Make a protective bag for washing delicates (or Velcro items)

Here’s Susan again, with another fab thrifty tip. This is a bag for washing delicates: bras, nylons, sweaters and knits that you don’t want to get agitated too hard, etc. Can also be used for washing soccer shin-guards (which was actually what I invented it for). Especially great since you don’t want the hooks on […]

Thrifty Tip: Make a poly mailer out of an Under Armour bag

HI from Susan! Those who know me, know I am thrifty. Being thrifty is one of my hobbies, honed over the years. Do you ever need to ship something and don’t have a mailer? I bet you do have one of those “too-good-to-throw-out” bags like the ones that come from the Under Armour store. Here’s […]

Mommy Needs a Raise, by Sarah Parshall Perry

Oh joy! Here’s another mothering book, jammed with hilarious anecdotes…very well-written. ItĀ amazes me how many moms must really struggle with what other people do, what other mothers think, what people think of them, etc. Many moms must set their own standards impossibly and unrealistically high. Because book, after mothering book, seems to be always about […]

Thrifty Tip for gently used Aluminum Foil

This is just a little tip I picked up somewhere: When you have a nice piece of foil left from something you baked (maybe it covered a casserole and is pretty clean) fold it, clean side out, and use it for a spoon rest. When it has done its duty, dispose of it. Susan Karsten […]

Thrifty and Easy Rhubarb Jam

The large pot pictured above has a double batch of rhubarb jam in it. The recipe below is easily doubled. 5 Cups finely chopped Rhubarb 2 cups sugar 1 pack strawbery jello Placed chopped rhubarb and sugar in a pot, stir, and let sit overnight. Bring to a boil, boil and stir for 10 minutes. […]

Guide to the Empty Nest, by Rainey & Yates

This. Wow, tears fell as I drank in the support and validation provided by this book. It was like they were reading my mind and speaking it back…understanding why it’s hard — even when you’ve launched your children well. Ambivalence…Things are good and not so good at the same time. That about sums up the […]