How much is “normal” to spend on groceries?

A huge thank you to the more than 300 of you whom responded to my survey about your average grocery spending. I kept the survey open for 10 weeks, so we could get as many responses as possible. Let's jump right in and look at the numbers you … [Read more...]

How I gave up my cleaning lady and still keep a {mostly} clean home in 30 minutes a day

I've been thinking about writing this post for over a year -- ever since last spring when I finally said goodbye to our cleaning lady. But I wanted to be sure that this would actually work -- before I started claiming success. For most of my … [Read more...]

The Best Way to Transfer Money to Israel [My Unsolicited Review of TransferWise]

This is a post for my friends in Israel (or those who are just curious about the practical side of our life here)! If you live in Israel, but earn money -- or just have savings -- in the United States (or elsewhere), then you no doubt have … [Read more...]

Keep Your Home Clean in 30-40 Minutes Per Day {Download are My Weekly Cleaning Schedule}

If you struggle with keeping your house clean on your own, or are looking to eliminate your cleaning person, check out my weekly cleaning schedule. I hope it will help you manage this task as efficiently as it has helped me. In just 30-40 minutes, … [Read more...]

4 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Shop {Especially If You Struggle with Impulse Shopping}

Finding awesome deals is a big part of what I do here at KOAB. And I absolutely love helping you to save money on everything from clean supplies and clothing to groceries and gifts. But I'd be remiss if I didn't also acknowledge that I have … [Read more...]

Why We Doubled Our Grocery Budget … And Why I’m Totally Okay With It

Confession time: I don't remember that last time I used a coupon at the grocery store. Eight years ago, when Frankie and I were deep in the process of building up our emergency fund and doing our best to eek a few extra dollars out of every … [Read more...]

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...]

5 Tips for a Frugal (& Fun!) Family Road Trip

The price of gas may be soaring, but come August, my family will once again be hitting the open road for our annual summer road trip. With three growing kids, traveling long distances by car can be a bit dicey. We want to keep our trips … [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...]