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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [Read more...]

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent – DIY Dishwasher Detergent

Dishes are the bane of my existence. For real; I hate them and if I could afford it, I would probably just toss all of them every time I used one. Okay, not really since that would be really wasteful, but a girl can dream, right? Because I hate dishes so much, I love the fact … [Read more...]

Why I “Stopped” Trying to Save Money on Groceries

Gather 'round. Let's chat. If you've spent any time here on Six Dollar Family, you should have seen me mention how sick I have been over the years. The truth is that I have spent the better part of the past fifteen years sick. It started in 2007 at age twenty-five and was - at … [Read more...]

The Best Kool Aid Pie Recipe for Summer

When I was a kid, there was one thing that gave clue that summer vacation was on its way; an ice cold glass of Kool Aid. I spent pretty much everyday of my summer vacations running the neighborhood with a semi-permanent Kool Aid mustache. I'm sure many of you did as well. These … [Read more...]