Why you should always buy from an authorized retailer

Prior to owing an e-boutique I was your average, every day web shopper. I spent countless hours searching for the best deals on quality items. Oftentimes those deals would come from auction sites such as eBay. From time-to-time I would even find great deals on e-commerce sites - many offering 20 to 30 percent off prices found on any other site. I often wondered why they were they able to offer such significant discounts....more

Where to save and where to spend: navigating your purchases for the newest member of your family

You’ve heard me talk a lot about pricey baby gear, so I thought it was time for a post on where to save. In the course of my four years in mommyhood, I’ve bought a LOT of (likely too much) baby gear, clothes, and other products. Some purchases have been validated 10 times over and others, not so much. There are some things you really don’t need and some areas to save your money. ...more

Is that Sale Price REALLY a Good Deal?

With the economy the way it is, food prices higher than ever and budgets stretched ever tighter... most people realize that they need to do something to help bring their food costs under control. So, with the best of intentions, you clip coupons and watch the sales ads for your local grocery stores... but did you know that you don't always get the best price possible?...more

Taking the 2014 52-Week Savings Challenge?

Well, it's that time of year... the 52-Week Savings Challenge is being trumpeted across Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram... Most people are familiar with it... a lot of people swear to try it... but New Years' Resolutions being what they are, many people begin with the best of intentions only to find it stall out (sometimes before the end of January!)...more
I wanted to do this but due to the fact my soon to be sister in law thought it was a good idea ...more

Feeding a large family tips

I often get asked about meals, cooking, shopping for a big family.“How do you do it?”“I bet that costs a fortune!”“Is it hard to cook for so many?”“Do you plan out your meals?”“Will you share your recipes?”And the list goes on…...more

Do More With Less

This December, the NaBloPoMo (the what?? see my sidebar for a link. It's a daily blogging challenge) theme is "More-Less"....more

Money Saving Tip for Holiday Baking

Save on Heating Costs

In many places, the cold weather has already set in. But here in Northern California, it is just starting to dip below the 70's. (Does it sound like I am bragging? 'Cause I am. I hate the cold.) Here's a few tips to help you save money this winter and use less energy.Open your blinds and curtains during the day. Though it is winter, the sun is still shining. Take advantage of this and keep your blinds and curtains open to let the sun warm your house. At night, shut the blinds to keep the warmth in....more

New Ebook Release: 52 Easy Steps to a Frugal New You

A journey of a thousand miles begins with one small step –Old Chinese Proverb ...more

Put that litter bucket to use! DIY detergent.

I had been waiting and waiting and WAITING for my store-bought laundry detergent to run out so that I could make my own. But given that I try to do as little laundry as possible, getting to the bottom of that bottle took about a million years. Waste Reduction Tip: Smell Test Your Clothes - A Time Honored Way to Cut Back On Laundry and Save Energy ...more