5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week #152

The plague hit our house for a good couple of weeks.

Ok, not the plague.  Something that mocks the flu but doesn’t last quite as long.  Ugh.

(Not Coronovirus, don’t worry.)

Normally that would be a great way to save money on groceries at least.  (I mean, not an ideal way.  But a way none the less.)

But…

for some reason these kids are starving.  

They have real fevers, lots of aches and pains…but they’re asking for crackers.  And soup.  And toast…constantly.

Well, I guess I’m glad they’ve kept their appetites up.

OH, and we also learned that if you order Sprite, Gatorade, chicken noodle soup, tissues, ibuprofen, etc. from Clicklist, they’ll still bring it to you.  And they don’t even wear hazmat suits!

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The Cheapest Foods To Buy When You’re Broke

Get a list of the cheapest foods to buy when you’re broke. Along with a meal plan that will feed your family for $75 a week.

The light from the refrigerator is washing over your face again. 

You know there’s still nothing in there…but you can’t help but hope that maybe some mysterious force left a piece of chocolate cake in the back when you weren’t looking.

No luck.

You’d love to go to the grocery store and get something to fill those shelves.  But how?

If it isn’t the car breaking down, it’s a sick kid.  And the paycheck is gone before you know it.  (Again.)

The truth is, bad times like this happen to the best of us.

It can be so hard to get ahead, especially when you’re raising a family.  Kids will surprise you…with their ability to do things, how much they remind you of your favorite uncle, and…

Oh, you know, a random broken bone followed by a double ear infection alongside a huge growth spurt (hello new wardrobe).

So when you finally manage to scrape together a stash of cash to buy some food, you want to get the most for your money.

If you’re wondering what the cheapest foods to buy are, read on.

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5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week #150

5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week #150

What’s that??

This is the 150th edition of the 5 ways we’ve saved money this week series??  Can you believe it?

This whole thing started waaaay back in 2015 (which seems like a million years ago, but also seems like yesterday…weird) when I decided to write up a little post about the ways we managed to save money that week.

It ended up being a hit.

I guess it’s because people who love saving money are always curious about the ways other families manage it.

And if you aren’t really big on saving money, it’s nice to see that there are a few easy ways to save a little bit, especially when saving seems like this huge, impossible task.

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Shopping At Sam’s Club – How To Find the Deals

What’s it like shopping at Sam’s? This mom of 6 kids made a trip to see which bargains were great, and which prices just stink.

This year for Christmas, I unwrapped a membership to Sam’s Club.

I haven’t been a member there for a decade, and in that time I’ve become pretty selective about the way I shop. So I was pretty excited to get the chance to try out Sam’s for free…

…but I also wasn’t quite sure how it would fit into my usual shopping routine.

When you’re buying food for a family of 8, you have to be picky.  Much as the grocery stores would like it, I’m not too keen on just handing them my husband’s paycheck every other week.

So I asked a friend to watch the baby so I could spend some time in the Club.  (That’s what the cool kids call it.  bahaha!  

After spending a good hour or two there, this is what I found.

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The Grocery Challenge: A Fun Way To Save Your Grocery Budget

Looking for a grocery challenge that’s a little more fun than your typical “no spend grocery month”? Try a different way to lower your grocery budget.

“What is this??” you ask everyone in the family, using your best Clair Huxtable voice.  “Because it looks like someone took two bites of an apple and threw it away.”

Food waste makes you a little crazy sometimes, doesn’t it?

Because you work hard to try to save money on groceries.

(Ok, some weeks are better than others.  But you’re totally trying, and that counts.)

But you’ve noticed that the total at the checkout has been climbing again.

(You only bought ingredients for a couple of meals and somehow the total was $67??  How does that work?)

And after all of that, you come home and find people you love (oh, you love them) just throwing away that expensive food.  (You love them, you love them, you love them…)

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5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week #149

I got to spend the weekend with my son in Washington D.C.  We went with a church group, so we were able to both go for very little cost (thanks to fundraising).

What an amazing trip!

We got to see so much, including going up to the top of the Washington Monument.

That wasn’t open when our family vacationed there back in the summer of ’18, so we really enjoyed those views.

And spending so much one on one time with my sixteen year old was wonderful, too.

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5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week #148

Why hello there!

I think it’s high time the 5 ways series makes a comeback to Medium Sized Family.  Don’t you?

I know this is one of your favorite things to read on the blog.  And I have always loved writing them.

It’s great for keeping me going on tough weeks.  And I always need a reminder of what’s going right.

(Don’t we all??)

Last year was a rough one.  And when things finally settled down, I decided to tackle a big blogging project that I’ve always dreamed of doing.

But…since I’ve never done it before, there was a steep learning curve.  And the whole thing took a lot longer than I ever thought it would.  (Big announcement coming soon!)

Then we started the 30 Day #Brightsaver Challenge (which, by the way, you can totally still join and not worry about being “behind” or anything). And that took some figuring out, too.

But NOW…here we are.  Back at the 5 ways posts.

Are you ready for this?

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Valentine’s Day for Kids: Love On Them (On the Cheap!)

Valentine’s Day for Kids: Love On Them (On the Cheap!)

When it comes to Valentine’s Day, you can’t forget your favorite munchkins! Show your love with these adorable Valentine Gifts for kids…sure to get a smile!

It was a quiet, cold February 13th evening a few years ago.  The kids were snoozing, and I was up contemplating, as usual, whether I had done enough to make the holiday special for them.  I already had a small box of $1 chocolates for each of them.

Now I’m not the type of Mom who believes that every event needs to be over the top.  Celebrating in simple ways works out best for my family.  

The more you give to kids, the less they appreciate what they have.  It overwhelms their little systems.

So I decided that I’d give them just one more small gift.  Something I could put together at home for free.  Something that would be a small bit of “icing on the cake”. (more…)