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.

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 […]

Frugal Friday: My Biggest Debt Paid

This morning my five year old son woke up with a plan to shop at Target. I don’t know where it came from. I hadn’t even mentioned the great sale on eggs that I planned to take advantage of. No, on his own accord, he was a man on a mission. There was a Playmobil […]

Frugal Friday: Budget-Friendly Vacation Tips

Last weekend we went away on a little road trip to the Central Coast of California. It was a great time to get away from our everyday, see family and friends, and have a mini-vacation. As you can imagine, traveling with six children in a minivan is neither easy, roomy, or inexpensive. So, FishPapa and […]

Frugal Friday: Save Money on Pizza Night

The best pizza in the world can be found at the corner of Bouquet Canyon and Soledad Canyon Road in Santa Clarita. It’s been the gold standard of pizza for me since I was old enough to eat. But, since it’s a 2hr drive and a $50 meal for our family, we don’t do it […]

Frugal Friday: Making My Own Instant Oatmeal

Last week I mentioned how I love breakfast in a box. It makes our mornings go so much more smoothly when I serve food that is easy to prepare, easy to clean-up. The kids can actually do it all themselves! Cold cereal and instant oatmeal are the favorites. But, recently they went through one box […]

Frugal Friday: Bake It Yourself

It used to be that I spent up to $600 a month to feed just my husband and me. Yeah, I’m embarrassed to say so, but ’tis true. I suppose I could justify the expense that we were a “double-income, no kids” household and that food was one of our hobbies. But, still. Knowing that […]

Public Transportation & Another Frugal Friday

When I lived in France during college, I did not own a car. I either walked or took the bus, metro, or train wherever I went. It was a fun lifestyle and one that was unencumbered by gas prices, car repair, or foreign traffic. But, life is different in much of the United States and […]