Hot sauce in my bag

SWAG. Sorry… (I ain’t sorry…) OK, done with Beyonce references (for now). I had a spectacular trip to the grocery store and wanted to share my new-found strategy. As previously mentioned, I have upped my coupon game. My mom and I attended an Extreme Couponing Workshop, and I walked away with 4 Indy Star subscriptions….

Garage sale haul

Last weekend was awesome. I enjoyed every minute. As things have been a bit of a grind lately, I jumped at the opportunity to take a day off for shopping with my mom. Our Friday afternoon involved some more traditional shopping, but that morning garage sale season was in full swing. And we took full…

Butter dish woes

I grew up in a fridge butter-tub family. My husband grew up in a room-temp butter dish household. For the past few years, he passively acquiesced to my insistence on chilled butter or butter substitute. In the last year, a Good Housekeeping or Real Simple article re-introduced this room-temp idea to me. And the saga…

Thrifty cookout extras

A Marvel movie came out last weekend, so that means we had a cookout! I have been told that my mom is a domestic goddess. In this case, the apple fell FAR from the tree. I have some big shoes to fill and such tiny feet. This cookout was an opportunity for me to make…

March madness

Forgive me when I say this, but we are not a basketball household. The only times we say “March Madness” is when quoting 30 Rock or when referring to my travel schedule in March of this year. I have been in my current position at work for just over a year now and there is…

Routines & caffeine

One of my favorite parts of the morning is my time with Harley Quinn, my pup. She is the most perfect poochie on the planet, and we are completely co-dependent. Every morning, I let her out of her house (i.e. crate in our bedroom); she stretches, hangs out on the bed for a minute, and…

Frugal February

You know that feeling? The feeling when you look at your credit card statement for the first time in a while? That feeling of, “What have I done?” When your stomach drops or you can feel your heart in your throat? Well, I’m feeling it for sure. Whether its panic or guilt – I’m in…

Garage sale or Goodwill

You may already have picked up on this from other places on the site, but I am a thrifty up-cycler to the very core. Whenever someone visits our house for the first time, we almost always end up playing a game I like to call “Garage sale or Goodwill.” It starts by the visitor complimenting…