Category Archives: Bee-ing Frugal

Why I Shop Consignment

I still love a good treasure hunt. As a girl, I once hid a shoe box of bouncy balls, cards and other odds and ends. Then I drew a map, collected a group of friends and “discovered” the treasure. I … Continue reading

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Our Valentine’s Dinner Tradition or How to Have a Cheap Date

My husband and I will be celebrating Valentine’s Day at home this year, as we have done every year.  In fact, most of our date nights are at home, partly, because the cost of nice meal at home is less than … Continue reading

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A Very Homemade Christmas

For the past two years, my childhood Christmas ornaments have languished in our attic, rather than being displayed on a tree. The first year, I had no for a Christmas tree, because we spent each Christmas Eve at my mother’s. … Continue reading

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My Growth Chart

For two years, I have longed for some way of charting my children’s growth beyond the traditional method of scribbling on a wall or door frame. We are loathe to write on a freshly painted wall or record our children’s … Continue reading

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A Labor Kit

Strangers ask me when I’m due and whether it’s a boy or girl. I sleep with three pillows – one between the legs and two under the head. I use my toes to pick up fallen objects and strive to … Continue reading

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Refrigerator Pickles

One of our family’s summer staples is refrigerator pickles. Their sweet-and-sour flavor mingles perfectly with sandwiches, hot dogs, hamburgers — and ice cream and cake if you are five-months pregnant. These pickles are even approved of by my finicky toddler, on the … Continue reading

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From Plaid to Rad

The decorating diva within continues to drive me, but our budget for furnishings is minuscule — most of our money is dedicated to structural repairs,  not pretty knickknacks. Our furniture is a collection of hand-me-downs or yard sale deals — functional if … Continue reading

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