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How to Entertain in a Small House . . . and Survive

Before huge houses became popular, families across the country entertained in small capes, ranch-style homes and bungalows. When did it become a problem, an embarrassment and a stress to open our small homes to guests? There’s a beautiful lesson to be learned in how to entertain in a small home.

November 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

Physics Professor’s Eye-Opening View of College Application Process

What does a professor of physics and astronomy think about the college admissions/application process? Not what you probably think… Robert Scherrer of Vanderbilt University wrote a short, but excellent and … Continue reading

November 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

College Without Debt–Is It Possible? Marilyn’s View

Last night’s panel of college parents at our high school left me with many unanswered questions, especially about how they financed their kids’ colleges. That means one thing…a lot of research to be done.

October 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Attending My First High School PTA Parent College Panel: Aimee’s View

My sense from this first outing is that few people want to talk about the struggles involved to afford college, and try to make it debt-free. Here are my thoughts on the parents college panel I attended this week.

October 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

The “Gotta-Get-My-Kid-Into-a-Dream-College” Trend: Our Journeys Continue

If you wish your high schooler would even consider going to a two-year school, you are not alone. We don’t want the stress and the mounting bills to deter our kids’ futures. We’ll share our journeys with you here.

October 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

Decisions, Decisions…Should You Buy an Electric Car?

Electric cars are almost mainstream now…if you buy one, will it save you money on gas and maintenance? Those are the main questions that everyone wants to know. Here’s the beginning of my own brief research.

October 21, 2015 · 3 Comments

The Beginning: Deciding What To Do About Our Kids’ College

Today, Aimee and I were talking on the phone about college. It’s constantly on my mind these days having two high schoolers. Gulp. As I said in a previous post, … Continue reading

November 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Eating Healthy on a Budget–See One Couponer’s Menu for Pennies a Day

TFF reader, Wendy, wanted to put together a true menu to show readers how eating healthy on a budget can be literally accomplished for pennies a day. She’s retired…so, yes, she … Continue reading

July 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

You Need a Budget — Testing Out the Program That Competes With Mint

I used to think of myself as a pretty good budgeter . . . but, I guess I’m not :–( I still run into snags (ie: OMG, I have to … Continue reading

June 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Going Back to Work and Staying Frugal

  A budget-friendly strategy since going back to work full-time. Hi there TFF readers, new and old!  It’s great to be back online. One of the many dimensions of having … Continue reading

May 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

Connecticut’s Extreme Couponing Workshop: What to Expect

Hi everyone, I went to the couponing workshop hosted by Hearst Media that took place in Stamford, CT today. Remember, there are two more days you can attend — tomorrow … Continue reading

May 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Attention Frugal Parents! Read this Daily Finance Post

Things smart parents DO NOT do for their kids. A must read (and things frugal parents already know… ;–) From Daily Finance.

April 18, 2014 · 1 Comment

CT News! Get Your Tickets Free! CT Post sponsored Extreme Coupon Workshop on May 13th!

Free Extreme Couponing Workshop May 13th at Holiday Inn–sponsored by CT Post Newspaper.

April 15, 2014 · 1 Comment

Remember the Stratford Public Library Coupon Workshop This Sunday April 13th!

Connecticut folks: Don’t forget this Sunday at the Stratford Public Library from 2-3! Come meet Two Frugal Fairfielders and Three Ladies Making Cents!

April 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

Discussing Millionaires, Whole Foods, Couponing and Frugality on the Radio

Co-hosts Bonnie Levison and Kim Berns of WGCH AM’s “Anything Goes” show kept me on my toes yesterday during the spot where we talked about millionaires, Whole Foods, couponing and frugality!

March 27, 2014 · 3 Comments

Upcoming TFF Radio & Workshop Schedule of Events

TFF’s upcoming radio interview and workshops–mark your calendar!

February 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

Older Article (+ Newer Video) by Amy Dacyczyn, Tightwad Gazette

An old article written by Amy Dacyczyn is filled with time-honored wisdom. Plus, a video of Amy from New Hampshire Public Television is featured here as she tells us why she’ll always be frugal.

January 30, 2014 · 1 Comment

5 Important & Quick Tips About Clipping Coupons

Quick coupon tips mean quick savings. Do’s and Don’ts to get you started if you’re new, and to review if you’re a veteran clipper.

January 29, 2014 · 5 Comments

What’s Going On with Those Two Frugal Fairfielders? 10 Questions Answered

What happened to those Two Frugal Fairfielders? Here are some answers for the curious…

January 28, 2014 · 5 Comments

Why Coupon Expiration Dates Are Impossible to Read

Why do manufacturers and retailers say they WANT you to use coupons, but they design them so you can’t even read the expiration dates? Here’s a surprising and controversial thought….

