Quick way to set up a pantry for scratch cooking.

Frugal living is living under your means. It is exchanging one expense for another that might create a higher quality of life, not getting rid of all the fun things in life. It is learning the craft of living simply in order to have more of what makes life truly delicious and luxurious. One way to save a huge amount of your monthly income is to learn to shop and cook differently. I did a Jumpstart Frugal vlog recently about extreme ways to start living under your means. This goes with it perfectly. I love working from cookbooks that help … Continue reading Quick way to set up a pantry for scratch cooking.

Jumpstart frugal. Part 1.

We are busy, busy, busy. Homeschooling began and the boys have a day of enrichment classes and one day of the forest/outdoor school up in the mountain community. We have put in our Fall garden and I’m back to writing out our budget and cooking up a mess of beans and fried onions and potatoes on a regular basis. I made this video recently. It is inspiring for those of us wanting to cut cost and downsize. Enjoy and part 2 will be out soon. Continue reading Jumpstart frugal. Part 1.

Homemaking, urban farming, and homeschooling can be the best life ever. Ideas on keeping it simple.

Homemaking doesn’t have to be complicated.  It can be easy and fun.  You can even add Urban farming to it and have a thriving little farm right there in the town.  Add homeschooling and you’re living like Little House on the Prairie. I was obsessed with Laura Ingles and her family.  I was obsessed with pioneers too…as a child.  Now I’m in my 40’s, live in town and I’m obsessed with the Amish.  I love parts of their lifestyle, however, washing clothes by hand and no radio or long dresses in the summer doesn’t appeal to me. What does appeal … Continue reading Homemaking, urban farming, and homeschooling can be the best life ever. Ideas on keeping it simple.

The balance between frugal and just living poor.

When you are on a budget for reasons of saving for a house or getting out of debt, you are looking down a very, verrrryy, very long road.  There are times that you may become down hearted feeling like Cinderella while your coworkers go on expensive vacations, your friends buy new cars, the neighbor shows you her new shoes or his new chainsaw.  Everyone out there is having fun but you! But guess what?  All of those people are probably getting into debt right as you read this and will be spending nights awake in the wee hours trying to figure … Continue reading The balance between frugal and just living poor.

The fun in Frugal and living debt free.

Hard times hit us all at one time or another.  A spouse loses a job, someone gets sick, we move and life is rocky at first, we start a new career or go back to school and the budget changes in big ways and not always with the green arrow going up.  Then there is debt.  Credit cards packing our wallet, school loans, and that house.  Oh geez, what to do. If you have debt this will take some time to conquer.  But how worth it to overcome this.  Debt holds us back.  It holds us back from making new … Continue reading The fun in Frugal and living debt free.

.99 cents to a new life.

Here comes New Years and a boat load of lists on what we hope to accomplish, changes we would like to make to improve our well-being and life.  We all know the old saying, “you reap what you sow.”  The choices we make this very day will have a ripple effect on into the future.  Some of us will actually make some positive changes and stick with them.  Some of us will only dream.  Some decisions we make or actions may only take a few minutes but may cause huge and detrimental effects for years to come.  Scary to think … Continue reading .99 cents to a new life.

How to be poor and live better than the Jone’s.

Well, I have to throw in a budget blog now and then.  Budgeting and being frugal never really goes away.  I was inspired to write this due to a review I got on a book that I just published.  Although I appreciated the persons few stars that he doled out and the fairly nice review, I’d have to say that he did not read the title or subtitle.  He pointed out that the book was good for a minimalistic lifestyle, however, he enjoyed spending money.  I get it.  I enjoy spending money too!  And the minimalistic lifestyle is not a … Continue reading How to be poor and live better than the Jone’s.