Frugal Living

Enjoyment or Entitlement? The questions I’ve struggled with lately.

posted by Andrea | 08/29/2014 | 47 comments
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Over the past two years, I’ve had somewhat of an internal struggle when it comes to splurging on anything that isn’t a necessity.

On one hand, I feel that we can ENJOY a small splurge every once in a while. But on the other hand, I know that one small splurge can lead to feeling ENTITLED to something we might not be able to afford.

Come Grocery Shopping With Me: 4 Years and 2 Kids Later

posted by Andrea | 08/13/2014 | 44 comments
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When I first started blogging (about 4 years ago) it was rare that I spent more than $25 per week on groceries. Now, 4 years and 2 kids later… our grocery bill has TRIPLED!

Come read why our grocery budget has gone up — as well as a few ways I’m still managing to save money with little to no extra effort!

9 Ways to Shop At Costco Without a Membership

posted by Andrea | 06/25/2014 | 28 comments
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Have you ever wondered if a Costco membership (or other wholesale store membership) was right for you?

Today, I’m sharing 9 different ways you can shop (and save) at Costco without a membership — which might give you the opportunity you need to test the waters and see if a membership is worth the price.

DIY Laundry Detergent That Actually Works

posted by Andrea | 06/23/2014 | 72 comments
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Over the past 3+ years, I’ve shared a number of DIY cleaning products here on the blog; however, I’ve never shared a recipe for DIY laundry detergent because I couldn’t find a recipe I actually liked.

That all changed a couple months ago — so today, I’m sharing my new favorite DIY laundry detergent. It works fabulously, it’s really easy to make, it’s quite frugal, and it makes a huge batch!

Craigslist 101: Are You Asking The Right Questions?

posted by Andrea | 06/9/2014 | 6 comments
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As a very experienced Craigslist buyer, I’ve had my fair share of “are you kidding me?” reactions after arriving to buy what I THOUGHT was going to be a great bargain. Thankfully, those experiences are getting fewer and farther between as I’ve learned a lot about asking the right questions.

Today, I’m sharing a list of questions you can ask to hopefully save yourself some time and gas money when shopping on Craigslist.

Craigslist 101: 4 Tips to Set Your Price

posted by Andrea | 05/9/2014 | 10 comments
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Spring is one of the best times of the year for yard sales, garage sales, church sales, 2nd-hand sales, etc. And probably not surprisingly, it’s also prime time for selling stuff on Craigslist (at least where we live).

Today I’m sharing 4 tips for setting appropriate selling prices (and making sure you don’t over-pay as a buyer)

How I Save a BUNCH By Creating My Own Stationery

posted by Andrea | 04/18/2014 | 11 comments
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I’ve mentioned before that I enjoy sending out Christmas cards each year — well, I also get way too excited about sending thank-you cards and birth announcements. The only thing I don’t love about them is the price.

However, I have a really simple way to print totally customized stationery for ridiculous low prices!

My Top 10 Favorite Frugal-Living Posts

posted by Andrea | 03/20/2014 | 3 comments
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As I planned ahead for the arrival of baby Simon, I thought it might be fun to resurrect some of MY favorite posts from the past 3.5 years of blogging.

Today, I’m sharing some of MY favorite frugal-living posts — all about saving, spending, budgeting… and of course, Craigslist!

The True Cost of Our Stuff

posted by Andrea | 03/10/2014 | 24 comments
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I know there are people who think I am super cheap since I often refuse to buy anything that isn’t a necessity…

But the fact of the matter is that even inexpensive (or free) items usually come with hidden costs that might end up being a burden later on.

Our Savings Journey: Living Off Half Our Income

posted by Andrea | 02/24/2014 | 51 comments
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In a blog post I wrote over THREE years ago, I casually mentioned that Dave and I lived off less than 50% of our income… and boy did I get some reactions!

So while I never expected to do any sort of follow-up post on that post, I figure it’s finally time — because the emails and questions just keep rolling in :)

Preparing for Baby #2 with Less than $100

posted by Andrea | 02/10/2014 | 21 comments
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It’s time to celebrate Baby Dekker #2 here on the blog, and what better way to do that than with a week of fun baby-related posts and giveaways!

Since most of you seem to like a good “frugal-living” post, I’m kicking off Baby Week with a detailed post about how I acquired everything we needed for our newest addition with a self-imposed budget of $100 — and that includes the nursery renovations!

