Frugal Week in Review: January 21st Through January 27th

With talk of a recession, many more people are examining the frugal lifestyle. It just makes sense. For those of us to whom living frugally is just part of our lives, batting down the hatches and finding ways to save even more is a good thing. This past week, we have had some interesting articles, such as ones examining wringer washers and crockpots. Don’t miss them! January 21st Habitat for Humanity HomeStore If you are looking for a frugal and feel-good way to update, renovate or redesign your home, check out this great resource! Frugal Living Week in Review: January … Continue reading

Frugal Living Week in Review: January 14th Through January 20th

How are you doing with your reuse items? We still have more letters of the alphabet to get through. I took a break with listing some of the ideas so we could talk about other subjects, such as shopping, winter and fun. Nicole offers some great advice on frugal snacks. Hopefully you aren’t suffering from frugal burnout. January 14th Frugal Living Week in Review: January 7th Through January 13th From freezer cooking to reusing our items, we have been working our way through the kitchen to save money. We’ve also thrown in a few other surprises. I’m so glad that … Continue reading

Frugal Burnout

Have you ever experienced frugal burnout? You know, when you just don’t feel like being frugal anymore? Maybe you are just tired to death of washing out baggies or hanging laundry. Maybe you have a little bit of envy because someone you know who isn’t frugal seems to have it all from fabulous vacations to an amazing home. It happens to the best of us. Frugal burnout may have us seriously questioning our frugal lifestyle. If you are a stay-at-home parent, you might consider going back to work. or maybe you start thinking that it wouldn’t be so bad after … Continue reading

Quick and Easy Cleanup at the End of the Day

Home schooling kids is rewarding, but it can also be messy. Having children around the house all day long rather than away at school for six or more hours means that we need to clean up several times a day rather than just once. Parents are notorious for trying to be superheroes and tend to do everything themselves. Whether it’s vacuuming, doing dishes, laundry, or cleaning the cat box, it’s often easier to just do it ourselves rather than listening to the kids moan and groan. Not to mention, we often have to prod them a thousand times before they’ll … Continue reading

Baby Blessings: An Alternative to Traditional Church Ceremony

Baby blessing is a ritual that is becoming increasingly popular with new parents. Read on to learn about baby blessings and see if this is something that is right for your baby and your family. A baby blessing is a welcoming and blessing ritual for your baby that isn’t associated with a particular church or religion. While people who are unfamiliar with this practice may think it is something new age or without an element of traditional religion, this is far from the case. A baby blessing can encompass many different ideas and meld together religious beliefs and traditions. In … Continue reading

Becoming a Hermit

One thing that this recession and the rising prices of gas has done to me lately is to have turned me into a sort of hermit. I’ve really been extra conscious of going anywhere that involves driving or spending money. I’ve been making fewer trips to the grocery store. I used to have an elaborate system for checking sales with coupons every week. But now, even with coupons, the prices are pretty high. The loss leaders aren’t as impressive anymore, and products that I could usually get for free or at a really low cost are now not worth the … Continue reading

Reasons We Spend Today: Social and Economic Cues

Consumers spend more today in our daily living than they did just a few short years ago. There has been a shift in priorities related to saving and spending money, making it harder than ever to be frugal and out of debt. We have been talking about some of the reasons that we spend more today. If you missed those earlier articles in this series, you can read them here: Reasons We Spend Today: Availability and Reasons We Spend Today: Buying Power. Now we will look at one of the bigger reasons that we spend today: our social and economic … Continue reading

Peek into My Morning

I am always so curious for a glimpse into the lives of others. The domestic every day life of my fellow humans tends to fascinate me. I suppose that is why I read so many blogs, especially the frugal ones, of course. Sometimes I get great tips on things that I can do around my house or with my family. Other times I just have an appreciation for other ways of living. So, I thought I would share some of the things we will do today, from a frugal standpoint. This may give you a good idea of some of … Continue reading

CraftyPod – Podcast Review

CraftyPod is a fun and inspiring biweekly podcast on crafting. The average podcast is about 20 minutes long, which is plenty of time to inspire the listener to drag out their craft projects. You can always count on Craftypod to fill you in on the latest craft products, news from the craft world, opportunities for crafters, and inspiration to try new things. I don’t own a sewing machine. I can’t even sew more than a button or hem, but the podcast on Burda Style made me want to learn. Burda Style has free patterns for people to use, change, and … Continue reading