Friday, March 27, 2015

Days 21-26th, a busy week!

A busy week and the spending was low!  Thriftiness and creativity at its best!

Freebie Friday

Saving money doesn't mean I can't enjoy some fun treats on occasion if I work for them!  So many different companies like to send out samples, simply for signing up!  Heres what I got in the mail over the 2 past weeks!

Rewards Survey is totally my favorite place to earn free magazines!  Find out how HERE.  Its so easy :)

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Awesome In April

Have the desire to be fit and healthy, get that eating under control and feel awesome?  Need some encouragement, a plan AND daily accountability?  I have the program for you!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

day 15, 16 &17 St Paddys Day and almost out of money!

Day 15 was a special day for hubby and I.  
A rare date for us, we had signed up previously to do our local Poulsbo Beer Run.  It was pouring, i mean POURING rain, 45 degrees and 4 miles of running AND beer with our small community.  It could not have been more fun!  Such a special bonding experience that we desperately needed.  A rare chance without our darling, but needy children.  As we had previously paid our admission, that was covered. My parents were available to watch the kiddos, thanks to pre-planning so technically we didn't spend money this month for this event :)

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Ive come a Long way on this journey!

The past year has been full of changes for me.  Maybe its the fact that my children *nearly* sleep through the night now and I once again can think with a clear head.  Maybe its just getting older.  Maybe its my new life as a mom and property owner, we've been stationed here for almost 10 years now and are truly a part of the community now.

I don't know.  But I like it.
3 months of work! birthdays, wine and Christmas, no starving, only fun to get these results!

day 12, 13 & 14: keeping it thrifty!

A few easy days here.  I simply followed my menu plan for the week and don't spend a dime!

I check the pantry and freezer frequently for items to get creative with and use up!
G for gross. being cheap doesn't always pay off!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

day 9, 10 and 11: Birthday Time!

Monday was easy, getting to work and school on time with Daylight Savings time was enough to keep everyone focused.  Hubby usually leaves about 5:30 so we certainly did not see him on this morning!  I managed to get a healthy breakfast into both my girls and get them to their schools on time.  A win for me!
all wrapped up and ready to go!

day 7 and 8; weekend fun!

We are blessed with a beautiful Pacific Northwest weekend.  Surprisingly warm, actually.  Mid 60s and sunshine.  We are thankful its not raining and cold.

Saturday consisted of lounging around the house, doing some clean up and then going to the park to enjoy the weather for a couple hours.  Beyond beautiful!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

day 6: fun friday

Man oh man we seem to go through a lot of produce!!!
I hit up Safeway this morning and got some bargains. After tax the total was just $15 for all this. 

Friday, March 6, 2015

day 4 & 5; a little treat!

Wednesday is early-release day in our school district and I love to use that extra time to do something fun with my kiddos.  They have been asking for ice cream lately so I knew we were upon a good opportunity!  Our Dairy Queen has half-priced milk-shakes until 4pm so on early-release day we can make it just in time for the bargain!

both kiddos choose cherry milkshakes!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

day 3: free haircut

Heading into Day 3 I knew I had to visit Costco.  Produce was really low and our poultry was too.  

Last summer when we did a no-spend month we just sucked it up and lived on beans and rice and pasta and homemade breads.....  and what other home-made carbs can I add to this list?  I know I gained a few pounds that summer and didn't have much energy.  We are not willing to go to that extreme this time, trying to focus on our health as well....  its a tough balance!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

day 2: spending and one big cut!

The realization hit that we indeed needed some non-carb protein for the week settled in and I accepted the fact that I had to go to the grocery store.  I knew I could hit up Safeway and stick to my budget while finding what I needed.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Day 1

March 1st, Day 1.  
I am organized and ready to save every penny this month.  We have a deadline, and its major!  Here is the beginning of our financial journey, Phase 2: adding on to the home.  We will clearly be financing the construction but need to pay cash for many things.  This month we need to save the remainder of our Architect fees.  ....and its a LOT!  

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Emergen-C Review, lots of flavor options! and FREE sample!

I've had Emergen-C in the past, maybe only a couple times.  I was lucky enough to be chosen to do a review for them and received a wonderful variety to try!

Menu Plan Monday... No-Spend March!

Whew- the best solution to organize my meals for the entire month was to just do it.  I printed out a calendar from a free site and got to work!