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  1. Family Life
    A no-spend month is a fantastic way to assess and change spending habits, plus add extra padding to your savings account. I admittedly enjoy spending money; it can become a problem. At times throughout the year, my husband and I find that we need to step back, reassess our spending, and add...
  2. Family Life
    By Frugal Village Life is expensive; there is no way around it. Though prices rise with each passing year, your income may not and, if you have a family to care for, you may find yourself struggling to make ends meet. Creating and following a budget is the first step in making your finances...
  3. Family Life
    November is right around the corner, and before the snow starts fallng, this is the perfect time to get your home ready to keep out the cold this winter. Living on a budget, for me, means living seasonally. I buy the fresh produce that's in season, because it costs less. My wet laundry goes on...
  4. Family Life
    Looking for a sustainable strategy to make your small house seem larger than it really is? Here are five tips to re-organizing a modest abode. Like many families, our three-bedroom home only seems to shrink as our children grow. When we moved here seven years ago, we had two toddlers and have...
  5. Family Life
      I don't just want my children to love the gifts they get at Christmas. I want them to enjoy the spirit of the season, enjoy time with their family, and have some memories that last longer than opening a present. Over the years there have been a few things that we have been able to do no...
  6. Family Life
    Working from home is always an exercise in setting healthy boundaries, with and without also being a mom and a housewife. There are definitely pros and cons to working from home with a six-year-old. When I made the decision to have my daughter at home this summer, I had visions of her...
  7. Family Life
    aussiegall Flickr photostream CC by 2.0 Frenzied sales on Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become holiday shopping traditions. Both are about grabbing up deals before someone else gets them. Not much about the spirit of giving. Not fun either. There are alternatives. They offer the...
  8. Family Life
    When I was in my twenties I used credit cards to pay for almost everything. The convenience! No jangling change in your pocket! No waiting to save before you buy! In those days with only one mouth to feed (I was skinnier back then) and a job in corporate philanthropy, I almost always managed...
  9. Family Life
    Thank you to Rachel Jonat from Minimalist Mom for this guest post. This is part two of three posts on minimalist living. Read post one. Stay tuned for the third post from Rachel and check out her site for even more great information. If you're thinking about paring down your possessions, or...
  10. Family Life
    Thank you to Rachel Jonat from Minimalist Mom for this guest post. This is part one of three posts on minimalist living. Read post two. Stay tuned for more posts from Rachel and check out her site for even more great information. When my son was 10 months old, when the shock of motherhood had...
  11. Green Goods
    I have three tips for you today. 1. Trader Joe's "Joe's Dark" coffee is only $3.50 per canister, and it totally works for me. Previously, Coffee Snob Moi was enjoying the very delicious Weaver's organic coffees for around $13/lb., but I have just shifted into turbo thrifty mode, and...
  12. Family Life
    What are your top go-to pantry meals? (A pantry meal is something you make up out of what's sitting around in your pantry, freezer, fridge-when you are about due to go food shopping but want to put it off for one more day-or you're broke (me, today, actually)-or you just want to USE the food...
  13. Family Life
      This list is a work in progress! I hope this will be a great resource for new and old members alike.  ENERGY STAR Home Energy Yardstick  Renewable energy incentives in your state 2009 Federal energy tax credits Low income weatherization programs Debt-Proof Living  Get Rich Slowly...
  14. Family Life
    My single motherhood came to me as the biggest, most shocking, life-altering, amazing, unfathomable surprise I have ever been dealt. I am a single mother, but not in the way that some women are- I wasn't married with a career, then divorced & now sharing custody, nor did I choose the way that...
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