Entries by Mary Hunt

Money in the Bank Is the Reward for Frugality

Living frugally does not mean choosing a life of poverty. Frugality is simply the act of avoiding waste. It means finding the most economical way to accomplish a task or project. Frugality doesn’t mean giving up, it means living better because when you have all that you need plus money in the bank, life becomes […]

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Spend Money Only Where It Counts

Even the mention of words like frugality and thrift send some people over the edge because, for them, those words conjure up thoughts of poverty and deprivation. They assume that cutting costs is tantamount to diving into dumpsters to find one’s next meal. No wonder so many people prefer a life of debilitating debt to […]

The Best Thing I Ever Bought

  Okay, so maybe I should say, “One of the best things ….” but at this moment, as I write, I cannot think of anything I’ve ever purchased that can top my carpet cleaning steam vac. Background: I have a love/hate relationship with carpet. I love how it looks, how it feels under my feet and […]

Back-to-School Rescue

The cost to get kids ready for school this fall is soaring. But you don’t have to participate. Here are a few quick ideas for how to keep the costs down, perhaps even lower than what you’ve spent in past years! Clothes Start with shoes. There’s nothing like a new pair of shoes to get […]

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Make Your Own Laundry Detergent and SAVE

Today I want to introduce you to the idea of making your own laundry detergent. I know what you are thinking: Why on earth would we do that when laundry detergent is widely available? Store-bought detergent is a particular convenience for those of us who are already so busy we can hardly find time to […]

Meet the Newest Member of the BYOB Club

  For years I’ve had something of a love hate relationship with baking bread. It’s a domestic skill I could never quite master. And that bothered me in the way that little things can. This would be my pattern: Four out of five tries would flop, then in an act of mercy by the yeast […]