Tag: thrifty

Re-Use For Old Boots and Toys

I have a problem, I hate to throw things away.  Either stuff just sits around the house cluttering it up, or I do something with them.  What do you do with old rubber boots(wellies) and toy trucks that are holey or broken and can’t be given to charity?  My solution was to reuse them in the garden. Annika has a… Read more →

Finding the Perfect Kids Bike

The search for the perfect bicycle for our daughter required the full extent of my bargain searching talent.  Her birthday is coming up and I had considered buying a brand new bicycle but it is hard to justify the $60-100 (or more) price tag for a bike she will any ride for a year or so.  After looking at some… Read more →

The Benefits of Freecycling

Have you freecycled yet?  It is a great way of getting rid of your clutter and getting things you need for free.  I have belonged to The Freecycle Network for five years now.  I have given away a couch, coffee tables, a Christmas tree, and numerous children’s items we were no longer using.  We could have tried to sell it but… Read more →

Hand Me Downs – Pay it Forward

Somewhere along the line hand-me-downs became a negative term.  Sure there are some kids who do not like wearing their older sister’s clothes, though Bryce does like Annika’s old pink slippers, I would suggest that if you move past the stereotypes hand-me-downs can be a great way of saving money on kids clothes and equipment.  This is especially true during the younger years when kids… Read more →

Why Spend Too Much? Buy Used Kids Stuff

Picture this; A group of urban mamas slurping their latte’s with their kids sitting in their new top end stroller, wearing designer clothes, and playing with the latest toy that will double their IQ. I walk in with my garage sale stroller, with kids dressed in thrift store clothes, playing with hand-me-down toys. Oh the shame……. the embarrassment……..Ha Ha………….I spent… Read more →

Proud of Being Frugal

Hello……….my name is Martin……..and I’m………………..umm……….frugal.  There it is.  It’s all out in the open.  I AM FRUGAL.  I am not ashamed anymore………….I’m free!!!!! Actually I was never ashamed of being frugal, in fact I have always been proud of my thriftiness.  However my accomplishments in frugality were never received with the appreciation I expected.  Being called cheap is not usually a… Read more →