5 Cheap & Easy Ways to Get Ready for Summer

5 Cheap and Easy Ways to Get Ready for a Great Summer - Planning a great summer doesn

Planning a great summer doesn’t take a lot of money. Consider these ideas for frugal summer fun. Summer is just around the bend. For us that means a lighter school load. We still do math and literature through the summer, but we go a little more relaxed about it. For other families, kids are home […]

How to Gift Ebooks

How to Gift Ebooks

Books are fabulous gifts to give and to receive. Better yet is a free hour to sit and read without interruptions! Here’s how to give one of my ebooks as a gift. This post does include affiliate links. If you make a purchase through those links, I am paid a small amount in way of […]

Can California Be Budget-Friendly?

Can California Be Budget-Friendly? | Life as MOM

I grew up in Southern California. Except for the five years that we lived in Kansas (2003-2008), the Golden State has been my home. I love it. Despite its flaws, of which there are many, I know, I never want to leave again. Ever. Almost six years ago FishPapa and I decided to go for […]

Frugal Friday: Is a Personal Shopping Service Right for You?

Is a personal shopper worth it? I know personal shopping can work. This instance worked for me. I know the shopping service can work for some people. It works for my friend.

I know personal shopping can work. One instance worked for me. I know a shopping service can work for some people. It works for my friend. But does it work for you? Yesterday after I got my hair cut, I stopped at a department store outlet to do a little shopping. Since I have two […]

May the Force Be With You: Star Wars Cake

May the Force Be With You: Star Wars Cake - Long, long ago, in a galaxy far, far away, there was a birthday cake that every Jedi dreamed of.... In honor of Sunday, May the Fourth, here

Long, long ago, in a galaxy far, far away, there was a birthday cake that every Jedi dreamed of…. In honor of Sunday, May the Fourth, here’s a fun cake to make.

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9 Things I’ve Learned about Money

9 Things I

When I was a child, I used to think that having many possessions was a sign of wealth or affluence. In some ways, I guess it is. It’s costly to maintain, though.

I just spent a couple hours thinning my daughters’ wardrobes — for the second time in two months. While it’s lovely that FishChick5 has six pairs of pink pants, she really doesn’t need them all. Most of them are hand-me-downs and gifts, but still. SIX pairs? What are we — the Pink Ladies?!

We kept three and are donating the other three — along with a few other items. We thinned the herd, as my husband calls it. I suppose in many respects, it’s a good problem to have — as long as I don’t hoard those clothes instead of sharing them with someone else who could put them to good use.

Spring Crafts for Kids

Spring Crafts for Kids - Spring calls for bright colors and a little carefree play. Check out these fun crafts to do with kids.

Spring calls for bright colors and a little carefree play. Check out these fun crafts to do with kids. Whether you’re celebrating Easter later in a few days, May Day in a few weeks or Mother’s Day next month, consider one or two of these fun crafts to do with your kiddos. I don’t know […]

5 Ways to Eat Healthier on a Budget (Frugal Friday)

5 Ways to Eat Healthier on a Budget - Looking to improve your family

Looking to improve your family’s diet, but not sure how to pull it off on a budget? Consider these 5 ways to eat better and save some coin. One of the dilemmas about food — and there are many these days — is that the healthier food is also the more expensive food. The ingredients […]