5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week #138 + A Savings Update

Well, we’re one week into our big savings challenge for this summer!  

I hope you’ve decided to set a goal for yourself, too.  We’ll do check ins each Friday to see how things are going and share ideas with each other.

And if you aren’t in a season of life that gives you enough breathing room for a challenge right now, no problem. Just check out what we’re doing so you can try it when life calms down a little!

(Believe me, I totally get it.  That’s been our life all year… until school let out!)

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5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week #137

5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week #137

School’s out for summer in our home and I couldn’t be more relieved! 

When our day doesn’t revolve around 4 to 8 trips to run everyone where they need to be each day, it gives me much more time to plan ahead.  

(Yikes.  No wonder I can never get anything done!)

We’re enjoying the slower pace, and have already enjoyed a simple trip to the park and the library.  Even if we treat ourselves to 50 cent Frostys all summer (or however long they last!), that makes for a super cheap fun afternoon for our large family.

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5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week #137

5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week #136

Well.

It’s been a while since I shared a new 5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week!  

Actually, that’s not entirely true.  I’ve been sharing the occasional 5 Ways with my email subscribers.

(You can become a subscriber here.  I’ll even send you a copy of 7 Surprising Ways to Add More to Your Savings This Week!)

But today my kids start their summer break.  And I thought I’d use this change in routine as a chance to get back to one of my favorite things…interacting with my favorite frugal folks!

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5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week #137

5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week #135

This week I managed to spill coffee on the top of my head.

That’s not relevant to saving money (I mean, ok, I did brew it at home!), but after a week of being sick, that seemed like a good mental image to show the kind of week it’s been.  😉

Luckily it wasn’t all awful.  I did manage to find a few ways to save money!

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5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week #137

5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week #134

Some weeks are just rough.  Life decides to take you for a ride, and you have no choice but to follow along.

That’s been the last few weeks for us.  We’ve dealt with a quickly scheduled surgery, a funeral a couple of states away, a birthday party, school functions, and the chaos of regular life.

There was a time when the fact that I couldn’t find ways to save money during the hustle and bustle of life would have added an extra layer of stress.

And to be sure, I don’t enjoy wasting money on things like fast food and other conveniences.  But I’m so glad it’s an option available to us when life is tough!

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5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week #137

5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week #133

Big, black spiders are a staple of any good set of Halloween decorations.  And now I know why.

Every October our home becomes infested with black wolf spiders.  It’s common for our area.  But it’s not something any of us enjoy!

After killing or shooing away 4 or 5 spiders every day, I’ve had enough.

The plastic variety are all fun and games, but I’m done with these icky creatures!  If you’ve got a great solution for spiders, let me know!

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