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The Plague of the Consultants: Keep the Jewelry, Candles, and Kitchen Gadgets to Yourself

Pampered Chef, Scentsy, Mary Kay, Thirty-One, Creative Memories, PartyLite, Tupperware, Longaberger, Tastefully Simple, Origami Owl, Cookie Lee–can’t anyone just have a party anymore?  One where I get to leave the checkbook at home and show up without someone expecting me to spend enough money that she gets a “half-price” or “free” hostess gift?  Are our lives so... read more

Spring Cleaning

British designer William Morris said, “Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” With those words as my guidepost, I have been tearing through the house in a spring cleaning and decluttering frenzy. Any time I question whether or not I need an item, I ask, “Is it functional? Is it beautiful?” I am trying very hard to become... read more

Are Groceries Cheaper for the Vegan (or Nutritarian)?

One of the things people have frequently said to me (besides asking how I get enough calcium and protein) since we changed our diet is, “You must save so much money on groceries!” Now that we’ve lived the lifestyle for several months, I can actually provide an educated answer. You may have seen my earlier couponing post. At first glance, it might seem like we would save even more oodles... read more

Tips for Beating Clutter

I love this list of strategies for decluttering your home, from organization expert Donna Smallin. This was published in the January 2009 issue of Better Homes and Gardens. And I should add that the photo here is not my house! 1. Start with the easy stuff Go room by room in search of trash. Recycle catalogs and magazines, shred old bills, bag clothing for charity. 2. Set small goals Either pick one... read more

Nickel Auction

In the same vein as my post on clothing swaps, I wanted to tell everybody about Nickel Auctions! Next time you’ve got a box of stuff to take to Goodwill or the Salvation Army, consider holding a Nickel Auction with a group of friends instead! I got the activity walker pictured at the last Nickel Auction…for 5 cents!Here’s how they’re run around here; you could always vary the... read more

Clothing Swaps…Pure Genius!

Most people that know me know I love a good bargain. You can’t beat free. I recently attended a clothing swap at a friend’s house and it was ah-mazing!!! I literally came home with a whole new wardrobe. New t-shirts, sweaters, jeans, khakis, a satin blouse, and a gorgeous American Eagle dress. This was the second time I’ve gone to a clothing swap; the first time was a huge,... read more

Bargain Finds for Kids

I confess that when I married my husband, I was not very frugal. I had a well-paying job, so did he, and if I wanted something, I bought it. It didn’t matter if it was a shirt I’d probably only wear once. I paid full price for all our groceries, and I didn’t comparison shop. I figured that as long as we were still putting money away for retirement, my time was more valuable than the... read more

Coupon Savings

I started couponing in May with the online service SavingsAngel.com because I wanted to contribute as much as possible to our family’s financial stability. Couponing has a steep learning curve. It took me so long to make my shopping list the first time, and the trip to the store–oh my goodness–so stressful. I was sweating every 25 cents. But by the third week, I was getting the gist... read more

Freelancing and a Blog

I started writing online content for Demand Media Studios back in May, specifically for eHow and Livestrong. I’m currently a stay-at-home mom that was getting antsy for some professional development. My degrees and professional experience are in English and writing, so it was a perfect fit; I could write fun, interesting little articles whenever my schedule allowed. Unfortunately, the assignment... read more

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