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8 Uses for Lavender Essential Oil

8 Uses for Lavender Essential Oil

February 18, 2014

Lavender is one of the most popular essential oils for many reasons.  One saying I’ve heard is, “When in doubt, use lavender.” The many primary uses for lavender essential oil make it a must-have for everyone, and I always keep it on hand.   We are very excited to announce a new section of Frugal Mom [...]

Make Your Own Faux Metal Wall Art Project: Super Easy!

Make Your Own Faux Metal Wall Art Project: Super Easy!

June 5, 2013

No need for blow torches or forging tools with this faux metal wall art project! Faux metal wall art? Talk about frugal crafts! I went over to my friend Carmela’s house to help her with preparations for her daughter’s upcoming wedding. (They are doing a lot of the decorations themselves. I can tell it is going to [...]

RV Living

RV Living: Meet a Family Who Sold Their Home and Are Living Their RV Dream!

November 4, 2011

Is RV Living for You? Have you ever dreamed of selling your home so you could travel the country with your family in an RV?  This idea of RV living has always appealed to me and it’s a hot topic on KOA’s Around the Campfire Community.  I love the idea of simplifying life, enjoying more [...]

Frugal Home Winterizing Tips

Frugal Home Winterizing Tips

October 27, 2011

Guest post written by Jakob Barry Autumn is a special time of year when homeowners begin battening down the hatches to secure their properties for the eventual snow, ice, and blustery winds of winter. When a structure hasn’t been well prepped it translates into financial loss as these elements can do serious damage to a house or [...]

Are You Making These Three Common Mistakes While Grocery Shopping?

Are You Making These Three Common Mistakes While Grocery Shopping?

September 12, 2011

Who doesn’t need to save money while grocery shopping these days? If you want to save more at the grocery store, you don’t have to be an extreme couponer. You just need to save where you can and learn to shop smart. In reality, most moms are aware of what they need to do in [...]

How to Get Out of the Debt Cycle

How to Get Out of the Debt Cycle

August 13, 2011

It’s a scenario all too many of us are familiar with: getting into debt, and spending each month trying in vain to pay it off. And once you’re in that cycle, it can be very hard to get out. Some people end up in a debt cycle without even realizing. Do you nearly always end the [...]

 Feel Indulgent and Remain Penny-Wise: Decorate with Silk Flowers

Feel Indulgent and Remain Penny-Wise: Decorate with Silk Flowers

July 6, 2011

  The Frugal Florist Notes from the Field Picture this: you walk in the house and throw your purse on the couch, turning toward the dining table. Expecting to see the usual collection of school papers, empty glasses, bills due and maybe the errant sock or two, you’re pleasantly surprised by what you see, instead: [...]

Secrets of Extreme Couponing

Secrets of Extreme Couponing

June 8, 2011

Shows such as TLC’s Extreme Couponing have brought many insider shopping secrets out in the open.  Perhaps you’ve watched the show and have wondered how they do it?  How do they buy hundreds and hundreds of dollars worth of groceries for next to nothing?  Here are some basic tips for getting the best deals: Get [...]

5 Easy Ways to Save at the Gas Pump

5 Easy Ways to Save at the Gas Pump

March 22, 2011

Unless you’ve been hiding away in some remote and exotic location, you are more than aware that gas prices are surging. Currently the average cost of gas per gallon is $4 nationwide, but experts suggest prices could continue to increase.  Here are some simple tips to help you save a bundle on gas. 1.  Go [...]

How to Save Money on Groceries with Coupons

How to Save Money on Groceries with Coupons

December 3, 2010

It is normal to find these days that just about everyone is looking for ways to cut costs and reduce expenses. Frugality is about making the very most of all the resources available. All too often in life we begin working simply to live; we struggle to just get by in the day to day. [...]

A Broken Cooktop Stove and Not-So-Frugal Parrot

A Broken Cooktop Stove and Not-So-Frugal Parrot

October 18, 2010

Perhaps some of you wanted a pony when you were a little girl; I always wanted a parrot.  At the risk of sounding like I am 108 years old, I will tell you I loved the show Baretta and wished I could have a cockatoo like Fred.  My “Fred” came in the form of an [...]

How to Make Homemade Laundry Detergent

How to Make Homemade Laundry Detergent

October 15, 2010

Make your own laundry detergent and save money! We have a  thread in the Frugal Mom forum on how to make your own laundry detergent.  Thanks Pursuer and Marabeth for these recipes, as well as other Frugal Moms for sharing your ideas and insight! . . . From Pursuer: The Liquid Version 1/3 bar Fels [...]

Money Saving Products for a Frugal Lifestyle

Money Saving Products for a Frugal Lifestyle

August 27, 2010

As a frugal mom, I am always on the lookout for new and innovative ideas for saving money from home so I can share them with you, and help us all save money.  That is why I was thrilled when Practecol contacted me to review their new line of energy & money saving devices!  Practecol [...]

Tax Free Shopping

Tax Free Shopping

August 4, 2010

Tax free weekends are a great time to save money.  Not all states offer tax free shopping weekends, but for the ones that do, plan your purchases and save a lot of money!  And if you missed a tax free weekend in your state, mark your calendar for next year. According to the Federation of [...]

Are you Cooking Too Much Food?

Are you Cooking Too Much Food?

August 3, 2010

We are always looking for ways to cut back on our grocery store spending.  Many of us use coupons, we buy in bulk, and shop sales, but have you ever considered buying and cooking less food? According to the Obesity Action Coalition, 93 million Americans are obese, and low-income populations are more likely to be [...]

How to Make $1000.00 at Your Next Yard Sale

How to Make $1000.00 at Your Next Yard Sale

June 30, 2010

No, that’s not an error – you really can make $1000.00 at your next yard sale!  My friend Lydia has yard sales every year to raise money for various charities, and she has never made less than $1000.00.  Her two best yard sales have earned over $2000.00 each. If that seems unattainable to you, check [...]

4 Expert Tips to Save Money on Air Conditioning

4 Expert Tips to Save Money on Air Conditioning

May 28, 2010

Our downstairs A/C (heat pump) went out the night of a bad July thunderstorm.  The next morning we called our local Trane A/C repair company and they (thankfully) made it out here in only about 3 hours.  That was the good news.  The bad news was  the A/C compressor was burned out, probably from voltage [...]

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