How We Frugal-ed in August 2022

Family Balance Sheet

Another month of 2022 is in the books and another month of frugal-ing. My found money in August was made up of a lot of little amounts and unfortunately, was not as high as in previous months. My Frugal Shenanigans! Share in the comments how you frugal-ed in August!

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A Green and Frugal Funeral

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

Sayward was just a teen, but she took charge of preparing her mother’s body for burial – instructing her sisters to help her wash her mom’s body, clean the clothing to bury her in and sew a pillow to put under her head. All the while the two smallest siblings were watching their father make a wood casket and dig the burial hole. Even little Sulie and Wyitt helped, for this was the last thing they could do for their mam.”. Green and Frugal Burial.


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Ask the Readers: Favorite frugal (or splurge) spices

The Frugal Girl

Kristen, an idea for an “Ask the Readers” post might be, “What are your top ten frugal spices and your favorite splurge spice(s)?” I’ve found that the cuisine in other countries is generally very frugal but tastes so much better because of all the spices!

Green, Frugal Alternatives To the Gym

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

Weights, cardio machines, mats, fitness balls, and even some classes to switch it up. There are two huge downsides to the gym, though, and those are: Cost Most fitness centers are not cheap. They can cost anywhere from $25-$75/month, and that’s usually not including any classes, such as yoga, zumba, or spin classes. My gym requires you to wipe down machines after each use, which is great for hygeine and horrible for the environment. Get Healthy Go Green

How We Frugal-ed through April 2020

Family Balance Sheet

April 2020 might go down as the most frugal month of my lifetime. With the global pandemic and the decline of our small business, I have flexed frugal muscles that I didn’t know I have. Operation Frugal Living is in full swing at my house. More frugal shenanigans!

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How We Frugal-ed in February 2020

Family Balance Sheet

Frugal living is NOT about feeling deprived. Frugal living is being intentional with our money and creative with our resources, so we have more to put towards the things that are important to us. I cannot stress enough how much this has saved me time and I really think money too.

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Go Green and Save Big

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

Being frugal and going green, sometimes you have to cut corners. You can still shop, do home improvements, and go out for a meal. Finding ways to shop smart is easier in the current climate thanks to coupon codes, online vouchers, promo codes and deep savings in coupon apps. Below are some great ways to save, stay sustainable, and stretch your budget a little bit further. It’s hard to “Go Greenand consciously shop for fashion.

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How We Frugal-ed in January!

Family Balance Sheet

Welcome to my first “How We Frugal-ed” recap of 2020. Frugal living is NOT about feeling deprived. Frugal living is being intentional with our money and creative with our resources, so we have more to put towards the things that are important to us.

Buy Nothing Group: 10/10

The Frugal Girl

In case you haven’t heard of them: Buy Nothing groups are hyper-local Facebook groups where people give things away (and also sometimes ask for stuff). Along the way, I picked up an end table: And a bookshelf, which I rehabbed ( lots of before, during, and after photos here ).

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Frugal Valentines Day Dates

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

This may sound boring but there is something very romantic about a bottle of wine and a good, home cooked meal in front of the fireplace with your partner. Cook your partner’s favorite meal, dip some fresh fruit in chocolate, and grab a bottle of their favorite wine. This builds memories and doesn’t clutter their closets with more stuff that they don’t need. Just dim the lights and enjoy! Get Hot Chocolate and Go For a Walk. Frugal and fun!

Save Money and Go Green By Replacing These Disposable Items with Reusable Ones

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

Most of us who are 40 and younger grew up with disposable paper items. If you’d like to take an easy step to go green and save money in the process, the first place to make changes is in buying disposable items. Paper plates and cups? While I grew up using paper napkins and towels, we only used paper plates when we were on a picnic. In fact, the Duggars of TLC’s Nineteen Kids and Counting use paper plates for every single meal.

