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Feature Article: 5 Affordable Spring Activities for Children

When winter is over and spring arrives, there are new activities for your child to enjoy. When the snow has melted and the ground dries up your son or daughter may want to start spending more time outside. Here are a few ideas to keep your children busy during the spring season. Sports at school have changed again so, if your child is athletic, he … Continue reading Feature Article: 5 Affordable Spring Activities for Children

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Book Review: The Art of Money by Bari Tessler

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

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Are You Ready for Spring Cleaning?

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?

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

Kmart Shopping Trip # 6 – Closing Sales

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

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

Kmart Shopping Trip # 5 – 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

Photogrpah by Shannon L. Buck, copyright March 17, 2017. http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/shannonbuck

Getting Ahead on the Holidays, and Stocking Up

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

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright March 11. 2017. http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/shannonbuck

Kmart Shopping Trips # 3 and # 4 – Closing Sales

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

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Do You Have a Clear Picture of Your Financial Situation?

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?

Photogrpah by Shannon L. Buck, copyright January 31, 2017. http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/shannonbuck

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

Photogrpah by Shannon L. Buck, copyright January 23, 2017. http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/shannonbuck

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

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 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

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!

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

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

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