Good morning Lovelies! It is Sunday and I am finally back in blog land! Thank you for all your sweet messages checking up on me. I didn't mean to take such a long bloggy break (5 days feels like forever to me), but I knew I needed that extra time with my Hubby before he left. I am thankful for all the family time we got in last week. We made it a week just for myself, the hubbs, and the kids. We went swimming, had a few movie marathons, played games, and ate a lot of ice cream. It was amazing! I am thankful for all of our friends and family in understanding we needed that alone time. Hubby has left and is now being a hero in the police academy. I am so proud of that man!
It feels good to be back here in my little piece of the bloggy world, writing and catching up with all you lovelies. I am ready to get back in the swing of things. I have crafts, recipes, and thrifty living tips and tricks to share with all of you and I now have plenty of time to do that. So be on the look out for some awesomeness :)
While Hubby is away, we want to save as much as we can. We are actually going to be receiving a real paycheck! What! We are beyond excited!! Our budgets is staying about the same as before. We are living frugally as much as we can and saving everything extra he makes. What are we saving up for you may ask? Well a new house. We know it will take us a few years to be able to pay cash for a house (or an extremely hefty down payment), so we need to start saving now. I will continue to share everything we are doing to save each penny. So each week I will be trying to have more frugal accomplishments and I will be sharing them here:)
Have you all seen the Frugal Accomplishments series that Brandy, over at The Prudent Homemaker, does each week? I always get such amazing ideas, that I decided to copy her genius and share frugal accomplishments here as well.
This week I took advantage of free online baking. We use Bank of America. You can set a budget, manage your accounts, pay bills, and everything. Paying bills online also saves you money on stamps!
I took an old pickle jar, cleaned it out, and made it cute with burlap.
It now holds my seasoning packets.
Six of our bananas had gone brown, so I made 2 loaves of chocolate chip banana bread.
We went to the public pool for a family night. We have a punch card, which my friend gave us since she's moving out of state. That meant our family night was free! We brought a picnic lunch to!
I made blueberry donuts for a special breakfast.
We went to the circus. The kids earned free tickets by reading
(our local library rocks!)
I watched a movie on Netflix with the kids. We do strictly online streaming now with Netflix. We only pay $7.99 a month now and can watch as many shows and movies as we want via our Play Station.
I rearranged a few things in the house, so I could use this old bookcase to organized our school stuff.
I received some home decor hand me downs from my sisinlaw. Thankfully we both use the same color scheme in our house.
I needed a new light shade, but the ones at the thrift store were too expensive. I found one on clearance at Target. It was cheaper than the thrift store price! Woot Woot!
I hung some of my children's artwork in the kitchen. It is a great way to decorate on a budget and let your children know how much you love their art :)
Brandy also has an awesome series going on called "Eat For 40 Cents a Day". Say What! I know right! It is awesome and I'm loving all of her amazing ideas. Check it out!