Frugal things you do that costs more

So many times as frugal people, we get these great ideas, that in the end can be more costly. We really need to think through our ideas and other suggestions we hear before trying them. Overpacking one suitcase, hoping to save money: On one trip to California, I decided to carry one suitcase at all costs. I didn’t want to pay the cost for an extra suitcase. Knowing I would need to carry two suitcases home, I put one suitcase inside of another, and packed the inside suitcase. At the ticket counter, however, it was clear that my bag was … Continue reading

“No Pooing” Method

Now I know what you might be thinking, but don’t go there. Read this post instead to find out one of the latest trends to saving money and the environment. Lately, the “no pooing” method has been hitting me left and right. I’ve been getting e-mails and phone calls about this phenomena, and a few of my friends are going to try it. I have to admit that when I first saw the name of the method, “no pooing,” I thought to myself that this must be going somewhere in the frugal hall of fame for extreme frugality. How does … Continue reading

The Frugal Gross Factor 2

We are talking about the different standards of squeamishness that people have when practicing a frugal lifestyle. I’m curious to know where you stand in these areas. In the last article, we covered everything about food. Click here to read: The Frugal Gross Factor. Now, we’ll go on to clothing and food. Clothing We have no problem with used clothing. I frequently shop at the thrift stores and garage sales and gladly take hand me downs for my family. I confess that unless the clothing comes from a trusted friend or relative, I wash it thoroughly, no matter how clean … Continue reading

Would You Be This Frugal?

Every once in a while I come across stories of such extreme frugality that I often wonder if the line has been crossed from being frugal to being miserly (in a bad sense.) Some of these stories are in the news, while others come to me through e-mail, private messages and blog comments. Some stories come to me via “a friend of a friend.” I’m not going to make any judgments, of course. Frugal people need to stick together. And what is extreme to one person may be everyday living to another. You can read these stories for yourself. You … Continue reading

Magazines on the Cheap

I rarely pay even half the subscription price for magazines. I suppose I could be even cheaper and just read them at the doctor’s office four months after publication, or take a trip to the library, but some of them I like to have for a hot bath or cup of tea at the table. So I make the choice to spend some of my hard-earned mad money on them. Or I don’t. A lot of magazines can be had for free if you’re keeping your eye out for them. Magazines make most of their money off their advertising. Your … Continue reading

My Fifth Week in Review: Potties Rule

It is hard to believe that I have been blogging on Families.com for five weeks! The time is just flying by. We are battling stomach flu here this weekend. Ug. I have washed my hands so much that my skin is actually cracking and bleeding! Any tips on helping that? This has been a fun blogging week. I got the opportunity to write a little bit on the real estate blog. This is apt, as we are in the process of selling our house. It has been a very interesting experience, as we have never sold a house before. We … Continue reading

Friday Frugal Funnies: A 12 Step Program For The Frugal Mom

Being as frugal as I am, I often get strange looks from my friends who are a little less frugal. Some of my friends consider themselves frugal until they get a good look at my life. Then they reevaluate and either adapt my frugality or literally run away screaming. It’s all good in the whole realm of things. What works for me, might not work for them. Here is a great 12 step program for coping with strange looks and gentle criticism from your less frugal friends, or even your husband and children. Just a gentle reminder that you are … Continue reading