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It’s been a while since I shared a new 5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week!  

Actually, that’s not entirely true.  I’ve been sharing the occasional 5 Ways with my email subscribers.

(You can become a subscriber here.  I’ll even send you a copy of 7 Surprising Ways to Add More to Your Savings This Week!)

But today my kids start their summer break.  And I thought I’d use this change in routine as a chance to get back to one of my favorite things…interacting with my favorite frugal folks!

So let’s talk about….

The 5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week

If you want to join in, feel free to leave the ways you saved this week in the comments below.

Or even better, join our Facebook group and get even more ideas from like minded people!


lunch leftovers

Every once in a while, Hubby gets free food at work.  Maybe it’s for a special meeting, or sometimes a coworker will bring in a treat.

This week he was able to save some of that food for a second lunch so he didn’t have to bring one in (or, yikes, get a $9 meal from the cafeteria).

Get the Concentrated Stuff

Our car was in need of some antifreeze recently, so I headed to the auto supply store.  

Now, I’m no car person, so the options were pretty overwhelming.  So I had someone narrow it down for me.

I guess you would want the watered down version for on-the-go.  But the concentrated form is nearly the same price!  You’d be paying a lot of money for water to buy the ready to go version.

Obviously, I went with the concentrated form.



Our son’s baseball team wanted to give flowers to their mothers on Mother’s Day.  (Aww!)

So the coach (Hubby) decided to swing in to the florist in town and grab some carnations.

The owner was willing to cut him a good deal on the flowers when he offered to pay cash!

In fact, you’d be surprised at how often you can get a deal by paying cash.  Try it!

Car Repair

Our car needed a repair, and we found out that it was covered under a recall.  Isn’t it nice when it works that way?

It’s always worth a check before you pay a pricey repair bill!

Anyway, that lead me to wonder about whether a car company should provide loaner vehicles to customers who otherwise have to be without a vehicle while their car waits for repairs.  This article was interesting.

What do you think about that?

Thrift Store Finds

Three of our kids don’t get hand me downs from their three older siblings.  It’s just not worth storing clothing for 6 years while we wait for the next kid to grow into them!

Who has that kind of space??

So when the weather turned warm, I had to accept the fact that it was time to go shopping.

I hit Goodwill and Once Upon a Child and found a summer’s worth of clothes for two kids for under $75!

While I was at Goodwill, I finally found a bookshelf that met everything I was looking for.  (A family of 8 has a lot of books, and I’m ready to redo the dining room where our bookshelf lives.)

It doesn’t need to be painted or refinished, and that made it perfect!

With a newborn at home and a busy summer ahead of us, I didn’t have time for a project.  And this was cheaper than a project would have been, anyway.


Those are the 5 ways we saved money this week!

Don’t forget to share your money saving ideas, too!

And if you love money saving tips, you won’t want to miss this!