5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 162

After taking a good 9 months (plus?) off blogging, I’m finally back in the saddle.


Time to dust off the old “5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week” series and see what fun things we can add to it.

It’s challenging to come up with ideas I haven’t shared before. I mean, come on…I’ve done 162 of these things! I can’t promise there haven’t been repeats.

But I do my darnedest to try to come up with outside the box ideas whenever I can. (Also, I just learned how to spell darnedest for the first time.)


Quick Weekend Project That’s Gonna Save Us A Lot

Remember how often I’ve said that the trusty ol’ Coleman cooler is basically our family’s mascot?

Ours is one of those old plastic, pinch your fingers when you try to open it, models. But here’s the newer version.

(If you don’t know the story, you can click here find out more about our #yearofno that helped us pay off a ton of debt.)

Well…there’s only one way I could make that cooler even better.

And that’s to stop buying all those water bottles!


5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week #161

We live in southern Ohio, where we tend to get either a lot of snow, or hardly any at all. Our winters are unpredictable anymore.

This year, we’re getting lots of snow!

It makes me happy that we always prepare as though it will be one of those cold, snowy winters. It’s nice having plenty of food in the house and a backup plan in case the power goes out (which always happens at the worst time!).


5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week #160

For over a year now, our house has been on strike.

First it was the refrigerator that gave up the ghost. Followed closely by the dishwasher.

Then the stove and the toaster.

Slowly, we have replaced every appliance in our home in the course of 15 months.

I think the house was getting warmed up with cheaper fixes before it moved on…to things like the furnace.  And the roof.


Needless to say, it’s time for another #yearofno.  We hope this one is much shorter than the last one!


50 More Frugal Living Ideas (You Can Use Right Away!)

50 More Frugal Living Ideas (You Can Use Right Away!)

Need more frugal living ideas for your bag of tricks? Look no farther than this useful list!

Frugal living ideas. It’s one of those things I tend to love with all my heart.

And then life happens. And it pulls us away from some of those frugal ways for a while.

But time and time again, I bring myself back to frugal living.

Because it’s more than just a way to save more money. It’s the best way to simplify your life.


The Top 10 Most Frugal Moves Our Family Made in 2020

In normal times (what are those??) I would spend my Fridays reflecting on the ways our family had saved money that week.

2020 did not leave me a lot of time to do that!

Which is funny, because it DID give us all more time at home.

But here, that time was spent schooling 5 kids. And then when the fall came, I chose to keep 3 of them home to do traditional homeschooling.

Which has taken up a ton of time. (But so worth it!)

So in place of those 5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week Fridays, I give you…