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

Use Thrift Stores to Save Money

I do a fair amount of shopping at thrift shops. As a matter-of-fact, most of what I bought for the baby shower I threw for my daughter and son-in-law came from thrift stores, and when Little Man is growing out of another size clothing, that is where I head with a list from my daughter. I buy as much of my own clothing as I … Continue reading Use Thrift Stores to Save Money

Designer Clothing and Teens

Do teens still think they ‘need’ designer clothing? Amy Dacyzyn touches upon this subject on page 93 of her book The Complete Tightwad Gazette. She says: “Give your child a clothing budget…Save designer labels…form a parent group against…” Here are my thoughts: I have a teenager and a 20-year-old. We have always been ‘poor’ and most of their clothes have been hand-me-downs. When I have purchased … Continue reading Designer Clothing and Teens

Energy Savings

Saving electricity is not only about saving money, though that is a big part of the equation. It is also important to our future as a whole. To live a greener life, in some cases, will automatically bring money savings. Sometimes this money savings is very much needed. Right now, I am saving energy costs because I have no water to heat. This is because … Continue reading Energy Savings

Wal*Mart Deals

While at Wal*Mart with a friend yesterday, I noticed that they were selling 1 subject notebooks for 5 cents each. I picked up $1.00 worth. I also picked up 4 packets of loose-leaf paper for 50 cents each. These are very much needed for our homeschool year. I also picked up a box of crayons for 22 cents. Cheap prices are great! My daughter was … Continue reading Wal*Mart Deals

How I Recycle

The only things that we actually recycle are returnables. We do not have a vehicle, and we do not have mandatory recycling pick-up because we live in a privately owned park. There are some other things that we do, though: * We get what newspapers that we need from my mother. When we are done with them,  I use them in the garden. * Whenever I have something … Continue reading How I Recycle

Goodwill, Bangor Maine: Great Deals!!!

Wow! I can’t believe the deals that we found while shopping at the Goodwill! My favorite treasures were a cast iron pot, and a cast iron pastry pan that will make cute little holiday breads this year. (By the way, for those who read the Thrift Shop post, I remembered what the other kitchen item was: A 4 pan mini bread pan – also for … Continue reading Goodwill, Bangor Maine: Great Deals!!!

Yard Sale and Thrift Shop Finds

Today was a good day for me. I was being my frugal self, and needed to procure some things for my home and the upcoming holiday season. After taking the children up on the bike path to collect samples from the pond to look at under the microscope (which was, by the way, a free field trip), we went to the thrift shop and a … Continue reading Yard Sale and Thrift Shop Finds

Homemade Laundry Detergent

My nephew and I recently made  a batch of homemade powdered laundry detergent. It is supposed to work very well, and is also supposed to be fine for baby clothes. We doubled the recipe so that I won’t have to make it as often. I have read that 1/8 cup per load should be enough, maybe just a tablespoon for baby clothes. I will experiment … Continue reading Homemade Laundry Detergent

Do you believe in karma?

I help the couple across the street out when they need it. I did not let them pay me at first, then the husband gave me a $50.00 gift at Christmas. It is rude to give back a gift, and the money was helpful. The wife had given us clothes, spring bulbs to plant, baskets and many other small things. We were very grateful for … Continue reading Do you believe in karma?

Homemade Quilting Projects Using Old Clothes

Well, I don’t have a pattern as I have not quilted anything yet. My sister is quilting using our father’s clothes and store bought fabric. Our father passed away a year-and-a-half ago, and she is making us memory pieces. I was thinking that we could do different things with old clothes, and here are some ideas for fabric to use: * Old Jeans would be … Continue reading Homemade Quilting Projects Using Old Clothes

Homemade Baby/Children’s Clothes from Other Items

There are frugal things that you can do with old clothes, sheets, pillow cases and other items that will help you more cheaply decorate baby rooms, and young children’s rooms, as well as to help clothe them. Here are some ideas to get you started: * Homemade mittens, scarves and hats from your old sweaters and fleece items. * Homemade curtains and valances from sheets … Continue reading Homemade Baby/Children’s Clothes from Other Items

After Christmas Shopping

After the holidays a great time to purchase clearance items for 50% and more off their regular prices for. These items can help you out a lot when next years holidays roll around. What to look for: gift-wrap, boxes and bags (Plain Red: Also good for Valentines Day, birthdays. Plain Green: Also good Image By: cohdra at for St. Patrick’s Day and birthdays. Other … Continue reading After Christmas Shopping

Helping Neighbors

I am the kind of person who enjoys helping people. I like to do things, without wanting money for my efforts. I have a neighbor who has had many surgeries, and is need of another. She and her husband are going to be moving in the spring, and she needs help going through her things. They are actually selling their home and most of their … Continue reading Helping Neighbors

Saving Money on Diapers

Sometimes, when the girls were younger, I would use cloth diapers. If I had it to do all over again, I would use them all of the time. Well, maybe whenever I was home. Which is most of the time. Or maybe all of the time, except when the baby started to sleep through the night. Who knows? I came across directions for cloth diapers today. They … Continue reading Saving Money on Diapers

Today I Purchased all of this for $6.25

At the Riverfest community event: $1.00 For a history of Maine book with old recipes.      .25 For a House Rules sign, wooden, painted, nice.  0.00 Candy thrown to the kids from the floats/people in the parade. Plenty. At a yard-sale that we stopped at during our walk home: $5.00 for Pajama pants and top for Skye. Pajama pants for Zowie. Pajama pants for Skye. … Continue reading Today I Purchased all of this for $6.25