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

Introducing Frugal Cleaning!

It is an exciting time here at the Frugal Living Blog. That is because we have a new category called Frugal Cleaning. I am so glad that we have added this, since there are so many great ways to save money while cleaning your home and your belongings. I’m sure we will be adding even more articles about frugal cleaning soon, so check back often. Meanwhile, here are a bunch of great tips and tricks to get you inspired. Clean That Bathroom for Free! Today I’m going to tell you about a free way to clean your bathroom and get … Continue reading

Going Barefoot Can Save Money

Summer is a great time to go barefoot. And if you do it often, especially in your home, you are being frugal. How? Well read the rest of this article to find out both the reasons going barefoot can save you money and how to convince your friends and family to do the same. When I am home, I mostly walk around barefoot or in socks, and the kids do the same. My husband has a harder time doing this, but he at least has a pair of older sneakers that he uses when in the house (see this article … Continue reading

The Color of Your Sheets Can Save You Money

In a previous article about saving on luxury bedding, I talked about how you can get amazing sheets that make you feel indulged. Now, I want to share a secret that I have learned in my years of taking care of a household; the color of your sheets can actually save you money. Don’t believe me? Here is how I do it. The biggest way that I save money on sheets is to buy them in one color: white. White sheets save us money in so many ways. The first way is by being far more long lasting than other … Continue reading

Save Money on Luxury sheets

Being frugal doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the good life. Indulgent sheets are one way to enjoy a luxurious lifestyle. The good news is that with a little advice, you can enjoy great bedding while still being on a budget. I was first introduced to the world of amazingly soft sheets on a weekend stay at a lovely little bed and breakfast in Newport, RI. Everything about the bed was amazing, from its four poster design to its piles of warm, downy comforters. But the sheets, of course, were the most memorable. This was in the days before the … Continue reading

Make It Last: Your Broom

Why replace something when you don’t have to? With some simple care, you can make almost anything last longer and save money. Here are some great tips on taking care of your broom to make it last longer. Have you read my earlier article, Frugal Lessons from The Amish: Giving Up Your Vacuum? Boy did I get a lot of feedback on that one. It seems that no one really wants to give up their vacuums! Well, I don’t either, but I am scaling back on its use in order to save money on electricity, replacement bags and repairs. In … Continue reading

Frugal Cleaning: Using Lemons

Put those lemons to good use in your cleaning to save $$$$! Who doesn’t like the scent of lemons in a nice clean house? Practically every commercial cleaner out there on the market has a version that contains a lemon scent. Sometimes the scent is not just lemon, but “fresh lemon.” I have even seen a cleaner with the scent of a “fresh lemon breeze.” I’m not sure how breezes get to be lemon scented. Perhaps they hold the lemons up to the kitchen window? Regardless, there is a reason behind the lovely scent of lemons in cleaning solutions. Not … Continue reading

Frugal Lessons from The Amish: Rising Early to Cook

Want to witness another frugal lesson from the Amish? Read on to learn about how rising early to cook (or adapting this practice) can be very frugal. Amish women tend to rise very early, while it is still dark, during a time that most of us would consider to be still part of the middle of the night. They do this so they can prepare their homes and their families for the coming day. Because the Amish burn so many calories in physical work and even social pursuits, they tend to create very large and dense breakfasts, and the breakfast … Continue reading

Frugal Lessons from the Amish: Living It for Real!

When I started my Frugal Lessons from the Amish article series, I knew there was a lot I would learn from my new friend Amy who is part of that community. I knew that some ideas might have to be adapted to suit our modern life styles, but I was really looking forward to the learning curve and to sharing all of that great information with you. Little did I know, that I would soon, for two days, be living it! Oh, I didn’t run away from my family and join an Amish community, but fate (and nature) sort of … Continue reading

Moose vs. The Vacuum

Most days, it stands quietly in the corner. It’s not looking for trouble; it’s not looking for a fight. But sometimes… with a mighty roar… it attacks the carpet and all those who might rest upon the floor. Ah yes. The evil vacuum cleaner. Many dogs run in fear at the very sound of the vacuum cleaner. My Lally does — if she’s feeling especially brave, she’ll peek into whatever room I’m cleaning just to make sure I’m safe. As soon as the vacuum gets too close… she’s gone again. But Moose… brave, bold Moose… it is his mission in … Continue reading