My poor daughter.  She missed her Christmas party at school due to germs.  And on Valentine’s Day, the germs paid her another visit.  She desperately wanted to go to school, but I obviously couldn’t spread those germs through her classmates.

Instead, we popped some popcorn, I made some hot chocolate, and we watched Tangled.  Not a substitute for fun with her friends, but at least it turned her frown upside down.

Sometimes you’ve just got to make the most of your situation.  I hope I can teach her to look for the good!

After all, a positive attitude is important in life.  Even when it comes to saving money!

Here are the 5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week.

5 Ways We've Saved Money This Week. The 64th post in this money saving series.

Saying No at the Bank

The ATM was down, so my Hubby had to go inside the bank to get some cash.  While he was there, the teller excitedly told him that he was preapproved for a credit card.  He laughed and said, “No way.  My wife would kill me.”  The teller said, “Oh, not if you buy her something nice with the card!”  He explained that I blogged about paying off debt and saving money for a living.

After that, she got kind of quiet and just counted out his cash.

I’ll admit that I giggle when I picture that scene!  I feel a little bad for the tellers and cashiers our there who have a quota of credit cards they have to fill each shift.  But never bad enough that I’m willing to fall further into debt.

There’s an App for That

I love little factoids, and when I find one that might benefit a friend I always share it with them.  I told my Hubby that I’d read that keeping a gratitude journal improves both your mental and physical health as well as promoting better sleep, he agreed that he should try it.

He considered buying a new journal to write in, but then found an app that would do the job just as well.  He went for the free app.  Same benefits, better price.

Free Samples

I used to sign up for free samples all the time, but for some reason I got out of the habit.  That’s a shame, because having free samples on hand is perfect for when you run out of shampoo or have to take pack detergent for a road trip.

I’m always a fan of Money Saving Mom, and she has a page dedicated to free samples and other freebies.  Check it out!

My Valentine

My Hubby brought home my Valentine’s Day gift, and I was so excited!  Instead of a dozen roses, I got a dozen donuts.  Donuts are my absolute favorite, so I kinda squealed when I saw it.  So much cheaper than roses, and a lot less thorns to chew on!  (Kidding…)

5 Ways We've Saved Money This Week 64Generics

Hubby has been on some expensive medication.  It’s the kind that prompts the clerk at the pharmacy to ask, “Do you know how much this costs?” before ringing you up.

But he’s been paying attention and knew that this drug had finally been released in generic form.  So he was able to ask for the generic.  Instead of a three figure bill, he got the medicine for free.  You can’t beat that kind of savings!  Get more tips for saving on healthcare here.

That’s 5 more ways we’ve saved money this week.

We’re always on the lookout for extra money saving tips here.  It’s inching us ever closer to being debt free!

If you’re a blogger, you might be interested in my yearly goals for the blog (which I finally published this week…better late than never!).  I managed to make more money from the blog last year than I’d realized!

Setting Blog Goals: The Truth About My Blog Stats and How I'll Make Money This Year

How did you save this week?