Eat Leftovers and Save Money (Frugal Friday)

How to Make Stone Soup

If you eat what you have, you’ll save money. One of the biggest wastes of money is when we throw away food we could have eaten. That happens more than I would like around here. Probably does at your house, too. But, making a point to eat at home can make a huge impact on […]

Make Your Own Convenience Foods (Frugal Friday)

Over the years, one of the biggest ways that our family has saved money has been to do it ourselves. Whether it’s been car repairs, home improvements, gift-making, or cooking, homemade or DIY has been a huge money saver for us. Over on Good Cheap Eats this month, I’m sharing 31 Days of DIY Convenience […]

What Do You Waste Money On?

What Do You Waste Money On?

This article crossed my path this week. It’s a list from Dave Ramsey of things that Americans waste money on. We often spend money on things that are truly superfluous, unneccessary, useless, or without value. I found it to be a really interesting list. The top three items? Credit card interest Deal websites Appetizers I’m […]

Free Tastes Better (Frugal Friday)

free tastes better Life as MOM

Years ago neither a coupon nor a free deal could sneak by me. It’s like I had a sixth sense. I refused to buy anything that wasn’t free or very very cheap. That was when we were “gazelle intense” about fighting our debt. Pursing the deals was a way to evade debt. We saved money […]

13 Practically Free Family Night Ideas (Frugal Friday)

Practically Free Family Night Ideas | Life as MOM

Grab some family-fun inspiration and share some of your own on today’s Frugal Friday.┬áThis post does include Amazon affiliate links. If you make a purchase through those links, I am paid a small amount in way of advertising fees. After spending many, many hours preparing for and attending multiple hockey games on Saturday night, I […]

Getting a Good Value or Why We Pay the High Cost to Live in California (Frugal Friday)

Frugality is getting a good value for what you pay. That’s how we can live in California and pay the high cost of living. This post was originally published on September 13, 2012. The message still holds true. Many people have wondered how it’s possible to live in California which has a reputation for having […]

Saving Money on Homeschool Supplies (Frugal Friday)

Saving Money on Homeschool Supplies | Life as MOM

This September marks our 12th year of homeschooling. Wow. I love this life we’ve chosen. It hasn’t been without its challenges, that’s for sure. But, it’s been good. Back in the day, 2002, to be exact, we had three kids five and under and very little money. The idea of private school was preposterous, but […]

Clean the Fridge and Save Money (Frugal Friday)

Clean out the fridge to save money

If you’re an immaculate housekeeper, then you probably can skip this post. If your life is such that clutter can pile up from time to time, then read on. While I love a house that is clean and tidy 24/7, that is not exactly where I live. For a couple hours every day, we enjoy […]