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.


5 Ways Pregnancy Is Blowing Our Budget

For the past few weeks, I’ve really struggled to write a new 5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week post.  I finally realized that it’s probably because not only are we not saving a lot of money….I’m actually spending more than usual.

It’s part guilt and part pregnancy brain.

Now, it’s important to me that you don’t take this post as an anti-pregnancy rant.  While I’m not a big fan of being pregnant, it’s always worth it in the end.  🙂


Why Deep In Debt Is the Best Time To Practice Good Money Habits

Living deep in debt can be an awful feeling. But it’s not all bad! Learn why this is the best time to learn great money habits.

Paying off debt is like riding a roller coaster.  I mean, sure, it has its ups and downs.  But the analogy goes deeper than that.

I’m talking about the anticipation of the ride.  (That mix of excitement and dread!)  Once you’re on the ride, you can’t always see what’s coming ahead.  There’s a lot of screaming (maybe it’s joy, maybe it’s regret).  And at the end, you’re happy to get your feet back on solid ground.

Let’s not talk about the people who excitedly get in line to ride it again.


Walmart Christmas Layaway 2018: How To Use It To Save The Most

Walmart Christmas Layaway 2018: How To Use It To Save The Most

Curious about how Walmart Christmas layaway 2018 works? Find out what makes it a great alternative to putting another holiday on plastic!

Remember the days of the blue light special?  Back then everyone seemed to use layaway programs to help them afford Christmas gifts.  Over time, more people began to use credit cards instead of dealing with the hassle of layaway programs.

But layaway still exists!  And it’s actually a fantastic way to avoid debt this Christmas.  Given all the scary statistics about Christmas spending and compounding debt problems (read all about that here), you should be doing everything possible to avoid pulling out the card this season.

It probably won’t surprise you to learn that the best layaway program I’ve found is at Walmart.  They will set you up with a program with no extra fees.  That’s much better than what your average credit card company will do for you!


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