Five Frugal Things

I sold a vintage Descoware saucepan on eBay that I’d picked up at Goodwill awhile back. I bought it for $6.99 and sold it for $39.99, so that’s a nice chunk of free money. I even arranged for a free porch pickup through USPS to save an errand to the post office ....more

Five Frugal Things

After writing that I was happy to not spend the night at work due to inclement weather, I did end up spending the night at the hospital due to a forecasted ice storm. This one took me by surprise, so I didn’t have the forethought to pack up toiletries and the like. Luckily, I was able to scrounge for food, beg a $5 food voucher off my charge nurse and sleep in an empty patient room ....more

Five Frugal Things

Those of us in endlessly icy Portland have...more

Five Frugal Things

I remembered that I had a nice Gap boy’s coat that I’d picked up last summer as a garage sale leftovers freebie. New ones sell for up to $105, so I listed mine for $20 and hope to do a quick turnaround thanks to...more

Five Frugal Things

I’ve had a crazy couple of days, as Portland was gifted with...more

Five Frugal Things

After a weekend of iced over roads, I finally drove my younger son back to college. He had to switch dorm rooms, which unfortunately means he’s now in a teeny tiny room as opposed to the 3-person room that he’d been sharing with a single...more

Five Frugal Things

My husband I accidentally both defrosted some nice roast beef, so I decided to serve French dip for dinner. Unfortunately we were out of yeast, so I texted my friend/neighbor Lise to ask if she had some I could borrow. I normally pay $6 for a 2-lb bag of yeast from Costco, so it’s financially painful to fork out the bucks for...more

Could You Do a No Buy January?

This blog post first appeared over at ClarkHoward.com. January 1st is...more

Eight Frugal Things – Birthday Edition

Yesterday was my 49th birthday, which prompted my family of four to brave the cold and wind for my Birthday Day of Adventures. We’re laughably broke since we just paid $15,500 for our sons’ winter college tuition/room/board, so our day had a very specific theme of: Fun, but cheap. Really cheap ....more

The Found Change Challenge Total For 2016 Was . . .

Every year I save found change in a jar to pour into my credit union’s free coin counting machine. I call it The Found Change Challenge. Some years have been as high as $56.54, (which was skewed by finding a twenty dollar bill on the ground in front of The Whitney Museum, causing me to annoy those around me by repeatedly saying “I’ve recently come into some money.”)...more
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