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10 Mar 2009   ·   40
Money Saving Mom

Baking Day!

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(The girls in their jammies helping me make green smoothies for breakfast.)

I woke up with some extra energy today and decided to declare it a Baking Day! At 33 weeks pregnant, I'm keeping it simple today. I am not completely sure how much I'll be able to do before running out of stamina but here's my proposed to-do baking list:

Cranberry Pumpkin Muffins
Cranberry Muffins
Pumpkin Waffles
Mini Meatloaves
Banana Bread

Pizza dough
Homemade bread

I could add about 10 more things to the list but I'm trying to be realistic here! I'll keep you apprised of my progress and share the recipes and pictures as we go throughout the day. We'd love to have you join us, too! I'll post a Mr. Linky up at the end of today so you can share about any baking you do as well.

9 Mar 2009   ·   51
Money Saving Mom

This week’s $42 shopping trip and menu

Kathrynne and I went shopping at Walgreens, Dillons, and Aldi on Saturday afternoon but I didn't get this posted on Saturday evening like I'd hope since we were gone until late in the evening and then as soon as I sat down to post our electricity went out unexpectedly and was off for a few hours. How's that for a good excuse (and a very long run-on sentence)?!

At any rate, here's what we bought:

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We purchased Ritz crackers, Sambucol, and fillers at Walgreens and somehow ended up spending $0.14 out of pocket for all that! Reminds me of the great deals I used to get at CVS!

We mostly bought sale items, free-or-cheap-after-coupon deals (including diapers for $3.97 using the $3/1 Kroger Comforts coupon) and mark-downs at Dillons and spent a total of $22.50. Plus, we received $2.50 back in catalinas for buying the two Glucerana cereals (which were already free plus overage after the $5/1 coupon!).

Then we hit Aldi for their sales and some staple items and we spent $19.33 there.

All totaled, we spent $41.97 for groceries this week. We had raised our grocery budget up to $60/week until the end of my pregnancy, but I'm attempting to whittle it back down to $40 or $45/week so we can get back on our usual budget after the baby is born. Our pantry and refrigerators are staying so well-stocked that I think it's going to be very doable, but we'll see!

For those who enjoy seeing what we're eating, here's this week's menu:

BREAKFASTS
Blueberry pancakes, yogurt, fruit
Green smoothies, banana bread
Cereal, fruit
Scrambled eggs with cheese, toast, fresh juice
Cranberry pumpkin muffins, fruit, yogurt
Biscuit twists, fruit, scrambled eggs

LUNCHES
Shrimp, steamed veggies
Baked potatoes with broccoli and cheese
Egg salad sandwiches, carrots
Cheese slices, grapes, pumpkin muffins
Spinach brown rice and cheese casserole, fruit
Leftovers x 2

DINNERS
Ritzy Chicken (make an extra to freeze for after the baby is born), cranberry bread, grapefruit
Homemade pizza (make extra dough to freeze for after the baby is born), fruit
Steak, baked potatoes, green bean casserole, cooked carrots
Farmhouse chicken (make two extra pans to freeze for after the baby is born), homemade bread, veggies, grapefruit
Mini Meatloaves (make extra to freeze for after the baby is born), brown rice, veggies, grapes
Steak, homemade bread, grapefruit
Dinner out

SNACKS
Cereal
Fruit
Cranberry pumpkin muffins
Banana bread
Cheese
Granola bars

I'm working on stocking up our freezer for after the baby is born so I'm slowly incorporating the meals I want to make and freeze into our weekly dinners. It's much easier and manageable for me to do it this way right now. You can see the list of meals I'm hoping to have our freezer full of before the baby comes here.

For more menus this week, check out I'm An Organizing Junkie.

6 Mar 2009   ·   7
Money Saving Mom

Super Savings Saturday

I have yet to go shopping this week. I planned to do it today but I was up very sick last night so I ended up staying home today to rest. (I struggle with pretty severe heartburn/reflux intermittently during the final weeks of my pregnancies and that kept me up all night last night. It's all for a good cause, though, so it's worth it, even if unpleasant! And I'm counting my blessings that I've been able to sleep as well as I have up until the last few weeks.).

