5 Small Ways to Save $235 Per Month

I was contacted recently by the producer of a local NRP show, the Sound of Ideas, about being on a panel of experts to discuss how to live frugally. She started our conversation by asking me a tough question, "Why are you frugal?" Before I … [Read more...]

A Fun Baseball Bar Mitzvah Party on a Budget

Welcome back to my series about how we planned my son's Bar Mitzvah on an intentional budget. So far, I've talked about invitations, our Friday night dinner for 40 people, and our Seudah Shlishit for 80. Today, I want to share with you the details … [Read more...]

Seudah Shlishit for 80 People | Menu, Recipes, Paper Goods & More

Welcome to Post #3 in my Bar Mitzvah on a Budget: Is it Possible series. Today, I'm going to cover what we did for Seudah Shlishit. If this is your first time here, you can read about the total budget for my son's recent Bar Mitzvah here, and see … [Read more...]

Friday Night Bar Mitzvah Dinner for 40 People | Menu, Recipes, Paper Good Tips & More

{Oh how I wish I'd thought to take pictures of the food before Shabbat started - alas, my words will have to suffice!} Today I am continuing my personal Bar Mitzvah on a Budget series by digging deep into my spreadsheets to share with you the … [Read more...]

Bar Mitzvah on an Intentional Budget | Can It Be Done? (Our Experience)

As promised, I want to share with you all some of the behind-the-scene details from my son's Bar Mitzvah this past Shabbat. I am going to be really honest with you guys about money, even though, quite frankly, it scares me to be this … [Read more...]

My Frugal Simcha | An Intimate Wedding for $3,000

My Frugal Simcha features reader's stories about their beautiful simchas - on a budget. If you have hosted a budget-friendly wedding, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Brit Milah or other simcha, we'd love to read about it! Please fill out this form to submit your … [Read more...]

How to Get Inexpensive Bar/Bat Mitzvah Invitations — Less than $1/Piece

This post is an honest accounting of my experiences with each of the invitation companies I encountered. None of them knew I have a blog, nor did that fact impact the pricing or treatment I received. I paid for everything myself; I was not "comped", … [Read more...]

My Frugal Simcha | A Chicago Bar Mitzvah for Under $3,000

My Frugal Simcha features reader’s stories about their beautiful simchas – on a budget. If you have hosted a budget-friendly wedding, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Brit Milah or other simcha, we’d love to read about it! Please fill out this form to submit your … [Read more...]

31 Days of Decluttering, Day 27: 6 Benefits to a Minimalist Wardrobe

Guest Post by Shaindy from HappilyHectic.com Hello KOAB readers! In the past few months I have intentionally chosen to have fewer clothing items in my wardrobe and I’ve been loving it. I am so glad to be here to share my journey with you. Can … [Read more...]

How to Prepare for Severe Weather {on a Budget}

Threats of severe weather are usually a boon for home improvement stores. When Hurricane Sandy was barreling toward the East Coast, Home Depot and Lowe's couldn't keep generators in stock. People wait in line at the grocery stores for hours, … [Read more...]