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Frugal Friday: Mind Over Money

When I was growing up, my parents were always very careful with money. Neither of their families had had a lot of money when they were children, and so they knew how to save. It took a long time for me to appreciate this. I remember scrunching down in the backseat of the car when […]

Grocery Geek Presents: What $107 Buys You in Southern California

It can be done. I was worried that it couldn’t. But I think it can. I think it can. Living frugally in Southern California is within reach. I entered 2009 thinking I might reduce my couponing efforts, but going over budget early on made me rethink that idea. With the start of March I decided […]

Memes: URS and Frugal Fridays

There’s all sorts of exciting things happening over here in terms of group participation these days. Not only have I got one fun meme, but now thanks to Crystal, I have two fun memes. How lucky could a girl be? And their subjects? Food and Money – probably the two most talked about topics in […]

Grocery Geek Presents: Read Your Junk Mail

Last week I had my grocery lists going and was all set to hit the stores on Saturday morning. We had been eating out of our stockpile, and I was looking forward to getting some new provisions to liven things up. Friday afternoon’s mail brought a stack of junk. But couponing has taught me to […]

Budget Living: Find Frugal Friends

There’s something to be said about the old saying, “Be careful who you hang out with.” You know, your parents probably said something about that when you were a teenager. Our friends and our surroundings influence us — for better or for worse. If we’re not firmly grounded in our convictions, we can be easily […]

The Phone Call You Dread

The phone rings. You answer. A surreptitious, male voice asks, “Did you want them long or extra long?” “Long.” “Thin or ultra thin?” “Ultra.” “OK, but I can’t find the ones with wings.” If you’ve ever wondered how to spare your husband the inevitable phone call from the feminine products aisle, check out my recent […]

Coupon Giveaway Winners

Congrats to the winners of the coupon packs. hjclemlap1@sylouette98@ I’ll be starting a new series on couponing this month, answering your great questions or seeking out others who can. So stay tuned!

Grocery Geek Presents: Working a Deal To Lower the Price of Something Else

WARNING: This post involves some math. How’s that for a lengthy title? Could I be anymore vague? Hopefully, this will clarify. I mentioned earlier that I was chopping my food budget for the week. I stocked up on fresh produce and a few miscellaneous items on Sunday night, and we’ve been using up what’s on […]