It Just Takes a Minute

7 comments by Kelly

I was inspired by a fairly traumatic post on Young House Love to tackle a project that I’ve been putting off for a while: creating an inventory of our home contents in case of emergency or another break-in. I don’t know what was different- that I had the camera sitting on the desk recharging, that […]

Read the full article →

To Fix it or Replace it?

15 comments by Kelly

One of the things we always do when we go to the States (or, should I say many of the things we always do) is go shopping for clothes. Clothes are easier to find in the United States than in France, for me at least, and are much cheaper especially when you go to thrift […]

Read the full article →

Happy New Year!

9 comments by Kelly

I’d like to wish all the longtime readers and friends of Almost Frugal (and those of you have just found us too!) a happy, healthy and successful 2011! I also want to thank you for joining me on this journey towards frugality, which started a little over three years ago, on December 27, 2007. These […]

Read the full article →

The Gift of Giving

17 comments by Beth

It’s that time of year–shopping, shopping, and more shopping as we try to find the perfect gift for family and friends, teachers and co-workers.  There are many things I love about this time of year, but I could do without the commercial aspect of it, particularly when it feels like half the time I’m only […]

Read the full article →

Everybody’s Got to Eat! Thinking About Food

12 comments by Beth

Thanks again for your helpful comments on last week’s introduction to the “Thinking Outside the Wallet” series.  This kind of exchange is encouraging to me because it reminds me that there are so many of us who are in the same situation—trying to have the best possible life on a frugal budget.  I’m going to […]

Read the full article →

Thinking Outside the Wallet

10 comments by Beth

When my husband and I moved to France and sat down to plan our new family budget, it was a bit of a shock.   We were going from being a two-income family in the U.S. to a one-income family in France—which was a huge difference considering that my husband’s salary went down roughly a third […]

Read the full article →

Backing Up Your Information For Nothing

7 comments by Kelly

This story starts out, as so many do, with three little words: Shoulda. Coulda. Woulda. When our apartment was broken into almost a year ago my husband started panicking over getting fired. Why? Not because his laptop, which belonged to his job, was stolen, but because he hadn’t taken the time that Friday evening to […]

Read the full article →