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Cooking on a Shoestring: Monday Meal Planning

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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 →





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! Outdoor Movie: Despicable Me plays in Louisville Saturday evening.  More info HERE. Lowe's Build & Grow Workshop for Kids: Saturday, 10AM, ... Read More →


Frugal Friday: Making Choices

Frugal Friday making choices

It's Frugal Friday!  Each week, I'll share tips, encouragement, and practical ideas for living a frugal lifestyle.  This week, we'll take a look at making some choices that can help you stick to your budget and achieve your savings goals. If you have little kids, or if you've spent much time around ... 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 →


Papa John’s: 50% off today with code for Northeast Ohio!

Papa John's has a great deal going on if you want something easy and inexpensive for dinner: Northeast Ohio customers can get pizza for 50% off regular menu price with code BROWNS50 when you order online today. Northeast Ohio Papa John's stores are offering 50% off the day after the Browns score.  ... Read More →


Frugal Friday: Creating a Budget

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It's Frugal Friday!  Each week, I'll share tips, encouragement, and practical ideas for living a frugal lifestyle.  Last week we discussed tracking your spending.  This week, we'll start taking a closer look at how to get serious about creating (and sticking to!) a written budget. If you saw last ... Read More →


Cooking on a Shoestring: Peanut Butter Cup Pie

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This is the pie that my husband requests every year for his birthday...but not at the birthday celebration when we have guests.  He's normally a generous man, but this one he doesn't want to share with company ;)  It's so rich and oh so yummy--serve it with a giant glass of milk.  And if you decide ... 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 →


Frugal Friday: Track your Spending and Find your Money Drains

Frugal Friday track spending

It's Frugal Friday!  Each week, I'll share tips, encouragement, and practical ideas for living a frugal lifestyle.  If you're just starting to think about living a frugal lifestyle, or of you're deciding to re-commit to being frugal, we hope you'll find this series helpful.  Last time we discussed ... Read More →


Homemade Wrinkle Release Spray

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Ironing is one of my least favorite chores.  Chances are, if an item comes out of the dryer wrinkled, it has a better chance of getting re-washed than getting ironed.  Most of the hubby's work clothes are wrinkle-free, so if I get them hung up straight out of the dryer, we're good to go.  But if I ... 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 →


Frugal Friday: What “Frugal” means

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  Welcome to Frugal Friday!  Each week, I'll share tips, encouragement, and practical ideas for living a frugal lifestyle.  Before we dive in, let's make sure we're all on the same page about what the word frugal means. Sometimes frugal gets lumped in with words like tightwad and cheapskate, but ... Read More →


Lunchbox Makeover: DIY Lunchables

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Last year on my kids' first day back to school, and after stocking up on a bunch of their favorite lunch choices, I asked them what they'd like for lunch on their first day of school. "Pizza Lunchables!" Umm...that wasn't one of the options.  Honestly, we don't do Lunchables all that often, ... Read More →


Frugal Friday: Save with Second-Hand

Frugal Friday second hand

  It's Frugal Friday!  The time when we take a few moments to focus on tips and hints for frugal living.  We always want the best for our kids, but sometimes brand-new everything can be pretty expensive, especially for items they outgrow quickly.  The good news is that high-quality, gently used ... Read More →


Sonic Half Price Cheeseburgers Today!

sonic half price cheeseburger

Looking for a frugal and fun lunch or dinner out today?  Today (8/14) is Sonic's Half Price Cheeseburger Day.  No coupons needed, and I'm not seeing a limit printed online (although it may be one per customer--worth asking when you get there or calling ahead if it's a deal breaker!) ... Read More →