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How I Saved Money This Week

-I put the boys’ winter clothes away and pulled out their summer shorts.  Everyone had what they needed except my oldest.  He had completely grown out of all his shorts from last year.  We headed to the thrift store that my Grandpa and his wife volunteer at to see if we could find anything.  I’m usually not a big thrift store shopper, not because I have anything against used clothing, it’s just that I hate shopping and having to search through rack after rack of clothes to maybe find something decent isn’t my idea of a good time.  I figured we would end up having to head to the mall but to my surprise we were able to find two pairs of shorts, a pair of jeans, and four shirts.  They were all in great shape and when he gets a hole or stain on something, at $2 a piece, it’s not such a hit on the pocket book.  The sales from the store help to purchase food for the town’s food bank, so it was a win-win.  We got some cheap play clothes and it helped to feed a hungry family.

-My husband and I recently went away together to Natchitoches, LA.  While we were there we ate so much delicious Cajun/Creole cuisine that I *needed* an authentic Louisianan cookbook so I could recreate some of the dishes at home.  There were so many to choose from in Natchitoches that I decided to wait until I got home so I could look at some reviews to make sure I got a really good one.  I happened to find one in like new condition at the thrift store for $1.00!!!!  I’m doing a Whole 30 right now but as soon as I’m finished we’ll be eating nothing but Cajun and Creole dishes for a month!

-A friend was getting an Usborne book order together and I had ordered a couple of books I wanted for the boys.  I finally decided to cancel my order and find similar books at the library for free.

-There are several books that I’ve been wanting to read and even though I can get them cheap from Amazon or Half Price Books, I checked the library first and was able to find all of them to borrow for free.  Always check your local library first.  I love to read and I want my boys to love reading as well so I have a tendency to buy a lot of books.  I’m trying to break that habit and use the library more.

-I borrowed Spanish learning material from the library.  We’ve been going through it and if it sticks then I won’t be ordering the Spanish curriculum I have been planning on using in the fall.  It will save us about $100 to use what the library provides for free.

How did you save money this week?

Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries. -Anne Herbert