5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 107

5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 107

Winter feels like the perfect time to hang out in the kitchen.  Why not warm yourself up by the oven while you bake yummy foods for your family?  As a bonus, you can make more from scratch and spend less money on fast food or convenience foods from the store!

Thanks to my 30 day money challenge, I was inspired to get back in the kitchen again.  Lately I’ve made white chicken chili, homemade lemon meringue pie (even the pie crust was from scratch!), Chex Mix, hot chocolate mix, and several batches of cookies.

And now I’m working on a resource that will help you make more from scratch, too!  Keep an eye out for that in the next two weeks.

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5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 106

5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 106

Did you know that only 8% of the world’s currency is actual physical bills and coins?  We definitely live in a digital age.  The fact that we are less and less likely to actually touch our money makes us detached from it.

Does that make you want to use the envelope system more?

I think it’s a good idea to get more intimate with your cash.  But I also think that if we have a habit of using debit cards, that can create more problems.  If your sub conscience is convinced that you have backup cash in the account, you might blow through your cash too quickly.

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5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 105

5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 105

It’s a funny thing, but the more you collect money saving tips, the more you’ll find.  It’s another one of those creative muscles that can be flexed into something beautiful!

So aside from the money saving tips you find in this weekly series, you can find daily (weekdays, anyway) money saving tips on my Facebook page.  Like Medium Sized Family on Facebook to keep collecting tips!

But those tips I’m sharing on Facebook do not (usually) come from my book.  So if you really love to save money, you’ll find over 500 money saving tips in the book.  Go here to learn more about that!

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5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 104

5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 104

For weeks I’ve told you about the money saving book in the works.  If you look forward to this series each week, I think this book will be perfect for you.  It’s called 500 Ways to Save Money: Build a Cash Jackpot for the Best Things In Life.  You can learn more about it here.

500 Ways to Save Money: Build a Cash Jackpot for the Best Things In Life

(But I’ll give you a hint…you really want to become a subscriber to Medium Sized Family weekly newsletter.  In fact, I’d join before Tuesday.)  😉

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5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 103

5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 103

Crafting and decor are not really my thing, but I do love a beautiful Christmas display. So I’ve been using Pinterest as my inspiration and fashioning some new ideas using things we have around the house to create a different display this year.  I’ve been sharing my ideas on Instagram, so follow along if you like saving money on decor.

We’re also trying not to get carried away by spending on gifts.  This time of year, the “might as well buy one more” attitude sneaks up on the best of us!  That’s why I try to keep a written plan so we buy only the things we know will be loved.

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5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 102

5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 102

Things have been quiet around the blog lately, because I’ve been working hard on my book.  The good news is that it’s getting close!  I’ve pulled together more than 500 ways to save money without the repetitive “stop drinking lattes every day” and “cut the cable” advice you read everywhere.  I’m excited to release it soon, and I hope you’re excited, too!

I’d love to hear your thoughts on a title for this book.  Leave your ideas in the comments below.

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