Go Ahead, Be a Cheapskate!

Do you think you might be pregnant? There’s only one way to find out: take a pregnancy test! There are so many different tests to choose from, however, and at around $6-$10 each, it can get expensive. I’ve been down that road and I know that pregnancy tests are not unlike Pringles; you can’t just take one. Here is price comparison featuring popular tests you might find at your local drug store. (All prices are from Walgreens.com.) Accu-Clear / Type: line / Price: about $4.99 per test / hcG Sensitivity: 50mIU Clearblue Easy Digital / Type: digital / Price: about … Continue reading

The Difference Between Being Frugal and Being Cheap

Do you know the difference between being frugal and being cheap? They are not the same thing. Here are some ways to tell, or at least explain, the difference. In the past, many people used the words cheap and frugal interchangeably. Someone who saved money was automatically cheap, a tightwad, a skinflint. Today, frugal is actually coming into style. As the economy and the environment changes, people are embracing the idea of saving money. But sometimes people are motivated to save money at the expense of the good of others. This in my opinion is being cheap. There is a … Continue reading

Shopping at Goodwill Saves Loads of Money

Many people who hear the words Goodwill, immediately think donations. And those that realize there are Goodwill stores think they are filled with leftovers and hand-me-downs. They are. But you might be surprised at the bargains and other savings you will get from shopping at a Goodwill store. For years Goodwill was known as a place to drop off your unwanted items. Everything from clothing to bedding and toys. And it still is very much open to your unwanted items, so next time you go through a de-clutter or size change in clothing, consider donating. Enter a Goodwill store and … Continue reading

Planning a Frugal Girl’s Night Out This Weekend

Every adult needs a night out now and again, and a girl’s night out is the perfect solution. However, having a night together out on the town can get costly and is certainly not very friendly to those that are on a budget. How would you like to have a fantastic girls night, without spending a lot? Here are a few tips: Ladies Night – If you absolutely must go “out on the town” look for bars, clubs and other venues that offer a ladies night. These places typically will have no added cost to get in and the drinks … Continue reading

Produce Brokers

I recently started going to The City Market in Kansas City. Once or twice a week, they do have a farmer’s market there, but every single day of every single week (year-round!), they have the “city market.” Now, I don’t know exactly how to describe it, but as I understand it, the vendors are produce brokers, meaning they buy wholesale and supply the grocery stores. I don’t know much about it; all I know is that the produce is DIRT CHEAP! Of course, when I first went, I had to keep reminding myself that most of the produce is conventional, … Continue reading

Cheap Scrapbooking Supplies From The Bathroom 2

Nobody could possibly believe that it is possible to find scrapbooking supplies in the bathroom? This is the second part of a two article series on discovering frugal supplies and embellishments in the bathroom of your own house. You more than likely already have these items, and it will be fun to discover how you can use them on your scrapbook layouts. Barrettes and Bobby Pins – These are fantastic accessories to use as embellishments on your scrapbooking layouts. They can be altered, inked, embossed, painted or otherwise to make them coordinate with your layouts. They act the same way … Continue reading

Cheap Scrapbooking Supplies From The Bathroom 1

Who in the world ever thought you could find scrapbooking supplies in the bathroom? Most scrapbookers would think you were nuts to even suggest it, but its possible. My frugal nature causes me to look for fun and innovative supplies and embellishments in the strangest of places. The bathroom was never off limits. In fact, nothing is off limits for me. What can you possibly find in the bathroom? Cotton Balls and Swabs – These are the two most commonly found items in the bathroom that can be used either as applicators for inks, chalks, etc. Or you can be … Continue reading

Free or Cheap Scrapbooking Embellishments

We all know scrapbooking supplies are expensive. Have you ever walked down the aisles of your local craft or scrapbooking supply store and see what they charge for so called embellishments? Did you know that you can get some of the same items for a lot less? Eyelets and Snaps – These can be purchased from office supply stores, clothing stores and even online in bulk amounts and altered to fit your projects. Just use some inks, paints or embossing powders and you can make them any color that fits your scrapbooking page. Silk Flowers – They look exactly like … Continue reading

Find Quality Make Up For Less

Women buy a lot of makeup and cosmetics. For many women, its the way they feel put together, or ‘divalicious’ as I like to refer to it. However, makeup and other types of cosmetics can get expensive over time. There is good news though, you can save money on makeup and get it for less, while still enjoying wearing it. I would like to introduce you to Eyes, Lips and Face – commonly referred to as ELF. This particular website has an absolutely stunning array of makeup colors and products. They have been featured in all of the hottest trendy … Continue reading

Frugal Gift Ideas For Teachers

Teachers are special people in our lives. Often they are almost like another parent to our child, striving to make a difference in the lives of the children they teach. At Christmas or even end of the school year, gift giving is a small gesture to let the teacher know how much you appreciate all that they have done for your child. Finding the perfect gift for a teacher can be difficult. As a former teacher myself, I, like many of my co-workers, appreciated anything I received and even still use many of the items today. However, an often found … Continue reading