Before/After on the CHEAP: Den & Laundry Room

As I mentioned earlier this week, I’m planning to celebrate our 2 years of living in our home by comparing the 2012 version of each room with where we are now in 2014.If we’re going to start at the very beginning, it only makes sense to start with that first room that I painted… while 8 months pregnant....more

Can You Travel Well For $200? We Did In Vermont!

I've always believed that you can live large on a teensy budget – especially when you’re travelling. It’s one thing to travel frugally, but it’s another altogether to do so in a way that feels rich! And that is exactly what I wanted to accomplish with the $200 challenge. We chose Vermont as our first location. See previous posts on the Vermont $200 Challenge:...more
You did pretty well, all things considered.more

Flounce and Furry

I was watching Sewing with Nancy and learned how to make a flounce trim for tops. looks so easy and cute.  The basic pattern is a donut shaped fabric, straighten and it automatically ruffles evenly.   Now I want to flounce eveything.  I can flounce a skirt, flounce a dress, and even flounce some leg warmers.  I get a lot of creative ideas from online, too.   I also have an urge to make sherpa fluffy slipper boots.  Google it and here is what I found....more

Day 3: Haircut at the Hamers'

Jason asked this morning if he should take the boys to get their hair cut, because he would like to get his done. That was my hint ;)  One way that I like to try and save money is giving haircuts to the boys at home. At $10-12 (plus gratuity!) a pop times 4 guys (3 boys and Dad), it adds up quick every 2-3 weeks.  I refuse to do Jason's because I'm always worried I will mess up the back hairline, so he still goes to the barber/salon....more

The Benefits of Membership

Are you a member of Amazon Prime?  If so, there is a new service you will absolutely love!!Head over and check out Kindle First !!  This is a new service from Amazon that allows you to choose one free book each month.  These books are selected from various genres by the Amazon Publishing editors.  I've already grabbed mine for November!Here's the low down from Amazon:...more

Frugal Halloween Costumes

Besides being a very frugal mom, I am also very creative and in tune with my kids' needs.  I know they would rather have that costume in the store that looks super cool, but I am not paying $30 for plastic clothes that they will only wear for less than an hour a year.  Here are the ideas I have used in the past. 1. Shop thrift stores.  Sweat pants and sweat shirts go with any costume idea.  If you shop off season, you might find premade classics like skeleton, pumpkin or furry animals....more

101 Fun Uses for Cardboard Boxes

Okapi loves to play with a cardboard box.  We went to an awesome creative day at the art museum and they had a lot of recycled cardboard and art supplies. All four of us had fun using our imagination and thinking outside the box, literally.  Here is a rundown of some frugal ways I have used cardboard.1  Make a robot for creative play.  Just cut out some holes for arms, legs and head.2  Sit in it and have your private reading sanctuary.  Line it with a pillow and a blanket....more

Frugal Challenge

I decided to discipline myself with my spending.  I am super frugal and proud of it.  I know, I know.  You are thinking she is one of those cheapskates that saves toilet paper rolls or has 1001 uses for a paperclip.  Well, I am not a perfect example, but I do thrive on saving money.  ...more


It's 8 o'clock on a Friday night and I'm just now getting around to today's post!!I do have an excuse.  The carpets were cleaned today and I spent most of the day moving furniture around.  I am one whupped girl! I admit, it's not a spectacular excuse...but it's the only one I've got.  So here is just a quick note for Frugal Friday....more

Yard Sale Super Mom! A lesson in etiquette...

Yesterday was one of those rare days when my husband is in such a loving mood, that he peacefully (even willingly) escorted me on a morning of yard sale bargain hunting. This is not a common occurrence people and I'm not sure what I did right (or what I owe him now) but he came right along and his company made my day. After all, don't we all hope for a partner who will willing coo over baby items and (feign) excitement over the dollars being saved by a spot of haggling? Indeed....more