How to Build Your Own “Sand” Box on the Cheap

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My husband and I have been working diligently in our backyard and have made a lot of progress. Lately we've been focusing on the hot spot right off of our deck. We had to figure out what to do with the … [Read more...]

7 Tips for Big City Living on a Budget (Guest Post)


Today’s guest post comes from Budget & Bargain, a Jewish blogger who knows a thing or two about how to live frugally - even in New York City. Living on a tight budget can be a challenge anywhere, but in a big urban metropolis like … [Read more...]

School Uniforms: Where I Find the Best Deals

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With back-to-school season in full swing, I thought I'd spend a few words talking about uniform shopping. I know not everyone has kids in uniform dress code schools, but if you do - you are probably like me and scrambling to figure out which pants … [Read more...]

How to Make Your Own Green Household Cleaners


I mentioned a few weeks ago that I make a lot of my own all-natural cleaners. After receiving a number of questions about them, I figured I should put together some of my favorite green cleaning recipes. Not only are these homemade cleaners green … [Read more...]

School Supply Challenge: Won’t You Join Me?

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I know, I know. Summer just started. It doesn't seem possible that the back-to-school sale season could already be upon us. But judging from the circulars, it most definitely is. If you were around last year, you might remember that I set myself a … [Read more...]

How We Keep Birthday Celebrations Sane & Affordable

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The summer is birthday season for our family. From May to October, we have a birthday a month (with a break for August). When my kids were tiny, I used to have big bashes for them every year. We'd invite all of their little friends (and their … [Read more...]

My {Unsolicited} Review of The Virgin Mobile MiFi Hotspot


Remember several months ago, when I was debating whether or not to get an iphone? I am a Mac-lover, so it was a natural inclination. But after a lot of back-and-forth, I finally decided against it for two main reasons: 1. Cost – Getting the … [Read more...]

Have You Changed Your Financial Life?

This past Shabbat, I got to spend time with an old friend, whom I haven't seen in forever. She started reading KOAB back in the beginning and has been a huge source of encouragement to me. Over Shabbat dinner, she told me the most amazing thing. … [Read more...]

What I Gained by Decluttering My Linen Closet


So, this goal of mine to systematically declutter my home... It's taking a while. Definitely longer than I had hoped. Unlike getting out of debt, which was totally gazelle intense for us, decluttering is proving to be … [Read more...]

6 Ways to Save Money at the Pump


I went to fill up our van yesterday and about cried. $3.29/gallon! After living in Israel for many years and paying truly exorbitant sums for gas (I think we were paying the equivalent of $9/gallon to gas up our diesel-guzzling Kia van back in … [Read more...]