We Paid Cash: A Homeschooling Room

We paid cash!

A testimony from Mandy from MissMaesDays.com

The day had come when I had had it with storing all of our school supplies, projects, lesson plans, and books in our kitchen drawers and cupboards. For years, I was using the kitchen island and drawers for homeschooling our kiddos and it just was not working.

I had an “a-ha moment” when I looked at our hardly-used formal living room…it was the perfect space for a classroom!  When I saw it in my mind I knew it could be done.

But we didn’t have the extra cash to transform an entire room in our house into a school room. How in the world could I afford the furniture and supplies to make the conversion?!

Then it hit me like a ton of bricks! Sell the formal living room furniture — the couches, tables, lamps, and decor. Then, USE that money to purchase the items I need for our school room!

Voilà! A school room paid in full, without using credit cards.

Here’s how I did it:

  1. I listed my formal, living room furniture on Craigslist.
  2. I sold smaller items on eBay.
  3. I purged my entire home of unused, unwanted items, readying them for a garage sale. (Any items that didn’t sell on Craigslist and eBay were sold in the garage sale.)
  4. I planned and orchestrated a successful garage sale.

After my efforts to create some extra cash, I found that I had over $1,000 cash IN HAND. So, I set out to get some deals!

How did I do it?

  1. I shopped garage sales for furniture pieces.
  2. I shopped discount stores for decor, teaching supplies, classroom supplies, manipulatives, and games.
  3. I researched curriculum to invest in. I found coupons and deals to purchase curriculum.
  4. I scoured the internet for deals on things that you simply can’t find locally.
  5. I sought the internet for my “dream, can’t live without” pieces. (Mine was a double-sided whiteboard easel on wheels!)
  6. I shopped for discounted paints/supplies at my local hardware store for decorating my school room space.

Once all of my hard work had paid off, I sat back and prepared to design our homeschool room knowing that we paid CASH for it!  It was the greatest feeling in the world. (Here’s a look at our finished room).

Full Shot of Kidspace #2

MissMaesDays.com is the creation of Mandy Mae; wife, mother, teacher, and frugal-DIY-enthusiast. Hoping to inspire mothers to take action in making a positive influence in the lives of their children with simple, DIY, crafting, thrifting, and teaching projects, Mandy Mae enjoys sharing both her successes and hiccups with easy-to-follow tips & tutorials.

Have you saved up and paid cash for something — large or small? Submit your story for possible publication here.

Share This:

Free Ebooks: Real Life On A Budget, Toddler Learning Games, plus more!

NOTE: The price of these ebooks is currently $0.00, but that could change at any time. Be sure to verify before checking out that it is still free.

Unless otherwise noted, these ebooks are specifically for Kindles, but you can go here to download a free application that enables you to read Kindle ebooks on your PC.

simply cursive

Download a free copy of Simply Cursive (newsletter sign-up required).

real life on a budget

Download a free copy of Real Life on a Budget: 17 Practical Challenges to Live and Thrive on a Budget.

delicious blogging

Download a free copy of Delicious Blogging: The Ingredients You Need To Create A Better Blog.

in the beginning

Download a free copy of In the Beginning: God’s Word for God’s Children.

healthy gut

Download a free copy of Healthy Gut, Healthy Brain.

the ultimate low carb cookbook

Download a free copy of Ultimate Low-Carb Cookbook.

the toddler book

Download a free copy of Toddler Learning Games: The Best Creative Learning Games & Activities For Your Toddler.

healthy soup cookbook

Download a free copy of Healthy Soup Cookbook: The Top 50 Most Healthy Soup Recipes.


Download a free copy of Making Money With Thrift Stores and Garage Sales in 60 Minutes or Less.

zoes trip to the zoo

Download a free copy of Zoe’s Trip to the Zoo.

Share This:

My Daughter’s Make Over Your Mornings Video (adorable!)

Rachel gave me permission to share this email and video:

Thank you for your Make Over Your Mornings program! You were the jumpstart I needed to get my morning routine going again now that my third daughter is 8 months old. Thank you so much for inspiring me to set goals again and get back into regular Bible reading, prayer, and working out!

You have a genuine gift for motivating women in practical ways. I finished your program about a week ago and I am excited to continue what I learned and the habits I started. I am finding such joy and peace starting my days ahead rather than feeling like I am behind and trying to catch up all day.

I challenged another friend to do the course as well and now we are keeping each other accountable as well as exercising together several mornings a week before our kids wake up.

My 4 and 5 year old daughters saw me watching your videos some morning when they woke up. Soon, they became little accountability partners! One night recently I heard them chattering in their room after bedtime. I went in and found out that they were “being Crystal Paine ” and pretending to be on a video.

So I recorded them doing their Crystal Paine impression yesterday and wanted to share it with you! You are inspiring little girls too! By the way, my daughter Annika made up the whole script herself. -Rachel

Oh my goodness! Is that video not the cutest thing ever?? I had to watch it multiple times because I just couldn’t help myself!

Share This:

Free audiobook: Eight Twenty Eight by Ian & Larissa Murphy

Free audiobook: Eight Twenty Eight

You can download free copy of Ian and Larissa Murphy’s audiobook Eight Twenty Eight from ChristianAudio during the month of July.

I read this book last year and here’s what I wrote about it:

I knew very, very little about this couple before this book showed up on my doorstep from the publisher. Honestly, I’m not sure what I think about it. I didn’t particularly care for the writing style as it kept jumping back and forth between different time periods making it feel disjointed. I also don’t know what I think about marrying someone who was just your boyfriend and you’d only known for 10 months before the traumatic brain injury.

I get why Larissa (his now wife) would want to stay by his side, because she genuinely loved him, but the book just left me feeling unsettled and hurting for her. That said, I don’t know them personally and it’s not my place to question decisions they’ve made. You can watch a video of Ian and Larissa here.

Share This:

Baby & toddler coupons: Gerber, Luvs, Pampers

Pampers coupons

Here are some baby & toddler coupons that are available:

$2.00 off any ONE (1) Gerber Graduates Formula
$1.00 off 2 Gerber or Graduates Yogurt Blends
$2.00 off any 6 Gerber Graduates Grabbers™ items
$1.00 off any 3 Gerber Graduates Puffs
$1.00 off any 3 Gerber Graduates Meals or Sides
$0.50 off ONE Luvs Diapers
$2.00 off 1 Pampers Swaddlers Diapers and 1 Wipes
$1.50 off ONE Pampers UnderJams
$2.00 off 1 Pampers Cruisers Diapers and 1 Wipes
$2.00 off ONE Pampers Easy Ups Training Pants

(Note: The links in this post are affiliate links. Read our disclosure policy here.)
Share This:

FOR MORE COUPONS, search our comprehensive Coupon Database for manufacturer coupons, printable coupons, eCoupons, and more!