Category Archives: frugal living

Frugal Living for Dummies®: Practical ideas to help you spend less, save more, and live well

0764554034Feel like you’re trying to dig out from under a mountain of debt without a shovel? Tired of working your tail off just to break even? Is the high cost of living taking all the joy out of life? Unless you’re one of the top two percent of wealthiest Americans, all of the above should sound painfully familiar.

While they’re trying to decide between the ski lodge in Telluride and the Tuscan villa, for the rest of us, it’s an endless litany of corporate lay-offs, stagnant wages, crushing credit card debt, skyrocketing medical costs, exorbitant utility bills, the high cost of higher education…. And they call this “the good life.”

Is there a better way to live? Continue reading

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What is Frugal Living?

“Frugality is founded on the principle that all riches have limits.”  –Burke


If I want to know what a word means, I usually run to my dictionary or do a quick search online.  Keeping true to my normal mode of operation, here’s what I found in my first search for the meaning of “frugality.” According to Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) , frugality is “the quality of being frugal; prudent economy; that careful management of anything valuable which expends nothing unnecessarily, and applies what is used to a profitable purpose; thrift; — opposed to extravagance.” Continue reading

103 Quick and Easy Christmas Gift Ideas


1. M&M’s – “Have a Merry and Most wonderful Holiday Season!!”
2. Soup or soup mix – Wishing you a “Souper” Holiday Season!!
3. Frozen or ready to bake pizza – “Warm up to a wonderful Holiday Season Topped” with Christmas cheer!” Continue reading

Cream-of-Whatever Soup Substitute

Submitted by Debi Taylor-Hough

Basic White Sauce (thick):

  • 3 Tablespoons butter or oil
  • 3 Tablespoons flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • dash of pepper
  • 1-1/4 cup liquid, milk or stock Continue reading

One Income Living in a Two Income World

Wow, what a blast from the past that I just discovered hiding in the back recesses of the Internet world.  This article is the very first official one (meaning I got paid for it) that I’d ever written on the topic of simple/frugal living.  It was back in early 1997 and was published in a local newspaper. Continue reading