Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright January 14, 2017.

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

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

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

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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

Leach-Free Containers

There are leach-free alternatives to BPA products, both plastic and glass. These are durable, healthier choices for everyone, but cost can seem daunting. Do not think that way! Think about how much you are spending every month on plastic food baggies and other disposable items like these. Even if you reuse these items, they will still have to be replaced eventually, necessitating the use of … Continue reading Leach-Free Containers

They Call Me “The Frugal Zealot”

Well…not really. But that is what they called Amy Dacyzyn, author of The Tightwad Gazette books and newsletters. I have been called thrifty, and I fully admit to calling myself cheap. I love to see how much money I can refrain from paying out on things, and I have decided that there are relatively few things that I need to pay full price for. I … Continue reading They Call Me “The Frugal Zealot”

Reuse Glass Jars

I have a collection of old canning jars, as well as an assortment of food jars with lids. I also have many plastic food storage containers. I have been rethinking many things over the past year, and the use of plastic is only one of those things. I am giving away the plastic food containers to use glass food jars instead. In particular, the canning … Continue reading Reuse Glass Jars

Preparing for Winter

By Shannon Buck – Copyright September 2006 Winter is not far off, and we are beginning to prepare at our home.  These are the steps that we are taking this year. Hopefully some of the steps will help to save us a little money. * My old porch was rotting away. Two of the steps had already broken, and a couple more would have before … Continue reading Preparing for Winter

Spring, Summer and Fall Clean-Up

I’m sure that you all notice that people in your, and surrounding, towns often have spring clean up times. They are allowed to put things by the roads to be taken away. It sits there for a while before this happens. There is a reason for that. It is a great recycling program. Now, notice that some of the people in your, and surrounding, towns … Continue reading Spring, Summer and Fall Clean-Up

Making Rags

It looks like we will be needing rags again. The old ones seem to have outlived their usefulness. I have been saving new dish cloths and dish towels for when I could no longer use the old ones for kitchen use. The old towels and cloths are very old, stained and yucky looking. I will cut them up and use them as rags until they … Continue reading Making Rags

Todays Yard Sale Finds

I had some luck at the yard sales that I found this morning. I got in and extra 2 miles of walking. And I earned 20 cents by picking up a few returnables. No too bad of a day! Here were my yard sale finds: 1 cordless phone unit: 1 base phone, 2 smaller base phones that we won’t need phone jacks for. $5.00 4 … Continue reading Todays Yard Sale Finds

Yard Sale Finds

I went to a yard sale a couple of days ago, and came home with a few household items, some things for Skye’s first apartment, and some holiday gifts. I paid $3.00 for an overstuffed bag. It was one of those fill a bag deals where you end up paying much less than the total price of all of the tags. This is what I … Continue reading Yard Sale Finds

Choosing the Appropriate School Lunch Box and Accessories

I know that children love those character lunchboxes. My daughters had them when they were young but, in retrospect, I would do a lot of things differently now. First, I would buy lunch packs rather than lunchboxes. The ones with the lining to help keep things cool. They usually come with a pocket to hold silverware, napkins and other small items. These can be purchased … Continue reading Choosing the Appropriate School Lunch Box and Accessories

Preserving Food

You will notice that another page has been added to the blog. It is called Preserving Food, and can be found by looking at the top of the page or by going to As of now, I am only freezing. I do not, at this time, know how to can anything. I hope to learn this art in the future. I hope that you … Continue reading Preserving Food

What is My Income? Part 2

Well, part one turned out to be pretty long, LOL, but I do believe that you all know how much income fluctuates from year-to-year, and about what my monthly bills are. This, by the way, is turning out to be one of the leaner years. We will make do, though. We always do. Last year was a great income year for me, which afforded me … Continue reading What is My Income? Part 2

Reusing Every Day Items: Things that I Plan to do

There are still things that I intend to start doing to help the environment and to live more frugally. I am attempting to green my home in small steps. * I used to reuse aluminum foil, and I am going to get back into the habit of this. I will do the same with the wax and parchment papers. We line our baking pans with … Continue reading Reusing Every Day Items: Things that I Plan to do

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

Yard Sales are my Favorite!

There was a benefit yard sale here in town last weekend. I went and spent $8.oo on: $2.00 on 2 handcrafted angel pins for charity .50 for a brand new stationary set $2.00 on a holiday quilt that looks brand new and hand made $1.00 on a cast iron baking pan with mini snowmen (will be great for my holiday baking) $2.00 on holiday decorations … Continue reading Yard Sales are my Favorite!

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!!!

Goals Updates for 5/24/2008

* Today was our big shopping trip. We shopped at the Goodwill, a thrift shop, Wal*Mart and Hannaford.  I used the many canvas tote bags that I have been collecting. * I’m not sure if I mentioned it or not, but I purchased the cotton fleece for the cloth wipes. Now I have to set aside time to cut them out. * I purchased the … Continue reading Goals Updates for 5/24/2008

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

My Goals: Saving Money and Helping Our Earth

In light of all the goings on (rising prices and the sad shape our Earth is in), I have made some goals for myself. Prices are not going to stop rising any time soon, and I am not going to become rich any time soon, so something(or someone) has to give. That would be me. I am also sadly aware of the waste that households create, … Continue reading My Goals: Saving Money and Helping Our Earth

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

Homemde All-Purpose Cleaner/Disinfectant Spray

I’m sure that most of you know that vinegar can be used as a disinfectant. If you fill a spray bottle half way with vinegar, and the rest of the way with water, you will have what you need for your kitchen, bathroom and laundry area cleaning needs. Be sure to label the bottle accordingly. Continue reading Homemde All-Purpose Cleaner/Disinfectant Spray