Living a Minimalist Lifestyle: doesn't have to be hard or weird!

I would consider myself a minimalist. Maybe not the extreme kind that you've heard of or those families who have an outhouse in their backyard. But in comparison to some, I live a minimalist lifestyle. I don't like clutter. I don't feel that I need to have the latest gadgets and kitchenware. I have no problem parting with clothes and items that hold no use for Hubby and I.  I'm constantly filling bags up for the Salvation Army to pick up. Do all of thoughts and facts make me a minimalist? Not necessarily. I believe that it's a way of life and a conscious thought process....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

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

Don't Pass on Cash!

      We live in a plastic world. Credit cards and debit cards are in good supply, and man o' man are they convenient! No having to dig through your wallet for cash or change. Just swipe it, and go! Also, who wants to worry about carrying cash around? You might lose the money. Well, I can tell you this, you are already losing money, and that little piece of plastic might just be the culprit.  ...more

A 3 lb bag of apples for $3.00, sure! But now what am I going to do with all of these?

On our monthly shopping trip Mr Collier and I picked up a 3lb bag of apples at Aldi for around $3.00. The fruit bowl was filled with a box of clementines we bought for $4.00 so with the addition of the apples we have been literally packed to the brim with fruit. What in the world am I going to do with all of these apples? Sure apples and peanut butter as well as by themselves is delicious but how much of this could we possible eat? ...more

Real World Experience in Saving Money at the Grocery Store - Bulk Spices

I am all about saving money on my grocery bill.  As the only women in a house with three men between the ages of 15 and 47, you can imagine how horrifying a grocery bill can be.  ...more

Dear Target

Dear Target,Oh, how I’ve missed you!Our time together as I perused your dollar section last night was all I had hoped for. In the past you have supplied me with numerous craft items and little goodies that brighten gloomy days for the little ones.After staying home with sick little ones this past week, I was just itching to get out (without the little darlings, mind you). Your red and white circular sign drew me to you like a moth to a flame. My heart pounded with excitement as I grew closer to your automatic doors. And I must say, you didn’t disappoint....more

Successfully Frugal: What I Learned From the Frugal Challenge

The Frugal Challenge officially ended yesterday. Not that it has really ended. I'm going to continue to think and re-think what I've learned over the last 23 days. To be completely cliche, simplifying our lives is a journey and not a destination. ...more

Mom Clothes: A Long Ramble Through My Closet

I cleaned out my closet today. For me, a big part of the Frugal Challenge has been to do more with less. I have to be happy with what I have. I want to get rid of everything I don't need and don't use. The closet was the first step. ...more

The Salad Days

When I moved into my first apartment, I was heady with the power of being able to live on my own terms. I could go to bed when I wanted, eat what I wanted, listen to what I wanted, wander around in my underwear if I wanted. It was my space. My place. But what I wanted to do was save jars and use them for glasses and keep a festering bucket of pulp in my kitchen into which I chopped up old newspapers and junk mail which I  used to make my own paper on the weekends. In a time before curbside recycling, I assiduously rinsed out containers and found uses for them....more