Kids Love A Simple Christmas

December 27, 2013

I hope you’re all having a fantastic holiday season!  The week between Christmas and New Years has always been one of my favorite times of year.  Work-wise, it’s a bit crazy around here because of all the changes that the ACA has brought and open enrollment season being in full swing.  But we’re still fitting […]

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Homemade Dishwasher Detergent And Our Low Stress Holidays

December 4, 2012

I finished making ornaments for our nieces a few days ago.  Here are the last two, ready to be packaged up and mailed: Once I completed the ornaments, I was all finished with holiday gifts.  I had already made and ordered a digital scrapbook for my mother in law, and that’s all we do as […]

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Felt Birdhouse Tree Ornaments

November 8, 2012

It’s that time of year again, and I’ve started making Christmas ornaments for our nieces.  I’ve been doing this for 12 years now, and our nieces and I all enjoy the tradition.  Our oldest niece is 15, and she has quite a collection of handmade ornaments now.  I always have fun figuring out what to […]

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Magnetic Faces Board – A Homemade Toy

October 18, 2012

It’s craft time!  The last time my MIL came to visit us, I asked her to bring some old magazines that we could cut up.  We also needed some advertising magnets, and my parents were able to provide a few.  The only other supplies we used for this were stiff cardboard and a few laminating […]

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Buying And Storing Things For The Future

June 14, 2012

I’ve spent a lot of time getting rid of clutter over the past couple years.  We no longer have storage corners filled with who-knows-what.  We’ve got a solid routine established of getting rid of stuff any time new things come into the house, which is working well.  And as soon as our younger son outgrows […]

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Goodwill + Homemade = Great Gift!

May 16, 2012

One of our son’s favorite friends is a little girl who will be turning four soon.  She absolutely loves all things girly – princesses, dresses, dolls, and changing her own dresses and the ones on her dolls several times a day.  I was thrilled when I came across fabric recently that is ruched at the […]

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The Felt Food Project Is Complete

December 20, 2011

Christmas is almost here, and I think I’m finally finished making felt food.   Here is the current food collection: I’ve already posted pictures and details about some of this stuff, but I’ve made quite a bit more since the last time I posted. We now have a pizza that comes apart for lots of pizza-making […]

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The Felt Food Project

December 9, 2011

For the past few weeks, I’ve been tinkering with felt food for at least a few minutes every day.  I’ve had a few projects (like a banana with a removable peel – picture coming soon) that took over an hour to make, but most of the items have come together much faster than that.  Our […]

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More Felt Food!

November 27, 2011

I think I might be on my way to needing a 12 step program for felt food addiction.  I can’t stop making food!  It’s so much fun, and the internet is overflowing with awesome ideas.  Here’s the stuff I’ve made over the last few days. Bread. With a piece of Swiss cheese. Apple pie (inspired […]

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A Better Gift Giving Guide

October 8, 2010

It’s that time of year again.  You know, still a few weeks away from Halloween, and yet Christmas trees and decorations are available in retail stores, and holiday gift giving guides are popping up all over the internet.  Invariably, they are lists of the hot toys and gadgets of 2010 – the things that your […]

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Cool Gift Wrapping On A Shoestring

July 16, 2010

I wrapped the baby shower gift this afternoon, and just had to post a picture of how cool it turned out with the little booties: The brown paper is from a couple old grocery bags that must have been in my wrapping box for years.  I’ve been using cloth grocery bags for ages now, so […]

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Frugal Shopping For A Baby Shower

July 16, 2010

I’m going to a baby shower this weekend for the wife of one of my husband’s cousins.  I’ve known her for years and we get along well, but we only see each other a few times a year and aren’t super close.  In situations like that, I tend to stick to buying things off the […]

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My Latest Goodwill Finds

February 4, 2010

Last month, I decided to see how long I could go without grocery shopping, just by using up the stuff I already had on hand in our cupboards and freezer.  I hadn’t been stockpiling anything and we didn’t have a huge amount of food stored, but it was 15 days between shopping trips, as opposed […]

