How to Save money on Your Electric Bill with Extreme Frugality

If you ask most people what their most expensive bill is, they will tell you it is their electric bill. With electric rates that fluctuate from month to month, it can be hard to really figure out how to save money on your electric bill with any certainty. If your electric bill is too high, it may … [Read More...]

How to Make a Milk Jug Bird Feeder

My mom almost always had an milk jug full of iced tea in the fridge when I was growing up. She knew she could repurpose empty milk jugs, but it wasn't really her "thing" to find too many ways to use empty milk jugs. For her, they were simply a way to store a drink. For me, they are another way to … [Read More...]

Why You Must Be Self Sufficient to Truly Live Frugal

Living a self sufficient life is a dream of ours. We homestead as we can currently, but we are urban homesteaders. We live in a very tiny town; right on the edge of town, so we do what we can. We are bound by a few town laws that really put a crimp in our self sufficient ways for now, but like I … [Read More...]

Grown Up Tuna Noodle Casserole Recipe

Does anyone else remember the days of tuna noodle casserole being served for dinner? It was that famous blue box, a can of peas and a can of tuna. I don't know about you, but these days, my tastes are a bit more complicated. Aside from that, when I found out that I am sensitive to the chemicals that … [Read More...]

“I Don’t Make Enough Money to Survive” – What to Do When You’re Struggling to Make Ends Meet Financially

In the past week, I've had at least three separate conversations with folks I consider to be close friends about their personal budget. In fact, two of the three I have known since I was a child. They are strong women who over the years have become more like family than friends. One of those two I … [Read More...]

Mason Jar Fairy Light Mason Jar Craft

I love a good mason jar craft. Seriously. My cabinets and storage areas are full with a plethora of mason jars that get used between crafts and canning and storage and; I just really love mason jars. I also happen to have an affinity for all things fairy. That's why I am absolutely in love with this … [Read More...]

Why You Should Hang a Clothesline to Line Dry Your Clothes

Did you know that your clothes dryer is the single most expensive appliance that you own? It's true. The cost of running your dryer is far more than most people ever consider. Even worse is that few people consider there is an alternative to running the dryer. Hanging a clothes line to line dry your … [Read More...]

How to Get Fresh Cream from Raw Milk

A few weeks ago, my family made the switch from pasteurized milk to raw milk straight from the farm. It was one of the best decisions we have made. There are so many raw milk benefits that it was a no-brainer for our family. One of those benefits was being able to get fresh cream from raw … [Read More...]

How to Grill A Steak with Blue Cheese Butter

It's grilling season and to this Texan there isn't much better than a grilled steak. Grilling the perfect steak is something that everyone should know how to do. If you're wondering how to grill a steak, it's not as complicated as you may think. I remember the first time I did one. I was so worried … [Read More...]

51 Ways to Use Orange Peels in a Zero Waste Home

One of the ways that my own family has been working toward having a zero waste home is by doing what is obvious to me; finding new ways to use old items. It just stands to reason that the more we can reuse, the less waste we're putting out. That waste includes wasted money since every time we reuse … [Read More...]