Homemade Laundry Detergent

Posted by idawrites on January 9, 2009 in Chores, DIY, Frugal, homemade |

Several weeks ago, I highlighted a series of articles about homemade laundry detergent from my friends Kris and Whit. Since they raved about the fabulous results, I decided to give it a try myself. I’ve always been fascinated by being a “do it yourselfer”. In the past, I’ve thought “wow, it would be so great […]


What happens to your relationships when you make major life changes?

Posted by idawrites on January 7, 2009 in Children, Family, Frugal, Money |

Since starting this blog in its initial incarnation “Tales From The Road Less Traveled”, my life has made many major shifts. Our income has dropped by 65%. We’ve started a company… considered folding a company… and got our footing with the company again. Half of our child support obligations ended when Heather turned 18. My paycheck […]


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 […]


Millionaire Never Earned Over $11 an Hour

Posted by idawrites on December 18, 2008 in Frugal, Interview, Money |

Stories like this one always fill me with mixed emotions.  On the one hand, I wish I had so much discipline.  On the other hand, I am really ok with not living quite such a sedate life. What do you think?  Share your comments below.


Clean Clothes On The Cheap

Posted by idawrites on December 15, 2008 in Chores, Frugal, Frugal Tips, Going Green, Recipes |

I haven’t seen too many good deals on laundry detergent recently, and I NEVER find deals that excite me on fabric softener. With frugal laundry supplies a little difficult to come by, I got pretty excited when I found a series of articles about homemade laundry detergent and fabric softener from our friends over at […]


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. […]


Frozen Assets, Ida Style

Posted by idawrites on October 30, 2008 in Cooking, Food, Frugal |

You may remember that I mentioned getting the book Frozen Assets last month. I love the concept. I’ve taken the author’s suggestions and modified the style to suit our needs. I don’t take an entire day for cooking for the month, or even the week. But I am slowly working up to a freezer with […]


Frugal Halloween Party Tips

Posted by idawrites on October 28, 2008 in Frugal, Frugal Tips |

Mark and I threw our Annual Halloween Party on Saturday. WHEW was that a huge feat. Since this was our first big party since we started our lifestyle shift to more frugal living, this was the first time I’ve reflected on just how much money we threw into entertaining. In past years, we’ve spent tons […]


Save Money On Heating Your Home

Posted by idawrites on October 22, 2008 in Frugal, Frugal Tips, Gas |

It’s that time of year again, for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere. The weather is turning colder. As I sit here in my office, with my space heater … and my massaging foot warmer … and my sweater … and my hot tea, you’d think I was in the Arctic. But, I’m in […]


Fast Cheap and Easy Food

Posted by idawrites on October 14, 2008 in Family, Food, Frugal |

Sometimes, food just has to be convenient. Taco Bell has their Family Pack of 10 tacos or bean burritos, in any combination you prefer, for $7.90. Arby’s often runs their 5 for $5.95 deal, which means that each of us could get 1 roast beef sandwich and 1 order of curly fries for $11.90. Still […]

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