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Sometimes it really strikes you how much the little actions you take every day add up to something big.

Take packing a lunch, for instance.  Seems like an annoying thing you “have to” do.

But if you think about it, you’re saving maybe $5 every day by packing that lunch.

Over the course of a year you’ll save $1250!!  (Not counting weekends and 2 weeks for vacation time you may or may not have…)

What you’re doing matters!  I see you working every day…and I think you rock.  🙂

Small wins are where it’s at (although we never snub our nose at big wins, either!).

That’s why one of our favorite things to do is take a minute on Fridays to celebrate the…

5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week

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Here’s what went down this week…

Combined Errands

I had a ton of running to do this week.  And since the baby had a check up scheduled, I decided that would be the day I’d do it all.

She didn’t love being in the car seat all day.  And I had to get creative about hauling a big tub of clothes into the Clothes Mentor to sell.

(For the record, carrying the baby on your hip and putting the tub in the stroller works great!)

But overall the day went pretty well.  It definitely saved me time and money on gas! 

Since the baby is getting older and can handle longer days, my plan going forward is to continue to have one errand day per week (two weeks if I can!).

Coupon for Prescription Meds

Two of our prescriptions are absolutely outrageous in price.

Luckily, it’s as simple as Googling “coupons for xyz”.  They’re offering a great coupon right now that’s good on every prescription for an entire year!

We won’t always get so lucky, but I’m happy about having it this time.

Returned Library Book On Time

Since our library switched to an automatic renewal system, I’m going to be honest…it’s saved me a ton in late fees!

Unfortunately, it also means that sometimes things slip through without me realizing that I’ve had them for three months.


Our library only allows you to renew twice.  But I made it a point to get that book back before the due date!  Although I’m a little sad I didn’t get it done in time.

I’ve finally made time for reading, and rediscovered my love of books this year!

Skip on if you aren’t a reader.  But since I’m always looking for recommendations, here’s some of what I’ve read in 2019…

The Taming of the Queen

The Handmaid’s Tale

The Mountain Story


The One Thing

Before We Were Yours

Little Fires Everywhere

Cleaning House: A Mom’s 12 Month Experiment to Rid Her Home of Youth Entitlement

The Antelope In the Living Room

The Secret Life of Bees

These aren’t all my favorite books this year, just the ones I’ve most recently read.  Let me know if you’re interested in a quick review of any of these books!

Sold Maternity Clothes

So I mentioned that I sold some clothes at Clothes Mentor.  

I feel like it’s hard to sell clothes at these second hand stores.  They don’t usually take much of what I have.  (Guess I’m not stylish enough.)

But maternity clothing, they want.  In fact, a lot of those clothes I had purchased from them last year!  And they rebought it.  (Not for the same price, obviously.)

I’ve never had luck selling clothing on Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist, so this was worth it for me.  And since I was able to do it on “errand day”, I wasn’t out anything either way.

Banana Bread

Sometimes those bananas go bad too quickly and they just get away from us.

But this week I made sure to throw some banana bread in the oven.  It really doesn’t take that long to make!

And if I can’t get to them in time, I try to throw them in the freezer.  Yup, you can throw the whole thing in there right in its peel! 

Or if that makes you sqeamish, throw out the peel and drop your bananas in a ziplock bag or container.

Those are the 5 ways we saved money this week!

Look for those little things you do every day that add up to big savings.  Don’t forget to pat yourself on the back!

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How did you save this week?