Friday, February 21, 2014

Thrifted Toys

Since we have moved a million times (more like 15), we try to keep our toys to a minimum.  I'll admit, though, passing the year mark in this house has made us ease up on the restrictions.

It wasn't hard to feel good about this $10 impulse purchase at Goodwill we made around June when we saw these for sale this last Christmas for a hefty full price.  I love thrifting!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Homemade Breakfast

Getting something healthy to eat and getting quickly out the door in the morning don't always go together, but it can be done.  Frugally, even.

On weekends I like to make big meals, and I also like to bake.  If you like making big breakfasts, its a good time to just make MORE of whatever you have and put some in the freezer.

When I do this with pancakes it works really well.  I make them with all whole-wheat flour so they have plenty of fiber and vitamins and its a fast breakfast I can feel good about.

If you need a good recipe I like Tammy's Recipes.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Don't Print Photos

In my early days getting used to digital photography I used to pay to have all my photos printed, then sort through them and pick the ones I "really" liked to put in albums and scrapbooks.  Then the others just sit in envelopes collecting dust.  

What a waste!

I think this is where digital scrapbooking comes in for most people. In order to eliminate a step, I've just gotten serious about blogging.  I consider that my journal/photo album/scrapbook/recipe binder, etc.  With my blogger search button I can find something in a need to look through hundreds of pages of random albums or envelopes to find it.

Plus, if I ever want a print book there are services like blurb that will print blogs into books.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Mass Produce Burritos

Have you ever purchased frozen burritos?  Do you know what is way cheaper and healthier?

Buy a bunch of tortillas, a huge bag of cheese, and a bunch of refried beans.  Set up a burrito making station (ie. your stove).  Make as many as you can and fill gallon size freezer bags with them laying flat side by side.

They can be taken to work (or at home) and heated up in the microwave just like the ones you buy.


Monday, February 17, 2014

Money Meeting Dates

Let me paint a romantic scene for you:

You and your sweetheart alone together at a fabulous restaurant ..You might just be getting appetizers or splitting a dessert like this loving couple...but nevertheless you are OUT.  And you are bonding and enjoying each other's company.

Do you know what could make it even more fun?  Make it a monthly "plan our finances" meeting.  Print off your spending records and any charts or graphs from the last month (like if you use Quicken Deluxe 2013 419324 (Google Affiliate Ad).

It's a relaxed atmosphere and a more fun way to take a hard look at what went well and what needs improvement.  Also, it helps solidify you as a "team" when working our your finances.  Cheers!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Tinyyyyyyyy Houses

Have you heard about the Tiny House movement?  Talk about saving money--not just on the house but TONS on utilities too!  I just love this idea.  Our family has lived and been comfortable in a wide-ranging variety of house sizes and I can see the benefits (especially for small families) of really, really downsizing.  Being challenged to just keep just the essentials helps your mind and body also be free to focus on things other than your stuff.  Have you seen a cute tiny house?  Show me!  I love seeing the creative ways people make these things work!
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