I cut my own hair!


And I really like how it turned out For years, my husband has been cutting his own hair.  Most of the time, he just shaves it all the way off using the closest setting on the clippers, and then waits a few months and does it again.  Sometimes I’ll give him a snazzy haircut that […]

Frugal Wall Art With Engineering Prints


A few months ago, I decided I wanted to blow up some photos for our walls. I had ordered some poster-size enlargements a few years ago for our living room, and although we love how they look, they definitely weren’t cheap. This time around, I went looking for a way to get some personalized wall […]

Refinancing Our Mortgage

About a year after we bought our house, we considered refinancing.  At the time, we were being offered a rate of 3.75%, and we owed about $152k on our house.  After doing the math, we decided that it didn’t make sense to refinance, and we kept our 4.625% loan.  But now, two and a half […]

Starting A Business With $100 – Resources To Help You Do It

Over the last couple years, I’ve participated in getting the word out about Only72 sales (they last for 72 hours – hence the name) run by Adam Baker and Karol Gadja.  There have been a few other similar sales in that time (like the one about simplifying your family life earlier this month), but Baker […]

Our Frugal Home Version Of A Montessori-Style Preschool

Over the last few months, several of our son’s friends have enrolled in Montessori-style preschool and daycare centers.  The parents have had nothing but good things to say about the switch, and my curiosity was piqued.  Our boys are home with us all day, and we have no plans to change that.  But I was […]

How We Established Our Own Business

In my post asking what you’d like to see me write about, two readers asked me to address the specifics of how my husband and I set up our home-based business, and I’ve also had numerous emails about this subject over the years.  So I’m going to lay out the basics of what we did, […]

Inside-Out Simplicity


It’s very rare for me to purchase a book, but I was inspired to buy Joshua Becker’s new e-book, Inside-Out Simplicity, and I just finished reading it this morning. In so many ways, it echoes my sentiments exactly. Minimalism and simplicity have become quite trendy lately, but quite often the people who are attracted to […]

Frugal Shopping For A Baby Shower


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 […]

Just Because It’s Free Doesn’t Mean I Need It

Last week, a good friend came to visit, and she brought a huge bag full of clothes that her son had outgrown.  Many of them were hand-me-downs for her, and she’s passing on the love.  She knows that I only buy clothes used anyway, and hand-me-downs fit right in for our family. But these days, […]

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