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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! Many Local Labor Day celebrations: Check your local newspapers or web sites for details Cleveland Pops Orchestra Super Hero Concert: FREE ... 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

Wrinkle release

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

frugal friday

  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 →


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 →


How to Blanch Tomatoes

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Before canning or making sauces or salsa, you may want to blanch tomatoes first.  Blanching is really simple.Have a large pot of boiling water, a colander scoop, and a large bowl or clean sink filled with iced water.  You'll also need a container to throw your tomato cores and skins in as well as ... Read More →


Frugal Friday: Contentment

Frugal Friday Contentment

  It's Frugal Friday!  The time when we take a few moments to focus on tips and hints for frugal living.  We've mentioned before how your grocery budget is one of the most variable parts of your monthly expenses, and the part where you can have some major control over how much you spend, through ... Read More →


DIY Dishwasher Detergent: Easy to make and super frugal!

DIY Dishwasher Detergent

I've been using this DIY dishwasher detergent recipe for over a year, and I can recommend it: for cost, convenience, and effectiveness.  I'll admit that when we got busy over the holidays I took advantage of a few "store bought" dishwasher soap deals, but I'm ready to make a new batch of this ... Read More →


Cooking on a Shoestring: Sour Cream Coffee Cake Recipe

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Looking for something delicious to make this weekend?  This Sour Cream Coffee Cake recipe is one of the made-from-scratch treats my family likes best for a weekend or holiday breakfast.  It's not difficult to make, but it tastes so much better than a mix from a box.  You can make it the night ... Read More →


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 →