Homeless Kits: How Helping Others Helps You, Too

Part of a thrifty lifestyle is saving and making money in efficient and sometimes unique ways. This might mean shaving $10 off your grocery bill, renegotiating your cable (or cutting the cord altogether), or starting up a side hustle walking dogs. These are all great things that will improve your bottom line, but at a […]

Investing in a Chest Freezer: A Cool Way to Save

If you’re like me, your grandparents had at least one chest or deep freezer or a spare fridge/freezer combo in their basement. My grandparents had both – a 30 year old fridge/freezer and a newer chest freezer and they were both stocked ALL the time. I believe it’s a byproduct of growing up in the […]

Five Ways to Start Working From Home Today

Every day more and more people begin the adventure that is working from home. While I’d never say it’s “easy money” getting started doesn’t have to be a huge investment (of time or money!) When I first got started as a blogger, I found all sorts of different ways to make money online so that […]

Mind the Mom Gap: Overcoming Loneliness as a Mother

A few years ago, when our son was only 6 months old, my husband and I made the choice to have a second child. Why get used to sleep again, right? And while I’d never ever change the choices made, I also never realized I’d be trapped…in the mom gap. It all started last night […]

Genius Bloggers Toolkit

Why I Invest in the Genius Blogger’s Toolkit

The Genius Blogger’s Toolkit (GBT) is something you can’t help but run across right now – whether you’re a professional blogger, other online entrepreneur, or do it only for the fun of it, the GBT is everywhere. Now the question stands: is it because A) it really is that awesome or is it B) because […]

How to Create an Easy, Healthy Meal Plan on a Budget

Creating and sticking to a healthy meal plan can be tricky. We so often have the best of intentions: we develop a meal plan(ish), buy our groceries, fist pump when we’re $16 under budget, and then suddenly your two year old is screaming, the baby has a rash, and making that Pinterest-worthy quiche for dinner […]

Less Stuff, More Life

Stuff steals your joy and suffocates your life. Do you believe this? I do. I’m on a mission to become weird. Dave Ramsey says, “Don’t be broke. Be Weird”. He suggests to look at what everyone else is doing and run the other way. The Joneses want stuff: cars, houses, furnishings, clothes, and the bills […]

Kid Friendly Recipes That Your Budget Will Love

How many times have you tried to get your kids (or entire family!) to eat healthy……only to have them refuse to eat the meal you worked so hard to prepare? Getting your kids to eat healthy while staying within your budget is not easy. Getting your kids to LIKE the healthy and budget friendly food […]

Stretchmark Cream DIY - Make your own stretchmark cream and get rid of stretchmarks today

DIY Stretchmark Cream

Stretchmarks are one of the most unpleasant side effects from a pregnancy, or any type of rapid weight gain. And they are very hard to eliminate, if not impossible. Stretchmarks are even tougher than cellulite! But still there is hope! And before you jump into buying the next expensive hyped cosmetic product, try my natural […]

Wedding Budget Ideas

How I Threw a Downtown Wedding For Less Than $4,000

You may have noticed lately that ThriftyGuardian has had a LOT of guest posts and I promise it’s not because I’m getting lazy 😉 Rather (if you haven’t yet heard….) WE GOT MARRIED! 😀 So needless to say, I had to bring a few friends to help keep ThriftyGuardian running while I juggled wedding planning […]