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 →


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 movies:  Louisville Public Library will show Frozen, and the Ledge Pool with show Despicable Me 2 on Friday, and Coe Lake in Bereawill show ... 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

HERE If you're starting to think about frugal summer fun for the kids, keep in mind two great Kids' Movie programs in Stark County: HERE 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 Season ... 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: Free Printable Frugal Living Resources

Frugal Friday printable resources

  It's Frugal Friday!  The time when we take a few moments to focus on tips and hints for frugal living.  We've been doing some cleaning and "purging" around our house this summer while my husband's been off work, and a lot of it has been more organization than actual cleaning.  Sorting through ... 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: Reducing your Fixed Expenses

Frugal Friday Reducing Fixed Expenses

  It's Frugal Friday!  The time when we take a few moments to focus on tips and hints for frugal living.  When we talked about creating a budget, we discussed fixed expenses like your mortgage, car payments, utilities, etc. that pretty much stay the same, and the other variable expenses that can ... Read More →


Cooking on a Shoestring: Monster Cookie Recipe

All that's right in the realm of cookie ingredients, rolled into one delicious bite-sized treat.  Peanut butter, chocolate chips, M&Ms and oatmeal make these a family favorite, and using seasonal M&Ms makes them the perfect treat for any holiday.  Not that you need an excuse to make them.  ... Read More →



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