Lately I have been exploring new ways for us to save money and still eat well and do the things we love. One of my big goals is to get some money into our savings account and stop feeling like we are just barely making it from paycheck to paycheck. We are very lucky that Klint’s job is stable and provides great benefits, along with allowing me to teach dance in the evenings. But let’s face it, civil servants don’t make nearly enough. And of course I make really great pay teaching dance, but it fluctuates with the holidays and seasons.
One big thing that I did was start shopping around at other grocery stores, not just the one that I knew and was familiar with. Trust me that it was a big leap. I am a closet grocery store snob but my budget just won’t allow me to shop at whatever store I like. So I made the leap and ventured into the deep discount grocery store… and was pleasantly surprised. Not only did the store offer organic produce but many of the familiar brands were there, at a fraction of the cost! Yay! Now Moira can have the Bert and Ernie juice she loves for about $2 less!
Another thing that I am really thinking about doing is using coupons. We don’t get the newspaper and since we are trying to cut back on the processed food I didn’t think that coupons could really do anything for me, however after taking a look through the Sunday inserts I saw many coupons that I could use for things like cat food, little, health and beauty items. I got a 10 week trial Sunday subscription to our local paper and am going to give it a go. (Blame watching Extreme Couponing for this as well!)
Ok, I am not prepared to spend hours upon hours cutting coupons or buying 200 cans of Spam… but still there is something to be said for buying what we use all the time on sale with coupons! =)
There are tons of money saving tips on Pinterest from simple things like getting your hair cut at the beauty school instead of an expensive salon to when it is best to buy bigger items like grills and sleds. We are trying to save up to for our first big family vacation next spring so I have some incentive to really buckle down and get things a bit cheaper than what I am used. Yay for money saving!
What are your best money and budget saving tips?
I am sort of becoming obsessed with dying my hair bright colors. I have no clue where this came from, but I am itching to add pretty purple, pink, and blue streaks. Not my whole head mind you but some chunky bits in the front… oh the possibilities!!! I am totally blaming Pinterest for this new craze, along with my thoughts of chopping my hair again and trying more dramatic eye makeup, lol!
(All these looks can be seen on my Pinterest beauty board) Do you think my parents at the dance studio will take me seriously with baby pink hair? =)
Ah, Friday! Another week gone by and the weekend is upon us. Nothing really too exciting here, the usual day to day fun with a heavy dose of hot humid weather. We have been spending a lot of time at the beach, zoo, park, and library. All in all, a great time!!
One of my favorite parts of summer are all the cute swim suits, sunglasses, and floppy hats. Here are some of my favorite summer style picks for Mama and Baby:
1. Bow Tie Bikini from Old Navy 2. Retro Red Bandeau Suit by J. Crew
3. Baby Banz Sunglasses 4. Vogue Sunglasses
5. Sand Ice Cream Cone beach toys 6. Intermix Floppy Hat for women
7. Baby Tiered Sunhat by Gymboree 8. So Cool Picnic Tote by Vera Bradley
9. Baby Strappy Sandals by Gymboree
The beach is definitely one of our family’s favorite places to be and it is pretty easy to find cute picks for me and the girls to wear and bring. Hope you have a great day and get out there to enjoy the wonderful weather!!
Howdy! How is everyone doing this lovely Saturday? We are doing well, settling into a new routine of me watching kids, caring for a bunny, digging sand out of places better not mentioned lol! I haven’t been on the computer nearly as much as the norm, I am pretty sure that my blogroll is well over 200 posts unread. Anyhow, here are some cool things that have caught my eye, enjoy!
I have had a taste for grilling lately, these shrimp broil kebabs sound delish!
Someday I want to have time to sew again… this bag is on the list =)
Have you heard about Free Little Library? There is one here in Cleveland and I am going to add another to our little neighborhood!
I really want to learn how to knit this fall, this is my starting project…mmmmm
Want to start a blog? This is the anatomy of a perfect blog!
I love fonts and here are 18 that I think are pretty cool.
I would really love to do this to our dining room table… a field of flowers on our table sounds lovely.
My stairs would really look lovely like this… seriously, they need something!
I just got a juicer and have been making the most awesome juices!
My new favorite is spinach, green apples, and green grapes… really yummy tasting and not a hint of the spinach….
So there you have it! Have a great day friends!
… little girls in lime green bikinis…
…crock pot, crispy skinned chicken…
…watching my oldest girl gently coax friendship from a new pet…
…making yummy juices from fresh ingredients like this grape, Granny apple, spinach one!
…hanging out with friends…
Happiness is being mommy to these girls!