Frugal Family 101 — Part II

Here is Part 2 of the Frugal Family 101 Series.  To see Part I, click here.  Is your family new to the frugal lifestyle, and not quite sure where to start?  Here are some simple ways to get everyone on board with cutting back and being more resourceful. Save Automatically —  Open a high interest […]

Fun with Felt — Ravioli

Emily spent a good deal of time this afternoon feeding her dolls these fabulous felt ravioli!  If you have never sewn before, this is a terrific starting project because the felt is very forgiving.  Since it is ravioli, the seams do not need to be perfectly straight.   To make your own felt ravioli, you […]

10 Best Gifts for a Tightwad

Looking for the perfect gift for a fellow tightwad?  These are some of my absolute personal favorites!  Try these simple suggestions for gifts that help the recipient save even more money: Entertainment Book —  Tons of great coupons for those special occasions that call for eating out.  Many places feature “buy one, get one free” […]

Coupon Alert

Tip — Be sure to pick up a copy of today’s newspaper for some great coupon inserts!  The paper for the first weekend of the year usually contains a large number of coupons, and this year is no exception.  Some gas stations may sell the Sunday paper on Monday at a discount, so you may […]

Frugal Family 101 — Part I

Is your family new to the frugal lifestyle, and not quite sure where to start?  Here are some simple ways to get everyone on board with cutting back and being more resourceful. Have a Family Financial Goal —  Having a shared family financial goal is key to your budget’s success.  Post your goal where everyone […]

Reminder — Free Coffee Mondays At McDonald’s

Just a reminder, if you are heading out to work Monday morning, you might want to give yourself enough extra time to make a quick run to McDonald’s. For a limited time, McDonald’s is offering a free premium roast coffee on Mondays.  I am not sure if this is nation-wide or not, but the last […]

This Weekend — Save Money on Movies

Here are some easy ways to save a few bucks on movies this weekend: Save at AMC Theatres — Click here for a printable coupon good for free popcorn at AMC with the purchase of any fountain drink.  Offer good until 1/15/09.  RedBox — If you haven’t tried RedBox yet, why not give it a […]

25 Free MP3 Music Downloads + 1 Bonus Audiobook

Looking for some free tunes for your iPod?  Check out emusic.com for a free trial that includes 25 free music downloads and 1 bonus audiobook.  Take 2 weeks to decide if you like emusic and if you don’t, cancel and keep the 25 music files as their gift to you for trying!

Barnes & Noble Coupon

If you already have a Barnes & Noble membership, you can get even more savings by clicking here for a printable coupon good for an additional 15% off one item.  To use this deal online, enter code R4E7X9F at checkout for 15% off the highest priced item in your online cart.  Offers good until January […]

New — From PBS Kids

Emily alerted me to a new find on the PBS Kids website, one of her personal favorites. PBS Kids.org just released a new online learning tool called PBS Kids Play, an interactive virtual activity center that adjusts to your child’s individual level and tracks development with custom progress reports!  It is primarily geared towards kids […]

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 […]

Free Tea Samples

Mmm… I love tea!  Mark and I drink tea year-round, but especially during the cold winter months.  Here are some great samples you can request for free!  I have personally requested and received these, and I highly recommend the following: Yogi Tea — Sample pack includes Meditative Time, Mexican Sweet Chili, and Berry Anti-Oxidant.  I […]

Fun with Felt — Pizza Set

The inspiration for this project came from a box used to deliver Omaha Steaks burgers. Back in October, I got a great deal on beef for 36 cents a pound!  You can read more about how I did that here, but the box was about the size of a personal pan pizza box.  We decorated […]

8 Frugal New Year’s Activities for Kids

Waiting for the ball to drop?  Don’t know how to keep the kids occupied?  Try some of these ideas: Video Game Tournament — For more information on this, be sure to check out my post on 5 Ways to Save Money on Video Games. Coloring Pages — Click here to print out New Year’s Eve […]

Lights in the Woods – An Update

A few days ago, I posted about Flint Hill Farm’s Lights in the Woods event.  Last night, Mark and I bundled the kids up in layers and layers of clothes, packed everyone into the car, and drove 25 minutes to Coopersburg, PA to check it out.  For $5 per adult and $3 for children 3 […]

Frugal New Year’s Craft Idea — Sparkly 2009 Banner

Emily had a great time making this sparkly 2009 banner!  You can add glitter glue or further decorate it, if desired.  To make this frugal 2009 New Year’s Banner, you will need: Two empty cereal boxes Aluminum foil Pencil Glitter Glue (optional) Yarn Hole Puncher Cut out the largest sides of the cereal boxes.  Draw […]

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 […]

Frugal Family Fun — Lehigh Valley

If you are in the Lehigh Valley, you might want to check out Lights in the Woods at the Flint Hill Farm Educational Center in Coopersburg, PA. Conditions were too muddy to go tonight, but they will have another run Tuesday night, December 30th from 5:30 to 8:30pm.   Lights in the Woods includes horse-drawn […]