Summer break is either fast approaching at your house, or it’s already here. Who doesn’t love the freedom from packing lunches, homework, alarm clocks, and busy schedules?
But it doesn’t take long before you get the first “I’m booooored” whine from the kids. And soon, you’re trying to find ways to keep the kids occupied.
What you need is a way to keep the kids occupied in a fun, but educational way. And it has to be affordable (read: free).
School is out for summer now! Do you see my happy dance? I’ve exchanged my travel mug of coffee for my pretty peacock blue coffee mug. The alarm clock is turned off. Lunches are simple instead of a planning adventure.
So much to celebrate on this Frugal Friday!
If you’re a new reader (welcome!), each Friday I like to share 5 new ways that our family has saved money this week. If you want to read back through the entire series, you can find it here.
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We are in the #yearofno, but there are still purchases that need to be made. The kids still have to have clothes and shoes. We are still buying gifts (although finding a great deal on them is really important!). Occasionally, items break and need to be repaired or replaced.
Meal planning might not always be a lot of fun, but it saves enough money to make it worth it. I like to share the meal plans I make each week in the hopes that I save other Moms some time and effort.
School lets out this week for us, so the meal plan will start to change a little bit. It will be easier to make pancakes and warm up leftovers during the day.
At Medium Sized Family, we like to celebrate Fridays by reflecting back on the ways our family has saved money this week. It’s our own version of Frugal Friday.
I always try to bring you 5 new ideas that we haven’t talked about in previous weeks. I hope that you’ll find new ideas, or that these suggestions will spark some creativity in your own frugal journey.
When you’re trying to learn how to get out of debt, you might find yourself in a ridiculous circle. You pay down your balance. But then you suddenly need to pay a surprise bill. You don’t have money to cover the bill, so you put it on the card. Now the card balance is nearly as bad as it was before. So you go back to paying the balance down again.
Especially when you’ve been trying so hard. You didn’t go out to happy hour with your buddies. You cancelled your cable service. Now it feels like all that sacrifice has gone to waste.
May is such a busy month. School is winding down and everyone is cramming in as many last minute projects and programs as possible.
It’s tough to keep the good habits in place that we’ve adjusted to over the past several months. Buying lunch is so much easier than packing one! But we’re mostly successful.
The #yearofno is still on!
Wow! What a week this has been. Yesterday I had a post featured at The Penny Hoarder. Be sure to read How a Hashtag is Helping This Family Pay Off $10,150 in Credit Card Debt and let me know what you think!
I got some exciting news (that came in at number one savings this week, so scroll down to read all about it).
Probably most surprising of all is that Hubby and I managed to go on a date during baseball season. Can you believe it?!
I’m excited to have a post featured today at The Penny Hoarder. I hope regular readers of Medium Sized Family will jump over and check it out! I’m going into detail about how our motto, #yearofno, has helped our family gain ground on our big goal of paying off debt this year.
If you are new to Medium Sized Family, welcome! Is your family also on a journey towards freedom from debt? If you like finding ways to save money, I think this blog will be a great fit for you.
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I am a proud baseball Mom. So if you’ve read my writing before, you probably know we have four children playing baseball and softball.
They aren’t playing ball because I plan for them to be professional athletes one day.
It’s important to us that our children learn life lessons in their daily lives. And organized sports can be a great way for them to learn many types of lessons at one time.
The key here is letting your kids learn these lessons. It’s tempting as parents to want to save them from their feelings. But if you let them experience these lessons and learn how to deal with them on their own, they’ll be better for it.
Here are just some of the skills our children are learning from playing baseball.