Starbucks Is NOT The Reason You’re Still In $50,000 Of Debt

Fancy coffee gets a bad wrap from financial gurus. Starbucks always makes the list of “things you must cut right now to pay off massive amounts of debt.” But I want to share a counterargument to that popular opinion. So stick with me as I explain why Starbucks is NOT the reason you’re $50,000 in […]

5 Amazing Benefits To Downsizing BY HALF

For years, my husband and I daydreamed about moving into a bigger home. We talked about an extra guest room to host friends and family. My husband talked about a bigger yard. We pictured space for our family to grow into. Our family planned for a living room, a dining room, a playroom and an […]

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 […]

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 […]