Putting the Stereotypical Notion of a Tightwad on its Tush

What I’m Giving Up for Lent

Each year around this time, people start to ask me what I’m giving up for Lent. It’s a standard question for a Catholic gal living in a heavily Catholic part of the country. Unfortunately, I rarely have a good answer for them. Over the last several years I’ve given up: Alcohol. I did this twice…… Continue Reading

Less Known Green Tech to Celebrate Earth Day

April 22nd 2014 was the 44th time that Earth Day was celebrated around the world following its inception in 1970 by the Earth Day Network. From small beginnings in New York City during its inaugural year the celebration has expanded to encompass 192 countries around the globe with more than one billion observing the celebration… Continue Reading

I’m Too Busy To Clean My House

If you’re of a certain age – like me – then you not only┬áremember Monica from “Friends,” but you also likely remember every episode, every line. And you also probably remember that whenever Monica got stressed out, she’d start to clean house. Scrubbing windows, mopping floors, rearranging her cabinets: this girl was like Rosie the… Continue Reading

Travel for Less: Save Money On Your Summer Vacation

As Phineas and Ferb – two of my daughter’s favorite animated TV characters – like to say, there are 104 days of summer vacation. How are you going to spend it? If you’re like me, your summer plans probably include a family vacation. Whether your destination is across the globe, across the country, or just… Continue Reading

Disney World’s Best Kept Secret

About a year and a half ago – after my family’s first trip to Walt Disney World – I wrote about the pros and cons of becoming Disney Vacation Club (DVC) members. Ultimately, the initial buy-in (at the time, roughly the price of a new, small sedan) proved to be too much, and my husband… Continue Reading

Furnish Your House For Less

I’d love to prove to everyone I’m a true frugalista, and say that when we moved from the Dirty South to the Midwest, we kept all our existing furniture. After all, it’s significantly cheaper to use furniture you already have to decorate your home rather than furniture shopping for new stuff. But if I told… Continue Reading

Turning part of your home into an office

So, you have decided to turn part of your home into a working office. Maybe you have an existing business and realise that cost-savings can be made from working from home. Or maybe you are starting up from scratch? Either way, there are considerations. Funding an office conversion If you are fortunate enough to have… Continue Reading

Facebook: The New Craigslist?

I don’t know about you, but Craigslist has always given me the creeps. Sure, I’ve been able to sell some stuff on there – most notably, a very well-used breast pump for a tiny fraction of what I paid for it – but for the most part, I’ve avoided the site like the plague. Headlines… Continue Reading

Frugal Emergency Kit: First Aid

In a crisis, bad will go worse. For this, we have first aid Kits. A fully furnished first aid kit bought at a store can be pricey. There are many ways to stock an excellent kit, without spending your bank account. First, know what you’ll need. Clark County, NV recommends your kit contain the following:… Continue Reading