Frugality

How I Paid Off $8,000 Without Really Trying

I can guarantee you that there's someone out there with a more impressive story than this one. (That's a great way to begin, right?)   Someone who paid off more debt, in less time. So what's (possibly) interesting about this story? I paid it off without feeling deprived, while living in an expensive city, making a little above the… Continue reading How I Paid Off $8,000 Without Really Trying

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Frugality, Simple Living

10 Things I No Longer Buy: Part 2

I wrote a post called "10 Things I No Longer Buy" a few months ago, a list of 10 things I found that I could either live without or replace with something free/recycled/repurposed. As I've been decluttering the past few weeks and more selective of what makes it into the "keep" pile, there's (at least) 10 more… Continue reading 10 Things I No Longer Buy: Part 2

Frugality

3 Educational Uses For All Those Plastic Easter Eggs

  Up to 250 million plastic Easter eggs per year were produced in the US at the turn of this century.  I wonder: for those that buy them, what do we do with all those eggs when it's not Easter?  I imagine they sit in a closet or end up in an attic. But what… Continue reading 3 Educational Uses For All Those Plastic Easter Eggs

Creative Projects, Frugality

11 Low-Cost/DIY Nursery Ideas

  There's something about the beginning of a new year that always makes me want to get organized. My latest project has been my daughter's room, so I haven't been blogging this year until today. It was difficult to decide on a nursery theme- there's so many cute ones out there! But I found a… Continue reading 11 Low-Cost/DIY Nursery Ideas

Frugality

10 Natural Beauty Items Under $15

*Please Note: This is not a sponsored post and does not contain affiliate links.  "Natural" is an imprecise term when used by beauty and food companies. It does not have a regulated definition (like "USDA Organic"), but it does usually mean that a product has fewer "bad" ingredients and more naturally derived ones.  Some products… Continue reading 10 Natural Beauty Items Under $15

Frugality, Simple Living

10 Items To Avoid At Target (And 10 That Are Worth Buying)

  "Generic items are just the same as name brand items, they just don't have the same label." While this is often repeated, it's not always true. Sometimes name brand products are better quality and last longer over time. One reason I love Amazon is that you can read reviews that tell you how long… Continue reading 10 Items To Avoid At Target (And 10 That Are Worth Buying)

Frugality

Why Flax Seeds Are A Waste Of Money

Flaxseed is widely touted as a health food- it contains fiber, and is a great source of Omega 3's, which is great if you are vegetarian or don't like fish. Flax seeds aren't cheap though- a tiny container of them from the grocery store can be $8.00. I always wondered if the seeds have any… Continue reading Why Flax Seeds Are A Waste Of Money

Frugality, Simple Living

The Truth About Groupon Travel Deals

    At the time, I was making a modest salary, and I normally wouldn't be able to afford the cost of the flight, hotel stay, and food for five days in Mexico. So when a friend found an all-inclusive deal on Groupon (flight, hotel, and unlimited food & alcohol for one reasonable price) and suggested that… Continue reading The Truth About Groupon Travel Deals

Creative Projects, Frugality, Vacations & Traveling

DIY Travel Map

Travel maps are a great way to document where you've traveled to over the years either on your own, or with a partner or your family. I was inspired to make my own by my husband's grandparents' travel maps. Michaels had maps with adhesive on the back, as well as the trifold styrofoam board. I used… Continue reading DIY Travel Map

Frugality, Simple Living

10 Home Hacks To Save You Time & Money

    Use your vacuum's brush attachment to clean bookshelves, blinds, fans, and window ledges. It's faster, dust is trapped in the vacuum instead of flying around, and you don't have to use cleaner and rags/paper towel. Have no time to vacuum your couch? Use a lint roller to remove pet hair from it. Lint… Continue reading 10 Home Hacks To Save You Time & Money