Archive for March, 2009

Ramen Noodles - Back And Bigger Than Ever

Monday, March 30th, 2009

Perhaps you remember a time in your life when you relied on ramen noodles as your only source of cheap food.  Popularized during the 1970's in the USA, packages of ramen noodles fed a whole generation of college students.  Well, guess what?  Ramen noodles are back and bigger than ever!  ...

What About Those Fixed Expenses?

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

I've talked quite a bit about creating a family budget that tracks those variable expenses, you know, the expenses that we have some control over, like groceries, hair cuts, clothing, etc.  Keeping a journal of what you spend on items other than your fixed expenses is a great way to ...

Germs And Paper Towels - Cleanliness And Frugality Can Co-Exist

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

If Moms know one thing it's that kids spread germs.  Your little one goes to a play date, day care, or school and it is inevitable that a runny nose will appear a day or two later.  This goes on day after day, week after week, month after month...  We ...

Seek And Ye Shall Find… A Hand Up

Friday, March 20th, 2009

This is not necessarily about finding religion.  That's not what we normally talk about here.  However, there is something to be said about joining the "community" of a church for support during these very difficult times. I'm taking faith and religion out of the church-joining argument for just a few minutes ...

Trying To Stretch Your Food Dollar Until Next Payday?

Monday, March 16th, 2009

If you're like most people, you get about halfway through payday and start to panic.  How am I going to get supper on the table for the rest of the week?  The cupboards are bare and my wallet is almost empty.  Now what? Finding inexpensive recipes is a trick that all ...

Spring Cleaning Without Breaking The Budget

Friday, March 13th, 2009

After a long winter of furnaces running and windows closed up tight, folks like you and me are sticking our noses in the wind hoping to catch that first breath of fresh spring air.  It's out there, somewhere.  We can't wait to fling those windows open and air out the ...

Plant An Herb Garden And Save Money

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

Have you seen the prices of herbs lately?  Fresh or dried, it doesn't matter.  They are all very expensive.  And, if you're like the typical family these days, you're watching every penny.  But, like me, you like to cook.  Homemade meals are a top priority in your family because meals ...