Make It Monday (or for Mother’s Day) Week 11: Yummy Wholesome Pancakes

I have been making this recipe for over 20 years! (I was a child prodigy, heh heh!)  In all seriousness, I have tweaked this recipe so many times, I can claim it as mine!

The original called for all-purpose white flour. I tried substituting whole wheat flour but it made the pancakes dense. Continue reading “Make It Monday (or for Mother’s Day) Week 11: Yummy Wholesome Pancakes”

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How to Lower Your Cost for Trash Removal: My Zero Waste Log April 2016

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Two more kitchen garbage bags will make this bin full.
On April 30, in the big garbage bin in the garage, there are 2 kitchen-sized garbage bags and empty mulch bugs for our flower garden. Our kitchen garbage can is almost full. 2 more garbage bags will make this bin ready for the town dump.

For 2016 so far, here are our garbage expenses:

Total =$ 50.00 for 4 months of Garbage and Recycling Disposal: 

Continue reading “How to Lower Your Cost for Trash Removal: My Zero Waste Log April 2016”

Throw Back Thursday: What’s the Link Between Kids Cooking and Frugal Living?

Marilyn: The way to get kids into a frugal mindset at any age is NOT to say “We can’t afford that.” I’ve frequently spoken at workshops about how we, as parents, have to stop saying that to our kids because it sends the wrong message. Frugality is not poor. Continue reading “Throw Back Thursday: What’s the Link Between Kids Cooking and Frugal Living?”

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10 Top Quality Products We’re Inspired By

Marilyn’s List:

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Clockwise: Calphalon pots with stainless fry pans and baking sheets, Herman Miller furniture, Corelle, fake Birkin, solid wood cabinet from Caldor. Photo: Marilyn, TFF

My motto is “the things that made it to a second-hand store made it there because they are durable!” It’s no secret that things don’t last long enough anymore. Continue reading “10 Top Quality Products We’re Inspired By”

10 Ways Amy Dacyczyn Inspired Me – Aimee’s Take

tightwad gazetteNot too long after becoming a stay-at-home mom when my second child was born, I discovered this book at the library, a compilation of Amy Dacyczyn’s widely distributed newsletter from the 1990’s called, The Tightwad Gazette. It was nearly 10 years after she stopped writing that I discovered her stuff. Continue reading “10 Ways Amy Dacyczyn Inspired Me – Aimee’s Take”

10 Ways Amy Dacyczyn’s Tightwad Gazette Inspired Me—Marilyn’s Take

The bible of the frugal movement by Amy Dacyczyn.

We’ve written about Amy Dacyczyn and The Tightwad Gazette before because we can’t stop being so inspired by her! If you didn’t catch our post on the Tightwad Refrigerator, read it here!

Here’s more about how the Mother of Frugality has inspired me:  Continue reading “10 Ways Amy Dacyczyn’s Tightwad Gazette Inspired Me—Marilyn’s Take”