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  1. Vacations and Travel
    Don't have the money or want to spend the money traveling for a vacation? There's lots of free and frugal entertainment to be found in many places!!! Investigate your local options. - Bowling - If you go on Sunday mornings before noon, the games are usually $1-2 each in my area. Sometimes...
  2. Christmas
    I can't believe that I'm the only one who has one or two especially difficult people to find gifts for. Thought his thread might be a place where everyone could contribute ideas...
  3. Lifestyle challenges
    I was looking through old challenges and found one started by Homestead Mamma back in 2008 regarding getting back to the basics. I would like to start a similar thread here. While I am primarily challenging myself I would love to see what others might be challenging themselves to do. We will...
  4. Vacations and Travel
    We are going to NH for vacation in June and want to take a day trip to Boston. I would like to take a walking tour along the Freedom Trail, but how can you tell what a good company is? There are so many and the prices vary widely. Also, what else would be good for a family of 6? Are there...
  5. Holidays-Special Occasions-Celebrations
    **The birthday get-together is on Wednesday, and I need really need ideas now!! Please keep reading!!** My Dad turned 60 near the end of April, but he and my mom were away (visiting family from afar) on the actual date. I wanted to do something to celebrate, so I talked to my aunt (his only...
  6. Homesteading and gardening
    I have an area I want to try and grow some vegetables in. The area is covered with grass. Last year I hired a man to turn the soil with his tractor. He turned the soil and never came back to finish the job. So I left it. Now this year, the area has losts of grass and it is hilly...lumpy. I...
  7. General Chat
    I have no idea on how to get my boyfriends 10 year old son to stop leaving lights on in the house. When it is even daytime he turns on the hall light to the stairs to go to his room and will also turn on his bedroom lamp, t.v to play his games and then leave his room to go outside or even...
  8. General Chat
    My 18 yearold has taken a lunch to school for the last 2 years and today he was saying I'm really getting sick of sandwiches. Anyone have any ideas of what else I could do as he takes a lunch daily because once he graduates he starts work full time (so glad his boss wants him full time).
  9. General Chat
    My daughter is in a school musical and I volunteered to bring some finger foods. It can't be messy because the kids are gonna grab and snack. I don't want to go with a fruit or vegetable tray. I'm not sure what to do.
  10. Homesteading and gardening
    My deck abuts my back of my house and I would like to put a couple of hanging wall planters with flowers on that wall. Anyone have any suggestions for hanging plants on a wall?
  11. General Chat
    my bff is not frugal at all... we fight over it... ok her husband and she are fighting because they are behind on bills..well they always are...they are paying his daddys bills he is 76 and his girlfriend wastes his money...his kids 3 adult children cell phones over 400 a month... so this is a...
  12. Homesteading and gardening
    I have the lids to some huge containers that I use for planting potatoes. I don't have any idea what to do with all these lids. I want to use them for something. So....I was wondering if I can grow something in the lids. Maybe a few drainage holes?? I can put some soil in the lid and possibly...
  13. Frugal Recipes, Leftovers, Budget Meals
    I'd love to hear some spring salad ideas that everyone finds to be economical, regardless of the country you live in. We're firing up the grill this week and I would LOVE to hear some ideas on what to serve with items like burgers, grilled meats like chicken and pork, etc. :) I know about...
  14. Simple Living
    I work from 7:30 - 6pm then straight to dd's dance classes weeknights, and competitions on the weekends. Looking for simple living ideas. I'm feeling very overwhelmed. DH is basically no help. That is a whole other issue that I'm thinking about. Having trouble playing catch up with...
  15. Kitchen Basics
    We have taken to making our snacks and treats at home from scratch. My first question is to figure out if I am saving money--so how do I calculate cost per serving. Some of my ingredients I have had around for several months and I don't remember what I paid. All the cooking shows that center...
  16. General Chat
    I love the clumping scoopable litter but I'm sick of the cost. I like tidy cat because it is good at odor control, cheaper store brands don't keep the odor down even though I scoop daily with two cats. Any one found good alternatives or cheap brand you like?
  17. General Chat
    Our local grocery store has had a killer deal on cat litter lately and we've been literally buying it by the dozens. Cat Litter Odor Control: Premium Scoop from TIDY CATS® So now we have all these jugs of litter. I'm trying to come up with ideas for how to re-use the jugs, because I hate to...
  18. Home Environment
    Lately I feel like I living in an episode of Hoarders - Buried Alive. Those of you who know me will understand how far out of character that is. I'm usually the extreme minimalist; my idea of the perfect decor looks something like this: (yes, that's an empty white space ;)) Now that...
  19. Kitchen Basics
    I'm on the hook for a potluck dessert for next weekend. It needs to be finger food and not messy. It's for a dance recital and we're all going to be standing around in gowns. It also needs to be cheap and easy. My energy levels are low right now and I'm not spending hours rolling out cookies...
  20. General Chat
    Did you (or do your children) have funny ideas about money? When I was little, I always went with my mom to the supermarket, and she always wrote a check. I thought that that was all she had to do. (I didn't realize that there had to be money in a bank account.) So whenever she would say...
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