What does being frugal mean exactly?
There are a lot of different ways to save money and takes effort to be more conscious of how you are spending on what. Being forced to call yourself out on how you spend carelessly will be difficult at first, but then you will appreciate yourself for doing so and be on the lookout for ways to save.
Careful, sparing, penny-wise…these all mean the same. No shame in being being wise .
***First off, you need to be taking advantage of cashback and coupon sites, they are there to help save money! If you partake in more than one of these, it is actually possibly possible to MAKE MONEY on some purchases.
Ebates is my favorite because you don't have to do anything, you just start your account and every website you go to, an little pop up appears on your screen telling you how much you can save. You click on the link, and it will automatically put money into your Ebates account after you checkout.
Shopular is another great one to use, and you will get a $10 start up bonus here! The cashback rates for each store will fluctuate, but all your savings are collected in your account and you are payed via PayPal.
Ibotta is a cashback app that also has a focus on grocery purchases…and you will get a $10 bonus for opening your free account.
and cashback sites that will help you save when you shop in person or online.
The RedBull Phenomenon:
This one thought alone opened my eyes to all the money I was wasting every single day
The little things we spend on may seem little at that very moment, but when you calculate how much a certain item is costing you per week…well it can be quite a surprise.
Besides my previous daily purchase of a RedBull being TERRIBLE for my health, it was also TERRIBLE for my budget. At about $3 a day, I was spending about $100 a month on one little beverage every day!!!! Crazy. And completely unnecessary.
How many “Redbull” similar buys can you find that you make each day?
For one single week, keep a diary and write down everything that you buy. One week. Your journal. Not one single person will read it…but you:)
This will let you see first hand that you can save A LOT of money by simply saving more- not even having to MAKE more (but is you DO wanna make more, I have lots of great resources for that…).
This opened my eyes to a lot of the other crap I was carelessly spending money on each day. Try not to judge yourself, just simply keep a record for one week. Once you realize all the little things you could possibly find in a more cost conscience way, the quicker you can start to change the way you spend money.
The no judgement part is key…you will just have to change your perspective to change your bank account. As long as you pay attention to all the unnecessary buys, you will start to prioritize much easier in your mind.
Little decisions like buying coffee to make at home instead of grabbing it on the go, planning meals ahead of time so you are not forced to buy fast food or junk food that may be available at lunch or dinner time.
All of these things seemed so minuscule, but altogether I started saving HUNDREDS of dollars by breaking a few of my bad habits.
This is why I want to share my awareness and also my findings of ways to save money.
Being frugal is NOT being a cheap*ss, it just means that you are more aware of your budget and creative in finding ways to discover things you want in your life.
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Crafts With Kids–
for kids of all ages.
- QUILTiNG (specifically rag quilting)
If I walk into an art store…even if I say I will be right in and right out…I am a kid in a candy store. All the pretty yarn, beads, paints, pens….ahhhhh, I need blinders walking through there.
Pretty sure that all people close to me have a scarf that I made for them.
(watercolor, acrylic, and oil)- my new obsession is watercolor pencils and markers with a brush water pen. Can't beat it!
CREATE original LETTERING & hand drawn doodles–
This can be a great branding technique that makes your site truly original. Also this can be a way to make money from home by digitizing your fonts and doodles and selling your graphic designs online. Read the full post HERE…
Usually what I will do it take a look at some Goodwill stores and look for pretty and colorful ceramic plates, mugs, or bowls with cool designs. Wearing protective glasses I find a safe place to throw & break all these newly found items. Craft stores will have pre-cut glass so if you are wanting to make something more geometric & precise, this might appeal to you more.
Games and crafts for children–
One of the main reasons I love Pinterest so much is for all of the incredible art inspiration. If you want help doing ANYTHING you can find ideas from someone else on there. My top places for buying art supplies is: Fabric.com, Joanne's, HobbyLobby, Dollar Store, & CreateForLess.
I have found so many cool projects to do that I almost have a “waiting list” in my head for all of the things I want to artistically create. And it is entirely too easy to get sidetracked while trying to keep up on the normal blog TO-Do List. But it happens and sometimes certain crafts get pushed to the top of that list. READ MORE…
Games & Toys (that won't break the
I want to be able to pass on the ideas of awesome things that have helped my daughter and I both learn to keep ourselves busy and happy as children. Since just about everything is electronic now-a-days, I feel it is our duty as parents to teach our little ones how to use and respect electronics, but to also realize that we do not need it and to show them how simple it is to use our imaginations to create fun. READMORE..
→ Reading is a way of life.
Some of my very first memories consist of my mom and dad reading me stories before bed. I LOVED it! There still to this day is nothing better than an awesome book. My two year old daughter and I read a story every night before bed, and I hope she has the same warm memories that I got to share with my parents.
The library is always a great option and most of them have some type of online accounts you can borrow from. Books I almost always buy used. Amazon, and Thriftbooks are my GO-Tos because they both will almost always have which book I am looking for at about $4 a pop. Every time!
Thriftbooks– free shipping when you spend $10 all the time, and there is an app you can download on your phone so you can easily look up books (AND you get a 15% discount for your first order through your app using code “APPWELCOME”
If you read a lot, then trying out Amazon Kindle Unlimited may be a huge money saver for you.
If you have a lot of books on your wish list but can't seem to find the time…try Audiobooks! Your commute everyday can turn into an awesome storytime.
My new found love- where it is all about inspiring our little ones. You can just shop and enjoy them, or you can sell the books if you so desire, but either way, these books teach our little ones important lessons about accepting differences and loving one another for who we really are.
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