The Frugal Guide to Getting Ready for Summer

A few days ago, I was walking to pick my son up for school, and I saw a group of high school kids running in a pack.  Strange as it seems, these kids herald the start of spring for me because they have begun their training to get in shape for track and field season.  […]

The Clock that Saved My Sanity – The Stoplight Alarm Clock

I was lamenting on Mom’s Plans Facebook page a few week’s ago that my three year old daughter was routinely waking up at 4:30 to 5 a.m. EVERY morning and then proceeding to turn on the light, dance around the room, hide in the closet, slamming the door in the process, and waking up both […]

Freezer Cooking for One or Two

Why didn’t I think of this before?  I love to cook up batches of meals and throw them in the freezer to enjoy later.  It used to be that I would freeze the food in meal size portions for dinner, and inevitably there would be leftovers that I would use for my lunch the next […]

My Experience as a Virtual Assistant

I was on an extended (16 month) leave of absence after my last child was born, and I knew I wanted to try to make some money from home to supplement my husband’s salary so I wouldn’t need to go back to work full-time.  I began looking for work in January, without much luck.  I […]

Works for Me: Ice Cubes as a Freezer Monitor

My family buys a 1/4 side of beef every year, and we also stock up on groceries when they are on sale and put them in the freezer.  I also regularly make freezer meals.  Simply put, our freezer contents are very valuable to us.  I read somewhere that if you take ice cubes and put […]

A Date with Finances

I subscribe to Daily Worth e-mails.  Daily Worth is a “community of women who talk money.”  One of them, Suzanne de Baca, recently wrote a post about making time for herself and her finances.  She is declaring June 9th as a day she spends just focusing on her finances.  She calls it her “Money Day Off”, […]

Batch Cooking Beans

I made the switch from canned beans to dry beans years ago, and now I am finding that it really pays off at the grocery store.  The Price Comparison A can of kidney beans is .80, if I can find it on sale.  A bag of dry kidney beans runs $1.10 on sale.  A can […]

Works for Me – Making (and Keeping) a List When Travelling

Now that we have small children, I find it helpful to make a list of all we will need that I should pack when preparing for a vacation.  Then, I actually pack the list in the suitcase.  When our vacation is over, and we are packing up, I use the list to make sure we […]

Works For Me – Credit Card Alternatives

My husband and I are trying not to use our credit cards and instead pay cash for every thing.  Sometimes, however, I am out with the kids and realize I forgot the cash or didn’t bring enough cash.  (After using a credit card for so long for all of our purchases, it is hard to […]

Frugal Party Favors

My son was born in the summer, so that means he misses celebrating his birthday during the school year.  However, at his new school they compensate for this by celebrating half birthdays.  During my son’s half birthday week, he had a special event every day–bring a favorite stuffed animal one day, a toy the next, […]