How grocery shopping more often is saving me money

It all started with a broken fridge. Last year, my refrigerator suddenly refused to keep anything cold. It took 5 visits from a repairman to figure out (is it just me, or are fancy appliances just not worth it?) how to fix it. A broken fridge with a family of 9 people who eat 3 meals a day … [Continue reading]

Five Frugal Things

I typically buy Starbucks coffee at around $7 for a 12 ounce package, but recently I've been working on lowering my grocery spending. I decided to buy ALDI's Fair Trade certified coffee at half that price. I like it! I buy 2 packages of coffee each week, so that's an easy way to save $28 a … [Continue reading]

Use it or lose it: homeschool math and summer learning

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Our neighborhood pool opened today, meaning that summer has officially begun in our home school. Our plan in recent years has been to do a very … [Continue reading]

That baby the Doctor said to get rid of…

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  Here's a recent photo of that baby the Neonatologist encouraged me to "terminate". Guess I made the right call. … [Continue reading]

Frugal Summer Fun

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This summer my family is working on a goal: we're saving up a down payment for a home. So I've been flexing my old frugal muscles and trying to … [Continue reading]

Five Frugal Things

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Joining up with frugal and fabulous bloggers The Frugal Girl and The Non-Consumer Advocate to share Five Frugal Things I've done recently. 1) … [Continue reading]

Recent Reads, perimenopause version

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It's going to look like I did very little reading this month, when the truth is I did a ton. To be fair, I mostly skimmed several books on the … [Continue reading]

Scam week at the Willard house

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It's an odd coincidence that after my last post about finances, the scammers decided to target our family. My husband called in the middle of a … [Continue reading]

shame of the middle class (and why teach kids about money)

By now you may have read either the original Atlantic article on The Secret Shame of Middle-Class Americans, or read a response to it. The article … [Continue reading]

Um, this is cooler than I thought.

I was digging around at the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle site yesterday, downloading more of my goodies, when I noticed something I missed before: The … [Continue reading]