We're out of milk and some other staple ingredients so I'm hopeful I'm feeling rested and recuperated in order to head out shopping tomorrow. If not, my wonderful husband has promised he'd gladly do it for me.

As soon as I have a picture of our shopping trip tomorrow, I'll get it posted. By the way, thanks for your patience with me as I've been somewhat out of commission recently. I am looking forward to having more energy, stamina, and brain-power after this baby is born!

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Did you snag any great deals or bargains this week? If so, be
sure to post about them on your blog and leave your link below. Please
remember that this weekly round-up is to share deals you personally got
this week and/or money you were able to save this week. Links which do
not specifically relate to this will be deleted. Also, to make it easy
for everyone to navigate quickly through
the links, your link must link directly to your Super Savings Saturday
post.

5 Mar 2009   ·   44
Do you have a baby on the way, but you're worried about your finances? Read this encouraging series on how to have a baby without breaking the budget! TONS of great tips!

Having a Baby Without Breaking the Bank: Bringing Baby Home (Guest Post)

Do you have a baby on the way, but you're worried about your finances? Read this encouraging series on how to have a baby without breaking the budget! TONS of great tips!

Guest Post by Amy from The Finer Things in Life

Certainly one of the Finer Things in Life is becoming a parent. While one of life’s greatest blessings, the thought of all the stuff that’s about to consume your home and your budget can be overwhelming. Don’t let the cost of having a baby (or two, or five…) overshadow the joy. Bringing home a baby doesn’t have to break the bank.

Babies are born with a strong appreciation of the Finer Things. They are very basic creatures with very basic needs. Feed them, clothe them, keep them warm, safe, and clean; love them. And that’s about it! In fact, anything you purchase beyond meeting baby’s needs could add unneeded stress to an already intense time in your life.

Feed Them. I know it’s a personal choice and I don’t judge those who don’t breastfeed for whatever reason, but the research is tremendously convincing: mama’s milk is best for baby. No ifs, and, or buts about it. As a bonus, it’s free! If you have a choice, why spend $1,000 (at least, and not including feeding supplies) on formula in the first year of baby’s life when the good stuff is readily available, always the right temperature, easily portable, and free?

Breastfeeding a baby deserves its own post, but may I quickly encourage those of you who are preparing for motherhood for the first time to please surround yourself with breastfeeding resources and information and friends? Having support for those first few (very tough for me!) days and weeks will increase the chances of your success and your enjoyment of the experience.

Clothe Them. Sweet little baby clothes are hard to resist, huh? I know the temptation. Fortunately, hand-me-down and garage sale clothes are just as cute as the over-priced garments luring you in the store. Baby needs clothing, yes.  Brand new clothing at a premium price? No.

Keep them warm, safe, and clean. When registering for baby showers and browsing garage sales before our first was born, I tried to keep something in mind: If my mom didn’t need it, neither do I.When bringing home baby, your day will be full to the brim meeting baby’s basic needs. Why clutter your home and your time and your mind managing all that unnecessary baby stuff?

I know that many of you will scream that a baby monitor is an absolute necessity. I thought so, too, so we registered for one and received it at our baby shower. Four and a half years later we finally took it out of the box when our third baby was six months old. She is now 19 months old and I think we’ve used the monitor twice.Convenient? Yes (if I could ever remember to use it). Necessary? Not really. I’m not trying to discourage you from purchasing a baby monitor; just giving one example of how the “necessary” isn’t always so.

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Love them. Hold them, read to them, sing to them. Word to the wise: you are not impressing your baby with the frou-frou. There are endless bright, loud, entertaining toys available for baby. A few of them (I like having a bouncy seat and gym mat) are very convenient and give mom a nice reprieve. Don’t overdo it, though, because what does baby really want? You. Keep it basic. If you must have the frou-frou, shop at garage sales or online at craigslist because parents of equally unimpressed babies are getting rid of barely used items for cheap!

