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...]

How Combining Your Finances Can Improve Your Marriage

My Tom and I have one bank account. One account to rule them all so to speak. I suppose since we both work that we could have separate accounts, but that never occurred to us. I know though that a lot of couple do keep separate accounts and I think it's time for them to be … [Read more...]

How to Live on Last Month’s Income & Why You Should

One of the best ways to make sure that your budget is totally set is to live off of the income that you had come in last month. It's a sure fire way to make sure that you have cash in the bank and that your bills are totally covered. To live on last month's income can be sort of … [Read more...]

7 Frugal Ways to Celebrate Father’s Day

  Of the many things that Dad taught you, hopefully thriftiness was one of them. Show Dad that his lessons stuck when you celebrate him with these 7 fun and frugal ideas this Father's Day. Below you will find 7 frugal ways to celebrate Father's Day and show Dad that he is … [Read more...]

Easy No Fail Strawberry Butter Spread Recipe

I LOVE a bagel with a strawberry spread for lunch, but I hate paying crazy money for strawberry spreads that are full of preservatives and who knows what else at the store. There's no reason for me to now that I have this AWESOME Strawberry Butter Spread Recipe! It's great for … [Read more...]

Kick Pre-Prom Acne to the Curb with Oxy! #DreamProm

Once upon a time, I was a 16 year old girl getting ready for prom. I had on a royal purple, off the shoulder gown and my hair in a french twist. As I did one final check of my hair, I noticed something that for a 16 year old girl can ruin her night. What you ask? A SERIOUS … [Read more...]

Nilla Wafer Banana Pudding

One of my favorite things from my childhood is cooking out with my family at the local state parks. My Dad would always grill hot dogs and hamburgers and Mom would always fix cole slaw and this banana pudding for dessert then after we ate, we'd all head out for a swim (after the … [Read more...]

101 Things You Can Sell (or Donate) Right Now!

If you're like me? You hold onto things until you absolutely can't find a reason to keep them...and honestly? I can find a lot of reasons. Lately though, I've grown sick and tired of the clutter. I used to be so organized and then something...or rather I should say everything … [Read more...]

FitFin – Simple Budgeting for The Budget Challenged! Plus Enter to Win Amazon Gift Cards!

  Have you ever had one of those days where you just don't want to do your budget? Seriously. Most budget software and tools? Confusing! That's why I'm currently digging on a new budget site called FitFin! It makes things so much easier! To introduce their new site, FitFin … [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...]

5 Things a Once Homeless Mom Wants You To Know

  Last week, I wrote a post about how I'm grateful for the time that I spent homeless and while most of the responses I received were supportive and loving,  some of you had said that you never really give the homeless a second thought, that you thought assumed they're … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Sausage, Green Beans & Potato Dinner

I don't know about you, but there are just some days where I just don't feel the need to spend hours on dinner. Those days? I would love to just throw sandwich meat and bread at my family with a grin and a big ol' "Here ya go" but unfortunately for me, my head and heart just … [Read more...]

Cloth Pads?? Why I Started Using Cloth Pads (and Why You Should Give Up Disposables Too!)

Okay ladies, let's talk. Yes, we're going to talk about *that* subject. No! Not THAT one...the OTHER one. Get your mind outta the gutters! Recently, I made the switch from disposable to cloth pads. I know. That was more TMI about me than you ever needed to know, but this year … [Read more...]

How to Cook Over an Open Fire

Yes, I know that for some people reading this, knowing how to cook over an open fire might sound crazy. Remember though,  it was done for centuries before modern day stoves were invented and thousands of campers do it each year.  While you may never need this particular skill, … [Read more...]