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.
Wednesday, August 8, 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 1, 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....
Pesto. It’s such a beautiful and delectable sauce. It’s so fresh and tantalizing and, let’s face it, slightly addictive...This is a recipe for a simple, summer pasta salad at its best - pasta, pesto and parmesan!...
...I admit that I enjoy wandering down the organization aisles at my local
big box stores, however it can quickly become an expensive addiction
buying high-priced containers. So, how can we, “organization junkies,”
still find satisfaction in organizing our homes without spending all
How often have you found yourself in a waiting room or reception area
chair without a good read while you wait? Though many people pass the
time checking e-mail, surfing the web or playing a game on their smart
phone, I still appreciate the opportunity to flip through a good
While paper coupons are still quite popular, companies are making it very simple to save while you’re out and about! Here are a few of my favorite free mobile apps for saving on groceries...
As the years have gone by, my children’s keepsakes have accumulated
into boxes and piles in my home. From favorite toys and trinkets, to
awards, photos and other memorabilia, with five kids the piles keep
growing...Below is a list of six easy steps to take to mitigate stress while keeping these keepsakes safe...
I have two fashion savvy fifteen-year old daughters that are perfectly
content with the occasional thrift shop or modified apparel. The latest
endeavor was to turn plain T-shirts we found on sale at the department
store into unique tops by using vintage doilies...
Fire up the grill! It’s Panini time! Paninis cook beautifully in a skillet, panini press, quesadilla
maker, and on the grill! Before we get to my favorite new panini recipe,
here are a few tips for grilling these scrumptious sandwiches...
You have been storing your leftovers, snacks and lunches in them for years, but Ziploc®
Brand Containers with the Smart Snap® Seal are perfect for storing
everyday items as well. Below are 25 of my favorite ways to use these
I don’t know about yours, but our family’s kitchen “junk” drawer gets
pretty out of hand at times, and with five sets of hands digging for
scissors, pens, rubber bands, etc., it’s easy to understand why. One
thing that helps keep the order, at least initially, is the use of
drawer organizing compartments...
It isn’t a summer picnic or backyard barbeque without potato salad, in
particular, homemade potato salad. Those are my sentiments, anyways. I
would eat it every single day of summer if I had the time and energy to
make it from scratch...
We are all given 24 hours each day, but how many of us lay our heads
down at night wishing they could fit more into their busy schedule? I
can’t give you extra hours, but I do have five tips that can help you
create more time in your daily life...