Top 5 Frugal Living Posts in 2013

The new year has begun! Last year was a good year for this blog in a few ways. The year generated a lot of traffic, and netted me many personal emails from readers like you. I was able to be in contact with a few of you over a period of time, giving guidance through some tough financial time. It feels good to help others. … Continue reading Top 5 Frugal Living Posts in 2013

Volunteer Honeymoon

“Honeyteering” Couple Chooses Faltirons Habitat How cool is this? A honeymoon couple will spend two days of their honeymoon volunteering for Habitat for Humanity. That is so great, and I am wondering if others will follow suit. Think about. How unselfish is this couple? Honeymoons are not meant for work, and yet this couple will be volunteering to help people in need. Shannon Continue reading Volunteer Honeymoon

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

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

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

Goals Update: Showers

Well, I have managed to cut my waters use (and electricity, sewer bills) a little more. Not a lot each month, but it will add up over the course of a year. My showers are shorter. Generally, I take a quick shower, rinsing my body and only washing ‘the important parts’. This is working. My skin looks and feels better, and I am not stinky. … Continue reading Goals Update: Showers

I Have been Away too Long

I apologize. We have been dealing with my daughters medical concerns, and I have been working over-time trying to help the neighbors clean and pack for their move.  They moved yesterday morning, and I ended up earning some money (Though I hadn’t done the work for that reason. I just wanted to help.) and receiving many, many helpful items. What we could not use, we … Continue reading I Have been Away too Long

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

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