Tag: Frugality

Socks and computer stuff (two great posts rolled into one!)

Socks and computer stuff (two great posts rolled into one!)

As I mentioned last week, socks get eaten here. It is also cold, not getting above 30 degrees all week. I decided to go sock hunting. We are fans of thick socks, which cost more. A little online sleuthing netted me a deal! I perused the clearance bin and found […]

Organization and saving money

Organization and saving money

I am learning the hard way how expensive disorganization can be. Last year (sometime) we discovered that a camera cannot go through the washing machine and come out functional. It just doesn’t happen. So, when a camera is left in a pocket and that pocket endures the heat, agitation, and […]

Grocery day

Grocery day

We are trying to bring the grocery bill down. Last week we did a really big shop, so this week it was more fill in. We stayed in town and only hit three stores-the IGA, Safeway, and Dollar Tree. The Dude and I both went through our Safeway Just 4 […]

Musings on poverty

Musings on poverty

I have been thinking about American perceptions of poverty. We value it and we despise it We watch movies about the poor at Christmas, and the Christmas story is based on a poor family whose child was born in a barn. We watch, we listen, we sigh, and we go […]

Saving at the grocery store

Saving at the grocery store

We are trying to bring down one of the biggest costs in our household: the grocery bill. I think the only thing higher is our rent. We have three teen and preteen boys in the house, and they can eat. We try to choose healthy, and we do eat dairy […]

Changes afoot

Changes afoot

I decided to invest in an espresso maker with steam jet. We have one of these: But I like frothy creamy drinks. So, we went trawling the thrifts and I found one like this: I paid $8 for it, which was a little more than I wanted to spend, but […]

Let’s review

Let’s review

So, the school year got busy, we got lazy, and we fell off the wagon. One goal was to pay down the credit cards. Thanks to some Christmas splurges and some medical bills, we now have about $4000 in credit card debt, up from $3000 in September. We have a […]

weeks 10-13

weeks 10-13

Hello, Starting school got me off blogging for a bit. It has been a pretty rough month. Usually by the time school starts, we are okay but not great money wise. This year, we were skidding. The Dude didn’t work for a few months at the beginning of the year, […]

Week 9

Week 9

On week 9, we finished our time in Glacier and returned home. I am a bit shame-faced, but the week is over and kind of a blur, so I will declare it a no-spend week 🙂 I know we got back Wednesday night very late and then kind of hung […]

Week 7

Week 7

An important rule was tested this week. The Dude needed a new rubber spatula for the camp box, as the one we had disappeared. So he ventured into the local thrift store ALONE!! He got a spatula, even though we do have one at home that could serve double duty. […]