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Frugal Thanksgiving: Make Due or Don’t Make It At All

Posted by idawrites on November 25, 2009 in Cooking, Food, Frugal Tips, Spending |

It’s going to happen. You know it is. You’re going to be up to your elbows in cooking dinner tomorrow and realize you forgot that key ingredient to a dish on your menu. Ut oh! Time to send someone on  a mad dash to the corner store, Wal-Mart, or whatever is open on Thanksgiving day. […]

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Ingredient Substitutions List

Posted by idawrites on November 20, 2009 in Cooking, Food, Frugal Tips |

Next week, most of us are going to be on an insane cooking spree. In spite of the best laid plans, I suspect that we’re all going to forget SOMETHING on the grocery list. We can often avoid the emergency run to the corner store for some random (OVERPRICED) thing we forgot by just knowing […]

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Age Old Grocery Debate – Generic or Name Brand

Posted by idawrites on November 19, 2009 in Coupons, Food, Shopping |

I was spending some quality time on twitter this morning… or catching up on my distractions (tomato tomahto)… when I spotted a link to this interesting YouTube video, posted by Elizabeth of Table for Five. Every once in a while, the Generic Vs. Name Brand debate kicks up and makes the rounds on the ‘net. […]

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Life handed me rotten apples!

Posted by idawrites on October 30, 2009 in Cooking, Food, Frugal |

Lessons learned from a bag of rotting apples: I’m a very goal oriented person.  I LOVE having a list of goals.  I make lists.  LOTS and LOTS of lists.  Lists of  things I’d like to do… places I’d like to go…  even 1, 3, and 5 year plans.  As a matter of fact, I get […]

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You’re Not Frugal Enough ~ And You’re Killing The Planet!

Posted by idawrites on September 16, 2009 in Coupons, Finance, Food, Frugal |

I read a LOT of blogs about frugality. Even more than the blogs, I read the comments on frugality blogs. What I have learned from these comments is this: No matter how much you improve your habits… no matter how great the information you share… no matter how many changes you make to reduce your […]

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Is Weight Watchers Frugal?

Posted by idawrites on July 28, 2009 in Food, Frugal, Health |

Yesterday,  my Dear Hubby and I tested the waters and attended a Weight Watchers meeting for the first time ever. I’ve been heavy my entire life, with the exception of that one glorious year when I was 15/16 and was a perfect Size 8. I’ve tried every diet under the sun, and some of them […]

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Finance Lessons from Gardening

Posted by idawrites on March 19, 2009 in Finance, Food, Gardening |

So, I’ve embarked on another attempt at Square Foot Gardening. Last July, I shared a post about the challenges of square foot gardening. All in all, last year’s garden wasn’t much of a success. Of course, the challenges I had were more symptoms than the real problem. So, where did my gardening go wrong? Too […]

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10 Tips for a Great Family Game Night

Posted by idawrites on January 22, 2009 in Children, Family, Food, Frugal Tips |

We love to have Family Game Night. It’s a great chance for us to laugh, talk, and reconnect with our kids. Here are some of the things we’ve learned about having a successful, fun family game night. Invite any local family and friends who would be fun participants. The more friends and family who participate, […]

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Frugal Last Minute Gift Ideas

Posted by idawrites on December 22, 2008 in Food, Frugal, Gifts |

There are a hundred reasons to wait until the last minute to shop for Christmas gifts.   Were you waiting for your Christmas bonus to come (or did you count on one that didn’t come)?  Needed to get that one last paycheck under your belt?  Waiting for the best sales on the day before? Whatever the […]

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Name Brand Versus Generic

Posted by idawrites on October 31, 2008 in Cooking, Food, Frugal |

I learned an expensive lesson over the last week. Some Store Brands are NOT as good as Name Brands. Growing up in a house that only used Dollar General Store brand toilet paper, I learned fairly early that there were SOME generics that just didn’t stack up. This week, I learned a whole new lesson. […]

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