Make A Better Wish List, Before Black Friday

It can be hard to convert loved ones to our new frugal ways.  They are unable to truly adopt new priorities, without being ready to change their entire attitude regarding money.  While we won’t be shopping, there is no talking down the rest of them.  Black Friday and Cyber Monday, those “holidays” …

Our Frugal Halloween: DIY Dinosaur Costume

As with many different things, a little bit of advance planning for Halloween can keep costs down.  I had been asking my children about their costumes since September in the hope of getting ahead of the game.  Unfortunately, Goofball seemed to change his mind on a daily basis.  I waited …

School Lunch: Early Lessons In Frugality And A Little Bit Of Compromise

Goofball started attending kindergarten this month and lunch has been quite the new adventure.  We shelter our kids from consumerism as much as possible.  We don’t watch much television, except for football games and limited specials like the Thanksgiving parade.  Instead, the kids watch old cartoons on YouTube or Disney …

Do You Have A Cleaning Schedule?

Everything was tinted with the iridescent gold of a setting sun.  I watched a large, gauzy cloud drift by overhead as the sound of cheerful revelry provided ambiance.  It was one of those rare occasions on which I actually relaxed and chatted with some neighbors while our children relished a …

How To Save Money On Birthday Parties

We recently had our big joint birthday party for Goofball and Tornado. Money is always tight with our debt issues, but especially so this year as I’m on maternity leave from work.  Now, with a few years of practice, we have pretty much perfected the frugal and fun kids’ birthday party.  We …

What To Do With Extra Zucchini – Brownies!

The hard work is paying off . . . we’ve started harvesting fresh vegetables from our garden.  It’s a great feeling to provide your family with delicious, homegrown food without having to swipe the credit card.  The first “fruit” of our labor was some crispy green beans.  Then, in the …

4th of July Art Project With Homemade Paint

I never realized how easy it is to make your own paint!  I had seen this firework art project many times on Pinterest, but didn’t want to spend money on paint.  After some quick searching online this morning, we were able to throw together a fun activity with things around …

A Fun And Frugal Fifth Birthday

My little Goofball just celebrated his fifth birthday.  We had a great day without having to spend much money at all.  I am a firm believer that children need time and attention far more than they need things or entertainment.  We will have a party for him, shared with Tornado, …

Frugal Birthday Party Ideas: The Frozen-In-Ice Game

It’s that time of year again.  I need to start planning Goofball and Tornado’s birthday party.  Their birthdays are about one month apart so we have one party right in the middle.  Combining the two celebrations is just one way that we save money on birthdays.  We did a great job …

Monday Medley: A Summer Of Savings

It’s been a couple of weeks since my last update on our progress and plans.  We’ve been having a lot of frugal family fun and working hard towards achieving our goals.  Some of our money-saving strategies required time and preparation, but we’re finally seeing results from our diligence.   Maternity …