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It’s Frugal Friday: 10/28/16

Family Balance Sheet

It’s Frugal Friday: A recap of how we frugal-ed our way through the week so that we have more money to put towards our financial goals. Simply mix a small jar of pesto and one Hidden Valley ranch packet and pour off chicken in a slow cooker. Turned 5 over-ripe bananas into Banana Walnut Baked Oatmeal , and one loaf of banana bread. My neighbor closed up her vegetable garden this week and brought me a big bag of green peppers. Frugal Friday

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How to Save Money by Greening your Wardrobe

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

These tips on how to save money by greening your wardrobe will really help you to keep those extra dollars in your pocket. Before you can even start to think about how you would go about greening your wardrobe, you need to know where you stand, clothes wise, right now at this moment. This means you probably need to do a complete clean out of every drawer and closet where you keep garments. Go Frugal Go Green

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Live Green and Get More Green in Your Wallet

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

Guest Post Author Bio: The following is a guest post by Lisa at Car Insurance Comparison, an Australian blog created to help its readers compare car insurance in and around their areas. As the readers of Prairie EcoThrifter know: money, or lack thereof, is driving many people to become more frugal. Here are a few ideas to cultivate a more eco-friendly atmosphere – and save money – around your home. You’ll learn about current specials – and even the big clearance sales.

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Frugal Fixes that Work

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

If the sealer around the bottom of your shower (the one between the tiles and the shower base) starts gathering mildew, don’t rip out and redo the sealer until you try bleach. If you use those plastic soap bar holders (the ones with the little prongs to hold the bar up so it can dry out and make your soap last longer), just spray them with a bathroom cleaner then brush with a scrub brush to clean them. Step five, wipe up the cleanser and towel dry.

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Tips for a Frugal and Eco-Friendly Spring

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

The evenings are getting lighter, the birds are singing and the weather is completely erratic…all of which means that spring time is upon us once more. And with spring time comes spring cleaning, the chance to de-clutter your house, get rid of the belongings you no longer have use for and freshen up the old place. But the cost of cleaning products and the chemicals used in many of them means that spring cleaning can come at a cost to both you and the environment.

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Eco-Friendly Acne Fighters: Skin Care for the Frugal

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

Keeping your face fresh and free of acne, along with wearing a smile, will encourage the desire of others to dig deeper and find out more about you. Many people desperately buy and try multiple expensive products to get rid of and prevent acne. Salicylic acid affects the skin by shedding excess cell layers, neutralizing bacteria, and cleaning and shrinking pores. Take a container and fill it loosely with the plant.

Daily Frugal Tip: Creatively Reuse Old Magazines (100+ Ideas!)

Couponing 101

There are some really cool ideas: home decor, gifts, furniture, jewelry, and more. Do you have a Frugal Tip you’d like to share? Daily Frugal Tip: Creatively Reuse Old Magazines (100+ Ideas!) Have tons of old magazines lying around your home? Check out these 100+ ideas for creatively reusing old magazines ! I think the magazine coasters pictured above are pretty neat. Please send me an email ! is a post from Couponing 101.

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homemade easter egg dye – the frugal way

Coupons Do Work

Easter is around the corner and the homemade egg dye is cheap , frugal and you probably have most of these ingredients in your house. These easy recipes for adding colors to your eggs the all-natural way, organic, and yes, this is the frugal way to have every-bunny happy., On the stovetop, bring frozen raspberries and water to a boil in a pot. On the stovetop, bring frozen blueberries and water to a boil in a pot.

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Is ‘Going Green’ Killing Our Economy?

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

Guest Post Author Bio: Corey is the author and creator of 20′s Finances. We now get news on our IPAD’s or smart phones and news comes to us so much faster. There were at least two major paper mills in the town and provided a great way for people to make a living, especially for those without a college education. Many of my cousins, aunts and uncles worked for these paper mills. Is ‘Going Green’ Killing Our Economy? Go Green

How I’m Inherently Frugal

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It is a perfect fit for me, as frugality is my hobby and passion, but I also find myself very attracted to the “go green” movement. The fact that the Prairie EcoThrifter focuses heavily on both topics – frugality and green living – really appealed to me. The Single Saver is a website dedicated to helping singles and small families save money with easy to implement money saving tips. Think that is counter-productive to my frugal lifestyle?

