WAHM Tips: 5 Fun Ways to Live Frugally as a Family

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This is a guest post by Vanessa Chua-SalasImage courtesy of [photostock] / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

It’s not often that you see the words ‘fun’ and ‘frugal’ in a single sentence. Perhaps this is because frugality connotes unexciting concepts like compromise, penny-pinching and settling for second-best. It means cheap knock-off, shoddy craftsmanship, bland flavors, or boring colors. It inspires pejorative terms like Scrooge, miser or cheapskate.

Most parents have bought into the misconception that fun activities are directly proportional to having a sky’s-the-limit budget: the more money burned, the more fun to be had!

This doesn’t always have to be the case. Not everyone can afford to go on a Caribbean cruise or a Disney World tour without giving up something valuable, like your mortgage or the kid’s college fund. But with a bit of imagination, a touch of resourcefulness, and some careful planning, you don’t have to dip into your retirement fund to get everyone in the family to have a fun day together.

Here are five and frugal ways to spend a great day with the whole family. [Read more...]

How to work-at-home when the unexpected strikes

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This post originally appeared in Dainty Mom.

We had to have some plumbing repairs done today, at very short notice. All is well now: Our bathroom sink no longer leaks, but we do need a new paint job on one of our walls. Naturally, my work-at-home day was affected by this unexpected event. For me, this meant rearranging my schedule to accommodate the plumber, including cooking extra for him since he’d be spending almost the entire day knocking down part of our wall, fixing the pipes and re-cementing the portion he’d opened up.

This isn’t the first time this has happened, and I know there will be more unexpected events in the future, like a family member getting sick or the fridge breaking down. [Read more...]