Is it still being cheap if it isn’t about the money?

Posted by idawrites on March 22, 2011 in Children, Frugal |

My husband officially thinks I’ve gone “Too Far” on my quest to save a buck. And really, if it was to save money, I’d have to agree. But this time, my skinflint ways are not about money at all. Two days ago, Sierra (who is now 15) came to me to tell me that her […]


Frugal or Homemade Christmas and Hanukkah Ideas

Posted by idawrites on November 27, 2009 in Family, Frugal, homemade |

This is officially my favorite time of year!!!!! I love the baking and the family time and the carols! I love the sappy movies and even sappier commercials on TV. I love the excitement of the children. The holidays mean family to me… and this year will be no different. To get us started on […]


Frugal Fashion Friday ~ Sinfully Fashionable

Posted by idawrites on November 13, 2009 in Frugal, Guest Post, Shopping |

This edition of Frugal Fashion Friday was written by my friend Sara Colvin.  When she offered to write this article for me, I was ecstatic. Sara is not only gorgeous, but talented. Her home sewn Halloween costume was EPIC. I’m convinced she could make a burlap sack look stylish. Thanks for the article Sara! I’m […]


Frugal Women Aren’t Normal

Posted by idawrites on November 3, 2009 in Frugal, Gifts |

That’s right.  I said it.  We’re just plain weird. Frugal women just don’t view gift giving the same way the rest of the world does… much to the confusion of our men. Don’t get me wrong.  Frugal women enjoy nice things. We like to dress up, look good, and feel appreciated and cared for. We […]


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 […]


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 […]


Cheap Girls Getaway

Posted by idawrites on August 3, 2009 in Frugal, Money, Vacation |

A few months ago, my girlfriends and I decided that we needed to get away for a Girls Only Weekend.  Of course, finances being tight for all of us, we couldn’t just run out and book one of those Girlfriends Getaway packages that are all over the ‘net these days. Where We Stayed: One of my […]


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 […]


I’m turning into my grandmother

Posted by idawrites on June 10, 2009 in All Moms, Children, Frugal |

I morphed into my grandmother yesterday, right before my children’s eyes. I could hear the words coming out of my mouth as if they were coming from another person. There was section of my brain thinking: “Well, this is an interesting turn of events. Didn’t you very loudly declare you weren’t going to be just […]


One Year and a Thousand Miles on The Road Less Traveled

Posted by idawrites on January 20, 2009 in Frugal, Frugal Tips, Goals, Money |

There is a rash of them this week… “1st Blogoversaries” that is. Today is mine. I suspect that getting a grip on finances is a huge New Year’s Resolution that started the personal finance blogs this week last year. That wasn’t the case for me. It was just time. I’m not where I thought I’d […]

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