Big Christmas, Small Pricetag

Our un-orthodox Christmas is on the 12th day of Christmas because we have so much extended family in the area. After many years of having three celebrations in 24 hours, we started celebrating ours on, or near, January 6. There are many reasons we liked it, so we are keeping it there. You’ve probably already…

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Get More for Your Money, the book.

The book that can pay for itself in one trip to the grocery store or one customer service phone call.

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Hello, parents

You’ve got a friend in me. I understand. Here we are at “the family tree”. Just my mom and my family which now includes 4 sons in law and 4 grandchildren. Parenting: immense love, followed shortly by overwhelming uncertainty. Overflowing joy, extreme frustration. I’ve felt them all. I welcome you to this no judgement zone…

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Granola: cheap to make, expensive to buy

Let’s make granola! Tastes like oatmeal cookie dough as it warms and snitching a little each time you stir is a treat.

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When you have money, you save money

I pinch pennies all the time to have them pile up to dollars. Having done that, I got to make my dollars save us hundreds more over the winter. Now that gas prices are soaring I’m even more thankful that I could spend money to save money.

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Investing in our home instead of a wedding venue

Friday we attended a wedding that was at a lovely manor house. I checked their website and saw that Friday was less expensive, saving the family $800. Still, it cost $2000 and that’s not uncommon as a venue price.  We can’t pay that much.We’ve got seven more daughters and two sons to marry off, so…

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A little rant about weddings

I’m doing my part as mother of 8 girls to challenge the culture’s thinking about weddings. Sure, it’s an important day and I want my daughters to feel beautiful and to enjoy the ceremony and the reception, but I think it’s getting out of hand. Regular working Americans are spending too much on fancy weddings…

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Frugality- what is it really?

Frugality often evokes images of deprivation. I think that if it’s done right it should evoke images of security. It’s not being miserly; it’s making good use of resources. It’s not doing without; it’s having enough that you can be generous. It’s not saying “no” to everything: it’s making sure you can say “yes” to…

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Free Clothes, Part 2

I look at my current outfit and realize I spent $1 on the new cashmere blend socks, maybe $12 on the shoes, and about $15 on the bra & panties. Microfiber blazer-zero, courduroys-zero, long sleeved tee #1-zero, longsleeved tee #2-zero. Some days the socks, shoes and undies are also free and my entire outfit cost…

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Homeschooling on a Shoestring

HOMESCHOOLING ON A SHOESTRING Now that we have graduated four students, we have a set of books for every subject through high school. So, our future investment will be very low. At first we spent $500 on textbooks, teacher’s guides, computer software, and supplies each year, now it’s under $50. I’m teaching 6 students, from high school…

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