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Frugal Friday: Frugal Fitness

Frugal Friday fitness

  It's Frugal Friday!  The time when we take a few moments to focus on tips and hints for frugal living.  When it comes to excuses about staying physically fit, time and money are two that tend to top the list.  You'll have to work out the time part of it, but I have some suggestions to help keep ... Read More →




Blueberry Zucchini Bread Recipe

blueberry zucchini bread

 Blueberry Zucchini Bread Recipe With blueberry season upon us and zucchini season in, here's a great recipe that I use! [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:35] Don't forget about this AWESOME Recipe! Cooking on a Shoestring: Black Raspberry Cheesecake Bars ... 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: Frugal Living with Kids

Frugal Friday with kids

  It's Frugal Friday!  The time when we take a few moments to focus on tips and hints for frugal living.  It's no secret that raising kids is expensive.  As a mom of four, I'm definitely aware of this, and try to stretch every penny so that we can provide for our family the modest budget that ... Read More →


Spa Sleepover Birthday Party: DIY Lip Gloss, Bath Bombs, and Foot Scrub

Spa foot treatment

When my daughter came up with the idea of a Spa Sleepover birthday party, I was hoping I could find a few simple and fun spa treatments to create with and for her and her friends.  We decided on a relaxing foot treatment (complete with homemade fizzing bath bombs and exfoliating foot scrub) and ... Read More →


Spa Sleepover Birthday Party: Food & Decorations

pink zebra party pack

Through the fall and winter, I always plan three “boy” birthday parties…and they are all boy!  That made it even more fun to play an oh-so-girly “Spa Sleepover Birthday” for my daughter and her friends as she turned 9 this summer.  They’re right on that line between little girls and starting to grow ... Read More →


National Hot Dog Day: Sonic $1 Hot Dogs!

sonic hot dogs

If you need a quick and easy lunch while you're out and about today, try the Dollar Dogs at Sonic--in celebration of National Hot Dog Day, get All-American Dogs or Chili Cheese Dogs for just $1 each on July 23! ... Read More →


Spa Sleepover Birthday Party: Marshmallow Nail Polish Cupcakes

nail polish cupcakes

These Marshmallow Nail Polish Cupcakes were the perfect treat for my daughter's Spa Sleepover ninth birthday party.  We originally spotted the idea for marshmallow nail polish treats in the catalog for birthday party supplies, but the instructions weren't included.  We could tell that the basic idea ... 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 →


Black Raspberry Cheesecake Bars

black raspberry

  Nothing beats FREE when you're on a shoestring budget, and the black raspberries growing wild in our back yard and the surrounding farm fields definitely fit the bill.  We pick as many as we can, and I use them to make homemade jam (see a super easy jam recipe HERE), then flash freeze whatever's ... Read More →


Frugal Friday: Healthy Eating on a Budget

Frugal Friday healthy eating

  It's Frugal Friday!  The time when we take a few moments to focus on tips and hints for frugal living.  Today, let's take a look at healthy eating on a budget.  I've heard some people say that they don't bother with coupons because coupons are just for processed food.  While there's some truth ... 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: Saving on Gasoline

Frugal Friday gasoline

  It's Frugal Friday!  The time when we take a few moments to focus on tips and hints for frugal living.  I love living "out in the country," and I love having a big family.  I also love that our family camps and uses our boat for spring-summer-fall fun.  The only downside to all those things is ... Read More →


Summer Movies for Kids: Local Stark County Deals

kids movies

If you're starting to think about frugal summer fun for the kids, keep in mind two great Kids' Movie programs in Stark County: Cinemark Movies 10 will once again have their Summer Movie Clubhouse on Tuesday mornings at 10 am beginning June 10.  You can see all 10 shows for $5 with the purchase of a ... 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 →



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