Thrifty Tips

Cris Swaters

Thrifty Tips

Cris Swaters is the communications coordinator at White River Valley Electric Co-op and a lover of extreme couponing, frugal living, social media and healthy home cooking. Get more tips and healthy eating recipes from Cris at


Winter 2014: Finding Interview Attire on a Tight Budget

Presentable fashion on a budget is one of the hardest thrifty tips to master. Falling on hard times can make purchasing clothing an even more daunting task; however, if you’re out looking for work or interviewing for a job, the best thing you can do to help your search is to look the best you […]

Holiday Spending

Winter 2013: Holiday Spending

All around us are the reminders of the holiday season to come. Sugar plums are dancing, holiday décor has been on the shelves since before Halloween and people everywhere start wondering where they are going to find the funds to pay for all the things that bring holiday joy. Where did time go? Short-term budgeting. […]

Great Memories Without Great Expense

Summer 2015: Great Memories Without Great Expense

I have always been a daddy’s girl. Now that I’m a little older, I really value all the time I spent with my dad during the summer. I learned how to use tools and build things. I could always count on an excuse to have fun and make a mess. The best thing about spending […]


Summer 2014: From your garden to your pantry

Eating fresh, homegrown food year-round is one of the many perks to tending a garden during the warm months of the year. If you’re following along at home, the Thrifty Tip from the Spring issue provided some tips for getting a garden started and now, the most important part, preserving all the yummy goodies. The […]

Eating Healthy

Summer 2013: Eating Healthy on a Budget

Let’s be honest for a moment. Eating healthy foods and feeding a family are two things that are extremely hard to do on a tight budget. We all have (or know) those kids (and husbands, too) who will eat you out of house and home, so it feels impossible to give them something healthy without […]

Let's Get Creative with Baby Shower Gifts

Spring 2015: Let’s Get Creative

Everyone I know is turning up with a new bundle of joy. As much as I enjoy smothering all the new, tiny humans with love, it can be an expensive venture when you are invited to baby shower after baby shower. Recently I have turned to my rudimentary sewing and crafting skills to come up […]

Thrifty Tips Spring 2014

Spring 2014: Grow Your Groceries

As the weather starts to warm up, saving money with the family can be as close as spending one day digging in the dirt. Growing your favorite foods in your backyard, on your porch, or even on a balcony can be a family-friendly and rewarding way to save big. So gather up the kids and […]


Spring 2013: Couponing

Saving money everywhere possible is a necessity that most families have to contend with to make ends meet. Learning how to use coupons and vowing to never pay full price for items that you know you can get for free or pennies on the dollar is a great way to keep money in the bank […]


Fall 2014: Clearance: Friend or Foe?

Who doesn’t love a good deal? Let’s be honest here. There are very few people who can pass up an awesome price, particularly on the things they need. Here’s the catch: Can you separate what you need and what you don’t when you’re blinded by the awesomeness of a great deal? The hypnotizing glow that […]

Sales Cycles

Fall 2013: Sales Cycles

As the fun festivities of summer wind down, it’s time to start thinking about sending those kiddos off to school. (I know there are some moms and dads out there who are more than ready to have those eight kid-free hours back again.) However, the back-to-school season typically costs a pretty penny for most to […]