My Spiritual Journey Into Single Motherhood and Frugal Living

My life has undergone some drastic changes in the past week. I’m in a place I never imagined I would be…a single mom with four children.  How did this happen? Why is this happening to me and my children? Is there anything I could have done to prevent this from happening?I don’t know all the answers, but I do know that God has a plan for my life. Although I may not understand why this happened, He does....more

Home decor for pennies on the dollar

I’m really excited to be sharing this post with you because it’s something I’m quite passionate about-living on a budget and not loosing that resolve even when it comes to decorating my home.  I believe it’s important to personalize your home and to make it distinctly yours.  To me, it’s part of building family traditions, creating enjoyment and carving out a sense of home.  At the same time I don’t want to trade financial security in for a newly decorated room....more

Thanks, Dad, for "useful life skills."

Years ago my dad had two teaching jobs: elementary school all day, and an evening gig with adolescents deemed too unruly for regular high school. One evening, a student flipped a penny at him. Dad picked it up and put it in his pocket. The teens laughed, and another one flipped a penny. Then another one.When my father had 12 cents in his pocket, he said, “Guys, I want to thank you. All I need is 38 more of these and I’m going over to the Fairfield and have a draft beer — on you.”...more

On Cooking One Day a Week

The Frugal Gourmet always talked about cooking one day a week, and I've lusted after directions ever since. (Cooking one day a week, of course, doesn't exactly mean you aren't cooking the rest of the week, but it does mean getting things ready so preparing meals during the week is easy.) Does this mean I have to have a meal plan? If I cook one day a week what should I do with all that I've cooked? What's the timeframe for cooking all those things??...more
An easier way to work it to make a double or tripple batch of whaterver you are cooking...  ...more

How I Make My Life Work (most of the time)

Right now I'm juggling a job in Manhattan at a very exciting firm, four kids, a wonderful husband, a 90 minute commute, a dog, cat and eleven chickens and some truly amazing friends. I love it. I get asked a lot how I make this work. I'm taking no credit for the fact that most of the time, it works. Really!...more

On Turning OCD into Freezer Frugality; Tamed Tips for the Less Crazy

I'd like to invite you into a very private place. A place that I've only figured out recently. A place that used to be a frozen graveyard; where money went to die. (No, not my unmentionables drawer.) My freezer. For years, I've known the freezer could be the secret to preserving food, saving money, and making life easier. But figuring out how to do all of that with a modest icebox was a big secret that I promised myself I'd figure out just as soon as I finished the bills, redid the budget, did the dishes, vacuumed, washed the dogs and mended my comforter....more

TW made the spreadsheet on Friday night. We shopped on Saturday. Nobody has entered anything and ...more

Frugal People Are Stingy

So this is probably one of the more common misconceptions, and to be honest there is some truth to it. Frugal people are stingy. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing however. In fact, I think more people should be stingy with their money....more

Frugal People Are Not Materialistic

Last week, I started a series entitled Misconceptions About Frugal Living. It was mainly inspired by a girlfriend of mine who was too ashamed to publicly follow my blog for fear that others would think she had fallen on hard times financially. I started thinking about all the misconceptions I've heard in the past about people who live frugally, and decided to write an article about it. Well one article turned into 2 and here I am on article #3. Proof that there's a lot of half truths out there and stereotypes of frugal living. Since it is my goal to change the view of frugality, I figured who better to debunk these misconceptions..then me? So I started doing some research on my brand new flat screen computer, downloaded a few books to my Kindle, and even researched on the go on my iPhone. ...more

All Frugal People Are Fanatics (Part 2 Of Series)

Recently, TLC aired a show called “Extreme Couponing“. It produced strong reactions from pretty much everyone that viewed it and even became a trending topic on Twitter during the show. Here are a few reactions from the show from various bloggers/sites:...more

Oh I've been the loon too! I agree though, that you can take it way too far. It is not in and of ...more

All Frugal People Are Poor

Recently I was chatting with a friend of mine who confessed something to me. She told me that she adores my blog, but won’t follow it publicly because she doesn’t want her friends thinking she’s poor. I have to admit, I was a bit offended at first....more
This really made me think.  Like other bloggers, I too began being thrifty when money was super ...more