We are in one of those very tight weeks and I've been trying to come up with creative ways to keep my family happy, yet fed. It's not always easy as I have one with major sensory issues so there are certain foods that bring up a gag reflex. However, I am persevering. :-)
Some ways I've saved money this week.
$ I have a bank account for my business (crafts & books I've written). When I opened it, there was no monthly charge. However, they changed their policy and I've been charged $20 per month since January. In a different conversation with the bank, this came up, and they took care of it and reversed the charges and will no longer charge my account. So I earned back $60 and saved $ 120 for the year. Whoo hoo!!!!
$ Dan picks up Emily every day from track practice and because she has him wrapped around her little finger (lol) he was stopping at McDonald's every day to purchase a frappe. It is only a $1 and I certainly don't want to take away from this special treat they do together. However, after having a conversation about how the little things add up, they agreed on doing it as a special treat on Monday and Friday afternoon. $2 per week, as Dan never gets one.
$ I made a pot of lentil soup the other night that was delicious as well as inexpensive.
$ I haven't purchased fabric since I used my birthday money back in January. I've been trying to make due with what I have and added quite a few new things to my Etsy shop. Someone gave me a bag of rick-rack, binding, lace and ribbon and that has been coming in handy in my sewing projects.
$ Because the publishing company I use changed their policy, I saved $25 that I normally would pay for the distribution allowance of my new book, Poured Out: 52 Weekly Devotionals for Today's Woman.
$ Someone gave me cookies that were leftover from a woman's Bible study at the church so my kids have been happily munching on those.
$ Emily slept over at a friend's house last Saturday and went to church with her. She brought home two bags of rolls and bread that the church was giving away.
$ I wanted to decorate a bit for our Bible study on Monday night and the theme this year is "Let's Have Coffee." So I used some coffee beans I had and a candle and viola! a table decoration.
$ My daughter went to a semi-formal last Friday night. We found this dress on the clearance rack and it was half off. Total cost - $22.50.
I think that's about it this week. Love saving money! Go and visit Rebecca's blog for more money saving ideas.