Inexpensive is Not Inferior: How to Homeschool on the Cheap

It’s spring, and my first year of homeschooling is winding down. Being as I love to plan, I’m already thinking ahead to next year’s curriculum. Since I jumped into homeschooling rather abruptly last year, I chose […]

The 5 Second Rule: A Frugal Necessity at Our House

If you’re a mom, you’ve no doubt heard of the 5 second rule: if your kid drops a piece of food on the floor, and you pick it up within 5 seconds, it’s still good to […]

You Tell Me: Teacher Gifts…Yay or Nay?

Tomorrow afternoon, students all over the country will be heading home for Christmas break. This week teachers are madly wrapping up lessons and dealing with squirrely children, who are anxious for school to let out. Which […]

My Christmas Movie Top 10

‘Tis the season of bad weather and time to stay indoors. My family loves to watch movies, and the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is prime Christmas movie time. The thing about watching movies is that […]

The Family Christmas Party: A Lesson in Frugality

This past Sunday we celebrated Christmas with my side of the family. Due to the crazy schedules of some of my brothers, it’s always easier to get together early in December than try to celebrate later […]

Play Board Games for Frugal Fun

Last night my family sat down and played The Game of Life. I remember playing it with my younger brother when we’d go to my grandparents’ house on Sunday afternoons. And now I play the same […]

Career vs Stay at Home Mom: Is the Mommy Track a Good Idea?

Career vs Stay at Home Mom: Is the Mommy Track a Good Idea?

This week’s question comes from Abby. She asks: I stayed home with my children for a few years, but I’m now looking for a job. Thanks to my background (I have an advanced degree in public […]

Ways to Save Money When Going to Disneyland

Isn’t that what they call Disneyland? And yes, later this year, my family is taking a very un-frugal vacation to the Magic Kingdom. My children are 11 and 6, so they’re finally both old enough to […]

How to Deal with Difficult Times during Christmas

Given the economic downturn, many people across the U.S. and abroad are finding themselves having leaner Christmases than they’re used to. Still others are finding themselves without jobs this year. Uncertainty abounds, and that can make […]

Tips for Traveling with Children

Vacation. You’ve been looking forward to it all year, and the day is finally here. You load the last of the suitcases in the car, make sure the kids are buckled in, and head off on […]

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