Category: Frugal Tips and Tricks

Lower Your Utility Bills – Part 3: Trim Your Power Bill

Lower Power Bill

  Now that we’ve had a look at our light bulbs and water, let’s take a look at the power bill in part 3 of our Lower Your Utility Bills series. You think you are doing everything right. You turn […] Read more…

Lower Your Utility Bills – Part 2: Water – Strategies to Stop the Money Leak

Welcome to part 2 of our series on how to lower your utility bills – water! We are all guilty of letting the water run while we do dishes or brush our teeth. It is easy not to think about […] Read more…

Lower Your Utility Bills – Part 1: Shine A New Light – Small Changes Can Add Up To Big Savings

  What else can you do to save money around the house? I don’t know about you, but utilities consume a large percentage of our money each month. We’ve found seven places that we think we can lower your utility […] Read more…

How to Make Bath Salts

How to Make Bath Salt

  We’ve had quite a week – especially my hubby!  He’s had the honor of volunteering with our local Autism Support Group to teach kids how to ride a bike.  For anyone who has helped their baby learn to ride […] Read more…

Tips for Storing Fresh Produce (INFOGRAPHIC)

Storing Fresh Produce

We try to eat seasonally and invest in foods that are at their peak during all times of the year. I can as much as possible for storage, but one of my pet peeves, is picking a bounty of fresh fruits and […] Read more…

15 Things I Don’t Pay For Anymore

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I wish I owned a couple of colleges with highly-competitive football teams (read “teams that bring in a gazillion dollars to my college”) and the college bookstores to match. I would be one wealthy so-and-so.  Until recently, I had no […] Read more…

A Whole New Level of Frugal

A Whole New Level of Frugal

  I recall in clear detail, the recycled paper milk carton that my 3rd grade teacher opened at the top and sat in the corner of our classroom. It didn’t take long for all of us to learn that any […] Read more…

Homemade Ketchup

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My relationship with America’s favorite condiment is long and complicated—and, for that matter, so is ketchup’s culinary history. As summer approaches and sales of the country’s best-selling condiment head for their cookout-fueled annual peak, it seems as good a time […] Read more…

Canning Basics- Awesome Infographic!

Using a Water Bath for Canning

I’m so excited! Our local berry farm opened for everyone to start picking strawberries this week. We love to go out to the farm and pick whatever’s growing in the field. Right now it’s strawberries.  In a few weeks it […] Read more…

Practical Tips to Start Using Coupons

Practical tips to start couponing

It does take a some time to plan shopping trips, but boy, is it worth it!  As a “fair-weather” coupon-er, I saved a little money, from time to time, when it was convenient and I remembered to do it.  About […] Read more…

One Ingredient Homemade Peanut Butter

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We have recently discovered the joys of homemade peanut butter. All these years I’ve spent so much money on jars of peanut butter at the grocery store, having had no idea how easy and yummy peanut butter is when you […] Read more…

Homemade Taco Seasoning – Easy and Flavorful!

Homemade Taco Seasoning

I was up early this morning feeling pretty ambitious.  I had challenged myself to try a few homemade mixes after really studying the ingredient lists of some of our favorites. If you’ve never noticed some of the crazy stuff in […] Read more…

15 Ways to Stretch a Dollar

15 Easy Ways to Stretch a Dollar

DH and I went to the store last night to get him some new socks. The store was noticeably empty. No lines at the checkout. No dancing around other shoppers. It was glorious. DH wondered if everyone was on a […] Read more…

Back to Gardening Basics: Easy Composting

Easy Composting

My DH is always complaining about how much garbage he takes out each week.  On a heavy cooking/cleaning weekend, he’ll take out a bag full each day.  There has to be a way to reduce what we toss, right?  Cue […] Read more…

A Month of School Lunch Ideas

As the school year moves on, it gets harder and harder to be creative when it comes to packing lunches for the kids (or hubby or yourself, for that matter!) As much as I’d love to be the mom who […] Read more…

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