My laptop is an old one. I really don't know how old it is, but I was using it in 2010 before we moved to Hawaii. It has to be plugged in, because the battery hasn't worked in years. The built-in trackpad has always been awful, so I've used a USB mouse since I got the … [Read more...] about Tightwad Tech Confessions
Cheapskate, penny-pincher, frugal, thrifty, tightwad--most of these terms do not have a positive connotation, so I try to never use them. I'm not cheap: I am a personal financial strategist! Okay... I'm a tightwad. A REASON for Tightwadding Initially, my husband and I … [Read more...] about Confessions of a Tightwad
Repair, Repurpose, & Recycle: get your money's worth! One of the most valuable frugal-living tips I've ever received is this one: repair, repurpose, and recycle things. Even the order of the words pertains to the message. When an item needs to be fixed or mended to … [Read more...] about Repair, Repurpose, & Recycle
Why Do you Make Detergent? I have bought three or four jugs of liquid laundry detergent since we arrived in Hawaii over five years ago. Cost of living in Hawaii is expensive, so making laundry detergent is one thing I do to save money. By making detergent, I save between $20 and … [Read more...] about Making Laundry Detergent
Eating a 7-course Meal We love to do special dinners on holidays like Valentine's Day and Easter OR on weekends with nothing special happening. At the "Casa de Montalbano" we make a game out of creating fancy meals with simple ingredients and comparing the cost to a … [Read more...] about Make a 7-course meal at home!