10 Ways to SAVE BIG 💰 on Kids' Extracurriculars ⚽️🎻

10 Ways to SAVE BIG 💰 on Kids’ Extracurriculars ⚽️🎻

As I sit here writing this, Fall extracurriculars are in full swing. We homeschoolers are a little notorious for super-scheduling and packing our families’ schedules, trying to fit in all the wonderful opportunities that are available to us. But if you have more than one kid, those costs can really start to pile up! I wanted to share with you some of the ways we have saved a few dollars here and there on extracurricular activities, to add up to some BIG savings in the long run. 1. Look outside of the major organizations. In many cities, they have large sports organizations that charge an Read More

Fancy Cakes {for dummies!} 🎂

Fancy Cakes {for dummies!} 🎂

You guys know that I’m pretty frugal. I do not like to spend a lot of money on big birthday parties with the full-on Pinterest-worthy theme. I think they are awesome, don’t get me wrong — it’s just not how I choose to spend my hard-earned cash. I do, however, want my kids to feel ✨special✨ on their big day. The way that I do this is by baking themed cakes. I started doing this when Connor turned one. With a few exceptions here and there (like the year the movers were actually packing up our house on Sophie’s birthday), each kid has gotten a Read More

Free Printable Gift Organizer {for frugal gifting!}

Free Printable Gift Organizer {for frugal gifting!}

I’ll be honest, I love buying gifts. Finding amazing treats for friends, family, and my children bring me so much joy. What I don’t love? The price tag. With my annual gift record document, the price tag is drastically reduced. This is because I am able to buy gifts FAR in advance, often for free, and definitely at a huge discount. For the last decade or so, I’ve been tweaking my system for how I keep track of who’s getting what and how much I spend, and I’ve finally got it down to a science. So today, I’m going to show you how I use Read More

10 Ways to SAVE BIG 💰 on Kids' Extracurriculars ⚽️🎻

Parent & Kid Date Night

Date Night is a family favorite in our home… and no, I don’t mean when we get a babysitter and have some couple time. Of course, that’s very important, and we do that too! But what I’m talking about today is Parent & Kid Date Night! My kids absolutely love this tradition. It’s something we started in 2014 when we first moved to Ohio. We have always done dates with our kids since they were little, but it was at this time that it became an official thing. It has benefited and grown our relationships in so many ways, and I’m going to tell you Read More

10 Ways to SAVE BIG 💰 on Kids' Extracurriculars ⚽️🎻

How We Handle Bedwetters {FRUGALLY!}

My kids wet the bed. It has taken me a long time to admit that without feeling shame about it. I used to feel like a failure, as if only a bad parent couldn’t figure out how to make their kid snap out of it. But I’m now at a place where I can admit it. It’s not my fault. It’s not their fault. It happens. Now, what to do about it?  After struggling with this for over 8 long years, believe me, we have tried everything. Withholding liquids. Waking them up to pee. Nighttime alarms. Different herbs and essential oils. They even attended chiropractic appointments Read More

FREE printable clothing needs list for yard sale & clearance shopping ~ from Our Cozy Den

FREE Printable Clothing Needs List for Yard Sale or Clearance Shopping!

How many times do you see an awesome deal at a yard sale or on a clearance rack and you want to buy it… but then you think, “Wait. Do I already have jeans/sandals/pjs in this size???”  I had this issue ALL the time, until I started carrying around with me this handy list! It’s easy to keep in my purse and I can pull it out whenever I see a good deal to make sure the item(s) in question are something I really need! Here’s how to use it: • First, circle Girl or Boy at the top of the page, so you know what Read More

10 Ways to SAVE BIG 💰 on Kids' Extracurriculars ⚽️🎻

🎉 How to Throw a Frugal Birthday Party 🎈

Birthday season just ended in my house. Among my four kids, we have one birthday in January, two in April, and one in May. I love celebrating with them and making it special, but I don’t love the price tag that comes with many traditional birthday party options. If you look at the website of a company that hosts parties — places like bouncy gyms, roller skating rinks, playplaces, etc. — it’s not uncommon for parties to cost several hundred dollars, or even as much as a thousand. That’s a LOT to pay for a few hours of fun. So I wanted to tell you some of Read More