Well back to school is looking kind of crazy, isn’t it?
Our district announced their plan last night. And so far I think we’ll be ok with it.
But I do worry that everything can change in an instant (like it did back in March!). And I’m tempted to pick up some homeschooling curriculum anyway. It seems to be selling out quickly all over the place!
On the other hand, with my younger kids I feel like we can homeschool without a whole lot of expensive textbooks. So I’m kind of caught in between.
If I had to use a metaphor for 2020, I think it would be the year stuck between a rock and a hard place.
I hate starting any post by saying that I’m sorry for not posting for such a long time.
Because I figure that most people are so busy that they don’t even notice how often I post on this blog. And because sometimes my life is so busy that I could start several posts in a row with those words.
But it has been an especially long time since I posted, or have even been active in the Facebook group. And for that, I am sorry!
The funny thing about all that extra time the shut in brought us is that it just made me realize how many things I always want to do around the house and barn but never have time to do.
Well…I found the time for that!
But unfortunately, all those projects have taken away my blogging time.
Finding balance in life between family, projects, life, and work is tough for everybody, I think. I know it’s hard for me!
But I am still passionate about blogging and saving money.
Having trouble getting your family to eat leftovers? Eating leftovers doesn’t have to be a punishment. Save money and lower food waste with a few tips.
One of the first struggles my husband and I had when we got married was something a little weird.
It was leftovers.
I grew up in a house where eating leftovers for supper was a regular occurrence.
(My dad still wonders how my Mom was able to cook only once a week and serve leftovers the other 6 nights. Mom still puts up with him. haha)
The Hubby…did not.
Leftovers were gross, and you didn’t have them unless you absolutely had to.
(Obviously, something totally delicious was an exception.)
So we ended up with a lot of wasted food and money going down the drain.
As we slowly collected kids (we’re up to 6 now), eating leftovers became less of an option and more of a requirement.
It took some time, but I was finally able to convince the entire family that leftovers are actually a good thing.
And I think I can convince you, too.
We all hate to waste food, but we still find ourselves throwing out more every week. Use these simple tips and reduce food waste at home in no time!
Americans waste (on average) a pound of food per person per day.
That sounds incredible…until you think about the last time you cleaned out your fridge.
(How many nasty science experiments went straight into the trash? Sometimes you throw the whole container away ’cause you’d rather buy more Rubbermaids than look at or smell whatever was in there.)
We’ve all had the occasional fruit fly take up residence in the kitchen because we missed a bad piece of fruit.
(Or a whole bowl of fruit has gone bad. No judging here.)
Not only is it gross, but it also makes you feel horribly guilty about the amount of money you’re wasting.
But what can you do about it?
Well, here are a few ideas…
After replacing 5 appliances in 6 months time (and buying another one because we needed it, so really 6 appliances) I should be an appliance buying expert.
In reality, I’m giving all the other appliances the side eye and begging them not to join the others in the old junkyard.
These creative ways to save money are exactly what you need to boost your savings. Get money saving tips you can use in real life, every day.
That stupid kitchen faucet was leaking again.
And because we don’t have city water (we have tanks in our basement and water here is very expensive because of that), it was more than an inconvenience.
It was literally money going down the drain.
So I asked a few super handy friends what faucet they recommend. We had bought that thing not so long ago, and I didn’t love the idea of having to buy another one so soon.
Turns out, all I needed to do was replace a cartridge inside the faucet.
(Who knew? Well…not me.)
And that right there shows you two of my favorite ways to save money.
See, saving money isn’t all about not buying expensive coffee. There are things you can do all the time to save big.