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12 Ways to Save on Vacation (Frugal Friday)

Vacations are a wonderful opportunity to reconnect as a family, relax, and reenergize. And if you can do it on a budget? So much the better! Vacation season is upon us! I know this because we went to Disneyland this week, thinking we would beat the summer rush. No can do. The park was teaming […]

Family Movie Nights: Hugo, Tintin, War Horse

Head’s up! If you make a purchase through any Amazon links, I do receive a small percentage of the sale. Movie night is a pretty big deal around here. It started back in the days before we ever had cable or even the internet. We were a no-TV family for about ten or twelve years. […]

Eat Well, Spend Less: Letting Kids Cook

Including your kids in the kitchen is a great way to teach them life skills and, eventually, save money. Eat well, spend less, and let the kids cook! As we all know cooking and eating at home is typically healthier, tastier, and often more economical than processed or restaurant fare. And if there’s more than […]

Let’s Tour Colonial Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg, formerly a colonial capital, has been restored in architecture as well as in spirit, making it the ideal “family field trip.” I’m a West Coast girl. I’ve lived in Southern California for most of my life. When I’ve lived or traveled elsewhere, I haven’t ventured father east than the Mississippi, unless it was […]

12 Ways to Save on Gifts (Frugal Friday)

It is better to give than receive — unless it puts you in hock! Avoid debt and overspending by giving gifts wisely and economically. 1. Bake something. Bake someone happy with homemade breads, cookies, cakes, and pies. Homemade is always better than storebought. And the ingredients can often be less expensive that a fancy bakery. […]

Easy Cakes You Can Decorate Yourself

Decorating a cake you’ve baked at home is not difficult. In fact, it’s a great way to customize it for taste and birthday party theme — without paying a high price. You CAN have your cake and eat it, too! If I can decorate a home baked cake, so can you! I am not all […]

Q&A: Video Games

Occasionally, readers write with questions that I know others might be able to add to or benefit from. Today we’re talking about video games, gaming systems, and how to know if and when to introduce those to your household. Take whatever I say with a grain of salt, and be sure to add your two […]

Summer Fun for the Only Child

We’re planning for summer fun around here. Today Prerna shares how to enjoy the summer daze with an child. We’re enjoying full-blown summer days here in India and soon it will be that time when school shuts down and our daughter is at home. all day. alone. with us. Yes, we have an ‘only’ child […]