Will My House Look Cheap If I Buy Things Off Craigslist?! ( +5 Tips For Buying & Selling!)

If you’ve never bought or sold on Craigslist, this is probably what you’re thinking. Especially if you have only ever bought brand-new furniture, home decor, and appliances. Plus, the Craigslist website is not pretty or flashy. It doesn’t look like a place where you go to buy nice quality items. But the truth is, most of […]

How I Renovated My Bathroom For $100

My husband and I watched every single dollar of our shoe-string renovation budget when we bought our fixer-upper last summer. With very little money (as far as a home renovation goes!) and more than 2,700 square feet to fix, we picked several rooms to overhaul as frugally as possible. The cheapest room to update was […]

Slow Cooker Tips That I Learned The Hard Way (+ 10 Recipes!)

I know pressure cookers are so hot right now, but I want to revisit an oldie, but goodie today – the slow cooker. In fact, if you get my weekly emails, you already know that I’m kicking myself for eating out three times this week. I could have saved myself so much money if I […]

The BEST Way To Send Gifts To Long-Distance Family (PLUS 5 Frugal Father’s Day Gift Ideas!)

Are you ready for the gift-sending trick that rocked my world? First, there are four girls in my family and all of my sisters live in New England. My parents live there too. Plus, my husband’s sister lives out west. We have a laundry list of close family members that we want to shower with […]

Why I’m Happy The Market Crashed One Year After I Graduated College

As I walked across the stage for my college graduation, the housing marketing was teetering off the edge of a cliff. And my soon-to-be husband, Ross, was a year into his career as a residential homebuilder in one of the biggest boom cities in America. While I’m not happy the market crashed overall, if a […]

Are You Making The #1 Meal Planning Mistake?

There are thousands (maybe millions) of articles published about meal planning. And for obvious reasons! It is the most important technique to cut back on your grocery bill. If you have a plan, you will spend less money on food. Period. The end. It’s just that simple. I will go as far to say that […]

Am I CRAZY To Think I Can Feed My Family On $50 A Week?

Yes! You are! But you’ve come to the right place and you’re with good company here. Becuase I know deep down in my heart that if I didn’t make crazy goals for saving money, I would never have been able to pay off $81,400 in two years. It’s that kind of attitude that will get […]

Do You REALLY Know The Best Way To Make Shredded Chicken? (Plus The Recipe!)

Here’s my problem. I really dislike picking chicken off the bone. But I love the flavor of using rotisserie chicken in recipes that call for shredded chicken. The good news is that Pinterest has dozens (maybe even hundreds? or thousands?) of recipes about how to make “the best and easiest shredded chicken ever.” You can bake, pan fry, boil or slow cook. You can […]

The Secret To Perfect Pasta Salad Dressing

It’s the day before payday and you don’t have a plan for dinner. Plus, all you can find in your kitchen vegetables and a box of noodles. (And you are so tired of salad you could scream!) What do you do? I found making a big batch of pasta salad is a great solution. Plus, I […]

How To Drink Starbucks Coffee For Less Than .20 Cents A Cup!

I drink a tall Starbucks coffee every single morning. Sometimes I drink two.  And I don’t even feel bad about it. Do you want to know how I drink Starbucks for less?   Once upon a time (3 years ago), I worked as a public relations project manager and I spent way too much money at the […]