Frugal Planning

I managed a couple of sweet scores this week. One...I found a deal for a local attraction that I've been wanting to see.  It was a half-price deal with four tickets for under $20 dollars.  Score!!Two...I needed to purchase a birthday cake and an ice cream cake was specifically requested.  Lo and behold, I receive an email from Dairy Queen saying everything was half price on the 23rd.  I don't need the cake until the 31st...but that's what a freezer is for!!  Score!!...more

Frugal Betty

Oh what a beautiful day! I am so happy to see the sun out. We had a great play date today and now our daughter is sleeping. Upon waking I think I will feed her some lunch and head out. It is too nice to stay inside and we have been stuck inside all week! I am going nuts. As some of you know I am a stay at home mom.....when people hear that they assume I spend my days at the gym, getting nails done and eating Bon bons. It really bothers me. People would be surprised by how much we live off of....more

Frugal School Continued

Last week I let you know about the free backpack I managed to score.  Part of that deal was the free shipping I get by utilizing Amazon Prime.  This week, I found a deal on Amazon Prime itself.As a new college student, I became eligible to join Amazon Student.  With Amazon Student, I receive six months of FREE Amazon Prime.  As I already use Amazon Prime, Amazon refunded me six months ($39.50) of the yearly fee.  Not only refunded it...but did it within 24 hours!...more

Slash Your Carbon Footprint

This is no longer about "peak oil": there is actually plenty of fossil fuel left in the ground. But if we burn all that at the current rate, we'll fry the planet, and ourselves. Bill McKibben spells out the math on that, which is simple - and very scary....more

Breakfast On The Go

Now that I'm back in school, I needed something I could grab and go in the morning.  And as one of major goals this year is to cut back the grocery budget...that means more homemade than store-bought!  With that in mind...Homemade Cereal BarsIngredients:4 cups favorite cereal (I prefer Fruit Loops or Cap'n Crunch All Berries...but then I'm a kid at heart!)1/2 cup flaked coconut1/4 cup chopped nuts (I prefer peanuts but walnuts or pecans will work)...more

Frugal School

By now you know me.  If I can get it for cheap or free, I always will.  That applies to school supplies too!I needed a backpack for school.  Now my youngest child is 23 so I haven't had to buy a backpack in quite a few years!  Heading online, I was shocked to see the prices!  Thirty to fifty dollars for a backpack?  Are you kidding me??...more

Grocery Budget

This would be one of my areas of biggest challenges when it comes to money.  It always seems like the grocery budget is out of control.I try to coupon, I really do.  But I'll skip a week of clipping and then I don't feel like it and before I know it, I've completely given up.  The good intention is there but I have the feeling I'm paving that road to hell with this one....more

What's Your Frugal Style?

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Homemade to Go

One of my favorite snacking treats is sweet and salty trail mix.  Unfortunately, most stores are incredibly proud of their variety!!  Out of desperation, I've re-created my own version and did it in bulk.  First thing you will need is a large jar with a tight cap.  You can find one here:  Large JarIngredients:...more

UPS My Choice

I've mentioned this service before but I wanted to revisit it.  UPS offers a free service for you to get notifications of package deliveries.  It is called UPS My Choice.  This service will send you an email letting you know that you have a package on the way, the estimated delivery date, and a 4-hour window of when it should be delivered....more