The marketing of baby stuff continues to be lucrative as parents are convinced that having the newest, brightest items will make their baby happier and smarter and safer. Not so. Stick to the basics. Your baby will thrive, and so will you. Blessings to those of you preparing to bring new life into this world!

A stay-at-home mom, Amy gave up an eight year teaching career at one of the largest schools in her state to move with her husband of nearly 10 years and their three children, ages 5, 3, and 1 to Tiny Town two years ago. Amy takes joy in caring for her family, finding a good deal, volunteering at her local library, and blogging at The Finer Things in Life.

 

Note from Crystal: Photos are of my second daughter, Kaitlynn, when she was a wee little one. Isn’t she precious?!

4 Mar 2009   ·   106
Money Saving Mom

Ask the Readers: Frugality with food allergies?

Your readers seem to be some very creative, frugal and inventive people
and I am really hoping they might be able to help me. I am having
trouble keeping my grocery budget under control, while also considering
my three year old's food allergies and introducing a variety of meals.

I have to completely avoid eggs, peanuts and tree nuts. But what is
more difficult is limiting wheat. My son can have wheat, dairy, soy,
corn, peas, bananas, and watermelon in moderation and on a revolving
schedule, but he's intolerant of the foods and too much puts his GI
system in turmoil. 

If there are any moms out there who have figured
out how to incorporate allergy-free foods into a modest grocery bill,
I'd love to hear them! –Summer

Do you struggle with food allergies at your house? If so, have you found ways to keep your grocery budget under control while still following a stricter diet? I'd love to have you share any ideas or suggestions you have for Summer.

28 Feb 2009   ·   9
Money Saving Mom

Super Savings Saturday: The I-stayed-home and slept-in-late edition

I'm a little behind in getting this posted today due to the fact that I slept for 10 hours last night. I had to look twice at the clock when I woke up this morning to see that, yes, it really did say 9:30 a.m.!

I had no idea I was even capable of sleeping in until that late in the morning, but I guess my 31-week- pregnant body is just requiring more sleep these days (should I confess this 10 hours of sleep was in addition to the two-hour nap I took yesterday?! I can't remember the last time I've slept that much in a 24-hour period!). At any rate, now that I'm all rested and feeling much perkier than I have in a long time (!), it's time for Super Savings Saturday!

Except, I have no pictures to show. No, I don't have the excuse I did last week of not having any camera batteries. The truth is, I did not go shopping this week. In fact, aside from going to church, I have stayed home this entire week. And after three very busy weeks, it was so nice to have a quiet, simple week at home.

My husband did stop and buy milk this week, but that was it. So I guess that's my savings this week–staying home! I've certainly found that staying at home is a sure way to spend less money!

I wasn't planning to do any shopping at all, but after Shannon emailed me with the link to the current deals at Dillons, I'm now considering making a quick run to the store later today. We'll see how the day goes!

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Did you snag any great deals or bargains this week? If so, be
sure to post about them on your blog and leave your link below. Please remember that this weekly round-up is to share deals you personally got this week and/or money you were able to save this week. Links which do not specifically relate to this will be deleted. Also, to make it easy
for everyone to navigate quickly through
the links, your link must link directly to your Super Savings Saturday
post.

27 Feb 2009   ·   1,529
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24-Hour Giveaway: 2 sets of 3 Bottombumper cloth diapers

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Are you interested in trying out some cloth diapers for yourself now that we've discussed them at length? Well, here's your chance to win a set of three Bottombumpers cloth diapers!

Bottombumpers are All-in-One cloth diapers made of organic materials by moms in the USA. These trim-fitting absorbent diapers come in four different sizes and a variety of colors.

