Budget Living: Don’t Turn Up Your Nose at Used Furniture

When FishPapa and I were first married, we lived in a tiny, 250-square foot studio apartment. It was the guest house / pool house for a larger home. The landlords became good friends of ours and we enjoyed that season immensely.(Hi Ribbens Family!) Needless to say, space was a hot commodity. But, we lived in […]

A Tale of a Turkey

A few months back I bought an extra turkey to throw in the freezer. It was five bucks, so I figured it was a good investment. Usually when I do this, I feel obligated to fix a turkey dinner with all the trimmings. And that had been my original plan when I pulled it out […]

MOM Deals This Week

While I love to shop, I can often feel really anxious, particularly if I’m not sure how much time or money I have left to spend. Experience tells me two things: 1. Pay cash. If I go out with a predetermined amount of real, green money, I have a natural limit to what I can […]

A CVS Primer for January

Months ago I prepared this primer for the benefit of my two younger brothers at college. Neither one of them took advantage of their big sister’s advice. (Yeah, I can’t believe it either.) But, since I posted it to the blog, several moms have benefitted from it. Now that I live a mere two blocks […]

Grocery Geek Presents: Our Grocery Plan for 2009

FishPapa and I are finding that our household (and me, in particular) is less stressful if I’m not doing a lot of running around. Before FishBaby came it wasn’t too hard to run to six different stores each week and pick up all the good deals each one had to offer. Now? Well, now it’s […]

Budget Living: It’s Not a Race

Children, at least mine, are competitive by nature. Often, someone will say, “Let’s see who can ———- first.” It doesn’t matter what it is; it could be who makes his bed the fastest or who gets his seat belt on first. Everything is a potential competition. If the “opponent” is not prepared, he will object, […]

About Frugal Fridays

Frugal Friday is a great “meeting of the minds” to share frugal tips and tricks. As you know, we can all benefit from great ideas that have helped others save money. So, please share the wealth! Write about your favorite ways to save money each week, link to www.LifeasMOM.com and then bring your link back […]

Grocery Geek Presents: Hamming It Up

Got leftovers? If you’re like me and you bought a ham at a great price ($.77/#), you may have enjoyed it for Christmas dinner and now find yourself with leftover meat. Waste not, want not. But what to do with it all? Sandwiches are a great way to use up the rest. But, depending on […]