It’s the last week of school, and I’m looking ahead to summer. What am I going to do to keep the kids busy? My nine year old and my toddler are easy. Spray parks, library story [...]
The other day, as my toddler was throwing a tantrum, because she had to wait five seconds before I gave her a snack, I began thinking about what tremendous effort parenting a toddler takes. Not that [...]
In many areas of the country, the weather is beginning to warm up. The temperatures are nice, but not stifling, and it’s the perfect time for getting outdoors. If you’re looking for some frugal outdoor activities, [...]
Camping is a favorite summertime activity for kids. Even if you don’t have the time, money, or inclination to load up the camping equipment and head to the woods, your kids can still experience the joy [...]
Many readers know that we are very excited about being an adoptive family. We adopted our girls in 2005 and 2008, both under unusual circumstances and with substantial fees that left our family happy and fulfilled, [...]
My life has taken a variety of twists and turns over the years, and our latest twist is that we are possibly (but not certainly) adopting. If it all works out, we will be adopting an [...]
A crazy thing happened a couple of weeks ago. My daughter showed me that she has been absorbing all of my frugality talk. Actually, the story begins last September, when Hannah and her friend asked if [...]
For most kids, Christmas break began this week. It’s exciting to have the kids home from school during the holiday, but if your kids are anything like mine, too much unstructured time spells trouble with a [...]
We had our annual family Christmas party Saturday night. My entire family gathered at my dad’s house for a huge holiday dinner, presents, and a whole lot of fun! If you listen to the advertisements on [...]
September is an expensive month. In fact, at times, I think I spend more money in September than I do in December at Christmas. Maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but I do spend a [...]
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