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    Not peanut butter and jelly again!

    School is out already for some students. When the kids go back to school in the fall, the hot frugal discussions range from the cost of school supplies to school lunches. It’s understandable that some of the menu...

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    Are today’s youths coddled?

    We were at the park, and a young boy played with my kids for over an hour. I kept looking for any sign of a parent. He was alone. Within minutes, I knew way too much about...

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    Barbecues: Gas or charcoal

    With the summer months fast approaching many are turning their attention to preparing for the much anticipated warm weather. For many the warm weather means lots of barbecues but before enjoying the outdoor food you must make...

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    It’s time to get dressed

    If you’re a stay-at-home mom, you might be familiar with the “mom uniform”: unwashed hair, no makeup, a sweatshirt and pajama bottoms. After all, you aren’t going anywhere; it’s comfortable; and it’s ideal for housework and childcare....

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    Set the standard for your family

    It can be difficult to get your family on board with frugality. You’re never going to convince everyone that it’s as wonderful as you think it is. If you practice frugality in ways that upset and cause...

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    Are warehouse clubs worth it?

    Pay a membership fee, buy in bulk, and save a ton of money. Not so fast, fellow frugalitarian. Warehouse clubs aren’t always the tightwad utopia they seem to be. I let my membership expire, and I don’t...

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    Use a price book to pay less

    Frugal folks are smart shoppers. Some keep price books to help them shop. It’s a notebook that contains item names, prices, unit sizes, unit prices, store names and dates. It helps shoppers compare prices on frequently bought...

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    Be a team to survive tough times

    Many of my readers are experiencing job loss. Most are women whose husbands have been laid off.

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    Easy homemade gift ideas

    As the school year winds down, activities seem to ramp up. You might need flowers for this occasion or a gift for another. Here’s a few homemade gift ideas that work well for any time of year....

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    Comfort Zone

    Are you on auto-pilot? Sometimes you get comfortable. You do what you do because it’s what you’ve been doing for a long time. Routines can offer security. You might blame time or money as being the reason...

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    Save space in tight quarters

    DEAR SARA: We purchased a new camper this year and have been camping twice with it. Fun! However, we are climbing over our clothes and different items every time we go in it, and I can’t stand...

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    Surprise mail for kids and more

    If you have kids or grandkids, you know how all of their crafty little supplies can get messy to cart around. I like the first tip for organizing supplies and projects. I’m a fan of story sacks...