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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

WFMW - Being frugal with our resources

I have been reading quite a few blogs lately that are giving me ideas on being frugal. So I thought I'd share a few of the things that we do to make wise use of our resources. These are not in any order, other than what I thought of as I wrote them

1. Check out movies from the library rather than the video store.

2. Rent movies using free rental codes from Redbox

3. Ride bikes rather than drive - Adam rides to work most days and we ride to church most Sundays.

4. Buy bread at bakery outlet.

5. Buy milk at Braum's.

6. My friend Rachel helped me yesterday to put up a clothesline to use my dryer less.

7. Coupons, coupons, coupons. And match to ads.

8. Turn up the thermostat for summer and use ceiling fans. We've turned it up a degree at a time but I think we've hit our max for comfort, even when using ceiling fans.

9. Turn off the lights. (I follow Kaylyn around and turn off lights.)

10. Use envelope system for budget. We take out cash each payday for groceries, household items, date money, "allowance"/whatever you want money, healthcare, and food storage. This helps us be very aware when we're nearing the end of the money and helps us not go over budget (at least not too far).

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Deals I'm doing this week

I've been really focused on deals and coupons for the past few months. I generally get 6-8 sets of coupons each Sunday so that I can stock up when I find a good deal. I keep thinking that I'll post what coupons I am willing to give away - so keep an eye on this blog.

Here are deals I spotted in the Sunday ads. Note: Q=Coupons

PaperMate Mechanical Pencils 5 cents
Chex Mix 2/$3 (I have 50 cent Q)
Dentyne Ice 3pk 2/$3
(we generally buy at Sams Club in 12 packs for 7.86 but this deal is cheaper)
Expo Dry Erase Markers 1.99
(Target has these on sale too but they're much more than this and they're on Kaylyn's Kindergarten Supply List)
Puffs 2/$3 (I normally buy in 3 pack at WalMart for about 1.68 a box)

Suddenly Salad 10/$10 (Q for .50 off 2 = final price = .75/box)
Betty Crocker Brownie Mix 10$10 (Q for .75 off 2 (Supreme - need to find out if these will work)) (Also have Q for .50 off 2 (again Supreme))
Kraft Salad Dressing 2/$4

Happy shopping :)