Disney Movie Club Review – Good Deal or Costly Mistake?

While I considered writing some music to go along with this Disney Movie Club review, I felt that it was needlessly sadistic to subject you to my singing. Besides, if you’re reading a review of ANYTHING Disney, you likely already get more cutesy music in your life than you can handle. I want to preface […]

7 Tricks to a Cheaper Disney Vacation

Disney World vacations are a right-of-passage for many American families. As the single most visited vacation resort in the world, this Orlando-area destination is comprised of four theme parks, two water parks, over 25 resort hotels, and enough restaurants, sports, nightlife, and shopping to keep everyone thoroughly engaged and entertained. While Disney is often considered […]

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Why You Need to Buy Future Presents for Your Kids

We have totes for everything – storing holiday decorations, keeping the umpteen feral cats in our neighborhood warm during cold winter nights, planting small varieties of tomatoes, etc. It’s not quite as bad as my mason jar habit, but it’s getting there… Then one summer, we found an extremely value-priced Imaginext playset at a garage […]

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5 Very Simple Budget Cuts You Can Make Today

Saving money and cutting expenses are never the favorite dinner table topic, but they are vitally important for individuals and families to discuss. And while there are quite a few drastic ways to save money on your monthly bills, there are actually quite a few small but simple ways to save that you can start […]

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My Top 6 Gift Ideas for a WAHM

As a work-at-home mom, I don’t ask for much — just quiet children, a clutter-free work space, a muse that never shuts up…ya know, simple things. That said, I’ve been blessed with two VERY vocal children, a folding table shoved in the corner of our guest room, and a brain that thinks about sleep more […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

Self care is of the utmost importance and there are plenty of ways to show yourself love without breaking the bank! Live frugal and treat yourself!

10 Ways to Show Yourself Love – For FREE!

When you hear the words ‘self care’ what comes to mind? For a very long time I thought it meant biweekly spa days – complete with massage, mani/pedi, etc.  As a busy wife and mother, that not only didn’t fit my schedule, but it certainly didn’t fit my budget!  Not only was the money literally […]