Enjoying Fast Food Without Spending a Fortune

The FishFam loves to eat out! My 6 year old recently commented that he liked to eat out ’cause he didn’t have to clear and wipe the table. Yes, I hear you, my boy. But, eating out, whether it’s for convenience or for the pure enjoyment of the food, can be very expensive, especially when […]

A Means to An End

You’ve heard me wax eloquent about coupons and Dave Ramsey and all my great grocery bargains. I am not a frugal expert, though I’ve been trying for a long time. It’s taken awhile to establish frugal habits and not feel “deprived. We like nice things: Vacations in France. Good, no, great coffee. Sundried tomatoes and […]

Frugal Cooking: Bread Busts The Budget

If you haven’t noticed, bread is expensive. Especially if you want to feed your family whole grains. This past winter I fell into the habit of buying really yummy, gourmet breads at Costco. Everything from bagels, baguettes, English muffins, delicious San Francisco style sourdough (just like back home) and regular whole grain sandwich bread. Well, […]

Book It! The Total Money Makeover

About a year ago my husband and I got a major wake-up call. We’d been living a pretty easy lifestyle, not too extravagant, but not overly frugal. We paid all our bills on time and kept track of what we spent. We lived month-to-month like most people and thought that debt was a “tool” that […]

Fatherhood: A Tough Bill to Fill

Being a dad is a hard job. Yes, I know, momming is challenging, too. But, as I get older, God is giving me eyes to see my husband in light of the unique challenges he faces. It’s not all about me. Since ours is a one-income home, the responsibility of providing for our physical needs […]

Birthdays on the Cheap

Wondering how to economize and simplify at birthday time? Here’s how we did it. Someday you won’t always hear me talking about our new frugal lifestyle. But, until we are debt-free, we are following Dave Ramsey’s advice to “Live like no one else, so that later, you can live like no one else.” And so […]