Saving money is essential for most families if they are planning on traveling. We budget for one big yearly trip and two smaller trips, something like camping or maybe Great Wolf Lodge, every year. Each time my husband is paid we put that money into a vacation savings account that we set up a few years ago. To give ourselves a little wiggle room for our travel we try to save more money on top of that by being frugal in our everyday lives. We pack our lunches rather than swinging through the drive-thru, try not to waste any food, make our own cleaning supplies- you get the idea. Here are some of the other easy ways we have saved money this past month.
How We Saved Money This Month
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-We needed new sheets and pillows, I found what I wanted online and placed the order. At check out I did a search for a coupon code and couldn’t find one. I sent a quick five second email to the company asking if they had one. They responded within five minutes and I saved $45 off of my order. $45! A quick five second email saved me a lot of money! I’m still surprised. I figured it would have been maybe $5 or $10. It never hurts to ask.
-I like to give my boys probiotics to help keep them healthy, however, buying probiotics can hit a budget pretty hard. In order to make sure they get probiotics without cleaning out our checking account, I bought Water Kefir Grains (affiliate link) so that I could make them a probiotic drink at home for pennies. The grains are pretty inexpensive and will save us a lot of money. Click here to find out more about water kefir and how to make it.
-We cancelled the DVD service of Netfix. We still have streaming but since we rarely ever used the DVD service we decided to stop paying for it. That has saved us $7.99 a month, almost $100 a year. If we decide we want to watch a movie for family movie night that isn’t available on streaming then we will likely use VidAngel.
-I ordered the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle. It cost $29.99 BUT for everything I received in the bundle plus all the free bonuses it actually ended up being free. I was able to get things I normally use for free or at a discount plus some of the other bonuses have provided me with items I can now gift to others, thus saving me money. We also got a free year subscription to Right Now Media with the bundle. It’s kind of like a Christian Netflix, it streams video Bible studies and movies for the kids. The bundle is not for sale right now but as soon as it is I’ll give you a heads up!
-I’ve been re-reading through Miserly Moms: Living Well on Less in a Tough Economy (affiliate link). I’ve had this book for almost 10 years and I skim through it every year to help keep me on track with our budget. I bought it originally because I desperately wanted to be able to stay home with my boys but our income at the time didn’t look like it would be possible. With God’s grace, help from family and being frugal we were able to scrape by during those lean years and I was able to stay home. I still find this book to be helpful, even after all these years it still lists easy money saving ideas that I’ve yet to put into practice.
-I’m getting a few things here and there out of my garden. It’s been raining so much here in Texas that my garden isn’t doing well but a little bit of produce is better than nothing.
“Money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver.” -Amy Rand
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