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Frugal Oatmeal Bath

Our household recently added a full-sized food processor to the kitchen, after years with a tiny one that we’d been given.  Since we now have this for food preparation, I decided I might as well try using it for a bath and body experiment in getting excessively frugal. I am trying for 90% savings by making my […]

Continue Reading By on December 27, 2010 in frugal, green, skin care, thrifty, with our own hands

Green Cleaning Party

I can still smell a hint of the essential oils from this weekend’s Green Cleaning party in my kitchen. My dining room table is sparkling from the natural furniture polish that Sue and Kathy made for me. I am challenging my husband to trade the nasty can of phony lemon-scented polish that he loves for […]

Continue Reading By on November 15, 2010 in frugal, green, green cleaning, thrifty

Storing Up Christmas Treasures

Another gorgeous autumn morning gave my family the perfect opportunity for a leisurely few hours of tag sale treasure hunting. I’m always on the lookout for great buys on seasonal décor that I would not pay retail for. This particular morning, we found ourselves at two different sales offering Christmas decorations. The first sale we […]

Continue Reading By on October 16, 2010 in Christmas, conscious consumerism, frugal, thrifty

Tag Sale Tips

Limit Purchases My 2-year-old recently chose a stuffed animal to purchase for 50 cents at a garage sale. The small brown dog with the realistic-looking nose has become a favorite of hers. It seemed like new when we bought it, but I gave it a bath and a fluff anyway when we brought it home. […]

Continue Reading By on September 30, 2010 in conscious consumerism, frugal, green, thrifty

About Money & Happiness

More green in your wallet still can’t really buy happiness, but it can color your view of your life a bit rosier.  Researchers at Princeton University have published their intriguing study titled “High Income Improves Evaluation of Life But Not Emotional Well-Being.” In the study, professors Daniel Kahneman and Angus Deaton looked at Gallup Organization data […]

Continue Reading By on September 10, 2010 in conscious consumerism, frugal, thrifty

How My Grandparents Survived the Great Depression, And How You Can Survive Hard Times Too

My maternal grandparents were married and started their family during the middle of the Great Depression. Having come from a large family herself, Grandma never was afforded the opportunity to complete much public schooling. Grandpa, an only child, completed the eighth grade. He was needed as a teenager to help out on his family’s farm, […]

Continue Reading By on May 24, 2010 in frugal, grandma, grandparents, Great Depression, green, recycling, thrifty