Remembering the Romance: (Cheap) Date Night

The other night my youngest brother watched the five older children while FishPapa and I went out for dinner, baby in tow. It was the first time we’d been on “a date” since we sat alone in my hospital room two months ago. A lot has happened since then. It was great to share a […]

Non-Frugal Things to Avoid When Moving

Experience speaks volumes. Please listen. 1. Don’t pack all the toilet paper, paper towels, and soap that you bought for pennies so that you have to pay through the nose ($1 for a bar of soap?!) to buy those necessities while you wait for the moving truck to arrive. 2. If you have laundry baskets […]

Shopping Less Makes Me Happier

Shopping less saves money and time! It also can make you happier and more peaceful if you stay out of the stores. Heather has spoiled me today in providing this post! I’m proud to say that I am an infrequent shopper. Sure, I didn’t always subscribe to the theory that “less is more” when it comes […]

Frugal Living: Using Substitutions

Back in the days – the pre-coupon/pre-Dave Ramsey days – I was pretty snobby about my purchases. I thought name brands meant something. And I smugly looked down my nose at my lil’ sister who used cheap shampoo as body wash. I only bought the best. Well, come to find out, the best isn’t really […]

Budget Living: Dinner at Costco

Costco is my friend. I have always loved it. Where else can I find gourmet cheeses and breads for cheap? Where else can my kids get a free thrill by spotting and tasting all the samples available? Where else can I find the least expensive milk in town that also happens to be hormone-free? Where […]

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 […]

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 […]

Frugal Tip: Don’t Be So Loyal

I grew up with a father who was a marketer’s dream. He was/is the King of Brand Loyalty. Only Heinz ketchup. Only Roman Meal bread. Only Scott toilet paper. The list goes on. And I must confess I jumped on that band wagon. For years I felt compelled to reach for the Heinz, under pain […]