5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 86

5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 86

The 5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week series is getting a little face lift!  What do you think of the new photo?  Design is definitely not my strong suit, but I’m trying to make my graphics easier to read.  So let me know what you think of this and other pictures you’re seeing around the blog.

I’m doing all of this for you guys, after all.  If you can’t read it or don’t like it, I will change it all!  🙂

Every Friday I celebrate the small wins that have led us closer to our big hairy goal of paying off thousands in credit card debt.  We’ve been working on this goal for 19 months now.  We have times that it’s easier, and times when it’s just plain hard.

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5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 85

5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 85

Summer vacation isn’t complete without a week at Vacation Bible School.  So the kids are enjoying that this week.  It’s a free way for them to grow closer to God (not to mention others in our community).

I love to get there a little before pick up time and listen to them sing.  The first day I thought there was a choir!  It feeds my soul, and they come home more relaxed (so I suspect it’s the same for them).

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5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 84

The rain was pouring down and the kids joked about going outside to play.  They could hardly believe it when I said, “Sure.  Why not?”

There’s a creek that runs right through our backyard.  Usually in a downpour like this, it swells and takes over much of our playing space.  Or it rushes so quickly that I can’t risk the kids being near it.  Too many horrible stories on the news makes that not worth the risk.  (shiver)

It’s just another reminder that the simple things in life bring a lot of joy.  Me?  I’m not going to run in the rain, but I’ll take this moment to appreciate a quiet cup of coffee.

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5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 83

5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 83

What a week.  I decided to migrate my blog to Siteground.  Everything was finished and ready to go, when I made a small adjustment….and broke the whole blog.

I was so frustrated!  After a lot of back and forth between a few different sites, we finally got it working again.  It took all day.

I guess the good thing is that I was able to test Siteground’s customer service on day one.  I would certainly recommend them!   They were very patient and helpful.  (You can try them out for 3 months for free if you use my referral link!)

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5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 82

5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 82

After a hectic May and early June, I’ve been on a mission to reclaim my home.  It’s hard to keep up with the daily mess when you’re so busy!

Every time I try to clean and organize, I start to feel frustrated by my house.  It’s a 1950s built home, and let’s just say that closet space wasn’t a priority for people in those days.  My vacuum cleaner doesn’t really have an “in its place” place.  Same for several other essential things.

Yeah, I let myself have a minor pity party about that for a while.  Then I decided to take action.  For starters, I went into my disastrous attic and emptied the entire thing.  Then I sorted through everything and put things back in an orderly fashion.  That gave me a bit of attic space to use as a closet.

I also took 7 trash bags of stuff (as well as several big items) to the Goodwill.  I sent another 7 bags to the trash.  I got rid of several baby items.  (Which is kinda sad, but even if we do have another baby I won’t be using that pack and play anymore.  It’s worn out!)

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5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 81

5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 81

We’re back from one of the more relaxing family vacations we’ve taken, and I’m so happy to be sharing another 5 Ways post with my favorite readers!

I spent the entire vacation reminding my family (and, let’s be honest, myself!) that this was a #yearofno style vacation.  We’d already paid for the rental van and the vacation house (which we split with two other families to make it one of the most affordable stays possible for a family of 7).  That left us with travel, hotel stays both ways (an 11 hour drive with 5 kids is too much for one day for us!), food, and fun to cover.  I had cash ready to cover those expenses, and when it was gone, it was gone.

You might expect that to be stressful, but it was actually quite the opposite!  We were more content this time, with less pressure to fit everything in to a one week trip.  We ate out less, and that meant less guilt and more appreciation for the fresh seafood we were able to get.

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