Frugal Friday: Build a Frugal Pantry

One of my go-to ways to save money is to cook from scratch. I’ve done it for most of my life, actually. Mine was a cooking and baking family. Scratch cooking tastes better and is often the least expensive way to feed your family. Not to mention the healthiest. During our most serious get-out-of-debt season, […]

Clothing Your Kids Without Losing Your Shirt – Frugal Friday

One of my back to school highlights as a child was going “back to school” shopping. Granted this was in the 80’s before the internet allowed all sorts of information and online shopping. And I was not frugal unless I wanted to me. In fact, having grown up in a suburb of Los Angeles, just […]

Frugal Friday: Choose Wisely

I had an interesting conversation with a friend. Someone had asked her why she paying for gymnastics and swim lessons for her children when she was trying to save money. It wasn’t a question of paying for perceived luxuries when there was debt to pay off. Her friend just didn’t understand her paying for expensive […]

Frugal Friday: Does Car Debt Make It Harder to Sell a Car?

We spent the greater part of last year pricing out used vehicles. Well, I should say hubs spent the greater part of last year pricing out used vehicles. What do I know? We knew that it was only a matter of time before our minivan bit the dust and we wanted to be prepared. We […]

How Freezer Cooking Saves Me Money: Frugal Friday

Freezer cooking has been a way to save me time and energy over the last 13 years. Not only do I spend less time in the kitchen each night, but I also don’t have to think too hard to find something for dinner. Usually. (That’s my disclaimer because there are plenty of nights when I’ve […]

5 Ways to Save on Christmas Expenses – Frugal Friday

This week we’ve been talking Christmas planning here at LifeasMOM. As you probably know, the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Years are the biggest retail weeks of the year. Stores want your money and they’ll go to great lengths to get you to buy their product. We need to be diligent all 12 months of […]

Frugal Friday: Learning to Save in a New Part of the Country

Relocations are happening all around us, especially in the height of summer. Moving itself can be expensive. There’s the transportation, the boxes, the deposits, not to mention setting up shop in a new home. Often brooms and trash cans don’t make the trip. But, what about learning the ropes in a new area? That can […]

Frugal Friday: Stay Home

One of the easiest ways that we save money in our family is to stay home. Now, before you roll your eyes and whine, “Boooooring…,” hear me out. Recreational shopping costs money. Restaurant meals cost money. Fuel for transportation costs money. A night at the movies costs money. ‘Nuf said? I’m not saying that you […]