How I Saved This Week - April 23




I earned $32 this week by selling some toys that the boys were no longer interested in on Facebook.

I saved some seeds from a cantaloupe and started the seeds inside. I think I started them a little late, but it will be fun to see if we can grow our own cantaloupe. I also planted pepper and marigold seeds in the clam shell produce containers that I have been saving to use as mini greenhouses.

We had some really warm days this week and I was able to hang some laundry out on the clothesline to dry!

I signed up for 2 toothpaste samples and a Lip Smacker Lip Balm offer. The Lip Smacker offer is for 3 free lip balms when you sign up for their Smoochie Club and expires on April 30. The toothpaste samples and lip balm will be perfect to include in Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes.

I also signed up for a cat food sample and a face wash sample.



Last week I mentioned that I had accumulated a lot of yarn and wanted to put it to good use. I found a free bear pattern that is quick to make and I think is just the right size for Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes. I finished my first bear this weekend and have plans to make many more!

I went to Hobby Lobby to buy more eyes for the bears and left the store with only the eyes and no yarn!  :)


How did you save this week?

How I Saved This Week - April 16




Before the new flooring can be installed, we have to move everything to the basement and it has been a great motivator to clear as much clutter as possible. The boys helped declutter their room. A lot of toys went to Goodwill, but I did save a few things to list for sale on Facebook.



This week I spent a lot of time finishing up a baby sweater for a baby shower gift. It took more time than I expected, but I really like how it turned out. While we were packing things up this week, I filled a whole laundry basket full of yarn. I have A LOT of yarn (should I admit that there is more in the basement?) and realized that I need to find a use for it! I think my next project will be for Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes.

I bought two whole chickens this week for $.88/lb. I put one in the freezer and made Whole Chicken in the Crock Pot with the other. I used the chicken scraps and veggie peels that I saved in the freezer to make chicken stock in the crock pot.

I think (hope!) that spring is here to stay and we have started putting kitchen scraps in the compost again.

I found another use for bread ends! Did you know that you can use them to soften brown sugar? I put the brown sugar in a zipper bag with the bread ends and a few days later I had brown sugar that I could use again!

Our older son won 2 movie tickets during a reading program at his school last summer. He gave one ticket to his brother and we took the boys to see Jungle Book. The two tickets also included a free popcorn and drink.


How did you save this week?

How I Saved This Week - April 9




As I mentioned last week, my husband and I have been getting ready for a big home improvement project. We are having new flooring put in on the entire main level of our home. We bought our home 10 years ago and I have been anxiously waiting (sometimes not-so-patiently) for the time when we could afford to do this project.

When we got the quote back for the flooring and installation, we carefully looked through each item to find ways that we could save money. We found three items that we knew we could do ourselves and asked that they be removed from our quote. We also changed some of the materials that we chose, which also saved a small amount. After all the changes were made, we saved about $600! The materials have been ordered and our installation date is set for early next month.

Our quarterly water bill came this week and increased $14 from last quarter. We have been taking shorter showers this week and trying other ways to decrease our water bill. Our water rates will be increasing by over 11% in July, so I really want to work on finding ways to lower our bill.

I have been checking for sales on winter hats and mittens for Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes and this week I found some knit winter hats on sale for $.25 at Walmart.

I trimmed the boys' hair.

We borrowed several books from the library.

I got a free magazine in the mail this week.

I mended one of the boys' hats.


How did you save this week?

How I Saved Last Week - April 2




It has been a few weeks since I have shared a Saturday savings post. The last few weekends have been busy as we are looking into a large home improvement project and preparing to have my family over for Easter dinner.

Here's a few ways we were able to save the last few weeks:

We have enjoyed a few days of unusually warm weather. One morning this week I was really surprised by how warm the house felt (we always turn the thermostat down to 62 before going to bed), and when I checked the thermostat, it was 67 degrees at 5:30 in the morning! I'm very excited about the warmer temperatures and also the savings on our heating costs.

I bought a ham for $.66/lb. for our Easter dinner and made corn chowder and Broccoli and Ham Pasta Bake with the leftovers. I also put the ham bone in the freezer to make pea soup.

I haven't seen many deals for Operation Christmas Child boxes so far this year, so I was very excited to find a couple of packages of 12 pk. Easter themed pencils on sale at Walmart for $.24 each. They were mixed in with the Easter sale items, but I didn't see a tag and was thrilled when they rang up at such a low price.

The bread store had packages of bagels on sale for $.75 each. I also bought bread for $1.03 per loaf and the boys and I each got a free donut.

I always look for pajamas at the end-of-season sales because I'm usually not able to find them in good condition (or at all) at the thrift stores. I did find a winter pajama set that will fit our younger son for just $3.

I started a crochet baby gift using a free pattern.

A free April devotional book from In Touch Ministries was in the mail.

We enjoyed a family movie night and watched Woodlawn together. It was an Easter gift to the boys from my sister. We all enjoyed it and would highly recommend it!

I used online bill pay to schedule payment for some upcoming bills and also payed extra towards the principle on our mortgage payment for this month.


How did you save this week?

Meal Plan Monday - March 21




A few weeks ago we tried orzo for the first time and I was a little surprised to find that one small box makes 3 or 4 meals. It was on sale this week for $.79 so I'll be looking for new orzo recipes to try!

Our menu for this week:


Shepherd's Pie

Mushroom Fettuccine, peas

Baked Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken Thighs, Carrot Sticks, Heart Healthy Yogurt Biscuits

Baked Ravioli with Heart Healthy Pasta Sauce

Greek Orzo Salad, Carrot Sticks, Leftover Yogurt Biscuits

Pizza made with Whole Wheat Crust

Easter Dinner: Ham with Mustard Sauce, Sweet Potato Casserole, Green Beans, Fruit Salad with this Honey Lime Glaze and Honey Yeast Rolls