Buying Prescriptions at Costco – How Much Can You REALLY Save?

Posted by idawrites on April 7, 2011 in Frugal Tips, Health, Prescription, Spending |

I’ve written a lot about my love affair with Publix. Their stores and sales matched with my coupons make me feel like a conqueror every time I hit the checkout line. Since we’re there at least once a week anyway, when it came to prescriptions we’ve just always gone to Publix. I mean… I’ve been […]


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. […]


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 […]


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 Fashion Friday

Posted by idawrites on November 6, 2009 in Frugal Tips, Guest Post, Shopping |

I have to admit, I know nothing about fashion. I don’t read the magazines. I don’t know what the “it” colors or fabrics are. I’m a comfort and warmth girl. Most of the time I manage to leave the house looking like an adult chose my clothes (although a rumpled adult) … on the days […]


Dragon*Con Weekend 2009! – Cheapskate Con Tips

Posted by idawrites on September 3, 2009 in Frugal Tips, Money, Spending, Vacation |

Last year, I shared that Mark and I LOVE to attend Science Fiction conventions.  However, any of you that attend fan type conventions know that it gets REALLY expensive REALLY fast.  While we aren’t Old Hat at this yet, this is our 5th convention (But FIRST Dragon*Con!!!) and we’ve learned about Convention Going on the […]


Don’t Waste Your Time On Should Haves

Posted by idawrites on August 28, 2009 in Decisions, Frugal Tips |

Yesterday, I revealed a dirty little secret. I am easily distracted. I was surprised to learn that most of my friends suffer from the exact same problem. Alicia calls it Information Overload and suspects that we’ll end up with a text book diagnosis before too long. Manually induced ADD. It’s coming. You read about it […]


I Wish I’d Known Then… Top 10 List

Posted by idawrites on July 23, 2009 in Debt, Frugal Tips, Money |

I was just reading an article on Forbes, titled What I’ve Learned: Once a broke student, now a CEO and it made me wonder.  What do I wish I’d known about money at 18, that I know now? There are SO many things!  Here’s my Top 10 List: Magic: The Gathering cards are NOT a […]


10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget

Posted by idawrites on May 27, 2009 in Book Review, Frugal Tips, Money |

I signed up a few weeks ago to review the book 10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget by The Writers of Wise Bread. The book arrived on my doorstep not even 2 full days later. Since then, I’ve been enjoying bite sized pieces of Wise Bread writings. (Look honey, your bad puns have […]


24 Work From Home Job Ideas

Posted by idawrites on April 20, 2009 in Frugal Tips, Jobs, Work From Home |

It’s pretty depressing to see how many of the people I know and love are out of work. It’s hard to be encouraging, because… well… they’ve heard all the pep talks they can tolerate without choking the living daylights out of people. They don’t want to hear that “it’s going to be ok in the […]

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