Is Camping The Ultimate Frugal Vacation? (Plus Five Tips For Starting Camping Without Going Broke)

As I write this, the CMO clan just got back from camping in Connecticut near to Rhode Island. We first started camping right after my husband got sick and almost died five years ago. When he was young, his family of six would go camping every summer in Rhode Island, but my family had never … Continue reading Is Camping The Ultimate Frugal Vacation? (Plus Five Tips For Starting Camping Without Going Broke)

Teaching Kids About Money – Savings Bond Edition

One thing many parents struggle with is - how do you teach kids about money without boring them? How do you know what lessons are appropriate for what ages? From simple lessons like savings, to complex ones like investing - from checking accounts to 401ks - those of us who are parents interested in personal … Continue reading Teaching Kids About Money – Savings Bond Edition

Minecraft TNT Birthday Cake – Side Hustle Hobbies?

Hi all, and happy Friday! This post comes specifically at the request of a number of my Twitter followers, who asked me to write all about this awesome cake I made for my now-10 year old sons birthday party. I've written before about some tips for having frugal, fun kids parties, and I put several of … Continue reading Minecraft TNT Birthday Cake – Side Hustle Hobbies?

Making The Ordinary A Bit Extraordinary

Any parent knows the struggle. You want to do something fun together as a family, something everyone will enjoy. The kids are "bored" of the same old thing. The easy answer would be to just go spend a lot of money doing some kind of fun and new activity - a visit to an amusement … Continue reading Making The Ordinary A Bit Extraordinary

Ode to Ooma – Why I Still Have A Home Phone

I have been the proud owner of an Ooma Telo for the past four years now. Before getting the Ooma, we had our home phone first through the actual telephone company with a real phone line (I'm old, I know), and then through a VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol, or internet phone) setup with the … Continue reading Ode to Ooma – Why I Still Have A Home Phone