Well hello there! If you havn’t noticed already, or this is your first time reading, every week I try to share five things from my everyday life in the past week that have helped me to save my family money. The reason I do this is so you can see how the little and big savings can add up and that this thing called frugal living doesn’t need to be hard or unpleasant after all.
I really do hope that you’re encouraged and I’m thankful for each person that takes time to read these musings of mine.
So, without further ado…
1. Free coffee at the dentist
The dentist at the best of times is not a frugal place. However, my dentist offers free coffee and popcorn (which I find to be an oxymoron). At this particular visit while waiting for my daughter to get her teeth cleaned and expander inspected, there was no popcorn.
However, there was coffee.
Now, I’m not a regular coffee drinker, but in the hot summer it can be a nice treat every once and awhile to have a fancy cold drink.
So, thinking of my longer day ahead, I poured myself a cup, brought it home and stored it in the fridge.
That afternoon when my 2 year old has her nap, and I need to power through some chores, I took out my chilled coffee from the fridge, added some milk and ice cubes and called it good.
2. Grandparent babysitters
Grandparents are a wonderful thing. In so many ways I am thankful for the four grandparents that my kids have. Those relationships are priceless and I can never repay those precious gifts they give of love, time, wisdom and kale.
This past week, two of these grandparents were gracious enough to take in my brood while I did some errands for a couple of hours.
I may have spent some quality time at a thrift store browsing and actually trying things on without someone yelling “MOM!” or disappearing into the racks of clothing.
3. Attended a community breakfast
Each month my wonderful neighbourhood has a community breakfast at the senior’s centre. We’ve never gone before, so Mr LF and I decided it was time to try it out!
For $15 our entire family ate pancakes, sausage, eggs and tea until our bellybuttons popped out. (it’s all you can eat) I figured that was a good price for not having to make and clean up breakfast at home.
4. We stayed in a hotel for free!
This past week Mr LF was working out of town several days in a row. When this happens, sometimes his boss decides to get the workers a hotel for a night instead of having them commute back and forth each day.
I’m not sure if it actually ends up saving his boss money, but it’s so nice for the guys not have to make that extra 1.5-2hour trip each way.
Since Mr LF had a hotel room to himself, he invited myself and the kids to come.
It had a waterslide and a free breakfast.
Enough said. We had a fine adventure.
5. We participated in a Library Program
Our local library is amazing. It not only offers a fantastic selection of books, DVD’s, and CD’s, it also has on-going programs for people of all ages to sign up for.
This week we were able to participate in one of those programs where kids are encouraged to share about books that they have read and then do a S.T.E.A.M. activity which incorporates Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. Creativity, problem-solving, team work and fun all collided together at the library. 🙂
Now it’s your turn to share about the small and big ways that you’ve been frugal and saved money this week. Leave a comment below. 🙂
And, if you’re looking for more encouragement, don’t forget to check out Clare’s Five Frugal things. Last week she took her family on 5cent carousel rides!