Saving Money

With a family of four living on one income, creating a budget is a necessity. Our family budget allows us to save thousands of dollars each year through couponing and more strategic money saving ideas like sharing a car, cutting my husband’s hair, and more. Below are all of my posts to help you save money for your family!

3 Do’s & Don’ts of Consignment Events

Go ahead and call me crazy, but there are few things that get me more excited than saving loads of money. Children take up very little space themselves but they require an enormous amount of stuff. It’s disproportionate, really. All that stuff costs a small fortune. At first, it was tempting to buy everything brand […]

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We’re a TOMS Family Now!

Thanks to the recent Zulily sale, each member of our family now owns a pair of TOMS!  They’re actually more comfortable than I expected, although I won’t be wearing them regularly until after I have Baby Deuce.  My swollen pregnant feet barely fit in them. Baby Deuce has these red ones to grow into, and […]

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Back Into Couponing!

While I was super sick in the fall and early winter, I decided not to coupon.  I just didn’t have time or energy.  That’s what is nice about having a stockpile of necessities – we only had to buy one or two necessities during those months without coupons! Now I’m back in action, rebuilding our […]

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Shopping For Your Kids on a Budget

This post is featured on behalf of Polarn O. Pyret.  Buying clothes for your kids can be expensive, what with them growing all the time and changing their tastes in fashion as they get older. However, shopping on a budget is possible by knowing where to go for discounts, which outlets sell the cheapest clothes […]

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7 Tips to Save Your Family More Than $4,000/Year

We all like to save money.  What started out as a necessity in our household has become somewhat of a game for me.  How much money can I save during this shopping trip?  How can we save an extra $20 this month?  Can we get by on $25 worth of groceries this week (without going […]

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Define Necessity

I saw this image going around Facebook the entire week of Thanksgiving, and it struck a chord with me. I’ve been trying to live by this philosophy for quite a while.  When Hubster was in grad school and I got pregnant with C/lost my job/dropped out of grad school, we ended up living below the […]

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Buying a Van

Now that we’re expecting Baby Deuce, we need to upgrade from our economy-size car to something a little more…two-carseat friendly.  We’ve decided to purchase a van. One part of me is kicking and screaming, “Noooo, not a van!!!”  Then there’s the practical side of me that knows a vehicle is a huge money commitment and […]

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C’s Fall Wardrobe

I’ve been doing a lot of shopping in thrift and new-to-you stores as well as every clearance section I can think of while I try to assemble C’s fall and winter wardrobe.  I scored big time at Once Upon A Child, a chain resale store for kids’ items, and had to share some pics with […]

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Craigslist, “Pre-Sales,” and Rummages

I’m a little late to the game, but now that rummage sale season is almost over I realized that I need a fall/winter wardrobe for C.  I’ve been perusing Craigslist a lot and have been seeing some things that confuzzle me.  Yes, confuzzle.  ;) First of all, what is with people having indoor sales in […]

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Why New Parents Must Go To Yard Sales by Jason Ross {Guest Post}

I’m pleased to welcome Jason Ross today!  His blog is filled with awesome parenting tips, and I enjoy reading his perspective.  Thanks for being here, Jason! – Jason Ross is a proud father of a 1 year old daughter, Abby, and blogging partner of Lauren Ross.  Not too long after his daughter was born he began […]

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Another Day, Another Dollar

It’s the beginning of a new week, which means that I have my coupons clipped, scouted the best deals, and sorted lists and coupons by store! I’m so glad that I’m able to contribute to our finances with couponing.  Standing at the checkout and watching my total come down with the scanning of each coupon […]

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Kids Consignment Sales

I noticed on Facebook last night that there was going to be a kids consignment sale at our local event center this weekend.  We decided to check it out and I’m so glad that we did!  We found a crib mattress for C for only $25!  Once we move, we’re going to have him sleep […]

