Taking a Few Days Off

I’ll be on vacation through Wednesday, so there will be a short break between posts — feel free to check the archives for some gems!

Catch you on the flip side.

– Nicole

Fix-It Friday: How to Install a Ceiling Fan

Fix-It Friday is an occasional series that details the projects I’ve done around the house. Check out some past posts here and here.

The old fixture looked like this, with a plain plastic cover to hide the bulbs.

This past weekend, I decided to tackle a home improvement project I’ve had on the back […]

Being Frugal 100% of the Time Isn't For Me

I will never be someone who makes her own deodorant like Matt at DIYnatural, or who composts like Mrs. Money at Ultimate Money Blog. That means I won’t even attempt to create sunscreen from scratch. And forget about growing vegetables — the flowers I planted last week are already on their last legs thanks to […]

(Belated) Weekend Link Love

My weekend got away from me — we had an engagement party and a wedding one state over, and coupled with the time spent tackling home improvement projects, I didn’t get a chance to highlight some great posts from the past week, until now.

Posts that Piqued My Interest

Are you deprived or just smart and […]

Fix-It Friday: Tree Flower Bed

Fix-It Friday is an occasional series that details the projects I’ve done around the house. Check out some past posts here and here.

We have a pretty medium-size Japanese maple on our front lawn. The leaves turn from green to red throughout the course of the spring and summer, culminating in a dark red in the […]

Freak or Frugalista?

Last night, while washing the crud off the trays from our outdoor grill in the kitchen sink, I accidentally whacked our paper towel holder into the warm, soapy water. It was a brand-new roll of paper towels.

“Shit! Damn it!” I yelled.

Mr. Saver asked what happened, and I told him. He laughed at me and said, […]

Phantom Power Loads: "Sneaky" Electricity Consumption

Our upstairs room is now ready for a spackler/taper to finish it. Aas my father says, I hope he has a sense of humor, because boy,  are there a lot of seams! We also have 7  outlet receptacles throughout the room, which I find strange. In comparison, the room I use as my office only […]

Runaway Spending: How I Lost My Grip on Our Finances

Although I’ve been trying to keep a firm grip on our finances, I feel like both Mr. Saver and I have let our spending get out of hand.

Just today we went to Kohl’s to get Mr. Saver some new summer clothes that would serve him well for our upcoming vacation to Las Vegas. We hadn’t […]

Fix-It Friday: A Little Bit of This, A Little Bit of That

Fix-It Friday is an occasional series that details the projects I’ve done around the house. Check out some past posts here and here.

It was a joyous occasion on Sunday — the sheetrock in our under-construction-for-months — and months — spare bedroom is finally finished. My brother and I tackled it over the weekend, and […]

Stocking Up Your Pantry: Yea or Nay?

Frugal Dad‘s How to Stockpile Food for Survival post unintentionally made me giggle. Before reading the full post, I started thinking about the pseudo grocery store that is my in-laws’ basement. Half of the area is comprised of all manner of cabinets — if it could hold food, it was installed. So what they wound […]

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