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The outer layer of these diapers is constructed of water PUL knit materials. The inner lining is certified 100% Organic cotton and snap-in soaker material. The soakers are also topped with a very soft Bamboo Velour.

And did I mention how absorbent these diapers are? They've been tested and a well-used diaper will withstand over 16 oz. before leaking!

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Today, two different readers here have the opportunity to win a set of three Bottombumpers diapers in your choice of either small, medium, or large. To enter to win one of these sets, all you need to do is leave a comment with your name and email address. I'll randomly choose two winners on Saturday afternoon and will post them shortly thereafter.

Also, for anyone interested in ordering a starter package of Bottombumper diapers, for the next week, you can save 10% on your order by using the coupon code MONEYSAVING when you check out.

27 Feb 2009   ·   6
Money Saving Mom

Worth Reading: Recession-Proofing and Saving Money on Children’s Clothes

::Amy from The Finer Things in Life has a great guest post up at Homemaker Barbi on Recession-Proofing: It's Not About How Much You Make. I completely agree with Amy that you can thrive on a small income. Who says it takes lots of stuff and money to make one happy and fulfilled?

::I found Stephanie's post on "Clothing Your Children Without Breaking the Bank" to be timely and insightful. I'm still learning the art of planning ahead and clothing my girls on a budget so I found her post to be very helpful.

27 Feb 2009   ·   7
Money Saving Mom

A source for inexpensive cloth diapers

Hope emailed me the following:

I wanted to send you a note telling you about Mrs. Harry Miller. I got
her name from Keepers At Home Magazine. She had an ad saying the she
makes "Pamper-like" cloth diapers for $30 a dozen–shipping is extra (my shipping was about $7.00).

These diapers are made from soft flannel material
and you can request pink, blue, white or baby patterned material. The
closures are velcro. You can order them for $3.00 less per dozen if
you don't want velcro.

I was so pleased with mine. They are well made but not so thick
that they have a problem drying completely. I line dry as much as I
possibly can and they dry in a nice amount of time on the line. You
can add a doubler and still not feel like the baby is a "snowman" shape
at the bottom. They launder beautifully.

For inexpensive doublers, buy a big package of cheap bathroom washrags at
Dollar General. Cut in 1/2 and serge the edges and you have instant doublers! You can also use an old diaper wipe tub and soak half a dozen of the
"doublers" in some warm water and a little baby wash and baby oil.
 Then use them throughout the day as wipes and just throw them in with
the cloth diaper pail to launder them.

Here's Mrs. Miller's contact information:

Mrs. Harry Miller
4156 US Route 62
Millersburg, OH 44654

I have not ordered any of these personally myself, but since I know Hope, I felt comfortable passing this on to the rest of you. I'd recommend writing Mrs. Miller for more information on her diapers if you are interested.

And if any of you have ordered from her, please let us know your thoughts on these diapers.

26 Feb 2009   ·   73
Do you have a baby on the way, but you're worried about your finances? Read this encouraging series on how to have a baby without breaking the budget! TONS of great tips!

Having a Baby Without Breaking the Bank: Cloth-Diapering (Guest Post)

Do you have a baby on the way, but you're worried about your finances? Read this encouraging series on how to have a baby without breaking the budget! TONS of great tips!

Guest post by Crystal from The Thrifty Mama

Cloth diapers have come a long way from what our grandmothers used to use. In fact, there are so many great options these days when it comes to cloth diapering, that it can be a bit overwhelming for beginners.

To get started, let’s talk about the five basic kinds of cloth diapers which are currently on the market:

All-In-One Diaper (see an example here)This is a tapered fabric diaper that has an outer layer of Polyurethane Laminate (PUL). This is a water-proof material that works very well at preventing leaks. This type of cloth diaper is the most similar to disposables. It doesn’t require a cover, and it usually has velcro or snaps. The only draw-back with this type of cloth diaper is that it can sometimes be harder to clean, and take longer to dry.