Our 2014 Finance-Tracking Workbook

posted by Andrea | 01/2/2014 | 26 comments
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If you’ve been reading my blog for any amount of time, you know that I’m a HUGE advocate for financial stewardship — tracking our finances, budgeting, using our money wisely, eliminating all debt, etc. etc.

So since one of my favorite financial “tools” of all time is my finance-tracking workbook, I thought it was only fitting to share it with you (totally free to download and edit as you please) once again this year!

Do You Buy Yourself Gift Cards?

posted by Andrea | 12/18/2013 | 28 comments
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I’ve already shared how much I love giving gift cards as clutter-free holiday gifts. However, I’ve never shared how Dave and I buy gift cards for ourselves this time of year.

Yup! We capitalize on the freebie gift cards, bonus offers, and other seasonal gift card deals to literally get free money. Then we use the gift cards for simple date nights throughout the rest of the year.

It’s Black Friday… and I’m Saving Even More by NOT Shopping

posted by Andrea | 11/29/2013 | 17 comments
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It’s Black Friday — which means many of you woke up at the crack of dawn (or were up all night) shopping for all the latest deals and steals. Good for you! I hope you’re having lots of fun — say ‘hi’ to my sister and my mom for me!

I, on the other hand, will be hiding under the covers with Nora until the holiday traffic dies down!

More Creative & Clutter-Free Holiday Gift Ideas

posted by Andrea | 11/7/2013 | 23 comments
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Today I’m piggy-backing off the really fun Clutter-Free Gift series I ran last year, and sharing some of my favorite creative AND clutter-free gifts for almost anyone on your holiday shopping list this year.

Of course, I’d love to hear your favorite clutter-free gifts as well!

An Update On My Homemade Face Wash

posted by Andrea | 10/25/2013 | 55 comments
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It’s been over 2.5 years since I first posted about my homemade face wash — and honestly, I still get questions almost every single week asking if I really use and love this oil cleansing method as much as I claim to.

The answer is YES! And today, I’m sharing more about why Dave and I both love this homemade face wash.

Craigslist 101: How I Handle Meet-Ups

posted by Andrea | 10/10/2013 | 28 comments
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I regularly share my Craigslist experiences on my blog, and because of this, I often get emails asking how exactly I handle my Craigslist meet-ups — specifically when I’m selling items out of our house.

Today, I’m answering some of the most common questions I get related to my little Craigslist “side job”!

Why I Don’t Do My Weekly Shopping at Aldi

posted by Andrea | 09/26/2013 | 69 comments
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Almost weekly, I am asked via email, Facebook, or my blog why I don’t shop at Aldi. I have nothing against Aldi stores in general — and I DO shop there every once in a while to stock up on canned goods and chips — I just don’t do my regular weekly grocery shopping at Aldi.

Today, I’m sharing a few reasons why Aldi doesn’t seem to work for me… in hopes of answering all the Aldi questions I get!

Scarcity: A Good Frugal-Living Principle

posted by Andrea | 09/18/2013 | 36 comments
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It’s no secret that I love planning ahead, stocking up, and being prepared. Our freezer and pantry are full, our bank account has plenty, and we have an almost endless supply of diapers and toilet paper!

But recently, I’ve been thinking about the principle of scarcity and how much less likely we are to waste a resource if it’s scarce. Not that I’m a wasteful person; it’s just a lot easier to inadvertently waste when you have plenty. Don’t you think?

11 Relatively Normal Things I’ve Never Spent Money On

posted by Andrea | 09/13/2013 | 103 comments
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Can you believe that I’ve never purchased a drink at Starbucks… or any other coffee house for that matter? I know, crazy huh?

Well, believe it or not, today’s post is a whole list of pretty normal things that (as far as I can remember) I’ve never spent money on… ever!

How We Save Money with Google and YouTube

posted by Andrea | 07/11/2013 | 25 comments
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Both Google and YouTube have dramatically changed the way we find information, the speed at which we find information, the amount of information we find… and (if you’re like Dave and me) the amount of money we can save by learning how to do things ourselves!

I know I’m amazed how much we’ve learned and how much money we’ve saved thanks to Google and YouTube — and if WE can do it, YOU can too!

6 Surprising Reasons We Buy Used

posted by Andrea | 06/28/2013 | 32 comments
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It’s no secret that I frequently buy used and 2nd-hand items for me, for Dave, for Nora, and for our house. I’m not ashamed to borrow something from a friend or relative — and you all know how much I love Craigslist :)

The main reason I love buying used is for the cost savings… however, you might be surprised to know that there are a few other reasons I almost always buy used.