How I Saved Today: My FREE order from ePantry.com!

My ePantry order

So, remember when I told you about the great deal ePantry was offering to my readers on Mrs. Meyer’s products and other natural cleaners and products?

Remember how I also told that for a few days only, if you shared about ePantry with your friends and they made a purchase through your referral link, you’d get a $20 credit to ePantry?

Well, a number of you ordered through my link and helped me earn quite a bit of ePantry credit. (Thank you!)

Above is a picture of what I ordered from ePantry with my referral credit. I am excited to not only be able to use some of these products for our family, but also to have extras to give away to others. We’ve already had fun blessing some people with Mrs. Meyer’s products!

Psst! Interested in getting the deal on Mrs. Meyer’s products? You can find a very similar deal to the one I was offering over on MomAdvice.com through Tuesday only.

Tell Us How You Saved & You Could Win a $50 Papa John’s Gift Card!

Who wants to have free pizza on me?? Leave a comment telling us how you saved today and I’ll choose one comment and send you a $50 Papa John’s gift card so you can have dinner on me!

The winner of this giveaway was Amber {minimouse216@}

The winner of yesterday’s Starbucks gift card was Jessi (admin@). You should have received an email with details on how to claim your prize.

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How I Saved Today: Working out at home (+ share how you saved today and you could win a Mrs. Meyer’s gift box!)

How I Saved: Working out at home

Welcome to our at-home gym… currently residing in our garage. The walls are scuffed and it can be a little humid at times, but I love being able to work out at home.

I don’t have to pay for a gym membership. I don’t to spend time driving to a gym and back. I don’t have to figure out childcare. I don’t have to worry about looking somewhat presentable. :)

I can just walk out to the garage, hop on some equipment, and get in a quick workout. At this season of my life, it’s the perfect solution.

And it’s a way that I save money and time every single day.

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Tell Us How YOU Saved & Enter to Win A Mrs. Meyer’s Gift Box!

Share something you did today to save money — either in a little way or a big way. I’ll choose one comment to win a free Mrs. Meyers gift box courtesy of ePantry.com! This gift box includes:

Win a Mrs. Meyer's Gift Pack

  • 1 Meyer’s Clean Day dish soap
  • 1 Meyer’s Clean Day hand soap
  • 1 Meyer’s Clean Day countertop spray
  • 1 Meyer’s Clean Day dishwasher tabs
  • 1 Meyer’s Clean Day surface wipes
  • 1 Meyer’s Clean Day scented candle
  • 1 Casabella sponge

This giveaway is now over with and the winner is Riza {missriza@} The winner of the $50 Starbucks gift card from Saturday’s post was Becky {t_3_st@}

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How I Saved Today: Making do instead of buying new

How I Saved Today

This whole week has been full from start to finish. As a result, I’ve been just focusing on one day at a time. Today we had to get up early to drive quite a ways to be at an early swim meet for Kathrynne. {Most of you parents are so used to this kind of routine… but for us, this whole arena of sports and activities and competitions is very new.}

So we made it through the morning and early afternoon and then I realized: We were supposed to go to a friend’s 30th birthday party tonight and I kind of forgot to actually plan a side dish to bring tonight nor had I bought ingredients for it.

Since it’s been a week since we last went grocery shopping, I kind of panicked, thinking we probably wouldn’t have enough ingredients to actually make anything presentable. And I considered just running by the store on our way to the party and picking up a veggie tray.

But then I decided to see what I could scrounge up with the odds and ends of veggies we still had on hand. I surprised myself that we had more than enough to make a veggie tray!

This was a good reminder to me to challenge myself to always try to make do with what I already have instead of rushing out to buy something new.

Share How You Saved & You Could Win a $50 Starbucks Gift Card!

Who wants to have some coffee dates on me? Leave a comment on this post telling us how you saved today — either in a big way, a small way, or multiple ways.

I’ll choose one winner on Monday and will send them a $50 Starbucks gift card!

This giveaway is over with. The winner is: Becky {t_3_st@}

The winner of yesterday’s $50 Amazon gift card is: nktimmerman@. You should have received an email with details on claiming your prize.

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How I Saved Today: Mending My Favorite Green Sweater (and share how you saved today and you could win a stack of books I loved!)

Mending a Sweater

See my green sweater above? I ordered it sweater awhile back — I can’t even remember from where. I think it was from credit I’d earned by sharing a really hot deal to ThredUp?

At any rate, I’ve fallen in love with it. I love the color green, it fits me perfectly, and it’s a great way to add pop to a few of my outfits.

Well, we went on a double date with some new friends of ours here the other night and I wore it with my navy and white polka dot dress. I thought it looked so cute.

Mending My Sweater

Then I got home and discovered that the sweater sleeve had a huge hole in it. And I’d worn it like that the whole night long. Yes, I’m such a fashionista. ;)

Mending My Sweater

Even though I have limited sewing skills, I decided to try to mend it. I didn’t have any green thread, so I just used the grey thread I had on hand.

Mending My Sweater

I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. It only took me about 10 minutes total to fix (and I played Swagbucks videos and earned some Swagbucks while doing so because I’m all about multi-tasking like that!)

Win This Stack of Books

Share How You Saved a Win Some Books!

How did YOU save today? I recently cleaned out my books and came up with a stack of books I have duplicates of or have gotten through PaperBackSwap that I’d like to pass onto a good home.

In this stack of books:

  • The Saturdays
  • Rhinestone Jesus
  • The Mouse and the Motorcycle
  • Mom’s Night Out
  • What’s In the Bible? DVD #12
  • In This House, We Will Giggle — I ordered a copy of this book and then the publisher sent me one, too! I haven’t read this yet, but am looking forward to soon!
  • Say Goodby to Survival Mode — This is an extra copy I had that is a little scuffed up.
  • Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook
  • It Will Be Okay — We love this book!

So, just for fun, one person who leaves a comment sharing how they saved today will win the stack of books shown above. I’ll choose and post a winner tomorrow.

This giveaway is now closed. The winner is Sally {sallycoupons@}

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Why You Should Stop Saying “I Can’t Afford That”

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I loved this post from Andrea Dekker and thought it was so thought-provoking:

About 2 months ago, I shared a post about one of my pet peeves — when people complain about “not having enough time” for various activities.

The point of that post (which you can read in its entirety here) is that I almost never say “I don’t HAVE time for ______” because I know that if I really wanted or needed to, I could MAKE the time for that activity.

Instead I say, “I’m choosing not to MAKE the time for ___________ right now as I have other priorities.”

By simply changing the way I phrase things, I feel much more empowered, more in control of my time, and less defeated by everything I don’t get done each day. I know that I made the choice to do something else — whether it was tending to a sick child or taking advantage of really nice weather instead of doing my work or opting to make a big fancy meal instead of enjoying more free time — it was my choice.

Similarly, I almost never say, “We can’t afford that.”

This is not because we are “loaded” or have unlimited financial resources. It’s simply because I know that in almost every situation…”

Read the full post here.

Personally, I think that while there are legitimate things we cannot afford and in the early years of our marriage, there were many things we didn’t have room for in our budget, we’ve found that saying “We’re choosing to spend our money differently” helps us to remember that these are choices we are making based upon priorities we’ve pre-determined. And this causes you to approach your finances with a completely different mindset.

In addition, I agree with Andrea that it makes you feel empowered. Your money is not in control of you; you are in control of your money. You are choosing how to spend it. Even if you only have a little bit of money to spend, you still can choose to spend that little bit as wisely as possible.

Do you agree with this article? Why or why not?

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