Frugal Living

My Favorite Way to Shop and Save on Clothing

posted by Andrea | 11/30/2016 | 8 comments
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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
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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
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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 | 28 comments
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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!

9 Tips to Save on Insurance

posted by Andrea | 01/29/2016 | 30 comments
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In “honor” of Dave and I buying a new-to-us minivan last week, I thought it was only fitting to share a few of my tips and tricks for saving money on all kinds of insurance (auto, home, life, health, etc.)

If you’re frustrated with how much you pay for insurance, then I hope today’s post offers a few useful tips and ideas to help you save a bit more too!

10 Ways We Save MORE By Using LESS

posted by Andrea | 01/19/2016 | 69 comments
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I firmly believe that no matter how tight your budget is, there is always SOME way you can save a few cents here or an extra buck there. One way we’ve been able to save more is simply by using less.

I know that statement might sound overly obvious… but have you ever tried it? I mean REALLY tried it? Here are a few ways we save more by using less…

My 2016 FREE Finance-Tracking Workbook

posted by Andrea | 12/21/2015 | 10 comments
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Since I’ll be taking some time off for the holidays, I thought it might be nice to share my 2016 free printable Finance-Tracking Workbook — for all of you who like to get everything set up before the New Year!

This is NOT a budget, but it IS a fabulous (and free) tool to help you get your finances on track — one that I’ve been using since I was in college!

Every Little Bit Helps

posted by Andrea | 12/3/2015 | 9 comments
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After Nora’s 4th birthday, she and I walked to our local bank and opened up a savings account in her name — and I explained how every little bit of money she puts into her account will help her to save up for a bigger purchase someday down the road.

Of course, that got me thinking about how the phrase “every little bit helps” applies to SO many different areas of our lives!

How I Get Cash Back By Shopping Online

posted by Andrea | 11/27/2015 | 22 comments
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When it comes to online shopping, I’ve learned A LOT over the past 4-6 years. I’ve learned how to find the best deals and coupons, how to almost always get free shipping, and how to literally get cash back on almost every online purchase I make!

Today, I’m sharing my simple cash back “secret”… just in time for the Cyber Monday deals!