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It’s officially fall now, for better or for worse.  As the days get shorter, we’re getting fewer hours of “run around outside and play” time.  But homework time flows more smoothly when the beautiful weather isn’t beaconing the kids outside!

Each Friday I share the 5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week.  This is the 50th edition of this series!  How exciting to have made it to this mark!  If you want to go back and read all 250 tips in the series, you can check it out here.

Truthfully, I’ve been excited to read the 52 week mark.  That will give us one solid year of tips for saving.  The one year mark feels like a big one in the blogging world!

Here are the 5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week.

5 Ways We've Saved Money This Week 50. This family is tracking all of the ways they've saved money to help them pay off debt.

Hand Me Down Bed.  Our 2-year-old showed several signs of being ready for a big boy bed.  He was trying to climb in and out of his crib.  At nearly 3, he’s old enough to get himself out of bed without causing too much trouble.  And he was constantly complaining about the scary shadows that his crib made from the nightlight.

Happily, my brother had given us a toddler bed several months ago.  The struggle between keeping clutter around (the bed is nice, but it wasn’t being used for such a long time that it was clutter!) and saving money is real!  But since I knew we’d need the bed sooner than later, it was worth spending some space to save some money.

Register my Kroger card.  You’ve probably signed up for the savings cards at your favorite stores.  But have you actually registered them?  I’m often guilty of hanging on to the card and not registering it.  I don’t need constant hassle and junk mail from companies.

But I did register my Kroger card, and I’m glad I did.  I don’t get much (if any) junk mail from them.  But I do constantly get coupons mailed to my home.  The coupons are often for the things I buy the most, and they are good coupons!  I find savings on produce, dairy, and other items that you’re less likely to find coupons for regularly.  Definitely worth it.

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Leftovers.  I always talk about the importance of having a plan when you’re trying to save money.  But I also believe that it’s important to be able to deviate from your plan!  Sometimes I feel obligated to stick with a plan that I’ve worked on, even when there’s a better way.

For instance, I made a whole 2 week meal plan.  But a couple of days ago, I noticed that the pork chop leftovers weren’t being eaten.  There were several left, and I was worried that they’d go bad.

I decided to chop them up and make a quick stir fry.  No, it wasn’t on my list.  But I had the ingredients on hand, and I wasn’t stealing those ingredients from any other recipes.  So this time, the more money saving way was to leave the plan and mix up some leftovers instead.

Reusable Batteries.  Our family goes through AA batteries much too quickly for my tastes.  We’ve started buying rechargeable batteries whenever we see a deal.  If it costs 24 cents to charge these batteries each time, we need to get a good deal on the rechargeables to make them worth it.

I found some on clearance at our Kroger, so I grabbed them!  We tend to use rechargeables only in the toys and items that go through batteries the fastest.

You’d have to use these rechargeables more than 5 times to save money over buying regular batteries.  We’ve used ours far more than 5 times each, so it’s been worth the cost.

#yearofno.  I’ll say it again and again.  Choosing “no” is going to give you the most bang for your buck every time.  Hubby found a deal on MLB TV to pay just $3.99 for the entire remainder of the season, including playoffs.  We’re a big baseball family, but we don’t have cable.  So this deal was pretty tempting.

I wish I could count the number of times we’ve said no to small change throughout our #yearofno.  All of those small nos have added up to significant debt payoff.  Some of the nos have been harder than others, but all of them have been worth it!

Those are the 5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week!

If you’re struggling with debt, be sure to check out my latest post.  Read 4 Reasons Unexpected Expenses are the Key to Being Debt Free.

4 Reasons Unexpected Expenses are the Key to Being Debt Free. Wondering why you can't get out of an endless cycle of debt? You're probably being sidetracked by unexpected expenses. Here's why it's happening and what you can do to stop it.


Let us know how you saved money this week!