I do a ridiculous amount of research before buying almost anything. My favorite purchases are things that: Last a really long time. Save money by cutting down costs in an alternate category. Markedly improve our overall quality of life. Here are the best purchases I’ve made (I do not make money from this blog or… Continue reading My Favorite Frugal Purchases
In nearly every civilization throughout history people have celebrated holidays. As you probably already know many of our modern Western holidays, Christmas included (hey there winter solstice and Saturnalia), are just revamped versions of old pagan celebrations. In fact, for years Christian prophets vehemently condemned the idea of bringing a tree or piece of greenery… Continue reading A Brief History of Tradition & Why I Love the Holidays
I love hosting people! I’ve thrown every type of party imaginable from giant keg parties where you charge a $5 cover (ok, that was in college) to elaborate themed costume parties and casual barbecues. I’ve cooked for 4 and I’ve cooked for 50 (yes, really) and I’ve done the majority of it in small apartments… Continue reading Here’s Why Entertaining at Home is The Best (no matter how small your home is)
One of my favorite things about frugal living is entertaining. People tend to think that entertaining is expensive, but if you plan ahead, it’s always cheaper to entertain in your home than it is to go out. Imagine pairing this great dinner with three decent but cheap bottles of wine ($24.00), that puts your total… Continue reading A Frugal Autumn Dinner For 6: Maple Chicken with Roasted Apples, Carrots, Garlic, and Celery- Plus a Side of Golden Couscous- $16.57 total/$2.76 per person
Summer weather is here, and that means salads galore! I live in a beautiful little pre-war apartment. That means I get to have gorgeous parquet wood floors, tons of character, and a charming neighborhood. It also means that I have no air conditioning. I haven’t lived in a place with central air in about ten… Continue reading Beet and Feta Salad- $4.09 recipe/$0.82 serving
Homemade dumplings like these are a bit of a throwback, I rarely see them on menus or in cookbooks. But these pillowy bites have been a mainstay of frugal and poor people for hundreds of years. They are quick and easy to make, decidedly unfussy, and if you use non-dairy butter it is suitable… Continue reading Carrot Country Dumpling Soup-$4.41 recipe/$0.74 serving
This is a frugality/minimalism blog, so you won’t see me promoting very many different consumer goods here. BUT, I have to tell you all that I just acquired a bread machine and it is absolutely incredible! I try to maximize the holidays so I always ask for gift cards to stores that are very multipurpose.… Continue reading Bread Machine Wonders!