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Today we are continuing the Friday series called 5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week.  You can find all the previous posts in this series right here.  There are also some great tips in the comments, so be sure to check those out, too!

Here are the ways we saved money this week.

Using a family pass.  Our zoo sells family passes that cost the same no matter how many family members you have.  It also includes parking and rides inside the zoo.  So when I took little William this week, we were able to have some fun one on one time for just the price of gas.  I even managed to pack our lunches and a cooler for drinks on the way home.

5 Ways We've Saved Money This WeekChanged the oil in the car.  Ok, I cheated and went to the oil change place.  If I really wanted to save money, I could have waited until the hubby had time to do this.  But I did use a coupon!  The real reason this makes my list is that I have a tendency to put off maintenance (of the car, the house, myself…) because I don’t want to spend the time or money doing it.  That’s ridiculous!  It’s penny wise and pound foolish.  If you want an expensive item to last a long time, you have to take great care of it.  This is an area I want to improve on.  To do otherwise isn’t frugal, it’s cheap.

Fix it up rather than buy new  While I am no DIYer, I am making efforts at improving things in frugal ways around our home.  So when I tried scrubbing up our old plastic outside chairs and found that they were so scratched and stained that elbow grease just wasn’t going to cut it, I decided to paint them instead.  We enjoy eating and entertaining outside whenever we can, so these chairs will continue to get a lot of use!

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Saying “No”.  It’s not flashy, but easily the best way to save money is to tell yourself (and your kids!) “No”.  For instance, we went to my hubby’s company picnic on Saturday.  We had fun, but the weather turned cold and rainy and we had to leave early.  It was a little disappointing.  For a minute I considered taking the family out for a treat since we missed out on our fun day.  Then I realized that what I wanted more than a quick treat was to be out of debt!  So we came home and enjoyed leftover birthday cake and treats instead.

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Plan ahead.  I always struggle to remember that propane is cheaper when you fill your tank while it is still warm.  This year I finally remembered to call and get a low price on my propane now before I need it.  It’s amazing how a little forward planning can save you a bundle of money.

So how did your week go?  If you found a creative way to save money, be sure to let us know!

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