Affordable Entertainment for the Winter Months

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

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Heat Tape, Winter Preparation

Good morning everyone! I received an email from a very nice lady this morning, a reader who has benefited from this blog. I love receiving emails from my readers. It helps me to know what topics everyone needs me to post on. We all live different lives, and we all need different things. NOTE: A man not so kindly pointed out to me one day … Continue reading Heat Tape, Winter Preparation

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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. 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

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Kmart Shopping Trip #1 – 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

Photograph taken by Shannon L. Buck copyright June 9, 2016.

It’s Time to Get Our Finances in Order

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

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright January 14, 2017. http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/shannonbuck

Frugal Finds: Shopping Sales and Goodwill

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

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Strategic Shopping During Store Closings

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

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright December 29. 2016.

Another Store Closing in Many Locations: Macy’s

I was just talking about how Kmart and Sears are going to be closing many locations, including the Kmart near where I work in Bangor and a Sears in Augusta (I live in Maine), and now I hear that Macy’s, just a few minutes away from Kmart, will be closing in the spring as well. According to an article in the Bangor Daily News written … Continue reading Another Store Closing in Many Locations: Macy’s

New Year

New Year Goal: Finances – Researching Little Ways to Invest

I wish I had enough money to invest in big ways. I wish I had enough for a retirement account. I wish, I wish, I wish… How about you? Even though I have more money now than when the girls were growing up, I seem to have less. Does that make sense? Things cost so much more than they used to. I have less bills … Continue reading New Year Goal: Finances – Researching Little Ways to Invest

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New Year Goal: Finances – Separating Expenses

I have a debit card. No checking. No credit card. No savings. Just this one card I do everything with. I’ve been thinking lately that I’d be better able to keep track of where my money is going and separate expenses by having more than one account. This would be part of my theme for the new year: ORGANIZE These are the main categories of … Continue reading New Year Goal: Finances – Separating Expenses

Collage by Shannon L. Buck, copyright December 2016.

Win a Camera from Polaroid!

Recently a very nice lady from the Polaroid team sent me an email asking if I’d like to receive a Polaroid Snap Touch Instant Digital Camera. I of course said Yes! I love taking pictures, and haven’t used an instant camera in years. I was curious, and wanted to see what the camera has to offer. This is a next generation camera that is digital, … Continue reading Win a Camera from Polaroid!

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How I’m Saving Money this Holiday Season

The Holiday season can be expensive to get through, and I don’t have all the money in the world. I look for ways each year to save money, starting right after the previous Christmas. After the Yule and Christmas celebrations, I saved all the gift bags, wrapping paper, bows, ribbons, gift boxes, and tags to reuse the next year. Some members of my family also … Continue reading How I’m Saving Money this Holiday Season

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Plans for My Christmas Money

I was talking to my mom the other day and the topic of gifts came up. My parents are giving Christmas money again, and I told her I already know what I am doing with the money. I’m stocking up on food, and maybe some cleaning supplies and personal hygiene items depending on how much I get. But definitely food. You never know what curve … Continue reading Plans for My Christmas Money

Photogrpah by Shannon L. Buck copyright November 21, 2016

Kohl’s Shopping Trip – Free for Me

I work at inn, in an area with a lot of businesses to shop at. The inn has many, many guests that come down from Canada, for whom we are all grateful. When our Canadian guests shop at Kohl’s, they aren’t usually here to enjoy the benefits of the Kohl’s Cash they receive. Some people leave these for the housekeepers. Others leave them with whomever … Continue reading Kohl’s Shopping Trip – Free for Me

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright October 30, 2016.

Mini At-Home Spa Moments: A Relaxing End to Your Day

As part of my Mini At-Home Spa Moments series, I’d like to share with you a relaxing way to end your day. The Mini At-Home Spa Moments are affordable luxuries for the frugally minded. Shower or bathe using a pleasantly scented body wash, such as one from the Softsoap Luminous Oils line. My favorite is the Macadamia Oil & Peony, which I reviewed after being … Continue reading Mini At-Home Spa Moments: A Relaxing End to Your Day

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright November 2016.

Holiday Tag Ornament Sets Using Sharpie Extreme Markers

I don’t know about you, but for me crafting is a way to de-stress. Creating melts away any negative feelings, allowing me to relax and enjoy what I’m doing. It also is a good way to acquire gifts and decorations, as well as home decor. When the Sharpie team contacted me about coming up with projects for my wrapping needs, I was already thinking about … Continue reading Holiday Tag Ornament Sets Using Sharpie Extreme Markers

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright November 2016.

