5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 78

5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 78

Well.  I guess I’m going to have to come clean.  After all, you guys are the ones I count on to keep me accountable.  And I’ve kind of blown it.

I don’t mean that in a “I went out and got a brand new car” kind of way.  Actually, I don’t even mean it in a “we ordered pizza 4 times this month kind of way.”  Heck, we didn’t order any pizza this month!  Given our old behavior, that in and of itself is a win.

But I haven’t had the most #yearofno kind of month.

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5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 77

5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 77

We are winding down the last days of school.  This is always such a crazy time of year and I can hardly keep up.

There may be a slow down on new blog posts for a few weeks while I juggle everything.  I’d rather write when I can put my heart into it than slap up anything just to get a post out there.  But never fear, I’ll still have one or two new posts every week!  Keep visiting, my very favorite readers!  🙂

This week we celebrated a birthday, and (by some miracle) had all four of our ball players playing a game on the same night on our home fields!  That will probably never happen again!  Unfortunately, our daughter had a migraine and wasn’t able to play.  But I did get to see 3 of my boys playing as I ran from field to field.  It was so much fun!

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5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 76

5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 76

After lying in bed for hours, tossing and turning for a few nights in a row, I finally made a change.  Life is so stressful right now with end of the school year things, birthdays, blogging, and real life that I can’t seem to turn off my brain!  So I got up, found a book to read, and sat on the couch for a while.  That finally calmed my swirling mind enough that I could sleep.

May is a stressful month every year, but I’m finally realizing that I need to make it a point to add some self care to my days.  When life is at its busiest, that’s the most important time to add a buffer into your day for a nap or just some time to zone out and not think about anything!

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5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 75

5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 75

Our school is doing Penny Wars this week.  Have you ever done one?  Each class brings in money of different denominations.  Pennies and dollars count towards your class total.  But silver coins take away from a class total.  So if the class next to you has way more pennies than you, that’s ok.  You can bomb them with silver coins and bring down their total!

It’s a fun way to raise money.  But it really highlights the fact that small amounts of money add up quickly.  That’s a lesson I hope the kids at the school remember for a long time!

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5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 74

5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 74

When baseball season begins, we are a busy family!  Four of our children play ball.  My husband is not only the coach for one of those teams, but he likes to help with another.  And he’s the representative for all of the baseball teams in our town.  Which is added work.

I’m not complaining.  We adore baseball, and we wouldn’t devote so much time to it if it wasn’t a lot of fun and a super learning experience for our children.  But it does make things like grocery shopping a bigger chore than usual.

I gave up taking kids to the grocery store when my daughter (18 months old at the time) started opening every package and actually ate a stick of butter.  Yep.  Aside from the gross out factor, I was a little worried about her health.  But I guess it’s kind of like me serving a Paula Deen recipe at home…

At any rate, I prefer to take an evening every 2 weeks or so and make my trip.  This week I decided that it was too much to add to our schedule, so I treated myself to a Clicklist order.  You can read my review of Kroger Clicklist (other grocery store car delivery services are probably similar).  My opinion is that not picking up impulse buys with my order equals the savings I might have found in hidden in store deals.  So it evens out.

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5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 73

5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 73

Earlier this week, I took my 3 year old out to run errands.  We decided to try a new park, which was so much fun!  They have a climbing toy in the shape of a train, which my little guy just loved.

When we finally got home after a long day of running errands, I was ready for both of us to have some down time.  But as I unloaded things from the van, I saw him topple head first out of the car and into our gravel driveway.  Instead of relaxing, we spent a few hours in the emergency room.

Luckily, everything turned out just fine!  He was happy to get a popsicle and watch some cartoons, and I was relieved when the doctor said he looked a lot worse than he actually was.

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