Sunday, March 16, 2014

Sharing ways we save on Sunday

It has been a busy few weeks.  We are into our own place and I am going to share some of the things we have been doing over the last couple weeks to save money.  Moving has been really expensive with all the fees and deposits that have to be paid.  Then realizing you need things like trash bags, and I needed a microwave and crock pot.  I tried really hard to find these things used, but no success.  So i paid for them each brand new.

Anyway.......since we have spent money in other ways, and now we live on our own again, it is really time to get the budget for this place under control.  We have had some issues here like a hot water heater leak, but it has now been fixed.

We are pet owners, and I was blessed to find out that our local humane society spayed and vaccinated our cats for free!!!!!  Both of my female cats were in heat and were attracting strays like this to our house.  They were literally sitting on the patio, fence, and even at our bedroom window.  So to get them spayed was such a relief.  If you have pets that need this service, it may be a good idea to find out if you area has any low cost programs.  (Early fall, my son's cat died after she got spayed) but these girls are doing great.  The Clay County Humane Society did an awesome job!

For entertainment I have been trying to see what kind of free events our community has and we found a couple!!!

We found a small car show outside of a local restaurant one day in our travels.

The school my son attended for pre k about 4 years ago had a free open house and did face painting, tatoos, a bouncy house, and lunch.  It was alot of fun.  And the princess may attend the program next fall for two days a week, but we have to pray and see what doors God opens.

We were also invited to a very last minute birthday party for the daughter of a new neighbor at a local park and we threw together a quick gift out of stuff I found in the house.

The little one really enjoyed it, and we enjoyed the party.

Another thing we did was make our own laundry detergent.  (The last time we made it, the supply lasted for over 8 months.  It is so worth it to make your own!!!)

I made for the first time my own cleansing conditioner, with left over conditioner I already had and baby shampoo.  (works great! and much cheaper than anything bought in store or online I really liked Wen but could not buy it and the drug store dupe was good too but I just need something that cost even less)

Shopped at a local grocery store and got reward points to get .13 off per gallon of gas.

Got a free dryer, and paid 100.00 for a washer

Received a 25.00 reward card from a survey group I used to particpate in, and we used it at Lowe's to get things like trash bags, and some seeds and soil, to plant things like our own kitchen herbs and my son requested sun flowers. 

We also did a kid's clinic at Lowe's and the kids built birdhouses!!! I can't wait to hang them up outside on our fence!!!! These are free classes that you can sign your kids up for.

My kids also attend our local church every Wednesday for Calvary kids club and they eat a pizza dinner there.  Every Sunday after church we eat lunch at church.  So it helps things in the house stretch further!!!!

That is about all I can remember.  What things have you been doing?


  1. Those gas points really add up and help. Cool thing about eating at your church!

  2. Lots of good cheap fun you had this week! NIIIICE on the free dryer too!

    Moving always IS expensive so I am glad you are in the home stretch of it! Have a good week!

  3. I think you did great...It might have felt spendy to you but you did well to balance with all your frugal doings.

  4. I agree it sounds like you offset necessary expenses with lots of frugal efforts. Sometimes in the long run its cheaper to buy new things that will last many years.

  5. My grocery store has gas rewards, but the gas station is not on my normal route. I've got to make more of an effort to go that way and cash in on that bonus! You did a great job.