Cultivating a Creative Mindset

The weather here in Portland made a sudden and not necessarily welcome switch over to autumn...more

The Frugal Practice of Home Haircuts

Home haircuts have been a staple of frugal family life since broke people started growing hair. I cut my sons’ hair until middle-school, when they started wanting specific cuts; and I’ve been cutting my husband’s hair since...more

Arranging Books by Color

Remember when I spent all that time styling my living room shelves? Yeah it wasn’t for me ....more

And The Inoffensive Decorator Comes Out of Retirement!

Living in a 100-year-old fixer upper means we never run out of home improvement projects. Some have that HGTV wow factor, while others simply keep the house from looking like it’s inhabited by busy people without a budget for the fun stuff. And when our projects veer away from brag-worthy to meh ....more

Today I Am . . .

Today I am ...more

Dutch Tulip Fever — It’s a Pandemic!

I’ve written before about...more

Five Frugal Things

My former coworker brought zucchini to work for me, and my family has since feasted on zucchini pizza, zucchini brownies and straightforward sautéed zucchini. (My 16-year-old son was extremely doubtful about the brownies, and even yelled out to his father to “watch out, it’s a trap!” when I tried to get my husband to unknowingly try a brownie.) I saw a dollar bill on the ground at the grocery store today and asked the women standing over it if she’d dropped the money. She answered that she knew it wasn’t hers and handed it to me to keep ....more

Help A Reader — Baby Shower Ideas

My coworker Allison...more

Non-Consumer Mish-Mash

It’s time again for Non-Consumer Mish-Mash, where I write a little bit about this and a little bit about that. BPA-Free is Not Enough I don’t like drinking from plastic, even when it’s BPA-Free, and...more

Back to School Doesn’t Have to Mean Back to The Mall

American families are in the thick of back-to-school season. With page long school supply lists and an expectation from retailers to buy an entirely new wardrobe for the kids. Why? ...more