Fitted Diaper (see examples here)–This diaper fits snuggly on the baby, is all cloth and it requires a waterproof cover. It usually has velcro or snaps so that it can be easily secured on the baby. This diaper cleans and dries easier than an All-In-One, but it can still take a while for it to dry.

Pocket Diaper (see examples here)A pocket diaper usually has two layers of fabric and has a pocket for inserts. You can place fabric inserts or prefolds in the pocket for absorbency. Pockets can either have an outer waterproof layer so that they are more like an All-In-One when stuffed, or they can just have two absorbent fabric layers so that they are more like a fitted when stuffed. Pockets are very easy to clean and dry, because you remove the inserts when washing.

Prefolds (see examples here)–These are like what your grandmothers used to use. They work by folding the diaper onto the baby, and attaching it with either pins or a snappi (more on snappis later). These can be more work to fit on the baby, but they are so easy to clean and dry. Prefolds require a cover.

Flats (see examples here)Flats are a flat piece of fabric that is folded into the shape of a diaper. It is placed on the baby and then secured with a snappi or pins. Flats are nice because they clean and dry the easiest, and they also give a very trim look, even though they do require a cover.

Flats are one of the least-expensive cloth diapering options. Even if you aren’t good with a sewing machine, you can make some flats out of old shirts, towels and other materials. Receiving blankets are great to use as flats. They are flannel, and flannel is very absorbent.

Depending upon which cloth diaper type you choose, you’ll also likely need a few accessories:

CoversIf you plan on using fitteds, prefolds or flats, then you will want to have covers. There are many types of covers. You can buy covers online or you can make your own.

Fabrics that make great covers are PUL, Fleece, Wool and of course there are the original plastic pants that our mothers and grandmothers used to use. I like using fleece and wool because they allow for breathing of the skin, and they are so cute!

You can easily make your own wool or fleece pants for babies out of your old sweaters and hoodies. Here is a quick tutorial on how to make some recycled wool/fleece pants.

Diaper SprayerYou are definitely going to want one of these. Also known as a bidet, it hooks up to your toilet and is used to spray soiled diapers. [Note from Crystal: I cloth-diapered exclusively with my first child and never had one of these. I used Fuzzi Bunz diapers and got along fine without this. Just wanted to share an alternate opinion.]

Inserts–If you use pockets or want added layers of absorbency, you will want to buy or make some inserts. Usually I just use prefolds or fold up some receiving blankets. Receiving blankets are flannel, thus making them great for absorbency.

Snappi/Pins–A snappi is a little rubber fastener that has hooks. It is used to hold the diaper on the baby instead of pins. You can of course use pins if you prefer to not use a snappi. Here is a picture of a snappi holding together a prefold:

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Wetbag–This is a waterproof bag used to hold soiled diapers. There are many places online that you can buy these, or you can make your own. PUL is a great fabric to make wetbags out of. You can also find the 3 packs of waterproof bags in the camping section at major retail stores. Those are fairly inexpensive, and I’ve found that they work very well for this purpose.

Cloth diapering is a way our family saves a lot of money each year. However, building up a stash of cloth diapers in the beginning can be costly. To build a good stash, if you do it wisely, you can expect to spend somewhere between $200-$400.

The average person will spend $1,800-$2,000 a year on disposables for one child. Now, if you use coupons combined with sales to purchase disposable diapers, you’ll not spend that much, but you still will probably spend at least a few hundred dollars, if not more, on diapers per child. So while the initial investment in purchasing cloth diapers might seem steep, if you plan on using them for more than one child, you will likely recoup your investment–and maybe even many times over!

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(My daughter wearing one of the pocket diapers I made for her.)

If you have a knack for sewing, you can sew your own diapers and accessories which will make them much more affordable than purchasing them! I’ve written a post on a quick and easy way to sew a prefold diaper here. I’ve also made my own pocket diapers and show you how you can do that here.

Crystal blogs at The Thrifty Mama, where she posts deals, coupon help, and tips for living a more natural and thrifty life. She’s a stay-at-home Mom to two small children, and does her best to live more green and natural without breaking the bank.

