February Wrap-up

The “use what you have on hand” exercise that I have been experimenting with for the last few weeks has really paid off. Between my savings *here*, *here*, and *here* I was able to close out the month with a positive bank balance  **$21.65.  If I’m being completely honest, between the holidays in December and the extra financial burden that … Continue reading

Taking it Easy and Keeping Busy

Dining room disaster! Our table almost always looks like this. :(

**This post was scheduled to publish about 10 days ago. I’m not sure what happened, but here it is now. The project is finished now and I will be posting a follow-up soon. Ever since that unfortunate incident at the thrift store, I’ve had to stay off my feet. Well, that’s fine when I want to take it easy, but … Continue reading

When Life Gives You Lemons, Literally


Late last night, Nik told me that his class was having a party after school today. He was supposed to contribute a treat and he was wondering if we could run to the store to buy something. Normally, I would let out a little sigh as I thought of the money we would spend, usually between $5-$10, and say, “Let’s … Continue reading

Cub Scout Assignment

lego bow and arrow lucas

A few weeks ago Lucas was given an assignment by his Cub Scout leader. He was handed a small soup can that had been wrapped in colored construction paper and embellished with a Cub Scout emblem. Lucas’ task was to “fill the can with blue and yellow stuff” to make a centerpiece decoration for the upcoming “Blue and Gold Banquette”. … Continue reading

Free Haircuts for Kids

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I usually consider myself pretty much tapped in to programs, services and deals that would help me save money and make it possible for me to “do what I do”, but I was surprised last week while back-to-school shopping.  Maybe you already know about this, and if you do that’s great, you’re a step ahead of me! For the entire … Continue reading