Finding Darning Thread

A while back, I wrote all about the frugal art of darning socks. It is really a very easy process, one that can be done while watching television, talking on the phone, or as I sometimes do it, while supervising the kids in the bathtub. Some people may drawn the line at darning socks, preferring to just replace them. That is fine. After all, you have to do what works for you. We tend to prefer thick expensive moisture-wicking socks, so darning them makes sense for us. For kids socks, I usually don’t bother, since they have already gone through … Continue reading

How to Darn A Sock

Save money by learning how to repair your socks and keep your foosties warm all winter. Darning a sock is one of those things that we have all heard about but never really learned how to do. I’m guilty of this myself, throwing out socks or trying to reuse them into something new whenever they get holes. But, in the past before mass production, it was very common practice to darn socks. And it is pretty easy to do, once you know how. Darning a sock is not simply a matter of sewing up the hole in a traditional manner. … Continue reading

Age Appropriate Chores in Different Eras

On my daughter’s bedroom wall, there is a list. I like to have a can-do attitude about things, so instead of having a list of the chores that she must do, there’s a list of things that she’s able to do. It includes items like “brush teeth and comb hair,” “pick out clothes,” and “make bed”. My daughter can also set the table for dinner, and apparently she can remove everything from her school bag and sort it, although this skill seems to be one we need to work on! While I like to think of my daughter as a … Continue reading

Surviving Cabin Fever

That’s the view from my kitchen window. Okay, not really. Minus the whale and it comes pretty darn close. Winter in Wisconsin. Enough said. Still, weather experts keep harping on the fact that we’ve had a mild winter thus far. Of course, our neck of the woods often experiences wind chills in the -20 to -30 degree range (take note of the minus signs), so I suppose single digits, teens and 20s above zero is a virtual heat wave. But, I’m from Hawaii, so everything is relative. Regardless, when you have kids, winter can be a real drag even if … Continue reading

Diving into the Abyss

In an old old drawer at my mother’s house I found an ancient portable music player that hadn’t been used in nearly 8 years. This wasn’t the most popular brand and wasn’t the most supported but I’ve recently had a side hobby of computers. It started out as a software hobby and has migrated ever so slowly to hardware. Over the break I repaired my sister’s broken laptop and this non-functioning (for the past 7 years) music player became my next task. I began work right after reaching milestones in my reading (currently dense theory translated from the German). This … Continue reading

Getting Cheap with Pet Toys

Or… what to do with all those old, mismatched socks? There’s an interesting phenomenon going on in my sock drawer: all my socks are sprouting leaks at the same time. Okay, maybe it’s not that interesting when I recall the fact that I tend to buy my socks in six packs. It’s no wonder they’re all wearing out at the same time — I bought them at the same time! But I’m left with a bunch of socks with extra holes, and I’m not sure what to do with them. After much thought, I came up with two ideas: Quick … Continue reading

The 12 Days of Christmas

On the first day of Christmas my frugal love gave to me… A washed out Ziploc bag-gie * On the second day of Christmas my frugal love gave to me… Two darned socks and a washed out Ziploc bag-gie * On the third day of Christmas my frugal love gave to me… Three Sawdust toilets Two darned socks and a washed out Ziploc bag-gie * On the fourth day of Christmas my frugal love gave to me… Four thrift store bargains Three Sawdust toilets Two darned socks and a washed out Ziploc bag-gie * On the fifth day of Christmas … Continue reading

Don’t Let the Cold Weather Derail Your Fitness Routine

We are in the middle of a major winter storm. When all is said in done we will be buried under 10-12 inches of snow. That’s on top of the 7 inches we were socked with last week. Then, there’s the bitterly cold tempeatures (we didn’t get above 20 degrees last week) and the dangerously frigid wind chills. It’s a wonder how gyms in Wisconsin sustain themselves during the winter months. I could easily ditch my exercise routine and chock it up to Old Man Winter, but I have that darn marathon I committed to running, so I don’t have … Continue reading

Frugal Living Week in Review: February 11th Through February 17th

As usual, the Frugal Blog has been packed with all sorts of frugal ideas. I love discovering new ways of saving money. Of course, sometimes we can go too far, can’t we? I would love to hear all of your favorite ways to save money. Hmm, that sounds like a good excuse for a contest to come here soon. You heard it first! And now, here is a review of all of last week’s frugal articles. February 11th Frugal Living Week in Review: February 4th Through February 10th From storing apples and using alternatives to expensive “green bags” to saving … 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