5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week #133

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!


Inexpensive Christmas Gifts That Will Help You Save Money

Finding the right inexpensive Christmas gifts that still show how much you care can be tough. But this list of unique ideas makes it easy!

Remember in the Little House on the Prairie books when Laura receives the inexpensive Christmas gifts of an orange and some candy?  One year she even got her very own tin cup to use!

And the year that she received her rag doll was obviously special to her.

Think about that.  Do you think your kids could even tell you what they got for Christmas last year?

The season has morphed from a simple celebration to an over the top holiday.  Even if you don’t long for those Little House on the Prairie style days in your home, you probably like the idea of cutting back a bit.


Your Money Your Marriage: An Honest Book Review

Your Money, Your Marriage is the perfect book for couples who fight about money. Don’t risk your marriage! Put the practical advice in this book to work.

Tackling debt is a subject near and dear to my heart.  Our family used our #yearofno motto to help us destroy tens of thousands of dollars worth of credit card debt.  So anyone else who has fought hard against debt feels like an ally!

That’s part of what makes me such a fan of The Queen of Free.  Cherie Lowe and her husband paid off $127,000 (!) in debt!  And they managed to stay lovingly married through the fight.

You probably know that money fights are one of the leading causes of divorce.  In fact, it’s likely something you’ve struggled with in your own marriage at one point or another.


5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week #132

5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week #132

There’s a new (to us) vehicle sitting in our driveway right now, which means I’ve official started baby shopping.  😉

With baby number 6 on the way, we’ve been on the hunt for an affordable 8 passenger car.  It’s almost like seeing a unicorn to find something that seats 8 on a used car lot!

That means I’m feeling a bit of sweet relief over having this chore behind us.

Although…now we have to sell one of our other cars.  So there’s that.


25 Large Family Dinner Ideas That Will Be Favorites In No Time

You need large family dinner ideas that are sure to be loved by the whole crowd! Get this list of ideas with simple ingredients and easy recipes.

As a Mama of (soon to be!) six children, I know how tough it can be to find large family dinner ideas that satisfy everyone, make a lot of food (or is at least easy to double, triple, or more!), yet also fit the family budget.

You’re probably experiencing the same thing in your large family home!  That’s why I built this handy list of delicious family dinner menu ideas just for you!

So bookmark this page and come back to it whenever you need to build a meal plan.


Blooms & Berries: A Review of Fall On the Farm (And A 2018 Coupon That Will Make You Happy!)

Looking for a Blooms and Berries coupon for 2018? Here it is! Also, check out our review and learn how to get the most from your trip to Fall On the Farm!

It took our family years to find a pumpkin farm we all enjoy.  We tried Blooms and Berries on a friend’s recommendation a few years ago…and it was an instant hit!

It’s become our family’s favorite fall destination in the Greater Cincinnati area.

Here’s why we love this farm so much.  So when they offered our family the chance to visit for free, I jumped at it!  And (my money saving friends!) I have a coupon to share with you, too!


5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week #131

5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week #131

Happy Friday!

Have you started thinking about Christmas yet?  Not in the way that you’re ready to see decorations in the store or listen to Christmas music, necessarily.  (Can we celebrate at least Halloween first, please??)

I’m talking about mapping out a plan…maybe even buying some gifts!

Frugal folks are planners, so it’s time to start that plan!

If you want some extra help (or motivation!) be sure to join my mini Christmas challenge!  Sign up here to get the emails.  (Even if you already get emails from Medium Sized Family, this is a brand new list.  So if you want the challenge, you have to sign up!)


How To Save $1,600 This Year Just By Getting Rid of Cable

Getting rid of cable leaves you with a ton of options for TV viewing. Cut through the confusion with these helpful charts and ideas!

This guest post was written by Katie of Living the Stream.  Enjoy her money saving tips!!

In the spring of 2017, I looked at my cable bill.  We were spending $224 per month on our cable and internet package.  At the time, we had 3 kids under 5 and barely watched any TV (we were too tired!).  

It was time to get rid of cable.

As I researched getting rid of cable and streaming TV, I was overwhelmed. There were streaming devices (couldn’t I just use my Smart TV?), streaming services, Netflix, Hulu (and Hulu Live? What’s the difference?), HBO Now vs. HBO Go. 

What about an antenna? Do I need one of those?


5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week #130

5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week #130

Last week I got to attend my first ever blogging conference (Bloggy Con for the curious!).  It was fantastic!

If you’ve ever gone to any sort of conference, you know that you come away from it with this “high” for accomplishing great things.  I’m so excited to pour these ideas into the blog!

The reason I was able to attend this conference was because my family could come along, too.  It’s held at Cedar Point (which is an amazing amusement park…a must do for roller coaster enthusiasts!).  The hotel we stayed at was within easy walking distance of the park.  So for 3 days, the family got to ride rides while I learned about blogging.

So after more than 2 years of paying off debt, this year we’ve been able to treat our family to a trip to Indianapolis, a vacation in Washington DC, and a fall trip to Cedar Point.

This is why you fight to get out of debt!!  You want your money to be used for the things you love the most.  Who wants to keep treading water with bill companies??

Nobody, that’s who.


25 Things To Buy In Bulk That Will Save The Most Money

These products are the best things to buy in bulk to get the most bang for your buck. Plus, tips to make sure you don’t waste any money!

Running out of toilet paper at 9:00 pm on Saturday night probably isn’t the worst thing that can happen to a person…but it is definitely one of the most annoying things!

There are a lot of reasons to choose to buy in bulk.  If you measure your prices correctly, it can save you a lot of money.

In our home, a few times every year some bug hits our house and wipes out the whole family for a week at a time.  You know I don’t want to be worried about running to the store when I’ve got sick kids to tend to!  I’d rather have a stock of those things we always need right here at home.