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 :) 

Friday, January 9, 2015

5 Things I Did That Were Frugal This Week


1. I made a meal plan and stuck to it 

2. I bought my hubby a snow blower and  saved $50 by ordering it on Amazon instead of buying it at Lowes. I used our Amazon prime account ( which totally pays for it's self with the free shipping) and it was here the next day

3. I fancied up my $1 meal planner using items I already had


4. Kid #5 and I had 2 stay at home days this week since we had work/school cancelations.

5. We ate our leftovers even though 1 night I really wanted to go eat pizza

Friday, December 19, 2014

5 Things I Did That Were Frugal This Week


1. I made homemade toffee to take to work instead of buying a treat.

2. I wrapped Chrîstmas gifts with wrapping paper we already had

3. I used my tag punch to make gift tags out of recycled Christmas cards I have saved from years past.

4. I made a list and stuck to it when grocery shopping.

5. I combined my driving and shopping to coincide with my going to work. No waste of gas

Friday, December 12, 2014

5 Things I Did That Were Frugal This Week



1. I went into Goodwill looking for a few items which I did not find. I left without buying anything 

2. Repurposed some leftovers into soup

3. Sold some of Kid# 5 outgrown tights on a facebook page. Made $5. Every little bit helps :)

4. Sold 4 scarves this week. Made an extra $52. Again every extra $1 helps :)

5. Combined my driving in order to save on gas