Happy Birthday, SwagBucks!

If you haven’t signed up for SwagBucks, you should. I just received my first book from Amazon, purchased with gift cards earned by doing something you do everyday, searching the internet. My book was totally free! You don’t shop Amazon? That’s okay. There are plenty of other prizes, like Starbucks gift cards. Even if you […]

Adventures in Couponing

It’s been exactly one year since I first started this couponing/frugal shopping adventure. I have learned a lot about saving money and reading the fine print. I have also found some fun blogs and made some great friends in the process. Saving money does not have to be drudgery! Prior to last February I thought […]

Grocery Geek Presents Freebies Week

I “purchased” all that is in the photo — for free! Yeah! It feels so good to get something for nothing! Isn’t that amazing? Prior to my adventure in couponing, I regularly bought baby wash for the kids. It comes in a pump container which I like for reducing waste. However, these Johnson Buddies soaps […]

Budget Living: Make Your Own Chicken Stock

You’ve probably heard it said again and again how you can save money by making your own ______________ (fill in the blank). From baked goods to birthday cakes, cooking from scratch generally is the less expensive road to travel. One of the easiest things to make yourself (and it tastes better, too) is chicken stock. […]

MOM Deals This Week: And Now On To Easter?

I kid you not. Walgreens has candy eggs featured in tomorrow’s ad. Oh people, Ash Wednesday hasn’t even happened. Sigh…. Onward and upward. This week is probably a lull for marketers after all the hype of Valentine’s day. And that’s okay. All our pocketbooks could probably use a rest. Some things to think about this […]

Grocery Geek Presents: Local Stores and Good Deals

If your favorite grocery store is one of the big names, such as Safeway, Kroger, or Albertsons, then chances are you’ve found a blog (or twelve) that regularly report the good deals and how you can save a buck at those shops. But, believe it or not, there are still stores out there that don’t […]

Budget Living: A Frugal Valentine or Other Sweet Treat

A mom I met at the WholeHearted Mother Conference last week did some great planning ahead. Laura found out the names of all the ladies at our table and put together some sweet treats to leave at our places in between breaks. Chocolates, Scripture, and encouraging words, what more could a mom want? Here’s one […]

Budget Living: There IS Such a Thing as a Free Lunch (or Dinner)

Last night FishPapa and I went on a long-anticipated date. We’d been waiting until we could swing a free sitter. Thankfully, one of my kid brothers was available. It was nice to get out of the house and spend some time together. Dinner at Red Robin was fantastic! My favorite is their Bleu Ribbon Burger. […]