Five Frugal Things

I stopped at the women’s consignment shop today where I’d dropped off a pair of cheap thrift shop Danskos. I was handed $6.74 in cash and helped myself to five free plastic tubular hangers for my son’s dorm room. I noticed that they had a purse that exactly matched my Sopranos-aesthetic wallet....more

When is it Worth it to Stock Up?

The following is a reprint of a previously published post. Enjoy! One of the basic tenets of frugality is to stock up on needed items when they’re on sale/cheap and then...more

Planting My Income Crops

I work as a hospital based labor and delivery nurse, which I do between one and two days per week. It pays well, but it’s unbelievably stressful and eats up a good 14 hours per day, which means I’m completely unavailable to run my household or be available as a parent or daughter. We only have...more

Five Frugal Things

I’m continuing to help my older sister go through her...more

Yesterday and Today I Am . . .

Yesterday and today I am ...more

Five Frugal Things

The weather’s been really hot here, so I walked to Fred Meyer after dinner for some ice cream. I’d planned on buying Tillamook brand since I had a $1-off coupon, but I checked the store circular and found a coupon for $2.50 half-gallons of Dreyers brand. I switched my purchase to the lesser brand and walked home to a happy family ....more

This Week in Zero Waste

Although I don’t strive for a 100% zero waste lifestyle, much of how my family lives falls under that category. We buy used, (zero packaging) mend instead of replace and choose reusable items whenever possible. This past week was no more...more

Leftovers in Jell-O? No Thank-O!

The following is as reprint of a previously published post. Enjoy! It is no secret that I have a PhD in...more

Five Frugal Things

I ran errands on foot yesterday. I dropped off plastics recycling, picked up a free RedBox movie (Insurgent, it was completely...more

Frugal & Zero Waste Tidbits From Our College Road Trip

My older son and I just got back from his two day college orientation, which meant three days away from home since the orientation began at 10 A.M., inconveniently five-and-a-half hours away from home! (Didn’t exactly relish leaving home at 4 A.M. to get there on time.) I bought a fat loaf of French bread the morning that we left, and assembled a big ol’ turkey sandwich, which I then cut into fourths. I threw some...more