Holy Moly! When it rains it pours. First the good news! I had a wonderful craft fair at our fall foliage festival last weekend. I sold out on most of my hats, I do wish I had made more, but ya know, working 60 hours a week and having 3 kids puts a damper on… Continue reading Frugal 5 Friday 10/13/17
Fall is here! My favorite time of year! We did ok for the month of September, following the trend from last month, we had a number of big bills that we needed to knock out, like eye exams and contact lenses and glasses for Frugal Husband and myself, we also got snow tires on the… Continue reading October 1st State of the Frugal Union
Happy Tuesday! We're ever soooo slowly adjusting to back to school. Frugal kids #1 and #2 are really liking their school and teachers which makes sending them off every day much easier 🙂 On the bills front, we've been slogging away and I'm still feeling like we're still not making progress fast enough- I know… Continue reading Frugal 5 Friday 9/22/17
Where have I been? Woosh your guess is as good as mine, back to school really got me this year. Frugal Kid #1 started kindergarten and is about 3 miles from our house, Frugal Kid #2 started preschool and is about 15 miles from our house, BOTH Frugal Kids need to be at their respective… Continue reading Frugal 5 Friday 9/15/17
Wowza August just FLEW by. Husband and I worked a ton, but we also spent a lot of really nice family time with the frugal kids and enjoyed the last bit of summer before school started back up. We had a number of unexpected bills to the tune of about 3k, but we'll be able… Continue reading September 1st State of the Frugal Union and Frugal Friday.
If you're here from Repeat Crafter Me - Welcome! I can be contacted from this webpage and if you're interested in ordering a hat like the one in the picture, shoot me a message and I'll send you an invoice. If you're just here checking in- Welcome! I've been talking about a handmade Christmas… Continue reading Frugal 5 Friday 8/25/17
I'm so late! Frugal Tuesday? I do 2 craft shows a year with my crochet and it occurred to me about the middle of last week that I have less than a month before the first one and I'm severely lacking in inventory, so I've been frantically crocheting my fingers off to get ready. It's… Continue reading Frugal 5 Friday 8/18/17
I have to admit, I'm in a sweet spot with the frugal kids, Frugal Kid #1 is starting kindergarten in the fall, and even though he went to preschool he still doesn't really care about the hot new toy or special new vacations that his friends are going on. Additionally, right now I work… Continue reading 10 Frugal Activities to do with kids.
I'm going to admit, this week was a struggle. It was hard to work extra hours, and hard to see our debt tick up because of unexpected bills. I know that this is just a fact of life and that we will get over the obstacle, but in the moment things feel unsurmountable and that we'll be… Continue reading Frugal 5 Friday 8/11/17
Well getting ready to have a large amount of people over our house on Sunday. I think I may have been a bit crazy to think that it was a good idea given the state of our house, but here we are! Onto the frugal things I was able to do. Frugal husband and I… Continue reading Frugal 5 Friday 8/4/17
Well murphy decided to visit again, to the tune of a propane bill that was about $500 more than we expected and a medical bill that was about $600 more than planned. I'm not adding either to our debt total (yet) because they won't be billed until next month- I'm hoping that we'll be able… Continue reading August 1 State of the Frugal Union
Boy did I struggle this week! It seemed like money was just leaking out from everywhere! I managed a few things, but it feels like we veered off track. I picked up a turkey a few weeks back from Aldi for 1.29 lb which is a thanksgiving sale kind of price, anyhoo we had that… Continue reading Frugal 5 Friday 7/28/17
I'm a little late posting this week because I was working! Here are 5 ways I saved money this past week. Frugal husband and I both worked extra hours. I know this is more about making money rather than saving money, but they all help the bottom line. I beat my record (3) and got… Continue reading Frugal 5 Friday 7/21/17
About 5 months after I had frugal kid number 1 I realized something. It is not possible to work full time and be the kind of Mom who goes all out at EVERY holiday, and birthday and "event". It seems like with 3 kids there is ALWAYS something going on that can be celebrated and… Continue reading Christmas in July- Planning for a handmade Holiday.
Phew this week flew by! I was traveling for work on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, which was both frugal and not so frugal. Frugal because my meals were all covered during that time, but not so frugal because Frugal Husband drove down to where I was staying and we definitely indulged in an expensive meal… Continue reading Frugal 5 Friday 7/15/17
We're about 5 months into our journey toward being debt free and I'm starting to feel it. The excitement is wearing off, the numbers don't seem to be moving nearly as fast as I'd like them to and I'm tired! So what can you (I) do to stay motivated? Here are my top 5. I… Continue reading Staying Motivated on Your Journey to Being Debt Free.
Hi Everyone, this week I was gearing up for travel for work and it felt like there was minimal time to pay attention to frugality, but we squeezed a few things in. I worked on unplugging things that we're not using. We started unplugging our modem at night and noticed a pretty significant drop in… Continue reading Frugal 5 Friday 7/7/17
I am a planner of epic proportion. I make lists and add items to my lists just so that I can cross them off. This benefits our family MOST of the time. However, it also gives me a sense of urgency when I see something on sale. I MUST BUY THE THING! The thing will… Continue reading Saying no to wants and yes to needs.
So we have goals! Lots of goals! But our biggest goal right now is digging out of what I lovingly refer to as our MEGA DEBT PILE. No, seriously, it's really MEGA. How Mega you might ask? Well here's the break down: Frugal house- $210,000 Frugal Student Loans- $161,000 Frugal Private Student Loan- $4,900 Frugal… Continue reading July 1st State of the Frugal Union
Another week of some frugal and not so frugal things! Here are my 5, and if you're reading and would like to share your frugal accomplishments in the comments I'd love to read them! I picked up some new to us clothes for frugal child #1. This is a new exploration for me because I… Continue reading Frugal 5 Friday 6/30/17