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WIS, WWA | I spent all the dollars at BJs

The Frugal Girl

I was in the area this week, though, so I stopped in and promptly spent $130. But that’s fine; some of the things I bought, like laundry detergent and dishwasher detergent, won’t need to be bought again for a nice long while. What I Spent.

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Daily Frugal Tip: Create A Worm Composting Bin

Couponing 101

This is a great way to reduce food waste, add great nutrients to your garden/yard soil, and save on fertilizer! Do you have a Frugal Tip you’d like to share? Daily Frugal Tip: Create A Worm Composting Bin is a post from Couponing 101. Frugal Tips Organic/Natural compost bin composting DIY compost bin frugal tip green make your own compost bin organic and natural worm compostingCheck out how to create your own worm composting bin.

Daily Frugal Tip: DIY Coke Can Tab Bracelets!

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I saw this on Pinterest a couple months ago, and have been wanting to try it ever since. Simply save all your old coke can tabs as you use them, find some cute ribbon, and make an upcycled bracelet! Fun, eco-friendly, and thrifty! It’s also neat because you can use ribbon of all different styles and colors to match your unique personality. Do you have a Frugal Tip you’d like to share? Daily Frugal Tip: DIY Coke Can Tab Bracelets!

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5 Ways to Go Green and Save Money at the Same Time

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

Wouldn’t it be great if you could have a positive impact on the world around you and save some money at the same time? You can live a much greener life by adopting a couple of green living ideas and adding them to your shopping habits. You will actually find that you are trimming costs from your monthly expenses by following these 5 green ideas. One of the most overlooked ways to go green is to just start by consuming less. Go Frugal Go Green

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How to Keep Your House Clean Without Spending a Lot of Green

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

Buying cleaning supplies for your house can be expensive, and you have to buy different products to clean different things. In addition to cost, many people are concerned about the chemicals in cleaning products, and whether they are really safe. Use Rags – You can either buy a cheap pack of rags and reuse them or you can cut up old towels and t-shirts rather than throwing them away. It can be used on glass and some counter tops. Going Green on a Budget.

Daily Frugal Tip: Freeze Green Onions or Herbs In Plastic Bottles

Couponing 101

This is very similar to the veggie prep frugal tip from a couple of days ago, but I found this on Pinterest and thought it was great! I know I always buy a small bunch of green onions or herbs when I need them for a recipe ingredient, and I end up throwing the extras out because they spoil super fast. Just chop up all of the green onions or herbs, dry them thoroughly, put them in an empty plastic water bottle, and freeze.

WIS, WWA | a $94 week

The Frugal Girl

Mac and cheese for Miss Zoe (easy to chew!), and I do not remember what I made for myself. Zoe had a friend over and neither was terribly hungry at dinnertime. Sonia was over, and I made Swedish meatballs over egg noodles, one of her favorites. What I Spent.

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WIS, WWA | Cabin eats

The Frugal Girl

As you know, I’ve been at my aunt and uncle’s Wisconsin cabin this week. And I am sorry to say I took exactly zero food pictures this week, except for ice cream cones. We had bratwurst, chips, and broccoli salad.

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Meet a Reader | Robin from the UK

The Frugal Girl

Today we’re meeting Robin, a reader who lives with his wife and son in the UK. So, now I have gotten to know another one of my readers, and that makes me happy. Hi – I’m Robin and I live on the south coast of the UK, in the suburbs of a medium-sized city (~200,000 people).

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Our Green & Money Savvy Path

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

My hubby and I are a dual income family living in a suburban home, but we are not your typical family. We are on a mission to live a more sustainable, frugal, and financially savvy life. Heating and cooling changes we’ve made : Turned our thermostat down by 2 degrees in the winter. Keep our bedroom temperature at 17 degrees Celsius in the winter and use an extra blanket on the bed. Buy as many organic and local foods as we can. Go Green

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Amazon : Up to 50% off Green Toys Prices Starting at $6.49

Coupons Do Work

Hot Amazon Deal (and just in time for Christmas and Hanukkah!!) These are very popular and highly rated toys. These Green Toys are currently 50% off – TODAY ONLY. Up to 50% off Green Toys Prices Starting at $6.49. Amazon Deals amazon amazondeals budget Coupons frugal holidaygiftideas holidaygifts krazydeals toysThe prices Starting at $6.49. Get free shipping with prime or orders $49+.

