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November 1, 2011

Tips, tricks, hints, advice? You got it, I want it. Bad. I need to be crazy thrify but not in a way that screws anyone else, except for maybe if I ‘borrow’ something out of the work fridge if it doesn’t have a name on it.

T’s new 10 commandments:

  • Pack your lunch (kids, husband, me)
  • Use cloth diapers when at home, no excuses.
  • Even if it’s on clearance, you still can’t buy it unless you have a coupon
  • Reduce, reuse, recycle re: clothes in this house.
  • $100 a week MAX on groceries for this family of 5
  • Make dinner every night. No more fast food.
  • Cut back on the Coke drinking, or at least buy 2 liters. Cans = $$
  • Pay off all debts within two years
  • Donate or sell everything not in use. Hoarding is bad.
  • If it’s a free meal, order a big one so there’s leftovers for the next day.

OK, that’s all I got. Any ideas on how to earn a little moolah on the side? I used to babysit when I was a SAHM but now with three kids, a job and grad school (I should really be reading Hemingway articles right now!) there’s not a whole lot of time for that. I used to write freelance but writing jobs in the South pay a whole lot less than my writing gigs up North.


4 Comments leave one →
  1. November 1, 2011 9:54 pm

    I need to adopt some of those commandments. Specifically, the one that says to (paraphrased) lay off the fast food and cook your own damn dinners. And donate stuff. Hoarding IS bad; just ask my garage.

  2. November 1, 2011 10:29 pm

    You can check out, they are a blogging company that pays you to write posts for them. I have been doing this for a few years, and make extra money each month.

  3. FairyGMama permalink
    November 1, 2011 11:22 pm

    Does this mean no more marathon mall trips with Lulu in tow for awhile? What if I come visit you and we have like 30 coupons??? I mean we could totally do a target trip…… You know I heart you. Good luck! Can’t wait to read your tips and tricks. I did cook at home dinners 2 weeks in a row, think I actually spent more than just eating out…….

  4. November 2, 2011 3:44 pm

    Check out and go to one of her FREE classes if you can. She has a family of 5 and her monthly budget using coupons totals $60 a week! Publix with its BOGOs plus letting you use a manufacturer coupon plus a target coupon on EACH individual item on sale is THE way to go. I’ve been doing it on and off for a year now and it works. Once you’ve stocked up on key food items, your grocery budget can reach its fixed maintenance fee. Also, if you want, I can lend you the book written by America’s thriftiest family. I’ve studying frugality for a little while. I also have Dave Ramsey’s book on paying down your debt with only cash. Let me know! 🙂

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