| Jul 3, 2013
| 3:16 PM
With Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, expected to give birth any moment now, the world is on royal baby watch. And the British papers are in overdrive reporting every minute detail of what Kate is — or possibly could be — buying for...
| Jul 22, 2013
| 1:09 PM
Congratulations to Prince William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, on the birth of their son, an 8-pound, 6-ounce boy born on Monday. And, after the media frenzy of the last week, as the world waited breathlessly, now what?
| Jul 27, 2013
| 5:06 PM
Fewer than 20 days after the last bell rang for the 2012-2013 school year, big box retailers launched their annual back-to-school promotions.
Advertisements for 25-cent boxes of crayons and brightly colored displays of glue sticks and notebooks...
| Mar 11, 2013
Having watched screener after screener of Gypsy Sisters, trying to come up with a preview that didn’t give away everything, I’ve decided the hell with it — ’tis better to recap than blow the show beforehand because I'm too inclined...
| Mar 11, 2011
| 3:10 PM
Saturday, March 12, is a big day for children's resale in the Chicago area. This is the day when the DuPage County Fairgrounds hosts FOUR simultaneous consignment sales run by separate nonprofit organizations. It's a real opportunity to combine the low...
| Mar 18, 2011
| 7:49 AM
If you buy used clothes for your kids -- or yourself -- you probably want to be out hitting some of the big resale events in the Chicago area Saturday. Here's a probably-incomplete list:
The Parenthesis Family Center consignment sale in Oak Park. 405 S....
| Mar 26, 2011
| 3:52 PM
The top deals this week in the Sunday Chicago Tribune include a $10 dog food coupon, $10 Build-a-Bear coupon, free toothpaste and toothbrushes at the drug stores, 7-cent bags of Halls, and incentives to buy a Keurig at Target.
| May 29, 2011
If chi-chi baby and toddler gear makes your heart beat a little faster, the Plush consumer trade show (short for "posh little urbanites show") will have you praising the luxury gods.
The show, which is scheduled to take place Sunday, June 5, at...
| Jan 25, 2011
| 7:54 AM
Recently I was asked for some money-saving tips for teen parents. Although I was well out of my teens (not to mention my 20s) when I had my babies, I have some Frugalista tips for the care and feeding of infants that should be useful to any age parent....
| Jan 31, 2011
| 6:32 AM
The Frugalista spent the entire weekend oohing and aahing at tiny baby clothes at two separate baby showers. So naturally, Monday finds me shopping online for kids and family stuff. Here are the deals I turned up:
- If you pulled any 20 percent off...
| Dec 12, 2011
For years Pete Schaefer was an executive at McDonald's Corp., jetting back and forth to booming markets in Asia. Today, he runs the Northern Illinois Food Bank, and a road trip to Rockford counts as a notable departure.
Going from a multibillion-dollar...