Daily Frugal Tip: DIY Designer Bath Tissue Holder

Couponing 101

Wash it out really well, let it dry, and then save it for this fun project! decorate your oatmeal canister, and you’ve got a “designer” bath tissue holder that holds 2 rolls of toilet paper perfectly! You can even add jewels, ribbon, beads, paint, and more to make it really fancy if you want! Do you have a Frugal Tip you’d like to share? Daily Frugal Tip: DIY Designer Bath Tissue Holder is a post from Couponing 101.

Frugal Home Decor: Repurpose Old Silverware into Starburst Mirror

Birmingham Bargain Mom

Check out this cool project that repurposes old silverware and makes your kitchen or dining room look uber cool. Bargains Deals Frugal Living Green Living Home Decor

Daily Frugal Tip: DIY Facial Scrubs

Couponing 101

Head over to Crafting A Green World to get 3 ideas for dry, normal, and oily skin. Do you have a Frugal Tip you’d like to share? Daily Frugal Tip: DIY Facial Scrubs is a post from Couponing 101. Frugal Tips DIY facial scrubs frugal facial scrubs frugal tip homemade facial scrubsToday’s tip is to try making some all-natural facial scrubs at home!

Weekend Unplug: Frugal Tie Dye Project Using Facial Cleaner with Benzoyl Peroxide

Birmingham Bargain Mom

Unplug this weekend and try this project with the kids. Bargains Deals Frugal Living Green Living Homemade gifts

Frugal Gardening: Planet Natural Shares Compost Bin Buying Guide

Birmingham Bargain Mom

Tips for understanding and buying the right compost bin for your yard. Bargains Deals Frugal Living Green Living

Frugal Living Year in Review, What We Learned in 2011

Birmingham Bargain Mom

Here's a round-up of the thrifty and frugal living lessons we learned in 2011. Bargains Deals Frugal Living Green Living Holidays 64944

Trash to Treasure: 5 Frugal Uses for 3D Movie Glasses

Birmingham Bargain Mom

Here are some ideas to save those 3D glasses from the theater and reuse them. Bargains Deals Frugal Living Green Living

Spring: Art of Frugality (one)

Frugal Luxuries

Spring: Art of Frugality I mended two small holes in an expensive pair of black cotton leggings that Zoey (our kitty) had accidentally torn when trying to climb onto my lap. I did this by using a long, fine embroidery needle and one strand of black cotton embroidery thread. The trick to making these look somewhat smooth was to put them on inside-out and then carefully mend the holes while wearing them. Mike noticed it and asked about it, as it wasn't marked for sale?

Daily Frugal Tip: Recycle Soup Cans Into Pencil Holders

Couponing 101

Today’s frugal tip is to recycle your soup cans into some writing utensil holders for the office! Simply wash and dry your can, pick up some nice scrapbook paper for less than $1, and decorate your can! Easy, eco-friendly, fun, pretty, AND frugal! Do you have a Frugal Tip you’d like to share? Daily Frugal Tip: Recycle Soup Cans Into Pencil Holders is a post from Couponing 101.

The Art of Frugality This Week

Frugal Luxuries

~ This week wasn't as frugal as it could have been. I drove up and stayed with him for a couple of nights. We enjoyed a frugal sort-of mini vacation.going out for dinner with a nice group of friends in the evenings and visiting afterward was very relaxing and interesting. I brought food from home for me to eat for my own breakfast and lunches while he was at work and then we ate dinners out as a treat.

Frugal Earth Day 2012 Craft: He's Got the Whole World in His Hands + More

Birmingham Bargain Mom

Here is a project to incorporate God and Earth Day. Bargains Deals Education Entertainment Frugal Living Green Living 7645