Suggested Supply List

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You’ll want to bookmark this post to have it handy — By popular request, here are some suggested craft supplies (and related projects) that our family loves to have on-hand! Many of these can be found at Target, your local grocery store, or just laying around your house. I’ve included links to our Amazon store, […]

Bento on a Budget

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Clockwise from top left: organic carrot flowers, crackers, Stonyfield organic yogurt topped with home-grown watermelon stars, more watermelon, organic grapes, tuna salad topped with more carrot flowers. Yum!! In less than a week Emily will be starting first grade, which means we’ll be packing up lunches for her to take to school. Have you jumped […]

5 Tips to Minimize Food Waste with Kids

Please join me in giving a warm “Frugal Family Fun Blog” welcome to my guest, Debbie Lillard, from SpacetoSpare.com for today’s post! Debbie is the author of Absolutely Organized – A Mom’s Guide to a No-Stress Schedule and a Clutter Free Home, and she has generously offered her best tips to help minimize food waste […]

10 Tips to Get the Most Out of Library Book Sales (Guest Post from Chronicle of an Infant Bibliophile)

I hope you will join me in welcoming Lynn to Frugal Family Fun Blog for this gem of a guest post with lots of valuable money-saving tips. Thank you, Lynn! Update: We have a guest post up on Lynn’s blog today. Be sure to visit her! Hi. I’m Lynn, mom to a 2 year old […]

Top 5 Hobbies for Tightwads

Life on a budget doesn’t have to mean giving up hobbies or special interests. Here are some of our favorite hobbies that will save you money! Gardening — Growing your own organic produce is good for the environment, and saves lots of money. Kids love to help in the garden, so it is a good way […]

Top 5 Big Purchases (that are worth the money)

Mark and I are very methodical about large purchases. We plan ahead, research the latest reviews, and patiently wait for things to go on sale. Here are some of the things we have found to be the BEST buys for the money (i.e. big purchases that are really worth it): 1. Digital Camera — We […]

Free Books!

My mother-in-law first told me about this tip, and I am so glad she shared it with me! If you are a literature junkie, be sure to check out DailyLit.com to read books for FREE via email or RSS. Lots of children’s titles are available too. It is so easy to sign up and get […]

Save Money on Electronics

One of the questions I am asked quite frequently is “How do you get the best deals on electronics?” Here are some of my favorite tips to save big bucks on that new digital camera, laptop, or other electronic purchase: Network: Let everyone know that you are in the market to buy a (insert electronic […]

Help with Taxes — For Free

Dealing with taxes might not be much fun, but you may be able to take advantage of some good free resources to make filing your taxes a little less painful. Here are some of my favorites: Go to itsdeductible.com for a FREE download from TurboTax that helps you get the biggest deduction for your charitable […]

Frugal Generosity

Do you want to continue with charitable giving while still saving money? If you are low on funds, there are plenty of other creative ways to be generous to those who are less fortunate. Here are some of the best resources that allow our family to give more while spending less cash: Click to Give […]

Top 10 Cheap and Healthy Foods

Epicurious has a fabulous article on some of the best money-saving ingredients (complete with recipes). This is a great resource, and you can find the list here. Do you use brown rice, potatoes, apples, eggs, beans, or any of the other ingredients listed in your everyday cooking? I would love to hear about it! Leave […]

Printable Coupons for Organics

Here is a great list of online printable coupons for organic items: Organic Valley — Save on milk, cheese, soymilk, and butter.  Each coupon can be printed twice.  Also, click here for a printable coupon for $2 off the purchase of any 2 Organic Valley products. Mambo Sprouts — Many coupons here for green cleaning […]

Money Channel on Oprah’s Best Life Series

Photo by Cliff Dix Jr Looking for a good financial podcast?  Click here to find out how you can subscribe to Oprah’s Best Life Series for free.  The series includes a Money Channel with Suze Orman.  And it’s free!!

Download Suze Orman’s New Book — For FREE

From now until January 15th, you can download Suze Orman’s new book, Suze Orman’s 2009 Action Plan for FREE — courtesy of Oprah. For more information, click here. From the site: This book is copyrighted. You may view and download the file, but you may not copy the file or share or forward it to […]

Come Join Me on Financial Bliss

Good news! I will be a contributing author for the Financial Bliss channel of Blissfully Domestic. I plan to contribute articles at least twice a week and focus on frugality and budgeting. I feel honored to be included with such a strong group of women writers. The site is launching in the next few days, […]

10 Tips for Planning a Family Vacation on a Budget

Emily enjoys a s’more while on vacation in a Virginia cabin. It’s the start of a new year, and for many people it is a great time to evaluate your vacation plans.  Family vacations can eat up a large portion of your budget, so here are some tips to help you find the best deals […]

5 Ways to Save Money on Video Games

Emily (at 11 months) was already enjoying video games with Daddy! Recently, we had a family video game night, and it was tons of fun.  In our household, we have a weakness for video games, and buying new games can quickly become expensive.  Mark and Emily get lots of mileage out of the ones we […]

10 Ideas to Earn Extra Money from Home

In today’s uncertain economy, knowing how to make some extra money from your home can be a huge help towards paying those ever-increasing bills. Here are some great ways to earn extra money in your spare time without having to pay fees or leave your house. Great resources for at-home moms or college students! Write for […]