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Simplifying

We’re moving in two-ish months to a new state.  A lot has changed about our life since we first moved here two years ago.  Instead of getting my graduate degree, I became a mother who works at home.  We have a rapidly growing, wild, delightful little boy who enjoys exploring our apartment.  We’ve really outgrown […]

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Guest Post: DIY Baby Wipes by SupermomInTheMaking

Today, we have another guest post from my friend Rachel, from Supermom In The Making.  She blogs about the adventures of making it work with two hands and three babies.  Rachel is a mom to three children under the age of two, including 1-year-old twin girls.  Below, she teaches us how to save money by making […]

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Finding Baby Clothes on Consignment

The midwest is experiencing an unseasonably warm spring (as in, temperatures 30 degrees higher than normal), and I realized that all of the shorts I have for C are a size too big.  ARGH.  Um, weather, didn’t you know that I don’t want to spend money buying C more clothes that he’ll only wear for […]

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Sensory Bottles

My Pinterest addiction has introduced me to several new ideas for fun things to do with C, including making sensory bottles for him.  I had a lot of fun browsing the aisles of my local craft store for fun items to put inside of these. I came up with some glitter, confetti, pom poms, dice, […]

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Guest Post: 5 Nifty Thrifty DIY Tips!

Today, we have a guest post from my dear friend Rachel, from Supermom In The Making.  She blogs about the adventures of making it work with two hands and three babies.  Rachel is a mom to three children under the age of two, including 10-month-old twin girls.  Sometimes I truly wonder how she does it […]

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Couponing 201: Strategy and Cost Standards

Here is lesson two in my couponing series!  You can find the first one, Couponing 101, here.  Today we’ll go more in-depth about couponing strategy. I’ve found that it’s best to purchase two newspapers each week.  Be sure to check to see if the coupon inserts are inside before buying your papers!  There are people […]

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Couponing 101

By popular demand, I bring to you some basic couponing tips!  A coworker of Hubster’s taught me how to coupon nearly five months ago and it has become a hobby of mine.  The following are tips that she taught me as well as things that I have learned since I started couponing.  Happy savings! The […]

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This Week’s Deals Around Town

I’ve recently gotten into couponing and here are the deals that I found around town this week: Target Buy 10 SmartWater (20 oz)  or VitaminWater for $10, get a 6-pk of 20 oz SmartWater free There are B2G1 coupons on Target.com for VitaminWater.  I chose to get SmartWater, so ended up getting 16 bottles for […]

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I got $40-worth of stuff for $0.66 at CVS!

This was my first week of 98% savings and I am SO excited! The original price of the merchandise was $40.03, minus the sale prices from my CVS card, a few manufacturer coupons, and some ExtraBucks that I had earned last week…and I only paid $0.66 out of pocket and even walked out with $8.79 […]

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Embracing My Inner Maxx-inista

I *love* TJ Maxx.  And Marshall’s.  And Ross. haha, I love pretty much any of those stores where you can get higher-end items for great deals.  Tonight we went to TJ Maxx and I bought a 5-pack of super cute Carter’s baby washcloths for $5.99 and my fav sports bra in a different color for […]

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Bargain Shopping

While I’ve always enjoyed saving money and finding deals, I have developed a new love for it since we’ve started living solely off of the hubster’s graduate assistant salary.  I was thrilled when we received a 30% off coupon for Kohl’s in the mail this week!  There are a few big items, including a breast […]

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Pregnancy Pillows

In the past month or so, insomnia has been getting the best of me.  Lying in bed for up to four hours before finally drifting off is just torture.  Now I’m also starting to get aches and pains in my hips and back, which certainly don’t help the sleeping situation.  Ever since twelve weeks or […]

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Daycare Costs

Yesterday I did some research that many moms-to-be likely do: how much will daycare cost if I go back to work once the baby is born? Unlike some moms-to-be, I don’t currently have a job that I can go back to after maternity leave.  I lost my job as a by-product of my miserable morning […]

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