Everything’s Free! All the time! Come on Down! or My Love of the Library

When I was a kid, I can distinctly remember going to the library all the time. I was a voracious reader and would take out many, many books each time – finishing them very quickly. I can remember learning how to use the card catalog (the actual one, with cards, in a giant filing cabinet! … Continue reading Everything’s Free! All the time! Come on Down! or My Love of the Library

Planning a Fun and Frugal Family New Years Celebration for under $30

New years eve. It's the time when you go out to a bar, or a party, and drink too much-right? Well, not in our house. We stick to staying home and having a fun and frugal time together with our three boys (now 13, 9 and 1 1/2). The oldest boys look forward to New … Continue reading Planning a Fun and Frugal Family New Years Celebration for under $30

Four Frugal Christmas Family Fun Ideas

Looking for some fun ideas on frugal things you and your family can do together to get excited for Christmas? Look no further. As a busy working mom of three, I'm always on the lookout for things I can do in the evenings and weekends with my kids. After all, the older ones spend the entire … Continue reading Four Frugal Christmas Family Fun Ideas

Kids Making Their Own Board Game – A Lesson in Frugal Creativity

  My kids are very creative. Part of the reason is because we limit their screen time on weekdays to half an hour, and two hours on the weekends. So they’re forced to find something else to do to fill their time, and they often do interesting projects. For example, my oldest son makes 8-bit video … Continue reading Kids Making Their Own Board Game – A Lesson in Frugal Creativity

Cost of cookies – is it really cheaper to make your own?

A five step method to analyzing store-bought vs. homemade I’ve often wondered whether it really saves money to make your own food, as opposed to buying the packaged version. This is especially true with cookies. I don’t know about your family, but mine can go through a batch of homemade cookies like a bulldozer (remember, … Continue reading Cost of cookies – is it really cheaper to make your own?