Financial Balance

Financial Balance - What is it? and How do we get it? - Part of the 31 Days of Cheap Tricks series on The Domestic Fringe, helping you Live for Less

Give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the Lord? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.  ~Proverbs 30: 8b-9 When I was a young child, I took gymnastics.  Walking across the balance beam was a challenge.  You must understand

Hand-me-Down Clothes

Hand-Me-Downs: Wacky-Tacky Kids - part of the Cheap Tricks series.

Hand-me-down clothes are hand-me-down love, and I love me some hand-me-down.  Did you follow that?  I’m not even sure it makes sense, but I’m a little tired and weary of writing about money.  It’s not my first or even second love. If you’ve been around here for any length of time, you know I wear hand-me-down clothes and so do my kids.  My husband even

Save Today – Do it.

Save Money Today - Today is the Day! Part of the Cheap Tricks series on The Domestic Fringe, helping you Live for Less

Friends, today is the day.  Carpe Diem and all that. We can talk about making your own laundry soap and cutting the cord on cable TV.  We can be martyrs in a world of spending and make do with what we have. We can even save on love with a bunch of cheap date night ideas, but all the money-saving talk in the world won’t

Cable TV Alternatives

Alternative to Cable TV - Save Money - Part of the Cheap Tricks series to help you Live for Less

Cable TV, it’s about time we broke up. For good. Actually we quit our cable years ago.  In fact, we’ve had cable television for about three out of the sixteen years my husband and I have been married. Do we ever miss it? Once in a really great while, but it’s not worth the cost, not even a little. Besides, today there are a ton

Shop Out of Season

Shop Out Of Season and Save Money - part of the Cheap Tricks series on The Domestic Fringe

Shop out of season for clothes, not fruits or vegetables. Shopping out of season is a fabulous way to save money. Last Christmas my daughter was given a Kohl’s gift card.  She bought shorts for about $4 dollars a piece.  It was the best decision, because she ended up going to Myrtle Beach over spring break with a friend.  Not only did she have appropriate

Shopping Fast = Money Saved

Quit Spending: Go on a shopping fast.

You may have misread the title.  Shopping isn’t an Olympic sport to see who can shop the fastest.  No, we’re talking about fasting, as in not eating, but instead of food, let’s consider giving our budget a break. Go on a shopping fast. This is the tough stuff.  It’s the place where you come to terms with just how much you want to save money. 

Build Your Wardrobe

Build a Wardrobe, so you love what you wear - Steps to help you clean out your closet and love your clothes

  I don’t have a well-built wardrobe, I have a haphazard mish-mash of print and color.  It’s true.  My closet looks more like a candy shop than a women’s collection of clothes.  I never saw the need to build my wardrobe.  I liked to shop and bought what I liked, especially if it came off the clearance rack and I had a coupon. Unless you’re

Thrifty Chic – 10 Rules for Thrift Store Shopping

Thrifty Chic: How to Shop a Thrift Store

Last night we headed over to Goodwill.  It’s school spirit week and my kids needed to wear purple.  Our closets are like rainbows, but apparently we don’t wear purple very often.  So, to the thrift store we went.  I always figure, I’ll check there before heading off to the regular retail stores. I found a purple sweatshirt for my son and cute purple top for


31 Days of Cheap Tricks - Splurge

You may think I’ve fallen off my 31 Day bandwagon and that splurging is not a Cheap Trick, but it is, especially long-term.  If you need/want to live for less for an extended period of time, and I’m not just talking about a month or two, then you need to learn when it’s ok to splurge. Think of it this way – you are the

Save Money, Swap It

Swap It and Save Money - 31 Days of Cheap Tricks, Living for Less

About six years ago, I was contacted by the producers of the Wife Swap television show.  They wanted FringeMan and I to swap spouses for a week (or two, I can’t remember) and they would pay us a very sizable sum of money for being part of the television show. It was one swap we weren’t interested in. However, you can swap food and save