Frugal Friday: Monitoring Christmas gift prices, Black Friday shopping, a pantry challenge and more!

Frugal Friday: Monitoring Christmas gift prices, Black Friday shopping, a pantry challenge and more!

It’s Frugal Friday! Here are five simple ways to save money this week – including how to monitor prices on Christmas gifts, shopping Black Friday sales, using up what you have in the pantry/freezer before Christmas and more! It’s been almost a month since my last Frugal Friday post! I have all kinds of reasons (excuses) that I won’t bore you with. I’ve discovered that missing a post isn’t great for me…I got completely out of the groove and I’m finding…

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Ten things I’m not buying this Christmas

Ten things I’m not buying this Christmas

It’s incredibly easy to overspend at Christmas. Even frugal people like me get caught up in the craze sometimes! I always regret it, like most people I think, when things settle down and I start looking at our bills and bank balance in January. This year, I’m vowing to do better, and I’ve already started keeping myself in check. So, hopefully without sounding like a complete Grinch or Scrooge, here are 10 things I’m not buying this Christmas. Are you…

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Frugal Friday: Live sports, Carrot Rewards, cash back on gift cards and more!

Frugal Friday: Live sports, Carrot Rewards, cash back on gift cards and more!

It’s Frugal Friday! Here are five simple ways to save money this week – including watching live sports, joining a rewards program, getting cash back when buying gift cards and more! This week it’s been dark and rainy. Luckily, the rain stopped just long enough for trick-or-treating on Thursday night! Halloween is more and more fun every year as the kids get older. I think they had just as much fun, if not more, handing out candy after they were done trick-or-treating….

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Frugal Friday: Halloween costumes, cutting back on gifts and more!

Frugal Friday: Halloween costumes, cutting back on gifts and more!

It’s Frugal Friday! Here are five simple ways to save money this week – including DIY Halloween costumes, cutting back on gift-giving for birthdays and holidays, getting a free flu shot and more. How is it Friday again already? The weeks are flying by. We’ve had a full week with all the usual activities, and I also did quite a bit of work for my volunteer position. I’m really finding that, along with my blog, it’s getting me back into “work…

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Frugal Friday: Use gift cards for boring stuff, cook soup, grocery store takeout and more!

Frugal Friday: Use gift cards for boring stuff, cook soup, grocery store takeout and more!

It’s Frugal Friday! Here are five simple ways to save money this week – including saving gift cards until there is something you need, cooking soup, getting takeout from the grocery store and more. It’s been a bit of a chaotic week! My husband is travelling, the kids aren’t feeling well and I am struggling to get anything done. I am the most tempted to spend money when I’m tired and things are busy. But, all week I’ve made a big…

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Eight ways to make running errands with kids easier

Eight ways to make running errands with kids easier

If you have young kids, you know how hard it can be to run a few quick errands. It can use up a lot of time, and energy. Here are a few simple tips to help you save time, and preserve your energy for more important things.  If you are a regular reader of my blog, you will know that my three-year-old son started Kindergarten this past September. I hate to say it, but now that he’s otherwise occupied during…

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Frugal Friday: Freezing recipe-ready leftovers, post-holiday shopping and more!

Frugal Friday: Freezing recipe-ready leftovers, post-holiday shopping and more!

It’s Frugal Friday! Here are five simple ways to save money this week – including freezing recipe-ready leftovers, shopping the morning after a holiday and doing your own thing on a long weekend.  This past weekend was Canadian Thanksgiving. It was a long weekend, as we always get the Monday off school and work. My son also had a PA day the Friday before, so we had an extra-long weekend. Long weekends and holidays can be expensive. There are traditions,…

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Frugal Friday: Ask for a refund, use loyalty points, avoid late fees and more!

Frugal Friday: Ask for a refund, use loyalty points, avoid late fees and more!

It’s Frugal Friday! Here are five simple ideas to help you save money this week – including asking for a refund, using loyalty points and a simple tip to avoid library late fees. It is suddenly full-blown autumn here. It’s Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend, the leaves are turning colour and everyone is talking about what they are going to be for Halloween. My family has a four day weekend that starts today, but the week still seemed long! My husband…

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Nine reasons to buy new, instead of used

Nine reasons to buy new, instead of used

I’ve read, and loved, many posts about all the good reasons to buy used, things you should always buy used and things you should never buy new. As a frugal person, it’s gotten me thinking…when is it ok to buy new? I am a big fan of buying used – especially when it comes to stuff for the kids. Whenever possible I shop at thrift stores, buy from Kijiji and accept or swap hand-me-downs. I’m not usually someone who encourages…

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Frugal Friday: Bartering, product replacements, community events and more!

Frugal Friday: Bartering, product replacements, community events and more!

It’s Frugal Friday! Here are five simple ideas to help you save money this week – including bartering and getting products replaced for free.  September means back-to-routine, and our family is in full swing. My son is happily going off to Kindergarten each day and we are starting to get into a good groove. He had a few rough mornings last week but he is back to loving it. We are so thankful that he has two amazing teachers –…

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