Is Credit Card Debt your Ghost of Christmas Past?

Posted by idawrites on December 14, 2009 in Christmas, Debt, Gifts |

Here we are again, 10 days until Christmas. You’re filled with stress and dread. It’s not like you just have money to toss around. What you DO have is an arm long list of people counting on you to deliver on the 25th. Every single time you think about cutting back this Christmas, you get […]


What’s on your shopping list?

Posted by idawrites on November 24, 2009 in Children, Christmas List, Gifts |

A few weeks ago, trying to get a jump on the season, I asked all of the children for their Christmas gift wish lists. I’m always astounded in the LITTLE ways that our children show their differences. 13 year old Sierra immediately left the room, went to her sister’s book case, pulled down a book and […]


9 Tips to Keep You Sane During the Holidays

Posted by idawrites on November 10, 2009 in Christmas List, Family, Frugal Tips, Gifts |

The next two months are the most hectic months of our year.  Somebody hit the panic button!!! It’s 2 weeks until Thanksgiving. That means it’s only 6 weeks until Christmas! If you’re thinking: OH NO!!! SO MUCH TO DO! SO MUCH TO BUY! HOW WILL I EVER GET IT ALL DONE? Stop. Breathe. Read. Between […]


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 […]


Hannah’s Socks – A Call to Action from Mom Central

Posted by idawrites on October 28, 2009 in Charity, Gifts, Poverty |

You may have figured out that I’m sort of a Cause-Driven kind of woman.  I love to help where I can.  This is just one of those movements that I can fully support.  No money, just socks! Hannah’s Socks Holiday Sock Drive Sometimes a charity comes along that started with a truly inspirational story, such […]


Priceless Valentine’s Day

Posted by idawrites on February 6, 2009 in Frugal Tips, Gifts, homemade |

Are you planning a Priceless Valentine’s Day?  Focusing on the memories instead of the buying spree?  I am! For Valentine’s Day last year, my hubby and I had a very romantic picnic in our bedroom floor. I surprised him with a Mix Tape (ok, iTunes playlist… but still). Instead of just pulling out all of […]


No More Sharing With Strangers

Posted by idawrites on December 23, 2008 in Coupons, Gifts, Shopping |

Have you ever had one of those encounters with another person that leaves you shaking your head as you walk away? I had one recently that blew my mind. I went to Walgreens yesterday, on my way home from work, to pick up the advertised DeMet’s Turtles (mmmm caramel!). They are on sale for $.99 […]


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 […]


Forgotten Goodies

Posted by idawrites on December 11, 2008 in cvs, Gifts, Shopping |

I’m thinking that my stockpile of goodies needs to be a little more closely tracked. Since the week after Christmas last year, I’ve been gathering things a bit at a time for gifting. I picked up a few things on insanely cheap clearance at Wal-Mart. I’ve received new items in the mail such as books […]

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