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Adults need positive guidance, too!

Adults need positive guidance, too!

My child development students are learning the importance of positive guidance.  Young children respond best to postitive statements because they offer guidance and direction. Which sounds less agressive: “Stop running!” or “Walk please!” Asking a child to walk gives direct guidelines to acceptable behavior.  Words like stop, don’t, no, and...

A Love Letter to Fareway Stores

A Love Letter to Fareway Stores

My students inspire me every day- some days in more profound ways than others.  Today the success of their apple pies inspired me to make a pie of my own! I chose to make a veggie pot pie with whatever vegetables I found on sale or cheap, expecting a lot...

Do more for your budget: Do less laundry!

Do more for your budget: Do less laundry!

I am really enjoying Earth Day week and all of the attention it is getting.  The Des Moines Register ran an excellent feature this weekend about living green and frugally. And I love that frugal living was featured in a “green” issue!  Of course! One of the articles offered ways...

Calculating Coffee Costs on Credit

Calculating Coffee Costs on Credit

Remember my Monday math quiz post on brewing your own coffee from home? You purchase a 12 oz cup of coffee on your way to work each morning for $1.69. If a programmable filter-free coffee maker costs $34.88, an insulated mug costs $10.95, and bag of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee costs...

Making Do

Making Do

I was disappointed this morning to find a hole in the front of my navy camisole.  It is a frequently worn item in my wardrobe that I plan on replacing, but probably not any time soon. I believe that I save a lot of money by “making do” until I...

5 Days for 50 Dollars | A Week in Review

5 Days for 50 Dollars | A Week in Review

I made it!  Five days of outfits for (less than) $50: $41 to be (almost) exact. I asked you if you thought re-wearing items during my $50 week and you responded that it was not.  Newlyfrugal says: “I wear staples which I double up all the time in one week....

5 Days for 50 Dollars | Friday

5 Days for 50 Dollars | Friday

It is easy to make it through college in old jeans and free t-shirts, so final semester comes as a shock when students need appropriate clothes for internships and student teaching.  This week I am challenging myself to put together five outfits for only $50. Today I am wearing: Houndstooth...

5 Days for 50 Dollars | Thursday

5 Days for 50 Dollars | Thursday

It is easy to make it through college in old jeans and free t-shirts, so final semester comes as a shock when students need appropriate clothes for internships and student teaching.  This week I am challenging myself to put together five outfits for only $50. Today I am wearing: Merona...

5 Days for 50 Dollars | Wednesday

5 Days for 50 Dollars | Wednesday

It is easy to make it through college in old jeans and free t-shirts, so final semester comes as a shock when students need appropriate clothes for internships and student teaching.  This week I am challenging myself to put together five outfits for only $50. Today I am wearing: Isaac...

5 Days for 50 Dollars | Tuesday

5 Days for 50 Dollars | Tuesday

It is easy to make it through college in old jeans and free t-shirts, so final semester comes as a shock when students need appropriate clothes for internships and student teaching.  This week I am challenging myself to put together five outfits for only $50. Today I am wearing: Cardigan,...