• The Ultimate Fall Frugal Bucket List for Families

    “Sweet Frugal Life is an Amazon Associate.  As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.” Ahhhh fall!  My favorite time of year.  A fresh start as school begins again, the crisp fall air, and a bountiful garden harvest.  There are so many fall activities making the season perfect in every way!  With fall just around the corner, we decided to make your fall bucket list of everything we wanted to do this season.  Here is what we came up with!  As always, everything is either free or frugal! 1.  Have a Bonfire Invite some friends over, or head up to the mountains, and have a bonfire.  Roast marshmallows, snuggle…

  • Overcoming the Fear of Starting a Blog

    Truthfully, I use to be terrified of starting a blog.  Here’s my story of how I came from terrified to confident within a matter of minutes. I have been a stay at home mom for the past 14 years.  This is my dream job and I wouldn’t trade this time with my kids for anything. But, the past few years I’ve been getting this itch.  An itch telling me that maybe it’s time to start spreading my wings a little. I thought about many different options; I knew I wanted to continue being home with my kids, but I also wanted to start contributing to the finances and pursuing a…

  • 10 Things I Wish I Had Known When I Started Blogging

    I have officially been blogging for 1 1/2 years now (yay!), but honestly I still feel like a beginner! One of my most asked question on instagram is “How do you start a blog?”  This question always surprises me.  Probably because I’m still so far from being a “pro blogger.”  I’m just little ol Melanie, doing my best to navigate this blogging world day by day. The question always gets me thinking about those first few blog posts I made.  I really had no idea what I was getting myself into!  But, I kept pushing publish and kept studying and my blog has evolved and grown because of it. So…

  • 10 Free Ways to Honor Your Dad

    10 Ways to Show Dad You Care, Without Spending a Dime

    I am a member of online affiliate programs.  I will receive compensation from purchases made through links in this post.  All opinions are my own. Do you ever want to gift your Dad something extra special…..but constantly draw a blank???   This is how I feel every.single.holiday. I am constantly racking my brain for that perfect “knock your socks off” gift…..but, I am also on a tight budget and don’t want to spend a lot of money on this gift. This makes it so difficult! You know what I have learned though???  My dad doesn’t want me to spend a lot of money on him!  Sure, he wants to be loved…

  • 10 Quick Ways to Lower your Grocery Bill

    I am a member of online affiliate programs.  I may be compensated by purchases made through links in this post.  All opinions are my own. Groceries is one of the biggest monthly expenses.  And, unfortunately food prices continue to rise every day. The good news is that you CAN use a few tricks to lower these costs, and still eat well. 10 Quick Ways To Lower Your Grocery Bill 1.  Meal Plan Make a meal plan for all of your weekly meals and snacks.  Browse through pinterest boards, and recipe books to give you fresh ideas of what to cook each week.  As you meal plan, make a list of  groceries…

  • 5 Easy Ways We Spend Less at Restaurants

    I am a member of online affiliate programs.  I will be compensated for purchases made from links in this post. It’s so fun to go out to eat!  You don’t have to wash any dishes, someone does all of the cooking for you, you don’t have to wash any dishes, the food is delicious, and did I mention you don’t have to wash any dishes??!?!?! The only negative is that restaurants are expensive!  Going out to eat regularly can take a huge toll on your budget.  Fortunately, there are a few tricks you can do to spend less at restaurants! 5 Ways to Spend Less at Restaurants 1.  Eat Out…