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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5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 72

5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 72

Do you give your kids gifts for Easter?  I’ve heard of some parents that decide to gift an item they were going to have to buy the kids this time of year anyway (like boots or a folding chair for ball games).  Then there are the parents that want to go all out for their kids no matter what we’re celebrating.

I’ve done both.  On baby’s first Easter, he was 4 months old.  But I decided he needed another fun toy to kick at during floor time.  (Really?  What was I thinking??)

These days I recognize the beauty in simplicity.  I like the idea of keeping this holiday focused on Jesus.  So even though some kids need new shoes and I’d like to get the little guy some toys for his sand box, I’m resisting.  Besides, who wants to start the race where you buy something for one kid and then have to even it up for the rest of them?

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5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 71

5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 71

It’s funny how getting our largest credit card debt paid off has changed things around here.  We aren’t out of debt yet.  We have a couple more cards to go (both significantly smaller than what we owed the giant card).

Still, the free feeling of escaping that debt just makes me hungrier to do better with all of our money.  It made me curious about other parts of our financial picture.  And that gave me more motivation to get debt free.

Now that’s a circle I’d much rather be running than the old “never get out of debt” circle!

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5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 70

5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 70

Spring break!  Which doesn’t mean a whole lot when you’re working on getting out of debt.  The kids are off school and life is slow and simple.  I love turning off the alarm clock for the whole week!

You could add “take a nice little trip during spring break” to the list of things I’d like to do once we’re debt free.  But my list has gotten as long as Santa’s.  Once we’re out of debt, we’ll prioritize the things we want the most from our lives.  Until then, I’ll have fun in my little fantasy world!  It gets me through the journey to debt freedom, so it’s fine by me.

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5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 69

5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 69

Even when you hold yourself accountable to saving money week after week, you’re going to have times when you fall off the wagon a bit.  Some weeks are going to cost more than others.  Sometimes life throws you curve balls.

And sometimes you don’t have a good reason for why you spent more than usual.

This would be one of those weeks.  After we came back from our last minute road trip, we had a busy week planned.  There were school fundraisers and events that I needed to take part in.  I’m helping to begin a PTO for our school district from the ground up, and I know how much need there is in our small community.  That increases my (perhaps self inflicted) obligation to take part in these fundraisers.

Finding a balance between giving and continuing our plan to pay off debt is going to be important in the coming months.  The reality is, if I can continue to throw as much money at debt as possible, I’ll be able to give so much more once we’re debt free.

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5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 68

5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 68

My Hubby got the call we’ve been anticipating for months late last week.  After that, our weekend became a whirlwind of activity as I tried to get all the kids ready to sleepover at their grandparents’ house.  They’d leave for school from there, so that added another layer of preparation to my work.

Meanwhile, Hubby and I drove two states away to attend a funeral.  We packed a lot of emotions into that overnight trip.

We also tried to keep the trip on the frugal side.

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