Wednesday, February 18, 2015

We're Moving....

I don't think I have officially shared this here on the blog....but we are moving! 

We decided in the fall of 2014 that we should relocate closer to my husbands work. For the last 2 years he has been driving 3 hours a day to go to work. Now that we will only have 1 child left at home we have decided it makes better sense for our family to move to an area closer to his work place.

Right now we are in declutter mode. We hope to have our current house listed for sale by the first week of March. So that is our big project we are working on now.

Ideally we hope to move sometime in June after the end of the school year here. 

Please think of us and hope our house sells fairly quickly and for a decent price.

I am sure I will have a ton of frugal projects and ideas to share once we are moved :)

5 Things I did That Were Frugal This Week


Seems I missed last weeks Frugal Things Friday. Let's see if I can come up with 10 things for this week :)

1. Since we are in the process of getting our house ready to sell I have been in big time decluttering mode. I have been listing many items on our local facebook pages. So far this month I have made $97

2. We used some Lowes gift cards to purchase some items needed for a few household repair projects.

3. I have used the money made from decluttering/ selling items to fund my envelopes.

4. I found a really good deal on an iPod 5 on one of our local Facebook sale sites. I bought it as a birthday gift for Kid # 5 and used money I had in my gift envelope :)

5. Other then having my hubby pick up a few odds and ends things, I haven't done any grocery shopping this pay period.

6. I have bought home free boxes from work to use for packing and decluttering. It is nice not to have to purchase those!

7. My co- worker has given me all her newspaper so that I do not have to buy bubble wrap or anything to wrap my breakables in. I do not get the newspaper delivered. 

8. We have eaten our leftovers

9. I have made $50 so far this month from my occasional babysitting job which is also used to fund our envelopes

10. I did end up stoping at Kroger this morning for some produce. Found some great deals on manager special! 


Friday, February 6, 2015

5 Frugal Thing I Did This Week


1. I made $15 in extra cash this week. I am using the extra money I make by selling our stuff to fund our cash envelopes for the year.

2. I planned my driving. I even planned my meet ups to sell items for when I was already out so as not to waste money on gas.

3. We stuck to our menu plan

4. We ate our leftovers

5. We have watched several shows on Netflix this week. We are definitely getting our money's worth out of our monthly subscription 

Friday, January 30, 2015

5 Things I Did That Were Frugal This Week


1. I sold a scarf and made $10. I also got an order for 2 more :)

2. I have our budget worked out for February

3. I put together a new budget/ home management binder. This helps me to stay more organized and save money

4. I bought home some leftovers from work that were going to the garbage. It fed us the main course for dinner one night this week

5. We are our leftovers :)

Friday, January 23, 2015

5 Things I Did a That Were Frugal This Week


1. I made $40 extra doing some sewing work for a friend 

2. I sold 2 items on our local Facebook yard sale groups and made $10.

3. Went to Target with Kid #3 and didn't buy anything :)

4. I took the extra money I made this week and divided it up between my envelopes ( more on that soon )

5. Kid # 5 and I stuck to the menu plan even though my hubby was out of town most of the week

Friday, January 16, 2015

5 Things I Did That Were Frugal This week


1. I stuck some of our leftovers which I knew would not be eaten before going bad into the freezer

2. We stuck to the dinner menu even though we had a busy week. I did move a few days around but at least we still ate at home.

3. I helped Kid # 3 research where to find all her school books the cheapest.

4. I made a pot of Stuffed Green Pepper Soup on Monday and it made 2 meals for us this week.

5. I needed to use up some corn bread and a couple buscuits. I also needed some Stove Top Stuffing for a recipe but didn't have any. I used Pinterest and made my own using the corn bread and buscuits. Kid # 5 said she liked it much better then the stuff from a box :)

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

2014 Goal Was Reached :)

So I posted here that we wanted to pay our car loan off by the end of 2014.  Well we totally reached that goal!  On December 31 I posted this picture to Instagram.... ( ps: if you would like to follow me on Instagram.com/searl7)



In January of 2014 we owed over $12,000 on our car.  We have now completed Baby Step # 2.

How did we do it?  We had a budget for everything. 

I used cash for my spending money and grocery/household items. I saved my change from this and cashed it in.

I menu planned.  I tried to save as much as possible on anything we bought for the house.

We cut cable and use a Roku 2, Netflix, Amazon Prime and a antenna to watch TV.

I shop Goodwill, thrift stores and yard sales for a lot of household items and clothing.

We sold things.

My hubby took on many side jobs.  He is a bass player in addition to his regular job.  He also runs sound for bands. 

We were lucky and got back about $4,000 from our income tax return in 2014 so all of that went towards the car loan. 

Anyway, if you have read my blog for any amount of time then you all know how we did it cause this is what my blog it about.  I am sure I have left out many thing we do to save money and be frugal. 

It wasn't easy.  But it is doable.  Now on to the next step.....

Thank you all for being my support system and reading my crazy frugal antics.  Don't worry they won't be stopping anytime soon :)

I plan to blog more.....so stay tuned :)