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Written by Kerry K. Taylor, author of 397 Ways to Save Money - Spend Smarter & Live Well on Less, Squawkfox makes frugal living sexy, delicious, and fun.

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The Morning Show and a Big Talk

Over the last week, and the weeks leading up to last week, I’ve had a whirlwind of presentations in need of preparation. So I prepared. And practiced. And prepped some more. You see, I’m a bit of a reluctant speaker. I often get asked to talk to groups, but I haven’t said ‘YES’ until now. […]

What would you grab if your house was on fire?

It’s a question I’m forced to answer every summer. Since I live in the middle of a forest off the grid in rural British Columbia, I’m pretty much on alert with every puff of smoke drifting through the trees. But forest fires aren’t the only flames to fear — there are other natural disasters that spark, and man made fires that burn too. […]

Frugal Fashion: 12 Classic clothing pieces every gal should own

My closet has survived countless styles and trends and over the years. Acid wash jeans in the 80s (cough), plaid flannel shirts in the 90s (wheeze), and those belly exposing crop tops back in 2000 (spew). OK, I’ve owned a few too many jean jackets during these decades too. […]

20 Tasty ways to love your slighted leftovers

Tasty Trash: The $55 million Squawkfox Food Waste Challenge is a series aimed at helping your family save up to $1,500 this year by reducing food waste. The environment may also thank us. To start from the beginning, read the introduction. Leftovers. Those uneaten consumables, odd pieces, and surplus scraps can often raise eyebrows, upturn nostrils, and elicit stink-eyes. […]

K to College: 10 Back-to-school saving ideas for everyone

Over the years I’ve written a lot of back-to-school posts, and a few studious articles too. Some are fun, some are a little serious, and a few went viral. […]

Cut back-to-school costs with these thrifty tricks

As a kid I loved back-to-school shopping. A new pair of kicks, a cozy white cardigan, and a backpack stuffed full of fresh school supplies were my reward for crossing the finish line of summer. Today, the high cost of back-to-school gear makes me want to quit the race. Have you seen the long supply lists schools give kids today? […]

Do you really need that upgrade?

I get a little grumpy when I’m told it’s time to upgrade. Mobile phones are big upgrade targets, but any other widget or gadget thing is fair game too. It doesn’t seem to matter if the so called ‘old’ device is fresh off the sales floor, last year’s model, or a durable piece of electronics holding tight after five years of use. […]

A delicious lesson in delayed gratification

Fridays were always the best lunch days at school. Without peeking into my blue Smurfs lunchbox, I knew my special end-of-week treat would be packed with care. Other kids got Twinkies, MoonPies, and Wagon Wheels. But not me. Sure, it was the 80s and Hostess cellophane-wrapped treats were cool from Monday to Thursday, but Fridays were reserved for the tastiest and rarest of rewards. […]

Part Three: Build a cloth diaper stash on any budget

How to build a cloth diaper stash on any budget is a three-part series aimed at helping you choose a cloth diapering system. To start from the beginning, check out the cloth diapers in Part One and Part Two. Diaper System 4: All-in-Ones (AIO) The AIO diaper is like a pocket diaper, but everything is stuck together. […]