More Gift Ideas for the Fitness Fanatics in Your Family

If you have a swimmer, biker, runner or walker in your family, then you might be struggling to familiarize yourself with the slew of exercise equipment on the market today, as you search for the perfect Christmas gift. Save some time and a lot of needless stress by reviewing the high-tech fitness gadgets listed below. Both items come highly recommended by experts (and mere mortals) who use them on a daily basis: Garmin Forerunner 405 Given its price this is a fitness item that you might want to reserve for a truly beloved family member. For $300 your resident fitness … Continue reading

Frugal Month in Review: November 2008

November to be is the beginning of two things. The holiday season starts with Thanksgiving, and then there is winter. Despite the fact that winter doesn’t officially start until next month, the fall seems to give way to the winter in November anyway. We had a day of snow already. Here is looking ahead to December and the end of the year! November 1st Frugal Month in Review: October 2008 “Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.” – George Eliot. November 2 … Continue reading

Frugal Thanksgiving Fun

Whether you are having a huge Thanksgiving gathering or just your immediate family to dinner, it is fun to have a few Thanksgiving theme activities that you can enjoy. It will help keep everyone occupied when the you are all still waiting for the turkey to finish, create some new memories and just make a festive time. Friends and family don’t often get a chance to get together, so why not make the most of it with some planned but frugal fun? Thanksgiving activities don’t have to cost much or even anything at all. Here is a list of some … Continue reading

Frugal Living Week in Review: October 27th Through November 2nd

Here is the Frugal Living week in review for October 27th through November 2nd. October 27th Frugal Living Week in Review: October 20th Through October 26th Have you been thinking about Christmas, yet? It is crazy, but the stores all have their decorations, gift items and accessories all in place. I’ve done a bit of Christmas shopping, using some of my favorite secret spots for a bargain. Check out the article posted last week that talks all about it. October 28th 3 Self-Reliant Ways to Be Frugal Doing things for yourself often means that you will also save money. There … Continue reading

Make Your Own Runner Rug

With the holidays on their way, you may be thinking about sprucing up your home a bit before company comes, or just to have a warm, fresh look. With everyone pinching pennies these days, home decor might be the last thing on your mind, especially with high food, gas and heating bills. Still, there is plenty you can do on a budget. A runner rug is a great idea for warming up your floors and even protecting them. These rugs are great in hallways of course, but you can use them pretty much anywhere you have the space. By making … Continue reading

Frugal and Customized Car Mats

Tired of scrubbing stains out of your car’s carpet mats? I know that I am. Whether it is muddy shoes or spilled chocolate milk, the brand new mats are quickly looking worn from so much scrubbing. I needed something to protect the carpet mats and save me the hassle of cleaning them. Or maybe you just want some new mats for your car. You can get great mats at the car dealership, but they will cost quite a bit. Department stores and box mart stores offer mats that aren’t too expensive, but they will seldom fit correctly in your car, … Continue reading

More Frugal Decorating With Flea Market Finds

Lately I have been obsessed with decorating my home. Partly because we are putting it on the market, and partly because I know we will be getting a new home and I am excited to get moving on the design and decorations. I began the series about Frugal Decorating with Decorating at the Dollar Store, which wound up as a two part article. I then began this one with Frugal Decorating at the Flea Market. Here’s more great money saving, cheap ideas to decorate your home while shopping at the local flea market. Unique and Beautiful Vases Browse any flea … Continue reading

Frugal Tips to Decorate Creatively

Decorating your home with little touches, is a wonderful way to make it yours, and comfortable. However, it can be extremely expensive when you got purchase all the extras and wall hangings. Here are some ideas for decorating a bit more creatively, with not a lot of money. Tip #1 – Stock up on Frames Keep them on hand. Buy them at garage and yard sales, antique stores and on clearance at local department and discount chains. If someone offers to give you some, take them. Store them in a closet until you need them. THEN, when you are ready … Continue reading

Home away from Home: Decor for Your Recreational Vehicle

Do you camp? If you own a camper, travel trailer, fifth wheel, or an RV, you may be looking for ways to make it feel more like a home away from home. This is especially important if you have small children, and familiarity is the key. Bring along a few well-loved items from home, special toys, a blanket, or other items that will help your child feel more comfortable. I also had one mom ask about decorating a camper or other recreational vehicle. She and her husband have been shopping around for a used one, and while she’s found several … Continue reading

Picking The Right Sunscreen For Your Family

Not all sunscreens are created equal. Boy, if I had a dime for each time my dermatologist has uttered those words to me I would be able to afford more trips to her office. In my previous blog I tried to provide a translation of the alphabet soup printed on the outside of sunscreen bottles. Basically, you want to look beyond the SPF numbers and choose a product that protects you from both UVA and UVB rays. The good news is that a growing number of sunscreen manufacturers are paying attention and offering more “broad spectrum” products with UVA blockers. … Continue reading