Budgeting, building, fooding and other tips for those of us with champagne taste on a beer budget

Budgeting, building, fooding and other tips for those of us with champagne taste on a beer budget

Your Frugal Friends

Your Frugal Friends

Budgeting, building, fooding and other tips for those of us with champagne taste on a beer budget


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5 Money Mistakes to Avoid in Your 20s

5 Money Mistakes to Avoid in Your 20s

There’s a lot of advice out there on money mistakes, savings, how to get rich.  Why not add a few more tips to your tool kit for saving money?  Here are some money mistakes to avoid in your 20s. Money Mistake #1:  Not Socking Away […]

How to pay Nanny Taxes

How to pay Nanny Taxes

There are lots of services out there for making Nanny payments and tracking paychecks. I’ve found it’s not so bad to do yourself and it’s cheaper. Once you get the hang of it, it’s not bad, just keep track of your payment due dates. I […]

BEST Keto Chocolate Chip Cookies

BEST Keto Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’ve been doing keto for almost 9 months.  I still have to indulge to get an occasional sweet treat.  And I’ve tried a LOT of different cookie recipes (and cake, cheesecakes and fat bombs).  I’ve played around with a few combinations, and wanted to share […]

What’s the best lawnmower?

What’s the best lawnmower?

In my opinion, any lawnmower with a Honda engine. They purr so lovely as they sip gas and I know that with proper maintenance it will run until everything else rusts and falls apart around it. My lawnmower is not a Honda, it’s a Husqvarna. […]

Stop from getting peed on!

Stop from getting peed on!

Has your son ever magically made pee squirt out between the toilet seat and the toilet bowl?  It always seems to be the middle of the night, half out of it, and you feel a warming sensation on your leg and foot as you wait […]

Own a boat for free – practically.

Own a boat for free – practically.

Nichole and I owned a 20-foot ski boat for 5 years and we sold it for $200 less than we bought it for. The trick; we took our time, went through Craigslist, and did our research. We took check lists for inspecting the boat; made […]

Sugar Substitues for Keto 101

Sugar Substitues for Keto 101

For Keto, it’s best to avoid too much artificial sweetener.  The point of the lifestyle is to omit sugar and fuel your body with fat to burn calories.  Eating too much artificial sweetener can cause you to stall on weight loss, and can lead to […]

Keto – In the beginning

Keto – In the beginning

I lost nearly 30 pounds in 3 months by listening to Nichole and curbing my skepticism about another diet. Yes, I thought it was a fad or some trick, and was wrong. Sounds like a bad diet commercial doesn’t it. The crazy thing, I’ve kept […]

How to manage your remodel contractor

How to manage your remodel contractor

Not all contractors are going to treat you fairly or with respect. Shocking eh? Make sure you do your research and explain what you want them to do — exactly what you want them to do.  If they don’t, stand firm and have them fix […]

My Saw Regret – and what Saws to Buy

My Saw Regret – and what Saws to Buy

Are you going to do more than one remodel project that involves cutting wood?  If yes, for the love of making your life easier, buy a table saw — perhaps a few other things that cut as well. Learn from the amount of suck I […]

Avoiding the Suck – of a remodel

Avoiding the Suck – of a remodel

For most, when we look at damaged linoleum or broken tile in our home, we can agree that it sucks. Then, when we think of replacing it with our own sweat (maybe some blood), we think that it will suck more. Here’s some ways to […]

Keto Success and Recipes

Keto Success and Recipes

I first heard about the ketogenic lifestyle from a friend a few years ago.  It was confusing.  I didn’t get it, and I was nursing during that time so didn’t want to sacrifice eating whatever I wanted. Fast forward to when our littlest was almost […]

When to Rent and When to Buy Tools

When to Rent and When to Buy Tools

There were four questions that I always asked myself: Can I find a place to rent it? What’s the fully loaded rental cost vs purchasing? How long do I need the tool? Can I resell the tool? Can I find a place to rent it? […]

Coming Soon – More awesomeness

Coming Soon – More awesomeness

How to Choose a White

How to Choose a White

What seems to be such a simple thing – choosing white for the walls and trim of a room – proved to be one of the hardest parts of our recent remodel.  I will admit to having to repaint an entire bathroom when the white […]

What to do with all those baby clothes they outgrow so quickly

What to do with all those baby clothes they outgrow so quickly

With our son, we were fortunate to get lots of hand-me-downs, gifts, and borrowed clothes, swaddles and infant items.  But I admit I got a little out of control nesting and buying cute items at thrift stores and on clearance.  I then realized how quickly […]

My most favorite way to earn free money – www.ebates.com cash back!

My most favorite way to earn free money – www.ebates.com cash back!

If you haven’t heard of www.ebates.com, I have a budget treat for you! I first discovered www.ebates.com in November of 2010.  Ebates is one of the easiest ways I save money when shopping online.  Ebates has worked some magic to receive commissions from hundreds of different […]