Frugal Friday: How to Economize When Getting Hitched

This week my husband and I celebrated fifteen years of marriage. I think it’s now official – we’re no longer newlyweds. It was so fun to go through the wedding pictures this week. A flood of memories came back. And with it came thankfulness for two most important men in my life. My husband, obviously, […]

Frugal Friday: Theme Parks on the Cheap

This past week our family ventured into the world of theme parks. While our oldest is almost twelve years old, we had been waiting for the “right” time. In different seasons “the right time” has been defined as when we lived close to one we wanted to visit. when the kids were old enough to […]

Grocery Geek Presents: Cereal, Pasta, and Breads – Oh My!

I love the idea of the Eat-from-the-Pantry Challenge. And I think that if push came to shove, I could have made it through without setting foot into a store before May 1. However, I found that as the month progressed, it wasn’t benefitting my family as it should. Once the freezer, frig, and cupboard started […]

Frugal Friday: The FishBoy Edition

Regular readers here will be familiar with the term FishBoy. It’s an affectionate moniker that we have used for our sons for quite some time. Awhile back the boys coined another term, the FishBoy Alliance, or FBA for short. This is their little club. And since I had four boys before I ever had a […]

If You Give a Mom a Good Deal

If you give a mom a good deal on avocados,it will make her think of guacamole.And if she thinks of guacamole, she’s going to want to make some.Wanting to make some will remind her that she’s out of chips.The best place to buy chips is the store down the road.So she will load up all […]

Frugal Friday: Get a Cardboard Box

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: we don’t have to spend a lot of money to entertain children. I remember a mentor mom once telling me about “creative boredom.” If the kids don’t have a lot of bells and whistles, they’ll find things to do. How true it is! One frugal activity […]

The Farmer’s Market – A Fine Thing!

Visiting Farmers’ Market is something that our family has done for almost fifteen years now in two countries and four different cities. Nowadays, it’s more about the experience than it is about the good deals. Usually, we find some fun snacks and go home with a few goodies. The kids and I went to a […]

Reusable Grocery Bags – They Work For Me!

As you know, I’m a big ol’ grocery geek. I love to score big on food costs. Plus, feeding a family of 8 requires that I buy a lot. My children are hobbits, and I think we have a meal every hour. Seriously. Needless to say, with all my shopping, I was getting buried under […]