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


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


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


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


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


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]