Saving Money


Step one in learning how to save money is learning how to spend your money! Saving money on groceries and on your household expenses is an easy way to cut expenses from your overall budget.

Saving Money on Your Household

Save on Back to School Supplies
Beat the Summer Heat for Less
Recipes for Homemade Cleaners
Rummage Sales 101
Saving Money on your Dryer
Thrifty Pets
75 Uses for Baking Soda
Grapefruit Bathroom Cleaner
Budget Landscaping
Sewing on a Budget
Save Even More on Your Electricity Bills
12 Ways to Save Money on Heating Bills
35 Easy Frugal Budgeting Tune Ups
10 Ways to Save Money (That You Might Not Have Thought Of!)
Cheap Canning Supplies
5 Ways to Conserve Energy

Saving Money on Groceries

Organic on a Budget
Eating on a Budget on Vacation
Surplus Grocery Stores
How to Shop at a Discount Grocery Store
Couponing 101
Using Coupons on Organics
Price Point List
Ways to Make Your Produce Last Longer
How to Re-Grow Store Bought Veggies
Healthy Foods on a Budget
How to Make Produce Last When You Shop Once a Month
Cheap Meals to Make When You're at the End of Your Budget
How Condiments and Spices Can Save Money
Simple and Healthy Snack Ideas Under $1
Money Saving Meals With Dried Beans
Quick Tips on Reducing Food Costs
If You Can Shop for Groceries You Can Order from a Bulk Co-op


No Shopping Pact
Budgeting, Being Happy, and Stuff We Need
When a Deal isn't Really a Deal
Prepping for Higher Prices
Making an Emergency Fund
How to Determine if You Are Living Beyond Your Means
Irregular Income Budgeting Chart (Free Printable)
Budgeting for a New Baby
Budgeting for Dummies
Envelope System Budgeting
Household Budgeting Tips
The Spending Initiative - A Unique Way to Control Spending

Living a Thrifty Lifestyle

Take a Deep Breath, and Save Money
Money in a Jar
How to Barter
Being Thankful for What You Have
No Television
Learning to Barter
Hanging Clothes
How to Have a Successful Garage Sale
The Keys to Good Negotiation
Organizing a Clothes Swap
Where to Buy Cheap Fabric
Tips for Shopping at Consignment Stores
Tips for Clothing Shopping at Rummage Sales
Frugal Women's Clothing
Men's Haircuts at Home
Cheap Cloth Diapers
Prepping on a Budget
Best Money Saving Tips (141 Tips!)
Affordable Health Care
Frugal Tips for Saving Money
Pros and Cons to Once a Month Freezer Cooking
Maintaining a Minimalistic Wardrobe
How to Minimalize Children's Clothing

Saving Money in the Kitchen

Potato Uses For
Stretch a Roast
Saving on Peanut Butter
Reusing Ziploc Bags
Making Larger Kitchen Purchases
Buying Produce Frugally and Eating Healthy through the Winter
Wasting Food
Saving Money Washing Dishes
Cooking Dried Beans
Planning a Baking Day
Why We Fail at Meal Planning
Does Buying a Whole Chicken Save Money?
Waste Not Want Not
Frugal Recipes
Meals for Under 1
Garbage Soup
Frugal and Easy Cooking Substitution Solutions
Finding Cheap Canning Supplies
Cooking With What You Have: Challenging Yourself to Eat Down the Pantry

Money Saving Shopping Tips

Making the Most of the Farmer's Market
5 Ways to Save Money Shopping Local
Why I've Been Shopping on Amazon
Useful Finds from Antique Stores
Homesteading Supplies
10 Ways to Save on Used Clothes When You Shop Online

Saving Money on Holidays

Creating a Holiday Budget
Holiday Time
Simple Christmas Family Gift Exchange Ideas

Reduce Reuse Recycle

Reuse Your Plastic Water Bottles (5 Ideas)
Ways to Reuse Everyday Objects

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{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Penny February 19, 2013 at 12:45 am

What a great site ! Thanks. I’m going to go soak some beans !
I’m doing a presentation on making creams with coconut oil… looks like I’ll whip it !
How do you bake like that and stay so thin ? My word ! Beautiful.
Blessings, Penny


2 Merissa February 19, 2013 at 7:38 am

Aww thanks Penny! Have fun with your presentation. I’m not sure how I’ve stayed the same shape, I guess I’m just blessed with some skinny genes, lol.


3 Rebecca April 1, 2013 at 10:17 pm

I can not stop reading!! Its eleven thirty and my husband keeps yelling…come to bed. Im like IN A MINUTE!!! that was like two hours ago! I am a 24 year old mom of 4 and I am always trying to learn ways to stretch a dollar and to go a little more organic. I thought organic was so stupid in HS but little did I know!!! I am really amazed at the things Ive learned in the last few years and I am just clicking away at this site! Keep up the great work!
Many Blessings


4 Neha Musaddi May 6, 2013 at 2:37 am

Hi Merrisa,
I am 28 year old married woman. I just love your site and get inspires with it. Your live story is very touchy and inspiring.


5 Kara January 8, 2014 at 12:47 pm

Hi Merissa,
I absolutely love your site! I’m a 25 year old mama of two and have read the little house books since I was a little girl. I love all your articles on frugal living as my husband and I have always tried to be financially wise and be self-sufficient. I try to take care of my family as naturally as possible and your site has some great resources! Keep writing, you are most definitely an encouragement!


