[Frugal] Videos

Where we live, the weeds seem to grow as tall as the corn stalks.  That’s an exaggeration, but I really dislike weeding in our southern heat and humidity no matter how high the weeds get. Because of my dislike of weeding, it seems that the weeds get extra tall.

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This is one of my absolutely favorite “frugal” recipes.  With school starting soon, expenses have increased and frugal, simple meals like this one are great budget savers.  The best part is that children really seem to love this meal, especially with a salad and some fruit. 

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You’ve dreamed about the perfect wedding forever, but what you didn’t realize as a little girl was the cost involved in putting together that dream wedding. Traditionally, the bride’s parents covered the wedding costs, but not everyone can count on help from the folks. Particularly in today’s economy, people are pinching pennies in every way they can. You can still have a fabulous wedding ceremony and reception without spending a fortune. (more…)

It’s the end of the school year!  Many parents like to purchase a small gift for their child’s teacher as a “thank you” for all of their hard work during the year.  There are many ideas for gifts that don’t cost a lot of money or effort.  Read on for some ideas! (more…)

As a mom, I am always looking to stretch our budget as far as possible.  Because we live in a coastal area of a southern state, I associate the summer months with “hurricane season”.  Hurricane season officially begins on June 1st and lasts until September.

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Meatless meals are a great way to stretch your food budget.  They are also usually healthy for your family.  One of our favorite frugal meals is cabbage and noodles.  It takes a while to make the dish, but it is delicious, and also inexpensive.

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Even though the summer months will soon be upon us, I still make crock pot chili for my family every so often.  The recipe is easy to make, and somewhat inexpensive.  By purchasing ingredients on sale,  and using what I have on hand in our pantry, I can feed our family with this meal for under $10.

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Banana bread is a regular item on the menu at our house, mostly because my children love to eat bananas.  However, it seems like either I buy too many bananas, or they get overly ripe before we have a chance to eat them. Instead of throwing away the overly ripe bananas, we just make banana bread. It’s a frugal way to use up those bananas, it’s easy to make, and the kids love it.

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I’ve found that tub toys are a great way to keep kids amused during tub time.  You don’t have to spend a lot of money to find great toys to use in the tub though! (more…)

Easter will soon be upon us.  Along with Easter come new outfits for spring, a holiday dinner, and Easter baskets full of treats.  Of course, clothes and candy cost money!  How can you celebrate the holiday frugally?

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Last summer, because of high gas prices, we didn’t “vacation”.  This year,  we probably won’t vacation either. That doesn’t mean that we don’t have fun during the summer. (more…)

Today I got a call from a party store offering me a discount if I purchased $100 of party goods from their store.  My first thought was, “Wow, the economy must be bad if they are calling people to ask them to spend $100.”  My second thought was, “Wait, exactly how much money have I spent at this store that they think I’d even be able to drop $100 on party supplies?”  Just for the record, I don’t ever recall spending $100 on party supplies.

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One way to stretch your budget dollars is to “pass down” clothing.  In our case, I had 4 girls before I had my son.  Granted, not much of the clothing made it down to the fourth child, but I was able to pass quite a bunch of clothing down from older to younger children.  I’ve also passed down clothing between friends and family at our church.

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I seem to spend a lot of my time in the car going somewhere.  When we lived in a rural area, we had to make a 30 minute trip just to get groceries!  I felt like the car was a second home in those days.  Nowadays, we live in the city and everything is close by. However, I am court ordered to drive my children 800 miles one to two times a month to visit their father who lives in another state.  This means a LOT of time in the car.

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Have you been to your local library recently? 

During these difficult economic times, I’ve noticed that there are many more people checking out books than in years past. I guess people figured out that instead of buying books at the local bookstore, they could borrow the books from the library.  This is a great way to stretch your budget! 

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