Note from Crystal: Have you used cloth diapers? If so, which kinds did you use and what did you find worked best for you? How did you build your cloth diaper stash on a budget? I’d love to hear your ideas and input!

25 Feb 2009   ·   43
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100 Different Ways to Save $100 This Year – Part 1

I often receive emails from readers who wonder how on earth we managed to survive three years of law school on a part-time income without going into debt. I have a series of posts in the works right now on specifically why we did this and how we did this, but I thought it might also be insightful for me to share a 10-part series on 100 different practical ideas which helped us live on our beans-and-rice law school budget.

Not all of these ideas will work for everyone and many of them are probably things that other frugal zealots out there are already doing, but each of these ideas could very well save you $100 per year if faithfully implement. And many of them could produce much higher savings than that.

1) Make out and follow a written budget. I cannot emphasize how much money and stress we have saved over the course of six years of marriage thanks to our written budget. I've written more on budgeting here. I also highly recommend resources by Dave Ramsey if you're new to the whole idea of budgeting or could just use some motivation and encouragement in this area.

2) Use cash only for the majority of your purchases. I know that there are a handful of folks who can use a credit or debit card without overspending, but we personally have found it is much easier for us to spend more when swiping a debit card as opposed to parting with literal cash. So we use cash for the majority of our purchases and it has saved us hundreds of dollars in little excess purchases over the years.

3) Use an envelope system. In addition to paying with cash, we also designate a certain amount of cash each month for our spending categories (groceries, clothing, eating out, gifts, etc.) and put this amount an assigned envelope. If we need to make a purchase in any of these areas, we use the cash in the envelope.

When the envelope is empty, there is no more money left to spend in that category that month. This has taught us to learn patience and self-discipline in our spending habits. Undoubtedly, this has also saved us a large amount of money.

4) Plan a menu and follow it. Not only will planning a simple menu for each week save you last-minute frustration or trips through the drive-thru lane, it will also save you money. I wrote more on how I plan our menus and weekly shopping trips here and here.

5) Designate one or two nights per week for meatless meals. Now, not all families would go for this, but I promise you that it's a simple and easy way to cut down on your grocery costs and explore some new recipes at the same time!

When my husband was in law school, we often only had $20 to spend on groceries each week so meatless meals were a must for us. However, I determined to exercise creativity in the kitchen despite my limited resources and since then, I've come up with a number of delicious meatless recipes that my husband loves. I've written more on how to keep meat from breaking your grocery budget here.

6) Buy your prescription glasses from Zenni Optical. Seriously, I think this was one of my best frugal discoveries in the last few years. I was very skeptical at the thought of purchasing prescription glasses online for only $8 to $20 per pair, but after ordering mine and wearing them for almost six months now, I'm sold! You can read more on my personal experience with Zenni Optical here.

7) Utilize your local library. I have no clue how much money we've saved by frequenting our libraries over the years. We checked out thousands of books, movies, DVDs, and CDs and had countless hours of free fun, learning, education, and inspiration as a result–all thanks to our local libraries. 

When my husband and I were first married, we often went on "Library Dates". We'd just go hang out at the library for the evening, perusing books, and checking out a big stack to take home. It felt like a splurge of sorts and yet it was completely free!

8) Carefully evaluate all purchases and expenditures. Before spending money, always ask yourself: "Can I afford this? Do I really need this? Can I purchase this somewhere else for less?" Just taking the time to think before spending can eliminate many unnecessary purchases and save you hundreds (or even thousands!) of dollars each year.

9) Frequent consignment shops and thrift stores. For the first few years of our marriage, we bought very few clothes. We tried to make do as best as possible with what we already had. But when we did need to buy something, we almost always purchased things used from a thrift store or consignment shop. Yes, it takes a bit more work to look through the racks at thrift stores but the rewards in the money saved are worth every bit of it.

