Category Archive for: ‘Home & family’

Five Tips for Simplifying Life as a Single Parent

Five Tips for Simplifying Life as a Single Parent

Being a single parent is anything but easy. Even if you have a supportive network of family and friends, you may still feel as though you are being stretched so thin you are just moments away from breaking. One of the biggest concerns single parents have is that their lives are just too complicated. Fortunately, there are some easy tips …

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Putting Your Garden to Bed: Fall Tips for Perennials in the Landscape

Putting Your Garden to Bed: Fall Tips for Perennials in the Landscape

Fall gardening is all about making your plants stronger for next spring – for getting your garden ready to grow when winter’s finally over. For the best-looking spring perennial garden, you can’t just drop leaves over the flower beds and wait until the spring thaw. This is the time to safely tuck your plants into bed, making them ready to …

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Cutting the Cord

Cutting the Cord

You’re sick of paying fistfuls of your hard-earned cash just to watch cable television every month, but you don’t want to miss out on the entertainment of TV altogether. More and more people are ditching their cable subscriptions and cutting the cord in favor of high-tech options that save money by paying to see what they want when they want …

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Thrifty Tips On How To Save Money In Your Dog-Friendly Household

Thrifty Tips On How To Save Money In Your Dog-Friendly Household

Dog owners know that raising a dog can be expensive. But there are many ways that you can cut costs without sacrificing your dog’s health or happiness (not to mention your paycheck). Here are eight ways to reduce your expenses: Make Your Own Treats. Not only can you make healthy, homemade treats cheaper than the designer store-bought ones, you can …

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School Shopping on a Shoestring

School Shopping on a Shoestring

As a kid, there’s nothing more exciting than school shopping – as an adult with a tight budget, school shopping is often a time of dread. The National Retail Foundation found that parents of children in grades K-12 spent an average of $669.28 on back-to-school supplies in 2014 – a figure high enough to make you weak in the knees. …

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13 Inexpensive Ways to Have Fun This Summer

13 Inexpensive Ways to Have Fun This Summer

Summer is in full swing, so you’re probably looking for fun, frugal activities for you and your children to do together. Or you might be out of school for the summer and looking to spend time with your friends on a tight budget. Whatever your situation, the following tips will help you have a fantastic summer and create memories without …

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Not peanut butter and jelly again!

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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 items available for our children aren’t the most nutritious, so let’s remember that we have a choice and plan ahead. You can pack a …

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Are today’s youths coddled?

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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 him. It bothered me, yet I remember similar freedom when I was a kid. My youngest kids haven’t even taken a bike ride …

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Barbecues: Gas or charcoal

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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 the decision of whether to buy a gas barbecue or a charcoal barbecue. Both options have their plus points and their negative points …

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It’s time to get dressed

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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. I understand, because I’ve been there. Once, I was brushing my hair and applying cosmetics, and my daughter asked me where I was …

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Set the standard for your family

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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 resentment, such as a family rule that everyone has to use less shampoo or drink diluted juice, it may cause increased resistance to …

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Warm up your space with houseplants

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Winter is my favorite time of year. The days are shorter and home is where I want to be. With the cold temperatures, I embellish my home with comfortable items that make each room feel cozy, such as books, handmade afghans, oversize chenille pillows, oil lamps and natural materials, such as pine cones, gourds, dried flowers, Indian corn and apples. …

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