5 Ways We've Saved Money This Week Series

Looking for lots of creative money saving tips?  Look no further!  Here are links to posts in my “5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week” series.

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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5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 118

5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 118

Baseball season is in full swing.  That means choosing between eating supper at 4:30 (sometimes 4:00) or 9:00.  (Or, if you’re a teenage boy, the answer is, obviously, both.)

Sometimes eating on the go is just a must.  Using my handy snacks for trips list has helped, but I’m planning to add to my bag of tricks this year!  If you have a favorite tip for eating meals on the go (and avoiding fast food or dropping $20 at the concession stand), let me know in the comments!

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5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 117

5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 117

This week I put together our goals check in for April, and I’ve gotta tell you…it’s way more fun to write goals when you aren’t giving all your money to credit card companies!

Of course we aren’t splurging on a bunch of “stuff” now that we’re debt free.  (Ok, we did a little splurging on our trip last week!)  Most of that debt money is now going to fill our savings account.

But watching money build in an account is a million times more fun than sending it off to pay for things you bought years ago.  It seems so silly that we lived that way for so long!  Setting those big goals was sooooo worth it!

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