frugal family

Pumpkin diving

Pumpkin diving. Well, not really. “N” of GAIN and I saved pumpkins from the dumpster. In years past, I’ve helped decorate our church. When we clear out everything from Thanksgiving, the compostable stuff went home to my compost pile. But not this year. Over the summer, an Eagle Scout made a compost bin…

No Spend September: What it’s really like

No Spend September just ended. I spent very little money this last month, and so did my sister. She also did this in 2012 and 2011 and 2009 and  2009. I think I have enough to last one more week without doing much shopping. What was it like to not go shopping? Freeing. I said…

No Spend September: A Confession

I went grocery shopping this evening. It’s Sept. 29, and my schedule made the opportunity for shopping be perfect for TODAY. I wouldn’t have another chance until late on Oct. 2, so I visited the grocer. In the month of September, I ran out of garlic salt yellow cornmeal chicken…

Big garden win

I just moved 40′ of fencing and posts and all of this basil. Why? To make way for work to be done in my city’s community garden. In the past, we’ve had until very late in the season to tear down, leaving time for fall crops to grow and for summer crop…