to making stuff.

My Coffee Press

Growing up I thought coffee was bitter and disgusting, and who in their right mind would drink the stuff? I even hated the smell of the beans when my Mom brewed her morning cup. Between now and then I have worked in a coffee shop (where said coffee was free), and had 2 children. Now […]

Cleaning Solutions – Cheap and Green

I love the word cheap. Oh I know it has the feel of being bad quality, but in this case I’m talking quality cleaning products that are very very low cost. In fact, for the truly destitute (or just frugal by choice) you can get by with just 2 very inexpensive ingredients and a little […]

Crabapples – Not a Useless Fruit

Most people think of being frugal as learning where to save, how to find the right sales, judicious use of coupons. However, for me a huge part of being frugal is being resourceful. Being able to find resources that will otherwise go unused, but that can provide significant value to your home, is a great […]

Chili with Beans

With last week’s post about beans [Beans the Magical Legume] I feel I have to share my favorite chili formula. I’m not one for recipes, and when I do use a recipe it is mainly for inspiration than step-by-step instruction. There are a few things I won’t do on the fly, but chili is one […]

Beans the Magical Legume

We currently have about 19 one pound bags, and 3.5 quart size jars of beans in my house. Yes, that is a bit excessive. How do you resist a grocery store closing sale when they’re 40% off? I obviously couldn’t. In fact, we started off with 11 bags and my husband went back and got […]

The Ever Exciting Bar of Soap

I remember visiting my grandmother’s house as a little girl, and seeing little bowls of decorative soap on the bathroom counter. They were usually in the shape of seashells or fish, sometimes flowers. The bowl was full of pastel colors and strong scents. I always wondered what the point was, because the actual soap for […]

Old Fashioned Ways: Fermenting Food

I love yogurt. And chocolate. And pickles. I considered starting this piece with “I recently got into fermenting foods..” but if I had come across that sentence a few weeks back I probably would have glossed it over and moved on. I somehow decided the whole “fermenting” thing wasn’t for me whenever I encountered it. […]

You Gotta Cook (and Baked French Toast)

What do you do with those little pieces of leftover food? If I wanted to lecture you I’d say wasting food is not sustainable, bad for the environment, and wasteful of good resources (and the carbon energy it took to get you those resources). Sure this is an important topic to me, but it doesn’t […]

A Pricier Egg

A Pricier Egg: That title doesn’t exactly fit the definition of frugality, but sometimes cheaper just doesn’t work. Recently I made the decision to stop buying the cheapest super market eggs. It had a lot to do with this post, but it’s been a long time coming. Here’s the basic gist of what I have learned. […]