The Cash Envelope Budget System

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Cathy's sister Carolee is guest posting this for us. She will be introducing you to the CASH ENVELOPE BUDGET SYSTEM in 2 parts. This post she covers the pros of using the system and gives you pointers to get started. She also gives you some helpful tips to implement the system and help choosing envelope categories. This is FAB Carolee. Thanks so much! I am a mostly stay-at-home Mommy of four young children and wife of a school teacher. As my …
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Re-purposing Household Items

I was looking through our archives and found this great post about re-purposing items around your house. There are some really great ideas in here. Are you still looking for ideas to save money, or do you feel you do not have time to mess with it? When we started this blog in 2008 people were hungry for ideas to save money and make things last longer. As the economy has improved it seems like many people have lost that hunger.  A few weeks ago …
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The NON-cash Budget System

This isn't a real system. In fact, it's the opposite of what we learned about from Carolee last week. And while I do plan on giving the envelope system a try, I'm going to tell you what I have done for years. I don't have a budget. GASP. I never carry cash. I charge every last cent on credit cards. GULP. *Now a warning before we proceed. THIS SYSTEM IS NOT RIGHT FOR EVERYONE! If you are a compulsive buyer or have no control once a piece of plastic …
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How to Save Money at Disneyland!

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We are getting you ready for Spring Break and Summer Break this week with lots of info to help you enjoy your time the most.  We are also giving away a  Southern California Vacation ! Planning a trip to the happiest place on earth but not looking to spend a fortune?  Sara over at Budget Savvy Diva worked at Disneyland for 3 years and has attended the park over 100 times. She has offered to share her money-saving tips to help you pinch pennies …
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anti new years resolution
In honor of the New Year we are bringing back one of our popular new year posts.... I had a troubling conversation with a good friend of mine the other day. She told me she felt like a complete failure last year. She had set some pretty lofty New Year's Resolutions & had failed. Repeatedly. The majority of them were financial in nature. She follows our website. She coupons. She's as frugal as they come, but she was beating herself up because …
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Top Ten Frugal Living Tips

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Say that title 5 times fast! Whew. Alliterations aside, we here at Fabulessly Frugal know there are so many ways in addition to couponing that can save you money. We also know how dang smart our readers are. So today, we are combining that knowledge and turning to you, our brilliant and frugal readers. All couponing and shopping talk aside, what are some money saving tips you have adopted? Have you been given any good advice when it comes to …
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coupon stigma
Growing up we lived in a tiny 3 bedroom apartment, shared by 2 parents, 5 siblings, 2 turtles, 1 bird and an occasional fish. To describe our family as poor would be an understatement, but as kids we were oblivious to our financial situation. We thought everyone wore the same pair of shoes until their feet touched the pavement, and then traded them in for a raggedy hand-me-down pair that still had a good 3 weeks left in them before the soles completely …
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I originally posted this last year, but recently got into a discussion with some friends about making your own household cleaners. I was surprised at how many of my friends made their cleaners from scratch. I know we can often find cleaners for cheap or even free, but they all contain chemicals that are so harsh! And if any of you have a sensitive-skinned child like I do, finding a gentle alternative is important.  Here are our NEW >>>> recipes …
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FABULESSLY FRUGAL FRIDAY: Free Family Activities in Boise!

Karrie over at Happy Money Saver has compiled an AWESOME list of FREE things to do with your family in Boise in the month of February! Here are just a few of the freebies. See her entire list HERE. Thanks Karrie! Free Family Activities in Boise: (Wednesdays)-Preschool Time at Ceramica- 11am–3pm, Ceramica,, 342-3822. (Wednesdays)-Kids Experience. Cool art and science projects for ages 6–10. 4pm, Garden City library, …
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tax tips
I've told you before I am in no way an expert when it comes to financial matters. But I know the internet hosts a plethora of financial geniuses if you know where to look. As tax time nears, their advice could definitely come in handy. Here are 20 of the best sites for tax tips: WalletPop: WalletPop shares advice for personal finance on their blog. This tax season, they’ve covered topics like 10 Crucial Tax Tips and what to do if you can’t …
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