BarterQuest: How to Barter Everything You Need Without Spending a Dollar

If you’ve never bartered, you’re missing out.  Bartering allows you to acquire goods and services without the exchange of money.  Here’s how it works.  You’re a writer in need of a good laptop.  Instead of purchasing one new or secondhand, you find one through BarterQuest, a cashless trading site.  You complete your profile, list what […]

How Bartering and Trading Helps You Make Money and Help the Environment

Save Money and the Environment I live in a small town with a handful of clothing stores.  That’s why I was thrilled when a local business owner announced she was hosting a clothing swap at her hip store Willow.  I gathered up a bag full of unwanted items from my closet, entered the date and […]

25 Uses for Baking Soda Around the House

Baking soda is by far one of the most inexpensive and versatile things you can have in your home.  Known for its cleaning and deodorizing properties, it can be used in the kitchen, the bathroom, the laundry room, and even your bedroom.  Here is the skinny as to why baking soda is something you should […]

Is It Really Possible to Live Without Money?

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There’s such a thing as being really frugal but can you truly survive without money? How would you acquire the things that you need? Could you feed, clothe, and provide shelter for yourself without going to extreme measures? Would you find it freeing to be rid of all the material things weighing you down physically, […]

Make Your Own Cheap Shampoo, Conditioner, and Toothpaste

In an attempt to reduce costs in 2012, I am adopting a Do-It-Yourself mentality.  One of the areas of my spending that can be virtually eliminated is in the Personal Hygiene category.  Using recipes found in the book, Making It: Radical Home EC for a Post-Consumer World by Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen, I plan […]

Tips for The Right Way to Live Frugally

So, you’ve turned over a new leaf. You’ve finally came to the realization that home brewed coffee is every bit as good as your regular cup from Starbucks and an expensive night out isn’t as fun as frugal family entertainment like watching a movie at home with your family or closest friends and saving money in the […]

Generating Income When You Are Off the Grid

If you’re ready to trade in the fast paced life that you’re living for one that is quieter or self-sufficient, listen up. No matter how savvy you are, you’re going to need to generate some income in one way or another. In fact, even the most die-hard survivalists know that it’s near impossible to live […]

Five No-Cost Ways to Spend Your Birthday

With my birthday fast approaching, I thought it would be fitting to write about a topic that is near and dear to my heart.  That’s right, I’m talking about freebies and there sure are a lot of them available nowadays.  In the past, I wrote about how to get free stuff on your birthday where […]

Five Things to Look For When Buying Used Clothes

Are you thred up with your kids going through closes too fast? Kids go through clothes fast. This is particularly troubling when you have multiple children needing garb all at the same time. If this year’s hand-me-downs won’t do the trick, what’s a family to do? Go into debt buying school clothes? No, because that’s […]

The Art and Science of Dumpster Diving

Get Free Stuff From the Trash A few years ago, I got my hands on a book written by John Hoffman called The Art and Science of Dumpster Diving.  It literally changed my life.  In the past, I was very secretive about my dumpster diving.  Now, I am more apt to share my finds with […]