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 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 […]

Grocery Geek Presents: A Costco Week


I just love Costco. Sigh. I told you, didn’t I, that when I was pregnant with the first FishKid my hubby and I would drive 45 minutes just to eat dinner there. Wow! What I will do for a cheap, hotdog dinner! It’s working really well for our family to make a Costco run about […]

Budget Living: Counting the Cost

Kindergarten Students Learning to Tell Time 2003

The other morning I decided to get online “real quick” and put together a small photo book for FishPapa. SnapFish had been sending me lots of coupons and I figured I could get a cool gift for a few bucks. The website said that flip books (up to 45 pages) started at $4.99, and an […]

Great Stuff — for Free!


A few months ago when I started following a bunch of frugal blogs, I landed on Freebies4Mom. There Heather introduced me to the wealth of free samples that are to be had out there. Wow! Pictured is what I received in my mailbox in one day! Samples are a great way to try a product […]

Grocery Geek Presents: More than Just Groceries


Thankfully, the sales haven’t been so good that I’ve been tempted to go over budget. This week two local stores had 8 hour sales so FishPapa hit one on his way from work while I took the kids there on our way home from our playday. It can be wearying to continue this “cherry picking,” […]

Budget Living: Adjusting Your Food Budget Goals


As moms, we wear a lot of different hats. It’s not enough to feed, clothe, and love on our children, but we also need to “stay in the black” and teach fiscal responsibility to our children. Let neither us nor our children be the ones who need to be “bailed out.” Yet, budgeting is not […]