Frugality Archives - Keeper of the Home

12 Ways to Survive Hot Summer Nights without Air Conditioningby  

From your sheets and mattress, to the way you position your fans, here are 12 tricks to help you survive hot summer nights without air conditioning.

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How I Organized My Clutterby  

Getting everything in my house organized is overwhelming, which is why I’m taking baby steps to home organization. Here’s how I’m using what I have and tips to help you do the same.

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Top 10 Money-Saving DIYs of the Yearby  

By Tiffany Terczak, Contributing Writer As a kinda crunchy mom, I like to make things from scratch… so long as it’s worth my time and actually SAVES me money in the long run. That’s a tough disclaimer to get over,... Read More

What? You Want a Box of Baking Soda?by  

By Ann Timm, Contributing Writer "Mom, where's the baking soda?" I got a heartfelt laugh the other night when one of my daughters bounded into my bedroom asking for baking soda. I was a bit confused as she had been... Read More

Save Money with Perennials In Your Flower Gardenby  

By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer I love flowers. But if I try to stick to a budget when gardening, I’d rather focus my spending on vegetables that will feed my family instead of flowers. To stretch my flower gardening budget,... Read More

3 Simple and Healthy At-Home Date Nightsby  

By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer After years of marriage, date nights have the potential to become a bit humdrum. Especially when a husband and wife are tired from the busyness of daily life – of if they're spending most at-home hours as dad... Read More

How I Feed My Family Real Food for $350 a Monthby  

Guest post by Tiffany Terczak Every year, people across the world are making New Year's resolutions. The goals are big and wide, ranging from eating healthier to saving up for a down payment on a house. When we first got married,... Read More

8 Tips for Spending Less and Giving Moreby  

By Nina Nelson, Contributing Writer A few years ago, our pastor showed a video at church that completely changed my approach to Christmas giving. The video was by a wonderful group known as Advent Conspiracy. They create thought-provoking videos to inspire... Read More

Make a DIY Bath and Body Gift Basket in 30 Minutes or Lessby  

By Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer Homemade gifts are fun to give, but can seem overwhelming to make.  I'm here to tell you that this does not have to be the case. It's possible to give something made with your own hands without spending... Read More

9 Hair Care Products You Can Make for Yourselfby  

  By Beth Ricci, Contributing Writer It's routine for me now, but when I think about it I realize that I do a lot of DIY'ing. Mostly with kitchen and bathroom items. Sometimes it even feels as if I’m on a... Read More

Costco Membership Benefits: Buy Real Food for Lessby  

By Andrea Green, Contributing Writer Do you belong to Costco? If not, have you wondered if the Costco membership benefits are worth it? With 90% of all Costco members renewing their membership each year, it's easy to make a case that... Read More

16 Ways to Encourage Children to Get Outdoorsby  

By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer Remember the summers of your childhood? Did you spend long days outside? Were they spent riding bikes, climbing trees, playing hopscotch, or building sandcastles? Mine were. I can remember lying on my back on the... Read More

What’s Helping Me Conquer Our Runaway Grocery Budgetby  

I bet you'd never guess the tools I find most useful when it comes to sticking with and maximizing our grocery budget. You might think it has to do with meal planning. Or perhaps a kitchen appliance like a grain... Read More

6 Steps To a Naturally Clean Home {Plus 48 recipes}by  

By Jami Leigh, Contributing Writer When I first began my natural living journey, it all started with food. I was concerned with eating healthy and what I  put into my body. But it wasn't long before I realized that the chemicals,... Read More

Nourish Your Face with Homemade Skin Careby  

By Kelly Smith, Contributing Writer I’m the first to admit that my so-called “wisdom lines” have often tempted me to take drastic measures. Don’t get me wrong. I definitely believe in aging gracefully. But I also think there’s a graceful... Read More

DIY Dishwasher Detergent Pucksby  

Making a DIY version of dishwasher pucks was something I stumbled upon completely by accident - like many good things, of course. Over at DIY Natural, Matt and Betsy had shared their very excellent dishwashing detergent recipe, which includes citric... Read More

25 Frugal, Creative Outdoor Activities for BOYSby  

Need some warm-weather activities for little boys? Check out this list of frugal and fun outdoor activities! By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer First, a disclaimer: I'm sure these activities would be enjoyed by girls AND boys alike. However, I only... Read More

5 Ideas for Frugal Dates with Your Kidsby  

By Michele, Contributing Writer Some of our family's favorite memories have been created when we plan "dates" with our kids! Although we love experiencing adventures together as an entire family, we try to occasionally carve out one-on-one time for each... Read More

Moving Forward on Your Natural Living Journey This Year!by  

By Emily, Contributing Writer My green and natural living journey began, probably like many of you, when I became pregnant with my first child, just about seven years ago. I started out slowly, changing things like our cleaning products, ditching... Read More

How to Make Holiday Lattes in the Crock Pot {Recipes for 4 Popular Lattes!}by  

This post was originally published in December 2012--but we thought you would love a reminder about these delicious holiday lattes you can make in your crock pot!  By Rachel, Contributing Writer There is just something about the holidays that seems... Read More

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