5 Ways We've Saved Money This Week Series

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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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5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 79

5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 79

Over the weekend we attended a birthday party with a few family friends.  It was such a good time!  The kids spent hours in the pool not fighting while the grown ups enjoyed good food, a few drinks, and fun conversation (at each other’s expense).  Inside jokes are the best, because it means you’ve got good people in your life.  😉

No one spent a fortune on the gifts or the food.  And while our host and hostess have a beautiful house and backyard, it made me think again about scruffy hospitality.  It really is more about spending time together than making sure everything is perfect before you’re willing to host others.

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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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