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April 17, 2018

The Case Buying Quality

I believe in quality over quantity. It saves you more money in the long run, last longer so you shop less and has some value when you donate or resell the item.

But we are obsessed with Fast Cheap Fashion and disposable cheap furniture. Neither retain their value and after their short life span they end up in the landfill.

March 22, 2018

The Purge Begins

Spring Cleaning is usually cleaning out and re-organizing drawers and closets, deep cleaning your living space, but especially kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms. It will be for us as well this year. But in addition to that aspect of Spring Cleaning, we’ve started purging some of our really good furniture, collectibles and art that we inherited or acquired.

We’re overloaded with trinkets, paintings and furniture that adds nothing to do our lives.

February 06, 2018

A Thoughtful Valentines Day

The word for Valentines Day is thoughtfulness. You don’t have to spend a gazillion bucks make your special someone feel special.

So here are some frugal ideas!

For All Romantics:
- Instead of giving flowers, give a “live” plant they can plant in their garden.
- Deliver one long stemmed, red rose everyday to their office for a week. Labor intensive… but a great way to get your point across!

January 18, 2018

Sticking to Your Resolutions

About this time in January, most of us have had missteps in our News Years Resolutions. This year I stuck to mine, mostly cause I made them 4 months ago.

Last Summer I promised myself to eat better with less Sugar and Carbs. I also promised myself to get my body strong again.  This wasn’t about weight loss, cause I’m slim. It was about health.

January 02, 2018

Starting Fresh in the New Year

Like many of you, our holidays tend to be busy with friends and family popping in, entertaining and general frivolity.

But Christmas is right on the heels of the busiest 3 months of the year, with extra long, stressful hours. We put off lots of daily office chores, errands, household and office needs or anything else that can be postponed. Our desks and offices are a mess with stacks of paper and we are exhausted.

July 19, 2017

The Deal Tease

As I’m sure you can imagine, I am signed up on nearly every discount / coupon /retail list there is.  It’s a barrage of never ending deals in my inbox everyday. I get 100’s of promotional emails with some deal being offered. Many are tempting, some much more than others. Many promotions are less than stellar and are just marketing gimmicks. Other promotions are jaw dropping.

February 09, 2017

More Valentines Ideas

Since time is well spent with someone you love…. Try on these fun and affordable outings!

November 03, 2016

Surviving the Holiday Season Part 1

During the Holiday season it’ easy to get stressed out with guest preparations, home prep, cooking and holiday shopping.

Like all of you, I get stressed out trying to balance it all. It is my busiest time of year. The most important aspect of lessening stress is staying organized and getting started early. Waiting till the last minute always ends up costing more.

May 02, 2016

Making Old New Again

When I was a kid, Spring was my mom’s favorite time of year. Beyond the beauty of nature and the good weather, she loved to come up with new ways to save.  There were always lots of good sales at the big department stores as well as some great warehouse and sample sales. But as a single, working mom, she had to be inventive, recycling some of our winter clothes to get us through the upcoming Summer months.

February 16, 2016

A Disposable World

In our disposable world, we tend throw stuff out before we repair or re-use it. 

Our grand parents and great grand parents didn’t do that. They repaired, saved and re-used items. But they didn’t have the technology growth we have had.  Everything can be recycled somehow.

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