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Decorating our home for Halloween isn’t always top on my list of things to do.  I couldn’t write “has an eye for design” on my resume.

But putting together my 13 Cheap Halloween Decorations Easier Than Screaming in a Haunted House post inspired me.  There are plenty of ideas out there that cost little to nothing.  And they’re so easy that even I can do them!

So for once, we have some new decorations to help us get into the season.  I even put up a scarecrow that the kids are calling “No Noggin”.  (If you have a Curious George lover in your house, you get it.)

Did you check out last week’s 5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week post?  It was number 52…a big deal for me!  That’s a full year of money saving tips.  Check out that special edition here.  Or find all of the old posts here.

Now…the 5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week.

5 Ways We've Saved Money This Week 53. As this family digs out of debt, they are recording all of the ways they save money each week.

Brakes and oil change.

Hubby needed brakes and an oil change in his car.  He knew that he needed to get it done quickly.  It’s amazing how fast a simple brake job can turn into an expensive brake job.  We saved money here by doing the job ourselves and not procrastinating.  (That one we can often be found guilty of doing!  I’m happy that we’re getting better at addressing problems right away.)

We usually shop at Advance Auto Parts for our car parts. Speed Perks members take $25 off orders over $75 with code A124 at AdvanceAutoParts.com!  That’s a pretty good deal, especially if you want to have supplies waiting for your next maintenance job.

Potty training and undies.

This is our biggest savings of the week!  I introduced the potty to our son a while ago.  But honestly, summer isn’t a great time to potty train a child.  We spend nearly all of our time at baseball fields, fairs, and other public places.  Those places nearly always have porta-potties.

You can imagine how fun that is.  “No!  Don’t touch that!” (Repeat ad nauseam.)

So honestly, I didn’t push it until the fall hit.  Our little guy is really getting the hang of potty training, and I’m looking forward to big savings by no longer buying diapers.

As a bonus, I was able to find a big bag of undies I had saved.  (There’s a 6 year gap between our two youngest boys, so I don’t save many clothes.)

We’re talking big savings here!

5 Ways We've Saved Money This Week 53Bought a shopping bag.

Our daughter was invited to a birthday party, so we went shopping for a gift.  We chose just the right one.  But we also needed a bag.  (My saved bags collection is getting a little low.)

The gift bags at the store were pricey.  Even the smallest bag (that wouldn’t have fit what we’d bought anyway) was $2.  I decided to try somewhere else.

As we were checking out, I noticed the 99 cent grocery bags.  They had a colorful one that would be perfect!  I grabbed that and we were finished.  Plus, the little girl can keep the bag for storing things!

Sling free trial.

In our entire marriage, we’ve only had cable for 6 months.  (That was before we had kids.)  We mostly do just fine with our Netflix subscription.  Anything else we want to watch can often be found online.

The one thing my Hubby misses is sports.  For some reason, many games have been moved to cable TV only.  So when the big game for his favorite team was on, he wanted to find a way to watch it.

He decided to use a free trial with Sling TV.  Sling is a neat service, because it allows you to buy packages of channels at a lower price per month.  So if you only need sports channels, you can get a chunk of them for $20 per month.

It’s something we might consider doing once we’re beyond our #yearofno.  But for now, he used the free trial and then cancelled.

Ways we've savedHit the new “farmer’s market”.

Have you heard of Fresh Thyme?  It’s a new grocery store opening across the midwest.  They dub themselves a “farmer’s market” style of store.

They’ve had some really great deals!  I was able to get 4 big bags of groceries for just $7.  We’re talking 49 cents for a dozen eggs and more.  If one opens in your area, I would definitely recommend checking it out.

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

I’m headed off to try out that witches broom idea next.  I’m starting to get a kick out of this DIY thing!

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