Let's face it: Times are tight and budgets are shrinking. But there are ways to stretch, and even (gasp!) have fun doing it! This blog is about finding ways to get more from every household dollar, and enjoy every precious minute.
Monday, September 03, 2012
...Since most students will be moving into small dorm rooms that offer few
of the comforts of home, help ease their stress by putting together a
special gift basket just for them. If you don’t have a basket prepared
for the initial journey, consider filling a basket with lightweight
The end of summer means leaving our leisurely summer days behind and
shifting to our busy school schedules. Getting ahead in the kitchen by
creating meals and then freezing them is a quick, easy and mess-free way
of making a dinner that leaves me feeling less frazzled come
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
...To help me stay organized, I’ve created a “life file” to safely organize
and store all of those important documents. This not only helps me to
easily find a document when needed, but it will also be helpful should
there be an emergency...
In my opinion, there is nothing quite as embarrassing as forgetting the
name of someone you just met. Though there are a lot of techniques and
exercises for remembering the names of people you meet at a function,
many of us still have a great deal of trouble. Luckily...
This recipe includes so many wonderful flavors, it is worth turning your
oven on in this heat for 20 short minutes. The zucchini is perfectly
soft. The herbs are powerful and the perfect addition to this otherwise
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
... If you’ve ever lost luggage, remembering the brand and other details
can be difficult to recall on the spot. There are many other common
activities, such as where you parked your car or what size vacuum bags
you need to buy, that can be quickly accessed just by using your cell
...Seasonal fruits and vegetables arranged in a simple bowl create
wonderful displays for the kitchen, dining room and family rooms. Or,
think outside the box (or bowl) and use more unusual pieces to hold
those fresh picks...
I discovered quinoa about a year ago and can’t get enough of it. I
especially love to make it for my family during the summer because it
does so well as a “summer salad.” It’s light, filling and generally
takes on the flavors of whatever it’s cooked or mixed with...
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
It’s hiding in our closets, stuffed in our drawers and piled in our
laundry rooms. It’s called clutter and, over time, it has been known to
take over our homes. It is time to take our homes back, which is why I
am encouraging my family and yours to participate in the 20 Bags in 20 Days Challenge....
Over the years, I’ve heard several women state that they have a sewing
machine, or access to one, but don’t know how to sew.... The good news is that there are many smaller and simpler
projects using a sewing machine that can be accomplished with just a few
Seafood tends to be on the expensive side, but I like to splurge every
now and then. The key to keeping your grocery bill and dinner costs low
is to pair more expensive ingredients, like salmon or shrimp, with
inexpensive side dishes. You can still make a delicious seafood spread
for under $10!..
Wednesday, August 08, 2012
You quickly realize the expense of raising a family the first time your
child outgrows a new wardrobe or set of toys. As a mom of five, it did
not take me long to discover the benefits that swapping with neighbors,
friends and family had on my bank account...
One of my great passions in life is vintage furniture, accessories,
craft supplies and other old-fashioned goods, which I purchase from
antique shops, thrift stores, flea markets and garage sales. Recently, I
was asked if I negotiate prices when making such purchases and what the
proper etiquette is...
that time of year again. That time when most of us get overly excited
by deals on scissors and crayons. My kids love to have their new
pencils, erasers, scissors and glue kept neatly in their plastic
supplies box. I also use back-to-school shopping to find great deals on
office supplies for my home office. I love having my desk organized and
Wednesday, August 01, 2012
Do you ever find yourself searching for that birthday party
invitation, gift card you received or tickets to an upcoming event? How
about the bills you need to mail, let alone pay? To help keep these items organized, I use a tabletop organizer made from a desktop file box...
I am always looking for cute and inexpensive gifts to use for bridal
parties, birthday presents and other last-minute gifts. Lately, this
simple and beautiful jewelry project has been my go to. It’s not only
fun to make, but it is perfect for all sorts of different occasions....