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Splitting Finances

Splitting Finances

It is a common statistic that money is the number one problem in relationships. This fact most commonly describes marriage relationships but money between roommates and family members can get sticky, too. Although we have lived together for four years, Spencer and I have chosen to keep our finances separate...

Paid!

Paid!

Caution:  This blog is not a personal finance blog.  It is not a “I paid off ___ dollars of debt in ___ years on an income of only ___ blog.” But I have big news worth sharing because it shows my thrifty ways have finally paid off! MY CAR IS...

Freezer Cooking Catch Up

Freezer Cooking Catch Up

I have not been feeling awesome this weekend. Not sure what is up, but I am happy to mope around home and not eat much. The timing of my flu is inconvenient with school starting next week. (although very thankful to not be in gall bladder removal surgery!)  I am...

Just Peachy!

Just Peachy!

Spencer is out of town this week so I high-tailed it up to my parent’s home to take advantage of my final few days of summer. There was not much relaxation to be had- Mom put me to work right away! We canned peaches.  Mom got a head start on...

I am NOT a couponer.  But I do use coupons.

I am NOT a couponer. But I do use coupons.

Work is slowing down for Spencer so I have put more consideration in building a modest stockpile.  Just like I am working to build a six-month emergency cash fund, I think a collection of products that prevent us from running to the store will be helpful as well. I was...

A Walnut Misadventure and Lessons Learned

A Walnut Misadventure and Lessons Learned

After the great success of my blackberry jam, I am open to food foraging. The walnuts landing in my lawn were excellent candidates. In my infinite wisdom, I knew that walnuts stain, so I wore gloves.  However, I splattered walnut guts all over my legs, up my arms, on Tony,...

Q&A: Where Did I Get My Thrifty Ways?

Q&A: Where Did I Get My Thrifty Ways?

Lee Ann asks: Have you always been this thrifty? You are pretty young to be so careful with your money and resources. Keep up the good work. BTW-you mention LWR on some of your prior posts-are you Lutheran? Just wondering. We are(my husband and I). Not too many of us...

Make Your Own “Variegated” Yarn

Make Your Own “Variegated” Yarn

I have found that a ball of crochet cotton makes a little less than two washclothes.  After making dishclothes like: Baby block Four-Square Miter Double Brick Flip Checker-Square Garter I am finding myself with a lot of leftover scraps!> I save all of my cotton scraps greater than 8″.  This...

Save Money by Mixing Your Own Seasonings

Save Money by Mixing Your Own Seasonings

In addition to my new drying rack and dented grocery savings, I visited the bulk grocery store to purchase seasonings. I used a recipe from the Tightwad Gazette (affiliate link) to mix my own seasoning salt.  Lawry’s is a staple in my home and not especially expensive, but I wanted...

Great Deals from the Dented Can Store

Great Deals from the Dented Can Store

When visiting the local Amish community I always make a stop at the Dented Can store. The shop owners purchase damaged or nearly out-of-date food.  It is always hit or miss. My last visit was a definite hit! My favorite finds include: Spencer’s favorite granola bars at $.10 each.  The...