Five Frugal Things

I broke the handle off this Fiestaware sugar bowl a few years ago, and then pushed it to the back of the cupboard with full intent to glue it back together. (Since it was a clean break, I knew that a tiny bit of epoxy glue would bring it back to life.) One barrier to the project was that the bowl would need to stand on its side while the glue dried, despite the second intact handle. But then I realized that the super crappy rice that I keep on hand for drying out electronics would work perfectly for the job ....more

Better Than Before: Mastering The Habits of Our Daily Life — A Pre-Review

My review copy of Gretchen Rubin’s Better Than Before came in yesterday’s mail, and despite having a busy day on my plate, I did carve out some time to start the book. Although I’m only 12 pages into the book so far, it’s already started...more

When is it Worth it to Stock Up?

The following is a reprint of a previously published post. Enjoy! One of the basic tenets of frugality is to stock up on needed items when they’re on sale/cheap and then...more

Five Frugal Things

I took advantage of Fred Meyer’s sale on Tillamook cheese this week. Even though the coupon had a buy-two limit, I was able to stop in four times while out and about. $4.99 for a two-lb loaf is a great deal, plus I stocked up on white cheddar and colby jack, which rarely go on sale ....more

Treating Myself on a Limited Budget

Since I write about frugality, the subject matter can...more

Goodwill, Badwill, Questionable-will

Because I do The Compact and choose to only buy used, thrift shops are my go-to resource. I hit them up...more

Five Frugal Things

I stopped into The Grocery Outlet yesterday while my son was having his Japanese tutoring, as they’re in the same neighborhood. (I batch errands whenever possible!) I didn’t spend enough money to use one of my $3-off-$25 coupons, although I did fill 2-1/2 bags with 3/$1 Tillamook yogurts, frozen pierogis, bananas, red potatoes, jam, avocados, tomatoes, sour cream, tamales and 99¢ kielbasa. I then...more

Today I Am . . .

Today I am ...more

Five Frugal Things

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