Frugal Friday: DIY Backyard Toys

I’ve been the mom of toddlers for about ten years or so. In my earlier years I wanted my child to have the very best of everything. What mom doesn’t? But, back then, I thought “best of everything” meant brand new and expensive. I didn’t know that, richer or poorer, kids really don’t need much […]

Grocery Geek Presents: I Even Shocked the Box Boy

Many moons ago I worked as a “courtesy clerk,” or boxgirl at the local grocery store. In addition to bagging groceries, I spent many an hour helping customers out with their purchases, collecting carts, and putting away that box of cereal you changed your mind on and left in the diaper aisle. (It’s okay, I […]

Frugal Friday: Do a Holiday Dinner on a Dime

I mentioned yesterday how special my mom made special occasions. We were always on a budget, but things always looked nice and tasted great. I don’t really know how she pulled it off. I never heard her complain that she couldn’t set a pretty table or a fancy spread due to lack of money. Mom? […]

You’re the Next Contestant on "The Price is Right!"

Recently readers asked, I do use coupons and read all of these sites but still spend 150-200 a week at the grocery store? Any suggestions? — Jessi I am terrible about coupons. I’m much better at frugal shopping. What are the best ways to save as a frugal shopper, without coupons? — Jenna Both of […]

Grocery Geek Presents: $126.61

I confess that I’m still struggling to find the right budget point for our groceries. (By groceries, I mean food, cleaning supplies, toiletries, medicines, and diaper supplies. So, it’s a pretty broad category. Since I track everything in Quicken, it is just easier to make sure purchases made at CVS, Walgreens, and grocery stores just […]

Frugal Friday: Frozen Assets

This is part of an extensive series on Freezer Cooking. Be sure to read the archives here and on my food blog Good Cheap Eats for the complete 411 on how to save money by “make-ahead and freeze” tactics. Or just buy my book. Without a doubt, convenience food items are well, convenient. They make “life as MOM” a little bit […]

Try It, You Will Like It: SwagBucks

Have you signed up with SwagBucks yet? I admit I was skeptical when I first heard about this “search and win” business. But, since signing up, our family has enjoyed free Starbucks and free books and gifts from Amazon. It’s really easy to win. Just sign up and use SwagBucks as your search engine. In […]

Last Chance for a Good Deal

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