Late Night. Hungry. Broke. (An Accidental Awesome Recipe)

 It's late at night. My housemates are sitting around the table playing what looks like a rather complicated-looking card game while I read on the couch.  Gurgle. Grumble. Gruuummmmble. Gurgle.     My stomach is alerting me to the fact that it is empty. "I am guessing y'all have had dinner already?" I inquire hopefully."I could eat," says the skinny one, "depending on what it is."...more

A Frugal Reminder

We frequently receive freebies, samples, or hugely discounted/coupon items.  You can only stockpile so much!  What to with the overflow:...more

Make up Challenge.. How many looks with a palette?

Make up challenge  Hello, my name is Michelle and I’m a make-up junkie.Raise your hand if you are one too. Better yet, take this challenge with me and let’s show people how many looks with can get with a set number of items!Let me introduce you to my experiment....more

Practical Garden Art

Gigi and I spent this weekend beautifying our veggie patch and building a worm farm. We have bit of variety in our garden now and I've been thinking a lot about garden markers. I've seen some very lovely ones on etsy and made-it but have wanted to make some myself in the spirit of living simply and being frugal. I saw an inspiring picture on the Internet and thought it would be a great activity for Gigi and I to do together. We collected a variety of smooth rocks of varying size from a nearby river and spent the morning painting them....more

Easy Savings

The other day I was watching "Extreme Couponing" on TLC.  In my wildest dreams, I can't picture myself achieving those kinds of savings.  For one, I don't have forty hours a week to devote to the endeavor.  I wish I did.  But I do have a simple tip I use to garner some easy savings.Did you know that the majority of dollar stores accept coupons?  I'm talking the big ones...Family Dollar, Dollar General, and Dollar Tree.  Yes, Dollar Tree.  Where everything is only a dollar.  ...more

Frugal Textbooks

As I've said, I'm taking a huge course load this summer.  One of the textbooks I needed was $110!!  I didn't have enough financial aid left after tuition to cover it.  The actual cash?  No way, no how!I headed over to Amazon to see if I could find a used textbook I could afford.  One thing about used books, not all of them qualify for Amazon Prime.  I didn't want to pay as much for shipping as I did for the book; so I narrowed my search for just those available on Prime. ...more

Fast Thinking

The other day, I made an incredibly frugal dinner.  How?  I got lucky.  I happened to be in the grocery store and pre-seasoned leg quarters were marked down to $2.50.  Okay, there's the meat part of dinner...done!  Wandering around the store, I also found chicken flavored noodles on sale for $1.00.  One side...done!  Using some vegetables I already had and some cookie mix I had won in a giveaway; I managed to put dinner  for two on the table for under $5 dollars....more

Summer fun on the Cheap

We really like to keep busy in the summer but don't like to spend a lot of money doing it.  Here are some ideas of things to do as a family that are either free or don't cost a lot....more

Clean Your Dryer Lint

Do you clean out your dryer on a consistent basis?  Do you just clean the lint filter and call it a day?  Well, I learned this last weekend you should have a schedule where you spend an hour cleaning it out for your families safety.  My laundry was just way behind because it would take me all day to just get one load dry and sometimes when I pushed to turn on the dryer it took a few seconds to kick on.  It would take 3-4 times turning the dryer on to get the clothes or towels and blankets completely dry.  Well, this kind of behavior could have caused a fire, thank g...more