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A Homemade Christmas Present

November 30, 2009

Last week, I decided to make a Christmas gift for a friend’s daughter.  The little girl is about the same age as our son, and we get the two of them together every month or so.  They’ve evolved from looking at each other, to poking each other in the eye, to running around the playground […]

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Homemade Ornaments From Recycled Cards

November 10, 2009

Every year, I make Christmas ornaments for our five nieces.  I love making them, and the girls tell me they love putting their own ornaments on the tree.  Some years I’m stumped for ideas, but last week I came up with an idea that I really like, and I’ve made three ornaments so far.  Here’s […]

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Frugal Living Book Giveaway

July 9, 2009

Andy at Tight Fisted Miser is hosting a book giveaway that ought to be a good read for anyone who enjoys my blog.  It’s called 10,001 Ways To Live Large On A Small Budget, and was compiled by the editors of Wisebread.   All you have to do if you want to enter to win a […]

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An Easy Frugal Gift Idea

May 25, 2009

My in-laws are visiting us this week, which is nice – we hadn’t seen them since October.  My mother in law’s birthday was last week, and I decided to make her a gift.  Her grandkids are a huge part of her life, and I’m a pretty good scrapbooker, so I thought I’d incorporate those two […]

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Turbo Tax Winners!

April 6, 2009

Congratulations to Alicia and Adrienne, the winners of my Turbo Tax giveaway!  Hopefully this will make filing your taxes a little less painful, ladies

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Winner Of The Beau Coup Gift Card Give Away!

April 3, 2009

Manda is the winner of the $25 Beau Coup gift card give away.  Congrats Manda!  I’ll be drawing a winner for the Turbo Tax prize tomorrow, so if you haven’t filed your taxes yet, get yourself entered.  So far there are only a few entries, and there are two prizes, so the odds of winner […]

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Turbo Tax Give Away!

March 31, 2009

For all you readers who haven’t filed your taxes yet, I have another give away.  Yes, I’m just full of good stuff this week.  Turbo Tax is giving two of my readers web cards with a prepaid access code (includes one free federal + state preparation + efiles) for Turbo Tax Deluxe Online (approximately $65 […]

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Beau Coup Gift Card Give Away

March 29, 2009

Time for some more fun – another gift card give away!  Beau Coup has offered to give a $25 gift card to one of my readers.  They sell all kinds of party favors, wedding stuff, bridesmaid and groomsmen gifts, invitations… if you’re planning a party, you can probably find something you could use on their […]

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Giftcard Winner And Wall Texture Details

March 9, 2009

I got a comment from a reader yesterday that reminded me that I had never announced the winner of the $25 Mandee gift card giveaway.  My husband drew a number last Wednesday, and the winner was Donna S.  I notified Donna and the rep at Mandee who sent out the gift card, but I forgot […]

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$25 Mandee Gift Card Give Away!

February 25, 2009

Ok, time for a little fun.  Mandee, a trendy clothing store, is offering a 20% discount: And for even more fun, they’ve agreed to send a $25 gift card to a Frugal Babe reader.  Want to win?  All you have to do is leave a comment on this post.  The contest ends at midnight on […]

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Homemade Christmas Ornaments

December 9, 2008

Last night I made Christmas ornaments for our five nieces and one for a family friend.  I think this is the seventh year that I’ve made ornaments for our nieces, and it’s a tradition that I really enjoy.  This year I used fabric that I bought in Africa ten years ago when I was a […]

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Discount At Macy’s

December 7, 2008

For those of you who are knee deep in Christmas shopping, this is your lucky day – Macy’s is offering my readers their Friends and Family discount, which amounts to 20% off most merchandise, from December 10th to December 15th.  Here’s the coupon you can use to get your discount: Happy Shopping!

