Powerless: A Lesson In Preparing for the Unexpected

At 2:30 yesterday afternoon we had nearly 70 mph straight line winds. They flattened fields of corn, bent billboard supports in half, and snapped power lines.  Like a giant, invisible hand, the storm sent an aging power pole up the street from my house to wherever it is that power poles go when they die.  Literally minutes … Read morePowerless: A Lesson In Preparing for the Unexpected

Reduce Stress when You Practice Free and Easy Self-care

Being stuck inside 24/7 is taking an emotional toll on us all. Sheltering at home may have started with a sense of anticipation of more time to enjoy family, hobbies, reading, catching up on household projects. However, after a few weeks all that time together is beginning to fray nerves. Finding balance will be essential … Read moreReduce Stress when You Practice Free and Easy Self-care

My New Challenge: Once A Month Grocery Shopping

Drum roll, please! I have challenged myself to wait 28 days before my next grocery shopping trip. That’s right! I want to test the waters of once-a-month grocery shopping. Over the years, I’ve stretched the amount of time between grocery visits and found that it really does save me money. However, even for me, an … Read moreMy New Challenge: Once A Month Grocery Shopping

5 Reasons the Frugal Fare Well in a Recession

Ever since the 2008 recession, I’ve heard rumblings of another economic downturn, coming soon. While experts pontificate on when and how it will happen, those of us who have lived a life of consistent frugality are preparing in a little different manner. If you are concerned or just want to throw up your hands in … Read more5 Reasons the Frugal Fare Well in a Recession

Winter Break: 20 Days of FREE Family Fun!

School’s out for a few weeks and your kids are ready for some fun! Today, let’s talk about how to keep them busy and enjoy some family togetherness without breaking the bank. Day #1:  Bake Cookies.   Nothing is better for bonding than cooking together. Decorate your baked creations with colored frosting after they cool. … Read moreWinter Break: 20 Days of FREE Family Fun!

6 TIPS FOR CHRISTMAS DECORATING ON A BUDGET

I love looking at elegant photos in magazines of the way that other people decorate their homes for the holidays. Although, I have to admit to myself that my abode has fallen short of Better Homes and Gardens status, I also believe that when it comes to decorating, there are a LOT of hacks for … Read more6 TIPS FOR CHRISTMAS DECORATING ON A BUDGET