Budgeting for Beginners: Is your Budget a “Diet?”

Budgeting for Beginners: Treating your budget like a diet may be slowing down your financial progress.

Budgeting for beginners can be a frustrating, and overwhelming uphill battle filled with what I like to call “Fresh Start Mondays.” But here’s something that may help break it down into a more manageable chunk: budgeting is a lot like losing weight. Calories in vs. calories out is the basis behind losing one pound, and [...]

DIY Glitter Brush Organizer


I recently made myself a DIY glitter brush holder. Admittedly, I don’t wear makeup that often. However, I was running into a frustrating problem whenever the makeup urge did manage to strike… I couldn’t find my brushes! I currently keep all of my makeup in the same case and had to dig through tons of [...]

I Finally Tried Out the Bread Machine


Here’s an update on that new-to-me bread machine I mentioned in this post. I finally stopped procrastinating and decided to give it a whirl yesterday. Shockingly, I was more intimidated by making bread in a bread machine than I am by making it by hand. I was unreasonably nervous. Partly because it was a departure [...]

7 Ways I Save Money on Fresh Foods at Target

Save Money on Fresh Food at Target (4)

One of the questions I’m asked most frequently is how to save money on produce and other fresh foods. It can feel like there are very few ways to save money on produce, meat and dairy. But, it is possible. One of the stores that I’ve found to offer the most savings in these departments [...]

9 Frugal Things I Did Last Month – August Edition

9 Frugal Things I Did Last Month - August Edition

August was a busy month in this house, so I actually have quite a few frugal things to share with you. This is the seventh post in this series. To check out the things I did in previous months, click here. 1. Homemade “Refried” Beans They weren’t real refried beans. I was in a pinch [...]

39 Grocery Items to DIY Instead of Buy


We all have our own personal reasons for having an interest in making more of our own food. Usually, my motivator is saving a few pennies. But when I can save a few pennies, indulge in a healthier item and have the joy of making something myself, that’s just icing on the cake. Many of [...]

Frugal Experiment: Homemade Butter in the Food Processor


I never thought butter could be this exciting. This is likely my favorite frugal experiment yet: Homemade butter in the food processor. I’ve been putting this off for ages because making something as basic as butter is oddly intimidating. But, it’s actually quite simple. It’ll be even simpler for you after you read about my [...]