Saving Money on Auto Service and Repair

Photo Source: vagawi A few weeks ago, FishPapa got new tires for his truck. I know, everyone has an opinion about tires. Believe me, we heard a lot of them while we were tire shopping. Yes, I even made some calls and learned a world of information about tires. We shopped around for Michelins, knowing […]

Be My Frugal Valentine: Frugal Friday

Valentine’s Day is a week from Sunday — and it will sneak up on you right quick. Time to think what you’ll do for your sweetheart and children. Preplanning will help avoid high costs in a week or so. How can you celebrate what’s in your heart without spending an arm and a leg? Try […]

Freezer Cooking: The Final Analysis

Well, Monday morning, my list looked like this: Nutty Granola (check) mixes: biscuit, pancake, muffin, scone, and cornbread (check) crockpot applesauce Trail Mix Cookies (check) shredded chicken (check) marinated chicken (check) marinated pork strips (check) grated cheese (check) I was amazed that I got so much done, even though it didn’t feel like I attempted […]

A Great Diaper Deal You Don’t Want to Miss!

I figure that after 6 children and 12 years of motherhood, I’ve changed a lot of diapers. Frankly, I don’t really want to do the math. We’re now down to one babe in diapers, but man, the costs have gone up in the last decade! My sister has told me for years what a bargain […]

Freezer Cooking: The Weekend Update

Normally, I try to leave the weekends open for “fun stuff” rather than housework. But, since we’re homebound nursing colds, it seemed natural — and wise — to putter around and get some things accomplished. So, freezer cooking and homekeeping chores actually happened. Saturday morning I whipped up a batch of Nutty Granola which turned […]

Freezer Cooking Day, Part One: Meats and Baking Mixes

I’m taking the slow train to freezer cooking. In months past, I’ve done my SuperWoman impersonation. This weekend, I’m nursing a sore throat and trying to get well for my trip. So, slow and steady wins the race sounded like a better way to approach freezer cooking this time ’round. (I realized that I’m the […]

Frugal Friday: How We Saved $15,000 on a Bigger Minivan

Car seats cramping your style — and your car? Thinking that another baby requires you to buy a bigger vehicle?┬áIf you have multiple young children, then you know what it can be like to pack several carseats into the backseat of a car or van. We upgraded from a car to a minivan when our […]

Birthday Cake Round-Up – This Thursday

One of the joys and challenges of being a mom is celebrating the milestones of your child’s life: his first steps, first words, school days, and, of course, birthdays. One of the special things that we do in the FishFam is celebrate birthdays with a fun and festive birthday cake. It’s more fun to make […]