Category: Frugal

How We Kept Our Utility Bills the Same Moving to a Larger House

A friend, I will call G, recently moved to a larger home, just as we did about two years ago. G mentioned to me she was concerned about all of the increases on her utility bills that they hadn’t planned for in the excitement of planning and moving to a larger home.

I shared with her our experience of how we were able to keep our utility bills around the same cost or lower than we had before in our townhouse (which was a few rooms smaller and had the benefit of keeping the temperature more steady based on being sandwiched between other units).

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Removing Something for 30 Days

Thirty-day trials are a simple idea to tackle. You choose something for 30 days, whether it’s adding something or subtracting something from your life and at the end of 30 days you can keep going, or give up.

I’ve done them at various times in my life with much success, and much failure. This past year, I’ve focused a little more in on the short-term trials in order to change habits and go in the direction of the person I’d like to become.

Most often 30-day trials suggest adding to your life. Doing yoga daily for 5 minutes for a month, or running each day, or eating healthier. Most of the 30-day trials you come across are there to improve a habit, add something in that’s healthier, and try to motivate you to keep going for your own mental or physical well-being beyond that month. Continue reading…

Save By Making These 6 Fall Soups Ahead of Time

One of the best things about learning to cook is that you can prepare so many meals ahead of time for the evenings when you really don’t feel like cooking. This week proved to be just a week like that, as we all have colds and we’re not feeling savvy enough to come up with decent meals each night. It could’ve been an expensive take-out week, but instead, we were ready for it. Continue reading…

DIY: Tiling Our Bathroom Backsplash

Okay, I’ll admit it, I’ve never tiled anything in my entire life. I believe the last time I may have come close to tiling something was when I played with plaster and made a marble mosaic when I was maybe 7 years old. After that, I never really played with any type of plaster to make something other than hand or footprints.

Now that we’ve gotten my extensive tiling background out of the way, I’m going to show you how simple it is to learn something new! Chris and I have been intimidated by tiling for years. It’s the one thing we’ve never done in our old house, and up until now, have never done in the new house. Chris still doesn’t know how to tile, as this was a learning and doing experience all my own. He’s jealous of my new skills.

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How to Make Homemade Coconut Milk

A few weeks ago, I decided to try my hand again at making my own nut milk. I used to make almond milk on occasion when we lived in our old house but I haven’t really gotten around to making it in the two years living in our new house with all the renovation projects going on. Since we moved, I’ve had an airtight container of dried shredded coconut moving from cabinet to cabinet every time I rearranged the kitchen. Finally, it dawned on me to use it up making my own coconut milk. Continue reading…