Posts filed under: Frugal Living

Easy Homemade Toothpaste Recipe As I strive to live a simpler, more natural lifestyle, I’ve replaced many personal hygiene products with natural and/or homemade alternatives.  Homemade toothpaste was one of the first and the easiest natural hygiene products to replace....
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How to Stretch a Whole Chicken Into Seven Meals One question I often get from friends, family, and readers is “Is there any way to make a real food diet more affordable?” Of course there is! I’ve written about how...
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Easy Homemade Pie Crust Made With Butter We all need a simple homemade pie crust recipe in our recipe box, don’t we?  I don’t know why, but people seem intimidated by the thought of making a pie crust from scratch.  It’s...
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56 FREE Homeschool Social Studies Resources I’ll admit, I didn’t really enjoy social studies in school. While I remember a bit about geography, history is a blur. Sure, I memorized what I needed for tests and made good grades, but...
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Amazon Subscribe and Save Make Real Food Affordable Real food has a reputation for being pricey. Although I’ve seen the prices of real, healthy food go down over the past few years I’ve found ways to afford my real food...
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It’s never too early to start thinking about holiday gift shopping.  In fact, I plan way ahead to get my kids’ Christmas gifts for free. Fortunately, it’s easy to do and anyone who has a computer or smartphone, or grocery shops...
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The No Poo Method Didn’t Work For Me It’s no secret that I like my personal care products to be as natural as possible. I use a natural deodorant, make my own body wash, toothpaste and facial moisturizer. I want...
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My Walmart Grocery Pickup Review Okay, friends. I didn’t think they could do it, but Walmart has convinced me to shop with them again. I stopped shopping at Walmart years ago because I found the shopping experience at other stores...
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Why I Don’t Use Coupons Anymore Several years ago, I was a self-proclaimed coupon queen. I cut my grocery budget for a family of five from nearly $1000 per month to around $300 a month. My pantry, fridge, and freezer...
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Language arts is one of my favorite subjects to teach my children. Maybe because I’m a writer? Over the years, I’ve found many great free language arts resources for homeschoolers. We’ve enriched our language arts learning with what we’ve found...
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Science is one of the most fun homeschool subjects to teach my sons. Our family is pretty science-focused but we had to force our boys to focus on science. I create my own homeschool curriculum, but often the science portion...
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After spending way too much money on our first set of homeschool curriculum just to discover we hated it, I decided to create my own homeschool curriculum. While I love shopping for new homeschool workbooks and supplies, I quickly discovered...
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3 Date Night Ideas For Busy Parents When you are a parent, spending time with your spouse is easier said than done. Babysitters can be expensive and you surely don’t want to leave your kids in the wrong hands. But...
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Did you know that there is no shortage of free homeschooling reading resources? Homeschooling doesn’t have to be an expensive venture.  There are plenty of resources out there that are completely free.  We’re fortunate to live in the digital age...
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Natural Alternative to Dryer Sheets What if you could have an easy, inexpensive natural alternative to dryer sheets? You’d be one step closer to a frugal, natural lifestyle, that’s for sure. I recently posted about my one-ingredient, homemade natural laundry...
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Easy Homemade Mouthwash Anytime I can save money and make my daily routine greener and more natural, I do. That’s why I’m so excited to share the easy homemade mouthwash recipe I created. As I work to replace all of...
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One Ingredient Natural Laundry Detergent I’m so happy to share with you guys this easy homemade laundry detergent. It’s no secret that store-bought laundry detergent is not the healthiest of products.  From sulfates to dioxanes to fragrances, conventional laundry detergents...
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I haven’t accepted many guest posts on Our Small Hours lately, but when Stephanie of HowMuchIsIt.Org presented this idea for an article I knew you guys would love it. If you ever feel like you are paying too much for your...
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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of U-Pack. All opinions are 100% mine. Since we married almost 16 years ago, my husband and I have moved three times. We’re currently considering a fourth move within the...
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How much is your cable bill each month? Do you really watch $50-200 worth of TV? If you’re ready to cut the cord on cable and get rid of the unnecessary expense, like my family did, read on to find out...
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My Five Favorite Frugal Living YouTube Channels Recently I posted a list of my 10 favorite YouTube moms. When I have time, I love to watch the great content these moms create to show us how they live their lives and...
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How to Homeschool Your Second Grader for Free When I was a new homeschooling mom, I spent way too much money on two complete homeschool curricula for my sons, who were then in 2nd grade and Kindergarten.  It was not a good...
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Editor’s Note:  I’m thrilled to have Hank McKinsey from HomebyHank.com as a guest poster today.  He’s sharing with us his best tips for ways to make extra money this summer.  See his author bio at the end of the post...
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Special thanks to Brosa for this great article on how to use recycled products to create beautiful bedroom decor and storage. Great Bedroom Storage Ideas Using Recycled Products Tired of tossing out an endless stream of once beloved items? It’s time...
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PatPat.com Now Has a Website Hey, frugal mamas!  Guess what?  PatPat.com has just launched its website.  When they reached out to me for this sponsored post I was excited for the opportunity to share the news with you.  Remember when I...
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How To Make A Meal Plan I’ve written before that meal planning is essential to feeding a family on a budget.  Without a meal plan, there is waste, either of food or of money or both.  That’s easy for me say,...
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How to Eat Real Food on a Budget Have you given up on a healthier diet for you and your family because of the cost of whole, organic foods?  I understand how you feel.  I once believed that truly nutritious foods...
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Editor’s Note:  This post was written by Our Small Hours contributor Donna Fitzgerald.  To find out more about Donna visit our Current Contributor’s page. 4 Ways to Save Money This Year At the start of a new year, many families...
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Is Perfectionism Ruining Your Diet? Are you a perfectionist when it comes to your health and the foods you eat?  You might say, “No way.  My diet is NOT perfect!”  Well, neither is mine. That’s right.  I’m write about the...
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Editor’s Note:  This post was written by Our Small Hours contributor Donna Fitzgerald.  To find out more about Donna visit our Current Contributor’s page. Should You Buy an Old Home or a New Home? Whether you’re starting a family or...
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