11.07.2011

Free subscription to Lego Club Magazine

Click Here to get your child a free subscription to Lego Club Magazine! The Lego Club Magazine will come 6 times a year and is based upon your child's age.

11.03.2011

Free Sid the Science Kids Poster For Educators!

Don't Miss out on this free poster of Sid the Science Kid which gives tips for science and a free Dinosaur train toolkit and poster! The kits includes video clips, music and activities. I requested mine!

11.01.2011

Give Thanks in all circumstances...

for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Thessalonians 5:18

Happy November and the beginning of the busiest time of the year (at least for me). During the hustle and bustle of  cooking, shopping, wrapping, volunteering, decorating, care-taking, ect. I find it calming to take a minute or two each day to give thanks.

Have you Checked Facebook for Yard Sales...

I was browsing around Facebook last week searching for pages in my area to help network myself with other ladies who love to save money. When I was doing so I came upon a page that was like a yard sale!


10.28.2011

I don't use coupons!?!? The story of a non-frugal husband

I am dedicated to making my blog a personal journey of savings as much as I am to helping others save money. So, I think I should tell you that my husband does not use coupons! Go ahead and gasp or laugh, it is truly ironic.

10.26.2011

The Thrifty Guide to Coupons - Part Five

Hi fellow frugal friends! Today is yet another addition to The Thrifty Guide to Couponing! I am very happy to say that this post is on how to use coupons...your last step.
So you know the coupon policies, you know where to get coupons, and how to organize them so don't you think it's about time to get in the stores and use them babies to start saving $$! I do!

10.25.2011

Easy-peezy Side Dish: Baked Macaroni and Cheese

It is Tuesday and that means anything goes on The Nifty-Thrifty Lady! I wanted to share a go to side dish in the fall and winter months for my family. I have to tell you before hand it is not all that healthy it is just a wonderfully scrumptious and easy recipe that I had to share! Baked Macaroni and Cheese! So your probably thinking this has been done, and your right it has. However, this macaroni can be thrown together in under 10 mins and all of the ingredients are most likely in your fridge or pantry.not to mention the whole dish can be made for under $5.00 if you keep milk, butter and cheese on hand!


10.23.2011

Pumpkin Patch Accomplished!


A Ward Family Tradition is to go to  Reynolds Farm every year. For $5.00 a person plus the cost of a pumpkin you can do all kinds of fun fall things. They have hay rides, hay mazes, three huge slides, corn mazes, a duck race, play area, plus tons more. This year our wonder friends The Martins joined us, they have two adorable little girls. I thought I would share a movie of our time there today with all of you! Enjoy!





10.19.2011

The Nifty-Thrifty Guide to Coupons- Part Four

Hi fellow frugal follows (that is a mouth full!) if you have been following along with this coupon series we are on week four. We have already discussed Coupon Policies, Where to find coupons, and How to organize coupons, if you missed any of these just click on the name and it will take you directly to the post. This week we are going to talk about coupon lingo or what your coupons mean.

10.18.2011

Update: Operation Christmas Child

It is almost that time to turn in your shoeboxes! Did you accept my challenge? There is still time if you didn't. If you are new to The Nifty-Thrifty Lady I challenged everyone to fill a shoebox for a child in need using only coupons or great deal finds and find a local organization that was taking donations!

Do Not Be Anxious About Life: Relaying on God to Provide

It is Tuesday and that means anything goes! I should start out by saying if you look at my site for deals and coupons this post may not mean much to you...however it is the prime example of why I have chosen too live thrifty and with-in my means.

10.12.2011

The Nifty-Thrifty Guide to Coupons-Part Three Organization

Happy Wednesday Everyone! Today we will be talking about Coupon organization and there was just to much to type so I am posting my first Video! Please leave comments or feedback! I hope you enjoy.









10.11.2011

Simple and Cheap"SPOOKY" Halloween Craft

Halloween is coming and I am always trying to come up with cheap and nifty decorations. This project is
simple enough to let your kids help!














10.04.2011

Can Picky be Cheap?

How to stay on budget with picky eater
I love my son to death and I love my husband to death but their eating habits are...well...terrible. I never thought of this in a frugal way until I was creating my Family Staples List one day.













10.01.2011

F.A.L.L.

Hi Friends, It is just me, Jen.
Fall is my favorite time of the year. The mornings are crisp enough for a nice comfy sweater and the afternoons are warm enough to run forever and not get hot and sweaty. The fall air cleanses the earths palette, the trees shed their leaves, and animals migrate to new homes. New beginnings is what fall is about and nothing could be more graceful and beautiful in doing so. Fall is also a visual reminder of God's awesome powers. He creates breath taking sunsets and makes the ground a collage of red and yellow leaves. He graciously gives us food to harvest. Fall is also a time to reflect and be close to family. A time to pick your own pumpkins, ride on some hay, get lost in a field of corn, eat homemade applesauce, and give thanks over a hot turkey. There is not one thing I would change about fall. I am ready to make some great new memories .

9.28.2011

The Nifty Guide to Coupons - Part 2

 Wednesdays on  The Nifty Thrifty lady there will be a running series on money saving tips and tricks. For the next several weeks it will be on couponing. I hope you all, read, learn and enjoy saving money!

9.27.2011

A Nifty Thrifty Guest: How to Make a DIY Dog T-Shirt


How to Make an Upcycled Dog T-ShirtIt's Tuesday which means we all made it through Monday(give yourself a hand)! On Tuesdays at The Nifty-Thrifty Lady I have left the topic wide and open...oooh the possibilities. Today I have my first guest, Stephanie Reese or my middle sister! She has recently became the mother of a furry child and had a thrifty way to keep him warm as the weather changes. Enjoy and a big Thanks to Steph!





9.23.2011

The Nifty Thrifty Lady Challenge for Christmas!

Ready for a challenge?

 I am always ready, you have to be when you have a 5 year old and teach!
Well how about filling a shoebox only using coupons?
 No I do not mean throw all of your coupons in a shoebox and forget about them!

9.21.2011

Update: A Thrifty Mom's Dream

This is the recycling station that is outside of the Shell / Domino's on Maugans Ave. It is very easy to use but here is a mini tutorial

The Thrifty Guide to Coupons - Part 1 {Coupon Polices}

what is a coupon policyToday I was trying to think what saves me the most money and most of the time I have to admit it is coupons.
 Let me first say I am not an EXTREME couponer. I like to say I am a BALANCED couponer.
In the ideal world I could find and use a coupon for everything I buy, but realistically that is not possible for me. So I do buy things that are full price...bummer I know. Mostly fresh produce or meats. I do have some thrifty ways to save on those items too but that is later.

9.20.2011

A Thrifty Mom's Dream

recycling greenopilis As a thrifty lady I try to pass it down to my son, the same way my parents and grandparents did for me.











Here we go...

Hello World, or should I say fellow coupon-ers, money savers, moms, or frugal friends! I am Jen Ward or otherwise know as a thrifty lady. I am not "the" thrifty lady just "a" thrifty lady who would like to a) journal her savings, b) share tips, tricks, and my knowledge with others about a balanced, thrifty life c) learn from you! I am a very eclectic saver, I coupon, reuse, meal plan, (try) to save money, shop for bargains, and stay informed about area activities that are cheap or free. My goal is to bring you that knowledge and have some fun while tracking my savings. I hope you enjoy.