When Saving $10 On a Field Trip Turns Into A Disaster

About a month or so ago, my middle son came home with a field trip permission slip. They were headed off to the CT Science Center, at a cost of $15 per person (not including lunch/snacks/gifts). Since we're members of the science center, my son had a brilliant idea on how to save money-why not … Continue reading When Saving $10 On a Field Trip Turns Into A Disaster

Frugal Fun With “Not A Box” – And Other Fun Objects

When people think about kids, they'll usually think about toys and other such fun "stuff". But kids, especially small kids, love playing with things you might not expect. Have you ever heard a parent complaining that they got their kid a brand new toy for Christmas, only to have them be more interested in playing … Continue reading Frugal Fun With “Not A Box” – And Other Fun Objects

Stop Spending to “Save” Money – Active Versus Passive Frugality

In order to master your financial life, you need to spend less than you make - right? Interestingly, there are two ways to do that, and one might lead to higher spending than the other. When people talk about saving money, what are they usually referring to? Saving money on a vacation Using coupons to … Continue reading Stop Spending to “Save” Money – Active Versus Passive Frugality

Getting Your Kids Involved In Planning The Annual Road Trip

For many years, we didn't go on very many vacations outside small day trips in our state, or an overnight in Boston or New York. ¬†We went to Florida a few times (where my husbands brother and one of his sisters lives), and Washington DC (land of the free activities!), but mostly we stayed around … Continue reading Getting Your Kids Involved In Planning The Annual Road Trip

My Deal Scoring Strategy – Five Tips to Get the Best Deals (No Extreme Couponing Required)

I love a good bargain - don't you? But as a busy, full-time breadwinning mom of three, I don't have time for things like extreme couponing and shopping at three different grocery stores to score the lowest prices. When I'm FI, I bet I'll be doing those things for fun! (Admittedly, I have an odd … Continue reading My Deal Scoring Strategy – Five Tips to Get the Best Deals (No Extreme Couponing Required)