Is it ever okay to take out a loan?

Loaded question. I know. If you've been around here for the duration, you know I am anti-debt. Make do, or do without. The best things in life aren't things. Suck it up and pay it off. Debt free is the way to be. Yes to all of that! But we still took out a loan for part of our recent basement digging/finishing and dysfunctional kitchen remodel. (image credit) We … [Read more...]

Life Lessons from a Faded Purple Tricycle

"Let's go, Mom! Yeeee-hawww!" He zips down the driveway, daring me to keep up. A welcome hand-me-down 10 years ago, even then it was faded and well-loved. Girl, boy, girl, boy. They've all sped around on the faded purple tricycle, grinning ear to ear. Sure, we've been tempted to replace it over the years, especially while trailing behind our boys pedaling purple and pink. I'm … [Read more...]

It’s Not a Bargain if You Don’t Need It

Delighting in the Frugal Find is a wonderful thing.  Going over budget on a bunch of unneeded stuff, bargain or not, may very well net you a cluttered home, an empty bank account, and less time for the things that matter. [pinit count="horizontal"] I love a good bargain. When I enter a store, any store, I delight in discovering All Things CLEARANCE. When we lived in … [Read more...]

Happy With What We Don’t Have {from the Archives}

Talk about a blast from the past! This was the absolute very first post I ever wrote, and it was written as a guest post! Happy to Be at Home is no longer, but that was one of the first blogs I read. Those ladies encouraged me to write my story, which is how the following post and this blog came about. I was so very tempted to edit the heck outta this thing when Joy found … [Read more...]

On Making Do

Two weeks after moving into this house, we had already scraped off the 1980's floral blue wallpaper in the living room and dining room, replaced the 30 year old carpet in the living room and kids' bedrooms, and brought the original hardwood floors in the dining room, hallway, and our bedroom back to their glory. A year after that we hired out some safety work, rewiring and … [Read more...]