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

When Done Homeschooling

Many people believe that they need to sell all of the homeschool materials and supplies when they are done homeschooling their children. This can be a time consuming task, though profitable. I did not have time to concentrate on selling all of our old homeschool stuff. Instead, I: Repurposed office supplies that I would be able to use for my writing business, such as pens … Continue reading When Done Homeschooling

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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

What to do with Small Pencils

As adults, it becomes hard to use pencils once they have been sharpened too many times. They are too small for our hands to comfortable handle. Does this mean that we must throw them out? Of course not! We can pass them along to young children. They have smaller hands than us, so they can still use them. This helps to reduce waste, and teaches … Continue reading What to do with Small Pencils

Making New Crayons

Be sure that you are saving all of those broken crayons. Take the paper off and reuse them to make new crayons. These make great gifts. You can use muffin tins, or baking pans with small, decorative sections. Simply spray each section with nonstick spray, and place the crayon bits in them. Then melt in the oven at a low temperature. Cool. Pop out and … Continue reading Making New Crayons

Homeschooling: Saving Money on Materials and Supplies

I recently published an article on my Single Mom blog called Single Mothers Homeschooling Part 5: Saving Money on Materials and Supplies that you may enjoy. The article is one in a continuously growing series on homeschooling. Even if you are not a single mother, you will find each of the articles useful. To read the other articles, go to the left sidebar and scroll down to click … Continue reading Homeschooling: Saving Money on Materials and Supplies

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

Ways I Reuse Every Day Items

 There are many ways in which we can all live more frugally while saving our environment. Greening our homes does not have to cost megabucks up front. We can take our time to learn, which will provide us with money savings down the road. With the money that we save, we can purchase helpful items to help us save more money. We can also use … Continue reading Ways I Reuse Every Day Items

Tomorrow is World Environment Day

The UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme) offer a list of 80 ways to celebrate World Environment Day. It is a great list, and a great thing to do for our Earth. If you read the growing number of posts in my Goals: Save and Help category, you will see what my family is doing to both help our and environment and save money in the … Continue reading Tomorrow is World Environment Day

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

A Way To Get Useful Items

You may remember that I had been helping out the neighbors off an on this past winter. They have been sending me home with many things. At first I was doing this for free, but they have insisted on paying me since Christmas. I can use the money, so I am not complaining. However, this a good way to get useful items, even if you … Continue reading A Way To Get Useful Items

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

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

Making an Apple Cookbook

This would make a frugal family or homeschool project. It will teach math, reading, life skills and more. You would first need to do some online research about the elements you would like  added to the cookbook. Some suggestions are: table of contents this for that information measurement information information on the different types of apples classify baking apples information on freezing apples, or the finished recipes … Continue reading Making an Apple Cookbook

Making a Pumpkin Cookbook

This would make a great family or homeschool project. You would first need to do some online research about the elements you would like  added to the cookbook. Some suggestions are: table of contents this for that information measurement information information on the different types of pumpkin information on making homemade pumpkin puree, by baking or boiling information on freezing pumpkin, or the finished recipes how to … Continue reading Making a Pumpkin Cookbook

Making a Zucchini Cookbook

This would make a great family or homeschool project. You would first need to research what elements you want to add to your cookbook. Some suggestions are: table of contents this for that information measurement information information on zucchini information on freezing zucchini, or the finished recipes how to clean and shred the zucchini You may also want to add a photograph of finished recipes, … Continue reading Making a Zucchini Cookbook

Our Want/Need Book

This is a small notebook where we write what we want/need and regular prices. My goal is to find it cheaper by yardsaling, and shopping clearance sales and dollar stores, as well as resale shops and online shops. There is a page for each of us, as well as a page each for DVD’s, the kitchen, the livingroom, the bathroom, the laundry area, homeschooling, scrapbooking, … Continue reading Our Want/Need Book

Saving Money on Paper Products

I have a large number of dish towels that I keep in my kitchen drawer. I use these in place of paper towels for many things, including cleaning up spills. Whenever I need to clean anything up, I use these. When the dishcloths are too stained to remain in the kitchen, they are placed in the rag jug. This can be a milk jug with … Continue reading Saving Money on Paper Products

The Dreaded Price Book

Admittedly, I have not started one of these yet. I read about them year ago in The Tightwad Gazette, but never wanted to take the time to make one. Why should I have? I could remember all of the prices, at all of the stores, for the items that I purchased. Unfortunately, prices on different things are rising o often that I can no longer … Continue reading The Dreaded Price Book

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