A few weekend reads…

A few links I thought you would enjoy for your weekend reading. http://www.thefrugalcottage.com/deprivation-is-not-part-of-the-journey/ I love this. Being frugal doesn't have to mean asceticism or being  a martyr. It's more about planning ahead and being creative. "we do not find that much … [Continue reading]

5 Frugal Things

1) I needed a few household items so I placed a Grove order: bulk Castile soap (for hands and all-purpose cleaning) and bulk dish soap. I had a $30 credit so my stuff was only $2 plus they included a free girly organic soap. I love this company. 2) I reviewed a book I read on Amazon and the … [Continue reading]

Goodbye Lact-Aid, My Frenemy

nursing with a Lact-Aid nursing supplementer

(Note: this is a post about my experience using a Lact-Aid nursing supplementer after my 27-weeker preemie was born. I mostly share my feelings here, … [Continue reading]

A few posts on no-spend challenges

no spend challenge

If you're inspired to launch your own fiscal freeze, here are a few noteworthy folks doing a no-spend challenge that offer great tips. The Mom … [Continue reading]

Disclosure: I went to IKEA


IKEA antics from a previous trip. We didn't buy any flat packed furniture this time. I've been staying out of stores as much as possible unless … [Continue reading]

2 years without shopping

shopping ban

I enjoyed this article by Cait Flanders about her two-year shopping ban. (She also had a list of exceptions as I do with my No-Spend Summer. She … [Continue reading]

Homeschool plan for 2016/17

Homeschool Plan 2016/17

As soon as summer begins, I feel the itch to nail down a plan for our homeschool for the next year. I can't relax and enjoy my summer until I get some … [Continue reading]

Think inside the box (truck)

I love reading stories like this. They restore my faith in humankind, for one. In a world filled with people who would rather whine about their … [Continue reading]

This crunchy, frugal mama doesn’t make her own laundry detergent


I'm about to make a radical statement. Are you sitting down? This ultra-frugal, crunchy mama doesn't make her own homemade laundry … [Continue reading]

So we got our electric bill yesterday and…

... it's $150 LESS than this time last year. I've kept the thermostat at 81. The only one to complain was my 15 year old son, but two days ago he … [Continue reading]