Summer Clothes On a Shoestring

Posted by idawrites on April 16, 2009 in Children, Frugal Tips, Shopping |

With the school year coming to a close, and the weather warming up, it’s time to start thinking about summer clothes. Having 3 daughters at home full time (2 of which are teenagers) means that clothes are sort of a big deal. They want to be cute… I want to make everything last as long […]


14 ideas for repurposing milk jugs

Posted by idawrites on April 1, 2009 in Frugal Tips, Going Green |

Over the last year, my family has been making more moves toward “going green” and I’ve spent a lot of time trying to find the balance between being a packrat and keeping items to reuse. One of the biggest things we’ve been holding onto for future purposes is plastic milk jugs. With our family of […]


Guest Post: Living On Less with a Toddler

Posted by idawrites on March 6, 2009 in Children, Frugal Tips, Guest Post |

Today’s post is a Guest Post written by Julie at Living On Less. I invited Julie to share this post with you because it’s been a VERY long time since I’ve had to budget for living with babies and toddlers, and sharing information relevant to all household types (and ages) is important to me. A […]


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 […]


4 Cheap Ways To Help

Posted by idawrites on January 28, 2009 in Family, Finance, Frugal Tips |

I listen to Dave Ramsey on the radio on my way home in the afternoons. For the most part, I think he’s got great information which he doles out in a gleefully brutal way. I listen because he’s smart. I itch to change the channel because he often uses his forum to be a jerk. […]


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, […]


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 […]


5 Indoor Family Activities to Keep You Sane

Posted by idawrites on January 15, 2009 in Children, Cooking, Family, Frugal Tips |

In case you didn’t get the memo, here in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s winter. Even in the Deep South of Atlanta, it’s COLD! I dare not suggest that the children go “out there” for at least a month or two. So, what am I going to do to keep them from driving me nuts? I’m […]


8 Things To Do In Atlanta This Christmas

Posted by idawrites on December 19, 2008 in Children, Family, Frugal Tips |

Mark and I will be spending the holidays without children. Since we usually make a big fuss over family outings during this time of year, I decided to look around and see what mischief we can get into together. While some of these ideas aren’t really for a couple of un-chaperoned adults, I thought I’d […]


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 […]

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