making your own popsicles

Make It Monday: Frugal & Frozen–Refreshing Homemade Ice Pop Recipes for Summer

Here’s a previous post that ran in 2012, when my kids were younger…but still a favorite here at TFF!

Homemade ice pops are tasty, inexpensive, and healthy. Here are some versions to try this summer.  Continue reading “Make It Monday: Frugal & Frozen–Refreshing Homemade Ice Pop Recipes for Summer”

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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?”

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

Hummus + veggies and/or whole-grain snacks = High fiber intake

I’ve been making homemade hummus from this recipe since March 2007, when food.com was recipezaar.com. Continue reading “Make-Your-Own Hummus: A Delicious, Frugal Gateway to Eating More Fiber – Especially If You Have Teenagers”

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

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Last weekend, my teenage daughter and I got some great deals on clearance, including the dark wash jeans shown below, for just $5.00. Continue reading “Attention Frugal Fashionistas: One Day Sale at Plato’s Closet, Orange, CT”

How to Lower Your Cost for Trash Removal: Frugal and Sustainable Style! My Zero Waste Home Log for January 2016

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1 bag of garbage generated in two weeks.

I just checked the garbage can in the garage since I last went to the Fairfield Town Dump, which was two Saturday’s ago. There is only one kitchen-sized garbage bag in it. Woo-hoo! The garbage bag in the kitchen is not even half full. Continue reading “How to Lower Your Cost for Trash Removal: Frugal and Sustainable Style! My Zero Waste Home Log for January 2016”

DIY Foaming Hand Soap: Frugal Fairfielder Edition

During week 2 of The UN Climate Conference in Paris, I chose to write about 7 Frugal and Sustainable ways to reduce waste to coincide with the last 7 full days of the conference: How to Build Habits of Recycling, Benefits of a reusable mug, How to Create a Zero Waste Closet, Zero Waste Lunch Box, Zero Waste Kitchen, Zero Waste Bathroom, and Incentives for Using Alternatives to Plastic Shopping Bags .

While I still have the goal of making my own toothpaste that everyone in my family will like, here is a DIY Bathroom Foaming Hand Soap recipe that moisturizes and smells great:  Continue reading “DIY Foaming Hand Soap: Frugal Fairfielder Edition”