Friday Finance – Factors that affect our finances

Welcome to the third installment in our financial discussion. If you’re just joining us, be sure to check out one and two!  Today we’re going to talk about Factors that affect our finances. Basically there are two types of factors – factors that are out of our control and factors we have an influence in … Continue reading

Hobbies: Nature

Aroboretum Spring

My husband went to graduate school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. We both grew up in the west, so mountains were everywhere. Living without them was an adjustment, and I’d have to say we did not like it a lot to begin with. However, we soon discovered all the wonderful nature areas that were to … Continue reading

Frugal Buying: Meat

I have started doing my grocery shopping on Saturdays. I’ll be talking about that in a different post. A little over a week ago, I went after we put our son to bed (I usually shop before then as I don’t like late night shopping.) This turned out to be a profitable shopping trip for … Continue reading

Friday Financial – Financial Goals

Last time we discussed values, now we’re going to explore how those values lead us to make goals and how to make financial goals. There is no end of craving. Hence contentment alone is the best way to happiness. Therefore, acquire contentment. Sivananda Let’s be honest, we all crave something we cannot afford. I’d love … Continue reading

Flowers, to buy or not?

While I was in college I had a friend who worked at a flower distributor, and shortly after getting married I had a friend who had worked in a florist shop. They both told me that buying flowers on Valentine’s was a bad idea… basically the quality is not great -most die super fast. Also … Continue reading

Frugal Cooking: Celery Pesto

There are some vegetable that I don’t eat all of… for example – celery (it happens to be on my mind since I’m sharing it today). Celery has the ends which get cut off and the leaves which up until now I’ve just discarded without thinking twice about! Then I came across the idea for … Continue reading

Friday Financial – how values influence our decisions

This is the start of my financial learning series… now before you decide not to read any further, this is not going to be like a boring college lecture that drives you to fall asleep. Understanding basic financial principals will help us be more frugal. I don’t want this to be a one way conversation. … Continue reading

Hobbies: Birds

My husband and I enjoy spending time together and we enjoy doing things that do not require a lot of money… One of the things we enjoy is birdwatching. Don’t get me wrong, Birdwatching CAN cost a lot of money if you chose to get all the fancy equipment that is available. However, armed with … Continue reading


Welcome to the Frugal Family Table. My name is Crystal and I decided to start this blog after buying our first house. Seems like an odd time to decide to start a blog, right? Perhaps… The driving reason I wanted to start this blog was to share money saving tips with you as well as … Continue reading