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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TBT: 4 Values to Teach as a Frugal Parent

For Throw Back Thursday: a post from 4 years ago. What does frugal parenting mean to you?

Parenting QuoteMy husband and I made an appointment at the bank recently to discuss options for refinancing our mortgage.  Our children are 6, 8, and 11; do we get a babysitter for an hour-long meeting? Continue reading “TBT: 4 Values to Teach as a Frugal Parent”

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Attention Frugal Parents! Read this Daily Finance Post

Frugal Parents are Smart Parents!!

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Much to my daughter’s credit, she took great care of keeping her hamster’s cage clean. I will admit I was doing the work the first couple of months she had the hamster, but soon I realized how wrong that was! She learned how to do everything herself. I was genuinely proud of her for taking on 100% of the responsibility once I stopped trying to take over her chore.

Take a look at this post from the Daily Finance site. Read through this short article called “Eight Things Smart Parents Shouldn’t Buy for Their Kids.” Continue reading “Attention Frugal Parents! Read this Daily Finance Post”

Quotable Quotes for Sustainable Serenity 10.21.12

Maybe you are like me, and when you were 10, you routinely read your parents’ copy of Reader’s Digest.  My favorite page was “Quotable Quotes.”  Perhaps this is where I got my inspiration to start a chapbook of quotes and words of wisdom to help guide me to best overcome the adversity of life with grace and determination.  Continue reading “Quotable Quotes for Sustainable Serenity 10.21.12”

Quotable Quotes for Sustainable Serenity 10.7.12

Maybe you are like me, and when you were 10, you routinely read your parents’ copy of Reader’s Digest.  My favorite page was “Quotable Quotes.”  Perhaps this is where I got my inspiration to start a chapbook of quotes and words of wisdom to help guide me to best overcome the adversity of life with grace and determination.  Continue reading “Quotable Quotes for Sustainable Serenity 10.7.12”

Memo to Affluent Parents: Tell Your Obnoxious Kid To Stop Bragging About Your House and Cars!

My son told me that a boy in his school has said things to him like, “My house is bigger than yours,” and, “We have really expensive cars.” It’s not the first time I’ve heard this happen in this town, and it won’t be the last time.  Continue reading “Memo to Affluent Parents: Tell Your Obnoxious Kid To Stop Bragging About Your House and Cars!”