Holiday Gift Wrapping Ideas Using Sharpie Extreme Markers

Okay everyone, it’s time to get crafty for the holidays. The Sharpie team recently contacted me, wondering if I wanted to get crafty while using the Sharpie Extreme markers and I, of course, said yes! I love doing crafts, and had just begun to think about what I was going to do for Yule and Christmas. Yup, we celebrate two holidays, and both are very … Continue reading Holiday Gift Wrapping Ideas Using Sharpie Extreme Markers

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright October 30, 2016.

Mini At-Home Spa Moments: A Good Start to Your Morning

Mini at-home spa moments are little luxuries that don’t have to cost much. These moments need only take a couple of minutes each morning, and help to start your day off on a good note. Begin these after your normal morning routine, before putting your socks and shoes on. If you wear lipstick, wait until after step one to apply. Use Blistex Ultra-Rich Hydration Lip … Continue reading Mini At-Home Spa Moments: A Good Start to Your Morning

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The 2016 Frugal is Fabulous! Thanksgiving Roundup

I want to share with you posts from Thanksgivings past, as I’ve been so busy I haven’t had a chance to write a new one. Autumn is my favorite time of year, and Thanksgiving makes it all the better. It’s been interesting this year to take a look back at the things I’ve done and the things that have gone on in my family at … Continue reading The 2016 Frugal is Fabulous! Thanksgiving Roundup

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright October 30, 2016.

Mini At-Home Spa Moments: Monthly Treat

This Mini At-Home Spa Moment will leave your hair feeling light and healthy, without taking a lot of time. I received a 6 ounce bottle Neutrogena Shampoo Anti-Residue Formula last year as part of my membership with BzzAgent. (I no longer use BzzAgent.) It is a clear shampoo that removes a lot of the buildup caused by regular shampoos and conditioners, as well as styling … Continue reading Mini At-Home Spa Moments: Monthly Treat

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright October 30, 2016.

Mini At-Home Spa Moments: Quick Weekend Habit

I bought this nifty tool called a callus remover, that I use to remove rough patches from my feet. I walk a lot, and am sometimes standing and running around quite a bit at work. My feet really need some pampering some weeks. You can get a personal pedi Callus Remover for about $20.00 at JC Penny or another store, and it will be well … Continue reading Mini At-Home Spa Moments: Quick Weekend Habit

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright October 30, 2016.

Mini At-Home Spa Moments: Weekend Relaxation

Mini At-Home Spa Moments are wonderfully luxurious ways to relax after a long week. Keeping these spa moments frugal is important. We don’t want to break the bank or anything, but we do want to feel pampered. I do this one during the evening hours, when I know I’ll be reading or watching television the rest of the night. That way I’ll be relaxing when … Continue reading Mini At-Home Spa Moments: Weekend Relaxation

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright October 30, 2016.

Review: Suave Essentials Body Wash & a BOGO Sale!

I was recently contacted to review a couple of the Suave Essentials Body Washes, and asked to let my readers know about a BOGO deal on these products that will be taking place from Sunday, November 6th to Sunday, November 20th in all stores nationwide. A member of their team, Meg, sent me a couple to try, and I’m happy to report on the pleasant … Continue reading Review: Suave Essentials Body Wash & a BOGO Sale!

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright October 30, 2016.

Review: Goody Simple Styles Fancy Fishtail Hair Kit

I was recently emailed by one of their team members, wondering if I would be interested in reviewing one of the Goody products. I agreed, and they sent a Goody Simple Styles Fancy Fishtail Hair Kit containing a beaded elastic, clear elastics, and bobby pins. The items in this kit aid in creating fishtail braids, and can be used in other ways as well. Having … Continue reading Review: Goody Simple Styles Fancy Fishtail Hair Kit

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright October 30, 2016.

Mini At-Home Spa Moments: Quick Afternoon Pick-Me-Up

This one is simple, yet effective. For a frugal afternoon pick-me-up after a long day on your feet, simply rub lotion on them. You’ll want to choose a lotion with a cooling effect and a pleasing scent. Perhaps a minty scent. Peppermint works particularly well. This luxurious treatment will leave your feet feeling less tired, cool, and fresh. After the lotion is massaged into the … Continue reading Mini At-Home Spa Moments: Quick Afternoon Pick-Me-Up

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015

Life Checklist for People in Their 20’s and 30’s

I was a mom before I ever hit my 20’s, and we did not have much money. I don’t regret that time of my life in the least, but I have learned a few things all young adults should know. My daughters are now in their mid 20’s. Both have been known to hold down two jobs at once, and they know how to stretch … Continue reading Life Checklist for People in Their 20’s and 30’s