Frugal Gift Idea — Festive Winter Journals

Emily and I enjoyed making these winter journals.  They are so simple to make, and they came out looking great!  To make the journals you will need: Pretty paper (I used snowflake print, but any pattern will work.) Plain marble notebook Exact-o knife — DO NOT LET CHILDREN USE THE EXACT-O KNIFE!! Book binding tape […]

Give Green Holiday Gifts — For Free!

This holiday season, promote a better environment with these green gifts that help reduce waste.  The best part — they are FREE! Stop Junk Mail —  Junk mail uses a tremendous amount of resources.  Use CatalogChoice.org to create an account for the recipient to pick which catalogs are of genuine interest, and CatalogChoice will work […]

Frugal Gift Idea — Handpainted Block Print Kitchen Towels

Looking for another great frugal gift idea?  Try these cute kitchen towels!  You and your kids will love making these, and they turn out looking great.   To make these, you will need: Plain white flour sack towels (these can be purchased at Target for about $1 each) Fabric paint Holiday stamps (snow flakes, holly, […]

Coupon Giveaway — And the winner is…..

Wow, there were 52 entries for this great giveaway!  The winning number (chosen by Random.org) was 15, and that number belongs to Rhonda from Saving Cents.  Rhonda is just starting to learn how to live the frugal life, so I am glad she won the 50 coupons.  Here is her winning comment: Hi, your blog […]

Frugal Activity — Paper Dolls

MoneySavingMom recently featured a post on the McCall paper dolls, so I printed some out for Emily to enjoy.  Here she is playing with the January 1996 Betsy with two outfits — pajamas and ice skating.  She enjoyed the maze as well.  Great frugal fun!  You can download the entire series here.

Coupon Giveaway – Last Chance to Enter

My very first giveaway is almost over.  The coupon giveaway ends at 6pm EST, so be sure to get your entry in.  You could win 50 coupons (many are for organic items)!  Details here. FYI:  Another giveaway starts soon!

Frugal Gift Idea — One Day Carbon Free

Visit BrighterPlanet.com to find out how you can give the gift of being carbon neutral for a day, for free!   From the site: Forget fruitcake. This year, you can spread your holiday cheer by giving presents that contribute to the fight against climate change. Give the gift of carbon neutrality for a day — […]

Fabulous Frugal Gift Tags

Emily and I spent some time this afternoon making these great gift tags from last year’s greeting cards.  To make the gift tags, you will need: Some old greeting cards — Many of the ones we received last year had no writing on the inside left, so we used those. Hole Punch Ribbon – I […]

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 […]

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Save Money on Baby

(Clara Sage at 4 months.  Isn’t she cute??) Let’s face it, babies are expensive creatures.  Between the diapers, formula, baby food, and clothes, the cost of raising a child can really add up!  Here are some of my favorite ways to save money on babies: Diapers:  Consider cloth diapers.  I know, I know, but before […]

A Great Mail Day!

I am so excited because today I received some great goodies in the mail!  Here is a list of what arrived today: Letter from my Aunt (she lives in Argentina).  Hola Tia Ines!!  I love getting cards from friends and family, so this just made my day. Sample of Tide laundry detergent.  To get your […]

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Frugal Gift Idea — Homemade Bath Salts

There is nothing more relaxing than a nice warm bath with scented bath salts, and I thought bath salts would make a great holiday gift.  That is, until I saw how much they cost.  Have you seen the outrageous prices of bath salts recently??   This prompted me to come up with a homemade version […]

Online Shopping — Getting a Good Deal

If you are looking for some great websites to help you save money while shopping online, MSN’s Money Central has an article with 8 top sites for online shopping that can be very helpful.   I like to combine orders with Amazon and get free shipping on orders of $25 or more.  If you use […]

More on Thanksgiving Leftovers

Getting tired of turkey yet?  Give your leftovers some fresh appeal with these great recipes: Paula’s Home Cooking — Includes recipes for Pumpkin Bars and Turkey Pot Pie. Leftover Cranberry Sauce — Mix with Cream Cheese for a great bagel spread. CD Kitchen — Easy recipes for leftover turkey. Turkey Casserole Recipe — Uses leftover turkey and […]

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

I wanted to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! Don’t forget to get your entry in for our coupon giveaway, and be sure to check out my recipe for Turkey Chili to use up those leftovers. Have a great Thanksgiving money-saving tip to share?  Leave a comment and tell us about it.  You will automatically be […]

Frugal Fall Craft — Autumn Tree

Here is a frugal fall craft I did with Emily (4).  You will need construction paper in fall colors, a sheet of cardstock (for the background), and some glue.  For younger children, pre-cut the tree trunk and leaves for them.  The older kids can do this by themselves.  Put down lots of glue, and let […]