Who Needs A Push Present?

I was nearing the end of labor and my epidural was no longer effective towards increasingly strong and frequent contractions.  The pain was horrible and I tried to stay motivated with thoughts of snuggling my newborn son.  It was at this point that the nurse asked my husband, “You know …

Ten Money-Saving Tips For New Parents

I’m now a mother to three children and have learned what you really need for babies (spoiler alert – it’s not a whole lot).  However, there’s more to being a frugal parent than just foregoing some of the more-extravagant items on baby-registry lists.  Here are a few easy ways to avoid the …

My Money-Saving DIY Nesting Project

We’re officially in full swing baby-prep mode, which is good because our new little guy will be joining us in the next few weeks.  There was something about the ever-decreasing number of days on the calendar that finally gave us the drive to clean, organize, and set up everything (it’s so much different having …

How We Save Hundreds Of Dollars On Car Repairs

We don’t have an emergency fund because all of our income is going towards the credit cards.  So the recent sound of grinding brakes while driving my car could have been a sign of troublesome consequences for our family.  We have been working hard to be as frugal as possible and make extra …

How To Be Productive And Get Ahead While Working From Home

My employer allowed me to start working from home one day per week last year. This relatively-minor change to start telecommuting or working remotely has been wonderful for my productivity. My friends continue to make comments about how they wouldn’t be able to work from home because nothing would get done. …

Making Money From Old Clothing

I save all of my clothing – it’s the worst manifestation of my pack-rat tendencies.  Somehow, I manage to develop a sentimental attachment to each item in my closet.  It’s hard to detach myself from these physical possessions, even if I haven’t worn them for years.  I see the black mini skirt …

Keeping It Simple: Cheap and Easy Lunch

While the Frugalwoods enjoy their daily lunch of rice and beans, this is what I survive on at work: I eat breakfast during my commute, consisting of an oatmeal cupcake and a hardboiled egg.  At lunchtime, I munch on peanut-butter cracker sandwiches, carrots, a granola bar, and some grapes.  The grapes …

A Frugal Valentine’s Day: DIY Heart-Shaped Crayons

It seems like we just successfully survived Christmas without succumbing to the pressure to spend, spend, spend.  Now, it’s time for another retailer-driven holiday.  Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity for businesses to convince the public that if you really love someone, you need to buy them lots of stuff …

11 New Ways We’re Going To Save Money This Year

We did pretty well in 2014, our first year of practicing conscious frugality. I cut back on things like buying lunch or going out for coffee.  We didn’t buy much clothing.  I started cutting everyone’s hair – including my own.  In 2015, I’ve been trying to think of new ways …

What Do You Really Need For A New Baby?

American parents should heed a lesson in minimalism from Finland.  Our norm is to celebrate an impending birth with frivolous and unnecessary gifts.  Guests are invited to a banquet hall to enjoy food, games, and admire cute baby things.  Before the baby shower, parents-to-be will head out to one of those chain stores and receive a cool …