January 19, 2014 · 1 Comment

New Workshop at Fairfield Woods Library: Not Quite What You Might Expect

A new coupon workshop at the Fairfield Woods Library won’t be your typical coupon workshop!

January 18, 2014 · 1 Comment

Quick Tutorial for Confused Couponers — Expiration Dates

Expiration dates can be confusing, but here’s a quick pictorial tutorial to help you better understand insert versus coupon expiration dates.

December 11, 2013 · 2 Comments

New Frugal Tidbits from Around the Web

Some noteworthy frugal tidbits from around the Web brought to you by TFF.

May 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

A NEW & Unusual Money Quote That Will Get You Thinking…

My goal as a blogger and author is to encourage us to use frugality as a way of living a more lovely, simple and fulfilled life–not one of desperation and lack. I truly believe that was the underlying message that Amy Dacyczyn was offering Tightwad Gazette readers all those years. Here’s a new money quote to get us thinking a different way…

April 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

TFF Kindle eBook #14 in Business Budgeting Category on Amazon!

Dress for Less reaches #14 in Business/Budgeting category during free promotion. Thank you everyone!

April 27, 2013 · 2 Comments

Money Smart Week Freebie–Dress for Less Free Kindle eBook Monday Through Wednesday

Celebrate Money Smart Week by downloading a free Kindle eBook. Dress for Less: Learn to Buy quality New Clothing for You & Your Family is free Monday through Wednesday! Snag it while you can!

April 22, 2013 · 4 Comments

Clothesline Infographic–How to Hang Your Clothes To Dry Outside

Tempted to have a clothesline but you are afraid of what the neighbors might think. Ha! Don’t worry about that, just read this tutorial on how to hang your clothes on a line outdoors. You’ll love this infographic full of how-do’s and facts about the cost of drying clothes.

April 17, 2013 · 1 Comment

I am a Swagbucks Failure, and I’m Not Sure Why

Swagbucks is like a religion to the scores of frugal users. But I have had no luck with Swagbucks. Zero luck. I have had a total of 349 Swagbucks sitting in my account and that’s ALL I’ve earned in two years! Yes, two years. What in the world am I doing wrong?

April 12, 2013 · 1 Comment

Bounty Paper Towels vs Generic Paper Towels: Is the Difference Worth the Price?

Have you ever wondered if it’s worth buying more expensive paper towels versus generic paper towels? I tested out Bounty DuraTowels with ShopRite generic paper towels and found out my instincts were right.

April 11, 2013 · 2 Comments

CVS is on a Roll With It’s Magic Red Coupon Machine

CVS has had a couple of nice gifts the past two weeks. Hopefully there will be more to come….keeping an eye on that magic red coupon machine.

April 8, 2013 · 1 Comment

More Lessons About Frugality: Dress for Less–Finding Affordable Clothing That Doesn’t Fall Apart After the First Wash!

Dress for Less for Kindle is out on Amazon. It’s full of frugal ideas about how to find clothing that won’t fall apart after one wearing and one washing.

April 7, 2013 · 4 Comments

The Toilet Paper Price War: Figuring Out The Best Deal Week of April 7th, 2013

Figuring out the best toilet paper sales can be daunting. I’ve attempted it here and the winner for this coming week is Staples! See if you agree.

April 6, 2013 · 13 Comments

Lessons About Frugality From This Brilliant Little Book: Lessons From Madame Chic

I was reminded of how to take frugal living to a higher and more elegant level by reading Lessons from Madame Chic: 20 Stylish Secrets I Learned While Living in Paris. This book is full of frugal gems.

April 5, 2013 · 12 Comments

Part 2: How to Impress a Teenage Daughter With Coupons–The Receipt

One reader challenged me about what I bought at the store that impressed my teen daughter so much. I think she thought I just bought candy and gum! But, here’s the breakdown and receipt…

March 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

How to Impress a Teenage Daughter With Coupons

My kids make fun of me all the time when it comes to couponing, but for some reason I was able to get the attention of my teen daughter during a recent shopping trip…and she was impressed with my shopping strategies.

March 18, 2013 · 1 Comment

Dress for Less: Two Frugal Fairfielders’ First eBook — Coming Shortly!

Two Frugal Fairfielders’ first ebook, Dress for Less: Learn How to Buy Quality New Clothes for You and Your Family, is coming out shortly! Here’s a preview.

March 17, 2013 · 1 Comment

Cool New Product to Keep Shopping Trips Organized

New shopping-organizing bag for everyone who forgets to bring coupons/lists/reusable bags to the store.

