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

Save Money 💰 by Buying Groceries Online 🖥📦

Save Money 💰 by Buying Groceries Online 🖥📦

A few months ago, Walmart rolled out a new plan to combat the ever-growing monster known as Amazon. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some Amazon, but they don’t always have the best deals one groceries and perishables. When they do, it’s a little more complicated with the Subscribe & Save options, getting 5 items before your ship date for the extra savings,  and having to remember to cancel. (Read more about how to save on Amazon here.) One of the reasons I love Walmart’s new plan is because it’s SO EASY. I can pull it up on my phone and get a box of groceries delivered 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

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Time & Money: Earning VS. Saving

There are 24 hours in a day. That’s an indisputable fact. Everyone has exactly 24 hours to allocate to various pursuits, and we all have priorities that shape our days. I see so many people chasing another dollar “to make ends meet”, while at the same time maintaining a lifestyle full of expenses that are higher than they need to be. Today, I’m going to share with you some of the thought process that goes into my philosophy on money: that it is better to save than to earn. Calculate your rate of earnings. Minimum wage in the US is currently $7.25 an hour. If Read More

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How We Homeschool Preschool

Last week I shared with you guys what homeschool curriculum we are using this year — and my youngest Finn is now in Kindergarten!!! I got a few questions from readers asking me the same question: “What about preschool?” Today, I’m going to tell you some of the things we do for Preschoolers in our homeschool. Before I go any further, I want to say that I think overeducating kids at a young age is not the right solution. If you have a one or a two year old and you want to start “preschool” with them… DON’T. You are going to overstimulate their little Read More

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Why I Don’t Clip Coupons Anymore

I probably get more questions about our grocery budget than any other part of our budget. People seem perplexed that I’m able to feed the six of us for $175 or less per month (including toiletries and cleaning products!). One of the common questions people ask is: So are you one of those extreme couponers then?  The answer is that I don’t coupons AT ALL. Ever. Not even a little bit. So why not?  Everybody knows you can get a TON of free food with coupons… right? Surely coupons are the only way to spend so little. I used to coupon relentlessly. I would spend hours Read More

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Save Money on Gas!

The single greatest thing that we have done to save gas is called hypermiling. It’s a relatively new concept, but one that is gaining in popularity. It basically means, increasing the expected miles-per-gallon of your vehicle by altering your driving habits. It can be done in any vehicle, not just hybrids or compact cars. In fact, we drive a minivan and get much better than expected fuel efficiency. There are many steps to hypermiling, but the basic concept is: avoid the brake pedal like the plague. When you hit the brake, you’re basically wasting all the gas you used to get up to that speed. Read More