The funny thing is, even though our income has dramatically increased since our law school days, I still prefer to purchase the majority of our clothes second-hand. In fact, I've gotten to where most of the time I can't even bear to pay normal thrift store prices so I go on the half-price days or Dollar Days!  

However, let me give one word of caution when it comes to thrift store shopping: do not buy more than you need. Just because it's a great price does not mean you need to buy it. Don't get carried away when thrift-store-shopping. Have a list of items you need and shop from that list. (Refer to #8 above!)

10) Use less whenever possible. Conserving in simple ways throughout each day can add up to big savings in the long run. Use less shampoo, less laundry detergent, fewer paper towels (or do what we've done and just eliminate them from your home and use towels instead!), turn off the lights when you're not in a room, and so on. I loved Trent's recent post on this subject.

25 Feb 2009   ·   0
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Worth Reading: The Happy Minimum and Plastic Costs More Than Cash

::I totally concur with Trent in his post The Happy Minimum: "You'd be shocked how much less you can use during the day without sacrificing any quality." Read the full post here.

::Meredith's post, Using Plastic Costs More Than Cash, was spot-on. We've certainly experienced the same thing: it's much easier for us to swipe a debit card than to part with cash. So by using cash-only for the majority of our purchases, we not only stick with our budget, we spend a lot less money.

24 Feb 2009   ·   100
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Homemade Pizza (in Less Than 30 Minutes)

We love homemade pizza at our house. It’s filling, inexpensive, and easy-to-make! Best of all, though, in our opinion, it’s so much better than carryout or frozen pizzas!

I’ve tried many different pizza crust recipes and this one is not only our favorite, it’s also one of the quickest to make. The pizza, from start to finish, can be ready to pop in the oven in less than 30 minutes.

Do you make homemade pizza at your home? If so, what are some of your favorite toppings?

21 Feb 2009   ·   37
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Super Savings Saturday: The camera-less edition

My camera batteries died a few days ago and I've yet to get any new ones, so this edition of Super Savings Saturday will require you to use your imagination to picture. 🙂

We only did a quick shopping run this week for groceries and I spent about $47 at Dillons. My friend also found Libby's canned pumpkin at Wal-Mart reduced to $0.25/can so she picked up 24 cans for me! I was very excited about this deal as I love cooking with pumpkin and I have never in my life gotten Libby's pumpkin for that inexpensive!

I'm envisioning more than a few batches of Pumpkin Chocolate Chip muffins and Pumpkin bread in the very near future. And wouldn't those be great to add to my ever-growing After-the-Baby freezer stash? Methinks so.

In other bargain news this week, we also went shopping for a "coming home" outfit for the baby. We discovered, in going through our baby clothes boxes recently, that we have no newborn outfits aside from a few gender-neutral onesies. I guess the girls wore all their few newborn things completely out (and I suppose you could say that is one downside to only having a few outfits–especially when you have babies like mine who grow slowly–there aren't many hand-me-downs!)

At any rate, since we know what we're having this time and we had some extra cash in the clothes money envelope, we thought it'd be fun to go out and do a little bit of baby shopping. We noticed Gymboree was having a big sale so we decided to check it out. I really didn't expect a "big sale" at Gymboree to be much of a bargain when their normal prices are far above what I'd ever consider paying.

But was I ever surprised! They had a number of racks of clothing priced at $5.99 and under with an additional 20% off that clearance price! So we ended up buying a few teensy-tiny little baby things for just a few dollars each.

(By the way, it's probably a good thing my camera batteries aren't working because otherwise I'd be extremely tempted to post pictures of these absolutely adorable baby things. And then that would totally spoil the secret we've been closely guarding for the last 10 weeks–whether we're having a girl again or not!)

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Did you snag any great deals or bargains this week, if so, be
sure to post about them and leave your link below.  **To make it easy
for everyone to navigate quickly through
the links, your link must link directly to your Super Savings Saturday
post.**