A Beginner's Guide to Getting Free Stuff

How to get free stuff! They say that there is no such thing as the word “free” in today’s world. I beg to differ. As a self-proclaimed penny pinching, closet couponer, I know that statement couldn’t be further from the truth. There are plenty of companies willing to give away their products and services at […]

How to Have a Successful Yard or Garage Sale

The battered old station wagon sputtered and choked its way down the street and up to my front yard.  Rather than parking his car and getting out to survey the contents of my garage sale, the driver opted to gently ease his foot off the brake and coast by my house without even stopping. “Not […]

How To Keep Eating Well On a Budget

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As the state of the economy becomes more and more uncertain, many families are obviously tightening their budgets. Cutting back on grocery costs is a great way to save money and you don’t necessarily have to sacrifice the quality of your meals. In order to keep eating well on a budget you’ll have to start […]

The Thrift Store Junkie Strikes Again

“I’m cutting you a deal,” she said.  “Those books are really old.  I should be charging you more for them.” With twenty dollar bill in clenched fist, I steady myself and prepare to wage war. “You always do this to me!” I reply.  “You can’t change the prices once I come to the counter.” It’s […]

Veggie Trader: Your Online Source for Buying, Selling, and Trading Produce

Update 2/21/2011: It has come to my attention that Veggie Trader has recently shut down. Below is the original post as written, but I’m asking readers to help shed some light on a similar service if one exists. If you are aware of another produce trading site or program, please share in the comments. Thank […]

Five Creative and Free Things to Do This Year

Are you looking for a creative project to do this year that doesn’t require loads and loads of cash?  Life can get pretty boring if you find yourself in the same rut. Going to the movies, visiting the local theme park each year, and sitting around watching TV when you’re bored. How about trying one […]

5 Frugal Ways to Spend Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day leaves a lot to the imagination.  In fact, frugal guys and gals find all sorts of ways to celebrate February 14th.  You don’t have to rely on overpriced chocolates and flower arrangements to make your sweetheart happy.  With a little imagination and even less money, you can make it a day to remember […]

Hosting a Holiday Cookie Swap

A few years ago, I had the privilege of attending a holiday cookie swap at a friend’s house and have wanted to write about it ever since.  It was a marvelous spread filled with cookies of every size, shape, and flavor. The rules of the swap were actually very easy.  Bake a plate of your […]

How to Make Salt Dough Ornaments With Your Kids

An Easy Salt Dough Ornament Recipe The holidays are a time where creativity is encouraged.  Trimming your tree can be costly if you opt to purchase each and every one of your ornaments from the store.  Rather than incur these unnecessary costs, think about other festive ways to decorate.  In fact, with a little bit […]

Five Great Gifts You Can Make For Under $5

Whoever said that something had to be expensive in order for it to be meaningful never knew the joy of a handmade gift!  Not only are these types of presents rich with sentimental value, they also capture the spirit of the holidays with their simplicity and personal nature. A handcrafted gift is truly special because […]