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Frugal Friday: Have a method to your holiday madness!

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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 →





Coupon Preview 10/26/14

Here's what to expect in this Sunday's newspaper coupon inserts! A few notes: Coupon inserts vary by region.  If there's a certain coupon you really want multiples of, check to be sure it's in the paper you're buying before you purchase a bunch of papers.  In NE Ohio, the Akron Beacon Journal ... Read More →


Tuesday Tip: Sign up for Birthday Freebies and Perks!

After a certain age, we might not be quite as enthusiastic about birthdays as we once were.  Sure, it beats the alternative, but it can be hard to admit that the number of candles on the cake is going up!  On the bright side, a lot of your favorite products, stores, and restaurants will use your ... Read More →


Frugal Friday: Schedule to Save!

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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 →


Coupon Preview 10/19/14

Here's what to expect in this Sunday's newspaper coupon inserts! A few notes: Coupon inserts vary by region.  If there's a certain coupon you really want multiples of, check to be sure it's in the paper you're buying before you purchase a bunch of papers.  In NE Ohio, the Akron Beacon Journal ... Read More →


Boxtops for Education

These Boxtops are 10¢ each and that adds up! With the state of  schools, every cent helps.As many of you know, I (Sara) am a teacher.   We'd love your help! You can send your Box Tops (or catalinas) to: Sara SteigerwaldNCMS 605 Fair Oaks St SWNorth Canton, OH 44720 This is year-long!!!!!   ... Read More →


Travel on a Shoestring: Vacation Fun for the Family without Busting the Budget

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  As you plan your vacation, it's great to find ways to save on lodging and transportation and your meals and snacks to pinch as many pennies as possible.  But what about your vacation FUN?  The cost of family fun can range from near zero for a beach vacation to many hundreds for a place like ... 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

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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, 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 →


Coupon Preview 10/12/14

Here's what to expect in this Sunday's newspaper coupon inserts! A few notes: Coupon inserts vary by region.  If there's a certain coupon you really want multiples of, check to be sure it's in the paper you're buying before you purchase a bunch of papers.  In NE Ohio, the Akron Beacon Journal ... Read More →


Tuesday Tip: Smart Stockpiling

I know that sometimes when people hear the word "stockpile" in relation to couponing, they think of the people who have enough toilet paper, canned goods, and toothpaste to last the next 50 years.  Don't worry--that's not the kind of shopping we advocate around here.  Sara has a motto that she ... 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 →


Coupon Preview 10/5/14

Here's what to expect in this Sunday's newspaper coupon inserts! A few notes: Coupon inserts vary by region.  If there's a certain coupon you really want multiples of, check to be sure it's in the paper you're buying before you purchase a bunch of papers.  In NE Ohio, the Akron Beacon Journal ... Read More →


Sisters’ Birthday Party ideas

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I'm doing some work today planning my boys' birthday parties for the end of October, and I thought it might be nice to round up all our other themed birthday party ideas in one convenient place!  We love to do up birthdays with a little something special to make the party fun--it usually doesn't ... Read More →


Tuesday Tip: 5 Ways to Save on Produce

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One of the biggest myths about couponing is that you can only save on junk, and there are no deals on healthy food.  While it's true that we're more likely to find coupons for personal care products and packaged food, there are ways to give your family plenty of healthy produce while sticking to ... Read More →