5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week #124

5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week #124

Ever have one of those months when it seems like you’re hit by one big expense after another?  It’s a bummer that this is happening to us before we were able to establish our sinking funds.

But experiencing it reminds you why you should keep moving towards that goal, even when it’s hard!

If you face disappointments like this from time to time and want an encouraging place to turn to, be sure to join our Facebook group!  We always love to have another friendly face…uh, profile picture.  😉

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5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week #123

5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week #123

Summer is in full swing (well, summer break, anyway).  We have a long list of fun things we love to do, and most of those things are cheap or even free!

We’re taking advantage of as many of those things as we can.  But the best part about summer is that we can also choose to skip any of those things if we aren’t up for it.

A slow summer of doing projects around the house, or even just doing nothing at all (gasp!) can be just the thing for busy families.

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5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 122

5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 122

It’s been quiet on the blog lately!  Although I love blogging, there are other goals we’re trying to meet this year.

One of our goals is to update our house.  Although our #yearofno was tough, it was so worth it!  We are enjoying doing things together as a family.  And I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed seeing the change you can make with a coat of paint.

After such a long time of spending absolutely no money on extra things, spending even $20 on new things for the living room feels like an incredible splurge!  I’m sleeping on my purchases and making sure I’m always getting the best value for my money.

Can’t wait to show you the reveal of the before and after photos on our living room!  I’ll be sure to tell you how we found the best deals on everything.  Funny enough, my usual thrift store finds haven’t always been the best way to go.

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5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week #121

5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week #121

Life goes at a faster pace in May.  School is a whirlwind of projects and trips.  Baseball is in full swing.  And with 5 kids, we often have a First Communion to celebrate in addition to a birthday!

It’s hard to save money in May, and even harder to keep up with my favorite Friday series.  Which is why the blog might seem a little lonely right now!  But don’t worry, building these memories with our family just gives me more material for you (my favorite readers!).

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5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week #120

5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week #120

This weekend our daughter will have her First Communion.  I’m wondering why I thought having a party at our house was a good idea as I frantically try to clean the house between writing blog posts and cleaning pounds of baseball dirt from the bathtub.

But it’s important to celebrate these occasions!  Hopefully our loved ones will overlook the state of our home and celebrate our little one on her special day.

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5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week #119

5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week #119

My middle schooler walked with me into the store and helped me lug bags of dog food this week.  I paid for everything with my debit card as usual, and we left.

On the way home, he asked why I was still using a credit card.  And I realized that we hadn’t talked about the difference between debit and credit in a while.

It reminded me of a talk I heard recently.  A mom was imploring other women to read real books.  When we read on our phones or a tablet, our kids always assume we are playing games.  (After all, that’s what they do on a tablet!)

But there’s no denying a physical book.

What appearance are we giving to our kids when we spend or save money?  Using cash is a better way to show them good money habits.  But in a society that is getting farther away from paper every year, it’s a good idea to explain the concept of a debit card to your kids.  And tell them why it’s different from borrowing money!

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