frugal living, thrift, saving money and penny pinching banner



Save Money with Frugal Living

    Thrift - Penny Pinching - Recipes - Free Clipart  

  Search Frugal Happy Families by Keyword Below




From the Editor

  Editor's Corner

Frugal Simple Living


Manageable Tasks: A Tool for Simple Living, by Nikki Willhite  How to make life easier by taking "baby steps" or breaking down tasks into manageable tasks.

Simple living can mean many things. To some people it is turning off the television and spending more time with their families. To others it is spending less money shopping and buying items that need maintenance, repair and storage. Or perhaps simple living is just limiting activities so that life can be more relaxing.

One of the key aspects of simple living for me is to accomplish my goals with getting stressed, confused, or overly tired. That can be hard to do... more


red tulip border

Frugal Wisdom Thru the Ages




"A penny saved is a penny earned."  Benjamin Franklin

"Industry, thrift and self-control are not sought because they create wealth, but because they create character."  Calvin Coolidge

"I believe that thrift is essential to well-ordered living." John D. Rockefeller

"Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship."  Benjamin Franklin


New and Featured Frugal Living  Articles on the Site


Frugal Recycling and Textiles

Old Sewing MachineUsing Your Fabric Scraps, by Nikki Willhite.   Lots of ways that you can use scraps of fabric left over from clothes and other textiles.

Fabric and textiles surround us, from our clothing to our carpets. Color, pattern, texture and design affect both our mood and our pocketbooks. Everyone has fabric scraps. They are in clothes that no longer fit, or draperies that are being replaced. As a frugal homemaker, you can take these scraps and make items of value.... more


Frugal Home Organization

peekabooFinding Storage Space, by Nikki Willhite. How to find overlooked storage space in your home.

If you live in an older home, you probably have a lack of storage space.  If you have collected a lot of things through the years, you may need more storage space.  If you have children, you always seem to need more storage space... more 


Frugal Cooking

woman with cookbookFrugal Lifestyle: Creating Tempting Leftovers For Free Meals, by Rosey Dow  Lots of ideas on how to use leftovers to make new meals.

The greatest saving strategy you can have is to use every scrap of food that comes into your home. The trick is to disguise leftovers as a completely new meal. Here are some ideas for putting leftovers to good use. And while you are at it, consider the advantages of planned leftovers... more  


Frugal Health and Dieting

body suit10 Weight Loss Tips That Won't Leave You Hungry, by John Mowatt. How to diet without going hungry.

There is so much conflicting information about weight loss that makes this difficult to understand  More than $30 billion per annum is spent on weight loss diets, and diet related products in the USA. Vast numbers of publications, so called experts, and even medical doctors all promote one diet scheme or another... more


Frugal Hobbies

easy 4-patch quilt blockQuilting, a Versatile Hobby, Nikki Willhite   The many projects and uses for patchwork and quilting.

It is hard to find time for hobbies. Life has just gotten so busy. Having said that, all the more reason for us to make the time for hobbies. Stress is not a joke. Everyone needs a way to keep stress down in their lives, and hobbies can be the answer for a lot of people..... more


Frugal Home Selling

small houseWhen is Staging a House a Waste of Money? by Nikki Willhite   Situations where home staging is not financially wise.

Everyone should clean up their house and declutter as much as possible before putting their house up for sale. There can be no doubt about that. However, staging a house is another matter.. . more





helpful tips lightbulb

Frugal Tip of the Week


Saving Money on Bacon


Save money on bacon by purchasing it when it goes on sale, and freezing it. 


If you just want to use the bacon for flavoring, here is a thrift conscious, frugal way to store them.  Freeze the strips individually... more




Featured Clipart on Site

Cartoon Dinosaurs


Cartoon Dinosaur


Children love dinosaurs.  Dinosaur images are used on clothing, put in coloring books, and make into stuffed animals.  Cartoons and movies feature dinosaurs.  Dinosaurs were were used for transportation in the adult cartoon show "The Flintstones."



crayon border line


Featured Recipes of the Week


Here are links to frugal and easy basic vegetable recipes.  Nothing fancy here- just classic, frugal homemade food.



Honey Crockpot Carrots  Easy and frugal honey glazed carrot recipe.


Sweet Carrot and Pecan Casserole    Ingredients include frozen carrots, brown sugar, pecans and spices.



Cream Cheese Corn Casserole, by Nikki Willhite   Corn and green peppers in a cream cheese sauce with a bread crumb topping.


Homemade Creamed Corn   How to make creamed corn from corn on the cob.


Green Beans

Green Bean Casserole, by Nikki Willhite   Baked green beans covered with French friend onions.



6 Secrets For a Delicious Mashed Potatoes Recipe, by Ben Cook   How to make great mashed potatoes and a mashed potatoes recipe.


Funeral Potatoes  Easy potato recipe using frozen hash brown potatoes.


Potato Pancakes - a frugal potato pancake recipe using grated potatoes.


Potluck Potatoes   Frugal and Easy Au Gratin Potato Recipe.


Twice Baked Potatoes   Baked potatoes cooked, removed from shell and seasoned, and cooked longer.




Super Food Strategies: Spinach and Yellow Peppers, by Nikki Willhite   Easy ways to incorporate the superfoods of spinach and yellow peppers into your diet.

Frugal Corn Tips





Frugal Tips

From Acne to Zucchini- Easy Money Saving Tips































The Frugal Library



Frugal Reading



Resources for Frugal Living



Like Frugal Living?  Visit these Sites...

Free Clipart

Mini Preppers

Scrappy Quilting

free clipart eagle

 mini preppers fireplace

scrappy quilting churndash quilt block


Be warm, be safe;  save time and money.