Frugality: What is Well Stocked?

My husband and I had a discussion/argument lately about what it means for the fridge to be “well stocked.” Just Enough or Enough to Inspire? My definition of well stocked tends to fall on the side of underbuying and efficiency. Like most people, we grocery shop once a week and I prefer to meal plan. … Continue reading “Frugality: What is Well Stocked?”

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Gamifying Frugality

It is no secret that we’re a gaming family. I write often about what video games do for us and how we do not fear or shun them. But after reading Jane McGonigal’s Reality is Broken, I have begun to think of games in a different light. I have realized that I can turn frugality into … Continue reading “Gamifying Frugality”

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Children Encourage Frugality (and other Good Economic Skills) More Than Hinder Them

Kids are so expensive! is the mantra almost everywhere. Do you even know how much they cost? Especially as a homeschooler – how will we ever get by without some kind of financial aid? I’ve been giving this idea some thought and it’s beginning to occur to me that the truth is the exact opposite … Continue reading “Children Encourage Frugality (and other Good Economic Skills) More Than Hinder Them”

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Frugality Begins in Contentment

This is part of a new series of blog posts on frugality, which will be a regular feature of my blog. My husband and I recently celebrated our fifteenth wedding anniversary. To celebrate, we headed out to dinner. One of the things we like to do together that has fallen by the wayside after kids … Continue reading “Frugality Begins in Contentment”

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Consistency Doesn’t Always Look Consistent

Open any book on habits and sooner or later (sooner, in most cases) you will come across the admonition to “be consistent.” Then will follow reminders to wake up earlier and “eat that frog” earlier in the day. And perhaps a reminder or two to join an accountability group to stay on track. There’s only … Continue reading “Consistency Doesn’t Always Look Consistent”

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If You Think You’re Not Doing Enough, Write It Down

Pssst… hey you! Yes, you homeschooling mom! I’m looking at you. Want to know a secret? You’re doing enough. You’re doing more than you think you are. Don’t believe me? Here’s a challenge. For the next entire week, write down everything you think your child is learning. If you read to him, write it down. … Continue reading “If You Think You’re Not Doing Enough, Write It Down”

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How to Wait Well

I don’t know about you but I hate waiting. And fortunately for me I’ve been doing a lot of it. Yes, you read that right. Waiting Well The life of a homeschooling parent involves much waiting. First you wait for the child to be old enough to be able to homeschool him. Then you wait … Continue reading “How to Wait Well”

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Teaching Kids about Money

I recently came across this blog post about children and money. And it’s not just him saying it. I find this fascinating because I find that my children talk about money more than anything else – with the exception of God. It clearly takes more than one conversation for them to learn everything to want … Continue reading “Teaching Kids about Money”

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Why I am not a Minimalist

Chances are, if you’ve even thought of decluttering in the last few months of years, you’ve heard of minimalism. There seem to be some differences between what people would consider to be a minimalist. However, this is the best definition I could find. When you call a person a minimalist, you’re describing their interest in keeping … Continue reading “Why I am not a Minimalist”

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Homeschooling & Clutter

With tastes such as frugality, organization, lifelong learning and homeschooling, it should come as no surprise that reducing clutter is another passion of mine. But I am hardly talking about the kind of clutter that builds up in our homes. I have dedicated another blog post to that about homeschooling in a small house. And … Continue reading “Homeschooling & Clutter”

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