Happy New Year! Here's to a new year of frugal living!
In our mail this week I found free address labels from a company that was trying to sell me life insurance. I saved the address labels before throwing the rest of the information away.
The boys have been sledding a few times with the new snow tubes that we gave them for Christmas. I bought the snow tubes from Amazon with gift cards I earned from Swagbucks.
A free Lego magazine came in the mail for our older son. Both of my children love getting this magazine and read them over and over again. If you are interested in this free offer, you can find the signup form here.
I downloaded several e-books by Beth Moore that were free this week on Kindle, Nook and on BookShout. I think they are going to be available until January 10 if you are interested in downloading any (or all!) of these books.
I bought a few things from the Christmas clearance at Walmart. Most things are marked down to 75% off and I found a few things that will make good gifts to put in next year's Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes. I purchased a sweet little stuffed owl for $.75 and puzzles, pencil and paper set and a coloring/game book for $.24 each. I also bought santa hats for the boys that I'm hoping to use next year in our Christmas pictures. They were $.75 each.
We visited with my mom and stepdad on Christmas day and my mom gave me the ham bone from the Christmas ham. I used it to make ham and bean soup this week.
My mother-in-law made pea soup with the ham bone from her Christmas ham and shared some with my husband. Since no one else in our family likes it and it has been years since I have made it, this was a nice treat for him.
I celebrated a birthday this week and my mother-in-law planned a wonderful surprise party for me. I also got some nice presents in my email: 50 Swag Bucks for my birthday and a free e-book download from Tyndale Rewards.
For Christmas this year we received a few new electronic devices with cords for charging and I've noticed that our collection of cords has grown over the years. This week I started saving bread bag tags that I am going to use to label the cords and help me keep them organized.
Our on-going savings:
**Keep heat set at 66 during the day and 52 at night.
**Wash laundry in cold water.
**Use online bill pay to pay our bills.
**Earn Swag Bucks for Amazon gift cards that I use to buy gifts.
**Earn Recyclebank points for gift cards, coupons and free magazine subscriptions.
**Husband takes lunch to work everyday.
**Turn lights off when not being used.
**Use scrap paper for notes and lists.
**Drive to town once a week for shopping and errands.
**Buy less cereal and eat oatmeal and other homemade breakfasts several times a week.
**Reuse plastic and paper shopping bags for small trash and recycling.
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