We continued to save in simple ways:
**Husband took lunch to work every day. (ongoing)
**Turned lights off when not being used. (ongoing)
**Used cash to buy groceries. (ongoing)
**Kept the thermostat at 67 during the day and 62 at night. (ongoing)
**Ate oatmeal many times this week instead of cereal and made Baked Oatmeal Cups.
**Earned $5 Amazon gift card from Swagbucks.
**Borrowed books and a DVD from the library and also found a few coupons that I could use.
**Used a coupon for more free relish (this will be so nice to have this summer!).
**Cut older son's hair.
**Used a gift card and had a nice date with hubby.
But not everything went exactly as planned:
**I got some bulk spices thinking that it would be a less expensive way to buy spices, only to discover that some of them were actually more expensive to buy this way.
On a positive note: instead of buying spice jars, I reused jars to store them in and made labels using tags I already had on hand.
**We took the boys to the Maine Discovery Museum. The cost of gas (4-hour round trip), the museum fee and a meal makes this a fairly expensive family activity. To help with the cost, we brought our own snacks and drinks for the car ride and planned on using a gift card we were given at Christmas to pay for lunch. After eating lunch (and splurging on dessert!), we discovered that we were not able to use the gift card and had to pay for the meal.
On a positive note: our family had a wonderful day together and it was worth far more than the money we spent!