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Northeast Ohio Free and Frugal Family Fun for your Weekend!

Northeast Ohio Weekend Family Fun

Looking for something to do for the family this weekend?  Here are a few ideas for some frugal family fun this weekend in Northeast Ohio and beyond! It's Pumpkin Patch season!  Be sure to check out our fantastic roundup of places to have all your Fall Family Fun!  Looks like the weather will be ... Read More →

Frugal Friday: Have a method to your holiday madness!

Frugal Friday holiday method

It's Frugal Friday!  Each week, I'll share tips, encouragement, and practical ideas for living a frugal lifestyle!  During the Christmas holiday shopping season (which starts earlier each year!), with all the focus on buying, we don't always tend to think about ways to make it frugal.  We all like ... Read More →

Sisters’ Countdown to Christmas: Homemade gifts to stretch your budget

It's Thursday, which means it's time for another Countdown to Christmas tip.  Believe it or not, Christmas is 9 weeks from today, but a little preparation will go a long way to keep the Christmas season, stress-free and under budget! Let's take a moment to remind ourselves why we give's ... Read More →

Frugal Friday: Schedule to Save!

Frugal Friday schedule to save

It's Frugal Friday!  Each week, we're sharing tips, encouragement, and practical ideas for living a frugal lifestyle. In a perfect world, we’d be on top of everything and would never have to worry about late fees, fines, or other penalties that cost us extra of our hard-earned money.  Too bad it’s ... Read More →

DIY Cleaning Recipe Roundup and Long-term use updates: They’re still working!

Dawn and vinegar DIY cleaning supplies

Our DIY cleaning recipes have been getting rave reviews on Facebook and in the comments of these posts.  If you want to clean stubborn messes, spend less on cleaning products, and/or go "green" and simplify the chemicals that enter your household, we have several cleaning product recipes that you'll ... Read More →

Sisters’ Countdown to Christmas: Think Christmas Cards!

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Good morning!  We're just shy of ten weeks until Christmas, and it's not too early to take some steps to de-stress your Christmas.  By starting early and planning ahead, we can beat some of the rush and take some pressure off.  In case you missed the rest of the series, we’ve already talked about ... Read More →

Tuesday Tip: Knowing When to Say When with your Stockpile

Sometimes the grocery deals are so tempting...and they're in your budget...and it's stuff you'll use...but is there ever a time to Just Say No? We're all about reasonable stockpiling here: enough to get you by until the next sale cycle (usually about 4-6 weeks).  Every once in a while it makes ... Read More →

Frugal Friday: Saving on Food Expenses

Frugal Friday food expenses

  It's Frugal Friday!  Each week, I'll share tips, encouragement, and practical ideas for living a frugal lifestyle!  This week, let's take a look at the cost of food in our budgets.  It's one of the areas of a budget that can vary the most for different families; some families eat out ... Read More →

Cooking on a Shoestring: Homemade Hummus

Homemade Hummus

 If you're a fan of hummus, you know that it's not something that we find on sale often.  Did you know it's pretty easy (and frugal!) to make?  My "real" sister Kara did a little experimenting and came up with this great recipe.  She's really into organic food and is working on finding healthy ... Read More →

Sisters’ Countdown to Christmas: Week Three~Get creative to help pay for Christmas!

Christmas is just eleven weeks from today!  We're counting down the weeks with tips to help you keep your Christmas season, stress-free and under budget.  We've already talked about adjusting our Christmas planning philosophy, and starting a game plan for gift giving.  If you missed those posts, ... Read More →

Cooking on a Shoestring: Monday Meal Planning

meal planning

It's Monday--time to share our dinner-time game plans for the week!  A little effort with meal planning at the beginning of the week helps me to provide my family with nutritious, budget-friendly meals, and also allows me to get my act together when our family's headed in several different ... Read More →

Cooking on a Shoestring: Apple Dumplings


We've had such a crazy week, but tonight it's chilly and rainy, and it's time to bust out the Apple Dumpling recipe!  Nothing cheers up a gloomy day like fresh from the oven apple dumplings with vanilla ice cream--It's seriously one of the best recipes I make (and it's also entirely possible that I ... Read More →

Frugal Friday: Could you cut the Cable?

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It's Frugal Friday!  Each week, I'll share tips, encouragement, and practical ideas for living a frugal lifestyle!  This week we're going to revisit a popular discussion from early this summer--saving money by dropping your cable or satellite TV and considering some alternative sources.  Take a look ... Read More →

Sisters’ Countdown to Christmas: Week Two~Gift Planning

Last week we started our Countdown to Christmas.  Yesterday marks 12 weeks away from the big day, and it's time to think about who needs a gift.  Maybe "needs" is a strong word, but it's time to create a plan!  Planning will give you a realistic idea of what you're getting into, and will help keep ... Read More →

Papa John’s: B1G1 Free code, plus 40% off Large code

Papa John's has a great deal going on if you want something easy and inexpensive for dinner: Buy 1 Large pizza at regular price, get one FREE with code PZAMNTH when you order.  This may not be available in all areas, but it worked for me in Northeast Ohio (my dinner is ordered and scheduled for pick ... Read More →