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Make-Your-Own Hummus: A Delicious, Frugal Gateway to Eating More Fiber – Especially If You Have Teenagers

A new study shows that eating foods high in fiber may help lower breast cancer risk, especially when habits are developed at a young age. Hummus is a great way to make high fiber foods more delicious!

February 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

Attention Frugal Fashionistas: One Day Sale at Plato’s Closet, Orange, CT

One day sale this Saturday, February 6th at Plato’s Closet in Orange, CT. You never know what you’ll find there for your teens and/or yourself! Go for the Zero Waste Closet at this and other consignment shops in the area.

February 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

What is the Single, Most Effective Piece of Financial Advice You’ve Ever Received?

Today on I saw a valuable personal finance question with over 100 answers, each with thousands of views from Quora readers. Read on…

February 3, 2016 · 3 Comments

Winter Clearance Event at Plato’s Closet: Designer Clothing and Shoes-not just for your fashion-forward teenager, but for you, too!

Good quality, designer clothes and shoes at a fraction of a cost for your teenager (even you, too!) at Plato’s Closet. Current sales makes current styles even more affordable!

February 1, 2016 · 2 Comments

Lower Your Monthly Cost for Trash Removal: Frugal and Sustainable Style! My Zero Waste Home Ledger for January 2016

How much do you pay per week for trash and recycling pick-up? This month, we paid $32.00. Next month, we aim for $12.00 or less. You can, too. How?

January 30, 2016 · 2 Comments

Bread Linked to Cancer: My Frugal Foodie Update on My Fast, Easy, Healthy Bread Machine Recipe

Now there is more reason to learn how to bake your own bread and other baked goods: an ingredient linked to cancer. Banned in other countries, but not here!

January 27, 2016 · 1 Comment

DIY Foaming Hand Soap: Frugal Fairfielder Edition

Here’s a DIY Recipe for Foaming Hand Soap that is safer for your skin than many store-bought kinds. It’s also better for your wallet and for the environment, which adds up to Frugal and Sustainable!

January 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

Leftovers Go From Yuck to Delicious: Simple Crustless Quiche Recipe from The Tightwad’s Notebook

What do you do with a spoonful of leftovers but you’re tired of homemade soup? Make a crustless quiche. It’s quite possibly the easiest thing to make…in the world. Easier than boiling water! Here’s the recipe…

January 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Truth About Cheap People and Frugal People

Living frugal is comfortable, living cheap is misery. At least in my opinion. Here are some concise, to-the-point Reddit reader comments about the difference between cheap and frugal.

January 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

How to Slowly Cut the Cable Cord (Step-by-Step) and Save Hundreds of Dollars

If you want to cut cable, join the club. We realized we can save over $500 a year simply by downgrading our cable package, and over $700 a year getting rid of cable altogether. See our timeline for steps on how we are inching towards cutting the cable cord in our house.

January 19, 2016 · 1 Comment

Attention Frugal Wannabe Boaters!

Just a little plug on TFF for a brand new .99 cent Kindle eBook written by my VERY frugal husband, Steve! People are always asking him how to buy a boat … Continue reading

January 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

Do You Pay Out of Pocket for Prescription Meds? It May be Cheaper Than You Think…

It never would have occurred to me that paying out of pocket (OOP) for an ongoing prescription drug would be less expensive than paying for it through my health insurance’s … Continue reading

January 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

7th of 7 Ways to Zero Waste-Incentives for Using Alternatives to Plastic Shopping Bags: Frugal Fairfielder Edition

As the UN Climate Conference goes into its last full day, I reflect on the reason I wrote this series of posts. I hope you will consider my Zero Waste message. Making one small change can lead to bigger changes.

December 10, 2015 · 1 Comment

6th of 7 Ways to Zero Waste-Changing One Thing at a Time for a Zero Waste Bathroom: Frugal Fairfielder Edition

Living Zero Waste helps you toughen up. You gotta have a backbone to live Zero Waste.

December 9, 2015 · 4 Comments

5th of 7 Ways to Zero Waste-Small Steps to a Zero Waste Kitchen: Frugal Fairfielder Edition

Living Zero Waste takes time and compromise with your spouse! Save money, health and Earth.

December 8, 2015 · 3 Comments

Pet Peeve from the Tightwad’s Notebook: Squeezable Mayo Containers

Maybe if I had to do it all over again, I’d study package design. Most people I know are frustrated with trying to open packages of anything these days (have … Continue reading

December 8, 2015 · 4 Comments

4th of 7 Ways to Zero Waste-Achieving a Zero Waste Lunchbox at School and Work: Frugal Fairfielder Edition

Here’s another way to keep the green by being green. Save literally hundreds of dollars with a Zero Waste Lunch box for each member of your family.

December 7, 2015 · 3 Comments

3rd of 7 Ways to Zero Waste-Creating a Zero Waste Closet: Frugal Fairfielder Edition

Way #3 – Striving for the Zero Waste Closet: frugal, sustainable AND chic!

December 6, 2015 · 6 Comments

2nd of 7 Ways to Zero Waste-Benefits of the Resuable Mug: Frugal Fairfielder Edition

Here is the Second installment of 7 Ways to Zero Waste: Frugal Fairfielder Edition

December 5, 2015 · 3 Comments

7 Ways To Zero Waste: Frugal Fairfielder Edition

Climate Change is a controversial topic. At the time of this post, The UN Climate Conference talks have been underway in Paris.

Just in case climate change turns out to be a 100%-proven deal, how about being part of doing something to reverse its negative effects? The next generation will thank you for at least trying. What is doable? Reducing the amount of garbage you produce. Here is the first of seven ways.

December 4, 2015 · 3 Comments

Lifting This Feeling of Lack and Scarcity

When we feel fear, lack and scarcity in our lives, our train of thought derails…remember the movie Inside Out? This isn’t Therapy 101, but it is a first effort to help us lift the dark cloud of lack that so many of us feel.

December 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

Are We Trying to Guilt People into Frugality?

Do you feel guilty if you see someone else using coupons or bringing in coffee from home instead of paying for Starbucks . . . like you do? Stop feeling so guilty! Here’s why.

December 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

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 · 1 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

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

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