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My apologies for not posting any new posts last week. This summer has been busy and it’s probably pretty obvious that I have not been taking the time to post regularly for most of the summer. For now, I will post when I feel there is something I really want to share. I am contemplating ending my posts on this blog and possibly starting a new blog that would encompass more of what I am interested in now – eating well, recipes, local food, books, reading, etc. Saving money is still very important to me, but my thoughts have shifted quite a bit from when I first began this blog and not sure the title is completely accurate right now.

So for now, please bear with me as I decide what I want to do, as well as the not so regular posts. Thanks!


August 24, 2009 at 10:58 pm Leave a comment

Tuesday’s Tip Jar – Laundry Tip


I am new to the clothesline side of drying laundry. (we recently installed retractable clothesline) So perhaps this is obvious and/or something that everyone does, but I would like to suggest that when you hang up clothes, hang pairs of things together, such as socks. When I take the socks off the line, I fold them and drop them into the basket.
I had thought of also folding items as I remove them from the line, but haven’t gotten that far yet. I’ll need to be more organized when hanging the items up in order for this to work well.

Do you have other clothesline tips?

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August 11, 2009 at 7:23 pm 2 comments

Family and Home Link Love

15 Things to do to Make Jumping into Freelancing Self-Employment Financially Successful at

Unique Ways to Supplement Income at

480 Ways to Make More Money Today at

How to Become a Mystery Shopper at

Homemade All Natural Dishwasher Detergent at

5 Reasons to Line Dry Your Laundry at

Frugal Bath Cleaner at

Liquid Laundry Detergent Recipe at

Eco-Friendly Website Highlight: EWG and SafeMamma at

How to Compost Without Raising a Stink at (thanks to Almost Frugal for posting this link)

Nine Reasons I Keep Reading Personal Finance Books

The Total Money Makeover: Save $1000 Fast

10 Ways You Can Prevent Over Spending at

Reducing Your Expenses at

Avoid Spending Is Not the Same as Saving Money at

The Total Money Makeover Debt Myths at

Free Summer 2009 iTunes Mix at

7 Ways to Find Motivation at Home

Character Matters at

The Clutter You Can’t See at

10 Tips for Looking Your Best, Part 2 at

The Creative Family: Encouraging Simplicity & Creativity in Your Home at

An Aged Based Plan for Teaching Kids About Money at

10 Ideas for Raising Greener Kids at

Building Our Marriage at

Can You Live Off Your Hobbies at

Appliqued Onesies at


Healthcare Reform Wants Elderly to Die With Dignity

How to Support an Unemployed Friend at

Use the Good Stuff at

Protect Your House While You’re On Vacation at

Car Maintenance Tips at

Make Your Own Insect Repellent at (thanks to Almost Frugal for posting this link)

A Depression Might Force Us Back to the Basics at

Learning to Use Less Electricity at (thanks to Keeper of the Home for posting this link)

Natural Weed Killer at

Buying Seeds for Your Garden at

Container Gardening: My Favorite Resources at

August 8, 2009 at 10:55 am Leave a comment

Food on Friday

Is Agave Nectar Good for You/Should I Soak My Grains – A Bit of Controversy at

5 Ways to Eat Local Beyond the Farmers’ Market at

Healthy Food Guide: Watermelon at

Pennywise Platter Thursday at

Back to the Basics: 10 Recommended Kitchen Items for the Home Cook at

Easy Cupcake Decorating: Spin Art at

Dijon Chicken Sandwiches at

Preserving Summer’s Bounty: Drying and Grinding Spices at

Cheap Meal Inspiration on the Food Network at

Grocery Budget Discussion: Expense or Investment? at

8 Things to do with Cherry Tomatoes at

August 7, 2009 at 3:30 pm Leave a comment

Booking Through Thursday – Recent Serious


What’s the most serious book you’ve read recently?
(I figure it’s easier than asking your most serious book ever, because, well, it’s recent!)

There are actually two recent serious books I’ve read that I would like to share Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv and The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway.

I finished Last Child in the Woods this week and want to write a review for it soon. I had hoped to have one finished by today, but today is almost over and I didn’t even start to write a review…maybe next Thursday. Briefly, it was an interesting read and a book that I think everyone should read.

The Cellist of Sarajevo was given to me by a friend earlier this year. I don’t think I had heard of the book before I received it. I loved the cover, so I knew I’d have to read the book sooner than later. And the fact that cellist was in the title certainly helped – I played the cello in high school and would really like to get one someday and re-learn what I have forgotten…Although a sombering book, I am glad I read it. It is a work of fiction, based on factual events. It’s a good story, and is short, so if you are looking for a faster read, give it a try.

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August 6, 2009 at 9:33 pm Leave a comment

Works for Me Wednesday – Keep Old Towels


When our bath towels become worn out or stained, we stop using them as towels and add them to the old towel stack in the bathroom closet. They come in handy to dry off the dog after his bath, wipe up spills in the bathroom or kitchen, and also rags. Our dishwasher has overflowed twice, and both times, I used tons of our old towels. I was so glad I kept them. Kitchen towels are best used as rags for cleaning, since they are smaller. There is a plastic container on top of our dryer that I put all dirty rags into, and then wash them all together, since I don’t want them contaminating our clothes.

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August 5, 2009 at 8:31 pm 2 comments

Tuesday’s Tip Jar – Reevaluating


Our puppy is now over 1 year old. I still call him a puppy because he still acts like one. We’ve been feeding him Iams dog food, since that was one of the recommended brands from our vet. It seems that more recently that he doesn’t really like his food as much as he used to. Whenever we visit my parents house, we take our dog and he just about always eats all of the dog food they have out, which is the Kirkland brand. Even though we have not weighed Sebastian recently, we don’t think he’s gained much weight for several months. He obviously isn’t growing like he did during his first year, but we think he should be gaining more weight than he has been.

My husband started researching dog food online, to see how Iams compared to other brands and what other brands are available for a large breed. I think he first checked into Kirkland, which we know he likes, but whenever we have been to Costco, we have checked and they do not carry a large breed dog food, which think is important to get for our dog. Kirkland brand is actually made by Diamond. After further research, Diamond is rated higher than Iams and a local animal store carries a large breed Diamond naturals dog food, and it’s over $10 cheaper per bag.

We were very excited to find a dog food that sounds healthier for our dog, as well as cheaper, and we are able to support a locally owned business. It was definitely worth my husbands time to research this information out. Perhaps every once in a while you might want to research various products, just to see if you can get something better for cheaper, and maybe even local!

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August 4, 2009 at 9:54 pm 2 comments

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