I’m finding that as the “domestic engineer”, I am learning more and more ways to save our family money. I’m all about it. It’s a principle that I enjoy learning about and also look forward to cultivating as a “lifestyle”, rather than a “fun idea”. I’m finding more and more satisfaction from being a good steward of the Lord’s money than I ever found from having things.
It is another way I can serve my family.
I have had some fun challenging my grocery budget and (if you don’t know me well) I dig coupons. Coupons are my saving-grace when it comes to Monday morning grocery shopping. I save a good 60-75 bucks on coupons (and store-flyer shopping) each week. We have a grocery budget of 50 bucks a week (GASP) and usually can get pretty close to it.
I have been trying to cook more “fresh” for the family lately, and am spending too much on herbs.
So…I’m going to grow my own.
I’m starting with Basil and Parsley (I use these alot)….
Here I am soaking the seeds overnight:
And here they are in their homes:
I can’t wait to see them grow and use them. Money banked!!! If these work, I would like to venture out and try carrots and lettuce (I use those in stews and roasts frequently)….
Another fun money saver that I found…
There is a Dollar Book Store in Lakewood (near my house). I saw it while driving the other day and made a point to visit this week.
I was THRILLED! Books for a dollar!
And it didn’t disappoint.
It’s not shiny, clean or pretty, but there are some diamonds, if you are willing to search.
Miss K and I had a blast and found some major treasures….
As you may know, I love books and it is “official”…. Kensington’s third word (aside from mama and dada) is “cuuk”, which means book (and no…this isn’t wishful thinking on my part, I promise). Each time she picks up a book, points at a book or see’s one, she says “cuuk”. It is so very sweet and nothing makes me happier.
Check out this set of encyclopedia’s from 1960! They are FULL of pertinent information for years to come. Things that aren’t even learned about anymore, but I feel are truly of value…I can’t wait teach Miss K!!! :
I also found some MADELINE books (from London, to boot):
And this adorable British book (the title grabbed me):
And my favorite find of the day, by far:
It was a wildly successful trip. And each of the books was a buck! I felt so excited to be saving money and purchasing things that my daughter will cherish (hopefully) and use!
I recommend it to anyone in the area!