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Our Christmas-Themed Weekend

December 7, 2008

It’s been a good weekend around here so far.  We got a Christmas tree last night, for the first time since 2003.  Our son is fascinated by the lights on houses and trees when we go for walks, and we decided a tree would be fun.  We got a Charlie Brown sort of tree that […]

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Our Holiday Gift Giving Plans

November 13, 2008

When I wrote yesterday about the awesome wooden toys we found at a thrift store, a reader wondered if we would do our holiday shopping in thrift stores.  So I thought I’d share my holiday gift plans.  First, I have to say that we try very hard to keep the holidays pretty low key around […]

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The New Store And A Belated Blog Action Day

October 17, 2008

We went to the new health food store today, which my husband and I both consider a great form of entertainment.  Who needs a trip to the movies when you can wander around aisles full of hemp protein powder and sprouted breads?  We had fun, but I was a bit disappointed in the store overall.  […]

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He Needs It More Than We Do

October 10, 2008

When I was a teacher in the Peace Corps in the late 90s, I had a student who was one of my hardest workers, although he usually had pretty average grades.  He was not a stand out student in the typical sense (I had plenty who earned better grades than he did), but he was […]

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Beyond Toasters and Placemats

September 3, 2008

My husband’s cousin is getting married next week.  She and her fiance are both in their 30s, highly educated, with professional careers and a well-stocked home.  They have a very short (one page) wedding registry at a big-box store, for just a few household items.  But they also registered at Heifer International.  I love this […]

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Frugal Gift Giving

July 20, 2008

We were like Meals On Wheels today.   One of my friends had a baby in May, nine weeks premature.   She and her husband brought the baby home from the hospital last week, so we knew that they could use some no-fuss food (we remember our early days with our new baby!).   And […]

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A Great Free Gift For Your Child

June 20, 2008

My husband came across this idea today on a dad forum he visited – we thought it was fantastic and I wanted to pass it on.   We set up a gmail account for our son, and I just sent him an email.   I told him how much he weighs today (12 pounds!) and […]

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A Frugal – And Tasty – Birthday Present

April 2, 2008

One of my coworkers who is also a good friend of mine had a birthday today.   I wanted to do something nice for her, but I also wanted to keep in line with my frugal self and my desire to not contribute to consumerism.   So this morning I baked these muffins for her. […]

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Heading Off The Baby Showers

February 3, 2008

Two of my girlfriends have offered to host a baby shower for us recently, and in both cases I’ve politely but firmly declined.   My friends think I’m a little nuts, but they know me and respect my opinions and there will be no showers.   (I hosted a baby shower for one of them […]

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Our $30 Crib

December 29, 2007

When my parents came to see us on Christmas, they brought us a crib, which is now assembled in my office, awaiting my ouster to the guest room and the arrival of our little one in the spring.  My parents paid $30 for the crib (almost everything I know about being frugal was learned from […]

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A Whirlwind Week

December 21, 2007

Wow, what a week this has been.   And we don’t even “do” Christmas – can’t imagine what it would be like if we did!   On Monday, I bought a shadow box picture frame (50% off) and was up until midnight making a scrapbook page to put in the frame for one of my […]

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A Frugal Christmas Present

December 8, 2007

We have friends who live in New Zealand who are very dear to us.   I met them while I was living in Tanzania in the late 90s and they’ve remained a big part of my life ever since.   In 2005, we went to visit them after the wife was diagnosed with cancer  - […]

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Planning Christmas Without Breaking the Bank

November 14, 2007

It’s that time of year again.   Time to start thinking about holiday plans and gift-giving.   We tend to be very low-key for the holidays.    We  spend Thanksgiving with my husband’s family most years – and will do  so this year as well.   For Christmas, we’ve invited my family to  our house, […]

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More On Baby Gift Registries

November 5, 2007

I thought of something else that I meant to include in the post I wrote about baby showers and gift registries.     Retailers would like us to believe that it takes a whole room full of stuff in order to properly take care of a baby.   Just take a trip through a Babies […]

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Baby Gifts and Showers

November 3, 2007

Yesterday, the other pregnant lady at the library asked me if we had started registering for gifts yet.   I told her that I didn’t think we were going to register at all.   I explained our plans to buy most stuff used and that we have friends and family who have finished having babies […]

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