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 […]

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 […]