It’s a whole new week around here!  Happy Frugal Friday.  I hope you’ve had some successes in your spending (or more importantly, your saving!) this week.

Last week I had to admit that we’d had a rough, expensive week.  We gradually fell off the wagon throughout June, and by last week I didn’t have much to celebrate in the way of savings.

The good news is that we recognized what was going on, and were able to make changes to get back on track with our #yearofno.  We spent this week making sure we weren’t wasting hard earned money that had a job to do.

If you want to read the archives, you can find the entire 5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week series here.

If you’re here for the new ideas, read on!

5 Ways We've Saved Money This Week 41: This family is paying down a ton of debt and sharing their money saving ideas along the way.

The 5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week.

Clearance cleats.  If your family is into baseball, it’s time to go shopping for equipment now.  If you’ve got a good guess about what size feet your child will have, you can find cleats at a great clearance price.  For two or three years in a row I was able to find them for just $9.  This year I found a size 8 men’s pair at Gabriel Brothers.  If you don’t have one of those stores near you, check any discount store chains that sell footwear.  Or look at your local sporting goods store.

Watch fireworks rather than buying.  I recently overheard people talking about how much money their family spent on a private fireworks display and was astonished.  There’s nothing wrong with spending a lot of money on fireworks if you have the budget for it and it’s important and enjoyable to you.  But for me, I’d much rather spend that money on other things!

We were able to see a nice display from my brother’s backyard, so we watched from there and went home without fighting traffic afterwards.

Elegant Themes lifetime membership.  Blogging has so many aspects that you can choose to pay for…or not to pay for.  I chose to purchase a theme.  Since my blog is approaching being a year old, it was time to decide if I wanted to pay for another year of using this theme, or if I should pay a bit more and get the lifetime membership.  Not only does this save money, it also saves the hassle of keeping up with it year after year.

I figured that since I’m still hard at blogging a year later, it’s probably worth it.  Seems like I’m in this for the long haul now!  And happily, this blog has made enough money to pay for its own upkeep.  That’s definitely a start.

 

Garden Produce.  I’d love to have the time to put in my own garden, but it’s just not possible right now.  Luckily, my parents have a large garden and don’t mind sharing extra produce when they have it.

I was able to bring home several large zucchinis (I’m considering making a zucchini relish with them) as well as a pepper.  Love the fresh produce…and the savings!

Golf balls.  Hubby is part of a mailing list for Taylor Made golf company.  They sent him some of their new golf balls to try out.  There can be some great benefits to joining the mailing list for your favorite companies.  Often they will send their fans special coupons or other savings.

Except that now he has to find the time to golf.

Those are some of the ways we’ve saved money this week!

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Sometimes I forget about coupons, but there are still great deals to be had.  Check out the new coupon page I’ve set up here.



 

Share your latest money saving ways in the comments!