March 9, 2013 · 1 Comment

You CAN Freeze Eggs…But…Do You Want To?

When there’s a fantastic sale on eggs, what to do–freeze them or not freeze them?

March 8, 2013 · 4 Comments

An Item Even Better Than Paper Towels!

Want to know what item in your house is the most inexpensive replacement for paper towels? No, it’s NOT a rag….

March 8, 2013 · 2 Comments

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March 3, 2013 · 1 Comment

Why Your Money Doesn’t Go Far in Fairfield County in 2013

The latest census news says that 18% of households in Fairfield County, CT are considered to be in the top 5% of the wealthiest in the country. But, not everyone is part of that 18%/5% crowd. So, if you live here, and you wonder where your money is going, take a look at prices of oil, gas, electricity, property taxes food and cable 20 years ago compared to now. Frugality has always been around, but it’s more important now to find ways to live frugally. You’re not alone in your quest to look for ways to save, reduce and live frugally.

February 24, 2013 · 2 Comments

Why Your Money Doesn’t Go Far in Fairfield County in 2013

The latest census news says that 18% of households in Fairfield County, CT are considered to be in the top 5% of the wealthiest in the country. But, not everyone is part of that 18%/5% crowd. So, if you live here, and you wonder where your money is going, take a look at prices of oil, gas, electricity, property taxes food and cable 20 years ago compared to now. Frugality has always been around, but it’s more important now to find ways to live frugally. You’re not alone in your quest to look for ways to save, reduce and live frugally.

February 24, 2013 · 2 Comments

Quick, Inexpensive Way to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances–An Odd Trick, But It Works

Want to know a quick, easy, cheap trick to getting your stainless steel looking clean and shiny? It takes a bit of elbow grease but you’ll love the results.

February 21, 2013

Read the Store’s Sales Circular to Shop Coupon-Free

If couponing doesn’t thrill you, study the store sales circular to find coupon-free deals. You’d be surprised at how many people do not read the circular and miss out on the deals.

February 20, 2013 · 2 Comments

What’s for Lunch? Low-Glycemic Leftovers

Here’s a quick low-glycemic lunch that takes advantage of a little of this and a little of that.

February 20, 2013

Are You a Good Money Parent? A Gift Inside…

We all say we “love” money. But do we really? I read a fantastic article yesterday by Marilyn Jenett about what happens when we are terrible money parents.

February 15, 2013

If You Don’t See a Payoff with Coupons, You Won’t Use Them. So, Stop Beating Yourself Up!

Most of us don’t have bags or binders of coupons attached at our hip at all times. Many people consistently forget their coupons but have every intention of using them. The problem: they don’t see the benefits or payoff of using coupons, so they don’t put a priority on taking them to the store.

February 15, 2013 · 1 Comment

Super Quick Post on Homemade Falafel Mix Found on Reddit

Hi everyone, okay, I HAVE to try this! Love the recipe and photos. I love falafel, but haven’t made it myself yet. Enjoy and I’ll let you know when and … Continue reading

February 12, 2013 · 5 Comments

Personal Finance Success Stories: Before You Feel Envy, Read Between the Lines

If you read too many personal finance success stories, you may start to feel less inspired, but instead, more frustrated and bad about your own situation. STOP! Remember, not everything is as it seems. Read between the lines.

February 12, 2013 · 1 Comment

How to Save Money at Home Depot Now That The Store’s Coupon Policies Have Changed

Have you tried to save money at Home Depot using competitor’s coupons? Well, those good old days may be over, but there are some other ways to save a buck when you start your spring clean up in a couple of months. Prepare by reading here.

February 6, 2013 · 3 Comments

Money Quote for Monday: A Classic Revisited…

Here’s a classic money quote that influenced me to teach couponing workshops.

February 4, 2013

Money Quote for Tuesday: Pound Foolish Author Takes a Stand

Is it your fault you’re in debt and not a millionaire? The author of “Pound Foolish” is on your side.

January 29, 2013 · 2 Comments

Important Info for Anyone Using Color or Black and White Printable Coupons

Store managers: Please stop giving us the snarky eye when we use printable, controversial black and white coupons–there is barcode safety net that many couponers are probably unaware of, but it’s important to know about. Here are important tips about how to help stores see that your printables are legal.

January 28, 2013 · 1 Comment

My $1 Solution to Organizing Coupons at the Grocery Store (Now, I Don’t Lose Them When I Shop!)

Tired of losing coupons at the grocery store? Tired of losing coupons at the bottom of your purse? Tired of forgetting your coupons at home? I found a quick, super-simple solution to all of the above for $1.

January 26, 2013

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