Budget Living: Learning to Do Without

Over the last year as we’ve trimmed our budget, we’ve found that there are a lot of things that we can do without. Previously, I would run to the store at the drop of a hat if we didn’t have a certain condiment to go with dinner. Now, I just say, “Sorry, we don’t have […]

Toolin’ Up Tuesday: Quicken

A good tool is a beautiful thing. And let me tell you, we know about tools around here. The garage is full of them. But, a tool is only as good as the extent to which it helps you do your job well. One “job” that I have is to keep track of how we […]

Check This Out: Freebies 4 Mom

You know that I love to bargain shop. One of my regular stops on the web to get the heads’ up on freebies and other good deals is Freebies4Mom. Check it out for the latest on great coupons, giveaways and free samples.

Frugal Tip: Have a BackUp Plan

Normally, I plan out my menus for the week. This helps in a number of ways, particularly in budgeting. If I’m building from what’s in the cupboard and adding just a few ingredients, I can make do with less. Usually, this entails cooking from scratch which has proved to be the most frugal way to […]

Frugal Tip: It Doesn’t Hurt to Ask

Due to his profession as a contractor, FishPapa spends more time in Lowe’s and Home Depot than the average man. The plus side of this is that it isn’t a place that I have to worry about us getting “lost” in. We go in, we go out. It’s part of the job, rather than a […]

Stockpiling and My Chocolate Stash

So, call me crazy. But, I get really excited when I score a stockpile of items for cheap or free. Last week it was crackers and cereal. The weeks before my deals included lots of diapers. In the last few months since I started this grocery geek thing, I’ve been able to nab great deals […]

MOM Deals This Week

It’s a mixed bag this week in the Clash of the Drugstores. Walgreens was so good to me the last two weeks, they’re keeping a neck and neck race with CVS. For me this week proves to be a paper products (and chocolate!) week at both. CVS: in four trips I’ll do the diaper wipes/candy/Children’s […]

Grocery Geek Presents: Cereal Galore

After all my whining about empty pantry shelves, this week was a welcome relief to the grocery geek in me. The FishKids and I made a few trips to Walgreens to take advantage of their Kelloggs sales. I bought 12 boxes of cereal for $.25/box. Then, we were able to get the rest of what’s […]