No matter how we cranked, the well wouldn’t pump anymore. That didn’t stop the goats from being thirsty, so our boys had to fill 5-gallon buckets with the hose and carry water from our house. Since we have to pay for hauled water due to our water circumstances, that isn’t cheap.
It was a relief when the skies finally opened and gave us a good rain. Well, maybe not great that we got a couple of week’s worth of rain in the span of a few hours, but at least we have water available again!
Ever since I started blogging about our #yearofno, I have gotten a lot of questions. Where did we come up with it? How does it work?
Well, #yearofno has made a tremendous difference in the way our family runs (for the better). So I want to share what we’ve learned, because I think you can benefit from it, too.
Have you wanted to host a fall party at your home? I found a whole list of creative ideas to make it a fun time for everyone. Many of these ideas can be used whether you want to incorporate Halloween or not.
Decorating our home for Halloween isn’t always top on my list of things to do. I couldn’t write “has an eye for design” on my resume.
But putting together my 13 Cheap Halloween Decorations Easier Than Screaming in a Haunted House post inspired me. There are plenty of ideas out there that cost little to nothing. And they’re so easy that even I can do them!
So for once, we have some new decorations to help us get into the season. I even put up a scarecrow that the kids are calling “No Noggin”. (If you have a Curious George lover in your house, you get it.)
Paying bills online is great, because it’s simple and saves the cost of a stamp and an envelope. But there’s a special satisfaction in writing a check for the last payment on a loan, isn’t there? You can write something snappy in the memo box, like “So long, suckers!”
Trouble is, these days that satisfying final payment is far off and fleeting for most of us car owners. We sign on to loans that last so long they might as well have a seat at the dinner table.
You’re probably wondering how to finance a car without signing your life away. It’s not as popular these days, but there is still a way to get it done. Let’s look at the problem and some solutions.
My kids do this thing where they wait until I’m distracted. Then they put a package in my hand, knowing I’ll unwrap it and hand it back to them. Basically giving them permission to snack at will.
But I’m not one of those moms that lets her kids snack at will. Hence the need for deception.
I give them an A for effort and creative use of their resources. But most of the time I snap out of it and withdraw my passive permission before they’ve scarfed down their candy (or whatever they’re after).
I try to keep snacking down to a minimum. It’s too expensive to feed this crew whenever they’re “hungry”. But more importantly, I want them to recognize the difference between real hunger and boredom (or whatever emotion they’re trying to eat).
We hit the 50th edition of the 5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week series a few weeks ago. And that was exciting! Many people celebrate the milestones that hit at each 25 mark.
But, as usual, I celebrate a little differently. Since I first started this series, my goal was to make it to one full year’s worth of these money saving posts. So number 52 has been in my mind for a while.
It’s awesome to have reached this week’s post! It feels like I’ve proven something…to myself if no one else. 😉
That’s why I want to make this week’s post special. I’m not going to change the title, but rather than celebrating 5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week, I’m going to talk about the 5 decisions that have saved us the most money over time.
Looking for a cheap wedding gift that the happy couple is sure to love?
You grab the mail and flip through the pile. Bill, junk mail, bill, you’ve won $1,000,000 (again…darn those stipulations, though), and what’s this? A wedding invitation.
At first, it’s kind of exciting. Who’s getting married? Oh, I haven’t seen so-and-so in forever!
But by the time you rip open the envelope, you’re already starting to calculate how much this wedding is going to cost you. How are you going to fit this into the budget?
We’re all trying to save money, and wedding gifts can be so expensive. Finding a cheap wedding gift that you know the couple will still love is tough.
I’m not going to give you a list of things you can buy from the dollar store. This is my own method for getting the absolute best deal on items that are already on the happy couple’s gift registry. They registered for it, so you know they want it. But let’s save some money before you make that purchase.
Happy October! I’m personally not a fan of the cooler weather, but there are plenty of things to love about this month. Campfires, pumpkins, and fall festivals top my list.
September was a doozy for us. I was disappointed that we weren’t able to make bigger strides towards our main #yearofno debt payoff goal. On the other hand, we managed to not add to our consumer debt. That’s a strong check in the positives column!
Let’s do a check in on our S.M.A.R.T. goals for 2016.
Fried. My brain is fried. It’s been a long week here! This Mama is fully embracing the TGIF attitude today.
I try to stay ahead of the schedule of my blog, but I’m not too proud to admit that I’m sitting here on a Thursday night contemplating skipping this week’s episode of the 5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week. But I’m powering through!
Grab a cup of coffee and let’s talk about some frugal ways to save money. Go here to read older editions of this series.