Category: Our Finances

DIY How to Do Your Own Oil Change

Last spring, I purchased a newer vehicle to our family, the Toyota RAV4. With our previous new car purchases, we received free oil changes for the ownership of the car. Since this was a used purchase, this wasn’t an offer and I was happy about that. Every time we’d take...

October 2016 Frugal Momster Expense Report

October was a pretty normal month for us. We are back in our frugal budget groove. I’m super excited to learn how to change my own oil tomorrow on my newer car, too. Apparently, when you get it changed they give you the lowest grade oil, so now I’ll have the...

Does Cycling to the Food Store Save Money?

One of the reasons we chose where we live is the proximity to local activities within biking or walking distance. This past summer, Chris and I ended up replacing our bikes. I bought a new bike in June when my old bike of 8 years fell apart and Chris ended...

My favorite new blender: Vitamix

Just call me the Spendy Mom$ter! Being frugal doesn’t mean being cheap, it means you focus your spending on areas that are most important to you and leave aside other areas that aren’t so important. For me, over time, frugality has meant focusing on quality and lasting items vs. sales...

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...

No New Clothes: April Update

It’s been almost half a year without buying new clothes and I can say it’s been far easier than I had originally thought. When I started, I was unsure how I’d make it through the post-partum weight-loss process without new clothes to get me through the mid-way between size situation....