How to Fill Your Freezer Without Once a Month Cooking

Ya'll? I really love having a freezer full of meals ready to just be tossed in the oven, but let me let you in on a little secret. I absolutely hate taking an entire day and doing nothing but freezer cooking. Really. It may very well be one of my least favorite things to do and … [Read more...]

How to Get Over $100 in FREE Groceries!

Woah. Have ya'll looked at the cost of groceries without coupons lately? If not, take a look. They're super duper, wipe your budget totally clean expensive. Luckily, I'm cheap and that helps you. Okay, maybe I'm not "cheap" to be exact, but I really, really don't like paying for … [Read more...]

How to Score the Best Deals on Craigslist

I love Craigslist. Seriously. I have furnished more than one home, bought cars, clothed my child and even found houses to rent through CL and I may or may not have developed a habit. Unfortunately, Craigslist is the internet and not everyone on the internet is honest. If you're … [Read more...]

Why I Stopped Extreme Couponing…and Why You Should Too

I began using coupons in November, 2004. I was seven months pregnant with my Emma when I did my first coupon transaction at Walmart. My first coupon deal was buying Huggies diapers for 75% off and I thought it was the greatest thing on the face of the planet. It wasn't long … [Read more...]

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...]

DIY Reusable Fabric Softener Sheets

One of my goals for the new year was not only to cut our household expenses as much as possible, but to really get rid of a lot of the chemicals that we have in the house. I've always used vinegar in the rinse cycle, but until now, I'd never considered making my own dryer sheets. … [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...]