Audacity — Create Your Own Audio Books on CD

This past Christmas, my mother-in-law made a fabulous set of audio book recordings on CD for Emily.  I consider these priceless heirloom gifts.  Emily calls the CDs “Grandma Music”.  Char choose three or four bedtime story books and recorded herself reading them using a program called Audacity. You can download Audacity for free by clicking […]

Family Painting Time

Looking for some good quality time spent together as a family?  Try scheduling family painting time! All of us look forward to this when Mark comes home from work. After dinner, we clear off the kitchen table and spread out the paints, brushes, and paper. Altogether it was about an hour’s worth of creative time […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Preparing for Next Christmas

Now all the presents are unwrapped, and the holiday rush is just starting to settle down. I was tempted to just relax at home and enjoy time with the family, but the truth is now is the best time to score some awesome holiday deals at after-Christmas sales and start planning a holiday fund for […]

Frugal Family Activity — Go Caroling!

Christmas is almost here and it is the perfect time of year to go caroling with friends, family, and neighbors.  If you are like me, that sounds fine and dandy, until you realize you might not know all the words to some of the classic Christmas carols!  Don’t worry, to help you avoid any embarrassment, […]

17 Frugal Gift Ideas — Week in Review

Here is a quick review of the Frugal Holiday series posted here at Frugal Family Fun Blog: Learn to Knit Easy, Homemade Holiday Food Gifts Jar Mix Recipes Homemade Bath Salts Green Gifts for FREE Hand-painted Block Print Kitchen Towels Festive Winter Journals Chocolate Covered Pretzels Chili Mix in a Jar Bird Watching Kit Hand […]

Frugal Fun — Lehigh Valley

A few weeks ago, I published a post entitled Frugal Indoor Activities in the Lehigh Valley.  However, I had completely forgotten about Lights in the Parkway!  Our family piled into the car last night and enjoyed this great display of holiday lights. Lights in the Parkway runs from now until January 4th, 5:30pm-10pm and is […]

Frugal Last Minute Gift Idea for Kids — Doorway Puppet Theatre

Emily seemed to enjoy this frugal activity the most of all the gift ideas I have covered this week!  Today’s project is a Doorway Puppet Theatre, and she played with it all afternoon, so I am very excited to share this with you!   To make your own doorway puppet theatre, you will need: 3 […]

Frugal Last Minute Gift Idea for Kids — Make Your Own Gingerbread House Kit

As mentioned earlier this week, kids love to make their own creations.  Today’s project is a Make Your Own Gingerbread House Kit.  These are simple and easy to make, and they taste delicious!  Using these clever shortcuts, you can have a beautiful gingerbread house put together in minutes.   To make your gingerbread house kit, […]

Frugal Last Minute Gift Idea for Kids — Winter Lacing Cards

Every day this week I will be featuring frugal last minute gift ideas for kids.  These projects are very frugal and can be made with items you probably already have in your home.  You won’t want to miss any of these great projects, so if you are not already a follower of the Frugal Family […]