Category Archives: Frugal Living

Caleb’s Bedroom Budget Details

I’ll be honest.  I didn’t have a set amount to spend on Caleb’s room. The goal was just to do it as cheaply as possible without so much DIY that it would get overwhelming. I was dealing with cash, so before I made a purchase I really weighed whether this was the best use for the […]
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Are You Spring Cleaning With Toxins?

Every day I hear about a friend with cancer.  I don’t know if cancer is really on the rise, or if social media means I just find out about it more.  These aren’t strangers though.  These are my friends: some young, some old, some live near me, some are across the country.  The cancer part […]
Also posted in Cleaning and Laundry, Family | Tagged 1 4 dioxide, ammonia, bleach, cancer, dioxin, fermaldehyde, household cleaners, paraben, sodium laurel sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, toxins | 7 Comments

Two Bloggers Who Shop the House

Happy March!  As snow and rain fight to the death against warm and sunshine, I’m turning my heart towards home.  This month I’d like to look at frugal solutions for decorating, cleaning and organizing, and  finish some projects I’ve started! It’s easy to look at decorating blogs and make money related excuses for ourself:  “My house would […]
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Inflation Vs Market Swing

I’ve been arguing for years that food isn’t as affected by inflation as it is the commodity market swing.  I saw this poster on facebook this week and I think it proves my point: For simplicity’s sake, let’s pretend inflation has driven everything 10x’s higher.  By moving the decimal point on place to the right […]
Posted in Frugal Living | Tagged commodities, food prices, inflation | 5 Comments

Bean and Cheese Enchiladas

Frugal food doesn’t have to be time consuming.  Here’s a fast dish I threw together with all convenience items while our bread was baking last night.  Tuesday’s activities include violin lessons for the big boy, piano lessons for the littles, and then scouts for the 2 biggest boys.  There’s a tiny gap for eating in […]
Also posted in Freezer Meals, Recipes | Tagged $.50 dinner; frugal cooking; save money on groceries; bean and cheese enchiladas; large family, frugal food, meatless main dish | 4 Comments

When it’s Time to Bake Bread

There are  just a few days left in the month. I used the last of our grocery money on Monday and discovered this morning that we are out of bread. It matters because all the kids pack their own lunches in a half asleep state at 6:30 am and when there’s no bread they get confused, […]
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How much was that meal?

This is something I hardly ever think about. I like to feed my family and guests, and not think about how much it costs. I think about the money when I’m at the store, but once I’m home, I don’t. Last week, the school sent home a note that made me think about it a […]
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Homemade Baking Mix

Baking Mixes save time by eliminating some steps to your cooking.  My favorite mixes are useful in lots of different applications, just like this one. I made a little video to show you how easy this is to put together.  If you have 4 minutes, you can do this. Here’s what you’ll need: a 5 […]
Also posted in Linky, mix recipes | Tagged homemade baking mix, mix recipe, save money | 2 Comments

Can I Afford to Stay Home With My Kids?

When we first married I was a 5th grade teacher. It was a great job, but also really stressful.  I became pregnant after we had been married just 3 months.  I had already signed my teaching contract for the next year. There was a steep contract breaking fee, but it didn’t matter.  My husband was in grad […]
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Wrapping up the Spending Freeze

Can you believe the 31 day freeze is over?  I know some of you have already told me you are going for another month and I think that’s awesome.   We had a possible $200 from our basic living expenses to put back into our goal fund.  Those dollars were kept separate from my purse, […]
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