Our New Ten Dollar Cell Phone Plan

About a month ago, we lowered our cell phone bill from $50/month to $10/month, ended up with a much better phone, and still get the same amount of phone service that we’ve always had.  I’m thrilled with the new plan, and want to share the story with you all in case any of you are […]

Ten Bucks For A New Carpet Cleaner


The main level of our house has a lot of oatmeal-colored carpet. It’s in our bedrooms, hallway and living room. It wouldn’t be my first choice – I prefer hard floors that can be mopped – but it’s what was there when we bought the house, and it’s only five years old, so it’s not […]

Never Shop Online Without Looking For Coupons

It’s rare for me to shop online (or anywhere else for that matter – I am not a shopper!) but it does happen.  And I’ve learned that it’s always worth the extra 30 seconds or so to search for a coupon before I click on the buy button.  Last week, I had to order checks. […]

We’re All Responsible For The Oil Spill

I subscribe by email to my favorite blogs, and this morning, right beside each other in my inbox, were articles from two of my favorite bloggers, Everett Bogue and Tammy Strobel, both writing about essentially the same thing: we all have a moral obligation to drive less.  Both articles are excellent, and well worth reading. […]

Frugal Choices For Your Eyes

I was talking to a friend a few days ago, and she mentioned that she was worried about possibly losing her job, as there has been talk about her office closing.  She and her husband have always made more money that we do.  They live in a $600,000 house, and drive a new Prius and […]

Trading Baby Clothes For Food

Last week we got a box of baby stuff from a friend who lives in another state.   She loves to shop, and had bought us several baby boy things from Target.   Mostly clothes, which we have oodles of already.   We’ve gotten more hand-me-downs than our baby will ever need.   He’s going […]

A Budget Knee Surgery Week

My husband had his knee surgery on Monday, and it went far better than we had hoped.   They didn’t have to do as much to his knee as we had thought they would, and it’s looking like the recovery process is going to be a lot faster and easier too.   The surgeon is […]

A Super-Frugal Scrapbook Nook

Ever since we remodeled our living room  and added an extra office in January, I’ve been lucky enough to have an office/craft room to myself.   But once the baby is born, my office will become a nursery.   So I’ll be back to sharing my office with our guest room, which I’ve done before, […]

Keeping My Car Happy

My trusty Honda Civic has 211,000 miles on it, and I decided it was time she got a tune up.   My dad loves to work on cars, and I was asking him questions about it when he offered to help me with the project.   Sweet!   Last weekend, I went to my parents’ […]

Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder

Today a lady came into the library wearing a huge diamond on her finger.   The engagement/wedding band set took up all the room from her palm to her first knuckle – I am not kidding.   The wedding band was covered with diamonds, and the rock on the engagement ring was probably 4 or […]

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