6 Merissa January 8, 2014 at 1:16 pm

Thank you for the encouragement Kara, I’m glad you are enjoying the site!


7 Lori Denton February 11, 2014 at 10:48 am

You have mentioned several times about water, hoping you would have it and I learned a tip off of the Homesteader’s Today website. When you are canning, fill a quart jar with water that has been boiled, wipe the rim, put on the lid and ring and pop it into the canner and process for the length of time your other food is processing. Or in a water bath or pressure canner, process for 30 minutes. I started doing this last year and this winter we have had only a hand full of days and nights below zero so our water lines have been freezing and at least we have water to drink. If you find you have sediment in the bottoms of your jars (natural for all unfiltered water), run it thru a coffee filter if it bothers you. Not sure where to post this.


8 Lori Denton February 11, 2014 at 10:50 am

That should have read a handful of days and nights not below zero.


9 Sara Hall February 14, 2014 at 12:13 pm

So glad I found your site. Grew up living simply and making do. Use so many of your recipes and tips. Thank you, thank you!


10 Linzy February 19, 2014 at 11:43 pm

Hi Merissa!
I didn’t really know where to post this, so I am going to post it here. There is this website that is just like ebay, except instead of paying with money you use credits. Once you sign up (free) the website gives you credits to use to ‘buy’ new/used items. You then put items up for ‘sale’ to earn more credits. So basically you are getting things for free! You can list an item where the buyer has to pay for the shipping or you can offer the shipping to them for free, meaning you will have to pay for it. I have been on this site for a couple of years, and I love it! It really helps out during Christmas time. Hope this is helpful! πŸ™‚


11 Mandy March 7, 2014 at 2:50 pm

Have you looked into living in North Dakota? We purchased our home for $6 grand and did a total remodel, putting us in a 2 bedroom/2 bath for about $40grand. We have a double lot & pay $90/ year in property taxes. It’s cold in the winter but summer is great for raising a large garden to preserve. Love your site & look forward to reading more!


12 Merissa March 7, 2014 at 2:53 pm

We live in South Dakota and got a great deal on our house as well πŸ™‚


13 Mandy March 7, 2014 at 3:31 pm

Good choice! SD has better weather!


14 susan October 10, 2014 at 11:14 am

Hey everyone! got a question about ridding a home of ( I hate to say this) roaches. Has anyone used the” sulfur bomb” method? It’s inexpensive but I need some guidance on how to do it. I remember people doing this years ago and it’s quite effective. Can anyone help?


15 Penny December 23, 2014 at 8:55 am

For future reference for you, Boric Acid ( Not Borax ) , sprinkled around baseboards or around the edges of counter tops will get rid of them. They walk through it and carry it back to their nests where it kills the adults and their eggs. Works like a charm ! Good luck.


16 Colleen October 24, 2014 at 1:03 am


I just “fell upon” your site about a month ago. Although my husband and I do not, at this moment, live simply, you have given me inspiration to do so. I have always had a fascination with wanting to live a more simple life But being military has not allowed that. Now as we are retired I can give it more of a try. We currently live in Texas and I homeschool all 3 my girls. I would love to teach them to live simply also and therefore will definitely be implenenting ideas from your site.

Thank you for sharing your life with us and helping us to learn to live simply.

Blessings to you and your family


17 Merissa October 24, 2014 at 4:10 pm

Welcome Colleen! πŸ™‚


18 Jennifer January 23, 2015 at 2:46 pm

I just found your website and I cannot stop clicking away! There are so many good tips on here. Thank you for posting them!


19 Merissa January 23, 2015 at 7:32 pm

Welcome Jennifer!


20 Pamela March 17, 2015 at 3:04 pm

I live in Pennsylvania. Sometimes, I wonder if prices are higher, here.
I won’t be moving, though. I will just try to do the best I can, given
the fact that I home-school. I also help create community (in person)
with a group of women. Sometimes I find myself not always making
the least expensive choice, when my time is given to others. There is
always room for improvement. I don’t get upset if I can’t (do it all).

Thank you for this site. I am enjoying the comments and camaraderie
of fellow frugal living persons.


21 April March 30, 2015 at 10:52 pm

I am spending too much time on our web site. LOL. I love it. Have ordered los of wax and wicks ready to start playing. Thank you for the great ideas


22 judy April 23, 2015 at 9:29 am

HI, when I was growing up, we didn’t have any money. So pretend that you have NO MONEY. You say no to alot of things. That means going out to a movie or buying that thing that you “want” but don’t need. It is actually fun to see what you can do without and repurpse things and even barter, trade actions, babysit something (children, pets, gardens, houses).
We didn’t have much so we did without or made do with what we had. Children all ways say that they are bored… make them find some fun and use their imaginations. How do you think people invented so many things?
Being from a farm, I know that there is no money for”extras”. But there are ways to get them without money or not so much money. Be creative!!!


23 Linda September 30, 2015 at 11:15 am

Wow, I just found your site and am very excited about it. So many things that I have forgotten about and so many new things to remember. I will be telling my daughter and daughter-in-law too because they will also love your site! Thank you for making my day a great one. ?


24 CARROLYN GALLAGHER February 5, 2016 at 11:16 am

New to your blog and love it!


25 Cassie January 24, 2017 at 4:36 pm

You’ve got a lot of information to share with readers on saving money and how to get by with little. This is good stuff, thx!!


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