How to Save Money In Spite Of Ourselves

How to Save In Spite of OurselvesWe would all like to save money. Yet, so few of us are successful at it. Why? Is it because of those big, bad money-sucking corporations conning us out of our hard-earned crumbs? Or are greedy banks and bankers siphoning cash out of our bank accounts without our knowledge? Or are we being exploited by the infamous “1%” to fill their coffers?

Or are WE actually the culprit for not being able to save more? Do we dare consider that perhaps its not someone else’s fault that we’re living from paycheck to paycheck, drowning in debt, and not able to save anything extra for a rainy day? Oh yes, my friends, the greatest hindrance to us saving more money is none other than that individual we look at in the mirror every day. Moreover, it’s almost always the case that to save money means going contrary to our natural inclinations. [Read more…]

Saving the Crumbs Turns One!

Saving the Crumbs Turns 1It’s hard to believe that it was one entire year ago, May 11, 2014 to be exact, that Saving the Crumbs was born. We still scratch our heads sometimes about what got into us that made us start this little hobby. But along the way, we’ve been simply amazed (and surprised!) at the interest out there to read about frugal living and our weirdly thrifty ways. We’ve been stopped more than once at random places by people remarking how much they’ve enjoyed reading our blog. It’s especially been encouraging for us to hear of how people’s lives have improved because of the things that they’ve read here. If our musings, rantings, ramblings, and other sundry stuff have helped someone out there, then we are richly satisfied. [Read more…]

A Random Crumb #6: Worm Hunt

Worm HuntEvery once in a while, the Crumb Saver household shares a snapshot of a recent crumb-saving (or wasting!) incident on A Random Crumb. This column is proof that, hey, we’re people just like you! Prepare for a little randomness, a little embarrassment, but hopefully mostly encouragement.  You’ll get a sneak peek at what we actually do to save (or NOT save) in real life, which is motivation to us to stay crumby (in the good way) and (hopefully) inspiration for you join in the crumb-saving action too!

Recently we received a ton of rain here in Tennessee. It was basically nonstop rain for over a week. During one of the breaks in the storm, we got a little cabin fever and decided to go out for a walk. We were walking on our neighbor’s long driveway when we noticed giant earthworms crawling across the road nearly every other step. When I say giant, I mean GIANT earthworms. They looked like small snakes going across the road. Pretty soon, we were walking with our heads pointed down to avoid stepping on the huge parade of worms migrating across the road. Perhaps it was part exasperation of not being able to walk in a straight line or part brilliance, but we had an idea. [Read more…]

How to Get the Best Deal on Vegetable Plants

Vegetable DealsPlanting vegetables from seed will almost always be the cheapest way to grow, but sometimes it’s just nice to get seedlings from the store to help get things kick started. Peppers happen to be one of the plants that I have not had much success growing from seed and many varieties are hybrids anyway so I actually couldn’t save seed even if I wanted to. My absolute favorite pepper is the Lunchbox Sweet Snacking Peppers (also called the Yummy Snacking Peppers). They’re the fancy little colorful ones that usually come in the clear zippered plastic bags at the grocery store. They’re the ones that are bite-sized, super crunchy, amazingly sweet, and that cost $6.81 for a measly 1.5 lbs. at Costco.

So today, I want to share 4 tips on how to get vegetable seedlings for more than half off at Home Depot. I’ll use my recent pepper purchase to illustrate, but this will work with any plants sold at Home Depot. [Read more…]

7 Kitchen Items I Can’t Live Without

7 Kitchen ItemsWomen just about live in their kitchens. Well, at least it seems like most women I know do. It’s our domain. You know what I mean. We know where things are, we know where things go, and we know immediately when something is out of place or missing (which Al sometimes uses as an excuse to let me put away the dishes). Since it is our “woman cave” (whether by choice or necessity), we come to know the parts and pieces of what make life in the cave easier, harder, or just plain manageable.

In this post I decided to share a few of the things from my cave that I absolutely LOVE. These are the things that I either couldn’t live without or just believe in so much that I would be aghast if you weren’t as convinced as I am after reading this post. But more importantly than just the products themselves, I wanted to explain why I love them, how they work for me, and a few tips on what I find essential and not essential in case you decide to add them to your cave too. [Read more…]

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