The winter months can be cold and dreary, as well as wet, but there is plenty of fun to be had for free or almost free. Families will have fun hanging out. Doing things together often helps to strengthen family bonds. Some ideas for winter fun activities: Card games such as Rummy and Canasta can be played. Board games like Monopoly, The Game of Life … Continue reading Affordable Entertainment for the Winter Months
By Sheila Buck The winter months are cold and, although many parents don’t like being out in the brisk weather, their children usually do. During the colder months it may seem harder to keep your children entertained than it was during the warmer months. Here are some good ideas for keeping your children busy this winter. Sledding is a fun activity that children enjoy. Have … Continue reading Feature Article: 5 Affordable Winter Activities for Children
Despite the rocky financial start I had this year, I really did get some great deals and a couple of freebies. A guest at the inn, where I work as a Front Desk Agent, bought me dinner – I love Chinese, but rarely eat it, so it was a nice treat. And I had enough money to buy many items I needed all at once … Continue reading Finding Deals
I thought I was doing good at the beginning of the year. My budget was set, I knew exactly what I needed to do with both paychecks. I was even taking advantage of gift cards and clearance sales, and had a plan for the holiday pay and overtime I had accumulated the previous month and on January first. I knew exactly how much was needed … Continue reading Started off Rocky this Year!
My daughter Skye and her roommate bought me a gift card to Five Guys for Christmas. I was thankful. I go there at least once a month on an errands day. During my next trip to Bangor for errands, I stopped in to the restaurant to use the gift card for my free lunch. When I handed the cashier the card, she tried to put … Continue reading Starting the New Year with a Freebie +
A person once told me I had to have a credit card for big ticket purchases, like when I wanted to buy a manufactured home. Instead, I found that a cashiers check from the credit union was more than adequate when buying a new-to-me home. Continue reading Find Credit Cards Unnecessary?
I don’t know about you, but I’ve begun the search for personal hygiene products that will be less harsh on my skin. I’ve noticed over the past year that my skin has changed. It is different and, even though it does seem vein, I just do not want to age before my time. I want to continue to feel good about myself. The SWAY Underarm … Continue reading Review: Sway Underarm Detox Deodorant Starter Kit
Dove is a classic for me. I remember it form years ago. I’ve used it again for about a week, as I want something gentler for my skin. Not being a soap, Dove is a quarter moisturizing cream. Who couldn’t use that, especially during the winter months when our skin gets so dried out due to the extremely cold temperatures outside, and the dry heat … Continue reading Review: Dove Beauty Bars
You are not alone if you do have this type of debt. It seems that just over 25% of respondents are embarrassed by how much credit card debt they have. Continue reading Do You Spend Above Your Means?
I have noticed that even clearance prices for items aren’t as good a lot of the time as they were when my children were young, and this means that they’ll be more costly as my family grows. Continue reading Going into Debt for Christmas?
This year I made a ‘T H A N K F U L’ banner I’d like to show you. The beauty of this banner is that you can resize it to fit the space you have available, so don’t feel forced to use my measurements. This banner can also be spaced differently, bringing the pieces closer or setting them further apart. Continue reading ‘T H A N K F U L’ Banner
The book explains the types of pumpkins and gourds that are best for carving, and which sizes are good for different kinds of patterns, as well as how to choose the best quality ones for carving and other projects. It is very informative, showing… Continue reading Review: Easy Pumpkin Carving by Colleen Dorsey
I’ve recently been using Paperlesspost.com and love it! I even wrote about it on the Single Mom Family blog, so everyone could see how easy it is to use for sending cards, invitations and more. Continue reading A Paperless Way to Send Cards and Invitations
Babies can be expensive, especially when you’re trying to be less wasteful and more environmentally friendly, but there are ways to cut corners. Because you’re living frugally, you’ll do a few things to ensure you will be able to afford getting through the first few years more easily.
