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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 →





Coupon Preview 8/31/14

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: Beating the morning rush

Backpacks and Jackets by Backdoor

Several months ago on Facebook, our readers shared their best tips (and a few of us commiserated on having kiddos who need a little extra...ummm...motivation in the morning.  Strength in numbers, friends! :) ) As with most things, the keys are preparation and organization.  A little extra time ... 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 →


Coupon Preview 8/24/14

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 →


The two words that save my sanity as a mom of four kids

Try Again

If you're just here for the deals, feel free to just skip right over this one...it won't hurt my feelings at all!  But if you're in the thick of this whole kid-raising thing like I am, here's a little trick from the trenches and a word of encouragement today :) "MOOOOOMMMMM!  You NEEEEEDD to come ... Read More →


Tuesday Tip: Just do it!

to do list

Two separate times in the past week, I've tackled tasks that have been on the "procrastination" part of my to-do list.  The kinds of things that aren't urgent for daily life, but still need done.  We've had a couple non-stop weeks in our family lately that included travel, the start of the sports ... 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 →


Coupon Preview 8/17/14

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: Helping Schools

Every fall, I know that many of our generous Sisters and Misters have mentioned taking advantage of back to school sales to donate supplies to local schools.  Every little bit helps, and I'm sure teachers and students appreciate it!  Did you know that there are other simple ways to help your ... 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 →


Tuesday Tip: Use Favado to sync shopping lists from your phone AND computer!

Favado Sync 1

Are you using the Favado App yet?  It works hand in hand with Sisters Shopping on a Shoestring to bring you all the best grocery and drug store matchups to your smartphone, tablet, and computer.  To get the App:  1. Sign up HERE with your email address and Zip code, and create a password so Favado ... 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 →


6 Ways to Save Money on School Supplies

back-to-school

Yep, I said it..........Back to School! As a teacher, it's a bitter-sweet string of words:)  This year I will not only be shopping for my class, but also for my own first-grader.  Here are a few helpful tips to save money on your school shopping. 1. Shop with a plan.  Request your child's class ... Read More →