Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright November 2016.

Review: HipS-sister – A Cool Way to Carry Things While Walking

Instead of a fanny pack, use the more fashionable hipS-sister. Continue reading Review: HipS-sister – A Cool Way to Carry Things While Walking

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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 October 30, 2016.

Mini At-Home Spa Moments: A Relaxing End to Your Day

As part of my Mini At-Home Spa Moments series, I’d like to share with you a relaxing way to end your day. The Mini At-Home Spa Moments are affordable luxuries for the frugally minded. Shower or bathe using a pleasantly scented body wash, such as one from the Softsoap Luminous Oils line. My favorite is the Macadamia Oil & Peony, which I reviewed after being … Continue reading Mini At-Home Spa Moments: A Relaxing End to Your Day

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.

Mini At-Home Spa Moments: A Good Start to Your Morning

Mini at-home spa moments are little luxuries that don’t have to cost much. These moments need only take a couple of minutes each morning, and help to start your day off on a good note. Begin these after your normal morning routine, before putting your socks and shoes on. If you wear lipstick, wait until after step one to apply. Use Blistex Ultra-Rich Hydration Lip … Continue reading Mini At-Home Spa Moments: A Good Start to Your Morning

The 2016 Frugal is Fabulous! Thanksgiving Roundup

I want to share with you posts from Thanksgivings past, as I’ve been so busy I haven’t had a chance to write a new one. Autumn is my favorite time of year, and Thanksgiving makes it all the better. It’s been interesting this year to take a look back at the things I’ve done and the things that have gone on in my family at … Continue reading The 2016 Frugal is Fabulous! Thanksgiving Roundup

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright October 30, 2016.

Mini At-Home Spa Moments: Monthly Treat

This Mini At-Home Spa Moment will leave your hair feeling light and healthy, without taking a lot of time. I received a 6 ounce bottle Neutrogena Shampoo Anti-Residue Formula last year as part of my membership with BzzAgent. (I no longer use BzzAgent.) It is a clear shampoo that removes a lot of the buildup caused by regular shampoos and conditioners, as well as styling … Continue reading Mini At-Home Spa Moments: Monthly Treat

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright October 30, 2016.

Mini At-Home Spa Moments: Quick Weekend Habit

I bought this nifty tool called a callus remover, that I use to remove rough patches from my feet. I walk a lot, and am sometimes standing and running around quite a bit at work. My feet really need some pampering some weeks. You can get a personal pedi Callus Remover for about $20.00 at JC Penny or another store, and it will be well … Continue reading Mini At-Home Spa Moments: Quick Weekend Habit

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright October 30, 2016.

Mini At-Home Spa Moments: Weekend Relaxation

Mini At-Home Spa Moments are wonderfully luxurious ways to relax after a long week. Keeping these spa moments frugal is important. We don’t want to break the bank or anything, but we do want to feel pampered. I do this one during the evening hours, when I know I’ll be reading or watching television the rest of the night. That way I’ll be relaxing when … Continue reading Mini At-Home Spa Moments: Weekend Relaxation

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

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright October 30, 2016.

Mini At-Home Spa Moments: Quick Afternoon Pick-Me-Up

This one is simple, yet effective. For a frugal afternoon pick-me-up after a long day on your feet, simply rub lotion on them. You’ll want to choose a lotion with a cooling effect and a pleasing scent. Perhaps a minty scent. Peppermint works particularly well. This luxurious treatment will leave your feet feeling less tired, cool, and fresh. After the lotion is massaged into the … Continue reading Mini At-Home Spa Moments: Quick Afternoon Pick-Me-Up

Life Checklist for People in Their 20’s and 30’s

I was a mom before I ever hit my 20’s, and we did not have much money. I don’t regret that time of my life in the least, but I have learned a few things all young adults should know. My daughters are now in their mid 20’s. Both have been known to hold down two jobs at once, and they know how to stretch … Continue reading Life Checklist for People in Their 20’s and 30’s

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

Plan Now to Use Yard Sales – Save Money on Needed Items

Yard sale season is not far off. Take the time to plan now, and you’ll save money. You’ll want to create a list, or a series of lists if doing so will help you to better organize. Either way, your list will help you keep track of what you need and what you’ve bought. Beside each thing on your list, leave enough space to keep … Continue reading Plan Now to Use Yard Sales – Save Money on Needed Items

Review: Softsoap Luminous Oils Body Washes

I recently received two full-size bottle of Softsoap Luminous Oils Body Wash to try and review here on the blog, from Colgate-Palmolive. I’ve been reviewing products for a while now, and have covered Softsoap products before: Softsoap Samples Sometimes, People Send Me Free Stuff Also, I only review products I actually like and plan to use again. The products I share here are ones that … Continue reading Review: Softsoap Luminous Oils Body Washes

100 Things about Me # 14: I am a Nonfiction Author

I recently let you in on the fact that I write fiction, and now I want to introduce myself as a nonfiction author. I recently published the book Organize Your Space and Stuff for my blog Live the Freelance Life. It was quite the undertaking, editing past articles, rewriting parts, adding updates and action steps, but it was well worth the effort. I’m pleased with … Continue reading 100 Things about Me # 14: I am a Nonfiction Author

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

Is it Okay to Pick up Gifts at Yard Sales, Thrift Stores, Etc.?

I love yard sales, thrift shops, clearance sales, flea markets. I always find gems when I visit, and save so much over the price of new-bought items. I am a frugalista, how about you? When buying from thrift shops and flea markets, you are reusing other people’s stuff. This means that it is not going into a landfill, and someone local is earning money. Both … Continue reading Is it Okay to Pick up Gifts at Yard Sales, Thrift Stores, Etc.?

100 Things about Me # 13: I am a Fiction Author

I recently published a series of short stories (eBooks) on Amazon.com, and I thought I’d share them with you. They can be read for free on KindleUnlimited, or purchased for $.99 and up. Writing is a passion, and this collection of stories were a long time coming from the first spark of an idea to the actual publication. Here is a description of the #CampSeries. … Continue reading 100 Things about Me # 13: I am a Fiction Author

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

Top 10 of 2015 on FIF!

I was looking over the stats from the blog the other day, amazed by the number of people who read things here. I have 855 subscribers, and there are so many others who stop by to read what I put here. People from 63 different countries visit this blog. The top countries reading here are: United States Canada United Kingdom Australia India It is humbling. … Continue reading Top 10 of 2015 on FIF!

New Year Goal: Reduce Debt

Is it time to get your finances in order? If you have taken the first step in getting things under control, then you’re ready to take another step toward your financial future. Before you start saving, you’ll want to have a plan for debt reduction. That is where this article comes in. Today is the day to begin. To reduce debt, and start saving, it … Continue reading New Year Goal: Reduce Debt

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