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

Thursday, December 11, 2014

I Am Still Around....

I haven't wrote a real post in forever!  I am still around though and I read others blogs often. 

We are still plugging away at our snowball. I am really hoping to be debt free by Jan 1.  However if that doesn't work out then it will definitely happen by mid January. Woohoo!

I am 3/4th of the way done with my Christmas shopping.  So far I am on budget.  How is everyone else doing?

There are some big changes coming for us in 2015 which I will write more about when I post my goals for the new year. Has anyone else started thinking about their goals and what they would like to accomplish?

One thing I would really like to do is cut our grocery budget.  We now have 3 sometimes 4 people we feed regularly in our household compared to the 7 we originally had.  Our budget has been $400 a month for a long time.  I frequently have money left.  So I believe it is time to take another look at this budget.  I think I will wait for the new year to start though before doing so.

Anyway, I wanted you all to know I am still around.  We are still working on being debt free.  I am still doing all the same frugal things I have always done.  I hope to post some presents I have made this year after Christmas is over and the recipients have received their gifts.  Just in case they read my blog :)

Here is one project I made for myself and Kid #3.  We needed something to hang our stockings on since we don't have a fire place mantel. I already had the boards and the paint.  Spent about $15 to make 2 of them.

Friday, December 5, 2014

5 Things I Did That Were Frugal This Week

1. I sold 4 scarves and 2 lace boot cuffs which brought in $52 extra this week :)

2. We ate our leftovers

3. We stuck to our meal plan

4. So far I am on budget with my Christmas shopping

5. I have de-cluttered and gave Kid # 3 alot of Christmas decorations. I have not bought any new decorations

Friday, November 28, 2014

5 Things I Did That Were Frugal This Week

1. Planned a menu, made a grocery list, shopped 5 different stores and stayed on budget :)

2. We ate our leftovers

3. I did not go Black Friday shopping

4. I made $50 from my after school babysitting job

5. I recieved a $148.50 refund from the oral surgeon for Kid#3 wisdom teeth removal. Our insurance paid more then they estimated. It will go straight towards the debt snowball :)

Friday, November 14, 2014

5 Things I Did That Were Frugal This Week

1. We had one of our out building painted by a friend who runs a painting business. We bartered services she painted our building and my husband did her tax work for the year. Win win for both of us!

2. Kid # 5 wanted a new winter coat. She wanted a plan black one, hers still fit but had peace signs all over it and she decided she was to "old" for it. I saved my $1 for several weeks and ended up having enough cash saved to purchase one from Target for her when the coat she liked went on sale orginally $39.99 and I got it for $29.06 :)

3. I had $43 leftover in my 2 week grocery budget.  Might be time to rethink the grocery budget after the holidays are over.

4. I sat down and made a menu for the next few weeks. I also started a grocery list to go with the menu :)

5. I finished making to of my Christmas gifts. Each cost me about $10 to make so I stayed within budget and both will be well recieved 

Friday, October 17, 2014

5 Things I Did That Were Frugal This Week

1. I went in Goodwill twice this week and didn't buy anything :)

2. Stuck to the menu plan and even repurposed some leftovers into new meals

3. Sent Kid # 5 with a "cold" lunch to school which consisted of chicken noodle soup, grapes, sugar snap peas, fruit snacks and a water bottle. All for about $1. For the month of October she will take her lunch 11 times which will save me over $11 :) Every little bit helps!!

4. Mixed up some homemade All Purpose Cleaner instead of buying some 409 :)

5. Washed the laundry in cold and hung some of it to dry. In the colder months I do use the dryer more then when the weather is nicer out and I can use the clothes line 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Wedding Presents

We have been invited to 4 wedding since June. Since we are striving for debt freedom by the end of the year and I am also a crafter I searched for an inexpensive yet personal craft I could make to give as a gift. Here is what I came up with....

The first and last pictures are glass ornaments with the wedding invitations cut into strips and placed inside. I also added some glitter to each. I then added an initial sprapbook sticker of the couples last name to the outside of the ornament and a coordinating ribbon. The second and third pictures are coasters I made with the couples last name initial stamped to scrapbook paper, cut to the shape of the tile and mod podge on. I added cork to the back. 

Easy peasy :) I think they turned out cute!