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Frugal Money

Careful and Cautious Savings, by Nikki Willhite.  Frugal advice on how to build up a savings account and how to keep it safe.

When you don't have a lot of money, it is very important to keep the money you do have safe and secure. It is pretty obvious that in today's world, everyone wants your money... more


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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


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Frugal Decorating

green floral fabricDecorating with Pattern: Design Basics, by Nikki Willhite.  Choosing Patterns for Your Home. How to mix and match fabric with pattern in your home.  

Our world is full of color, texture and pattern. It is a beautiful place. Even with limited means, we can bring some of that beauty into our homes. However, choosing pattern for our homes can be tricky. Pattern can be very taste specific... more



Frugal Shopping


shopping cartFrugal Living and False Economy, by Nikki Willhite.  How to save money purchasing items of quality that will last a long time.

One of the dangers of frugal living is making a "false economy" decision. What is false economy? False economy is when you pay too little for an item and it does not serve you well.

If you do not buy an item of good quality, it may break easily, not function well, and be of no use to you in a very short time... more


Frugal Decorating


shiplapDecorating with Shiplap, by Nikki Willhite -  How to use both used and new shiplap on your walls and ceiling when decorating your home.

If you watch the television show "Fixer Upper", you may think that the last of the shiplap is being pulled from the walls of old homes and you can't find any more of it. To the contrary, you can find shiplap in any big box hardware store. What is becoming rare is used shiplap... more


Frugal Computers


Laptop ComputerRecycling Computers, by Nikki Willhite -  How to recycle your old computer and take your personal information off it.

...So what do you do when you want to dispose of a computer? How do you make sure that the information on them is permanently deleted?...more


Frugal Clothing


striped sweaterSweaters and the Frugal Wardrobe, by Nikki Willhite - Why every woman should own a pencil skirt, and how to choose one.

Sweaters are an important part of a frugal wardrobe. The key to saving money on sweaters is to make them as versatile as possible. .... more


Frugal Decorating


floral plateFeng Shui and Interior Design: Another tool for the Frugal Decorator, by Nikki Willhite

What is Feng Shui? Feng Shui, at it's most basic level, is nothing but a decorating style.. .Basically, Feng Shui tries to control or channel the energy in a room. It tries to turn all negative energy into positive energy... more


Frugal Money


shopping cartCash Controlled Spending, by Nikki Willhite

If you want to spend less money each month, pay cash. It is that simple. I use to be very fond of using my credit card. I would charge as many things as I could on it, pay it off at the end of the month, and then every few months, my credit card company would deposit money in my bank account...... more


Frugal Clutter Control


closet clutter10 Ways to DeClutter Your Home, by Terri Seymour.  A few ideas to help you declutter your home.

Over time our homes, especially if they are smaller homes, have a tendency to accumulate and collect all kinds of treasures, gems and keepsakes, otherwise referred to as ...   "junk". ;-)    Now we all know that one person's trash is another person's treasures, but our homes can only hold so much!!!... more


Frugal Recipes


Funeral Potatoes This dish is often called potluck potatoes or funeral potatoes because it is good for a crowd.


1 large bag frozen hash brown potatoes
2 cups sour cream
 .. more

Frugal Clutter Control


dusterClutter Blunders, by Nikki Willhite - Actions that cause clutter and disorganization in your home and what to do instead.

Want a clutter-free and organized house? Here is what NOT to do.... more

Frugal Clothing



blue dressThe Most Common Clothing Mistakes, by Ryhan Choudhury.  Mistakes to avoid when choosing clothing, including fabric and style choices.

So many people head online and purchase five pound and under clothing. This is a great way to buy the best brands at the lowest prices, but even when buying affordably priced items, there is no reason you shouldn't take careful note and not make the most common mistakes that everyone else makes.. more


Frugal Cooking


menuFrugal Lifestyle: Creating Tempting Leftovers For Free Meals, by Rosey Dow

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... more


Frugal Recipes


Easy Strawberry Pie An easy recipe for strawberry pie using Cool Whip, jello, fresh strawberries and a graham cracker pie crust.



1 small box strawberry jello ( 3 ounces)
2/3 cups boiling water and 2 cups ice cubes
Cool Whip ( 8 ounces)
1 cup sliced strawberries .. more

Frugal Recipes


Easy Egg Casserole   Frugal recipe includes buttered bread cubes, milk and cheddar cheese.


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4 eggs, beaten
4 slices bread, buttered and cut into cubes
1 cup Cheddar cheese (grated)...

Frugal Shopping


shopping cartCraig's List Savings: Shopping on Craig's List, by Nikki Willhite -  How to save money buying items on Craig's list.

Since the beginning of Craig's List, 15 years ago, this service has become a frugal tool for those who like to save money. No more do people have to dive into dumpsters looking for free things. You can find them on Craig's list... more




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Frugal Tip of the Week


Saving Money on Broccoli

The stems on broccoli are tougher and take longer to cook then the florets. If you cook them together, first cook the stems, then add the florets.  If you don't want to eat the stems, be thrift conscious with the vitamins, and remove them and keep them for soups and stews... more (including frugal broccoli recipes)


Money and Happiness


books and eye glassesThe Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, answered "Man.  Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money.  Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health.  And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies never really having lived."



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Frugal Computers

Internet Adware Scams, by Nikki Willhite  How the Internet Adware Scam works and frugal ways to remove it from your computer.

If you have ever had your computer infected by Adware, you know the consequences. Adware is a HUGE scam on the Internet. Adware works somewhat the same as a virus.  You get it by opening an infected email, or downloading an infected file. ...Once Adware is on your computer, pop up windows will start coming up on your screen....The Adware is doing everything it can to get you to go to their sites. To add injury to insult, there is a second part of this scheme... more



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"Oldies but Goodies"



Decorating with Texture
Fixing Up Old Cupboards
Pattern Perfect
A Step Too Far  
Shopping and the "Rule of 3"
Wants vs. Needs
Frugal Clothing Alterations
Frugal Clothing Choices
Judging the Price of Clothing


Economical Stir Fry Cooking
Eggless Cake Recipe
The Economical Egg



Homemade Granola
Homemade Gravy
Homemade Ketchup



Using Your Fabric Scraps
Decorating with Quilts
How to Save Money Sewing



Frugal Investing
Piggy Bank Savings
Simple Living
The Ideology of Being Frugal
Tightwad Treasures
Finding Storage Space
How to Organize Your Home




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