I don’t know about you, but with prices of groceries and gas skyrocketing, I’m looking to save money any way I can. One of the less obvious ways of saving money is to pay attention to the color of your sheets and towels. I always buy white. Always. Now, I know only buying white sheets … Read moreSave Money by Purchasing White Linens and Towels
When my children were young, I promised myself that we would always have dinner together as a family. I promised that no activity would get in the way of those family dinners. But now that my kids are older, reality has hit. My two oldest children are very talented in very different areas. Between soccer … Read more4 Tips to Help You Avoid Fast Food Drive-Thru
Do you have enough? Many of us look forward to having more. In fact, we look forward so much to having more that we fail to consider what we already have — and whether or not we have enough. Understanding when enough is enough can help you enjoy what you already have, keep you from … Read moreUnderstanding the Word “Enough” and How It Can Help You
It’s easy to get caught up in the idea that it’s never ok to spend money — unless you actually need something. And, while it is important to watch how you spend your money, and be conscientious about it, there’s no reason to assume that spending money on things other than survival is a bad thing. … Read moreIt’s OK to Spend Money on Things You REALLY Want
Next month thousands of parents will pack their cars with all the items their children need to furnish a dorm room. They’ll tearfully say goodbye as their first (or second, or third…) child leaves home. If you are one of those parents, make sure you’re shedding tears because you will miss your child, not because … Read more4 Tips to Furnish a Dorm Room on a Budget
Almost a year ago my family took the plunge and gave up cable TV. It was a tough decision. I knew cable TV was an expense we could do without, but my whole family loved having cable. My husband liked the sports. The kids liked the kids shows. And I loved the Food Network and … Read moreHow We Live without Cable TV and Watch What We Want
Most people don’t have a clear appreciation for what their laundry is costing. Whether you have a home machine or use a laundromat, you may be surprised at the real costs of keeping clean. I remember living in an efficiency apartment in downtown Seattle. Each week, I’d load my wash into a plastic bag, and … Read moreSave up to $1500 a Year on Laundry!
Many of us are feeling that tightness and pressure that comes from the extra spending surge this time of year. Holiday activities/entertainment, Christmas cards, gifts, office parties, friends of friends’ parties, and gifting expectations galore, not to mention what the children hope to find under the tree. For many of us, this kind of annual … Read moreHoliday Budget Relief
Bargaining, “wheeling and dealing” or just getting a deal—whatever you call it, it isn’t always easy to find exactly the item or service you want, and then ask for a lower price. Our American culture often views this sort of thing as the move of a cheapskate, or disrespectful/distrustful of the merchant and his or … Read moreBargaining 101: How to Get Lower Prices on Everything
This week, the US food and Drug Administration held additional sessions about the possibility of (finally) establishing a gluten-free food labeling standard. (info) Lately, a growing number of people are electing a gluten-free diet. Some due to health conditions such as celiac disease, and others to attempt alleviate symptoms of other conditions like ADHD and … Read moreCan a Gluten Free Diet be Frugal?