Frugal Homeschooling with

education plus

Looking for a way to homeschool on a tight budget? has been a HUGE help for us and is definitely the way to go for free worksheets, activities, and more! I use’s worksheets often, both for my own children and for our co-op class. The holiday themed sets are some of my favorites […]

Homemade Holiday: 2 Too-Easy Tulle Tutu Costumes

easy tutu halloween costumes

Last year, Lira wanted to be a white mouse at the church’s Fall Festival. I am not creative and while I can sew, I’m not very good at it. So, my work was cut out for me… no pun intended. I remembered seeing a post about how to make a tutu and decided that would […]

The Ultimate Beans & Rice Recipe List (Linky Party)

ultimate list of frugal dinners with beans and rice

No doubt about it. If you are looking for a frugal solution for a tight dinner budget, beans and rice can solve the problem every time. However, eating a steady diet of beans and rice can be boring. So, I wanted to create a link up where you can share your beans and/or rice recipes. […]

So~Frugal Three Bean Stew

dry bean soup recipe

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Creative Headboard Solutions for Your Bed

frugal ideas for a bed head board

Even though I always wanted a big, beautiful headboard for our master bedroom, I never wanted to flip the bill for something that would just make our bedroom look pretty and not really have any other purpose. When we moved into our home, I started looking for solutions to my decorating dilemma and realized that […]

25+ Activities for a Road Trip with Kids

Traveling with Kids

When you are small, time seems to drag. Put a little body in a car seat for a road trip and the Earth might just stop turning… or it will just appear that way to the little set of eyes glaring at you from the backseat. How do you keep the kids busy on a […]

10+ Homemade Convenience Mixes

DIY baking dry mixes

Convenience mixes are handy but compared to the cost it takes to put them together, they are expensive. You can shave some excess from your grocery budget by spending a little time each month making convenience mixes yourself. It only takes a few minutes and the savings can really add up. Here are some of […]

Super Bowl Party Ideas


In the south, we have four seasons: winter, spring, summer, and FOOTBALL. And, in this house, we are VERY southern. We love football. While SEC football is our favorite, we love the NFL too and use the Super Bowl as our transition into spring. If you have been planning a party for the big game, […]

50+ Educational Stocking Stuffer Ideas

frugal gift ideas for Christmas stockings

It’s time to think about stuffing those stockings! Instead of the normal chewing gum and socks, why not fill your child’s stocking with fun, educational items? Emphasis on FUN! Here are some ideas: Safari field tools Poster paint Crossword puzzles No pop bubbles Glitter Flashcards Pencil sets Watercolor paints Handheld games Playing cards Geodes Mazes […]

Penny’s #Frugal #Linky ~ Decorating for Fall

Pumpkin Close Up

True confession time: I do not consider myself to be a very creative person, despite popular opinion. I actually would rather look at a picture and then re-create it in my home. That is one of the reasons why Pinterest is so helpful to me. I can find all kinds of delightful ideas and use […]

GUEST POST: Fall Decorating on a Budget


Apple picking. Warm sweaters. Cool breezes. Early nights. Black Friday deals. These are just a few of the wonderful things that fall brings with it. Another great thing about fall is decorating for the season. Bold reds, warm oranges and earthy browns. Wonderful scents, gorgeous natural centrepieces. If you are planning on doing some fall […]

Penny’s #Frugal #Linky ~ DIY Birthday Cakes

Pinterest Cakes

So, I shared my ideas for birthday cakes and now it is your turn! Please come link up so we can see your creativity… or cupcake towers. If you are struggling with the idea of making birthday cakes yourself and need some inspiration, come take a look at my Creative Cakes board on Pinterest. If […]

Frugal Homemade Costume Ideas for You

Costumes from T-shirts and duck tape

Our family loves to dress up for our church’s fall festival and we have an affection for homemade, frugal costumes. So, over the next few days, I am going to share some of our creations. Do It Yourself Peanuts Gang Costumes Last year, we were The Peanuts Gang. Keep in mind that I was like […]

Reusing Your Cooking Oil for Frying

Filtered Oil

I do not fry food… until recently. For the first time ever in my life, I fried french fries. Lira refuses to eat them oven-baked and I wanted to make her a special treat. So, I fried them. Guess what!?! She still didn’t eat them. UGH! So, I looked at all that oil and thought […]

Stretch a Pound of Sirloin

Whether you are trying to feed a crowd or are down to a lonely little piece of beef in the freezer, this meal can help you out. 1 lb sirloin or cheaper cut of beef, cut into small pieces 1 cup carrots, cut in 1-inch pieces 4-5 potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces 2 […]

Ask Penny: A “Meaty” Question

Ask Penny

Lately, this has been the question I am most asked: “Penny, Where do you buy your meat?” Most of the time, unless there is a huge sale in another store, I purchase my meat at Winn Dixie or Target.  Everytime I am in one of those stores, I make it a habit to browse buy […]

Tips for Cutting Your Wedding Cake… Budget

tips to cut the food budget at a wedding

  Every time I see the price tag on a wedding cake, I feel like the Dad on Father of the Bride.  What is it that he says?  “Cake is made of flour and sugar.” So, why the hefty price? I am very fortunate to have a talented grandmother who can do just about anything […]


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