Frugal Living

7 Simple Ways We Save A Little Bit More

posted by Andrea | 02/9/2017 | 19 comments

I’ve gotten lots of money-saving questions over the past few weeks… so today, I thought I’d share a handful of relatively small and simple ways we save quite a bit every month and every year.

Most of these simple ways to save won’t instantly change your financial situation, but (as with most things in life) the changes will come about more slowly. However, by starting small and sticking with your savings goals, you will be on your way to create the very valuable habit of SAVING!

The Questions We Ask When Debating Whether to Save or Splurge

posted by Andrea | 01/30/2017 | 4 comments

Today I’m sharing a list of questions Dave and I ask when we’re contemplating saving or splurging.

Of course, there is no right or wrong way to save or splurge, but I’ve found that my mental checklist of questions helps put my purchase into perspective, resist impulsive spending, and still enjoy regular splurges and special treats for myself and my family (without feeling guilty!)

5 Ways I Find Free (and Frugal) eBooks

posted by Andrea | 01/25/2017 | 14 comments

I realize there are literally hundreds and hundreds of online resources for free and frugal eBooks, but since I like to keep things super simple, I’m sharing MY top 5 today.

And of course, I’d love to know what your favorites are too!

It Can’t Hurt to Ask

posted by Andrea | 01/11/2017 | 29 comments

Although I’m not nearly as frugal as I was 10 years ago, I still try to use our money wisely, get the best value, and save when it’s not too much of an inconvenience.

One of the ways I save quite a bit (without sacrificing much time, effort, or quality of product) is by simply asking the right questions to the right people.

Banish Unnecessary Guilt Once and For All

posted by Andrea | 12/20/2016 | 57 comments

Making assumptions without knowing all the facts has the potential to make us look like idiots… however, have you ever considered WE might be the ones who are negatively affected by falsely assuming our friends, family, neighbors, coworkers, and social media acquaintances are better or superior to us based on only half the story?

Today I’m sharing one fairly simple concept that could free you from lots of unnecessary guilt.

My Favorite Way to Shop and Save on Clothing

posted by Andrea | 11/30/2016 | 8 comments

Anyone who’s read my blog for any amount of time knows I’m a huge advocate for buying secondhand whenever possible — and if I can save a bunch buying secondhand online, I’m even happier yet!

Today I’m sharing one of my favorite ways to shop and save ONLINE with thredUP (and I have a great discount coupon for new customers too!)

One More Simple Way to Save

posted by Andrea | 11/21/2016 | 19 comments

A few years ago, I shared one of my simplest and best tips to save money on every purchase by taking 1 minute to quickly look over my receipt before I leave the store.

Today, I’m sharing another simple thing I do every time I buy anything… and I’m always amazed how much I save!

One Very Simple Tip to Increase Your Savings

posted by Andrea | 10/20/2016 | 19 comments

Today I’m sharing one of the simplest, most basic things Dave and I have done to continually grow our savings account with little to no effort or thought on our parts.

I am not a financial expert and have no formal training in this field; however, I’ve always been good at saving my money… and that counts for something. Right?!

How I Stop Money Leaks by Tracking Our Expenses

posted by Andrea | 10/14/2016 | 29 comments

Today I’m sharing a bit more about how using my finance-tracking workbook has helped me find “money leaks” in our budget — and then address them before they get out of control.

I’m certain we have saved thousands of dollars over the past several years… and it only takes me a few minutes a month!

10 Reasons We Love Our Library!

posted by Andrea | 10/13/2016 | 24 comments

Even though I’m not personally an avid reader, I spend a fair amount of time reading to my kids AND taking them to the library.

I realize that going to the library (especially with small children) can seem overwhelming if you’ve never done it before; however, I would encourage all of you (no matter your age) to visit your local library every once in awhile. Even if you aren’t a big reader like me, there are still so many free programs and resources you can take advantage of!

My New Favorite (Online) Dollar Store!

posted by Andrea | 10/6/2016 | 13 comments

With the holiday shopping season right around the corner, I thought it might be the perfect time to share another fabulous online shopping resource I’ve been using the past couple of months.

For those of you who hate shopping (like me) you’ll enjoy finding great deals at dollar store prices — all from the comfort of your own home!

Craigslist 101: A Quick Tip To Sell Clothing

posted by Andrea | 10/4/2016 | 6 comments

Over the past 10 years of selling things on Craigslist, I have gotten SO many questions about the best, fastest, easiest, most efficient way to sell kids clothing… but since I personally don’t sell much kid’s clothing, I’m never quite sure how to answer.

However, as I was scrolling through Craigslist the other day, I stumbled across a very clever idea that seemed to be a very fast, easy, and efficient way to sell kids clothing online.

Upgrading The Everyday: a simple, frugal way to make life more fun!

posted by Andrea | 09/29/2016 | 23 comments

Dave and I both thrive on routine and structure — and for the most part, our children do too. However, there is just something about a special surprise or a fun change in plans that can instantly cheer up even the gloomiest of days.

These special surprises and change in plans are usually very simple, very easy to pull off, and they are almost always free. I call it “Upgrading the Everyday”… and I try to do it at least once every day.

A Simple Way To Think About Saving and Spending

posted by Andrea | 09/15/2016 | 27 comments

As I looked through my blog archives, I was shocked I had never shared this money-saving tip here on my blog…

If you’re looking for a fairly simple and straightforward way to quickly decide if the cost of something is worth it for you, read this post!

Craigslist 101: Always Be Ready to Sell

posted by Andrea | 08/12/2016 | 11 comments

Over the past few weeks, Dave and I have purged SOOOOO much stuff from our home… and as I was emailing potential buyers and selling off our items, I thought of one more Craigslist tip that has helped me sell more items and sell them faster.

Today, I’m sharing that tip in hopes that it might help motivate you to sell some of your unwanted items!

Craigslist 101: 4 Ways to Narrow Your Search

posted by Andrea | 06/14/2016 | 8 comments

With hundreds of thousands of items for sale on Craigslist, it can be overwhelming to know how to search and what to search for.

If you have gotten frustrated with your Craigslist shopping experiences, I hope the tips in today’s post will help you simplify your Craigslist shopping experience by learning how to narrow your search so you can find just what you’re looking for in your price range and in your area!

Craigslist 101: 4 Tips to Set Your Price

posted by Andrea | 05/13/2016 | 11 comments

Spring is one of the best times of the year for yard sales, garage sales, church sales, secondhand sales, etc. It’s also prime-time for selling stuff on Craigslist (at least where we live).

Today I’m sharing 4 tips to set appropriate selling prices for your unwanted items — hopefully these tips will help you sell more and sell faster!

6 Reasons We Buy Used

posted by Andrea | 04/11/2016 | 51 comments

It’s no secret that I frequently buy used and 2nd-hand items for me, for Dave, for our kids, 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 🙂

Today, I’m sharing 6 reasons I almost always buy used… as well as a fabulous resource for those of you looking to reduce your expenses!

The True Cost of Our Stuff

posted by Andrea | 02/29/2016 | 35 comments

Have you ever stopped to think about the true “cost” of something before you buy it and bring it back into your home?

I love “free” stuff as much as anyone, but I also know that even inexpensive (or free) items usually come with hidden costs that might end up being a burden later on.

The Thing To Do When You Get Off Track

posted by Andrea | 02/15/2016 | 17 comments

Have you lost steam and gotten off track with any of your current goals, projects, or tasks?

If so, today’s posts offers a VERY simple solution (and hopefully a little motivation) to push forward and move on!