Simply Saving Saturday - October 31

I have been working 4 to 5 days a week for the last few weeks as a substitute teacher.  With this extra income we were able to pay more towards our mortgage principle this month.  This is the only debt we owe and we would like to work towards paying it off early.  It is slow going, but as Dave Ramsay explains, a little bit at a time will really add up and make a difference in the long run.

I made a double batch of pumpkin pancakes (my favorite pancakes!) and froze the leftovers for a quick breakfast option on busy mornings.

The boys used free online instructions to make a Lego candy dispenser using Lego pieces from Lego sets that they have been given as gifts.

I used a coupon code offer from a designer on Ravelry to download a crochet pattern for free.

Our 12-year old printer broke several weeks ago, and after paying to print at the library several times, we decided that we needed to invest in a new one.  We bought an HP 3632 for $50 and were so excited to be able to scan and copy and also have wireless capability.

I am pretty sure this printer will pay for itself since I am now able to print coupons (doing a happy dance!).  Several years ago ran an update and my very old computer and printer was no longer able to print coupons.  I am so excited about the extra savings I will now be able to take advantage of.

Our on-going savings:

**Wash laundry in cold water.

**Use online bill pay to pay our bills.

**Earn Swag Bucks for gift cards that I use to buy gifts.

**Earn Recyclebank points for gift cards, coupons and free magazine subscriptions.

**Earn Bing Rewards points for gift cards, Hulu Plus subscription, Skype credits, etc.

**Husband takes lunch to work everyday.

**Turn lights off when not being used.

**Use scrap paper for notes and lists.

**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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