More Treasury Fun

When was the last time you got a whole lotta fancy on a frugalista’s budget? Right now you can gift your favorite young reader with a double dose of Fancy Nancy treasuries without breaking the bank. Best-selling author Jane O’Connor teams up with ultra-talented illustrator Robin Preiss Glasser to once again take youngsters on a resplendent ride to Fancyville. At the helm of the grandiose getaway is the one and only Fancy Nancy.  The girl with the vibrant vocabulary and whimsical wardrobe is back in Fancy Nancy Storybook Treasury.  The sturdy hardcover book features six stupendous stories filled with teachable … Continue reading

The Farmer’s Market Part II

As it turns out my daughter was fairing better than reported while I was taking my weekly early morning “mommy break” at the farmer’s market with my sister. I am not against taking the kids with me to the farmer’s market but being able to go by myself serves two purposes. First, I finally get a much needed break from my adorable children. Second, I am able to talk with the farmer’s about how they produce their food to ensure that I am getting truly local and chemical free products (it is shocking at how many vendors are not selling … Continue reading

Productive Sunday

I pride myself on being organized. I am not a hoarder, I don’t keep things that aren’t useful or beautiful. So how did I end up with a family room packed full of stuff to have a yard sale with? I woke up super motivated this morning. By ten a.m. I had cleaned the upstairs of my house, mowed the front yard and shaved the dog. I was on a roll. As I was cleaning I was collecting things that I no longer need. Just a few things, or so I thought. I found some clothes that I no longer … Continue reading

Aetna is Selling Health Insurance Through Costco

There are a lot of families who save money by making bulk purchases of groceries at places like Costco. People go to Costco to stock up on paper towels, cereal, and frozen foods. Now, you can pick up an individual health insurance plan from Costco, through a website that is partnered with Aetna. Costco has officially stated that the Costco Personal Health Insurance program is going to offer five health plans that are being offered through Aetna. That may sound a bit strange, at first. However, when you think about it, Costco has already been offering some types of health … Continue reading

Selling on Craigslist

I’m starting my adventures. I feel as though I am constantly de-cluttering the house. We have three children that quickly outgrow clothes and toys and change interests. We are also taking our time to turn our fixer upper house into a comfortable home which means that furniture and other things that once fit in our old house (or was gotten temporarily) no longer works with our new plans. For example, we are turning one room from family room into a dual office and guest room, which means downsizing the bookcases (and the books) that were in there. Normally, our family … Continue reading

Don’t Let The Media Parent Your Children

Sometimes I let Hailey watch too much TV. It’s an easy habit to fall into, especially when you are a single parent and there are so many things to do. You plop your child in front of the television, just for a few minutes so you can get something done and a habit is started. All the media in our children s lives is like another influence in the house. Our children are bombarded with messages and even if we are diligent about what they watch they may still see things that go against our values. Many shows that you … Continue reading

How to Start a Home-Based Food Business

Does everyone rave about your mashed potatoes? Do you make the best jams and jellies? Do you know how to create the ultimate birthday cake? Maybe it is time to consider establishing a home-based food business. When you do something that you love, you tend to do it well. Why not take your cooking and or baking skills one step further and make some money from it? Here is what you need to know. The first thing you will need to do is to identify your food business. What do you want to make, to whom do you want to … Continue reading

Another Reason to Clear Out Clutter: Save on Taxes

Every little bit helps, and if you want to get a bigger tax return than you anticipated, it is time to up your deductions. Charitable contributions, including those made as household donations to goodwill or another charity count against the income that you made this year. So, go through your home and get that car filled with stuff that you can claim. You’ll have to get it donated by the end of the year in order for it to count on your 2011 taxes. The first thing that you need to know about donating items to a charity and benefiting … Continue reading

Newer is Not Always Better

If it seems like some of your small appliances do not last as long as the ones that you remember your parents having, or even the ones that you had for years before you bought those shiny new replacements, you are probably right. It is true that at least for some items, they really do not build them like they used to. If you are lucky enough to have some of these items in your attic (or basement), you may want to give them a second chance before getting rid of them and buying a newer model. Furniture is one … Continue reading

How to Save Money When You Move

The real estate season usually peaks in the summer, which means that many families are either getting ready to move or have just moved to a new home. There is a lot of expense involved with moving. But with these tips, you can save hundreds of dollars. Moving Supplies and Services Moving can be a big expense; from closing costs or deposits to the price of movers, it starts to add up. We, ourselves, are in the middle of the moving chaos. We’ve found our perfect home and are waiting to sell our current one. Check out: The Frugal Move: … Continue reading