of a frugality at work. I would have cringed as a teenager…. It was no big deal. Nothing earth shattering. An hour or two into our drive we stopped at the donut shop […]