As things become financially better for a young couple or family, sometimes the virtue of thrift goes the way of the baby bottles and car seats. We grow out of it, forgetting how many times it has saved us from financial disaster. Here are a few reasons to continue being frugal, even when the immediate need to has disappeared.
Improves Quality Of Life
Believe it or not thrift improves the quality of life for a family when used properly. There are some things that are worth spending money on. We need safe cars, nice homes, and the companionship of pets. We need hobbies that fulfill us and skills that help us make our way through life. But that doesn’t mean you have to have it all, all at once. It’s best to prioritize. Not only does this help you spend more wisely, but it helps you truly enjoy the things and experiences you choose to spend your money on.
A Rainy Day
It’s true that when living a frugal life when hard times hit there isn’t much to cut out of your budget. You have a storage of food and know how to cook from scratch. You know how to use coupons, look for sales, and find discounted items. You know which items you can buy used and which items you just can’t. You most likely even have a little money saved up and are ahead on you expenses. Frugality also puts you in a preparatory state of mind. You may also be better prepared for natural disasters, have a full tank of gas, and know your evacuation plan during a hurricane.
Obviously the whole point of being frugal is to save money, and children learn from example. This will come in handy in their college and young adult years as they try to eat healthy, see medical professionals, and keep the car running on a low income. It will also help them to have skills such as sewing and cooking that keep them from spending money they don’t have on such services. Of course there will be trial and error for them, just like there was for us, but they will be better prepared than their less frugal peers.
So even when you are earning more money, it’s wise to keep a Thrifty Diva lifestyle!
For so long, I’d heard about what great deals friends across the nation were getting at Sprouts. It’s so nice to be the beneficiary of these deals now, week after week after week. I love Sprouts’ deals on organic produce and meats. They are of the most competitive deals on the same items among all our local area grocery stores. Check out this week’s list of organic deals at Sprouts below.
25% Off Vitamins & Body Care Products
Organic Red or Green Seedless Grapes $2.50/lb
Organic Sweet Red Cherries $3.98 (1 lb)
Organic Blueberries $2.50 (6 oz)
Organic Kale $.98/each
Organic Bartlett Pears $.98/lb
Organic Italian Squash $.98/lb
Organic Grass-Fed Roast $5.99/lb
Organic Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast $7.99/lb
Cascadian Farm Organic Frozen Potatoes $2.99
Nature’s Path Envirokids Cereal $3.99
Earthbound Farm Frozen Smoothie Kickstart $2.50
R.W. Knudsen Just Juice $3.99
Use one $1/1 R.W. Knudsen Juice Coupon
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Kevita Organic Beverages $2.50
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Final Price =$.50
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We all go through periods of trial and error when trying to save money. Some of them are odd. Some only work in our head. Others are just funny. Here are a few of mine.
My poor child currently is bald, and I’m to blame. It started out with me thinking that I could cut hair if only using a set of clippers. It would save us about ten dollars. I began to notice that his hair wasn’t even. After a few frustrating attempts to even it out I took the attachment off the clippers and shaved his head. In spite of now being bald, my poor son still has spots that don’t quite conform to baldness. The good news in all of this is that his hair will grow back and I do need a few pointers before attempting this again.
While making pumpkin pie bars I noticed we were out of eggs. Not wanting to run out to the store I decided to use oil instead of eggs. My reasoning was that oil worked just fine in brownies. I was right. The pumpkin bars turned out with the consistency of brownies. Pumpkin brownies with a gingerbread crust. They hardened just like brownies a little while later and I had to pry what was left off of the pan even after soaking them. On the plus side my son liked them, so we may have a new dessert option.
The Baby Carrier
I decided to make a baby carrier this past week. I went to the fabric store and picked out a nice fabric. When I got home I discovered it wasn’t long enough, so I cut it in half lengthwise and sewed the two pieces together to make it longer. I later learned that this isn’t safe for the baby, which didn’t matter anyway because it still wasn’t long enough. Luckily I found our old baby carrier and now we have a new three foot burp cloth.
What bumps have you hit attempting to save money?
It’s been a few weeks since I last posted on some of the fun (and free!) activities we have done with our children. We have visited our local fire station and stood just yards away from a plane taking off at a local private airport. Both of those activities were fun for our entire family and left our children with such an interest and excitement that we have checked out books on fire engines and planes to read from the library. And, we have read them over and over again
It’s July and the heat has been seriously turned up in our neck of the woods. Seriously. So, while we do still make early trips to the playground and hop into the little kiddie pool in the backyard, we also look for indoor (air conditioned) activities. So, we visited our local pet store.
We saw dogs getting groomed. We enjoyed looking at all the fish in the multiple very pretty aquariums. And, hamsters. Oh, did they enjoy those hamsters spinning round and round and round again. It was cute for the first spin or two for mom and dad. But, I’m sure our children could have watched those hamsters all day long.
The children had a blast. And, before we left, we purchased a few crickets. It turns out that my husband and the children discovered a frog in the backyard the night before we went to the pet store. So, the bag of crickets was “food” for “Froggy.”
And, yes, they fed Froggy that night. It was such an exciting day for them! What a wonderful reminder of how easy and inexpensive it can be to participate in fun (and maybe even educational) activities with young children during these hot summer months.
It wasn’t like going to the zoo. But, we had fun, stayed cool and were still back home before lunch.
What fun, free activities have you discovered this summer?
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End Date: August 4, 2014
One of the hardest parts of keeping a marriage flavorful is adding a little spice to it. It doesn’t take expensive (and sometimes questionable) contraptions or even a yoga class to achieve this marital seasoning. In fact it takes less than most people would think.
The Marital Fun Map
Keep a map of your state or your country in your bedroom over your bed. If you are world travelers, keep a map of the world over your bed instead. Using pins mark all the places you have celebrated your union in a physical manner. Neither the map nor the pins will be very expensive. Every time you look at the map it will bring back good memories and perhaps inspire you to make a few more. Plan family vacations in a way to add more pins to your map. It doesn’t matter if you are driving three hours. Every new place counts.
The New Home Tradition
It’s important to make a new home your own and one of the best ways to do that is to create good memories in it. Make lots of good memories in every room, the garage, and the backyard. You could even create good memories in every closet, the basement, and the attic. The object of this marital tradition is to create many, many good memories in your new home, in as many places as possible.
The Innuendo Game
This is a simple game really and only works well if you have no children or small children who have no clue there could be another meaning to what your saying. Most days at home with our children (though we love them dearly) are mood killers. On those days we try to speak only in innuendo. It’s fun to think up new and creative innuendos. It’s also a good way to relieve stress as a couple because it can get downright funny. By the end of the day you’ll either be in the mood or in a good mood from laughing so much.
How do you keep the spice in your marriage without spending much money?