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Winter feels like the perfect time to hang out in the kitchen.  Why not warm yourself up by the oven while you bake yummy foods for your family?  As a bonus, you can make more from scratch and spend less money on fast food or convenience foods from the store!

Thanks to my 30 day money challenge, I was inspired to get back in the kitchen again.  Lately I’ve made white chicken chili, homemade lemon meringue pie (even the pie crust was from scratch!), Chex Mix, hot chocolate mix, and several batches of cookies.

And now I’m working on a resource that will help you make more from scratch, too!  Keep an eye out for that in the next two weeks.

Every Friday, we hold ourselves accountable to our money goals by sharing the ways we saved money that week.  You can read through the entire series here.

Or get more ideas in the book!  It has over 500 money saving tips, sorted by category and set up for easy reading.  Plus, I threw in some extra money saving ideas as a bonus!

The 5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week

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Every week, there's another 5 ideas for saving money on this blog!

New Purse

My purse broke a few months ago.  Luckily, I found an old one in the closet and just switched to that.  Then, a week ago, it decided to break, too.  🙁

Luckily, I got a gift card for Christmas!  So I headed to the mall and found a replacement.  It’s kind of pretty, and it will definitely hold me over until we’re out of debt.

Cheap Haircuts

Yes, I do cut hair at home.  (These are my favorite pair of clippers…they pay for themselves in no time!)  But when my oldest boys hit middle school, buzz cuts stopped being acceptable.  Don’t ask me, I’m no fashionista.

So I’ve started sending them out for haircuts.  Since Great Clips opened a new shop in our hometown, they are running big sales for the next month.  So that’s saving us a ton of money!  They’re really happy with the cuts they’ve gotten there.  So if we can keep the same stylist, I think we’ll have a winner.  And it’s close to home!

Water Filters

Read all about our weird water situation here, but suffice it to say that we go through a lot of water filters.  I was able to buy a big pack of them for super cheap on Amazon this week.  I also found them on Ebay for a good price.

DIY Repair

When we changed the filter in the fridge, we found a problem.  Hubby was able to search Youtube to figure out how to fix it.  He managed the repair in about 10 minutes.  And the more of these types of repairs he does, the better he gets at it!

Blog Stuff

This week I renewed a tool I’ve been using to get more Google searches to my blog.  I had cash ready to cover the costs!

A year ago I took the Sticky SEO course, and it made a huge difference in my blog traffic!  My Google traffic grew like crazy.  (I also changed my blog to https in September, which Siteground was happy to help me with.  That boosted my traffic even more!)  See the numbers here:

Spike in Google traffic as a result of the Sticky SEO course.

I’ve taken a LOT of blogging courses, and two of them made the biggest difference for me in 2017.  One was Sticky SEO (which just closed, but you can get on the waiting list for the next session).

The other is a more affordable ebook, but it’s not about SEO.  It’s called Pinteresting Strategies, and it’s a smart system for growing your Pinterest traffic.

I credit those two courses for helping me reach a much bigger audience this year!  They are both excellent resources, and I wish I had found them sooner.  But I’m happy to have that knowledge now!

Those are the 5 ways we saved (or made!) money this week.

Don’t forget to get your copy of the book!  You can spend a cold night cuddled on the couch, learning how to save money.

500 Ways to Save Money: Build a Cash Jackpot for the Best Things In Life

How did you save money this week?