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It’s Good Friday today.  If you have been reflecting on Holy Week this week, I hope you’ve had some growth in spirit.

Are you ready for Easter Sunday?  I’m never sure!  At least I know that my brunch menu is already planned and ready to go.

Anyway, Friday is always a frugal day on Medium Sized Family.  Each week I like to share the latest 5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week.  You can catch up on the entire series here.  Lots and lots of ideas for frugal families trying to save money.

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The 5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week

#yearofno  Our family motto is still going strong as we reach the end of March!  Some of the decisions to skip out on purchases have been harder than others.  This week, hubby decided to forgo getting a parent shirt to match our daughter’s softball team.  We want to be fair and cheer on all of our kids.  But we feel like we can still cheer loudly without wearing her number on our backs.

I’m pretty sure people will be able to figure out which one is our daughter by our enthusiasm anyway.

Equipment.  When you sign up your child for an extracurricular activity like baseball, it’s important to keep in mind the numerous expenses that go along with the experience.  We make sure that our kids have what they need at the best price we can find it.

But we also know that we can get away with not purchasing everything at once.  Our oldest child has outgrown his bat, but he can use one that belongs to a team member until we find more wiggle room in the budget for this.  Plus, if we miss the rush of the early season, we may be able to pick up a great deal later.

Birthday Gifts on the Cheap.  Many stores are clearancing out toys right now.  I was able to find an awesome tent to fit over a twin sized bed at Aldi for just $7.  That will be a great gift for my niece’s birthday.

And when I learned that bloggers could get an extra 10% off on clearanced kids items at Target, I had to take advantage of that for our coming spring birthdays!  I found some super cute accessories that will be a hit.

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Think outside the box.  Er, bag.  We have a lot of equipment to keep up with right now, and it’s tempting to purchase a special bag with a swoosh on the side to keep track of everything.

But the funny thing about a bag is that if it’s big enough and contains what you need it to, it doesn’t have to look flashy.  We found that a carry on bag from our attic does the job just fine.

Collect the Money Now.  Coaching or leading a team or group can be a tough job.  Many times it costs the coach extra money for a variety of reasons.  We try to minimize that as much as possible.

For instance, we like to get team treats from the concession stand at the end of the game.  (If we really wanted to save money, we could go the orange slices and juice box route.  But most of our parks frown upon outside food.  Besides, purchasing from the concession stand helps to keep the cost of signing up to play ball low.)

Many times at the end of the game, the kids run to the concession stand .  And the parents look at each other trying to figure out who’s week it is to pick up the tab.

People these days just don’t carry much cash with them or they forget that it’s their turn to buy.  To simplify this process, we’ve started to collect money from everyone at the beginning of the season.  Then, it’s just a matter of grabbing some cash from the envelope at the end of the game.  No one person is stuck with the bill every week.

Those are the most recent 5 ways we’ve saved money.

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How were you able to save this week?