Today's January Money Diet Task: Improve Your Most Personal Space

  "He is the happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home." ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe...more

Scraps Into Yardage Into Hand-bags

2011 was my year of sewing with fabric scraps. It wasn't really a resolution, but I had eight big plastic tubs of fabric scraps, and only four tubs of fabric yardage....more
I love this! I use to have a bag like this in university for my library books. It's definitely a ...more

It's Not Too Late to Join the January Money Diet and Start 2012 Financially Strong

If your checkbook took a hit over the holidays, you're invited to join the annual January Money Diet!...more

Living Frugally: Doing More with Less

Day 2 of the Frugal Living Challenge is about challenging yourself to live minimally. For me this is about doing more with less. I know that letting go of what we don't need will give us more time and freedom and doing so will reduce our stress and improve our well being. ...more

The Frugal Challenge Day 1: Redefining Frugality

Last night I realized that the first day of the 23 Day Frugal Challenge was going to be difficult. Not only did I have plans to meet a friend for coffee this morning, we have family in town this weekend. Having family in town usually means we end up eating out as some point or another. ...more

Frugal Kitchen

The kitchen is one of the easiest places to save money and I'm not talking about on food!  There are some simple steps you can take to save a bit here and there.  And we all know every little bit adds up!!...more

Frugal Beauty

As we head into 2012, a lot of women including myself vow to do more to take care of ourselves.  But beauty can be an expensive proposition.  Here are a few tips to make at least your beauty regimen a bit more affordable.1.  Samples.  Target and Walmart both offer online sample pages.  I recently received a make-up bag from Target stuffed with beauty samples.  Check both frequently as the samples change....more

After Christmas Frugal Tips

Post Christmas shopping is a great way to do some frugal planning.  Here are a few tips to consider before you shop:1.  Wrapping paper.  Try to get wrapping paper in a solid color such as red or gold.  That way, it can be used year round for whatever you need to wrap!2.  Bows.  Instead of just seasonal colors, try to find bags of assorted colors.  Again, you can use them all year!...more

Frugal Stocking Stuffers

Stockings can get expensive!!  I still make stockings for the boys, even though they are in their 20's so little toys aren't an option.  Here are some ideas for stockings from the dollar store:1.  Toothbrush.  You always need one!2.  Earphones.  Have you ever noticed how often they're lost or broken?3.  Flashlight.  Hubby insists you can never have too many!4.  Word Search/Crossword Puzzle Books.  Make them use that brain!...more

A Frugal Party

One of my favorite frugal Christmas parties is the cookie exchange.  An easy premise and it knocks out some of your holiday baking at the same time!First, choose five friends...preferably five who can actually bake!  Ask them to bring six dozen of their favorite holiday cookie.  That's one dozen for each guest and a dozen to share at the party. ...more