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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?

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 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.

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

Review: Colgate Enamel Health Mineral Repair Toothpaste & Colgate 360* Enamel Health Whitening Manual Toothbrush

Here is my review for the Colgate Enamel Health Mineral Repair Toothpaste & Colgate 360* Enamel Health Whitening Manual Toothbrush. I was contacted to try these products free and offer a review if I was satisfied. I am always happy to try new products for this company, because I’m never disappointed. Colgate Enamel Health Mineral Repair Toothpaste They sent me their Mint Burst Mineral Repair … Continue reading Review: Colgate Enamel Health Mineral Repair Toothpaste & Colgate 360* Enamel Health Whitening Manual Toothbrush

Review: The Colgate Total Daily Repair Regimen

Recently I was contacted by Cohn & Wolfe about the introduction of Colgate’s Total Daily Repair Regimen. They wanted to know if I would try some of Colgate’s products, including a new Daily Repair Mouthwash, and review them for the National Women’s Health Week (May 8-14, 2016) campaign. I, of course, said yes, and was not sorry. They sent me full size products to try, … Continue reading Review: The Colgate Total Daily Repair Regimen

Review: Colgate Optic White Platinum High Impact White Toothpaste

Erin from Colgate-Palmolive contacted me recently to see if I would be interested in trying out Colgate Optic White. I, of course, said yes. I do like Colgate products, and don’t mind writing a review if I like a product. They sent me a whole tube of the toothpaste, no charge. I am a tea drinker, anywhere from 2 to 5 cups of tea are … Continue reading Review: Colgate Optic White Platinum High Impact White Toothpaste

Review: Colgate Total Daily Repair Toothpaste

Recently I posted about  the Colgate Optic White Toothbrush + Whitening Pen. Colgate sent me another product to review as well. Colgate Total Daily Repair Toothpaste. This toothpaste was created to help with very specific issues, such as repairing early tooth and gum issues. It helps with tartar buildup, gingivitis, and in preventing cavities. The taste is good, and the freshness stays with you. In … Continue reading Review: Colgate Total Daily Repair Toothpaste

Review: Colgate Optic White Toothbrush + Whitening Pen

A while back, I received a package from Colgate that contained the Colgate Optic White Toothbrush + Whitening Pen. I opened it as soon as I returned from vacation. I’ve been using it for a few weeks now and like it. The products were sent free, so that I could test them out and write a review. Ordinarily, the toothbrushes with the cheek and tongue … Continue reading Review: Colgate Optic White Toothbrush + Whitening Pen

Softsoap Samples

Last spring I was contacted by a lady who wanted me to try out Softsoap products for Colgate-Palmolive, which I happily did and reported to you all my experiences with the products. READ: Sometimes, People Send Me Free Stuff. I was contacted again this year, and agreed to try two more products for the company, and am pleased yet again. These products were: 1 full … Continue reading Softsoap Samples

Top 10 Reasons to Hang out at Your Local Park by Shannon L. Buck

(Previously published on Y! Contributor Network. The park is a place where you can hang out for free, or frugally depending on why you are there.) Top 10 Reasons to Hang out at Your Local Park Nice weather means that more people are outside. They are looking for things to do that will not cost a lot of money, but that will be enjoyable. Hanging … Continue reading Top 10 Reasons to Hang out at Your Local Park by Shannon L. Buck

Guest Article: 5 Frugal Outings for Your Family

contributed by Melissa Cleo With school almost out, kids are going to want to do some fun things this summer. Money may be tight, but that does not mean you cannot have fun. All you need is a little creativity and to stay local. Save your money for your vacation. While at home, take advantage of free events or take picnics. There is so much … Continue reading Guest Article: 5 Frugal Outings for Your Family

Guest Article: Freedom for Free

contributed by Vikonda Morales With unemployment being rather common and raises in the workplace being rather rare, people are seeking out entertainment that is available for either a low cost or no cost at all. While some individuals might say that absolutely everything in life is expensive, this is certainly not the case to me! Always Free Some activities have always been free. Take children … Continue reading Guest Article: Freedom for Free

Feature Article: 5 Affordable Fall Activities for Children

By Sheila Buck When the fall season hits and the weather cools down, there are many activities your children may like to participate in. School has started and there isn’t as much time for extra activities as there was in the summer months. Children need to be able to entertain themselves, and possibly their friends, during the after school hours. After school activities are offered … Continue reading Feature Article: 5 Affordable Fall Activities for Children

Feature Article: 5 Affordable Summer Activities for Children

By Sheila Buck Parents sometimes find it hard to keep their children occupied during the summer months. Many summer camps and other programs cost money that families may not have. The following are some ideas for summer activities that are affordable, and the children will have fun doing them. Summer camp is an activity that most kids want to participate in. These types of camps … Continue reading Feature Article: 5 Affordable Summer Activities for Children

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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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Curbside Pick-Up

Here is a topic from one of Amy’s readers, which you can find on page 193 of the Complete Tightwad Gazette. We have picked up many great items using this system. Each spring, communities have this roadside pick-up thing that they do. This helps us to declutter our homes. One benefit to doing this early and setting things out on the road is that people … Continue reading Curbside Pick-Up

Dear Frugal Diary, 11/09/2009

I have been decluttering and learning to simplify my life. This process is helping: Me to learn that I do not need so much. Me to learn the art of letting go. Others to see that I do not want them to give me so many things, unless they will be useful. Others in that I am giving of my ‘things’ that I no longer … Continue reading Dear Frugal Diary, 11/09/2009

Free Air Conditioner

I got a call from my neighbor yesterday, asking if I would like a free air conditioner. Her mother was giving one away, and my neighbor already owns two. I haven’t purchased an air conditioner in all of these years for two reasons: 1) Not cost efficient to purchase then pay the higher electric bills. 2) Possible environmental concerns. Now, the past week (about) we … Continue reading Free Air Conditioner

Our Mini Vacation

Each year, we take a mini vacation at Katie’s parents camp. There are always many people there, and we have much fun. This year, Katie invited Skye’s boyfriend and two of Zowie’s friends along as well. Usually this is a completely free vacation for us, but I decided that I couldn’t expect her to feed all of us for the weekend, on top of everyone … Continue reading Our Mini Vacation