If some of you aren’t aware, I raised my daughters on my own. Being a single mom is not always easy, but it’s the single most important the I’ve ever done, and the most rewarding. I used to write the Bangor Single Mom column on Examiner.com, until they closed down, and I loved writing for that outlet. When it closed, I decided I needed to … Continue reading Single Mom Family
Learn how to earn up to $150.00 a year and save up to $180 a year with gift cards. Discover how to save over $1,500 on travel expenses for next year. And see how you can use group buying power to save more than $1,000.00. Continue reading Book Review: Pogue’s Basics: Money
I got a message from my sister Sheila today. She was at the Family Dollar in Old Town and was told the store was going to be closing on June 2, 2017. There are no notable sales as of yet, but all sales are final. I did a search and learned that they are closing a few hundred of these stores. With the closing of … Continue reading Store Closing: Family Dollar in Old Town
You may remember I covered the Kmart and Macy’s store closings earlier this year. Now another store will be closing. Hands of Hope, a thrift store in Bangor, Maine, will be closing on April 30th. It is located in the same building that Kmart was set up in, right next door. I’ve heard rumors they’ll be tearing the building down, but I don’t know for … Continue reading Store Closing: Hands of Hope in Bangor, Maine
You may have noticed that I’m learning more about handling money, investing, and other financial concerns this year. Perhaps you read my posts It’s Time to Get Our Finances in Order and Do You Have a Clear Picture of Your Financial Situation. And maybe you read my New Year Goal posts about Researching Little Ways to Invest and Separating Expenses. I’m still on my quest … Continue reading Book Review: The Art of Money by Bari Tessler
Our Hands of Hope thrift store is right next door to Kmart. Perhaps to take advantage of the traffic generated from Kmart’s closing sale, Hands of Hope has been having a sale of their own. Right now you can get 25% off everything. I decided to stop in the other day to see what they have available at the thrift store. Hands of Hope has … Continue reading 25% off at Hands of Hope
I’ve visited the Living Well Spending Less site on several occasions. I love the clean look of the site, and the products are so nice. I’m actually working through the Goal Setting Workbook, and I just found the free The LWSL Spring Cleaner Planner 2017! Two of the things I like best about the workbook and the planner are the bright colors and the streamlined, … Continue reading Are You Ready for Spring Cleaning?
I shopped a second time in one day, because I found deals on cleaning supplies I’ll use. I needed to go back to my room to figure out a budget for what I can spend on such things, then return to the store. Thankfully these two trips were on a day I had to stay at work, so I wasn’t wasting money on transportation. I … Continue reading Kmart Shopping Trip # 6 – Closing Sales
At the time of this trip, Kmart was having deals up to 80% off. Not too bad. The layout of the store has changed because they are moving more and more of what they have left to the front half of the store. As shelves clear (mostly) items are moved. Now you have to look around to see what is still available. Clothing is no … Continue reading Kmart Shopping Trip # 5 – Closing Sales
Walmart has reduced price racks at the back of the store. I check them out each time I go in, and have found some decent deals on brands I like. You should check them out the next time you’re there. Breads and dessert items are always available, but you can find other things as well. I’ve come away with pickles, soups, oatmeal, and so much … Continue reading Deals at Walmart
I’ve always been one to buy items for holiday gift-giving when I see them at good deals, but because I rent a room I don’t have much space for storing such items any more. As long as I can keep the gifts I’m buying small, I can store them in with the other holiday items, so I’ve collected small things for the various recipients I … Continue reading Getting Ahead on the Holidays, and Stocking Up
I’m proud of myself. I’ve kept my purchases during the Kmart closing sales to things I would have bought anyway. (You can see what I bought and paid during trip 1 and trip 2.) A couple of weeks back I went shopping there (trip # 3), and picked up a few things: Two journals, Post-it’s, and index tabs. I had enough points that I didn’t … Continue reading Kmart Shopping Trips # 3 and # 4 – Closing Sales
I recently made a series of posts over on Single Mom Family for the 30 Day Money Cleanse. The challenge helped me to get clear on where exactly I’m at with my finances. I’m not anywhere near where I want to be, but now I can focus more clearly on getting there. For that I am thankful. Today I’m sharing the posts for the challenge, … Continue reading Do You Have a Clear Picture of Your Financial Situation?
My first Kmart closing sale shopping experience was on January 17. It netted me one good deal and a few mediocre ones. Today’s shopping trip was a little better. Keeping in mind my promise of not buying things I don’t need and haven’t already decided to get, I thought carefully about each item and came away with some good deals. I noticed that more items … Continue reading Kmart Shopping Trip #2 – Closing Sales
My first Kmart closing sale shopping experience was on January 17. It netted me one good deal and a few mediocre ones. I’m fully aware the deals will get better, but I needed a few office supplies on that day, for projects I’m was working on. I’m also aware that, by the time the best deals are happening, the store will be pretty well picked … Continue reading Kmart Shopping Trip #1 – Closing Sales
When you need (or choose) to live a frugal lifestyle, it’s important to know what your personal finance situation is. This used to be easy for me. There was such a small income that I knew exactly how much money I had and could I had to spend each month. I didn’t really think about my financial future, because there just wasn’t any money to … Continue reading It’s Time to Get Our Finances in Order
I usually do my after Christmas shopping within a week after the holiday, so I was a bit late. My year didn’t start as planned, and I had to wait until everything was set before I could have my much needed girls day and do some shopping. Things are pretty well picked over at this point, but I was still able to find some good … Continue reading Frugal Finds: Shopping Sales and Goodwill
I recently mentioned that several Kmart, Sears, and Macy’s stores across the nation will be closing this spring. Now I’d like to discuss how to take advantage of the sales that will be going on. I can’t say when each store will start their going out of business sales, but I can offer up tips for getting the most for your money when they do. … Continue reading Strategic Shopping During Store Closings