HUGE List of Places to Find Free Homeschool Curriculum

We recently pulled Emma out of public school (again) to homeschool her. She's entering her 3rd full week out of school and doing great. Because it's the end of the year (well, almost) and because she has a lot of catching up to do for the curriculum we'll be using next year, I'm … [Read more...]

How to Grow Celery from Scraps

  First things first. I really don't have a green thumb. Seriously. I've never actually gardened in my life until this year. Luckily for me (and you too maybe?) this is crazy, super simple easy to do. So crazy, super simple easy that the kids could even do it as a school … [Read more...]

20 Common Expenses You Should Stop Spending Money On

When your personal budget is really tight, it can be really disheartening to try and cut your expenses but not be able to cut them back far enough. What most of us don't realize though is that the chances are good that we have more money than we think to spend.  Money that we're … [Read more...]

8 Thrift Store Shopping Do’s and Don’ts

  I love thrift store shopping. Really! I do! In my neighborhood, I have a ton of thrift stores and over the 2 years that we have lived here, I have nailed down which ones are the best for what type of deals and when we go shopping, we make the rounds based on what we're … [Read more...]

42 Homemade Items You’ll Never Buy Again!

      When I'm looking to cut expenses, one of the things that I love to do is to take a look at what I can stop buying and make myself. It's actually dual purpose since homemade products typically taste better or work better than most of the commercial products … [Read more...]

How To Dehydrate & Preserve Fresh Mushrooms

  So the other day when I did my January grocery trip, I managed to find a really decent deal on fresh button mushrooms. They were marked down to just .99¢ each which in my experience, is a fairly decent deal. Enough of a deal for me to grab them.     As you … [Read more...]

Are You Really Frugal? The True Meaning of Living a Frugal Lifestyle

  The other day I was having a conversation with a close friend and she made some offhanded comment about thinking she was frugal and then realizing after talking to me that she really wasn't. So that got me thinking about what it really means to live a frugal lifestyle. … [Read more...]

10 Things Thrifty People Never Buy New

  We often talk about saving money, but a lot of the time it can really come down to how we're feeling that day. We head out to the store and we're just not feeling well so we just grab whatever happens to be on the shelf. Unfortunately, thoughtless shopping is a great … [Read more...]

10 Things Thrifty People Reuse To Save Money

The other day, I'm in the kitchen and I happened to be rinsing out a peanut butter jar. Que the 9 year old who already thinks that Mom has lost most of her mind (yes child, YOU are the reason for that...lol). When she walked in, I swear, the look she gave me could not have been … [Read more...]

What a $5.00 Cell Phone Taught My 9 Year Old

    My Emma...gotta love her. Somedays I would love to duck tape her to the wall, but hey, I still love her...lol. Anyhow, for the last year, she's been begging me for a phone. She doesn't really need one, she just wants one. All of her friends have them and of … [Read more...]